Talking about Seville is talking about flamenco, intense sun, bulls, about ART in capital letters. Such a way of speaking and thinking so characteristic of southern Spain and of course the sense of humour without fail. Yet Seville is also one of the most visited cities in Europe and the city with the largest historic centre to visit in Spain... do not waste a single second and enjoy inmersing yourself in this magnificent city!
The Moorish past of Seville has shaped its streets and several buildings, like the Golden Tower, which along with its twin building (the Silver Tower) which no longer exists, guarded the entrance to the city by the river Guadalquivir.
But everything changed on November the 23rd, 1248 when the city was reconquered and much of this legacy was unfortunately destroyed, though some buildings were "recycled" as it is the case of the mosque which, following the custom of other reconquered cities, was destroyed and in 1401 it served as the basis for the construction of what is still the largest Catholic cathedral in the world. The desire to draw attention to this temple was evident from the very beginning when one of the canons said: "Let us build a church so great that those who see it finished think that we are mad".
Seville lived the colonial expansion very closely, being the place of departure of the most famous explorers, if you want to discover those times, the Archive of the Indies will be a trip back to the 18th century. It was built in 1785 by Charles III with the aim of unifying all the official records of overseas colonies of the Spanish Empire, it has over 80 million pages and 8000 maps and drawings. A highly recommended place to visit if you are a lover of history or simply curious.
We cannot talk about Seville without mentioning its precious Alcazar, it is worth visiting this fortified palace so important not only in the city of Seville, but also in the very history of Spain. It was and still is a lodging for kings since Moorish times and every corner is closely connected to such illustrious figures as Fernando III, Alfonso X the Wise, Peter the Cruel, Ferdinand and Isabella, Charles V ... and a long list of monarchs that came to the Alcazar looking for protection and luxury at the same time. If you visit the Alcazar do not forget to walk along its gardens, which often combine the architectural styles of over 1000 years of history and that are a delight for the senses.
Obviously you cannot visit the hottest provincial capital of Spain without stopping to "refuel". Therefore it is more than recommendable to enjoy a good cold beer in the numerous terraces this city offers, where you can enjoy the lifestyle of Seville and recover the strength to continue visiting this city full of enchantment.