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City Guide Seville
General Information
The city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River belongs to the hottest spots in Spain. The Andalucian metropolis beams with beauty and exuberance and presents what everybody knows best of Spain: bullfights and flamenco. It is home of the famous fiction protagonists Don Juan and Carmen and the location of white washed houses. But Seville is also a remarkable business and service centre with many artistic, cultural, financial and social possibilities. A lot of historic buildings and colourful districts make Seville always worth a visit. Winding and cobbled streets lead to hidden churches, small intimate plazas, great museums and monuments. This doesn’t come out of the blue. Once a Roman colony, Seville used to be under Arab rule in the 8th. Since the conquest of Ferdinand III of Castile, Seville belonged to Spain. The change from Arabian to European dominion is visible nearly everywhere but especially in the architecture which presents itself in different styles. The massive Gothic Cathedral, the stunning Mudéjar-style Alcázar palace, the former Jewish quarter Santa Cruz or the traditional home of gypsies and flamenco, Triana, shape the atmosphere of the city. Apart from its cultural heritage and wealth, the city is a stronghold for culinary lovers. Restaurants, bars and cafes line up and satisfy nearly every culinary desire with typical Andalucian specialities. Also Seville’s nightlife is full of movement, festivities, great music and people having fun. So despite the laid back atmosphere in the city itself, the people are experts in kicking up energy.
The best time to visit Seville is during spring and late autumn as the temperatures are nice. The summers are very hot and last from June to September. The temperatures in July and August reach up to 45° C and are almost not bearable. Nights still have temperatures around 18 ° C. Winters are beautifully clear and have temperatures about 20°C during the day and 10 °C during the nights.
The language spoken in Seville is Spanish. In touristy places a lot of people understand and speak English too.
About 94% of the population is Roman-Catholic. The rest of 6% belong to other religious groupings.
The Euro is the official currency of Spain. Euro (€) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. Money can be taken from cash machines which accept most international cards and issue up to 150 Euro.
Tipping in Spain is not obligatory and the Spanish are fairly relaxed about this issue but nevertheless, as service is usually not included in restaurants ect. It is customary to leave some change or to give a tip of 5 – 10 %. It is also common to tip hotel porters or taxi drivers.
The VAT of 16% can be reclaimed by visitors from outside the EU as long as the purchase exceeds € 90,15 (VAT included) and was purchased at one store on the same day. In order to do that, you have to ask in the store for a tax refund cheque containing the description of goods, the personal data of the non European resident as well as the particulars of his passport or of any such equivalent document. At the airport your purchased items need to be taken to the customs clearance before checking the luggage in. In order to get the VAT refund, you have to cash the stamped cheque at any Bureau de Change in your chosen currency. Tax refund information line: +34 45 64 64 00
To call Seville from abroad, first dial +34 for Spain and then 95 for Seville. There can be high charges on calls made from hotels, restaurants and bars and it is generally cheaper to use a calling card ("tarjetas teléfonicas"). Public telephone boxes take coins or phone cards for local and international calls, which can be bought from tobacconists and post offices in units of 6 Eur, 10 Eur and 20 Eur. Some phone companies sell discount telephone cards which are not inserted into the phone but a free number needs to be called and your card n umber inserted.
There are many internet cafes in Seville. The prices are usually between 1 and 3 Eur an hour. Some might even WiFi access. • Sevilla Internet Center | c/ Almirantazgo, 2º (across from the Cathedral) • Internetia | Avda. Melendez-Pelayo, 46 • Workcenter | c/ San Fernando, 1 (open 24 hours)
Emergency Numbers
Emergency: 112 Ambulance: 061 National Police: 091 Fire: 080 Municipal/Local Police: 092 Police Department of Foreigners: 954 24 94 96
Opening times
During the week shops in Seville open at 9 or 10 am and close at 2 pm for lunch time. In the afternoon shops are open again between 5 pm and 9 pm. On Saturdays small shops might only be open in the morning. Opening hours for museums and sights can differ individually.
