Just one of the Many Monuments and Statues Found in Seville
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What is Seville Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
You must possess a valid passport, but no visa is required for stay less than 90 days.
The Official language of Seville is Spanish, however some English is spoken in the tourist areas. The official currency is the euro.
Just One of the Many Squares in Seville
Seville is a fabulous city offering everything anyone could want. Fabulous sights, excellent shopping, wonderful restaurants and beautiful architecture all add to the unique experience that Seville offers its visitors. It is the very essence of Andalusia and is simply breathtaking. Located on the Rio Guadalquivir (the river that passes through the center of Seville) Seville offers a huge maze of winding streets (many pedestrian) that meander from neighborhood to neighborhood, each with its own square representing the center of the neighborhood.
Unfortunately, Seville can get quite hot during the summer months (July and August) reaching in excess of 100 degrees during hot spells. May, June, September and October are better times to visit Seville if you are susceptible to summer heat. The winter months see milder temperatures and can get somewhat cool. Since Seville resides on the plains of Spain, remember the saying we learned in school "The rain in Spain...."
Seville is located some 60 miles inland from Cadiz and may be reached via motor coach or by train. Ships dock in the main port at Cadiz. If one takes the train from Cadiz, you should take a taxi to and from the train station to the main part of Seville to avoid becoming quite lost. The train station in Cadiz is located right outside of the entrance to the port across the street behind the car rental companies. If you do not see it simply ask the guard at the entrance to point it out to you. Click here to see a port review for Cadiz.
Typical Shopping Side Street in Seville
All throughout the Old Section of Seville and Santa Cruz Quarter (the old Jewish section of Seville) there are many stores that cater to tourists. Just north of the Old Section lies Calle Sierpes, a pedestrian shopping street that offers a wealth of excellent department stores, shops and boutiques. Along Calle Sierpes and the narrow lanes that intersect it is the best shopping in Seville.
Men's and women's fashions, jewelry, leather goods, shoes (there must be 1,000 shoe stores) and specialty clothing shops. In the Old Section you will find shops offering everything Spanish including guitars, flamenco dresses, castanets, embroidered fans, lace and embroidered items, dolls, ceramics and so on. Lots of shopping opportunties and things to collect.
It is quite easy to spend an entire day just wandering around Seville's Old Section and shopping. Seville offers a double-decker red visitor tour bus with on-and-off privileges that will give you an excellent overview of the city's various sights and attractions. I would suggest doing the entire trip the very first thing when you arrive. The unfortunate part (well, for me) of the tour is that it spends a good deal of time at the site of the 1992 World Exposition, which I found somewhat boring. Once past that portion of the tour it reveals all of the major sights of Seville and many that you would not see on a walking tour. Once done with the tour, you can then plan the balance of the day to revisit those things that are of interest to you. Here are some of the more interesting sights in Seville.
Without question, you should visit Seville's Cathedral (Catedral Y Giralda). Dating back to the 1400s, this mosque turned cathedral is one of the largest in the world and its gothic architecture is mind boggling. adjacent to the cathedral is the Alcazar (dating back to the 9th century) which was the government headquarters for the region for many centuries. The gardens of the Alcazar are not to be missed.
Viewing the Cathedral From the Entrance to the Santa Cruz Quarter
Adjacent to the cathedral and Alcazar is the Santa Cruz Quarter, which marks the old Jewish section of Seville. Its winding pedestrian walkways and arched passages leave one wondering how anyone could find there way around the Santa Cruz Quarter. Here there are numerous shops of interest to tourists and also some great restaurants.
The Plaza de Espana
The Plaza de Espana was built for the World Exposition (along with numerous other structures) and is a beautiful structure worth visiting. There are numerous monuments and structures throughout Seville that are simply wonderful to visit and all of the add to the beauty that makes Seville the experience it is.
The Torre de Oro Along the Banks of the Rio Guadalquivir
The Torre Del Oro, down by the river is an interesting structure and Seville's bull ring (Museo de la Real Maestranza de Caballeria) is just a couple of blocks north along the river. There is so much to see and do in Seville that it is difficult to focus on any one thing.
Yes, I would say that a walk through the Cathedral, the Alcazar and Santa Cruz Quarter is a must do for every visitor.
We have had wonderful lunches in the shopping area of Seville at the sidewalk cafes that proliferate throughout the area.Cities in Spain