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Quien no ha visto Sevilla - no ha visto Maravilla!

(Can be translated as: "He who has not seen Seville, has missed the miracle!")

The Andalusian metropolis is a lively city and an architectonic jewel. It can be visited all over the year. A must for enthusiasts of the opera – "Carmen", "Don Juan" and "The Marriage of Figaro" are set in Seville. Also the heart of Flamenco music.

Alfonso X. (the “Wise”) (1221-1284) created a motto for Seville on its coat of arms to express his thanks for its loyalty during his rule.

No madeja do = No me ha dejado
("She/it did not leave me")



- Holy Week
- Feria de Abril
- Flamenco
- Santa Cruz

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Short description


The capital of Andalusia – full of history, art and "alegria" (fun)!
Today (= 2009) more than 703,200 people inhabit the city. Situated on the Guadalquivir river it is mainly a trade and service center. Surrounded by a fertile landscape (campiña) the fourth largest Spanish city is also site of an important university.





Italica – the ruins of the historic Roman military and agricultural town can be visited (approx. 11 kms/7 miles north of Seville). Buses run from the Plaza de Armas Station.

Carmona (40 kms/25 miles northeast towards Córdoba; 28,300 inhabitants): precious village with several palaces and a large necropolis "Carmo" and an partly excavated amphitheatre outside the town walls.

Main sights to visit


Cathedral – the biggest Gothic Church in the world. Constructed during the 15th century. Inside among other things: "Capilla Mayor" and the body of Christopher Columbus.

– the emblem of Seville. The bell tower of the church was formerly the Mohammedan minaret.

fortified Mudéjar palace with beautiful gardens close to the Cathedral.

– Renaissance building at the Plaza Nueva. Today home to the town hall.

Barrio Santa Cruz – narrow streets, several places, nice façades and courtyards. The quarter lies close to the Cathedral.

Archivo General de la Indias – Renaissance building located near the Cathedral. Inside a collection of documents of the period in which America was explored and settled.

Fábrica de Tabacos
– today site of the university. Famous place of the Royal Tobacco Factory. The gipsy "Carmen" (from Bizet´s opera) was a worker there.

Torre del Oro - reconstructed Arab tower from the 13th century on the riverside. Inside a small museum of navigation.

La Maestranzabullring close to the Guadalquivir river. Season: March to October.
Palacio de San Telmo – Baroque palace, today seat of the Andalusian government.

Casa de Pilatos - private noble palace from the 16th century. Mixture of Renaissance, Mudéjar and late Gothic style.

Fine Art Museum
– this Renaissance building houses the second biggest pinacotheca of Spain. Works by Murillo, Zurbarán and El Greco.

Palacio de Lebrija
– noble mansion from the 15th century. Has been restored several times.

Plaza de España with the Palacio Central – located in the María Luisa Park. Perfect place to stroll around. Can be visited also with horse carriages.

Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares – Museum of Art and Popular customs

Museo Arqueológico
– Archaeological Museum. Both are located inside the María Luisa Park (Plaza de América).
Numerous Baroque churches of Seville: La Magdalena, El Divino Salvador and Hospital de la Caridad
Other churches: San Luis, Basilica de la Macarena with its famous "Virgin of the Macarena" (both in the Macarena quarter), Santa Catalina (centre), Santa Ana (Triana Quarter).

Touristic infrastructure


Tourist information
- Av. Constitución 21 (near the Cathedral)

- Airport San Pablo, Arrival

- Railway station Santa Justa, Av.Kansas C.

Traffic connections
International Airport San Pablo (10 kms / 6 miles)

Railway station "Estación Santa Justa": AVE (= High speed train) from/to Madrid
Trains (RENFE) to Granada, Málaga, Cádiz, Huelva; Regional trains to the Sierra Norte

Highway and motorways to Huelva/Portugal, Cádiz, Granada, Málaga, Córdoba/Madrid.

More than 100 hotels and hostels (pensions) of different categories and prices. It might be difficult to find accommodation during the Holy Week and the Feria in April.

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Tapas bars
Endless possibilities offered in the numerous bars in the centre (and all over the city).

Very good restaurants also outside of the historic centre.

Boat excursions on the Guadalquivir river

Opera and other Music events: Teatro de la Maestranza (close to the bullring)

Music und Theatre
: Teatro Central (former EXPO92 area)

EXPO92 attraction park "Isla Mágica" – especially for families with smaller children

Many Flamenco-Shows


Shopping district in the centre: Calle Sierpes, Calle Tetuán/Velázquez, Calle Cuna

Ceramics and tiles: Triana Quarter

Souvenirs all around the Cathedral and in the Santa Cruz Quarter

Flea markets: Calle Feria (Thursday) and Alameda de Hércules (Sunday); Pet market on Plaza de la Alfalfa (Sunday)

Plaza de España


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