Travel Guide to Seville

Seville and it´s Unique Color

Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir, Seville is the capital of Andalusia. This popular tourist destination in our travel guide, is a city that has a lot to offer. Sun, warmth, culture, festivals… the list goes on!

Plan your visit to Seville

There are numerous traces of the rich Arab past of the city and its function as a port for the commerce with America. As the business center of southern Spain, Seville offers several hotels that are distributed over the entire city. With over 600,000 inhabitants, Seville is a city with both a cultural and international diversity. It is an older, more traditional environment, such as La Macarena neighborhood or the famous Triana. Seville is a big city, the recommendation in this travel guide is to stay 4 days. We recommend this to visit the most important monuments and places. In this travel guide we will talk about the major attractions in Seville, the culture, the main attractions, and nightlife. Along with a few places to eat, sleep, and when to visit the city. Let´s get started with this travel guide.

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Sevilla has a rich and fascinating history. It has always been the port and bridge between the Atlantic Ocean and Andalucia. The original Seville was founded at the beginning of the first century BC as a marketplace of the Guadalquivir Valley. This river was formerly known under the name Tarssis. At that time, Phoenicians and Tartessians lived together. This was the cause of a fusion of these cultures.

The Romans then ruled Spain during more than six centuries. They used Seville particularly as a commercial town, but in the vicinities of the city they formed a residential area, Itálica. It was only for the Roman aristocracy. There are two important Roman emperors that are remembered from this colony: Trajano and Adriano.

In the fifth century, the city was successively taken by several Germanic invaders. After, it was taken by the Visigoths who held it until the eighth century. In 712, the Muslims conquered the city. This remained for five centuries. The Muslims named the city Isbiliya, which is where the current name originates from. During this time, Sevilla was located in the main city of Al-Andalus. From this time dates the construction of the Giralda, Torre del Oro and the Alcazar. In the 16th century, after the expulsion of Muslims Sevilla began to trade with different ports. Such as the ones in England, Italy, and Flanders. Consequently, Sevilla grew economically and turned into the largest city of Spain.

It is said that Seville has a specific and unique color. The main reason for this is that it enjoys a large quantity of light throughout the year. In our travel guide we will talk about Seville´s seasons and why you can visit year round.

  • Spring is the best season to visit the city, because of the mild weather. Another reason to visit Seville during spring time is the celebration of important holidays. Such as Semana Santa and the famous Feria de Abril.
  • Summer is hottest season to to visit Sevilla without a doubt. This said, during summer you can participate in several activities that only occur duing the season. Such as the summer concerts hosted in the Alcazar Palace. An advantage is that during summer the days are longer and consequently you have more time to explore the city.
  • During autumn it is a very cozy time to visit Sevilla. This is due to the weather still being warm, but not as much as summer. Another reason is that the days remain longer. This season brings the first rain showers and after that, it slowly starts to get cold.
  • Winter time means that the days in Sevilla are shorter, which limits the time during the day to explore. Though an advantage of this season is that the city shines in a special way. Winter is the ideal season for those looking for tranquility, this is something the town of Seville can offer. Spain is very rivh in their customs and celebrations, which make Christmas a very pleasant time to visit and utilize our travel guide.

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The Monastery of San Salvador originated as an abbey  and was founded by Count Sancho García in 1011 as a retreat for his daughter Trigidia. The abbey was initially conceived as a co-ed convent with two communities of different sexes who shared the facilities but reported to separate male and female authorities. In 1033, King Sancho III the Great of Navarre handed the abbey over to the Clunic monks. It was put under the direction of a Benedectine abbot who would be canonized as San Íñigo. He made the abbey a center of culture and spirituality. San Salvador enjoyed some privileges, which were expanded when it was converted into a royal mausoleum. In reality there are two mausoleums. The royal mausoleum housing the bodies of the monarchs of the kingdoms of Castile and Pamplona, and the counts’ mausoleum where the counts of Castile are buried. It contains eight coffins and nine people from the 11th and 13th centuries. The coffins are unique pieces due to the material from which they are made, walnut and boxwood. The resting place of Bishop D. Pedro López de Mendoza was moved to the sacristy of one of the church’s naves.

The great entrance terrace leading to the most modern part of the building is behind the 18th-century Baroque façade. To get to the church of the abbey, you have to go around the building and ascend a long staircase. The portico, built in the last quarter of the 11th century in the Romanesque style, is decorated with statues of kings. An engraved Gothic-Mudejar door leads into to the church. The 13th-century Gothic church preserves Romanesque remains from different periods. The front of the church, built in the late Gothic, is covered by a spectacular star-shaped dome with eight points. It consists of a single nave with three sections and several chapels. This is an important place in our travel guide.

The wall to the right-hand side conserves various scenes from the poem La Vida de Santa María Egipciaca, in the linear Gothic style, and El Cristo de Santa Trigidia, in the French Romanesque style. There are also remains of the main altarpiece carved in walnut wood with boxwood insets. A 15th-century Gothic-Mudejar work by Brother Pedro de Valladolid, as well as scenes from the Passion of Christ which was painted by Brother Alonso de Zamora (15th century). You can also see a Baroque organ from 1786 consisting of over 1,100 tubes.


Monastery of San Salvador

In the late 15th century, the church was expanded to include a mausoleum beneath the star-shaped dome. It contains a Baroque altarpiece, a choir with Gothic chairs from 1483, and the tombs of two kings of Navarre. Along with Sancho the Great and Sancho the Strong, and the tombs of Castilian counts such as Don García and Don Sancho. The tombs are carved in the Gothic-Mudejar style in walnut wood with boxwood insets and were crafted by Brother Pedro de Valladolid in the 15th century.

The burial sites are surrounded by paintings by Brother Alonso de Zamora representing scenes from the Passion. In the mid-18th century the Chapel of San Íñigo was added. Presided over by a Baroque altarpiece which contains the urn with the saint’s ashes. A door to the right leads to the sacristy, which has been converted into a small museum of Baroque furniture, objects of worship, and valuable fabrics.

Lets continue on this travel guide to Seville.

In the chapterhouse there are windows, currently blocked off, of the Romanesque building which connected this room to the cloister. They are beautiful semicircle arches decorated with diamond tips and capitals shaped like animals. You can even see a good deal of the original polychrome. Polychromatic arches in Romanesque style that come from the refectory are preserved. The main cloister of the Monastery of San Salvador, also Gothic, is an early-16th-century work by Juan de Colonia. There are four galleries with ribbed vaults form a trapezoidal floor. This houses numerous burial sites of counts and Castilian paladins. In 2012, the seventeenth exposition of Las Edades del Hombre took place in the Monastery of San Salvador.

Tours of the monastery are directed by an audio guide, except for previously organized groups who can arrange for a guided tour. The visit to the tower and the Medieval Visitors Center can be arranged at the City Office of Tourism (tel. 947 30 00 78).

The Visitors Center of the Monastery is located on Calle Barrusco in the Jewish quarters.

In the old cowshed of the monastery, you’ll find the Information Office where you can get information about the Natural Park of the Obarenes-San Zadornil Mountains.

Utilizing this travel guide to visit Seville is an asurance to explore all of the cities main sites.


Hercules in front of the Cinco Llagas Hospital
Mushroom Monument

Practical Data


37° 23′ 0″ N, 5° 59′ 0″ W


Málaga 219 km, Córdoba 139 km, Huelva 93 km, Cádiz 123, Madrid 541 km

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