Seville: All the Moor reasons to visit
Once a traffic-congested metropolis resting on its historical laurels, Seville has bloomed into a city of bicycles and trams, keen to reinvigorate its artistic past.
The metamorphosis hasn’t gone unnoticed. The capital of Andalucia will host the 31st European Film Awards in 2018 and showcases its good looks in the TV fantasy drama Game Of Thrones, adding colour to an ongoing artistic renaissance.
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Seville is a city of atmosphere as much as sights. Amid the aromatic orange trees and poignant public processions, life here is always lived passionately. Flamenco artists treat every performance as if it’s their last, operas depict hot-blooded heroines and unscrupulous Figaros while bars and restaurants manage to capture the latest food and fashion trends while standing by their age-old traditions such as tapas.
All around the city’s neighbourhoods, tradition spars with innovation. The results are rarely mundane. In the central district, all roads lead to one of the world’s largest cathedrals, a Gothic anchor to Seville’s medieval Santa Cruz quarter. Not far away, futuristic visions materialise at the multi-functional Metropol Parasol, a canopy of latticed wood held up by five mushroom-like pillars.
Flamenco is Andalucia’s quintessential performance art. This amalgamation of song, guitar and dance is partly rooted in Seville and the city puts on high-quality, authentic shows every night of the week.
Choose between rambunctious bars, private flamenco clubs or large auditoriums offering more choreographed dinner shows.
Seville has developed some of Spain’s most innovative tapas bars but it also safeguards classics such as El Rinconcillo, a restaurant that purports to be the oldest in Spain (founded in 1670).
For high-octane tapas bars, head to Calle Betis in Triana or the Alameda de Hercules.
THE KNOWLEDGE Expedia (0300 123 1235/expedia.co.uk) offers three nights in Seville from £304 (two sharing), room only. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Seville.
Seville tourism: visitasevilla.es