Public Holidays
• January 1: New Year’s Day (Año Nuevo) • January 6: Festival of the Reyes (Dia de los tres Reyes) • March 19: Father’s Day (San Jose) • April Good Friday (Viernes Santo) • April Easter Sunday (Dia de Pascua) • May 1: Labour Day (Dia del Trabajo) • June 24: St. John’s Day (San Juan) • August 15: Assumption (Asuncion) • September 11: Catalonia’s National Holyday (Diada) • September 24: Barcelona’s Patron Saint (La Merce) • October 12: Columbus Day (Dia de la Hispanidad) • November 1: All Saints Day (Todos los Santos) • December 6: Constitution Day (Dia de la Constitucion) • December 8: Immaculate Conception (Immaculada Concecion) • December 25: Christmas Day (Navidad) • December 26: Boxing Day
Major crimes are actually very rare in Seville but nevertheless petty crimes such as pick-pocketing do exist, especially with inattentive tourists which are usually the target of thieves. When wandering through crowded or touristy areas, especially Santa Cruz, belongings should be taken care of because the winding streets offer a good escape to thieves. Although the chances of a crime are very small in Seville, in case of robbery the national police ("policía nacional") is the right place to go to. There are police stations all over the city.
The Ayuntamiento, the Town Hall, of Seville dates back to the 16th century and it built in Renaissance style on the remains of the former San Francisco monastery. The responsible architect was Diego de Riaño who started the construction work in 1527. Initially, the main entrance to the Ayuntamiento was on the Plaza de San Francisco. Here you can still see the remains of the carriage yard of the San Francisco monastery. When the Plaza Nueva was built in the 19th century the entrance was moved to a new location. The west front is in Neo-Classical style and was built in 1891. The remains of the old wall are still visible from the inside of the building.
Hospital de las Cinco Llagas
This huge building has 4 courtyards (patios) which emerged from the cross formed blank of two big halls that used to be the hospital. It was used for centuries until it had to be closed due to dilapidation. Since its reconstruction the building is today the seat of the parliament of Andalusia. In order to understand the relevance of the building you have to go back to the year 1500 when Catalina de Ribera got the admission with the papal bull to found this welfare facility which later became the best known and most popular one in whole Seville. Later 4 abbots from different monasteries became patronages of the foundation. They announced in public the conformation of a pompous building close to the Macarena Gate. Many known architects of that time participated but at last Matrín Gainza was the one who started the construction work in 1546. The façade consist of two parts which are united by the foundation emblem of the brotherhood Cinco Llagas which is flanked by the emblems of the founders on each side. Opening times: Only with reservation. No visitation possible on conference days.
Plaza de España
The Plaza des de España was constructed by Aníbal González with the scope of the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929. Its diameter is 200 m and the expanse 14.000 m². The architectural style is a regional mixture of styles like Mudejarstyle, Gothic and Renaissance. The used material is bricks and ceramics. Around the square there are 48 benches in alphabetical order which are devoted to the 48 Spanish provinces. All benches are decorated with ceramic tiles which depict historic events, the emblem and the map of each province. Around the square leads small streamlet over which four bridges are built which symbolize four former kingdoms of the Spanish crown: Castile, Léon, Navarra and Aragón. The buildings which are located around the Plaza de España are used by different public facilities, the regional board and the military government.
Plaza de América
The Plaza de América and the three buildings on it were constructed by Aníbal González between 1911 and 1919 for the exhibition in 1929. Every building was built in a different architectural style. The Renaissance pavilion is the contemporary Archaeological Museum; the Gothic pavilion belongs to the city which uses the location for the local authority. The Mudejar pavilion hosts the Museum for Popular Arts and Customs. The garden which belongs to the square exhibits many circles with ceramic pictures which are devoted to Miguel de Cervantes and allude to his famous works.
