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Andalusia’s capital represents the values of the region, emphasizing a small town sense of community and tradition. The city’s architecture is the star, with alleyways, courtyards, palaces and private homes in Moorish and Mudéjar styles (the name for the Muslim people who lived under Christian rule, it now refers to the combination of Muslim and Christian building and decorative styles). This marriage of multiple religions is evident throughout the area, like in Seville cathedral’s magnificent Giralda belltower, which was originally built as a minaret, or with Cordoba’s La Mezquita, where a Baroque cathedral sits inside an 8th-century mosque.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in the historic and grand Hotel Alfonso XIII
  • Experience…a flamenco performance at the Museo de Baile Flamenco
  • Splurge…on private cocktail reception on a rooftop overlooking the Cathedral
  • Eat…at Michelin-starred restaurant Abantal in the Triana neighborhood
  • Drink…sangria in a courtyard under orange trees in blossom
  • Savor…a tour of the stunning and intricate Alcazar gardens
  • Visit…nearby Cordoba, home of Mezquita and Granada, the setting of the Alhambra
  • See…Seville’s Cathedral, the third largest in the world, and the location of Christopher Columbus’s mausoleum
  • Shop…for flamenco dresses in all patterns and colors at Lina
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations, expert guides, special access and itineraries

Lay of the Land

“The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it.”
~Christopher Columbus

Seville’s summer days can get hot, so those visitors during the summer months should plan their days around time spent in cooling courtyards, around the hotel pool and along the Guadalquivir river. The city is made up of barrios, or neighborhoods, with Plaza del Triunfo at the center. This all-important area contains the Cathedral, the Alcazar and the Giralda Tower. The Old Town is also home to Barrio de Santa Cruz, the charming Jewish neighborhood with ancient winding pathways and windows overflowing with flower boxes. The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza bullring is to the west, set on the river and across the river is Triana, a gritty area that is home to the city’s gypsy culture and ceramic tile industry.

Getting There
The train system in Spain is excellent and exceptionally efficient. The best way to travel between Madrid and Seville is via the AVE high-speed train network. Tickets can be booked ahead online on www.raileurope.com. The journey from Madrid to Seville typically takes around two hours on the fast trains, and there are multiple scheduled departures each day. Contact our bookings team for more information and for assistance with transportation around the country.

 

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