Whether you pronounce it Seville or Sevilla, this gorgeous Spanish town is most certainly the stuff of dreams. Over 2,200 years old, Seville has a mutli-layered personality; home to Flamenco, high temperatures and three UNESCO-World Heritage Sites, there is a noble ancestry to the southern Spanish town. Not forgetting that it is the birthplace of painter Diego Velazquez, the resting place of Christopher Columbus, the inspiration for Bizet’s Carmen and a location for Game of Thrones filming, Seville is truly more than just a sum of its parts. This city is a full on experience, a beguiling labyrinth of centuries old streets, tiny tapas restaurants serving possibly the best dishes you’ll taste south of Madrid and a paradise of Mudejar architecture and tranquil palm trees and fountain-filled gardens.
Traditionally, living takes place outdoors in Seville. Cafés and bars form a large part of daily life; it is suggested that you start your visit on an empty stomach as one simply cannot walk through the old town without stopping at least three or four times to taste the delicious Albóndigas, Chipirones and local Gazpacho on offer at every turn. The afternoon siesta is also taken very seriously here, so don’t be surprised to find everything closed from 2-5pm. Finally, although Seville is one of the most famous cities for bullfighting in Spain, there are actually only bullfights in the city for a few weeks of the year from April to September.