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Seville Value

Cutting-edge Spanish style and substance without sticker-shock

Why Go Now While Madrid and Barcelona constantly jockey for position as the No.1 must-visit spot in Spain, Seville has quietly gained ground as a less-touristed, more authentic slice of the country that also happens to be a phenomenal bargain. Old Spain is on full display with a stately fortress, looming cathedral, and traditional plazas, but just take a post-dinner stroll around the streets to see vibrant city life that's very much alive and kicking. You'll find locals and travelers out at all hours enjoying tapas and watching flamenco performances in this classic dancing hotbed. Between the food, nightlife, and gorgeous natural beauty—bougainvillea and orange trees adorn the city—you won't be at a loss for photo-ops. –by Maria Hart

Where to StayFodor's 100 Hotel Award winner Hotel Alfonso XIII is the top choice. Fresh off a $25 million renovation, it represents the classic Seville cocktail of Andalusian, Castilian, and Moorish touches with modern elements. A stay there also offers fantastic value. In the elevators you may rub elbows with visiting dignitaries, Hollywood stars, or European royalty either staying in the rooms or tumbling through the tapas bar. For a music-focused stay, check into the Hotel Amadeus La Música de Sevilla where pianos accent some of the soundproofed rooms.

Insider TipDon't miss a day trip to stunning Ronda, a mountain-top town about an hour's drive away.

Word of Mouth "Christopher Columbus is buried in a beautiful tomb inside the [Seville] Cathedral," Fodorite bardo1 mentions in a trip report. "There is some controversy, however, as to whether Chris is actually buried within. Officials from the country of Santa Domingo say that Columbus never made it back to Spain from the New World and is actually buried there."

When to Go The best months to go are October, November, April and May. Avoid summer, as it's blisteringly hot. December through March is cool, uncrowded, and quiet, and you may find the best travel deals during this window.

Plan Your Trip Start planning using Fodor's Andalusia Travel Guide.

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