Seville, the jewel of Andalusia, is the perfect place to immerse oneself in the extraordinary Spanish culture. It is Spain's fourth-largest city and the capital of Andalusia, with a habitant of approximately 700,000. It's full of narrow, twisting medieval streets overhung by balconies, grand churches, beautiful gardens, squares and parks, which is best illustrated in the historic center and Barrio Santa Cruz, the city's old Jewish Quarter.

This historical capital of Andalusia is located the in the Southern West part of Spain where one can easily access the nearby cities of Carmona with its stunning Roman necropolis; Huelva, featuring one of the largest and richest wildlife refuges in Europe, Doñana National Park; San Lucar and Jerez de la Frontera, world headquarters for sherry; Cordoba, Malaga, Cadiz and Gibraltar, areas of Mediterranean beaches, as well as other countries in Portugal, and North Africa. Its mild Mediterranean climate offers mild winters and hot summers.

  It is an extremely rich history of over 2500 yrs. The Cathedral, the third largest in the world, was built in the 1400´s (15th Century), and is maybe the most impressive gothic cathedral in the Christian world. It is adjoined to the Almohad Tower called the Giralda, which was originally the minaret of the Great Mosque that occupied the site before the cathedral was built. This 300 foot high tower offers a superb view of the city from the top. It is also the city's symbol. 

Across from the Cathedral stands the impressive 10th century palace complex, the Alcazar, which possess impressive examples of both Moorish and Christian architecture. This magnificent royal residence that dates to the 1300s, shows the exquisite craftwork of Mudejar artisans (Moors working for the Christian rulers), the intricate details of the tile work, and an extensive complex of gardens graced by orange trees.

  Here you will enjoy numerous cultural, social, and religious events celebrated during the year.  Its two most famous festivals, Semana Santa (Holy Week) takes place just prior to Easter. It's an amazing display of elaborate parades with traditional floats and somber music. La Feria, which occurs during the last week in April, is a wonderful city fair, featuring plenty of food, wine, fun, sevillano, and flamenco. Cultural activities such as flamenco and bullfighting are readily available. Several spots in the Santa Cruz district present flamenco performances.

For entertainment and culture, one may try visiting the numerous monuments and museums around the city, theatres, Ethnic Music spots, Jazz bars, exhibitions at the many art galleries, and the many movie cinemas that features Spanish movies from Spain, Mexico, Argentinean and other Latin American countries. El Giraldillo, a free monthly arts leaflet, lists classical concerts, jazz, films, plays, art exhibits, and dance performances around town. The tourist office has a quarterly leaflet of events at municipal theaters ("Programación Teatros Municipales"), and more information on events can be found in the ABC Sevilla, Correo de Andalucía, Sudoeste, or Nueva Andalucía.

  Seville offers one of the most interesting Spanish lifestyle, a wide variety of art, a lively street life, excellent transportation, countless stores, great restaurants and a teeming nightlife. Seville has the highest concentrations of bars in Spain. There are bars and cafes close to every square where one can participate in a ¨botellon¨ with local youths. Because most locals eat their main meal at lunchtime, Seville's bars are packed in the evenings with people enjoying tapas. The bars and restaurants in Barrio Santa Cruz are very active at night.   
  Streets of SevilleThe Triana district, just across the river, is good area for nightlife. Its Calle Betis, along the waterfront, features a popular strip of trendy bars, pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants. Around town, there are several Disco bars and discotecas, with music such as, Modern Spanish Pop, Hip-Hop, R& B, Salsa, Merengue, Samba, Funky, House, etc. Many of these can also be found in and around the city center, in areas such as Plaza Alfalfa, and Alameda Hercules. In the summer, the action moves to the huge clubs along the river, close by el Puente Alamillo.  
  In Seville you can purchase Andalusian souvenirs to commemorate your visit. Most such items are sold in the Barrio de Santa Cruz and on the streets around the cathedral. There are also several antique stores in this area.  The main shopping area for Sevillanos themselves is Calle Sierpes, along with its neighboring streets Tetuan, Velázquez, Plaza Magdalena, Plaza Duque and Nervion Plaza. Fashionable boutiques abound here, and enough cafes and 'heladorias' to rejuvenate between stores.

Blessed with a magical ambiance and beauty of the people to match. You will be enchanted by Seville's captivating atmosphere. It will surely keep you coming back.
  Lodging Facilities  
  The accommodations are located in and around Seville's center with several minutes walking or bus riding to the city center. The neighborhoods reflects Seville's mixture of students and small families, with accessibility to Supermarkets, large shopping centers, Multi-Cineplex, Pubs, bars, restaurants, Taxi Point, city Buses, Bus and Train Station, etc.  



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