Savour tapas treats and flamenco flourishes
Seville, Spain’s fourth largest city and the capital of Andalusia, offers up 500 years of Moorish history, a sun-soaked climate and intricate 16th Century architecture. Take in the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, ornate Moorish palaces, hidden orange tree-lined plazas, scores of tempting tapas joints and rousing flamenco clubs. The city is also ideally placed for exploring the glorious wider Andalusia region, making it the perfect base for a multi-centre Spanish holiday.
Seville’s historic centre is a tangle of atmospheric alleyways and grand squares. Take in its majestic cathedral, a symphony of Gothic architecture and gold, visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus and climb the Giralda belltower, once the minaret of a mosque, for sublime views. Explore the Real Alcazar, built by the Moors on Roman foundations and blending Arabic architecture, colourful tiles, intricate ironwork, lush gardens and tranquil courtyards. Stroll the banks of the Guadalquivir, where ships once docked with treasures scored from the Spanish Empire, past the 13th Century Torre del Oro. Sample the best tapas in Seville in the traditional eateries on Calle Mateos Gago, including La Fresquita with its exquisite decor and Cerveceria Giralda, housed in a 12th Century hammam.
The former Jewish ghetto Santa Cruz is one of Seville’s most colourful districts, with impossibly narrow streets and many pretty churches. Don’t miss the Palacio de las Duenas, the spectacular 15th Century Renaissance palace that combines Gothic and Mudejar elements with stunning gardens and an impressive art collection. Make tracks for Triana, the gypsy district that’s becoming known as the city’s trendiest area, packed with a lively market, scores of authentic tapas bars and foot-stomping flamenco shows. Book your flight to Seville now.