Seville is a romantic city in Spain, which perfectly reflects the essence of culture, traditions and character of the inhabitants. It began to develop actively through trade and reached prosperity already in the period of the Roman Empire. Later, in the XIX century, Seville became known throughout the world due to its unique culture, romantic atmosphere and spectacular architecture. Today, in order to feel the soul of the city, it is worth renting a car and visiting the top places. First of all, you can go to the historical quarter, see the Cathedral (considered the third largest temple in the Catholic world), the Giralda tower, built in the 12th century, take a walk along the Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz. Fans of unusual architectural solutions should visit the Alcazar Fortress Palace and the San Telmo Palace. At the end of the trip, you can visit a flamenco or a bullfight.
Airport Sevilla San Pablo ( Sevilla is San of Pablo Airport then )
IATA code: SVQ
Location: 12 km from Seville
Official website: www.sevilla-airport.com/en/
Information: +34 902 40 47 04
The following companies provide car rental services at Seville Airport: Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Goldcar Rental, Enterprise, Sixt. Car rental desks are located in the arrivals hall. There are three parking zones equipped near the airport: short-term, long-term, VIP.
Patio de Banderas, Real Alcazar www.alcazarsevilla.org
Having rented a car, go on an excursion to one of the most famous sights of Spain - Alcazar Palace. The first building on this site appeared in 720. Over time, it was expanded, rebuilt. The most significant change occurred in the XIII century: then the Spaniards, who seized the territory, supplemented the Caliph palace with Gothic buildings. Alcazar is a complex of buildings (Gothic Palace, Jaeger Courtyard, Chamber of Commerce, Admiralty) dating from different periods. The architecture organically combines elements of Gothic, Baroque, Moorish style. Today, Alcazar is considered the oldest palace, which is used for its intended purpose.
Av. de la Constitucion www.catedraldesevilla.es
The Harald Tower is a symbol of Seville, which has not yet been bypassed by any tourist. During the reign of the Moors, this place was the largest mosque in the city, and the tower served as a minaret. Later, the cathedral was converted to Catholic, but the minaret was left unchanged. Several centuries later, the exterior was supplemented by a statue at the top. Having examined the building from the outside, it is worth to climb to the observation deck, to a height of 82 meters and look at the city from a different angle.
Paseo de Cristobal Colon www.ng-slo.si
Another iconic landmark, built during the Moorish rule, is the Golden Tower. Initially, it was an observation tower, later - a prison, repository and office of maritime services. Today the Maritime Museum is working here, the collection of which contains ancient navigational instruments, weapons, guns, ship models. There are many legends about the tower, which you can learn about during the tour.
Plaza de la Encarnacion, 18 www.setasdesevilla.com
Fans of modern architecture should visit the Metropol Parasol. An underground parking lot and a market complex were supposed to appear at this place, but during the construction, the ruins of Roman buildings were discovered. It was decided to build a functional building while preserving the architectural heritage. The competition was won by the Metropol project. The complex of structures is divided into 4 tiers: the Central Market, a museum with Moorish and Roman ruins, a platform for events, observation terraces. Getting to the Metropol will be more convenient by rental car.
Avenida Roma, 21
The Palace of San Telmo is one of Seville's vibrant structures, built in the Mexican Baroque style. It was built at the end of the 18th century for orphans from families of sailors. They were taught free training in maritime affairs, general literacy. Later, the building of the palace housed a university, a seminary, and now the administration of Andalusia is located here. The building has the shape of a rectangle, the walls are decorated with paintings, and 12 female figures are placed above the central door, over which the patrons of the city rise.
You can diversify the tourist route by going to the quiet town of Cordoba, located a two-hour drive from Seville. The architecture of the city combines three cultural layers: Islam, Judaism, Christianity. The main attractions of the city are: the Cathedral Mosque, which is one of the architectural masterpieces of Spain, the Archaeological Museum, which presents the largest collection of lead sarcophagi and capitals, the Roman bridge, built under the emperor Octavian Augustus. Attention also deserves the Jewish quarter, which preserved centuries-old buildings. Between excursions, it is worth stopping by several restaurants to try traditional dishes and locally produced wine, known under the brands of “Olorozo” and “Amontillado”.
Having rented a car, go 120 kilometers from Seville to one of the ancient cities of Europe - Cadiz. Fans of active pastimes should visit the Cathedral and climb under the dome, look into the baroque church of San Felipe Neri, take a walk along the ramparts. Those who have the time and want to see as much as possible in the warm season should take a ride along the coastline and visit the beaches of Playa de la Caleta, Santa Maria del Mar, Cortadura. In addition, Cadiz is famous for fish dishes. Anchovies, shrimps, lobsters, breams will surely be appreciated even by the most demanding tourists. It is interesting that in February the city hosts a carnival, which is considered one of the most colorful in Spain. During Holy Week, another no less exciting procession takes place. A day is enough to get to know the city.
The medina of Assaar or the “City of Diamond” is the ruins of a palace city built in the 10th century by order of Abdar Rahman III. Once it was the capital of Muslim Spain, its political and administrative center. Centuries later, the palace turned into ruins, and wealth was looted. At the beginning of the 20th century, remains of former greatness were discovered. Specialists were able to establish that the city was located on a hill on three terraces that were separated by walls. In the lower part there were residential quarters, in the middle - government buildings, in the upper - the palace of Abdar Rahman III. During the tour it will be possible to inspect the excavation site, and then go to the museum, where the found exhibits are presented.
