Some cities slowly win you over, others blast you away. Seville seduces and disarms you. Its historic center, lorded over by a Gothic cathedral, is a mix of winding medieval lanes, baroque churches, and Mudejar palaces. Flamenco clubs keep the intensity and intimacy of this aged tradition alive while aristocratic buildings recall the city’s past as a 16th-century metropolis and a showcase Moorish capital. If you fancy traveling here for pleasure or business handing out magnetic business cards, here are the top must-see attractions in Seville, Spain.
A spectacular marriage of Mudejar and Christian architecture, this palace complex is a magnificent spectacle. The site was developed as a fort originally but has been revamped many times in the course of its existence. Most notable was when King Pedro added the Palacio de Don Pedro in the 14th century.
Cathedral de Sevilla & Giralda
Seville’s immense cathedral is breathtaking in its majesty and scale. The largest Gothic cathedral in the world was built in the 14th century over the relics of what was once the main mosque of the city. Highlights include the bell tower, the Giralda, which integrates the Capilla Mayor, the tomb of Christopher Columbus, and the original minaret of the mosque.
Parque de Maria Luisa
An enchanting oasis of green, the enormous Parque de Maria Luisa is a captivating place to escape the busy city center, with shady paths, snoozing sevillanos, and duck ponds. If you would rather continue your exploration of culture than commune with flowers, this park has many remarkable drawcards. The Plaza de Espana is chief among them; it is the most fanciful of the buildings completed for the Exposicion Iberoamericana in 1929. An extensive tile-and-brick confection, it features mini-canals, fountains, and a series of lurid tile pictures portraying historical scenes from different Spanish province.
Since it opened in 2011, the Metropol Parasol has become a city icon. Designed as a huge sunshade by Jurgen Mayer H, a German architect, it is believed to be the largest wooden structure in the world. It is definitely an intimidating sight with its undulating honeycombed roof and 30 meter high mushroom-like pillars. You can enjoy spectacular city views from the café and winding walkway café at the top. Also, the structure houses the local neighborhood food market, tapas bars, several cafes, and an event space.
Hospital de los Venerables
Housed in what used to be a hospice for aging priests, this museum is one of the most rewarding in Seville. The artistic highlight here is the seventeenth-century paintings located in the Centro Velazquez. Elsewhere, visitors can admire the museum’s delightful patio and the ornately decorated chapel.