Plaza de Toros de la Real Maes
Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza (Bullfighting Arena) The bullfighting arena was built by Vicente San Mártin in 1761 and is one of the oldest bullfighting locations in Spain. Together with the extensions it creates a triangle block of houses. The buildings around the arena have the shape of a irregular polygon due to many changes which were made during 120 years. A typical characteristic of the cockpit of Seville’s arena is the fact that it is not equally round but slightly oval formed. In the arena is the balcony of the prince, which was built by Cayetano de Acosta. The statue of the Madonna in the chapel of the toreros, which is called Virgin de los Dolores (Mother of Pain), is credited to Juan de Astorga. The toreros admire her and have made a lot of sanctification presents. In the museum of the arena many things regarding this custom are exhibited such as costumes, pictures and paintings. Before the arena was built, the fights took place on the Plaza de San Francisco which is located next to the building of Real Maestranza de caballería, the owners of the bullfight arena. The Real Maestranza is a Horse Riding club of the upper class which was founded in times of the Reconquista and was reconstructed totally in the 17th century. The bullfighting season starts on Easter Sunday and ends in September. Opening times: Daily 9. 30 am – 7 pm, days of bullfights: 9.30 am – 3 pm. Tours are every 20 minutes Entry prices: 4 €
La Macarena
This area northwest of El Centro is named after the Virgin of Seville. The Pta. Macarena and Pta. Córdoba are connected by walls from the 12th century which end on the Ronda de Capuchinos. At the end the Basílica Macarena is located. Its venerated image of “La Virgin de la Macarena” is paraded through the streets during Semana Santa. On the riverside there is the Iglesia de San Lorenzo y Jesús del Gran Poder with the remarkable sculpture “El Cristo del Gran Poder”. Opening times: Basilica: Daily 9.30 am – 1 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm Iglesia de San Lorenzo y Jesús del Gran Poder: Sat – Thurs 8 am – 1.45 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm, Fr 7.30 am – 10 pm
Barrio de Santa Cruz
King Ferdinand III forced the Jews to live in the Barrio de Santa Cruz which is now an area of interweaved alleys and courtyards. Next to the Plaza de Santa Cruz are the Jardines de Murillo. The church on Plaza de Santa Cruz houses the grave of the artist Murillo, who fell from a scaffold while painting the ceiling frescoes in the cathedral of Cádiz.
Plaza El Salvador
This square is one of the most popular meeting points of Seville. Opposite the Iglesia del Salvador, there is a pillar porch which hosts three small traditional Andalusian wine cellars. From 1.30 pm the square starts to get crowded. Especially in spring and summer people come and enjoy the atmosphere on the Plaza El Salvador which is shadowed by enormous blinds. In the evening many wine bars attract visitors. Especially recommendable are smoked spit and cheese.
Iglesia del Salvador
The Salvador Church is the second biggest church after the cathedral of Seville. Its history goes back to the year 1674 when it was built on the residues of Mezquita Mayor which used to be the biggest mosque in the city. Still today you can see the Patio de Abluciones and the foundation of the tower of this Arabian building of the 9th century. The church can be entered via the Plaza del Salvador or the passage of the Cordoba Street. The inside is kept in Sevillian baroque with paintings and sculptures of famous artists such as Martínez Montañés, Juan de Mesa or Cayetano de Acosta. Opening times: Mo – Sat 9.15 am – 10 am, 7 pm – 7.45 pm, Sun 11 am – 1.45 pm, 8 pm – 8.45 pm Entrance prices: free of charge
Iglesia de San Luis
The Church of San Luis was built between 1699 and 1730 in a Sevillian baroque style and is the most important building in this art from. The façade consists of two richly decorated bodies whereas stone and bricks are used alternately. It is flanked by two octagonal towers, which give a special attraction to the building by its multi-coloured glazed pinnacle. The rich interior decoration is of amazing beauty. The paintings of the cupola are from Lucas Valdés. The amount and the high quality of the elements which make up the church let it appear as a jewel of baroque architecture: wooden carvings, oil paintings and an altar which is crowned by a painting of Zurbarán, depicting San Luis. Opening times: Wed – Thur 9 am – 2 pm, Fr – Sat 9 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 8 pm Entrance prices: free of charge
Iglesia Santa Catalina
The Church of Catalina was built in the 14th century on the residues of a mosque of which the minaret and some arcs are still intact. Initially constructed in Gothic Mudejar style the church was changed and reconstructed throughout the centuries. In 1929 the Gothic portal of the Santa Lucia Church was brought to Santa Catalina. The result was a second portal which conceals the original in Mudejar style. Opening times: Mo – Sat 12.30 am – 1.15 pm Entrance prices: free of charge
Iglesia Santa Cruz
The Church Santa Cruz was initially located at Plaza de Santa Cruz. It was destroyed by the French in 1811 and after that moved to the building of the former “Clérigos Regulares Menores del Espíritu Santo”. The constructions of the church started in 1665 and lasted until 1728. In 1840 it was modificated immensily under the influence of many different styles. The façade was changed into the Mateos Gago Street. The original state of the church can only be seen when coming from a small courtyard in Yiménez de Enciso Street. The church is located in the famous Barrio de Santa Cruz which used to be the Jewish ghetto of Seville. Opening times: Mo – Sun 9.30 am – 11 am, 7 pm – 9 pm Entrance prices: free of charge
Iglesia Santa Ana
The Church Santa Ana is the oldest parish church of Seville and is located in Triana, a part of the city that is known as a traditional working and handicraft quarter. The church’s origins go back to the 13th century. It was built in a Gothic style, although the used material gives a special Mudejar touch. The Santa Ana church has been renovated several times. Opening times: Mo – Sun 8 pm – 8.45 pm Entrance prices: free of charge
Triana is located outside the city walls and has often been flooded by the river. The well-known working quarter is also popular because of its many toreros, flamenco artists and its ceramic production. Today Triana is a part of the city that is often visited by tourists. The streets of San Jacinto, Pureza, Castilla, Salado and Betis are always worth a visit. Besides nice houses, there are many restaurants and bars which attract a lot of people.
