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The capital of Andalusia is one of Spain's primary river ports, and is famed as the starting point for explorers like Christopher Columbus and Magellan. Today the city is known for its stunning palace and sultry atmosphere, thanks to the abundance of flowering trees, as well as flamenco. Just outside of the city, don't miss the ruins at Itálica.
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  • Architecture
  • Art and Culture
  • History

Experiences

  • Second only to the Prado, the Museo de Bellas Artes includes works by Velázquez, Alonso Cano, and El Greco.
  • The superb Museo del Baile Flamenco was opened by legendary flamenco dancer Cristina Hoya. There are classes and shows.
  • Pedro the Cruel built the magnificent Alcázar palace. Don't miss the gardens and the sumptuous Hall of Ambassadors.

Festivals

  • During Semana Santa (Holy Week) between Palm Sunday and Easter, Seville throws one of the biggest fiestas in all of Spain.

Side Trips

  • Carmona, 20 miles (32.2 km) east of Seville, is one of the oldest inhabited areas of Spain.
  • Explore the Roman ruins at Itálica, 7 miles (11.3 km) north of Seville.

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