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Travel Spain: Seville
Pre set Ideas on the City
When people think of Seville, they will often think of nice food or warm and friendly people. However, Seville offers so much to visitors. It is the capital of Andalucia and the largest city in the South of Spain. It is the economic and cultural centre for the region. Andalucia was the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain and the Arabic influence is still to be seen. The food, music and architecture all demonstrate a clear Moorish influence.
History in the City
Spain expelled the Moors from Andalucia in 1492, but the Moors left some wonderful buildings that are a tourist's delight. In Seville, the Alcazar is the still used as a royal palace by the Spanish royal family when they are in Andalucia. It is a truly awesome building, showing Moorish influence combined with later influences from Christian Spain. In the same area, is the imposing Cathedral of Seville, which was built after the fall of the Moors. Another great site of historic interest is the General Archive of the Indies, which is another sought after site in central Seville.
Life In Sevilla
However, Seville is such a historic city that it is laden with interesting sites to visit. The streets in the centre are very narrow and many are pedestrianised. This allows for beautiful scenes of outside tapas dining in the streets and relaxed browsing of the numerous interesting shops. As a big city in Spain, Seville possesses large department stores like Corte Ingles and famous Spanish shops like Zara, Bershka and Mango. The central shopping area does have a very sophisticated feel.
Andalusians are famous for preparing great tapas meat, fish and shellfish dishes and there are numerous restaurants and tapas bars. Jerez de la Frontera's Sherry wines and other local alcoholic drinks are all available in abundance, which makes for some great nightlife.
At night, there are numerous places to visit and restaurants stay open until very late. In general, the hour for dinner is approximately 10pm, so that enables for a long night out. Flamenco is the dance and music from the area and there are many places to see both professional and amateur flamenco shows. One place with great professional shows with dinner, is Tablao El Arenal. The quality of the dancing is very high, but there are also great amateur places in Seville. The amateur places have a very Sevillano feel, which cannot be replicated in other major Spanish cities.
If you are making a trip to Andalucia, be sure to visit Seville and don't just focus on the coastal towns.