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Alcazar, Sevilla. Photo by author.

Sevilla has a vast array of tourist pleasures, but avoid the hot months, when the temperature often exceeds 100 degrees and the siesta closings can last until sundown.

Certainly, everyone will want to visit the Reales Alcazares and the cathedral.  Apart from that, there are a number of historic destinations, especially churches, but what leaves the biggest impression are the neighborhoods such as Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter.  Among the other site I enjoyed visiting were:

  • Casa de Pilatos, built as a ducal palace, it offers a respite from the streets of the city. 
  • Plaza de Toros.  Take a guided tour and you will have a glimpse of this aspect of Spanish culture without actually seeing a bull die.
  • University.  The main courtyard is the old cigarette factory, the largest in the world at the time, and the scene of Bizet's Carmen.

This is the hotel where I happened to stay, but I recommend one of the larger hotels for a family visit.

HOTEL LA RABIDA

Castelar, N║ 24

SEVILLA 41001 (SPAIN)

Telf:+(34) 954 220960 Fax:+(34) 954 224375

hotel-rabida@sol.com

http://www.sol.com/hotel/rabida

There is a high-speed train from Madrid to Sevilla.  Use this link to make European rail reservations: 

http://www.raileurope.com/us/

 

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Moorish doorway, Alcazar, Sevilla. Photo by author.