Iglesia del Hospital de la Car
The Hospital de la Caridad was built in the 17th century by Leonardo de Figuero around a courtyard of pillars and arcs. The façade of the San Jorge Church of the hospice with its main arch and its bell tower is an excellent example of Sevillian baroque. The tiles were made in Triana and are decorated with paintings made from drafts of Murillo. The church belongs to the brotherhood de la Caridad which dedicated themselves to the burial of executed people. Today it is used as a residence for poor and elderly people. Opening times: Mo – Sat 9 am – 1.30 pm, 3.30 pm – 6.30 pm, Sun 9 am – 1 pm Entrance prices: 4 €, free entrance for Spanish citizens on Sundays
Igeslia Macarena
The Macarena Church is a modern church which was built between 1936 and 1941 in a neo-baroque style. It is located next to the Macarena city gate, which used to be the entrance to the Macarena quarter of Seville. The publicity of the church results mainly in the famous “Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena” which ascribed to the sculptor La Roldana from the end of the 17th century and which is centre of the adoration of the Virgin Mary in Seville. When visiting the church and its museum one can easily get an impression of the adoration of the Virgin Mary. Opening times: 9 am – 1 pm, 7 pm – 9 pm Entrance prices: Free of charge, museum 4 €
Jardines de Murillo
The Murillo Gardens are one of the most beautiful gardens in a very Sevillian style. Lined up palms, arcades and an abundance of flowers characterise this enjoyable and relaxing promenade in the city of Seville. The garden borders the walls of Alcázar and lead to the Santa Cruz district.
Jardines del Real Alcázar
When visiting the impressive Real Alcázar it is almost a sin not to walk through its enchanting gardens. Orange and lemon trees, fountains and lovely balconies, pavilions and many flowers are protected by the massive walls of the palace. Every monarch who lived in Alcázar added more and more features to these amazing gardens.
Principes Park
This park was created in 1973 as an example of Seville’s natural wealth including ample prairies and a rich amount on diverse trees.
Alamillo Park
The Alamillo Parl is located on the north zone of the Island of Cartuja of which it occupies around 47 hectares. Also this urban park recreates the natural landscape of the area and with it gives a certain comfort to its users.
Delicias de Arjona Park
This park is one of the first parks hat was publicly designed at the beginning of the 19th century. As a kind of historical garden it is located between Maria Luisa Park and the Guadalquivir River.
Buhaira Gardens
This park is divided into the Garden of the Palace and the Historical Garden. This park is characterised by the old Ruins of the old Palace of the Buhaira.
El Prado park
The park of the Prado of San Sebastián is the last location that was turned into a garden in Seville. The garden was created in 1997 and is situated right in the centre of the city and is formed by pools, jacarandas and palms.
Discovering Seville
Over the centuries Seville could keep its lovely charm and is still one of Spain’s most attractive cities. Everything you know about Andalusia comes together over here, orange and palm trees, toreros, flower-filled patios and many old monuments from the past. During the world exhibition in 1929 “Feria Iberoamericana” many districts of the city were reconstructed and restored. Today for example Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter, is one of the most beautiful part of the city with its interweaved alleys and courtyards. Santa Cruz builds the centre of the city around which the Cathedral and the walls of Real Alcazar are located, two of the most important monuments. Luckily Seville is quite compact and all major sights in walking distance. When taking the Cathedral as the main point from which everything can be reached it is easy to head off to the Torre del Oro and Maestranza Bullfighting Arena. When crossing the river you come to Triana which is so famous for its toreros, Flamenco and ceramic production. Not really in Walking distance but also worth a visit is Isla Magica and the city walls in La Macarena. The Sevilla Card which can be purchased at the tourist information, at the airport, the train station and some travel agencies gives a discount not only in shops, bars, restaurants and for shows, museums and monuments but also enables people to use the public transportation freely. Tourist Information Oficina de Informacion Turistica de la Provincia Plaza del Triunfo 1 Tel.: +34 95 42 10 005 (province) or +34 95 45 95 288 (Seville).
