Thus begins a universally known song, a musical success that has remained almost like an anthem of this wonderful city of Andalusia that every year receives millions of travellers from all countries. Seville is not only one of the most important cities in Spain but the capital of Andalusian folklore, birthplace of flamenco and the place where the best-known Holy Week in the world is celebrated. This, together with the cheerful and positive character of the Sevillians and, lately, the international sporting successes of the two football clubs of their loves, Sevilla C.F and Real Betis Deportivo, have fashioned a city as beautiful as different from all the other cities on the planet.
Warmly and full of light, Seville, the ancient Roman Híspalis, is one of the cities that welcome the traveller with the most uniqueness. Always, but more since the 1992 World’s Fair, Seville is a place that everyone wants to know. A city, for which you visit, unforgettable for many reasons. The first its beauty and typist. Its typical streets and squares make walking around Seville a different experience than doing it in other cities.
The whole of Seville is also peculiar to its monuments. The Giralda, a symbol of the city, on a flank of one of the largest and most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world, is a tower of impressive height, filled from its base to its cusp, of arabesques engraved on it. Because Arabic was its first construction and the imprint of the era of the most splendour of Arab culture is reflected in it.
Close to the Giralda is the Barrio de Santa Cruz, which begins in the walls of the wonderful Alcázar, and which is a neighbourhood of narrow streets full of flavour and tourist spots, and also of gardens and orange trees, inside. The neighbourhood of Santa Cruz and its main square, the Plaza de Doña Elvira, have been the object of songs and famous songs for years. When you go down the last street of this unique neighbourhood you will find the Murillo Gardens, next to the house where the painter was born and lived, and later you will find the Maria Luisa Park, with its impressive Plaza de España and its half-moon architecture, Sustained by a magnificent colonnade, and it has been the scene of unforgettable films, such as Lawrence of Arabia, shot in part there.
There are many outstanding monuments, such as the impressive columns of Plaza de la Alameda de Hercules, as well as shields and inscriptions engraved in stone commemorating the emperors Adriano and Trajan, born in Seville, in Italica (which is the present Aljarafe) part of La Betica, It was one of the great provinces of the Empire. They both have two important streets in their name in the center of the Andalusian capital.
But we find unique buildings everywhere, such as the old Tobacco Factory, the Palace of the Dukes of Alba, or the Torre del Oro, on the banks of the Guadalquivir… and very close, the most celebrated bullring in the world, La Maestranza, both for its history and for not being round, with its uniquely shaped seed. The Guadalquivir is also the river that separates the central part of Seville from the most popular and cheerful neighbourhood of the city, that of Triana, with its famous bridge, like the Virgin de la Esperanza and El Cachorro, an image revered for its sculptural perfection, in which the Christ shows all the agony and humanity that religious tradition preserves.
Because Seville is that, divine and human. No other city in the world is more colourful and varied, none other leaves the traveller a greater impression. The Sevillian spring is the best time to visit it, because, immediately after Easter, the April Fair arrives, a show worth seeing and living. There all of Seville dances and sings, rises above the penalties and problems of this world and explodes in a spectacle of lights and colours that impresses the one who visits it.
What about Seville? Anything is little. Because it has so many corners and streets… like the Sierpes street, in one of whose ends is the oldest confectionery of the city, the Bell, of forced visit, or the Cuna street, full of shops and parallel to it…as well as the squares of El Salvador, La Alfalfa, Plaza Nueva, the Duke, without forgetting two emblematic essential points for all Sevillians, the Basilicas of the Macarena and that of Jesus of the Great Power.
There are so many elements that make it unique, including its gastronomy and museums, that we can conclude by saying that all of Seville is a work of art that, when you know it, stays forever in the heart.