I’ve been 3 times to Sevilla already and everytime I go back, I’m always surprised by the dazzling beauty of the city. If you really want to enjoy your trip, I would advise to go during spring or after summer otherwise you will literally burn in the months of July and August (more than 40°C). If you wish to know why you should visit Sevilla, keep reading !
6 Reasons to visit Sevilla
Visit the Real Alcazar
The city of Sevilla is a marvelous jewel thanks to its diverse cultural influences over the centuries. You will notice the arabic influences in the iconic sights of the city, but to me, the most beautiful representation of this cultural heritage is the Real Alcazar. This is one of the oldest palaces in the world that are still in use and ranks at the Unesco World Heritage. Inside, you will be mesmerized by the mix of mudejar and gothic architecture that decorate the walls and arcades. It is truly one of the most beautiful edifices that I have seen. Beside the astonishing and fascinating architecture, there are gigantic lavish gardens of 7 hectares that are worth seeing. There’s no way to describe properly this site, you just have to see it to believe it.
Discover Plaza de Espana
Let’s continue with the incredible architecture of Sevilla and let’s talk about the Plaza de Espana. With it’s semi-circular shape, it has been built for the universal exposition of 1929. I always become speechless in front of such fantastic beauty. A majestic site where you can take amazing pictures and rent a rowing boat on the plaza’s surrounding moat. While you’re there, take a walk to the park Maria Luisa located in front of the square, it’s the prettiest of the city.
Take part to the Feria de Abril
Colors, music, flamenco, traditions, parades, that’s what the Feria de Abril is all about. This yearly and lively event that takes place around a fortnight after Easter and is basically a huge party. Many tourists come to Sevilla to witness the festivities and enjoy the show. People dress up, drink, eat and have fun in a special atmosphere. I find this event a unique occasion to discover and participate to the andalusian lifestyle and traditions.
Hang out in Triana
Triana is the most authentic part of Sevilla and formerly known as the gypsy district. I loved walking around in the paved streets filled with azulejos workshops, small churches and tapas bars. In this neighborhood, you will find delicious local restaurants and authentic flamenco performances.
Admire the view at Metropol parasol
One of the best spots in Sevilla if you love rooftops and panoramas. The Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located in the Alfafa district where you can see the whole city from above. From up there you can see the main sights but also the surrounding of Sevilla as well as the green lands and vineyards of the countryside. To go up, the price is about 3€ and you’ll be able to enjoy a fresh drink on the rooftop terrasse.
Shopping addicts, let’s be clear you will love Sevilla. You will find plenty of shops, international brands and markets to have fun window-shopping. Go to the Corte Inglés, a mall where you’ll find perfumery, cosmetic, fashion, sport, gourmet and electronic areas. I would recommend to also walk in the Alfafa and Encarnacion districts where you’ll be able to discover traditional flamenco outfits and other cute little boutiques.
What I don’t like about Sevilla
- Horse tours: you will see, in Sevilla horses are everywhere. You can think it’s romantic to discover the sights this way, but honestly I feel pity for the horses that carry people all day long, 24/7 and under the heat. Some of them died because of exhausting working conditions…
- Corridas: I’m against corridas, killing an innocent animal just for the show is something I don’t really understand. So please, think about it twice before buying your tickets.
- Warm weather : ok I like when it’s hot, but when it’s too hot and getting up becomes a tremendous effort, it’s just too much. Can you imagine 40°C in Sevilla ? It’s impossible to enjoy a visit with that kind of heat !
Sevilla is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and is really worth visiting. If you plan to go there for your next holidays and you’d like to know more about this destination, you can leave a comment right below and I’ll give you more info