General information about Seville
Seville is absolutely the most authentic, yet undiscovered jewel of Spain. It is both the
capital of Andalusia, the southernmost autonomous region of Spain, and of the province of
Seville. The city is situated along to the largest river in Spain, the Guadalquivir, where in
1492, Christopher Columbus left with his ship, the Santa Maria, assuming he discovered a new
route to India. It became the 'New World' as we now know as America.
After Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, Seville is Spain's fourth largest city with over
700,000 inhabitants (as of 2014). But with the big conglomeration the total comes to a small 1.5
Nice districts and cosy neighbourhoods in Seville
Seville city (without the conglomoraties) consists of 11 districts with within these districts
108 neighborhoods (barrios). The three best-known districts Casco Antiguo
(the old city centre), Macarena (only the old part) and
district of the gypsies where also the famous Flamenco dance style was born. The most famous
neighborhood in Casco Antiguo is
the old former Jewish quarter (Judería) with its many stories and legends. Here you can
wander through the narrow, idyllic alleyways with many (touristic) shops, bars and restaurants.
Climate, temperature and weather in Seville
In summer the temperatur in Seville can easily more than 45 degrees celcius (113 degrees
Fahrenheit). Therefore is Seville one of the most hottest cities in Europe! It is absolutely not
the humid heat, as in the most European countries, Canada or the norther American states, but it
is a very dry climate which makes 45 degrees celcius feels like 30-35 degrees celcius (86-95
degrees Fahrenheit) in the named areas. With only 21 days of rain per year you have a lot of
sunshine per year! Spring and autumn have a very pleasant climate. For many, the most ideal,
moment or time for a city trip to Seville. But do not forget the winter because a temperature of
15 degrees is not an the exception! The month of January is the coldest of the year and in
February/March falls the most rain.
Rich culture and history of Seville
Seville originated about 3,000 years ago and was lying then even at the the sea. The mix of
influences from previous occupants such as the Romans, the Moors and later the Catholics made a
beautiful city full of history and culture. Seville has the oldest and the largest historical
center of Europe. A huge open-air museum. The most beautiful and famous sights of very old to
very modern, are within walking distance. Think include the
Plaza de España,
with its beautiful gardens, the
with its Giralda (tower and former minaret) and the futuristic, wooden structure, the
Mudejar style in Sevilla
The Mudejar style (Spanish: estilo mudéjar) is only in Spain and can
be described as an art style in which Muslim and Christian art forms are merged. It is the result
of the merging of two artistic traditions: the Islamic on the one hand and the Christian tradition
on the other.
Spain knew Islam presence and domination from 711 to 1492. From the eleventh century weakened
the power of the Muslim rulers. At the Reconquista - from the 2nd half of the
11th century - recaptured Christian monarchs the Muslim areas. Besides the political and social
consequences of this reconquest wars was the arose of cultural contacts between Christians and
Muslims. These contacts are the foundation of the famous Mudejar style. There developed a mudejar
architecture, also decorative arts, literature and especially in the period mid-13th century - end
of 15th century (250 years).
Via de la Plata to Santiago de Compostela
Seville is also the starting point for those who want to hike, bike or ride a motorcycle the
famous Via de la Plata. This is the longest pilgrimage of Spain which runs
from Seville to Santiago de Compostela (± 1,000 km.). Significantly lesser known than the
pilgrimage Camino Francés (in 2015: ± 9000 Pilgrims versus ±
260,000 Pilgrims through the Camino Francés). Via de la Plata was in
the early Middle Ages the main route to Santiago de Compostela for Christians which came from the
south of Spain dominated by Muslims. The robust and rustic journey goes through vast and arid
areas, with plenty of ancient roads built by the former Romans.
So many oranges and orange trees in Sevilla
The many orange trees give you a truly subtropical feeling right in and around the vibrant
centre of Seville. According to the latest counting, there are in the city of more than 45,000
orange trees (as of 2012). In the spring you can smell all over Seville delicious, the soft
blossom scent while in the winter the night is filled with the sound of falling oranges on
parked cars. The first are ever planned by the Moors in order to provide the main routes of
shadow and in the case of extreme dryness to eat the acid bitter oranges for the moisture. Today,
the oranges after harvest in February/March are transported to England where the famous sweet
bitter marmalade is made of.
How many days Seville?
The amount of days for Seville obviously depends how extensively you want to see and get to
know the city during your break. Our experience is that people who thought they could do Seville
in a day come back for another and longer visit. All were charmed by the splendor and magnificence
of this city. Our advice? Make sure you have at least three full days to spend
and let you be 'pampered' by Seville. Not only by its beauty but also because of the good food,
drink and folklore. Seville is not for nothing the birthplace of the
Will you do all right? Start first with a memorable or
bike tour or
Remember of course, not the engaging Flamenco dance style.
Seville as movieset or filmset?
Not only tourists discover the beauty of Seville as the city is for various media, movies,
songs and occasions a beautiful backdrop. For example:
• Did you know that the Dutch King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima have met here in
1999 at the Feria de Abril?
• That for the successful serie Games of Thrones, the
Plaza de España
have served as a backdrop for the filming of season 5 (in Oct. and Nov. 2014)?
• Plaza de España is a popular film set. In 1962 it was used as the setting for
'Cairo Great Britain Army Headquarters' in Lawrence of Arabia. Also as a film set for 'Naboo'
in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones in 2002. In 2012, used as a backdrop in the
movie 'The Dictator'?
• The pop group Simply Red recorded their clip for the hit
Something got me started
in Seville (1991)?
Seville = Superb + Magic + Surprising + Sparkling!
Seville is gorgeous, magical, surprising, sparkling and more..! Seville offers something for
everyone. Young and old(er) and is doing well for
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