Seville is the scent of orange trees under blue skies, the religious devotion of the Easter processions, the joy of the Feria, the excitement of children during the parade of the Three Wise Men, the bars at night, a friendly conversation, the river, shops and streets, the barrios, the outlying areas, la Vega, el Aljarafe, las Marismas, la Campiña, the Southern and Northern Sierras, and Estepa.
Sevilla´s modern airport, its high-capacity motorways connecting the city with Madrid and the Costa del Sol and the high-speed train lines (AVE) are all weighty reasons that recommend Seville as a conference venue.
Just observing the heritage in the streets and in the towns is enough to form an idea of the importance down the ages of the capital and province of Seville. Since the times when the city of Italica was one of the main centres of production in the Roman province of Hispania Baetica to the Seville of the Golden Age, when it became the “Great Babylon of Spain” after the discovery of America, by way of the Muslim Isbilia, a small, independent taifa kingdom, this region has always enjoyed great prestige, thanks to a unique climate, a privileged environment and the singular personality of its people.
Some of the sights of Seville that must be visited include the Cathedral, the Moorish castle of Alcazar, the former upper-class neighbourhood of Santa Cruz, the promenades along the Guadalquivir river, the rougher Macarena neighbourhood with its Baroque churches.
Let's see some of the sights to visit:
- Cathedral and Giralda: The Cathedral of Seville is the third largest cathedral in Europe, it was originally built as a mosque in the 12th century and its 95.5m height minaret is now the Giralda clock tower, which was one of the most important symbols in the medieval city. Christopher Columbus is buried inside the cathedral.
- Torre del Oro: Placed next to the Gualdalquivir river, the Torre del Oro (Golden Tower in English) is a dodecagonal military watchtower in Seville, built by the Almohad dynasty in order to control access to Seville via the Guadalquivir river.
- Alcázar of Seville: It was built in the 1360's for King Pedro the Cruel, and it was built by Moorish builders, that is why it is easy to mistake this for a Moorish palace. The upper levels of the Castle are still used by royal family.
- María Luisa Park and Plaza de España: The Plaza de España was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, inside the María Luisa Park. It is a landmark example of the Renaissance Revival style in Spanish architecture.
Few cities in the world, whether due to the warmth of their people, the outdoor culture, the mild, pleasant climate or the open, carefree character of Sevillians, can boast 365 days and nights a year of leisure and enjoyment of culture, shows and the rich local cuisine.
Some of its main fiestas, such as the Fair and Easter Week, are known all over the world. The April Fair can receive up to a million visitors on its ephemeral streets. Cultural and musical events can be found in the theatres, stages and, as nowhere else in the world, in the streets. The world-famous “tapas”, those little marvels of local gastronomy, delight the visitor, who can try the infinite variety, each tastier and more surprising than the last one.
Traditions such as the “seises”, young boys who perform a holy dance that goes back to the 15th century, or the Corpus Christi procession with a spectacular monstrance of solid silver, reveal a city determined to conserve its age-old traditions.
But Seville would not be Seville without its daytime and its nightlife of non-stop enjoyment. The streets and bars always have something to offer for fun and socializing.
How to arrive
San Pablo Airport (IATA: SVQ, ICAO: LEZL) or Seville airport is located in the south of Spain, ten kilometres north-east of the Sevillian capital between the city limits of Seville and Rinconada.
Taxi: Getting from the Airport into the center of Seville is easy and quick. If you catch a Seville Airport Taxi the journey will take you around 15 mins and costs between €15 and €22 depending on which time of day you travel. The taxi rank is just outside the terminal building.
Bus: To go from the city center (Plaza de Armas) to the Seville airport, there is an urban transport line that connects both points with stops, including AVE station. The journey takes 30 minutes. The one-way ticket costs €4, and you can buy the ticket on board the bus.
More information: www.sevilla-airport.com/en/getting_there.php