The City of Seville is one of Spain’s most beautiful, historic, and romantic cities. With a well-preserved historic city center, it is home to many beautiful structures visitors will not want to miss.
The Port of Seville’s 15th Century cathedral was constructed atop the Moors’ mosque. One of the largest medieval Gothic cathedrals, it contains the longest nave in Spain with much golden decoration. In addition to the columns from the old mosque, the cathedral’s tower (called La Giralda) was originally a minaret with interior ramps that allowed the Muezzin to ride to the top on horseback.
The Real Alcazar is a beautiful 14th Century Moorish palace. Blessed by extravagant architecture, courtyards, gardens, and ponds, it is an adventure to explore. Visitors can see the room where much of Columbus’ journey to the Americas was planned, marked by his coat of arms. Students can visit the Alcazar for free.
The Barrio Santa Cruz is the city’s old Jewish Quarter, and it’s very popular with tourists. A charming neighborhood with narrow cobblestone streets and whitewashed houses, visitors can choose to relax at one of the many bars or restaurants, walk through ancient gardens, or stroll the covered passageway off the Alcazar’s Patio de Banderas.
The 13th Century Torre de Oro (Tower of Gold), which houses a maritime museum today, is said to once have been covered with gold.
The 17th Century Hospital de los Venerables was a retirement home and hospital for priests. It has been restored to preserve its charming Andalusian architecture and beautiful Baroque chapel.
The Museo de Bellas Artes may be the second most important museum for fine arts in Spain (only after Madrid’s Prado). Housed in a 17th Century mercy convent, its exhibitions include Sevillian art from the Gothic to modern periods.
Easter is a special time in the Port of Seville. During Semana Santa, serious processions fill the streets during the Catholic celebration of Easter. The April Fair is a release from the seriousness. This huge party covers much of the city. During the day, costumed riders boast traditional Spanish attire fill the streets with horses and carriages. After 8 pm, the “Calle Enferno” begins, a nighttime celebration of everything Spanish. Visitors will enjoy traditional dress, Flamenco dancers, guitars, wine, tapas, and fun that last well into the morning hours.
No matter what time of year, visitors will love the Port of Seville’s nightlife. The city is said to have more bars per resident than any other city in Europe, and the parties continue to the early morning. Open-air discothèques, nightclubs, and the Isla Cartuja beckon.
Being the birthplace of Spanish bull fighting, the Port of Seville’s Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza is the largest and grandest bull ring in Spain. Visitors who are not squeamish can witness the breathtaking excitement of the ring for a small fee.
Tourists in the Port of Seville will not run out of things to see and do. With a rich architectural history, a variety of museums, beautiful parks and plazas, and a lively nightlife, plan to spend some time getting to know beautiful, romantic Seville.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Seville by sea can find a long list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.