Many have said that Seville has a special colour and they are absolutely correct. This southern capital city is held dear by nearly everyone that visits, whether it is due to the weather, its monuments or any of the other numerous events that occur throughout the year.
This destination city has a long history and deep-rooted culture which attracts a large number of tourists as well as businesses. In the next section, we will propose a set of suggestions that will help you enjoy Seville in Springtime and will make you want to visit sooner rather than later.
Monuments in Seville
This southern Spanish capital city has a large number of monuments ranging from the Giralda to the Pelli Tower, by way of the Royal Alcazar and Plaza España among the more famous:
- Seville Giralda and Cathedral: If you are a lover of classical court monuments, travel to the top of the Giralda, which was once the Sevillian watchtower and one of the most recognised symbols for the city reaching at least 95 metres high. From the top of the Cathedral bell tower, located in the largest gothic temple in the world, you can observe the spectacular views of all of neighbourhoods in Seville.
- The Royal Alcazar: Located only a few metres away from the Sevillian Cathedral and Giralda, is the Royal Alcazar, a Mudéjar style palace complex fortified within different historical periods. It is currently the oldest European royal palace in use. This is where the royal family stays when they visit the Sevillian capital city.
- Plaza de España (The Spanish Plaza): After getting lost in the World Heritage palaces of the Alcazar, meander through the Plaza de España. The Plaza is located in María Luisa Park and was designed by the architect Aníbal González to house the Ibero-american Exposition of 1929. The symbolism of this structure is quite intriguing as its semi-circle shape references the hug Spain is giving to its past American territories.
Once you have experienced the more historic monuments within the city, you should not miss the more modern sites, as they are already references in many architectural studies:
- Las Setas (The Mushrooms) in Encarnación Plaza, is a structure built in 2005 and contains six parasol like canopies located 26 metres high, entwined within each other to form a unique covering overhead. There is a market located at its base among other restaurants, an archaeological museum and an ever active plaza.
- La Torre Pelli (Pelli Tower) is, without a doubt, one of the most vanguard constructions in all of Seville. It is the first skyscraper in the city and the highest building in all of Andalusia at least 180 metres high.
Museums in Seville
It would be near impossible to visit Seville in just two hours, as it houses a large number of monuments and museums that should not be missed. If it is already difficult to decide which monuments to visit, it is even more difficult to decide on which museums to venture into.
- The Museum of Popular Art and Customs is where all visitors can enjoy a collection of objects that summarise Sevillian culture in past times.
- The Archaeological Museum is recommended to enjoy the most important archaeological collections in Andalusia.
- The Museum of Fine Arts holds famous paintings by artists such as Murillo, Velázquez and Goya which are truly remarkable works to be seen.
- The Museum of Flamenco Dancing is a mandatory stop if you want to discover the history of this art formally declared a part of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Golf As a Sevillian Sport
If you enjoy the sport and love to play golf, where better than to play in Seville and stay at Hotel Green Suites? Green Suites Sevilla is an exclusive hotel that is unique in Seville as it is the only one of its kind. It is located next to the golf course, considered one of the best golf courses in Spain: The Real Club Sevilla Golf.
In fact, some of the most important world championships have taken place at this Golf Club. Moreover, its prestige has been endorsed on numerous occasions, which only reinforces it as one of the best golf courses in the world. Some of the biggest championships that have been celebrated here include the World Cup 2004, Andalusia Open 2009 and Spanish Open 2008, 2010 and 2012.
It is important to highlight that the Real Club Sevilla Golf has promoted this sport among amateurs who have not previously played professionally. For this reason, there is now a youth golf school, in which 150 students participate and host various social tournaments for any of its members to sign up that wish to. In this privileged enclave, it is guaranteed that you will have a good time in the company of good friends and work colleagues.
Holy Week in Seville
Orange Blossoms and Incense. These two smells combine together and fill the city to make way for a number of walking works of art that are carried through the streets toward the Cathedral. It is impossible to visit Seville and not experience a Palm Sunday or a famous Madrugá (midnight processions).
Holy Week in Seville is internationally known and each year the city welcomes millions of visitors that wish to experience this symbol of popular culture. There are many Hermandades (church brother/sisterhoods) that have processions. Some of the most representative are La Macarena, El Gran Poder and La Borriquita, as they have a large number of followers within and outside of the city.
Gastronomy is also important during Holy Week. For this reason, it is essential to try a dish of stewed cod and finish off your menu with some traditional torrijas or arroz con leche. Savour and enjoy these delicacies in a city full of magic.
The April Fair in Seville
Seville in Spring smells of azahar (orange blossoms), tastes of fresh fried fish and sounds of singing and dancing traditional Sevillanas. Flamenco dresses covered in polka dots and covered in frills and ruffles are seen around the Real Club during the week that the fair lasts. This normally takes places in April, however there are years it is moved to May as it depends on when Holy Week ends.
This is considered one of the main events that the city lives each year, as many Spanish and international visitors attend each year. Likewise, it is a cultural and gastronomical festival, recognised worldwide on account of it being declared a festival of international touristic interest.
It is also possible to see horse jockeys and riders that can be seen on horseback around the fair grounds. Lastly, there are many bull fights in the Real Maestranza de Caballerías, also known as the Plaza de Toros (bullfighting ring) where some of the most legendary bull fighters in history have participated and the third monument most visited in the city.
We hope that you find this guide useful. At Sevilla Green Suites you will enjoy the best commodities, as well as a perfect environment for lovers of both golf and Seville. Make your reservation here and come meet us. We hope to see you soon!