Head to Seville in spring or autumn for the best temperatures for sightseeing.
Seville, the capital of Andalucia, is arguably one of the most attractive and historically interesting cities in Spain. However this delightful city has not been particularly well served by airlines from the UK making it difficult to visit on a short break unless you are happy to fly to Malaga and catch a train from there to Seville. It is therefore very good news that low cost airline Ryanair will be operating direct flights to Seville from East Midlands airport from the end of October 2017, adding to those which already exist from London Stansted and Gatwick.
One of the big plus points about Seville if you’re only there for a few days is that it is easily explored on foot. Wandering along the narrow streets of the city centre you cannot fail to sense the varied history of the place, demonstrated by some spectacular Moorish, Renaissance and Baroque buildings wherever you care to look.
It was the former capital of the Moorish empire and the most important Spanish port for the New World in the 15th and 16th centuries. The city lies on the Guadalquivir River, hence its status as the gateway to the Americas. The many sights worth visiting include the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary with the Giralda Tower at the heart. The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Not surprisingly, this is the most visited site in Seville. You’ll need to set aside a few hours to do it justice as it is the third largest cathedral in the world, behind only St. Peters in Rome and St. Paul’s in London. Make sure you climb up the Giralda tower for a spectacular view of the city. The climb is made easier by having a series of ramps rather than stairs.
Anyone on a short break to Seville should make sure they have time to visit the Alcazar or Royal Palace which is still a holiday spot for the King and Queen. The wonderful gardens around the palace will look at their best in late spring. Another site well worth visiting is the Palacio de Lebrija, a 16th century palace which holds a very impressive collection of Roman mosaics from the nearby ruins of Italica. Here you can actually walk on top of some of the mosaics, just as the Romans did.
During any stay in Seville you just have to sample some tapas. Seville is the capital of tapas, those tasty little appetizers that Spaniards eat with their drink before heading off to dinner. Alternatively, rather than going to a restaurant you can tour the tapas bars – there’s no end of dishes to try and plenty of bars to try them in. As well as tapas you can ask for a slightly more substantial “ración” – just a few of these will easily constitute dinner.
The summer months can be extremely hot in Seville so a spring or autumn break in the city makes perfect sense.