by Putti Tiasuwan (Neng)
A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Seville
Seville, southern Spain's largest city situated on the River Guadalquivir has been home to the operas Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro, and its marvellous Gothic cathedral is the resting place of Columbus.
Across from the Cathedral is the Real Alcazar, a splendid medieval Islamic palace with its beautiful gardens.
The spectacular Plaza de España is a semi-circular brick building in Renaissance/neo-Moorish style with a tower at either end. In front of the building is a 500-metre canal.
With the mentioned three excellent attractions, Seville scores deservedly high in sights and pedestrian zones and decent in all other categories.
Situated in the south of Spain Seville furthermore enjoys a highly appealing climate most of the year.
Seville has no prominent weakness and is endowed with no criteria with a low score.
5.5/10 [0.700 Mio.]
B. Best Things to Do in Seville (Detailed List with Photos and Information)
These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 7.55/10.
REAL ALCÁZAR 8
This complex of palaces and fortifications, originally erected in the 14th century by Moorish Muslim kings and expanded over different historical periods, today stands out as a magnificent combination of Christian and Mudéjar architecture.
The crowning features include the luxurious Salón de Embajadores (Hall of Ambassadors) with its marvellous 15th century cedarwood cupola and the magnificent Patio de las Doncellas (Courtyard of the Maidens) with its large, rectangular reflecting pool in the centre. The well-kept sprawling gardens are likewise thoroughly worth seeing.
Palatial Buildings (World Heritage Site since 1987)
CATEDRAL DE SANTA MARÍA 8
Once you enter this gargantuan cathedral — the third-largest church in the world — marvel at remarkable works by Zurbarán, Murillo or Goya, more than 40 chapels, beautiful stained glass windows and the tomb of the famous explorer Columbus, held by four carved pall-bearers.
Likewise from outside Seville Cathedral, which was completed in 1519 after more than 100 years of construction, looks highly impressive.
Cathedral (World Heritage Site since 1987)
Santa Cruz 7
With its maze-like streets, picturesque alleys and orange-tree-covered small squares this is the most popular and charming neighborhood in Seville.
It is also home to numerous of Seville's top sights including the majestic Cathedral with its Giralda Tower and the Royal Alcázar.
LA GIRALDA 6
Climb the 35 wide ramps of the iconic bell tower of Seville’s Cathedral for breathtaking panoramic views.
Originally erected as a minaret at end of the 12th century, the 104.1 m-high (342 ft) Giralda tower has seen later additions like the Renaissance style top.
Historic Tower (World Heritage Site since 1987)
Metropol Parasol 6
Completed in 2011, this ultra-modern sprawling structure, consisting of six enormous entirely wooden umbrellas, is a highlight of contemporary architecture.
Commonly referred to as “Las Setas” (The Mushrooms) this almost organic structure features a spectacular observation deck with a panoramic walkway, bars, a market and a small archaeological museum.
Modern Building (height: 26 m, with view from the upper level, completed 2011)
E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Seville (including close-by excursions)
REAL ALCÁZAR (palatial buildings) 8
Plaza de España (square) 8
CATEDRAL DE SANTA MARÍA (cathedral) 8
Santa Cruz (city district) 7
LA GIRALDA (bell tower) 6
Parasol Mirador (modern building) 6
Casa de Pilatos (Andalusian palace) 5
Museo de Bellas Artes (museum) 5
Torre del Oro (historic tower) 5
Parque de Maria Luisa (park) 5