Flamenco and other things to see in Seville
Seville has a special colour, as Los del Río used to say. However, Seville is the largest city in Andalusia and the fourth most populated in Spain (behind Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia), so we recommend a good flamenco show, as well as other things to see in Seville.
Coming to visit the Andalusian capital, and the flamenco, is one of the best ways to get to know the Andalusian idiosyncrasy, as this city brings together everything: art, culture, fiestas and traditional gastronomy. Are you coming on a tourist route to Seville?
To start with, here are some interesting facts about the city. Did you know that Seville has a seaport? In spite of being an inland province, the city has one considered to be the only inland port. In fact, boats can travel through Seville along the Guadalquivir River and reach its mouth in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz).
As a result of having a river, Seville has nine bridges that connect various parts of the city. The best known and most photographed is the Triana Bridge, which you can walk across in the afternoon before coming to see our live flamenco show.
The history of Seville is linked to many important events, as well as to names of people related to the artistic world, such as bullfighters, film directors, flamenco dancers and singers, etc.
It is said that it was Hercules himself who founded the city more than 3000 years ago, on an islet located in the marshes (now known as the Guadalquivir marshes). He called this settlement “Spal”, which led to “Hispalis” and from there it evolved into the name by which it is known today throughout the world: Seville.
See a flamenco show: among the things to see in Sevilla
1. Visit the Cathedral, Giralda and walk around
The Cathedral of Seville is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Its construction began in 1401 on the foundations of an old mosque, whose remains can be seen today in the Patio de los Naranjos and the Giralda. The last stone, corresponding to the dome, was placed 100 years later.
In the Cathedral of Seville are buried: Christopher Columbus, Peter I the Cruel, Ferdinand III the Saint and Alfonso X the Wise.
From there, you can go directly to the Giralda, the bell tower of the Cathedral. If you dare to go up, you will be able to see the Giraldillo up close, a bronze construction that has become a symbol of the city.
2. The Alcazar of Seville
Once you leave the Cathedral or the Giralda (they are next to each other), you can take the opportunity to go to the Alcazar of Seville or Real Alcazar.
It is the oldest royal palace in Europe and, although construction began during the Middle Ages, it has gone through different periods, the Islamic and Christian ones. Its decoration with tiles and its gardens are two of the main attractions of the Real Alcázar.
3. Indian Archive
After leaving the Alcazar, do not hesitate to stop by the Archivo General de Indias. This building was created by Charles III to house all the documentation related to the territories of Spain that were outside the peninsula, that is, what was considered the “Indies”.
As a curiosity, the archives you will see in his library are empty, since the originals are guarded and kept out of sight of tourists.
4. Santa Cruz Neighborhood
After a short walk you will arrive at the Santa Cruz district, full of streets that are already a symbol and mark of Seville.
Its old houses with courtyards full of flowers make it one of the busiest areas of the city, both for tourists and locals.
5. María Luisa Park
Without a doubt, the park of reference in Seville, and the largest. At the beginning, this space was home to the private gardens of the San Telmo Palace, but the Infanta Maria Luisa Fernanda de Borbon donated them to the city at the end of the 19th century.
6. Spain Square
Located inside the María Luisa park, the Plaza de España is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. Shaped in a semi-circle, it is made up of four bridges, fountains and the 48 tile benches, one for each Spanish province.
It was built for the 1929 Ibero-American exhibition, but its design and subsequent finish was so spectacular that they decided to leave it assembled, thus making it one of the most photographed sites.
7. The Gold Tower
The Gold Tower is a construction that you can see if you walk along the Paseo Colón. With a height of 36 meters, it served as a defensive point for the city, since it was previously connected by a wall to the Torre de la Plata.
It was used as a chapel and as a prison, although nowadays it is the Maritime Museum of Seville.
8. La Maestranza Square
If you continue walking along the Guadalquivir River after visiting The Gold Tower, you will arrive at the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla.
The Sevillians know it as “la Maestranza” and it is the centre of the bullfighting tradition, which is very well established in Andalusia. Inside it houses a museum, as well as the bullring itself, which you can visit. If you are in Seville during the April Fair, you will see it in all its splendour.
9. The Alfalfa and Salvador Square
The Salvador Square or Plaza del Salvador, located in the Alfalfa district, is a meeting point for Sevillians and tourists. Known for its bars, where you can stand and chat, it also has one of the most beautiful churches in Seville.
If you stand in front of the church, you will see a street on your left, Calle Cuna, one of the oldest and most historic streets in Seville. Full of establishments of all kinds, it is known by the Andalusians as “Calle de las Novias”, since many of the shops there are of suits for this celebration.
You can walk down this street and at number 15 you will find the Tablao Cuna del Flamenco. Come and visit us and complete your walk by seeing our Museum of the Poster and the flamenco anterooms. If you have an hour, take out your ticket and come see the purest flamenco show in Seville, “Seducción Flamenca”.
10. See a flamenco show in Seville
You can’t leave town without seeing a live flamenco show up close. Flamenco is one of the symbols of the city, and of Andalusia.
In our show, six great artists make a journey through the origins of flamenco: singing, dancing and guitar join together on the stage to perform the most traditional styles of flamenco: sevillanas, bulerías, tangos, fandangos, alegrías…
Book your ticket online and complete your visit to Seville in the best way: with pure flamenco.