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Seville Travel Guide


Seville Introduction


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Exploring the labyrinthine old city of Seville, Spain, might give you a clue as to how Sevillanos in the 1500s developed the skills to become masters of global navigation. Even with today's GPS apps, finding your way through the maze of narrow winding streets can still pose a challenge. But you'll know it's worth the effort when you glimpse a plant-filled patio with a trickling fountain or stumble upon a lovely plaza alive with people enjoying drinks and tapas.  Click here to see the full Seville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seville Geography


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Seville is in southern Spain in the western half of the state of Andalusia. By train, it's about 90 minutes to Cadiz on the Atlantic coast, at least two hours to Malaga on the Mediterranean coast and three hours to Granada in the east. The metropolitan area lies in the fertile plain of the Guadalquivir River. Upward of 70% of the tourist sights are found in the old city (casco antiguo).   Click here to see the full Seville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seville History


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Artifacts and structures tell the story of Seville's rich history. A hoard of gold jewelry and other finds unearthed near Seville called the Carambolo treasure are an indication that either Phoenicians or Phoenician-influenced Iberian people were settled in the Guadalquivir valley as early as the eighth century BC. Pottery found around Seville and nearby Carmona also points to a later Carthaginian presence. More substantial are the Roman remains from the third century BC onward, when Seville was known as Hispalis. Five tall columns from a temple, sections of an aqueduct, and the footprint of streets and houses are still visible in the city. The nearby ruins of the Roman city of Italica, the birthplace of Trajan, are also well-preserved.   Click here to see the full Seville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seville Sightseeing & Things to Do


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To help you organize your sightseeing in Seville, it's a good idea to focus on a particular theme or geographic area and let that guide you. Of course, there are some things that every visitor to Seville should see, namely the cathedral, which is very impressive in terms of both size and decorative detail, and the Real Alcazar, a palace complex spanning the city's Muslim and Christian eras. The city's third UNESCO World Heritage site is the Archivo de Indias. Its exhibits will appeal primarily to people interested in the history of Seville's role in the Americas, but the general public will no doubt appreciate its handsome architecture. Fortunately, all three sites are close to one another, forming a veritable epicenter of sightseeing. And that's where you should start.  Click here to see the full Seville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seville Nightlife


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Seville is a nocturnal city, and the nightlife scene revolves around a large number of traditional and contemporary bars and clubs. In general, finding a place where you can enjoy a glass of beer or wine and a tapa won't be a problem in any barrio, or practically on any street, but there are some neighborhoods that have a higher concentration of options than others.   Click here to see the full Seville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seville Restaurants & Dining


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Andalusia renders a bounty of high-quality meats, fresh produce and seafood that is showcased in Seville's restaurants. In fact, dining out is one of the best things about visiting Seville. Other cuisines, particularly Italian and some Asian, are available, but the overwhelming emphasis is on local and regional specialties.   Click here to see the full Seville travel guide on Travel42 »

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