When you think about Spain and the countrie’s trademarks, probably the first thing that pops up to your mind is flamenco, sangria, sea food, fast and barely understandable Spanish accent and warm and cozy nights. Well, this actually could perfectly match the description for Seville. According to the vast majority of the Spaniards, Seville indeed is the most typical yet representative spot in the whole country.
The city functions as the capital of Andalusia, a southern and one of the biggest autonomous communities in Spain. Apart from being the biggest city of the community, it is believed to be the most beautiful one out of all the beauties that Spain possesses. It has about 1.2 million of inhabitants who proudly call themselves Sevillanos.
Lately it turns into the most visited city in the coutry. If you ever visit Spain but skip Seville you better never say you have visited Spain at all. On the other hand, if you have to choose but only one Spanish city to get to know the culture and feel the atmosphere, there is no better option than Seville.
The local people are so friendly, just like everyone knows the Spanish people are. If a lost foreigner asks them for help on the street they will even walk you to the place. They will, additionally, tell you the history of their city and even invite you for some beer with his group of friends later on.
When the architecture is in question, Seville has a lots of influence from the Arabic culture. Considering the fact that their country have been under muslim occupation for more than 800 years, there you go with the explanation. However, the muslim motives fit perfectly well in the structure of the city. There is barely a high building in the city. The tallest one, untill not that long ago was the bell tower or “La Giralda” which was constructed by the Arabs themselve. The tallest one nowadays is located in the modern part of the city. It is a business center with a spectacular view on the city, called “La Torre Pelli”. The rest of the buildings are small with small doors, just like the ones you find in Morocco. The streets are quite narrow but amazing for long walks.
The Sevillanos are very proud of their music culture. They claim the Flamenco’s roots come from Andalusia. Seville and Jerez to be precise. This typical gypsy music has been their trademark since ever. You can not go through any street of Seville without hearing someone singing gypsy songs or playing spanish guitar. It’s their way of life.
If there’s something else they are proud of, that’s the traditional kitchen. Combinig their typical dishes like calamari, ham croquettes, ox tale, brava potatoes, gazpacho, tomato soup, Spanish omlette, chickpeas with spinach and so on, with some good wine made in Andalusia is the perfect evening plan. The warm weather just makes this feeling complete.
After experiencing all this you would not want to go back to your country, for sure! You can’t help but fall for Seville. A famous quote says that there is no person that have visited Seville only once.