Sticking around Sevilla this weekend and looking for something fun to do? We’ve compiled a list of some great activities to do around Sevilla! Take a look and do something new…
Museo de Bellas Artes: The Fine Arts Museum of Seville since 1839, located in the former convent of the Merced Calzada at the Plaza del Museo. Today it is one of the best museums of fine arts in Spain. The museum’s impressive collection of Spanish art extends from the medieval to the modern, focusing on the work of Seville School artists.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo: The Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC) was created in February 1990 with the aim of giving the local community an institution for the research, conservation and promotion of contemporary art. Later the centre began to acquire the first works in its permanent collection of contemporary art. The centre’s program of cultural activities is complemented by a visit to the monastery itself, which houses an important part of our artistic and archaeological heritage, a product of our long history.
Museo de Baile Flamenco:A visit to the flamenco dance museum is the key to access the magic world of flamenco dancing. It is a must for all visitors of Sevilla, tourists and Andalusians who want to learn more about Andalusian culture, and, who want to understand and experience flamenco dancing. The museum is promoted by Cristina Hoyos, the flamenco dancer.
Casa Pilatos: This palace dates from the last quarter of the 15th century and springs from the union of the Enríquez and Ribera families. As a result of their most conspicuous members’ intense relationship with Italy, throughout the 16th century it underwent deep transformations and became the filter through which the new Renaissance forms and tastes were introduced into Seville.
Palacio de las Dueñas (or Casa de Alba): Recently open to visitants, this wonderful place has been house to many members of the Alba family for centuries. The luxury and history in it are unique, and so is its architecture and its marvelous gardens and patios. Also, the art collection the family’s generations has gathered and whose valuable is probably incalculable. Built between the XV and XVI centuries, it was also there that the famous poet Antonio Machado was born. Mondays afternoon are free!
Archivo de Indias: The Archives of the Indies are situated in the old “Casa de la Lonja”. The plans of the monument finished at the end of the 16th century were from Juan de Herrera, the architect of the Escorial. The Archives of the Indies opened in 1785, although the building was already 200 years old. Inside is the world’s largest collection of records, journals, maps drawings and other documents covering Spanish discovery, exploration, conquest, and colonization of what was called “The New World”.
Parque Maria Luisa is a modern, young park.It was once part of the Palacio de San Telmo, and was donated to the town council by the Duchess of Montpensier. It was also the background to the Latin American Expo in 1929.
Visit the Cathedral Bell Tower: The Giralda was the minaret of the mosque that was replaced by Seville Cathedral. The tower structure below the bells is that of the original Almohad minaret. Its simple beauty derives from the shadows formed by blocks of brick trelliswork, different on each side, and a succession of arched niches and windows. Despite the Renaissance additions, La Giralda remains one of the most beautiful monuments of the Islamic world.
The Alcazar de Seville:“is not only an Arabic monument but a complex world of civilizations which have left their print in Seville.” Don’t miss out of the gardens and take a peek at where the Spanish royal family stays on their official visits.
Plaza de España: This square was design for the Ibero American exhibition of 1929 by Anibal Gonzalez. His idea represents two arms open to the new world. Do not miss the opportunity of being at this beautiful place that was also one of the set locations for the movie Star
Remains of San Jorge’s castle (Triana) under the market in the Altozano. It was the headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition since 1481. The castle was affected by the abandonment and the overflowing of the Guadalquivir river and in 1823 a market was placed on this open area commonly known as Plaza de Abastos. This market was rebuilt in 1992.
Only a few kilometers away…
Carmona: Located on a low hill overlooking a fertile plain, Carmona is a picturesque, small town with a magnificent 15th century tower built in imitation of Seville’s Giralda. This is the first thing you see and sets an appropriate tone for the place. It was an important Roman city under the Moors.The Roman necropolis is particular noteworthy. It contains more than nine hundred family tombs dating from the second century BC to the fourth century AD.
Santiponce. Itálica Roman city in ruins:The Roman ruins and remarkable mosaics of Italica are located less than 9 kilometers to the north of the city, just outside the village of Santiponce. There is also a well preserved Roman theatre in Santiponce which is signposted from the main road. Itálica was the birthplace of three emperors and one of the earliest Roman settlements in Spain founded in 206 BC. It rose to considerable military importance in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. Throughout the Middle Ages, the ruins were used as a source of stone for Seville, but fortunately the amphitheatre has survived, although these days it is crumbling perilously. Beyond this are about twenty mosaics, including an excellent colored floor with birds, Neptune and the Seasons.
The white towns in Andalusia:The inland pueblos blancos (white towns) are well known for their unique beauty and spectacular settings – invariably hilltop locations, with the whitewashed houses huddled around a ruined castle. Although the most famous of the white towns is Ronda, in Málaga province, Cádiz province can claim many for its own. Often the names of these pueblos blancos in Cadiz are testament to the towns´ significant past as settlements built to defend the respective territories of the Christians and the Muslims; the frequently seen suffix “de la frontera” of a white town place name refers to its historical border position.If you have a couple of days, Cadiz offers a great way to enjoy nature and explore its extraordinarily beautiful rural landscapes: the white villages set within its mountain areas. There are a total of 19 charming villages with small white houses located in the area around the Grazalema Nature Reserve. You cannot miss just t these villages: Arcos de la Frontera and Grazalema.
Cave of Wonders in Aracena: Aracena is the capital of the region and which gives its name to the Sierra and the Nature Park. Its monuments and city center were declared of Cultural Interest. However, the highlight, and what is known is the Cave of Wonders of the most interesting karst formations of Spain and extraordinary beauty. The Grotto of “Wonderland” with a length of 2130 meters, offers a tour of 1200 m. The vast expanse of the flooded areas (water table of the first level and gours), the abundance and variety of speleothems and the length of its development make this cavity set of beautiful and striking.