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Seville city break - bullfights, food & fiestas.


Plaza Santa Cruz has to our favourite spot in Seville and really sums up the city. This beautiful square is secreted between whitewashed houses and some of the best tapas bars in the city. Try some famous Iberico ham (you'll see them hanging everyhwere!) and wash it down with a good sherry. If you are lucky, as we were, a small band of singers may also perform in the square.

To get you bearings in the city, take a walk along the banks of the Guadalquivir river. Head past a few elegant bridges and you will soon find the famous Bull Ring (the Maestranza) which becomes a real social focus on bullfight nights. Spectators arrive in horse drawn carriages and there is a real party atmosphere.

Directly east of here is the cathedral which is reputedly the largest in the world... it certainly is a big thing anyway. You can also see the Giralda minaret which is the remains of an old moqsue and has become a symbol of the city. And near here is the Alcazar which is over 1000 years old and was supposedly once inhabited by a king called Peter (or Pedro) the Cruel... Apparently he locked his wife in the dungeons and then covorted all day long in the castle with various young maidens!!

South of town is the pretty María Luisa park, built for the 1929 Ibero-American fair along with the adjacent Plaza de España. The square features an impressive semi-circle of buildings fronted by water features and amazing tile features.

Evenings can be spent in the variety of attractive squares or at a bar along the river where you will always find a conviviality that is unique to the people of Seville. Or head to the Santa Cruz district and take in a show at one of the hole in the wall flamenco venues.

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