Compact, rich in history and famous for its flamenco, tapas bars and orange trees, Seville is an ideal short break destination, especially in spring before temperatures rise.
Stay in the city’s old town and explore the cobbled streets of the Santa Cruz quarter and the breathtaking Alcázar Palace. Soak up the atmosphere on the banks of the Guadalquivir, and admire the views from the ancient cathedral tower and recently opened Parasol Metropol.
May is the perfect month to bask in Seville’s balmy spring sunshine and sweet scent of orange blossom. No trip to Seville would be complete without a visit to the famous Alcazar. Originally built as a Moorish fort, it’s a warren of tranquil courtyards, ornately tiled reception rooms and lush gardens. Enjoy the scents of the orange groves and 16th-century Jardin de las Damas with its beautiful fountains and bordered pathways.
Stroll through the cobbled streets and squares of the Santa Cruz area, formerly the Jewish quarter of medieval Seville. Tour the Museum of Flamenco where you will find an eclectic collection of costumes with audio-visual demonstrations of the dramatic movements and postures of this famed Spanish dance. There is an hour-long flamenco show here too.
Stroll through Maria Luisa Park to the vast, semi-circular Plaza de España where tiled alcoves represent each of Spain’s provinces. Take a walk along the banks of the Guadalquivir, past the 13th-century, dodecagonal military watchtower of Torre del Oro and cross the river to the lively Triana district.
For another glimpse into Spain’s past tour the cathedral, originally built as a mosque in the 12th century where you can climb the Giralda bell tower, formerly the minaret that boasts some superb photo opportunities.
Seville is a feast for the senses and May is the perfect time to enjoy the many cultural, historic and natural delights it offers.