Flamenco was born in Spain’s vibrant Andalusia region in such cities as Seville, or Sevilla, and is still practiced by the country’s passionate populace today. Locals and vacationers shop for colorful fashions, such as intricately designed shawls that cover colorful flamenco costumes, and other traditional souvenirs, amid Seville’s popular pedestrian walkways.
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The once powerful Moors ruled Seville from the Alcazar royal palace and exquisite gardens, which can still be visited today in the heart of the city, combining both Christian and Muslim designs. The historic Golden Tower was once the city’s major fortification and lookout.
Spain’s fourth largest city is still a major center of arts and culture. Host of the 1992 World’s Fair, much of the infrastructure created for that citywide event still exists. The Santa Cruz area houses Europe’s third largest church, built in 1401, decorated inside with gold leaf and colorful depictions of biblical stories. Many of the shady, narrow streets and whitewashed homes of Seville’s historic Jewish quarter can still be viewed. The 17th century protector of matadors, the Virgin of Macarena, can be seen at the Basílica de la Macarena in this flamboyant land of bullfights and flamenco.
What To Do
Stroll through the Plaza Nueva’s pedestrian walkways overflowing with visitors and charming shops. Visit the impressive Alcazar royal palace and Basílica de la Macarena. Roam the narrow streets of the historic Jewish quarter, lined with shady orange trees and whitewashed homes. Climb the Giralda tower for stunning views of the city.
Visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus, supposedly returned to the world’s largest gothic church in Seville.
See impressive bullfighting costumes and paintings at the Plaza de Toros museum, with its chapel and painting of the Virgin of Macarena, protector of matadors.
View the old city’s sixteenth-century mansion, Casa de Pilatos, a splendid blend of Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles.
Visit Arcos de la Frontera outside Seville, with its old town center, castle and whitewashed houses decorated with colorful flowers sitting serenely atop local hills.
Enjoy delicious Spanish wine and seasonal delicacies in the tempting restaurants scattered throughout the region.