Seville Travel Guide
Seville, Sevilla in Spanish, is where flamenco was born. The genre of music, song and dance first evolved in the city's Triana neighborhood, a traditionally gypsy and fisherman quarter where dancers in frilly, voluminous spotted dresses still perform at the lively flamenco bars. Seville is famous, too, for its tapas, many of them pork or fish centered, and salmorejo and small sandwiches called montaditos, which can be sampled at most of the city's bars and dining establishments; and its artists and musicians, who lend the city color, with guitar and accordion players a common sight on Seville's shade-dappled streets. The city itself is steeped in history and a piquant culture, offering up a delectable mix of Jewish, Moorish and Christian traditions and customs, in tandem with a rich trove of palaces, cathedrals, monasteries, synagogues, museums, gardens and parks, and ancient plazas lined with cafés and restaurants. And despite being a big city, the fourth largest in Spain, it's fair to say that for the most part Seville retains the charm of a sleepy village and the exotic appeal of a distant land. In fact, here's a city that everyone loves to love – "the leading lady in a land of swooning gentlemen."
Seville is situated on the Guadalquivir River in the southernmost province of Spain, Andalucia. It is both the capital of the province and the artistic, historic, cultural and financial center of the region.
For visitors to Sevilla, the priorities are the Real Alcazar that showcases Moorish artistry and among Spain's Moorish palaces is second only to the Alhambra in Granada; the Sevilla Catedral which is easily one of the most impressive and most famous in Spain; Barrio de Santa Cruz, a former Jewish quarter, now a thoroughly delicious Andalucian neighborhood; and La Triana, a traditionally gypsy quarter that played a major role in the development of the flamenco. Sevilla is also the locale of Semana Santa, the Christian world’s preeminent religious happening.
The best places to party in Seville are the Arenal, Centro and Alfalfa pockets of the city, each of which has several good bars and clubs; while the Triana neighborhood remains a favorite of flamenco lovers, saturated with traditional flamenco bars. Among the best bets for partygoers are Bar Hijos de E. Morales and Antiguedades in the Centro, and Sopa de Ganso, Cabo Loco Bar and La Rebotica on c/Pérez Galdós in Alfalfa. In La Triana, the most popular flamenco bars are Lo Nuestro, La Taberna, Casa Anselma, Tertulia Flamenca, La Madrugá and Simpecao.
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