See and Do in Seville
Expats will find many things to see and do in Seville. The main sightseeing attractions are the Cathedral - one of the largest in the world; the Alcazar, a Moorish palace; and Plaza España, a marvellous square with a fountain in the centre.
Seville is a traditional Spanish city and expats have a number of churches to explore, parks to chill out in, and squares that are perfect for people watching for grabbing a coffee or some tapas. The architecture in the Jewish quarter and in Triana will dazzle expats. There are a few museums with regular exhibitions, and Calle Tetuan and Sierpes are lined with the latest fashion shops.
Completed in the 16th century, this Gothic cathedral is the central point of Seville. Expats can see the whole city from the Giralda tower, pose for photos in the orange patio, and explore the nooks and crannies in this amazing building. The coffin of Christopher Columbus is here as well.
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The Royal Alcazar
Originally this Royal palace was a Moorish fort, but because kings and queens made it their home expats now can marvel at the mosaic walls, wander round the well-kept gardens, and even play hide and seek in a bush maze. There’s free entry for residents.
The River Guadalquivir
Stroll along Seville’s river, stopping off for tapas or a drink, visit the Tower of Gold, or catch a ferry or pedalo. On the far side of the river is Calle Betis, a great place in the evening to meet Sevillianos or fellow expats.
Barrio Santa Cruz
The Jewish quarter is one of the most romantic spots in Seville. Expats can wine and dine in traditional bars, wander round the quaint plazas and cobbled streets, or have churros, a fried doughy mixture, for breakfast.
Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bella Artes)
Apart from the lovely square in front of this wonderful building where you can watch tango on Thursday evenings, the museum has regular exhibitions to interest expats. The museum is the most important in Andalusia, and has exhibits from the medieval period to the 20th century.
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Expats can feel the duende - the magic of flamenco - in various tablaos. A popular venue with expats, mainly because the show is authentic and free, is La Carboneria. Others include:
Plaza de España
Plaza España is one of the most picturesque public places to hang out in Seville. Each region in Spain is represented by a plaque, and expats can see views over the adjoining Maria Luisa Park. Star Wars and Laurence of Arabia scenes were filmed here.
Plaza de Toros
Bull fighting is still popular in Seville. The season runs from April to October and expats can watch matadors run riot during La Feria and most Sundays. If expats would prefer not to see a fight, but are interested, they can have a tour of the museum and bull ring.
Expats will love this week long dancing, eating, and drinking festival. It normally takes place in April or May, and expats can learn how to dance typical Sevillianas, drink rebujito - fine sherry and lemonade - or have fun on the attractions.
For a more serious, but entertaining festival, expats can enjoy this religious event at Easter. Each church brotherhood takes their Christ and Virgin, atop a uniquely designed parade float, around the city and through the cathedral. The brass band music and crowds are intense.
Alfalfa, Alameda, and Triana
These barrios (neighbourhoods) are the most popular with Sevillianos and expats for tapas and beers in the evenings. There are plenty of places to eat, dance, and practise your Spanish.
Not quite up there with Real Madrid or Barcelona, but expats can still see a decent game of football by watching Sevilla FC, who normally finishes in the top four. Their main rival, Betis FC, are in the 2nd division.