Sevilla Weekend Breaks

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Weekend Breaks to Sevilla

Planning a short break to Sevilla? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Sevilla. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Sevilla. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Alcazar

This unmissable attraction is one of the city's oldest buildings dating back to the 10th century. Restorations have taken place and the atmosphere is still very Moorish. For the visitor there is much to see and a morning here will not be wasted. The gardens are very pleasant, palm filled and shady.

For more information visit - www.andalucia.com/cities/seville/alcazar

Seville Cathedral

One of the largest Cathedrals in the world is located in the city centre. If you only have time for one sight then this should be it. There are many Architectural styles that portray the rulers of the time. A couple of things to do are climb the Giralda (Tower), The strain of getting to the top is more than made up for in the fabulous views and the magnificent tomb of Columbus carved in the style of his funeral procession.

Please visit www.seville.world-guides.com

The Barrio Santa Cruz

This is the old part of the city which is charichterised by a maze of cobbled streets, complete with charming cafes and bars spilling on to the pavements, then opening out to flower filled piazza's. Home to many of Spain's icons and monuments abound, as do beautiful old buildings. This used to be the Jewish Quarter and most of the city sights are in this area.

Visit www.andalucia.com/cities/seville/barriosantacruz

Feria de Abril

This is a massive fiesta and lasts for a week, in April and held in Los Remedios across the river. Tents, Pavilions and stages are put up for the celebrations. At night the locals all gather there in their bright traditional costumes to do the Flamenco, drink, eat and be merry. The size and spontaneity of the fiesta will have the most conservative visitor joining in. Earlier in the day the townsfolk parade in the streets. The bullfight season kicks off then also.

Extra info: iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring

María Luisa Park

You will find this very pleasant open space towards the southern end of the old city. Landscaped in 1929 as the centre of the "Fair of the Americas", Some of the structures for that are still around, and have been turned into museums. But the main reason to head here are the shady areas, to escape from the city rush or to mess around in a boat on the river.

For more info: travel.roughguides.com/roughguides

Bar Modesto

Cano y Cueto, 5, To the north of Murillo Gardens, in a quiet square. This is one of the best known bars in Seville and one can see why straight away as the famous seafood Tapas are served. Just point to what you fancy and enjoy a drink in air conditioned comfort. If you would like something more substantial, there is a reasonably priced upstairs restaurant.

For info go to www.frommers.com/destinations/morenight

Hosteria del Laurel

Plaza de los Venerables 5, in the Santa Cruz area. This well known and popular restaurant now offers accommodation at a bargain. The old traditional building has a fantastic atmosphere which is pure Andalucian. The bedrooms are simple, clean and have en-suite. The small square is a delight and a short stay here would be memorable.

For info go to www.hosteriadellaurel.com

Bullfighting in Ronda

sevilles bullfight season starts in April, triggered off by the April fiesta. This is the traditional Spanish sport and say what you like about it, the spectacle remains. Real Maestranza de Caballeria is always full for the fights and getting a ticket could be a problem, but if you can just go for the fantastic, unique and special atmosphere all of it's own. This web page will fill you in, but check in the city for times, tickets etc.

For details go to www.liberation-mag.org.uk/bullfight

The Isla Magica

This is not strictly for the smaller members of your family and will be enjoyed. Built on the site of the 1997 Seville Expo and themed in a historical Spanish way. Loads white knuckle rides including the Anaconda and El Jaguar roller coaster. Variety shows carry on throughout the day and there is a giant cinema with tilting seats. Plan a whole day for this.

View info at www.andalucia.com/entertainment/themeparks

Antigua Fabrica de Tabacos

San Fernando. Located on the Maria Louisa park to the south of the city. This huge building was an old tobacco factory and the inspiration for Bizet's opera Carmen. The cigarettes are not made here now that it's part of the university. The ornate building is worth looking around and one can easily imagine the workplace in the 18th century;

Go see www.sevilla5.com/monuments/universidad for details

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Eslava

(c/Eslava) - This is my favourite tapas bar in Seville. The best food and the best value for money. I love their delicious and interesting variety of tapas. It has a great atmosphere and is always full of people. It is situated next to the beautiful church San Lorenzo.

The Archives of Indies - Tourist Attraction

The Archives was originally called “La Lonja” (“The Market”) or later “La Casa de Contratación” (“The House of Contracts”) and its purpose was to serve as a market or trade center for commerce with the New World. More info: http://sightseeing-in-seville.com

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