Utrera is an ancient town that existed long before the rule of the Roman Empire. During its existence, he was raided, was destroyed several times and rebuilt again. Despite this, a rich architectural heritage has been preserved here. The first thing to do is visit the Utrera castle, which dates from the 13th century, while being preserved in its original form. No less bright - the parish church of Iglesia Santiago el Mayor. Continuing the inspection of religious buildings, you should look into the monastery Purisima Concepcion, chapel San Francisco, chapel Nuestra Senora de los Dolores. Equally popular are the Arias Saavedra House Museum and the Riarola House Museum.
When you rent a car, head 90 kilometers from Seville to the picturesque town of Osuna. Its main asset is architecture and valuable museum exhibits. The most popular attraction is the Ancient Roman fortress Osuna. The Church of Santa Maria de la Asuncion is considered an important Renaissance architectural monument. Here is the tomb of the Dukes of Osun and paintings by H. Ribera are kept. No less interesting are Encarnacion Monastery, which houses a museum of religious art and the Museum of Archeology. Whatever your travel plan, take a stroll along Osuna's main street, Plaza Mayor.
Calle Hernando Colon, 3 www.milkaway.es
If you want something light, hearty and proper for breakfast, head to Milk Away. The menu includes dairy and fruit dishes. Mixes of vegetables and fruits (you can choose it yourself or take the finished one), smoothies, milkshakes will surely appeal to those who adhere to proper nutrition. It impresses with its cute interior: multi-colored tiles, hand-made vases and felt stands on tables. By the way, the Indies Archive and the Cathedral are nearby.
Mercado Calle Feria
If you want fresh seafood and the interior does not play a big role for you, head to La Cantina. Nearby there is a market where marine inhabitants are bought daily. It is worth trying octopus, chorizo, sardines. You can sit in the open air or have a quick bite while standing at the table. The place is popular among locals who are sure that it will always be possible to taste excellently prepared seafood here.
Calle Mateos Gago, 9B www.mamabistro.es/it_IT/
Would you like something unusual for lunch? Could it be real Spanish fusion? Then go by car to Mama Bistro. A wide range of gastronomic dishes allows you to choose for every taste. If it’s difficult to decide, try, for example, foie gras, risotto with duck, salad with shrimp and pineapple, squid with saffron. Some dishes are served in large portions, so it is best to check with the waiters in advance.
Calle Zaragoza, 64 www.elpuntalsevilla.com
El Puntal is a delicious restaurant where you can have lunch or dinner with the whole family. In addition to national dishes, an English menu and a vegetarian menu are also available. Duck ravioli, duck with couscous berries, tuna tartar, chicken wings are popular. If you want something special for dessert, ask the waiter for advice and certainly taste the wine. High quality service will make a good impression.
Calle Delgado, 4
For evening entertainment, Maquila Bar is the place to go. A huge selection of dishes and craft beer will be the key to a good pastime. Competent staff will help you stay comfortable and give some tips on what is worth a try. This can be, for example, wild boar tapas, fried squid, tuna stomach with couscous and pumpkin. The bar is often crowded, which is why it is noisy, but this is the highlight of the establishment. By the way, free places are always available for all guests.
Calle de Triana, Puerta G
+34 954 08 17 00 http://www.exehotels.co.uk/exe-isla-cartuja.html?_ga=1.129133260.1169276022.1488264405# double room - from € 95
If you prefer to stay in a hotel on the outskirts and always rent a car, you will certainly appreciate Exe Isla Cartuja. The rooms are spacious with a comfortable bed and a large bathroom, from the windows you can see the Olympic Stadium. The restaurant serves delicious national dishes and the bar pours local wine. The hotel offers free parking, a conference room, and laundry facilities.
Calle Reyes Catolicos, 4
+34 954 22 89 00 www.hotelbecquer.com/en/ double room - from € 151
Hotel Becquer is a cozy hotel located in the heart of Seville. The Golden Tower, the cathedral, the old market are within walking distance. The rooms are spacious, due to good sound insulation no extraneous sounds are heard. The polite staff takes care of the comfort of each guest. The restaurant serves delicious food, often musicians play during meals. The hotel also has a swimming pool and spa where you can relax after a long flight or a long walk.
Calle Castelar, 16
+34 955 28 00 14 www.casasdeelarenal.com/en/ double room - from € 135
Experience the true spirit of Spain by staying at the Hotel Las Casas de El Arenal. This romantic, national-style hotel is located in the Casco Antiguo area. The main attractions and shopping streets are nearby. The staff warmly welcomes each guest, helps to comfortably accommodate and takes care of comfort throughout their stay. Coffee and fruit are offered as a welcome.
+34 955 78 01 36 www.torredelareina.com double room - from € 100
Hotel Cortijo Torre de la Reina is a historic hotel in a picturesque setting on the outskirts of Seville. Around is a beautiful garden where you can take a walk in the evening if you do not want to go anywhere. In hot weather, you can have a great time by the pool. The restaurant offers hearty and varied breakfasts, and the competent staff makes the stay extremely enjoyable. Tourists using rental cars can use the free parking.
Calle Imperial, 29
+34 954 50 03 00 www.casaimperial.com double room - from € 162
You can bring a drop of variety to Spanish motifs by staying at the cozy Moroccan-style Casa Imperial Hotel. It is located in an old building of the XVII century, going inside, it gives the impression of moving in time. The colorful interior, old-fashioned furniture impresses. For breakfast, in addition to the main dishes, freshly squeezed juices, pastries, fruits for every taste are offered. It will be convenient to accommodate a married couple with children or alone.
In case of any problems associated with car rental in Seville, BookingCar will solve them as quickly as possible.
We will be with you 24 hours a day.
All you need is to contact us.
© Anastasiia Voloshina, 2017