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Seville

An inspiring destination

Sevilla

Seville is a city that leaves its mark, and many people define it as special. It might be because of the grandeur of its monuments. Or perhaps the charm of areas such as Triana.

It may possibly be the scent of jasmine in its squares or the Spanish guitar music of its streets. Some say that it’s the tradition of its festivals, and many are convinced its tapas are the real reason.

A monumental city

You can see it for yourself in the few metres that separate the Giralda tower, the Cathedral and the Real Alcázar of Seville. La Giralda is a city icon and one of its main charms lies in its viewpoint. The views of Seville are fantastic with its courtyards of orange trees, typical in Andalusia, and a close-up of the largest Gothic temple in Europe, the Cathedral. A visit to the Real Alcázar reveals an extraordinary palace full of details. If you visit in the summer, take advantage of the night visits and the festival held in its gardens.

Seville is much more than its undeniable monumentality. It is a city of lively streets and large open spaces such as the huge Plaza de España, María Luisa Park or the avant-garde Metropol Parasol. And if you want to enjoy the authentic atmosphere of Seville, try going for tapas in the old town, in popular areas such as Alameda, Macarena, Nervión, Los Remedios or Triana. Marinated ‘pescaíto’ (fish), small filled rolls, typical snails, fino (white wine), manzanilla (sweet wine) or a cold beer are a must on any tapas outing.

Popular tradition of the south

In Seville, tradition is always in fashion. From flamenco shows and Spanish guitar music to typical ceramics and crafts, which are always a good souvenir of the city. There are plenty of shops and workshops in Triana. And it’s easy to enjoy flamenco at one of the many ‘tablaos’ or neighbourhood ‘peña’ groups. In fact, Seville hosts what is perhaps the most important international festival of this art: The Biennial.The tradition of Seville is also reflected in its more international festivals. Two good examples are the April Fair and Holy Week. The first is all about joy and passion for popular Andalusian art, an unbeatable chance to enjoy the sound of the Spanish guitar, flamenco fashion and festive Seville. Holy Week is a passionate festival full of emotional moments. To understand it, the best option is to witness one of the much-visited religious processions or hear a live ‘saeta’ (emotional flamenco song dedicated to the religious figures).

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How to get to aeroplane

  • Seville Airport is 10 kilometres from the city, off the A-4 motorway.

  • You can get to the city centre by bus route EA. The trip takes about 35 minutes and costs 4 euros (6 euros return)

  • A taxi to the city centre takes about 30 minutes and can cost 20-30 euros.

  • By road you can take the A-4, in a 25-minute drive.

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How to get to train

  • Santa Justa railway station is very close to the city centre (for example, it’s 2 kilometres or a 25-minute walk from Seville Cathedral).

  • By public transport, the 32 bus goes from the station to the old town centre (although you can get other buses from Santa Justa, including the special Airport Bus). The journey takes under 15 minutes.

  • The nearest metro station is Nervión (1 kilometre away).

  • There are high-speed trains to Madrid (approximately 2.5 hours), Barcelona (approximately 5.5 hours), Valencia (from 4 hours), and more destinations.

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How to get to bus

  • Seville has two main bus and coach stations

  • Coaches from the rest of Spain and other countries arrive at Plaza de Armas station, in the centre of Seville.

  • Regional lines mainly come to Prado de San Sebastián station, also in the city centre.

How to get there by road

  • From Madrid, the A-4 and A-5 motorways (connecting with the A-66).

  • From Portugal, the A-49 motorway.

  • From the Costa del Sol, via the A-92 motorway.

  • From Cadiz, the AP-4 motorway.

How to get around in bus

  • Seville’s city buses usually run from 6 am to 11.30 pm. 

  • The night service runs until 2 am from Sunday to Thursday and until 5 am on Friday, Saturday and the day before public holidays.

  • There is a 1 or 3 day tourist card with unlimited travel.

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How to get around in metro/tram

  • A metro line runs through the city.

  • It normally operates from 6.30 am to 11 pm. Operating hours are longer on Fridays, the day before public holidays and on Saturdays.

  • You can get a single or return ticket, a money card for buying tickets, or a one-day pass.

  • There is also a tram line (Metrocentro or T1) through part of the city centre.

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How to get around in other means of transport

  • Seville is an easy city to explore on foot.

  • Taxis are white with a yellow diagonal stripe. A green light on the roof shows they are available.

  • There is a bicycle rental network that is free for 30 minutes (you must register, which costs around €15).

  • A ride in a horse-drawn carriage and boat tour along the Guadalquivir river are original ways to visit the tourist areas.