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Inhabitants 1914948
Nearest airport Seville
Max. temperature 40 C
Min. temperature 5 C


Seville

The province of Seville is located in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain.

Relatively few tourists venture beyond the capital, but its absolutely worth it if you have the time.  Much of the province is cut through by the River Guadalquivir, which sets a striking scene. In fact many of the provinces villages and towns are positioned along the river.


Seville City
Its capital, Seville is the largest city in Andalusia, it lies on the banks of the Gaudalquivir River and is one of the most historical centres of Europe, its undeniably the main attraction of the province itself and is brimming with historical and cultural citations.  The city is the home of tapas, flamenco
and the keeper of the Archive of the Indies (the extremely valuable historical records documenting the history of the Spanish empire).

Seville is a must for travellers who want to completely immerse themselves in Andalusian culture and history. Sevillanos (natives of Seville) also know how to enjoy themselves to the max;
so combine history, culture and frivolity in one and you have Seville.


Natural Seville
The beautiful countryside of the Sierra Morena and Sierra Norte Natural Park are fabulous locations for those who love walking, cycling and trekking holidays. Mountain villages and towns
dating back to the Copper ages, quaint inns and taverns, ancient castles and pure Andalusian culture, all make for a truly rural vacation.

The Sierra Norte Natural Park is the central section of the immense Sierra Morena, which is made up of the extensive and sparsely populated Sierra Norte Natural Park, a landscape of gently rolling hills clad in dense evergreen oaks. It’s similar to the adjacent natural parks of the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche and Hornachuelos, in the neighbouring provinces of Huelva and Cordoba. Few foreign tourists make it up here, although it’s a popular weekend retreat
for Sevillanos. It is one of Andalusia’s largest protected natural areas, covering 177,484 hectares.

Villages and towns are sparse, but attractive, with a distinctively Moorish feel about their steep, cobbled streets that often lead up to a hilltop castle or Mudejar church.

The village names indicate the regions mining history, like Villanueva del Rio y Las Minas just south of the park.


Seville Province - East
Heading east of the city is a vast, undulating countryside of cereal fields and olive trees interspersed with a series of towns, such as Carmona, Ecija, Estepa and Osuna, which boast some of the province’s finest architecture outside of Seville city: distinguished Baroque townhouses and handsome Mudejar churches sit serenely century after century, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Carmona

Located on a low hill overlooking a fertile plain, Carmona is a picturesque, small town with a magnificent 15th century tower built in imitation of The Giralda in Seville City. This is the first thing you see and sets an appropriate tone for the place. Not surprisingly, given its proximity, Carmona shares a similar history to Seville, and was an important Roman city, which, under the
Moors was often governed by a brother of Seville’s ruler. Later Pedro the Cruel built a palace within its castle, which he used as his royal residence in the country.

At the entrance to the town is the Puerto de Sevilla; a grand if ruinous fortified gateway, which leads to the historic old part of the city. Within the town’s walls, narrow streets meander past Mudejar churches and Renaissance mansions. Further up is the Plaza San Fernando, which although comparatively small, is dominated by splendid Moorish style buildings. Behind the square is a bustling fruit and vegetable market, typical of the markets in Andalusia, which
appropriately reflects the produce that is in season at any given time.

Close by, to the east, is Santa Maria, a stately Gothic church built over the former main mosque, whose elegant patio has been well preserved. Like many of Carmona’s churches it is topped by an evocative Mudejar tower and part of the original minaret may still be spotted.

Dominating the ridge of the town are the massive ruins of Pedro’s Palace; destroyed by an earthquake in 1504 and now taken over by a gracious if expensive Parador. To the left the town comes to an abrupt halt at the Roman Puerta de Cordoba, from where the original Cordoba road drops down to a vast plain.

The Roman Necropolis is particular noteworthy. It lies on a low hill at the opposite end of Carmona amid cypress trees and contains more than nine hundred family tombs dating from the second century BC to the fourth century AD. Enclosed in subterranean chambers hewn from the rock, the tombs are often frescoed and contain a series of niches in which many of the funeral urns remain intact. Some of the larger tombs have vestibules with stone benches for funeral banquets and several retain carved family emblems. Opposite is a partly excavated amphitheatre.

History buff or not, Carmona is a fascinating town and well worth a visit. From Carmona it’s a 28km long green route to Alcala de Guadaira, the Via Verde of the Hills, which can be reached on foot, bike or horseback.

Estepa
Estepa is a small town 24 kilometres east of Osuna; it’s famous for two very different reasons. Chiefly it is renowned for the biscuits known as Polvorones and Mantecados, which are typically baked for Christmas and eaten throughout
Andalusia.

Its other claim to fame is a grisly mass suicide 2,200 years ago, when in 208 BC Roman invaders found that the entire population of what was then a small but important outpost of Carthage, had torched their homes and killed themselves rather than be overrun by the Romans.

