The city of Seville enjoys a picturesque setting on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. This city also boasts claim to being the only river port in Spain. This unique port lies around 80 kilometres inland from the Atlantic Ocean.
Sevillanos are a proud and colourful people with a love of the flamenco dance and Spanish guitar. Seville has a rich history and culture. Founded by the Romans before the Muslim conquest in 712. Evidence of its past rulers are on display with the glorious architecture. This city is teaming with ancient buildings and historic monuments.
The finest example of Seville’s architecture is the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Mary. This cathedral (as shown above) and the Moorish Alcázar Palace are both Unesco sites.
The Archivo de Indias in Seville makes up the triplet of buildings. Together they form an incredible monumental complex in the heart of Seville. You can find out more about all three buildings here on the Unesco website.
A stroll along the riverside promenades reveals further historical buildings and monuments. These include the 13th century military watchtower of Torre del Oro. Another great example is the iconic Puente de Isabel II bridge.
Mercado Lonja del Barranco Dining & Tapas Bars
Visitors to Seville can enjoy wonderful views of the city in a unique way. There are many operators offering walking and river boat tours while providing information. The riverside is also a lovely place to enjoy al fresco dining. One such popular establishment is the Mercado Lonja del Barranco. This super market lies on Calle Arjona. An old 19th century market which is now a large food court with riverside seating. A culinary delight with a bit of history is El Rinconcillo Bar. Dating back to 1670, this is Seville’s oldest established tapas bar.
Maria Luisa Park & Museums
Seville has many fascinating museums, parks, squares and plazas. A walk through Maria Luisa Park will take you to the vast Plaza de España. Here you can explore the many pillared alcoves or take a charming canal boat ride. Visitors have many opportunities to watch flamboyant flamenco dancing in Seville. They can also take a tour of the Museum of Flamenco. Here you can see the colourful costumes and also take in a flamenco show.