Catedral de Sevilla
It is not the most graceful, but with 130 x 76 m of floor space, the biggest chapel of Spain and the third biggest cathedral of the world. The Cathedral de Sevilla was built in 1403 on the grounds of the 12th century mosque from which nowadays only the minaret La Giralda is left over. It is topped with a statue representing Faith and is considered to be the most famous symbol of Seville. The mosque was converted into a cathedral when the city was conquered by Fernando III of Castile in 1248. The inside is heavily decorated with a large amount of gold evident. In the middle of the nave, which is the longest one in Spain, only the box like structure of the coro stands out and fills the central portion of the nave. The ultimate masterpiece of the cathedral is the “Capilla Mayor” which comprises 45 carved scenes from the life of Christ. This biggest and richest altarpiece in the world is the lifetime’s work of Pierre Dancart and depicts one of the finest examples of Gothic woodcarving. The cathedral also has a rich collection of religious jewellery items, paintings and sculptures including the tomb of Christopher Columbus. The cathedral was built to demonstrate Seville’s wealth which it had gained from its position as a trading centre after the Reconquista. Opening times: July- Aug.: 9.30 am – 4 pm Aug. – June: Mo – Sat 11 am – 5 pm, Sun and public holidays 2.30 pm – 6 pm 1. and 6. Jan, 20. and 22. March, 26. May, 15 Aug, 8, and 25 Dec CLOSED Entrance prices: General admission: € 7, Reduction: € 1,50 (pensioners, unemployed, City residents and students a with valid student ID) Free admission on Sundays, for disabled people, children under 12 years and groups with prior appointment
La Giralda
La Giralda is a former Almohad minaret and nowadays the bell tower of the Cathedral of Sevilla. It used to be one of the most important symbols in medieval times and is actually constructed in many distinctive parts from different cultures. The Islamic parts are the oldest ones but it also includes Roman stones from the ruined city of Italica. There are no stairs in the tower; instead there are 34 ramps which are wide enough for riding a horse to the top of the tower in order to call to prayer. In the 16th century the architect Hernán Ruiz designed a belfry extension in order to convert the minaret into a bell tower. The statue at the top of the extension is representing Faith. Opening times: July- Aug.: 9.30 am – 4 pm Aug. – June: Mo – Sat 11 am – 5 pm, Sun and public holidays 2.30 pm – 6 pm 1. and 6. Jan, 20. and 22. March, 26. May, 15 Aug, 8, and 25 Dec CLOSED Entrance prices: General admission: € 7, Reduction: € 1,50 (pensioners, unemployed, City residents and students a with valid student ID) Free admission on Sundays, for disabled people, children under 12 years and groups with prior appointment
Real Alcázar de Sevilla
The fortress of the kings is a must on every sightseeing tour. This great Arabian style palace was built during various epochs but probably dates back to 884 when the walls were constructed to defend the town of the Normans. Later on the Moorish Caliph had a palace built by architects from Granada and Toledo. The fortress is one of the best examples of Mudéja architecture presenting a style under Christian rule but using Islamic architectural influences. After the Christian recapture in 1248 the palace was reconstructed and expanded by each of its new inhabitants. There are many similarities to other places such as the Alhambra of Granada which is not a coincidence. Pedro el Cruel employed Christianised Arabs from a neighbouring region. Also the pompous par “Jardines del Alcázar” goes back to Arabian plans. The admiral room right of the “Patio del Léon” used to be one of the main points for recruiting people willing to go to the New World. The Casa de la Contratacion exhibits many objects from the Moorish time including a great collection of music instruments. Opening times: Oct – March: Mo – Sat 9.30 am – 6 pm, Sun and public holidays 9.30 am – 2.30 pm Apr – Sept: Mo – Sat 9.30 am – 8 pm, Sun and public holidays 9.30 - 6 pm Closed: 1. and 6. Jan, 25. March, 25 Dec Entrance prices: General admission: €5 Upper floor: €3 Free: 27 September, retired persons, pensioners, natives and residents of Seville, disabled persons and their companions, and students, with ID.
