12 Oct Top things to do in Seville (Attractions & Travel Tips)
Seville is one of the top destinations in Andalusia, not only because it is its capital but also because of its architectural and cultural charm. Seville is a city full of color, art and good atmosphere, it is one of the most beautiful in the world that will undoubtedly make you want to return again and again. This Andalusian town, located within the continent, is full of places of cultural interest with activities throughout the year, but we recommend visiting it especially during autumn, winter and spring where temperatures are pleasant and it is possible to walk through its little streets, without the high blows of heat What better way to visit it than renting a car at Haro Rent A Car car rental.
At Haro Car we want to highlight a series of activities to do during your visit to this wonderful city.
1.Royal Alcazar of Seville
It is one of the most impressive monuments to see in Seville, made up of several palaces from different eras. This old walled palace, a World Heritage Site, was built by the Arabs from the year 913 and enlarged by caliphs and kings. Its rooms, witness to the passage of different cultures, so the Arab, Mudejar, Gothic and Baroque architectural samples are not lacking.
This is the oldest royal palace in use in Europe since it is still the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family when they visit Seville and it has a long and really interesting history.
The visit of its interior lasts approximately two hours and you cannot miss the Patio de las Doncellas, the Patio del Yeso, the Patio de las Munecas, the Alcoba Real, the Salón de Embajadores and the Salón de Tapices, to end up strolling among orange trees, palm trees, fountains and ponds, in its beautiful gardens.
2. Visit to the Cathedral
After visiting the Real Alcázar, we recommend visiting one of the most distinctive Gothic cathedrals in Europe, the Seville Cathedral, which is located very close to the palace. It is the third largest Christian temple in the world, behind San Pietro (Vatican) and San Paul (London), and one of the most visited monuments in Spain. In addition, in 1987 it was declared, together with the Real Alcázar and the Archivo de Indias, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Built between 1401 and 1507, it combines Almohad, late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles, an authentic work of art to see in Seville. This cathedral contains a unique surprise inside, it contains the tomb of one of the most famous explorers and adventurers in history: Christopher Columbus; that you can see during the visit.
3. Visit the Giralda
Once in the cathedral you can not miss this old tower over 100 meters high, which is part of the cathedral, is the most iconic symbol to see in Seville. Its bell tower and old minaret of the mosque have a special charm, just like the special ascent inside is made by ramps that the sultan used to climb on horseback. Once up, it is possible to appreciate panoramic views of the beautiful city.
4. Tour the Plaza de España, one of the most famous places to visit in this wonderful city.
The Plaza de España, built during the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 by the architect Aníbal Gonzalez. The result was a unique palace-square in the world that extends over 50,000 square meters. In this enormous space stands out a large central building bordered by two Baroque-style towers and a canal over 500 meters long, which you can cross in a small boat and turn the experience into a fun time in the city. It is possible to rent these boats from 10 am to 8 pm in winter and from 10 am to 10 pm in summer.
What stands out most about the square are the 48 tiled benches that surround it along with the 48 busts that represent illustrious characters in the history of Spain such as: Christopher Columbus, Velázquez, Quevedo, Cervantes, among others. These banks represent each of the provinces of Spain.
5. Walk under the Mushrooms of Seville
Finally, after enjoying its history and splendid architectural monuments, we recommend visiting the Plaza de la Encarnación where these huge mushrooms designed by the architect Jürgen Mayer are found, constituting the largest wooden structure in the world.
Since its inauguration it has become one of the most surprising and modern places to see in Seville. The monument houses the Archaeological Museum, a Tourist Information Point of the city, several bars and restaurants, a market and a 28-meter-high viewpoint. We recommend enjoying a beer under this amazing architectural structure.