Seville is a very special city. It is more than 2,000 years old and it is famous for having a great, distinct and joyous personality. It is the largest town in Southern Spain and the capital city of Andalusia. The Sevillians are known for their sparkle and wit.
It has the largest of Europe’s historic quarters, full of churches, convents, monuments and Moorish buildings. In addition, it’s the home of the most deep-rooted Andalusian traditions: flamenco, the tapas, sevillanas and of course, bullfighting. Seville also has the most passionate Easter Week, the most festive April Fair and a lively nightlife. If you would like to discover the popular customs and enjoy pleasant weather, you should visit it in springtime (in summer the temperatures can reach some 50°C). Seville certainly is one of the most beloved destinations of the tourists that go to Spain.
The city of Seville is worldwide famous because of its festivals: the Easter Weak and the Seville April Fair. The Holy Week is a religious festival that dates back to 16th century when the Catholic Church decided to present the Passion of Christ. During the Holy Week there beautiful and colourful processions are organized. Some huge wooden Saintly figures are carried by hooded penitents during the processions. Those processions leave deep impressions on the spectator and thousands of tourists come to Seville each year at Easter to see this.
During the April Fair, people set up some casetas (tents – booths) where they spend a whole week dancing, eating, drinking, and socializing. The fairground streets are also decorated with colourful hanging lanterns. Traditionally, women wear elaborate gipsy dresses and men parade around on their beautiful horses. Almost from the very beginning, bullfighting has formed an integral part of the Feria de Abril
Putting the city’s festivals on one side, Seville is an equally impressive city that is still worth visiting. It lays on the Guadalquivir river banks and it has a wonderful historical centre full of important monuments. For example, Seville’s cathedral is the third-largest in the world. It is a vast Gothic Cathedral with a worldwide famous minaret, the Giralda, where you can enjoy great views of the city. Another beautiful monument is the Gold Tower. It was originally part of the town-walls along Guadalquivir River. Very close by is the royal Mudéjar palace known as the Alcázar. Seville has hosted two international exhibitions (1929 and 1992). The quarter of Triana on the other side of the river, La Macarena, Santa Cruz and San Bartolomé, the street of Las Sierpes, plus La Maestranza bullring, María Luisa park and the riverside walks are all representative images of Sevilla and a must see for any tourist.