Old Town, the best area to stay in Seville
There are many beautiful and mesmerising things to see and do in the old town of Seville, which is the perfect place to name as a base and has many fine hotels that are three stars and up. From any hotel that you pick in the old town, you will be in close proximity to major attractions like the Seville Cathedral, which was built in the 15th century and is debated worldly as one of the largest cathedrals on the planet but is definitely the largest gothic building on earth. Gaze at both the interior and exterior and understand the true extent of this breath taking building that is the resting place of Christopher Columbus. The bell tower, La Giralda, accompanies the cathedral and can be climbed, which offers superb views across the city and some of the best photo angles. The Alcazar Palace is a royal residence, which was built in the early 16th century and is one of the oldest buildings in Europe that is still used by the royal family. All the rooms in the palace are extraordinary with carved wooden ceilings and delicately detailed tiles and is definitely worth a visit. Another historical site is the Torre de Oro, a 13th century tower that now houses the impressive maritime museum, which has many fascinating objects and items to do with the city. The Archivo de Indias houses millions of prized antique documents and even has displays of letters by Columbus to Queen Isabella saying about his discoveries. Other things to see include the Casa de Pilatos, which is one of the best 16th century palaces and the most interesting museums are the Museo de Bellas Artes, where you can see plenty of fine arts, and the Museo del Baile Flamenco has exhibitions on Flamenco art, photography as well as hosting events like dancing and music. The Barrio Santa Cruz is also located in the area and was once occupied by Spanish Jews back in the 15th century and today it’s a bustling little area with winding streets that are filled with cafes and antique shops. There are also markets that are open day and night and sell various items from food to souvenirs and there many shops and a few shopping centers in the district. Taking a stroll along the Guadalquivir River around sunset time is a very popular thing to do and there are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants where you can relax and watch the world go by.
Wherever you go in the old town you are never too far away from a restaurant as there are many tapas bars in the area, especially around the cathedral, and in fact the portions here are bigger than most that is served elsewhere in the country. There are also some nice little places that are located by the river and offer brilliant romantic views whilst eating a splendid array of dishes that include vegetarian meals. The old town has other cuisines too and you will be able to find Italian, South American and Asian restaurants. You are also in the best area for bars as it has an exceptional amount of drinking establishments where you can try the local delicious cervezas and many places stay open right through to mid morning.