21 Photos That Prove Seville is 2018's Top City to Visit

Photo of Mark Nayler
11 January 2018

The gorgeous Andalusian capital of Seville is arguably Spain’s most colourful city. From the many-hued facades of buildings in its oldest quarters to the spectacular celebrations of its April Fair, this is a city defined by bold blues, yellows, reds and oranges, as shown by the 21 stunning photos below.

One of the city’s most distinctive sights is that of the colourful fronts of buildings lining the Guadalquivir River in the former gypsy neighbourhood of Triana. They are best viewed from the opposite side of the river, where you can stroll on a wide pathway as you take in the vibrant colours.

Colourful building facades in the Triana neighbourhood | © ijclark / Flickr

There are also spectatcular riverside views to be enjoyed at night, when Seville wears an entirely different suit of colours. This photo is looking towards the historical city centre from the Triana side of the river.

The riverside views at night in Seville are spectacular | © Benurs – Learning and learning / Flickr

Triana is also home to one of the city’s best food markets, the Mercado de Triana. Located at the end of the Triana bridge on the site of a medieval castle – part of the walls of which can be viewed inside the market – this is a vibrant and colourful nucleus of local life.

The colourful and lively Mercado de Triana, in Seville’s former gypsy neighbourhood | © Sandra Vallaure / Flickr

Most of Seville’s historic attractions are located on the other side of the river from Triana. The city’s elegant 18th-century bullring is one of them, and it boasts an understated and yet astonishingly beautiful facade.

The main entrance to Seville’s elegant 18th century bullring | © RomainSeaf / Flickr

During Seville’s annual April Fair, the city hosts some of the most prestigious bullfights in Spain. The ring is packed with well-dressed locals and tourists, who come to experience the intense colours and emotions of the bullfight.

A packed-out bullfight in Seville | © Jean-Michel Brunet / Flickr

Controversial as the bullfight is, its colours are are dazzling: the bright reds and pinks of the matadors’ capes and costumes contrast with the yellow of the sand, the blacks and browns of the bulls’ hides and the brilliant blue of an Andalusian sky.

The intense colours of the bullfight are one of its most striking aspects | © Por David Pineda Svenske / Shutterstock

The beating heart of Seville’s Feria de Abril is a vast, sanded fairground called the recinto, where around 1,000 marquees – casetas – are set up for dancing, drinking and eating every year. The local women dress in the beautiful flamenco dresses – trajes de gitanas, or ‘gypsy dresses’ – for which Andalusia is famous.

Women in beautiful flamenco dresses during Seville’s April Fair | © Shootdiem / Shutterstock

During the Feria de Abril, each caseta is uniquely decorated in its own vibrant colour scheme, which is complemented by the smart attire of the Sevillanos.

Each caseta at the feria has its own colour scheme | © Jose Antonio Moreno Cabezudo / Flickr

Seville’s colours are not just on display during its annual feria. The main courtyard of one of its key historical monuments, the Royal Alcazar Palace, is stunning at any time of year.

The principal courtyard of Seville’s Royal Alcazar Palace | © Wenjie, Zhang / Flickr

The Lion’s Gate is the Alcazar’s main entrance is also a striking sight, especially after dark, when its ancient maroon walls are softly illuminated in orange.

The Lion’s Gate entrance to the Alcazar Palace | © Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

The Alcazar’s Dona Maria de Padilla baths are another of the Palace’s most attractive features and seem to glow in a rich orange light.

The Alcazar’s Dona Maria de Padilla baths | © Kamil Porembiński / Flickr

Another of the city’s key architectural gems is its gigantic cathedral, which is the largest gothic cathedral in the world. Its Giralda belltower reaches up into the deep blue skies that Seville enjoys most of the year round.

Seville’s cathedral is the largest gothic cathedral in the world | © MemoryCatcher / Pixabay

From the cathedral, it’s just a 10-minute stroll to the beautiful Plaza de España, a semi-circular building decorated with tile mosaics overlooking a moat crossed by four attractive little bridges. It was built for Seville’s hosting of the Ibero-American Fair in 1929.

Seville’s beautiful Plaza de España | © Edmund Gall / Flickr

Pay close attention to the intricate tile mosaics as you explore the Plaza de España, as they are some of its most aesthetically pleasing features.

The intricate tile mosaics are one of the Plaza de España’s most attractive features | © el lobo / Shutterstock

Adjoining the Plaza de España is the leafy and tropical Parque Maria Luisa, Seville’s prettiest park. Take a carriage around its wide boulevards and enjoy the profusion of natural colour that surrounds you.

Enjoy the abundance of natural colour in Seville’s Maria Luisa park | © Raúl A.- / Flickr

Santa Cruz is Seville’s oldest neighbourhood and, along with Triana, its most attractive. Just like Triana, it boasts a wealth of brightly decorated buildings, with the most popular colours being bold reds, oranges and yellows.

Brightly coloured buildings in Seville’s Santa Cruz neighbourhood | © Irina Sen / Shutterstock

One of Santa Cruz’s principal attractions is the striking Metropol Parasol monument. The largest wooden structure in the world, it is known locally as Las Setas, or ‘the Mushrooms’, due its distinctively shaped canopies.

Seville’s Metropol Parasol monument is known locally as ‘the Mushrooms’ | © Manuel Martín / Flickr

The orange trees for which Seville is famous are in abundance on the streets and squares of Santa Cruz. Their bitter fruit looks beautiful against the dark-green leaves and stark whitewashed buildings.

An orange tree in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood of Seville | © Sandra Vallaure / Flickr

Elsewhere in the city, lush tropical foliage grows next to brightly blossoming trees; framed against the deep blue of a Seville sky, the mixture of colours can be breathtaking.

Palm trees and blossom in Seville’s city centre | © Alexander Savin / Flickr

Always remember to look up as you explore the oldest parts of Andalusia’s enchanting capital; you’re more than like to see scenes that seem to come straight out of a fairy tale.

Barrio de Santa Cruz, Seville | © Phillip Capper / Flickr

This is a city in which most private residences are things of great beauty; a city whose singular charm and life-affirming colours will leave you spellbound. Not for nothing is the city’s motto Sevilla – no me ha dejado; ‘Seville – it has not forsaken me.’

In Seville, private houses are things of beauty and colour | © holbox / Shutterstock

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