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Seville - Andalucia's Capital City  by Heather McMillan

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Think Andalucia, think Seville!   To many people, Seville encompasses all those things that make Andalucia special. The exuberant, colourful dresses worn at the April Fair, the whitewashed, characterful streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz, the heady scent of orange blossom and the emotional sounds of flamenco; all these typify Seville and are also the very essence of Andalucia.

Seville is the seat of Andalucia’s government today, and it has always been one of Spain’s most important cities. In the sixteenth century Seville was the gateway to the Americas. The treasure ships would sail up the Guadalquivir river to unload their silver cargo, enriching Seville in the process. 

Pigeons in a Square in Seville
People Dining Al Fresco, Sevilla, Spain Even before this time, Seville was a major city in Moorish Spain, and it is to the Moors that Seville owes the Giralda tower, which dominates the city. Its ornate top is a later Renaissance addition to the original Muslim tower, once the minaret of Seville’s mosque. The mosque itself was replaced by Seville’s monumental Cathedral. This cathedral was intended to be so large “that everyone, on beholding it, will take us for madmen”! Today it is the third largest cathedral in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London. 

Few visitors leave Seville without seeing the Alcazar. This stunning building reminds many of the Alhambra in Granada but it actually post-dates Muslim rule in Spain. Its exotic decoration is known as Mudejar –a fusion of Christian and Moorish style. Built by the appropriately-named King Pedro the Cruel of Castile, its magnificent rooms were later the headquarters of Spanish expeditions to the New World, and it still serves as a royal residence from time to time today. The Alcazar’s beautiful gardens are laid out in the Moorish style and are a wonderful place to stroll. 

On the subject of gardens, there can be few more impressive in Europe than Seville’s Maria Luisa Park. Formerly the grounds of the Palacio de San Telmo, these lush green gardens are a wonderful oasis in which to escape from the summer heat. Exotic palms, cool streams, shaded paths and many quiet corners in which to sit make this a perfect refuge after a busy days’s sightseeing. You can also take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the park, which children adore, just as they also love a visit to Isla Magica, Andalucia’s largest theme park, situated on the other bank of the Guadalquivir. 

Seville is probably best known among travellers for two events – the moving processions of Holy Week and the colourful festivities of the April Fair. Anyone wishing to attend these events should book well in advance and expect to pay a premium for their accommodation! During Holy Week, figures of Jesus and the Virgin Mary are carried through the streets of Seville by hooded members of the 59 brotherhoods in the city. Each brotherhood has its own image, and the right to carry the image is highly prized. The images inspire great emotion in the watching crowds. The mood lightens shortly afterward for the April Fair, a lively celebration of spring. The visitor can enjoy bullfights, equestrian shows, and parades of horse-drawn carriages carrying elegant Sevillian women in beautiful flamenco dresses. Truly a wonderful and memorable introduction to Seville! 

