Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville.
The city has a municipal population of about 690,000 people as of 2016. The metropolitan population is more than 1.5 million people, making it the largest city in Andalusia.
It is the fourth largest city in Spain and 30th most populous municipality in the E.U.
Its old town contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are The Alcazar Palace Complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.
The Seville harbor, located about 20 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean, is the only river port in Spain.
7 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN SEVILLE
- Do not order Paella in Seville. It’s a specialty from Valencia. Instead, you can find Arroz del dia, something quite similar to Paella. Or you can visit Valencia for some quality Paella.
- Don’t just go to the restaurants. You can visit tapas bars which offer vast array of delicious meals.
- Do try to eat too early. Dinner starts at 8:30pm. So Instead, adapt to taking your dinner late in the night.
- Don’t just rely on cashless system of transactions. You will also need cash. So Instead, have some cash on hand with you everywhere you go.
- Do not walk on the bike lanes. Instead, use pedestrian lanes or just hire a bike too!
- Do not plan to visit in the afternoon during summer. The temperatures are very high, normally up to 40 degrees Celsius. Instead, take advantage of the cold morning hours and evenings to move around.
- Don’t forget to book your visit to the Alcazar in advance. The tickets do sell out fast.
MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SEVILLE
- It is the place of origin of the famous tapas.
- Popular movies have shot some of the scenes in Seville. The movies include the famous Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Lawrence of Arabia.
- Feria de Seville is the most famous Spanish festival.
- The city has the biggest Gothic Cathedral in the World.
- Seville has its own secret code “NO8DO” which means “It has not abandoned me”
- It is the city with most orange trees in the world.
- There are approximately 3,000 hours of sun in a year with an average temperature being around 35-40 degrees in the summer.
- More than 71% of the population are Catholic Christians.