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Catamaran Boat Cruise along the Guadalquivir River in Seville  Enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the Guadalquivir River for panoramic views of Seville. Your guide will give some commentary on board as you pass by sites. Cocktails served aboard with waiter service...more...
Coach Excursion to Seville from Costa del SolCoach Excursion to Seville from Costa del Sol  Enjoy a full day excursion from the Costa del Sol to the great city of Seville...more...
Cooking Class in Seville (Traditional Cuisine)  If you are interested in learning how to prepare Spanish dishes but you do not have too much time to dedicate to it, consider a morning in the kitchen, followed by a three course lunch in Sevilla…more...
High Speed AVE Train Excursion to Cordoba and Seville from Madrid  On this 2 day excursion from Madrid you will take a high-speed train to Cordoba and Seville where you will enjoy walking tours of the cities monumental highlights. more...
High Speed AVE Train Excursion to Seville from Madrid  On this full day excursion from Madrid you will take a high-speed train to Seville where you will enjoy a walking tour of the city's monumental highlights...more...
Horse Riding in the Countryside of Seville Andalusia  Situated approx 20 km from Seville enjoy riding for 2 hours or 3 hours in the surrounding countryside or perhaps stopping for tapas in a small bar along the way - we will try and organize it for you... more...
Horses and Wines of Jerez de la Fronterra and the bay of Cadiz Coach Excursion from Seville  Enjoy a full day excursion to Jerez de la Fronterra and Cadiz from Seville. Visit a Sherry Winery, see the horse show, then a panoramic tour of Cadiz by boat prom...more...
Live Flamenco Dancing Performance in Seville  From the roots of flamenco in the heart of Seville, we offer the best flamenco show in the city in the most luxurious and elegant venue in the country...more...
Seville Santa Cruz Quarter by Night and Live Flamenco Show with Dinner  On this private night tour you will take a walk through Sevilla's old Sant Cruz quarter and then enjoy dinner with a live Flamenco Show...more...
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Seville, A Flamboyant Spanish City   by William Gallas
Spain is a country known for its rich culture, history and heritage. It attracts thousands of tourists every year. Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean, it is a popular tourist destination and primary amongst its cities is the most colorful and romantic - Seville.... read more
Things to do in Seville Spain - The Maestranza Bullring   by Juan Navarro

Seville's "Maestranza" Bullring is to the art of bullfighting what the "La Scala" in Milan is to opera. Both venues are considered the most prestigious and emblematic settings in which to perform... read more
Seville, the wonderful capital of Southern Spain  by Ruth Polak

Seville, is a marvelous city of many moods and dimensions. Take a trip there and you are sure to have a memorable time...
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Seville - 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.
Plaza Espana, Seville, Andalucia, Spain
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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 in London.

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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Seville Featured Tours
Seville Giralda Alcazar and Old Quarter Walking tour with transportation from Cadiz  On this full-day private shore excursion you will be taken on a guided walking tour of Sevilla's most important monuments...more...
Seville Historic City Tour  We will depart by vehicle to visit the innovations in architecture of Seville in the 1920's. ROYAL ALCAZAR, SANTA CRUZ QUARTER, CATHEDRAL and GIRALDA TOWER...more...
Seville Maria Lusia Park and Plaza Espana Panoramic City Tour  On this private tour you will enjoy a panoramic tour of Sevilla's Maria Lusia Park and Plaza España…more...
Seville Night Panoramic Tour and Flamenco Show  We will start with a drive through THE ILLUMINATED MAIN STREETS, SQUARES AND FOUNTAINS before arriving at a GREAT FLAMENCO SHOW...more...


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AC 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.
Best 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.
Catalonia 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.
Hotel 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. 
Hotel 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.
Parador of Carmona, Seville
The 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.
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