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Seville

Annabelle's verdict:

The city of Seville is a work of art. Even the most well-travelled would be hard pushed to name a more finely-crafted inner city than the Barrio Santa Cruz, a romantic quarter of flower-decked houses and squares cooled by dancing fountains. It's a scene crying out for the burst of flamenco guitars and castanets.

Recommended tour operator: Kirker Holidays

Moorish colourThe gardens of the Alcazar palace, Seville, SpainSeville orangesRomantic riverside walks

Kirker Holidays says

The Andalucian capital of Seville is an intoxicating mix of vibrant Spanish style and an intriguing Moorish architectural legacy.

With warm sunshine, even in the depths of winter, and the scent of almond and orange blossom mixing with the evening jasmine, it’s the perfect choice for a romantic break year-round.

At its heart, the gold-encrusted Alcazar Palace and the third largest church in Christendom, Seville’s Cathedral, stand side by side amongst the labyrinth of old Moorish streets.

The Giralda, the former minaret of an important mosque and now a bell tower, is a perfect example of the Moorish architecture. There are also beautiful and ornate ‘mudejar’ style buildings, the best of which is the Casa Pilatos with its peaceful patios and elegant colonnades.

The Plaza de Espana, which offers a calm, wide open space, was created for the 1929 Ibero-American exhibition by the architect Anibal Gonzalez and remains a testament to the region’s architectural styles.

Art lovers won’t want to miss the Fine Arts Museum with its superb collection of works by Spanish artists; the carriages museum and bull fighting museum are also fascinating.

Our wide choice of hotels in Seville includes the magnificent Alfonso XIII and the charming Casa Romana in the heart of the city and a number of exquisite boutique hotels.

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