With a reputation as Spainís sunniest city and some enchanting Moorish architecture, Sevilla remains a popular destination for those seeking history, romance, and a party atmosphere. The Semana Santa (Holy Week), just before Easter, and the Feria de Abril which takes place two weeks after Easter Sunday fill the city with street parties and much merriment.
If youíre not a fan of the heat, avoid visiting during the summer months, as youíll end up spending the hottest hours of the day hiding from the sun and missing out on the attractions. If you do end up needing some shade head to the Maria Luisa Park near the port, which has a reputation for being one of the prettiest parks in Europe.
Sevilla was occupied by the Moors for over 500 years, and many Arab-inspired buildings remain to this day. Some of the most impressive are La Giralda, the minaret of the Almohad Mosque, which dates back to 1198 (the mosque itself no longer stands), and the Alcazar Castle, residence to the royal family and where Christopher Columbus was received after discovering the Americas.
The Cathedral of Seville stands next to La Giralda, and a walk up its 40 floors will reveal stunning views over the city. Inside, take a look through its 44 chapels, and the tomb where it is claimed Christopher Columbus was buried.
Sevilleís old Jewish Quarter, the Santa Cruz neighbourhood is worth a visit with its winding streets and whitewashed houses, tapas bars and churches. The Museo de Bellas Artes is also here, situated in a convent constructed in 1612 it contains one of Spainís most important collections, including works by El Greco.
Do as the Spanish do and have a long late lunch followed by a siesta, so that youíre ready to party all through the night. Check out the numerous tapas bars, bars, cafes, and enjoy the lively vibe this city has to offer.