Rich in culture and sizzling with energy, the Andalucian city of Seville is a feast for the senses. Its historic centre is a mix of Mudéjar palaces, baroque churches and winding medieval lanes.
The city is famous for its flamenco dancing, of which there are many classes held, particularly in its Triana neighbourhood. Major landmarks include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring.
Most impressive is the colossal Gothic Seville Cathedral which towers over the city’s historic centre. This is the site of the explorer Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda.
The tapas scene is one of the main cultural attractions of the city. Local specialities include fried and grilled seafood (including squid, cuttlefish, swordfish, marinated dogfish, and ortiguillas), grilled and stewed meat, spinach with chickpeas, Jamón ibérico, lamb kidneys in sherry sauce, snails, caldo de puchero, and gazpacho.
Home to two professional football teams, Real Betis and Sevilla, as well as three large public universities, Seville is an ideal destination for all.