Bario de Santa Cruz

Cathedral Barrio de Vina Bario de Santa Cruz

Sevilla is only about an hour away from Cortijo de los Flamingos. Here in the region’s capital and biggest city, that special Andalucian way of life is distilled into its purest and most intense form. It’s the home of those two most famous Andalucian traditions: flamenco and bullfighting. Sevilla is where Carmen rolled cigars on her tights and loved torero, where Don Juan seduced young Señoritas in times long gone, and where Cervantes and Columbus drank sherry. There are many places of interest in Sevilla but some of them are the must.

Sevilla's spectacular gothic cathedral is one of the biggest in the world. It was built between 1402 and 1506 on the site of XII century Almohad mosque with the mosque’s minaret (the Giralda) still beside it. The climb up the Giralda, approximately 70 meters, is made easier with the absence of stairs. Instead a series of ramps leads you to the top for a perfect view of the city. Inside are works of by Murillo, Goya, Pedro de Campaña and Luis de Vargas. Sculpture includes works by Martinez Montañés. The tomb of Columbus is said to be located here as well.

Alcázar, the Royal Palace, the World Heritage monuments stands south of the cathedral across Plaza del Triunfo. It is still a vacation spot for the King and Queen. Construction first began under Abd Al Ramán III in the early 10th century and has been expanded and reconstructed many times during its 11 century existence. With its intricate designs and elaborate architectural forms, this impressive and original example of the Mudéjar style is not to be missed.
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Sevilla is home to one of Spain's most prestigious and well-recognized bullfighting rings - the Maestranza. The Plaza de Toros was constructed over several decades during the 18th century and is one of the most famous venues in all of Spain to take in a bullfight. The season typically begins with the Feria de Abril, during which there is a corrida every day, and runs through September.

Bario de Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter is a great place to walk and feel Sevilla's vibe. It has plenty of beautiful squares shaded by orange trees with numerous popular places to eat and drink.
If you are in town during Semana Santa prepare yourself for the spectacle of your lifetime. No other city in Spain celebrate it with the same enormous afford; it shows the strength of Catholicism and tradition in Sevilla. You can find all the details and dates on Then, generally two weeks after Semana Santa there is Feria de Abril - eating and drinking, crowds...then add dancing, toros and cheap carnival rides in place of all that religion! The Feria takes place on the other side of the river and breathes a little life into Los Remedios.