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Top Things To Do in Seville in 2022

Dotted with numerous tourist gems, Seville or Sevilla as it is known locally is a must-visit city in Spain. It is an architecturally and culturally rich Andalusian city. To organize your stay, I present to you the top 5 things to do in Seville.

1. Discover the Alcazar Palace or Royal Alcázar of Seville.

I invite you to start your journey in Sevilla by visiting the city's old fortified palace. built in the 9th century, the Alcazar of Sevilla consists of different patios, palaces and a huge flower garden. The building was modified numerous times due to invasions, however, despite the modifications the fortified palace kept its charm. If you opt for a guided tour of the Alcazar, you will learn more about this emblematic place. Additionally, the Royal Alcazar is the oldest inhabited palace in Europe and its history is fascinating as evidenced by its unique architecture resulting from an incredible mixture of styles. Furthermore, a part of the Andalusian palace remains close as the King of Spain and his family takes up residence there during royal stays in Seville.

2. Watch a bullfight in the Real Maestranza de Caballería.

The bullring of Sevilla or Plaza de Toros is also a must-visit place in the city. The Real Maestranza de Caballería is home to one of the most famous bullfights in Spain. With a 12.000 attendance capacity, this arena has been classified as a historical monument since 1984. A non-bullfight visit to Real Maestranza de Caballería's lasts about 45 minutes. It consists of discovering the bullring and the museum. You can also visit the bullring of Sevilla by choosing a private guided tour. However, If you want to see a bullfight, you will have to plan ahead and check the dates of the performances.

3. Explore Metropol Parasol or Seta de Sevilla.

Originally designed to rehabilitate Encarnación Square, this place became one of the most emblematic in Sevilla. Built in 2011, Metropol Parasol is characterized by its unique wooden structure. The place consists of 6 large pillars and 5 levels. Additionally, the place stretches over 11.000 meters. It houses a public square, a covered market, an archeological museum called the Antiquarium and several bars around it. Furthermore, Metropol Parasol has two elevators that allow you to go up to the top of the structure in addition to a pleasant opportunity to enjoy the on-site restaurant and the many shops located under the Plaza de la Encarnación. Moreover, in the evening, I invite you to try one of the several tapas bars located near the structure so you can enjoy its lighting.

4. Take a walk in Plaza de España.

Another must-see plaza is the España Square or Plaza de España. It is by far one of the most impressive monuments in Sevilla. Built during the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, the square represents Spain welcoming its former colonies. The architect behind this masterpiece is Aníbal González, he designed the Plaza de España to take the shape of a hemicycle with 200 meters in diameter. Additionally, in the center of Plaza de España there is a fountain. It was designed by Vicente Traver, a Spanish architect known for numerous architectural gems in the city. Furthermore, between the center of the square and the palace, there are canals, also in a semicircle, where you can take a boat ride. Moreover, you can visit the Plaza freely throughout the whole year. However, during summer, because of the high temperatures, I advise you to come and visit it at the end of the afternoon.

5. Rest in Maria Luisa Park or Parque de María Luisa.

This place is one of the most prestigious parks in the city and one of the best things to visit in Sevilla. Maria Luisa Park stretches over 40 hectares. It is the perfect place for people looking for peace and tranquility in the middle of Sevilla. You can discover either on foot, by horse-drawn carriage or by bicycle. Maria Luisa Park is also a bit of Seville history. Originally, the park was part of the gardens of the Palace of San Telmo, place of residence of the Dukes of Montpensier. During the 19th century, the latter played a significant role in the urbanization of the city. Furthermore, Parque de María Luisa houses a grand variety of plant species some of which came from the Americas on the occasion of the Ibero-American exhibition of 1929.

Now you are ready to try the best things to do in Seville. I wish you a wonderful journey full of surprises and sensations. Don't hesitate to share with me your thoughts about the best activities to try in Seville and your overall experience. I look forward to reading your comments!

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