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About the Author - Read more articles on holidays, food, lifestyle and property in Andalucia, Spain at our website Andalucia Coast and Country. Copyright 2007 Heather McMillan 
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AC Santa Justa, Seville
This 4 star hotel is situated at the intersection of the motorway to Madrid N-IV and the SE-30; 2 minutes away from Seville´s Congress Centre (Palacio de Congresos de Sevilla) and 5 minutes from the airport, and Santa Justa station. You´ll be pleasantly surprised by the luminosity of its rooms, lounges and facilities. A newly-built AC Hotel, which combines perfection, comfort and functionality, incorporating new technologies.  The restaurant features a warm atmosphere, spacious and bright rooms, as well as simplistic decor with a personal touch.  We want our guests to be in good shape to enjoy their stay. We therefore provide a free Fitness Centre, where you will find Bodybuilding equipment, exercise benches, television and mini Hi-Fi system.
AC Ciudad De Sevilla, Seville
To experience the exquisite combination of early 19th century architectural reminiscence and the modern elegance, this hotel is an ideal place to stay while visiting the splendid city of Seville.  This property is located in one of the most prestigious residential areas of Seville, near the famous Avenida de la Palmera.  The AC Ciudad De Sevilla Hotel features 86 air-conditioned guest rooms that offer maximum comfort for its guests. All the rooms are beautifully decorated, comfortable and functional as well.  Guests can dine at the on-site La Mejorana Restaurant that offers a typical flavour of traditional delights.  You can also workout in the gymnasium that allows you to continue your fitness regime throughout your stay and later take a refreshing dip at the onsite swimming pool.
Barcelo Renacimiento, Seville
The contemporary Barcelo Gran Hotel Renacimiento is located on the island of La Cartuja on the banks of the Guadalquivir river in Seville, Spain. The Isla Magica theme park, Seville's historic Barrio de Santa Cruz quarter, famous Gold Tower, cathedral, and the palms, orange trees and museums of Maria Luisa Park are all within 10 kilometres. The Barcelo Gran Hotel Renacimiento is a modern property occupying three avant-garde asymmetrical towers with lift access and connecting walkways.  Restaurante Jardin offers Andalucian and international dishes, with a buffet service and a la carte menus.  Breakfast is served daily in Restaurante Colon, which also caters for private functions.
Becquer Hotel, Seville
The family-run Becquer Hotel is located on a lively street full of bars and restaurants near the Guadalquivir river in central Seville, Spain. The hotel is 500 metres from the bullring, Fine Arts Museum and 13th-century Gold Tower. Seville's cathedral and famous Giralda tower, Plaza de Espana, old city walls and historic Barrio Santa Cruz district are all within one- and-a-half kilometres.  The Becquer Hotel restaurant serves Mediterranean and international dishes.  The English Bar offers drinks, and features ironwork gates and antique wood decor.  The outdoor pool and sun terrace offer skyline views of Seville. Guests receive a 20 per cent discount on all services at the Becquer Hotel Spa, which includes a vitality hydrotherapy circuit, jetted tub, sauna, steam room and Scottish shower. 
Best Western Hotel Cervantes, Seville
The Best Western Hotel Cervantes occupies a typical Andalucian house with an inner courtyard, in central Seville, Spain.  The hotel is 400 metres from the cathedral and 600 metres from the Reales Alcazares palace and gardens.  Seville's famous Golden Tower, bullring and historic Barrio Santa Cruz district are within one kilometre. Seville San Pablo Airport (SVQ) is four kilometres from the hotel.  Snacks and drinks are served in the café-bar. The hotel is within easy walking distance of central Seville's restaurants, bars and cafés.  The hotel has a traditional Andalucian inner patio filled with foliage and flowers.  Wood furniture and gentle, neutral tones complement the patterned fabrics in the Best Western Hotel Cervantes' 72 air-conditioned guestrooms.
Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza, Seville
The Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is located in the historic district of Seville, Spain, 100 metres from Casa Pilatos and 2.5 kilometres from Plaza de Espana. Seville's central train station is 2.5 kilometres away.  With its peaceful internal courtyard and shady, arcaded corridors, the three-storey Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza combines 18th-century Andalucian architecture with contemporary decor. The hotel has a rooftop wellness centre, with outdoor pool, sun terrace, fitness room, sauna, and spa treatments. There is a library and games room on site.  Breakfast (surcharge), lunch and dinner are served at the Senzone Restaurant, overlooking the internal courtyard. Authentic Andalucian and Mediterranean dishes is on offer.
Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville
A showcase of Andalusian grandeur, the Hotel Alfonso XIII stands in Seville, Spain's historic center. The famed Seville Cathedral, Girlada and the Royal Alcazar Palace are located across the street.  Named after the king who commissioned its construction in 1928, Hotel Alfonso XIII was originally built to house heads of state and high ranking guests of the 1929 Great Ibero-American Exhibition. The hotel's dining options include complimentary buffet-style breakfasts. San Fernando Restaurant serves Spanish and Mediterranean dishes, and features blue and clear-glass leaded windows and dark-wood furnishings. The Japanese-style Kaede restaurant prepares sushi and teppenyaki. San Fernando Bar is located adjacent to the patio, and features live piano or violin music during evening hours.
Hotel Casa de los Mercaderes, Seville
A former trader's house dating from the 18th century, the Casa de los Mercaderes is a traditional hotel in Seville city centre. Set on a quiet cobbled street, it is situated between the historic and commercial centres, within 200 metres of Plaza San Francisco, the cathedral, and the shops of calle Sierpes.  Although the Casa de los Mercaderes does not have a restaurant, buffet breakfast (surcharge) is served each morning and guests can enjoy snacks and drinks throughout the day in the courtyard. Room service is also available. The 47 air-conditioned guestrooms are spread over two floors and have light decor featuring floral motifs, and cherry wood furniture. Beds have wrought iron or cherry wood frames.
Las Casas de la Juderia, Seville
Sevilla-Las Casas de la Juderia is located in the Jewish Quarter of Seville. This former Duke's residence consists of Moorish-influenced buildings joined together by pretty plant-filled patios, just 500 meters from the Cathedral and Alcazar.  The hotel's restaurant serves a menu of Mediterranean specialties and international dishes, and wide selection of drinks are served in the bar with live piano music every evening.  After a work out in the hotel gym, guests can relax in the shady cool of the arches around the courtyard, or take advantage of 24-hour room service.  The 119 air conditioned guestrooms are individually decorated with striped fabrics and traditional oak furniture.
Parador of Carmona, Carmona - 44 kms from Seville
The fertile plain of the River Corbones makes for an exceptional panoramic view from the fortress, where different civilisations have brought their best artistry and culture. The splendid views from the Hotel play backdrop to the fantastic pool, gardens, patio and Mudéjar fountain, Cupulín room, and terrace.  The large bright bedrooms enjoy exquisite classic décor which, alongside the Sevillian tiling, enhance this 14th century citadel. The Bermejo Room with its tapestries and many antiques is a highlight.  The refectory turned dining room is known as one of Paradores’ most beautiful.  Savour the succulent seasonal and local dishes at the Parador. The partridge and cod a la chartreuse, spiced Carmona spinach, ardoria (a type of salmorejo tomato sauce) and boronía vegetable medley come recommended. Not to mention the succulent dessert buffet. 
Silken Al Andalus Palace Hotel, Seville
Silken Al Andalus Palace hotel stands in the ancient Spanish city of Sevilla, an important European historical centre. The hotel is located two kilometers from one of the world's largest medieval cathedrals.  The hotel's several terraces and porches encourage relaxed lounging. Additionally, the expansive lobby features numerous sofa arrangements, ideal for enjoying natural sunlight from the room's glass ceiling.  Other rejuvenating amenities include a sauna, an outdoor pool and a fitness room stocked with an array of exercise equipment. The hotel also features three onsite eateries. Guadalquivir restaurant displays a buffet of regional and international comestibles while Italica restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine.  Meanwhile, Palace Restaurant offers an international menu. In the bar, live piano music provides evening entertainment.
Vincci La Rabida Hotel, Seville
The Vincci La Rabida, Sevilla former palace built in the 18th century, is situated in the Arenal neighbourhood, 300 metres from the Cathedral. Inside, the hotel is typically grand, with a courtyard featuring marble pillars and overlooked by arched balconies.  Local and French dishes are served in the hotel's Los Patios restaurant, in a setting reminiscent of old Seville. After dinner, guests at the Vincci La Rabida can enjoy a drink in the hotel's bar, while additional facilities include a sun terrace offering great views across Seville.The 103 guestrooms combine warm, earthy tones with dark wood furnishings and wrought iron bedheads. All rooms come equipped with minibars, air conditioning, safes, and televisions.
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