Seville packs plenty of major sights, from the enormous cathedral which contains Columbus’ tomb to the lavish Royal Palace. Take a stroll through the enchanting Barrio Santa Cruz, its whitewashed houses trimmed with flower-filled balconies, or cool off amid the palm trees and colourfully tiled fountains of the Parque Maria Luisa.
Food and Drink
Seville offers some of the best and most varied tapas in Spain, with myriad bars and restaurants providing everything from platters of Iberian ham to the latest gourmet creations. Gazpacho, a chilled tomato soup, is a local favourite, along with freshly cooked pescaito frito (small, fried fish). A glass of fino or manzanilla sherry, served very cold, makes a refreshing apéritif.
Off the Beaten Track
Seville is full of hidden corners, such as the wonderful secret garden at the Casa de Pilatos, with its intricate tiles and blazing bougainvillea. Relax at one of the terrace cafés on the Alameda de Hercules, or visit the art collection in the 17th-century Hospital de los Venerables.