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Seville, Spain

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Seville, Spain

Plaza de España

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Seville, Spain

Seville Cathedral

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Seville, Spain

Plaza de España

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Seville's whitewashed houses bright with bougainvillea, ocher-color palaces, and baroque facades have long enchanted both sevillanos and travelers. Lord Byron's well-known line, "Seville is a pleasant city famous for oranges and women," may be true, but is far too tame a comment: yes, the orange trees are pretty enough, but the fruit is too bitter to eat except as British-made marmalade. And as for the women, stroll down the swankier pedestrian shopping streets and you can't fail to notice just how good-looking everyone is. Aside from being blessed with even features and flashing dark eyes, sevillanos exude a cool sophistication that seems more Catalan than Andalusian.This bustling city of more than 700,000 does have some downsides: traffic-choked streets, high unemployment, a notorious petty-crime rate, and at times the kind of impersonal treatment you won't find in the smaller cities of Granada and Córdoba.The layout of the historic center of Seville makes exploring easy. The central zone—Centro —around the cathedral, the Alcázar, Calle Sierpes, and Plaza Nueva is splendid and monumental, but it's not where you'll find Seville's greatest charm. El Arenal, home of the Maestranza bullring, the Teatro de la Maestranza concert hall, and a concentration of picturesque taverns, still buzzes the way it must have when stevedores loaded and unloaded ships from the New World. Just southeast of Centro, the medieval Jewish quarter, Barrio de Santa Cruz, is a lovely, whitewashed tangle of alleys. The Barrio de la Macarena to the northeast is rich in sights and authentic Seville atmosphere. The fifth and final neighborhood to explore, on the far side of the Guadalquivir River, is in many ways, the best of all—Triana, the traditional habitat for sailors, bullfighters, and flamenco artists, as well as the main workshop for Seville's renowned ceramicists.

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Flamenco at Casa de la Memoria
Flamenco at Casa de la Memoria

Touristy? Yes. Over-the-top fun? Also yes. Want the real deal? Head instead to a flamenco social club in the old barrio of Triana.

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Climb the Cathedral’s Giralda Bell Tower
Climb the Cathedral’s Giralda Bell Tower

The Cathedral of Seville is built on the ruins of a 12th-century mosque; the bell tower began as the mosque’s minaret.

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Wander Lush Gardens at the Alcázar Palace
Wander Lush Gardens at the Alcázar Palace

Begun in the 10th century, the palace-fortress and gardens are a reflection of the city’s combined Muslim and Christian history.

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Shop, Eat and Watch the Sunset at Metrol Parasol
Shop, Eat and Watch the Sunset at Metrol Parasol

In newly chic Soho Benita, the huge timber structure includes terraces, markets and walkways protected by sunshades soaring 90 feet in the air.

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Place for Small Plates
Samantha's Pick Place for Small Plates

One of my favorite places for tapas is Ovejas Negras, in the Cathedral area. It’s a small, lively place with great food and lots of locals.

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A Heavenly View
Samantha's Pick A Heavenly View

Have a nightcap in the rooftop bar at the EME Catedral Hotel. Contemplate the magnificent view of the city and the cathedral as you sip Rioja.

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Aire de Sevilla, a Roman-Arabic Bath Spa Fantasy
Samantha's Pick Aire de Sevilla, a Roman-Arabic Bath Spa Fantasy

Have a nightcap in the rooftop bar at the EME Catedral Hotel. Contemplate the magnificent view of the city and the cathedral as you sip Rioja.

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In the Heart, but Away From the Crowds
Samantha's Pick In the Heart, but Away From the Crowds

I like to stay on the river side of the Cathedral: close to the action but far enough away from the tourist crowds in the Barrio Santa Cruz district.

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