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.
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.