Seville is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. It is the capital of Andalusia and of the province of Sevilla. It is a city that is steeped in history, boasting many magnificent monuments and buildings, some which date from the 6th century.
One of the richest areas of the city is the Barrio Santa Cruz, with its narrow streets and whitewashed houses. Near here is the Plaza de España, designed as the centrepiece of the Spanish Americas fair, and on the edge of the beautiful Maria Luisa Park.
Other attractions in Seville include the famous Gothic cathedral, third largest church in the world; the Giralda, a Moorish minaret that is the city's landmark; and the Alacazar Palace, where Spanish kings and queens still reside. There are also many museums in Seville, including the spectacular Museo de Bellas Artes.
Things to See & Do
* La Giralda – Moorish bell tower
* Alacazar Palace
* Barrio de Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter
* Plaza de Espana
* Old city walls and gates
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language – Spanish & Catalan
Land Area – 140 km²
Population – 1,500,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 34
Port Location – There is a port located at nearby Cadiz, which is situated approximately 120km’s from Seville.
Travel Links – Sevilla International Airport is located about 25 minutes drive from the city center.
A bus service runs about every 30 minutes from just outside the Arrivals hall during most of the day. Taxis are always available next to the bus stop and run on a fixed fare to Seville center. La Parra International Airport in located 10km from Jerez de la Frontera, on the way to Seville, and is used by cheaper flight companies such as Ryanair.
Sevilla Santa Justa Station is located on the eastern edge of Seville city centre. Completed in 1991, the station is the southern terminus of the Spanish high speed AVE train service.
High-speed, less than an hour to wonderful city of Córdoba, less than three hours trains run from Madrid to Seville; however, slower trains remain a bargain. And, there is an overnight train that runs from Barcelona to Seville in under 11 hours.
Regular buses run to/from most major cities, departing either from the Plaza de Armas bus station near the river, or the Prado de San Sebastián station near the University/Santa Cruz.