Ranked #32 in our countdown of ‘100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime’.
The Spanish region of Andalucía is a riot of stunning towns and cities (two made it onto this year’s list).
But the capital of Seville is a pinnacle: a city of soaring historic buildings reflective of its imperial past (it was the capital of the Moorish kings and subsequently became the seat of the Castilian rulers); of ornate bridges across the wide Guadalquivir river; of bijoux brightly tiled squares shaded by orange trees heavy with fruit; and a style of living that takes delight in a slower pace (siesta is still God in these parts) and savouring the good things in life like food, drink, family and friends.
A wandering pace is ideal when setting out to explore, allowing the beauty of the Alcázar Palace, the lofty cathedral, La Giralda watchtower and, political correctness be damned, the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla, the oldest bull fighting ring in the world.
“There are few pleasures sweeter than a sunny day spent wandering in Seville – it’s just so impossibly pretty. But it goes beyond the architecture – there is something so intoxicating about the Andalucian way of life. ”
– Leigh-Ann Pow