Nestled deep in the heart of Andalusian culture and surrounded by Moorish influences, Seville is a friendly and fascinating place to visit. The city of Seville is over 2,000 years old and has been home to several different civilizations, which gives the city a distinctive personality. Its historical center has been well preserved and many of its attractions are within walking distance.
Seville is stereotypical Spain, conjuring up images of flamenco and bullfighting. Fiestas are a way of life, especially the Feria de Abril, two weeks after Easter Sunday where everyone hits the street for a lively and colorful fair.
The main landmark in Seville is the Cathedral. Built from 1401-1519 after the Reconquista to show of Seville’s wealth, it is on the biggest medieval and Gothic cathedrals worldwide. Inside, the cathedral has the longest nave in Spain. It is 200 feet long and beautifully decorated with a large amount of gold. It was constructed on top of a former mosque. Some of the columns and elements from the mosque are incorporated into the Cathedral, notably the Giralds, a minaret that had been converted into a bell tower. Visitors can leave the crowds behind and climb of the steps of the 300 foot tower for gorgeous panaramic views of the city. The Seville Cathedral is also where Christopher Columbus is buried.
Another popular tourist destination is the Alcázar, a royal palace that was formarly a Moorish fort and one of the best remaining examples of mudejar architecture. Some parts of Alcázar are still being used by the royal family. This place is rich in history and culture. Its gardens are a beautiful mixture of Moorish, Andalusian and Christian traditions. During the summer, there are frequently concerts in the garden.
Seville, Spain is famous for its tapas, delicious snacks that nearly every one of the hundreds of bars in the city offer. Specialties include everything from seafood to sausage to vegetables and cheese. Locals like to make a meal of these delectables by moving from bar to bar, sampling one dish at a time, while sipping wine.
I n the summer, the temperature in Seville can soar into the triple digits. The average high in July is 95 °F. December is the wettest month and January is the coldest with an average high of 61 °F and lows of 41 °F.
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