Like other Spanish cities, Seville comprises many different cultures and contemporary religions. This blend of culture is perhaps the root of the city's inexplicable charm.
The Real Alcázar is an undeniable example of this, with influences in architectural styles dating from the Roman Empire through to the mid-19th century. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe and has absorbed Muslim, Jewish, and Christian influences throughout the years as each group had used it for different purposes.
Another symbolic building of Seville is its Cathedral, the third largest in the world and a World Heritage site since 1987. It is home to the Patio of Oranges and the Royal Chapel. Its bell tower, the Giralda, was originally a minaret and is undoubtedly the building that best typifies the city. And remember, the gorgeous views from the top offer rewards to those who climb up!
And of course, you can't mention Seville without covering the Guadalquivir River and its Triana Bridge, another one of the city’s natural symbols. It connects the city centre to the Triana neighbourhood, perhaps Seville’s most famous neighbourhood. However, what makes it unique are the padlocks couples attach to the bridge to symbolise eternal love! On the Guadalquivir River's shore, you can also find the Torre del Oro. As a part of the old walls, it was originally built as a watchtower, was then converted into a prison, and now houses the naval museum.
The Plaza España is another tourist attraction on par with the Cathedral. It is easy to reach and the perfect place to chill out, with benches where you can sit and marvel at its architectural history and beauty. Constructed in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition, the benches also feature illustrations of Spanish provinces in typical Andalusian tiles.
If tradition is not your interest, one modern touch that draws the crowds and symbolises the city is the Metropol Parasol. Its concrete and wooden structure is 150 metres long and 70 metres wide and provides shelter for a traditional market, local restaurants and the archaeology museum. From its outlook you can enjoy a pretty panorama that adds the finishing touch to an escapade in Seville.
- The Cathedral is the third largest in the world, a symbolic building and an example of the diverse culture.
- Its bell tower, the Giralda is undoubtedly the most characteristic building in the city. The views from its heights are a reward for the efforts required to climb up to the top.
- Bolsos Casal is a store founded in Seville in 1929. It has a stunning collection of different accessories, such as bags and purses. Sierpes Street, 73 Seville, 41004. 954 22 60 55 http://www.bolsoscasal.com/
- Seville is the ideal city for footwear lovers. If you like shopping, you must visit the streets of Sierpes, Tetuán and Huelva. Top-quality shoes at attractive prices.
- Tapas Tour in Seville. Seville has more than 3,000 stores where you can enjoy tapas. This tour takes you to the best tapas bars. +34 630 288 593. http://www.tapastours.es/