5 good reasons to go to Seville
To see / do
Culture and history
Plaza de España
The Plaza de Espana was constructed during the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. The Plaza is a series of buildings built in a semi-circle with passageways leading to two towers. The whole Plaza is Renaissance in style, built using red bricks and decorated with blue mosaic tiles. The canal, bridges and fountains make the Plaza even more beautiful.
The royal fortress
The Alcazar in Seville is an 11th century royal palace and UNESCO world heritage site. The Alcazar you see today was built in stages over the centuries by different occupants. The lavish palace buildings are diverse in style with Mudéjar, Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque features. The Palace of Peter I, Visigothic Basilica, Justice room etc are all surrounded by spectacular gardens.
The cathedral and Giralda tower
The cathedral was previously a mosque and incorporates a number of different styles, including Gothic and Renaissance. This architectural masterpiece houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus, the explorer. Some features of the mosque still shine through, including the Giralda tower. Originally built as a minaret, this tower is particularly striking and offers mesmerising views of Seville.
Enjoy the flamenco
In Seville, you’ll definitely be tempted by the flamencoshows. A flamenco show is a sensual blend of music, singing and dancing. If you want to watch a flamenco performance, head to the Triana district. There are regular free and ticketed shows in bars and clubs around Triana.
The gourmet market
You have to go to the Lonja de Barranco market on the banks of the Guadalquivir river. The market is housed in a building designed by Gustave Eiffel, no less! Inside, there are stalls selling world cuisine as well as traditional, local dishes and produce. The gourmet market also hosts exhibitions and cultural events.
Thepavía de bacalao is battered cod dish from Seville. Pavía is a popular tapas dish. It’s made with pieces of unsalted cod dipped in spicy beer-batter. The pavía pieces are then fried in olive oil. What a treat! You can make pavía with other fish too.
In Andalusia, the heat makes gazpachoparticularly appealing. Gazpacho is a cold, vegetarian soup that makes a refreshing meal on hot, sunny days. Tomatoes, peppers, onion and cucumber are all blended together with bread and olive oil. And you can sprinkle croutons and other ingredients over the top.
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