Seville has a majestic, historical and grandiloquent atmosphere. Regarding this conception appears the Palacio de las Dueñas, a private residence owned by the House of Alba, which receives multitude of visitors due to its historical and architectural value. This magnificent 15th and 16th century building is located in the heart of the historical center. Another recommendation from Oway is the Real Casa de la Moneda, built in 1532 by Philip II and which was the place where the gold and silver that came from the Indies were melted, and that eventually would become coins .
Seville is simple and grandiloquent at the same time, monumental as well as easy going, majestic but also popular, and beautiful... tremendously beautiful. It is a fascinating city that you must travel and taste while dedicating the maximum possible time of your trip.
Real Alcázar, and oasis of peace and beauty
Can you imagine a beautiful place, surrounded by nature, where you can lose and immerse yourself in a state of relax and contemplation? You will find it in the Royal Alcazar, a monument of great beauty in which you can find and enjoy the full palette of colors. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, it has been the setting for films and popular tv shows such as Game of Thrones. A must-see place that highlights the fusion of cultures which have left their mark on the city. Its beautiful interior construction is divided into different palaces, such as the Gothic or the Mudejar ones. But its most interesting part is the gardens and their arches from which to contemplate the beautiful picture.
The Cathedral, sober beauty and unique atmosphere
A momument that delights the thousands of tourists who visit it every season. Imposing vaults, the unique Colombina Library, and its pleiad of paintings, sculptures and stained glass are the main foundations of the Cathedral of Seville. Not to forget the Patio de los Naranjos, with a monasterial air and great charm. It is worth going through all the nooks and crannies of the Cathedral, its complete iconography, and letting yourself be impressed by the large number of historical and stylistic references that it treasures.
La Giralda, the most privileged watchtower
It is one of the symbols of Seville. It is almost impossible to imagine the city without this architectural elevation of 97.5 meters, tremendously recognizable in the whole world. The Giralda, an Arab monument, deserves a quiet and contemplative visit to savor both its interior and exterior face. It is part of The Cathedral complex and is perhaps its most precious jewel. We are not lying to you: the climb is not easy, especially on summer days, when the heat tightens, but we can also assure you that it is worth arrive up, after a while of dedication, and contemplate the beautiful views of Seville that the place provides us.
Torre del Oro
It is an albarrana tower on the banks of the river Guadalquivir. It has a height of 36 meters and was part of the great wall of Seville that defended the Alcazar. In its time it was covered with tiles, as well as a mixture of lime mortar and pressed straw, which produced golden reflections on the river, hence its name. It currently houses the Naval Museum, where you can see models, historical documents, engravings, nautical charts and navigation instruments.
Plaza España, the lung of the city
It is one of the most spectacular and largest spaces in Andalusia. It has a semi-elliptical shape and takes a long time to go over. It is said to symbolize the embrace of Spain and its ancient colonies. Each Spanish province is represented in a tile in the heart of the square, and it is very common to take a photo with the tile immortalizing the moment. Tandems and other types of sustainable vehicles can be rented to pedal and taste the route in a more comfortable way. The central building is the headquarters of the Military Captaincy and at its ends there are two imposing towers many meters high. One of the main arteries of this Plaza España is a navigable estuary with small boats, which expands through 4 bridges representing the 4 ancient kingdoms of Spain.
María Luisa Park
The María Luisa Park is the most famous garden and the source of fresh air in Seville. Inside you will find wonders worth discovering on a long walk. If you want to get to know the garden in depth and not miss anything, we recommend that you spend a whole day strolling along its paths. It is an ideal place for a picnic so do not hesitate to pack some lunch and spend an incredible day surrounded by nature and Sevillian culture.
San Telmo Palace
It is a baroque palace located in the Avenida de Roma, next to the Guadalquivir river. It was built to house the headquarters of the School - Seminary of the University of Mareantes, where orphans of sailors were sheltered. Later it became the headquarters of the Colegio de la Marina, where Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer studied. The Palace has had many uses throughout its history, now, after a rehabilitation, is used as the official seat of the Presidency of the Government of Andalusia. Its attractive baroque architecture, in the best Sevillian style, with towers in the corners, its gardens and interior courtyards, its Churrigueresque style façade and all the external ornamentation, make this Palace a must-see on your visit to Seville.
The Plaza Nueva in Seville
In the historic centre of Seville we can find the Plaza Nueva, a strategic point of the city, as it is a commercial and administrative area, where the Town Hall of the Andalusian capital is located. With a perimeter of 500 metres and a surface area of 14,000 square metres, it is one of the typical places to visit in the city, as it hosts trade fairs, concerts, festivities and during the Holy Week of Seville many brotherhoods pass through here.
