A Seville city break will inevitbaly be jam-packed with culture
and history - it is the birthplace of the mythical Don Juan, and
was the hometown of the painter Velazquez. The long Moorish
occupation of the Iberian peninsula left indelible traces in
Seville as in all of Andalucia.
La Giralda, the tower of the stunning cathedral is the
best-known of the remaining Islamic monuments. The cathedral
itself, once a mosque, is the largest church in the world, and
houses the tomb of Columbus (although some say he is actually
buried in Dominica).
The city's golden age was from the 15th to the 18th centuries,
when it thrived as the gateway to the New World. Fortunately the
city was more or less unscathed by the Spanish civil war, and in
recent times it has once more become one of the most vibrant and
enjoyable of European cities.
The local joie de vivre is perhaps most noticeable in the
traditional tapas bar crawl that takes place most weekend evenings
as people wander from tapas bar to tapas bar, sampling the
speciality in each and washing everything down with a fino sherry
or a cold beer.