Casa de Pilatos - Pilatos Hous
The Casa de Pilatos is loctated on the Plaza de Pilatos and dates back to the 16th century. It presents a mixture of Italian Renaissance and Spanish Mudéjar. It is considered as a prototype of an Andalusian noble palace. A journey to Jerusalem inspired the owner of the house to redecorate and reconstruct the building. Since then the house is called “House of Pilatus”. Today it is the residence of the Earl of Medinaceli. The entrance of the building is a big marble portal which was built by the Italian sculptor Antonio de Aprile. Behind the carriage yard there is the Patio Principal which is nicely decorated with sculptures of Roam emperors and statues of the Greek mythology. The courtyard leads to two beautiful gardens. Opening times: March – Sept: Daily 9 am – 6.30 pm Oct – Feb: 9 am – 6 pm Entrance prices: Ground Floor: € 5, First Floor: € 3 Free entry on Tues 1 pm – 5 pm for citizens of the EU
Fábrica de Tabacos – Tobacco F
The Tobacco factory in Seville was built between 1728 and 1771 by Sebastián Van der Bocht. A triangle gable over the main entrance ends in the Statue La Fama. The factory used to be the biggest industrial building of Spain. The monopole in tobacco secured high incomes which is reflected in the architecture of the factory and its gardens. A chapel and a prison complete the main building. The inside is characterised a courtyards, wells and an impressive free staircase. In 1953 the building was converted into the main building of Seville’s university which hosts the rectorate and different faculties. Paintings inside depict the cigarette makers who had worked in this factory, amongst them a painting by Gonzalo Bilbao. Opening times: Mo – Fr 8 am – 8.30 pm
La Torre del Oro
This beamy building which used to be a watchtower of the harbour is the second important symbol of Seville. The name derived from the golden tiles that covered the roof. The tower was built at the beginning of the 13th century. It was used for military purposes and was located outside the city walls. A long iron chain was connected to the shores of the Guadalquivir River in order to control the entrance to Seville’s harbour. Today the Torre del Oro hosts a small naval museum where a series of maps and antiquities like compasses and ancient documents are exhibited. Opening times: Tues – Fr 10 am – 2 pm, Sat and Sun 11 am – 2 pm Closed: August, 24. and 25 March, 12. April, 2. May, 12 Oct, 1. Nov and 6., 8., 24. and 25. Dec Entrance prices: General admission: € 1 Tues and children under 6 years free admission
Parque de Maria Lusia
With over 400.000 m this park is one of the biggest parks in Seville and was originally constructed as a romantic garden for the palace of San Telmo for the Ibero – American Exhibition in 1929. The centre of the park is a half mile of palms and orange trees, elms and pine trees amongst which flower beds and ponds, pavilions are hidden. The design resembles the one of the Plaza de España with a mix of Art Deco and Mudéjar. The name derives from Princess Maria Luisa who generously donated plants which led to the establishment of this park. Around the park many buildings from the 1929 fair are located. Nearby is also the Tobacco Factory which is today part of the university.
Parque Natural de la Sierra No
The Sierra Norte Natural Park is located in the North of the province of Seville in a kind of mountainous area. On over 160.000 hectares includes a magnificent landscape of oak and cork trees and an important animal population such as wild cat, deer, rabbit and many kinds of birds. The location is ideal for all who enjoy nature and tranquillity. Away from Spain’s mass tourism many open air activities are inviting for example biking, trekking, horse riding and rock climbing.
Calle de la Sierpes
This shopping street in Seville is best known for its nice array of boutiques and shops and forms an important shopping area together with the streets Calle Tetuàn and Calle Cuna. Here you find nearly everything from shoes, shawls, Spanish dresses, souvenir shops and delicatessen shops. At the end of the Calle de las Sierpes is the famous patisserie La Campana, where a lot of locals meet. It goes without saying that this place is always worth a visit. Another characteristic place is the contemporary location of the Banco Santander Central Hispano which used to be the prison of Seville.
Isla Magica
Isla Magíca is the theme park of Seville which motifs shows the age of discovery from the Puerto de Indias harbour to the New World. It is an island in the middle of the city where you can experience the world of magic, emotions and amusement. Seven exiting areas include water rides, roller coaster, plays, restaurants and shops. The park opens every year around the 20th of March. Opening times depend on the month and can be checked on their website.