Seville is a colourful, buzzing city offering that perfect blend of modernity and culture. With romantic architecture, a wide range of museums and galleries, stunning outside parks and gardens, gastronomic delights, and a renowned nightlife, Seville is a fantastic destination to visit, whatever your age and interests.
Here are five of our favourite places in this quintessentially Andalusian city, which are well worth adding to your itinerary.
1. Plaza de España – for architectural beauty
Located in the Parque de Maria Luisa, the Plaza de España, built in 1928, is a good example of the Renaissance Revival. Mainly made up of government buildings, this beautifully grand art deco square is a must visit while in Seville. The sheer scale of the Plaza de España is breathtaking and it’s a good spot to visit when you first arrive in the city. Bring a picnic or take a boat trip around the lake. The scenery here is so iconic that even some well-known films have chosen it as a location, such as Star Wars and the Dictator.
2. El Garlochi – for trendy drinks
The last place you would expect to see images of Christ and the Virgin Mary is a gay-friendly boozer. Bar Garlochi is one of the hippest and most popular bars in Seville, and is the kind of place that you’ll come away with lasting memories from. Expect cheesy 70´s pop music, religious iconography and a wide variety of punters all there to relax and let loose.
3. Tablao el Arenal – for some typically Andalusian entertainment
For a truly traditional and exciting evening, you should visit Tablao el Arenal. It offers two nightly flamenco performances, and features many different artists. Not only is this a cultural and fun night out, but you know you are getting quality as it has been open for more than 25 years. Tablao el Arenal also boasts a great location, being between the cathedral and the Guadalquivir River.
4. Sevilla FC vs. Real Betis – for footy fans
Football is huge in Seville, as it is all over Spain, and there is a big hometown rivalry between the city’s two biggest clubs – Sevilla FC and Real Betis. It’s worth checking if there’s a game while you’re in the city. The clubs usually play on alternate weekends to avoid a clash. Both clubs play in Spain’s top division, La Liga. Betis’ home is the Benito Villamarín, while Sevilla play at the slightly smaller Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
5. Museum of Fine Arts – for highbrow culture
The building, which dates back to 1594, could be considered a work of art in its own right. The art gallery itself is home to many of Spain’s most prominent artists, such as Murillo and Zurbarán