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- Andalucia's Capital City by Heather McMillan
Think Andalucia, think Seville!
To many people, Seville encompasses all those things that make Andalucia
special. The exuberant, colourful dresses worn at the April Fair, the whitewashed,
characterful streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz, the heady scent of orange
blossom and the emotional sounds of flamenco; all these tipify Seville
and are also the very essence of Andalucia.
|Seville is the seat of Andalucia’s
government today, and it has always been one of Spain’s most important
cities. In the sixteenth century Seville was the gateway to the Americas.
The treasure ships would sail up the Guadalquivir river to unload their
silver cargo, enriching Seville in the process. Even before this time,
Seville was a major city in Moorish Spain, and it is to the Moors that
Seville owes the Giralda tower, which dominates the city. Its ornate top
is a later Renaissance addition to the original Muslim tower, once the
minaret of Seville’s mosque. The mosque itself was replaced by Seville’s
monumental Cathedral. This cathedral was intended to be so large “that
everyone, on beholding it, will take us for madmen”! Today it is the third
largest cathedral in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s
Few visitors leave Seville
without seeing the Alcazar. This stunning building reminds many of the
Alhambra in Granada but it actually post-dates Muslim rule in Spain. Its
exotic decoration is known as Mudejar –a fusion of Christian and Moorish
style. Built by the appropriately-named King Pedro the Cruel of Castile,
its magnificent rooms were later the headquarters of Spanish expeditions
to the New World, and it still serves as a royal residence from time to
time today. The Alcazar’s beautiful gardens are laid out in the Moorish
style and are a wonderful place to stroll.
On the subject of gardens,
there can be few more impressive in Europe than Seville’s Maria Luisa Park.
Formerly the grounds of the Palacio de San Telmo, these lush green gardens
are a wonderful oasis in which to escape from the summer heat. Exotic palms,
cool streams, shaded paths and many quiet corners in which to sit make
this a perfect refuge after a busy days’s sightseeing. You can also take
a horse-drawn carriage ride around the park, which children adore, just
as they also love a visit to Isla Magica, Andalucia’s largest theme park,
situated on the other bank of the Guadalquivir.
|Seville is probably best
known among travellers for two events – the moving processions of Holy
Week and the colourful festivities of the April Fair. Anyone wishing to
attend these events should book well in advance and expect to pay a premium
for their accommodation! During Holy Week, figures of Jesus and the Virgin
Mary are carried through the streets of Seville by hooded members of the
59 brotherhoods in the city. Each brotherhood has its own image, and the
right to carry the image is highly prized. The images inspire great emotion
in the watching crowds. The mood lightens shortly afterward for the April
Fair, a lively celebration of spring. The visitor can enjoy bullfights,
equestrian shows, and parades of horse-drawn carriages carrying elegant
Sevillian women in beautiful flamenco dresses. Truly a wonderful and memorable
introduction to Seville!
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Sevilla Forum Hotel, Seville
144 room hotel located on
the intersection between the N-IV road to Madrid and the SE-30, two minutes
from the Seville Congress Palace and five minutes from the airport and
Santa Justa train station. All rooms, halls and common areas have lots
of natural light. The restaurant features a warm atmosphere, spacious
and bright rooms, as well as simplistic decor with a personal touch.
The cuisine is creative and based on the finest ingredients, with an extensive
menu and variety of dishes, cocktails, and buffets that cater for all needs.
Western Hotel Cervantes, Seville
Best Western Cervantes Hotel
offers comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities to make your
stay a pleasant one. The Best Western Cervantes Hotel is located
in the very heart of the historical and commercial centre of Seville and
will surprise you with its charm and brightness. The hotel is only a 10-minute
walk from the Cathedral, Giralda, Reales Alcazares, Barrio Santa Cruz and
the Isla Magica theme park. This hotel with a capacity for 102 guests
has a total of 50 double, single and triple rooms with a warm and cosy
atmosphere. The bar is an ideal place to relax with a drink after
a tiring day.
Emperador Trajano Hotel, Seville
Catalonia Emperador Trajano
is a modern and functional hotel located right in the historic and shopping
centre of Seville, just 500 meters from the Santa Justa railway station
with its AVE (high speed train) terminal. The location is very convenient.
The hotel has 3 rooms for meetings, conventions, seminars and banquets.
The services provided are of the highest quality and standard. Our guests
can take advantage of other services provided in the hotel: car park, restaurant
and coffee bar.
Alfonso Xiii, The Luxury Collection, Seville
A showcase of Andalusian
grandeur, this hotel stands next door to the Old Tobacco Factory, and across
the street from the Cathedral and Giralda, and the Royal Alcazar.
Built in 1928 to house visiting heads of state, the hotel features a grand
central patio, a seasonal outdoor pool, two restaurants, a business center,
and a hair salon. The 147 guestrooms come in Arabic, Castilian or
Baroque-style decor; and include pay movies, minibars, laptop-sized safes,
voice mail, and a complimentary buffet breakfast.
Casa De Los Mercaderes, Seville
In the commercial centre
of the city, between the Salvador and the San Francisco square, by the
Cathedral and Sierpes street, the hotel Las Casas de los Mercaderes gets
its name from the street where it is located, which bore that name centuries
ago. This district of the city has always been the weak spot of its commerce.
Here dwelled the German bankers, the Flemish and French traders and the
Genoese dealers. Even today, most of the names of the neighboring streets
remind us of this fact. The hotel Las Casas de los Mercaderes has won back
an 18th century courtyard and its commercial restoration of the 19th century.
of Carmona, Seville
fertile plain of the river Corbones offers an outstanding panoramic view
of this fortress, to which different civilizations have brought the best
of their artistic culture. The splendid views are still protagonists from
its extraordinary swimming pool, landscaped areas, courtyard and Mudejar
fountain, Cupulín function room and terrace. The bedrooms are spacious,
bright, and in exquisite taste thanks to the classical decoration which,
along with the Sevillian tiles, enhances the value of this 14th c. fortress.
The Bermejo function room stands out, with its rugs and numerous antiques.
The refectory, fitted out as a dining room and recognized as one of the
most beautiful of the Paradors, presents delicious seasonal and local dishes.
Tours in Seville