Late afternoon in the gardens of the Alcazar Palace, Sevilla, Spain (Krista Rossow/National Geographic/Getty)

Plaza de Espana, Sevilla, Spain (PhotoDisc)

Aerial view of Sevilla, Spain (PhotoDisc)

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What to do in Sevilla

As the capital of Andalucía, Sevilla is all charm—everything you’d imagine a quintessential Spanish city to be, complete with flamenco dancing and bullfighting. The distinctly Andalucían music and dance style of flamenco officially dates back to the 1700s (although its origins stretch back even further), and you can learn about its variations and cultural significance with a stop at Museo del Baile Flamenco. Watch performances here on Friday and Saturday evenings, or choose one of numerous spots around town to take in a show. Another Andalucían invention, bullfighting, plays out with all the requisite drama in the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza, the oldest bullfighting venue in Spain. Even if you don’t have the stomach to watch the spectacle, take a tour to get a feel for just how Sevillians take the bull by the horns.

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Traveler Reviews of Sevilla


Alistair rates Sevilla
Beautiful city to visit. We were here in the week before the big Semana Santa celebrations and there was such a great festival atmosphere. Highlights included the cathedral and views out over the city; the beautiful gardens and ornate archways and mosaics of the Alcazar; and wandering the narrow alleyways of the old Latin Quarter in search of great tapas. I wasn't expecting much from our visit to the bullring, the Plaza del Toros, but found the museum tour to be really interesting plus the stillness and vivid colors of the actual ring (without the crowds) to be quite moving. Top city, plus a great jumping-off point for other Andalusian towns including Cordoba and Granada.
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