In 1886, queen Maria Cristina honoured the town with the title of City by Royal Disposition, a sign of its status in the region.





 




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Reviews for Seville

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Based on 32 reviews.

   
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31 March, 2014

City review

above our expectations, fantastic buildings, very lively town in Andalucia

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05 October, 2013

City review

Pruna is a well appointed small town with plenty of bars/restaurants open most of the time. There are also shops, bakeries, pharmacy, general stores and a co-operative supermarket, also a medical centre. This is a small town and the facilities are small local businesses but have just about everything you would need to service your holiday, of course, if you require more choice Olvera a larger town about 20 mins drive would give you this. The people in Pruna were very welcoming and though we can not speak Spanish, we managed to make ourselves understood or someone would come along and help us out. Pruna is well placed for visiting Ronda, Jerez, Savilla, Granada for some culture, Lobo Park the wolf sanctuary well worth a visit. Good walking area, the local women would form groups and about 6.30 pm would walk up the hill to the small white church at the top of the hill chatting and exercising all at the same time (it's a woman thing!!). The coast is a decent drive away and we didn't feel the need to travel so can't say we can comment on time to visit coastal areas, we were happy exploring the surrounding area. Pruna suited our needs of a relaxed, friendly, small local facilites type of place. Prices in the surrounding area were very reasonable, much cheaper then coastal areas. Great time had by both of us.

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15 May, 2013

City review

Sevilla is a beautiful city and one of my top five favourite places to visit in the summer. It has many historic buildings and features, along with spanish tradition and good food. It also has many intersting places within an hours drive like Cadiz on the coast and Jerez the home of the Andalucian dancing horses.

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04 April, 2013

City review

Beautiful city in a wonderful region of Spain

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06 November, 2012

City review

A revelation! AMAZING number of excellent restaurants offering outstanding food and wines at a very reasonable price. Lots of sightseeing and and cultural events. Very welcoming city.

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13 October, 2012

City review

The sights were tremendous-we visited Real Alcazar,Cathedral,Hospital Venerables and the Mrtropol Parasol. The Metropolitan Parasol is not advertised at all.We found out about it from the TV programme "Pointless"!If you are over 65 you can get in these places much cheaper but do not forget to show your passport.The most disappointing thing was the quality of the food-we tried tapas(2 euros and upwards)-the menu del dia and in the 5 days we were ther we did not have a really exceptional meal

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09 October, 2012

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Sevilla is an awesome city for Flamenco aficionados. I attended their bi-annual Flamenco Festival, La Bienal. Totally awesome. Sevilla is an exciting city if you know where to go and what to do.

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01 October, 2012

City review

An amazing city, I would highly recommend it.

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12 August, 2012

City review

Having just spent time in Granada, we found Sevilla to have much more of a big-city feel. There is more to do, but it is also more expensive. It was very hot while we were there, and the city shut down from 2-8 everyday, so it was a little difficult to find places that were open considering our different sleep schedules and jetlag (I came from Korea, and my kids came from the US).

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30 July, 2012

City review

Most enjoyable and interesting visit.

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19 June, 2012

City review

Loved the city, history, people, food. It was easy to walk anywhere and I felt very safe. My only concern was attending the Faire. There was not information on how "visitors" could enjoy and embrace the event. We walked around and enjoyed watching the people enjoy their family and friends. There were municipal tents, but they were not clearly marked or welcoming in my opinion...I even practiced the dance from watching u-tube to be ready for the event! Sevilla was one of my favorite cities in Spain.

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28 May, 2012

City review

Seville is a world class city filled with charm and grace. It is easy to walk around with as long as one uses a map since it is an old city without a grid system.

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25 March, 2012

City review

Sevilla is a beautiful vibrant city with a lot to offer. However, it is not very easy for English speaking people with no Spanish. The Tourist Offices were a great disappointment, with no English spoken or handouts available in English. I inquired about a coach trip to Grenada and the timetable I was given was out of date. I did take a Spanish/English dictionary and wrote down things I needed to know. I certainly want to return as there are so many interesting places to visit. There is so much history there. Wonderful The best I saw was The Reales Alcazar.....beyond description, the skills of the craftsmen. Beautiful gardens.

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21 March, 2012

City review

Do the bike tour through Seville Bikes for a nice orientation to the area and take in the flamenco show at Museo de Baile Flamenco -- it's a small, intimate place, not a tourist dance factory. Down the street from the Museo dancing events, check the Bar Estrella for tapas -- they're the best we've had in Spain, by far, at great prices, with good service. The visit to the Alcazar and Plaza de Espana were highlights, as was an organ concert in the Cathedral.

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25 May, 2011

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delightful!

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07 May, 2014
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16 April, 2014
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09 October, 2013
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