Seville

Located in the far south-central part of Spain is the nation’s fourth-largest city, Seville.  As capital of the province of Seville as well as the autonomous community of Andalusia, the city of Seville has approximately 705,000 inhabitants; metropolitan Seville has just over 1.5 million residents.

Seville is located along the Guadalquivir River approximately 200 kilometres north-northwest of the Strait of Gibraltar.  Seville lies just 7 meters above sea level, and its location is ideal for those who prefer to vacation in a hot Mediterranean climate.  The average daily high in Seville in July is 35 degrees Celsius.  In December and January the high is 16 degrees Celsius.  Average low temperatures run roughly 19 degrees during summer and 5 degrees in January.  Precipitation is nearly non-existent during the hot summers; the rainy season runs from October through February.  Seville sees roughly 530 millimetres of precipitation annually.

Seville has been settled for over 2,000 years.  Many different walks of people settled in Seville over the centuries, giving the city a unique character.  Influences of medieval, renaissance, and baroque architecture still exist.  Many influences from migrating Arabs have enriched the world culture that exists today in Seville.  Several landmarks in Seville are recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  These include:

The Alcazar:  Home to several kings, this royal palace began construction in 1181 and it has been improved a few times over the next 500 years.  Originally in the Mudejar style, Renaissance influences were adopted in palace upgrades.  The gardens on the grounds of the Alcazar include Moorish, Renaissance, and English influences.

The Cathedral of St. Mary:  First built in 1401 and continuously improved through 1519, the cathedral was built on the site of an old mosque.  Many architectural elements from the mosque remained, but medieval and gothic styles were added.  The Cathedral of St. Mary is the largest of its kind in Seville.

The Archivo General de Indias:  The archives provide a detailed account of the Spanish Empire.  The building dates back to 1572.

The city of Seville is served by San Pablo Airport, roughly nine kilometres from the city centre.  Consider car hire at San Pablo Airport to drive to and around Seville.

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