Seville is an excellent base of operations for an exploration of Southern Spain. It is certainly a desirable destination in its own right, but it provides convenient access to other tourist sites the region, even into nearby Portugal.
The most important sight in the city is the Cathedral, one of Europe’s largest and most imposing. It claims to be the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, but this fact is disputed by several other locations in the world. The bell tower of the Cathedral, the Giralda, displays the Moorish architecture which is common in this area of Spain.
Seville is the birthplace of the Flamenco, so no visit to the city would be complete without attending a demonstration of the distinctive dance. The best place to experience flamenco is El Arenal.
The city’s Alcazar (fortified castle) is well worth a visit for its interesting architecture and pleasant garden.
Maria Luisa Park is a favorite place to spend an afternoon. Much of the park was added during the Spanish-American Exposition of 1929. Plaza de Espana was recently used as a movie set for one of the Star Wars movies.
The Plaza features examples of the tilework common in Andalucia, the region in which Seville resides.
There are also several worthwhile museums within the park grounds.
One of the most adorable neighborhoods in Seville is Santa Cruz, with its many sidewalk cafes.
Seville has a number of adorable squares where people congregate.
Near the river is the Torre de Oro, part of the city’s former fortifications.
The Portuguese village of Faro is a short ride to the west from Seville..