A place for beautiful gardens

Although legends attribute its foundation to the Phoenicians, Seville’s existence was attested on the river Guadalquivir in Roman times, which left many vestiges still preserved in commendable condition, after more than two thousand years. Encompassing a significant Moorish legacy as well, it is now one of Spain’s largest and busiest metropolises and the capital of Andalusia, attracting visitors from all over the globe.

View of Spain square, in Seville

Seville is renowned for its many beautiful gardens, such as Jardines de la Buhaira, Jardines del Valle or Jardines de Guadalquivir, and its large peaceful parks abounding in vegetation, such as Parque de Miraflores and Parque de los Principes, comprising historical attractions as well, such as remnants of ancient or medieval walls and buildings.

There is also a botanical garden referred to as The American Garden, completed during the late 20th century. Visitors can admire varied art displays in Seville’s art museums and galleries, the most prominent and comprehensive one being the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville.

Other local museum themes include archaeology, flamenco, bullfighting and even carriages. Numerous Moorish constructions stand out on Seville’s streets, such as the Alcazar palace and the Gold Tower (a medieval defence structure overlooking the river), whereas among Roman Catholic edifices, the Cathedral of St Mary, built on the site of a former mosque, is the most imposing. The main architectural styles dominating the city are gothic and baroque, alternating with Arabic designs.

A key event in Seville, aside from the Holy Week which the city is known for celebrating in a sombre and yet conspicuous way, is the Seville Fair taking place every April, which encompasses open air events and street performances of traditional dances.

The city’s nightlife is lively throughout the year, unfolding in a multitude of entertainment venues, from avant-gardist nightclubs to opera houses and symphonic concert halls.

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