7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Seville at Least Once in Your Lifetime

Sunset from Las Setas, Seville
Sunset from Las Setas, Seville | © Encarni Novillo
Mark Nayler

Seville’s motto is “No me ha dejado”—“It has not forsaken me”. Hinting as it does at the captivating effect this city has on all who visit it, it couldn’t be more appropriate for the Andalusian capital. Here are seven reasons why Seville should be on everyone’s bucket list.

The banks of the Guadalquivir

Flowing through the middle of Seville is the distinctively-green Guadalquivir river, which is now spanned by several ornate bridges connecting the city’s two halves. Seville owes a great deal to the murky waters of the Guadalquivir; flowing out into the Atlantic through the Bay of Cádiz, it gave the city a trading monopoly with the New World after its discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Riches from the Americas poured into Seville and the city became enormously wealthy and powerful as a result. On sunny weekends (and there are great deal of them here), the lush banks of this great river are crowded with locals enjoying an activity named botellón, in which they carry their own booze down to the river and enjoy spontaneous, open-aired house parties. Blending in among them and indulging in your own riverside botellón is a great way to spend an afternoon in Seville, not least because it enables you to escape the ferocious heat and big crowds of the city centre.


There are no shortage of neighbourhoods in Andalusia where time stands to have stood still; barrios in which the homogenising trends of modernity have failed to take hold. One of the most enchanting of them all is Triana, the former gypsy quarter of Seville sitting on the other side of the river from the historic city centre. Many great flamenco artists and bullfighters have come from its attractive yellow and white-fronted houses, which are decorated with the pretty tile mosaics for which Triana is famous; indeed, as you arrive here via the Isabel II bridge, you are greeted by a statue of Juan Belmonte, the Triana-born matador said to be the greatest of the 20th century. Triana is also packed with traditional tapas bars—kitted out with the mandatory mounted bulls’ heads, bullfighting posters and pictures of a weeping Virgin Mary—offering insanely cheap drinks and snacks, meaning you can keep yourself well-refreshed whilst exploring this unforgettable neighbourhood.

Triana was formerly the gypsy quarter of Seville

1. The Royal Alcázar Palace

Building, Cathedral, Historical Landmark

The internal courtyard of Sevilles Alcazar palace
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A trip to Seville’s Royal Alcázar Palace is a must for fans of Mudéjar architecture — the name given to a blend of Moorish and Renaissance styles that is found in many of the Andalusian capital’s great monuments. The Alcázar, though, is the most impressive of them all. Work on this great palace began in the 10th century and continued, on and off, until the 19th century, resulting in a structure that showcases an intriguing mix of Moorish and Mudéjar architecture, with the latter style being particularly notable in the archways of the Alcázar’s elegant internal courtyards. Indeed, the interiors of this beautiful building match anything you’ll see in Granada’s Alhambra.

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