This is a wonderful time to visit the capital of Andalucia. It has one of the kindest climates in Europe with temperatures often reaching 20°C even in the winter months. There is also the virtual absence of any tourists at this time that means the city, the tapas and flamenco bars and the main sights are all shown at their best.

 This lays the background for a wonderful crowd-free winter weekend and a planned itinerary. Another reason for visiting at this time is that it is the natural pause between Christmas and the New Year just past and the extraordinary activities of Holy Week at Easter.
During the day, one can visit the incredible historic sites and museums to be found in this beautiful city. The Cathedral is over 600 years in being and is located in a wonderful position opposite the Alcazar. It’s Gothic architecture replaced the old mosque that was here when the Moors inhabited Andalucia for 400 years. The builders wanted to replace the mosque with the largest church to be found in Christendom. The interior is huge and was finished just after Columbus returned from his travels to the Americas. It’s spectacular vaulting spreads across its five naves and comprises of the most intricate stonework found in any comparable structure.

Sevilla

 There has always been the inference that was Columbus indeed ever buried here but inside the cathedral the 20th century to dedicate to him is still to be found. The decorative and gilded altarpiece has more than 1000 carved figures and in itself is awe-inspiring.
The Alcazar is Sevilla’s royal palace which again superimposed the original Moorish mausoleum. It is housed in a huge complex of courtyards, sunken gardens, patios and reception halls that are beautifully designed and date back to the 14th century. Interestingly, the Alcazar does retain Moorish influence as Muslim craftsmen remained in the city and were retained to work on the palace. Other Muslim craftsmen were also hired from Granada. On a warm winters day, there is nothing to compare with a stroll through these wonderful gardens and the terraces, framed by low hedges, reflecting in the pools with their backdrop of palm trees.

 In the evening there is so much to do in the city. Sevilla is infamous for flamenco which in turn, epitomises all that is Spain. The city is the home of the best flamenco bars and shows in the country. The origins of the dance and the music reach back to Byzantine, Sephardic, and Moorish times with the inbred influence of the gypsy most prolific. Because of this, the dance in particular was free and open to many interpretations and this is what gives the added excitement of watching or joining in. Those participating learned by natural influences but now however, most are formally trained with shows that are spectacularly mounted.

 What hasn’t diminished is that Sevilla is still a hotbed of Spanish culture, passion and seduction being borne out of centuries long tradition.
Sevilla is easy to get to for a days visit or a long weekend and Cargest, the leading car hire in Malaga will be most helpful in helping plan your itinerary. Simply visit their website for more information.

 

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