Our Seville series covers all the popular sights – the cathedral, the palaces, the museums – and also helps you ‘meet’ those who made their mark here, whether real (Christopher Columbus, Laurie Lee) or fictional (Carmen, Don Juan) And we cover all the top Seville themes too, from flamenco and bull-fighting to tapas and Moorish architecture.

Here is the background information, history and culture you need to fully understand the city. In short, all the research you’d do yourself if only you had the time. So, let’s go, or as the Spanish say ‘Vamos!’


Alcazar, Seville

Episode 1: Introduction to Seville

Last Updated on August 25, 2023 by Ctybr67k Bienvenida a Sevilla. This introduction to Seville introduces a melting-pot of a city with many cultures in its history: the glorious cathedral, centre of Christian heritage, sits … Read more
The Alcazar, Seville

Episode 2: The Alcazar – Seville’s Moorish Roots

Last Updated on March 23, 2023 by Ctybr67k The Alcazar is the heart of Moorish Seville, perhaps the most beautiful building in the city, although there’s strong competition. Its mix of Islamic, gothic and renaissance … Read more
Seville Cathedral / Giralda

Episode 3: Seville’s Cathedral, the Giralda and Santa Cruz

Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Ctybr67k At the heart of Seville, three cultures overlap: the Moorish Alcazar Palace is just opposite the city’s enormous cathedral, where Christian heritage was built on Muslim foundations, … Read more
Christopher Columbus Tomb, Seville

Episode 4: The Golden Age of Seville

Last Updated on September 3, 2023 by Ctybr67k Sailing from Seville to discover the New World This post tells the story of the Golden Age of Seville, when explorers like Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan … Read more
Seville, Feria de Abril

Episode 5: Semana Santa and the Feria de Abril

Last Updated on August 9, 2023 by Ctybr67k Seville’s two biggest annual festivals This post explains two of the most important weeks in Seville’s calendar, leading up to and just after Easter. The first is … Read more
Casa Duenas, Seville

Episode 6: The Parks and Palaces of Seville

Last Updated on January 3, 2024 by Marian Jones 4 places to wind down in Seville This post is a wander through the main park and some of the palaces of Seville, indeed the city’s … Read more
Triana, Seville

Episode 7: Triana, Seville

Last Updated on August 13, 2023 by Ctybr67k The ‘other’ side of the river Triana is the ‘other’ Seville, the lesser-visited part across the river which has an atmosphere all of its own. Very much … Read more
Bull fighting

Episode 8: Bullfighting in Seville

Last Updated on May 1, 2024 by Marian Jones Bullfighting is an integral part of Sevillian culture, whether you are for or against it. We look at the arguments on both sides, then learn a … Read more
Seville, Flamenco

Episode 9: Seville’s flamenco Tradition

Last Updated on November 24, 2023 by Marian Jones The unique art-form which Seville has made its own Flamenco originated in Andalusia and has a long tradition in Seville. This post traces its roots in … Read more
Seville Art Gallery

Episode 10: Art in Seville

Last Updated on November 26, 2023 by Marian Jones Much of the most spectacular art in Seville dates from the ‘Siglo de Oro’, the ‘golden century’ when the city grew rich as the hub of … Read more
Food in Seville

Episode 11: Gastronomia in Seville

Last Updated on January 17, 2024 by Marian Jones ‘Gastronomia’ in Seville: an important topic! A Spanish proverb says that he whom the gods favour will eat in Seville. (‘A quien dios quiere bien, en … Read more
Cover of Death and the Sun by Edward Lewine

Episode 12: Travel Writers on Seville

Last Updated on January 18, 2024 by Marian Jones There are so many excellent travel writers on Seville. This post begins with a few short quotes, then we recommend 5 books by authors who went … Read more
Tobacco factory sign, Seville

Episode 13: Stories of Seville

Last Updated on January 21, 2024 by Marian Jones Fictional characters who make the city famous This episode is devoted to some of the best-known stories of Seville whose characters are symbols of the city. … Read more
The Plaza d'Espana, Seville

Seville Extra: A Virtual Visit to Seville

Last Updated on March 20, 2023 by Ctybr67k This virtual visit to Seville takes you on a tour of websites, YouTube videos and books which will bring the spirit of the city alive for you … Read more


4 useful websites for tourists
Visit Seville
Welcome to Seville
Andalucia: Seville 
Seville City Guide

5 useful guidebooks
Seville City Plan by Michelin
Rough Guide to Andalucia
Eyewitness Guide to Seville and Andalucia
Lonely Planet Guide to Andalucia
A Guide to Seville: 5 Walking tours by P S Quick

6 books of travel writing
Spain by Jan Morris
As I walked out one Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
As I walked out through Spain in Search of Laurie Lee by P D Murphy
Death and the Sun by Edward Lewine (‘A Matador’s Season in the Heart of Spain)
Andalus by Jason Webster (‘A Quest to Discover Spain’s Moorish History’)
A Handbook for Travellers in Spain by Richard Ford (published 1845!)

3 Literary anthologies
Andalucia, A Literary Guide for Travellers by Andrew and Suzanne Edwards
Spain, A Literary Companion by Jimmy Burns
Seville, Cordoba and Granada: A Cultural and Literary History by Elizabeth Nash

2 novels which feature Seville
A Rose for Winter by Laurie Lee
Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway