From all of Spain’s magnificent cities, Seville – the seductive and utterly romantic capital of Andalusia, is probably the most quintessentially Spanish and the best introduction to this alluring Tierra del Sol. It holds the right mix of history, culture, and relaxed Andalusian way of living, making for an enchanting experience any time of year, even when it sizzles in the blaze of summer.

Otherwise, winters in the precious Andalusian capital are mild and pleasant, offering all the advantages of an off-season trip – lack of tourists, lower prices, as well as art and culture galore. Fall is a wonderful time to roam its charming medieval streets, indulge in local delicacies, and linger over tapas and a cool glass of manzanilla at one of its sunny street-side terraces. Nevertheless, it is the spring – with its vibrant festivals, gorgeous blue skies, and scented orange trees in full bloom – that really makes Seville shine.

From colorful flamenco shows and controversial bullfighting events to outstanding architectural wonders, Seville spoils the lovers of art and culture with fabulous offerings. Much of its charm, however, comes from its sprawling Old Town, where Roman, Gothic, and Renaissance jewels stand side by side with spectacular Mudejar architecture left behind by the five glorious centuries of Moorish rule.

Although dominated by three stunning structures that together form one of Spain’s most exquisite UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Cathedral, the Alcazar, and the General Archive of the Indies, Seville is a city whose real magic lies in the details: a colorful courtyard hidden in a corner of lovely Santa Cruz, a tiny vibrant plaza where flamenco shows are spontaneously staged, or an atmospheric tapas bar decked out in unusual tiles across the Guadalquivir River, in Triana.

And that’s not all. Seville’s prestigious museums boast artistic treasures that can overwhelm even the most discerning visitors, enough buzzing nightlife to satisfy any age, taste, and desire, and an insanely good-looking Plaza de Espana that will linger in your memory long after you have left this beautiful city, with all its energy, flamboyant flamenco culture, old-fashioned charm, and deep sense of euphoria over everything Spanish.

What to See and Do in Seville