Museum of Fine Arts
With more than 20 museums that receive numerous visitors throughout the year, Seville is undoubtedly a cultural epicenter. The Museum of Fine Arts, inaugurated in 1841, is located in the Plaza del Museo. It is a fundamental place to get to know Sevillian Baroque painting and 19th century Andalusian painting. In addition to enjoying the art, the interior of the building offers interesting architectural spaces, such as courtyards, staircases and the church. A must-see if you like art.
Archive of the Indies
Built in 1785 by order of King Charles III, this architectural jewel was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. To visit this place means to meet with the history of the Spanish overseas territories. In addition you will be able to relax in the wide and sunny central courtyard and to enjoy the details of the domes and columns of the building.
The Hospital of Venerables Sacerdotes in Seville
The Hospital of Venerables Sacerdotes in Seville is an ancient institution created in the 17th century to house elderly priests. In addition to being a place of great cultural and artistic interest, it contains the Velázquez Centre, where paintings by the Sevillian painter and other local artists are exhibited.
The Ruins of Italica
Italica was one of the great cities in Hispania (Spain) during the Roman Empire. Located between Hispalis (Seville) and Ilipa (Alcalá del Río), in what is now Santiponce, it is considered by many to be the Pompeii of Seville. With its more than 52 hectares it is a clear example of the power of the Roman Empire during that period.
The Seville Mushrooms
Walking through the historic heart of the city of Seville we suddenly come across a wooden structure. If we don’t know anything about this place, we wonder what is this kind of material doing in the centre of a hot city? If you want to answer this question and find out more about this peculiar place, come and join us!.
The Church of the Salvador, Sevilla
This 18th century Catholic church, located in the Plaza del Salvador, is one of the largest churches in the city after the cathedral. An example of Andalusian Baroque, it was declared a site of cultural interest in 1985, where you can find Roman and Visigoth remains. A former mosque transformed into a cathedral that is a meeting place for Sevillians, who wouldn’t want to visit this relic with so many centuries of history?
The Andalusian capital has a lot of heritage elements of great beauty and uniqueness, among them this Baroque-style building built on a Catholic temple and which is currently a major tourist attraction in the city of Seville. Read on and you’ll learn all the information about the Magdalene Church.
The Palace of the Countess of Lebrija in Seville
The palace of Lebrija, in Seville, is one of the best visits you can make if you pass through this province. This house is one of the best in the whole city, with archaeological remains of great value, such as amphorae, columns vessels, etc.. Loaded with mosaics and decorative elements such as arches, of Arab inspiration, and with a typically Andalusian facade and plant, represents the most characteristic of this region and is undoubtedly one of the great treasures that you can not miss.
The Mudejar Centre of Seville
¨The Palace of the Marquises of Algaba, an incomparable setting for this journey into the past.¨ This is how the Seville Tourism website describes the headquarters of the Mudejar Centre. Dating from the 15th century, this building housed the life of a Sevillian family, the Guzmanes of The Algaba. In spite of its splendour and due to neglect, its disappearance was increasingly near, until it was refurbished in the 21st century. It witnessed a change in the thinking of the time.
Square of San Francisco in Seville
Located between what is now Plaza Nueva and the Town Hall, this site was established as the “heart of the city” in the 16th century. The Plaza de San Francisco has always been a very important point in the history of Seville. For this reason, it is very unlikely that a visitor to the city will not end up in this place. Events such as the well-known autos de fe of the Holy Inquisition were held here, and to this day it is still a very important place. It is one of the main transit points for the Corpus Christi and Holy Week processions, and from here you can enjoy spectacular views of the Giralda. If you want to learn more about this famous Sevillian monument, OwayTours recommends you to visit our guide about the Giralda of Seville; where you can learn more about its history and curiosities.
The Pavilions of Expo 92 Seville
Expo 92 in Seville was a universal exhibition held in 1992 in the city of Seville. It lasted 6 months, starting on 20 April and ending on 12 October, a date which coincided with the 5th Centenary of the Discovery of America, and its slogan, related to this event, was “The Age of Discoveries”. This exhibition also coincided with the 1992 Olympic Games held in Barcelona, so that both events meant a very important cultural and tourist enhancement for our country, which was reflected after the arrival of millions of visitors to the Andalusian city, which was placed on the international map as never before. If you want to get a more developed experience about the city; from OwayTours we recommend you to visit our blog about Seville; where we have a news blog where you won’t miss anything if you want to go to the Sevillian city.
La Casa Pilatos
Seville has an admirable monumental offer and sometimes we do not get to know the history of each of the monuments. Receiving thousands of tourists every year and considered of Cultural Interest and Historical Heritage of Spain, the Casa de Pilatos is one of the best Andalusian palaces. It is an Andalusian palace that perfectly combines the Mudejar style with the Renaissance style. It is covered with tiles and has impressive gardens that alone justify the visit. This palace was built at the end of the 15th century on the orders of the Adelantado of Andalusia, Don Pedro Enríquez, but was finished by his son, Fadrique, who is the one to whom the name Pilatos is due.