Music & Dance in Seville
Seville is one of the largest and most lively cities in Andalusia. Renowned for its Moorish heritage, the city boasts both beautiful architecture, and fantastic cultural offerings, with many well-known Spanish traditions practiced here. This is a fantastic choice for those looking for a relaxing city break.
What is there to see?
Seville’s historic centre is home to some of the most beautiful and important buildings in Spain. Thousands of tourists and locals flock to visit the many attractions the city has to offer such as the grand Catedral de Santa María de la Sede situated on the former site of the famous 12th century mosque. This incredible monument combines architecture from a number of periods including Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance, and Neo-Classical design. The building’s most striking feature is the Giralda Tower, a former minaret converted into the cathedral’s bell tower, which stands proudly forming part of Seville’s stunning skyline.
One of the main attractions is the Alcazar Palace. The palace is fantastic piece of Moorish architecture, famed as the place where Charles V married Isabella of Portugal. This beautiful Arab fortress was rebuilt by Peter the Cruel and today is one of Seville’s most popular and prestigious buildings, not to mention the spectacular gardens that surround it. Focused mainly around the two courtyards, the building exudes splendour, with water featuring prominently in its design.
Music and Dance
In addition to the beautiful buildings around the city, Seville is a great location to experience some of Spain’s most famous customs. Flamenco is still practiced by many in Seville, and to celebrate this passionate dance every two the city hosts the Biennial Flamenco Festival where some of Spain’s best dancers meet to compete. This year the festival takes place from 12th September to 5th October and is a must-see if you are visiting the area.
However, you cannot dance without music, and luckily, Seville equally cherishes the country’s rich history of guitar music. The Seville Guitar Festival will be held from 23rd October to 1st November in 2014 featuring fantastic performances and interesting features on the history of the art.
Where to stay?
We represent over 30 fantastic hotels in Seville and have chosen our favourite of the month.
Vincci La Rabida – This stunning hotel occupies the site of a former 18th century palace in the centre of ‘Old Seville’, the perfect spot to enjoy the area’s fantastic range of restaurants.
To see more of our Seville hotels, click here.
We also represent the stunning Parador de Carmona, a converted medieval Moorish fortress located in the historic town just 30km from Seville. The hotel has a luxurious outdoor swimming pool which is open during the summer months and the Parador’s terrace enjoys fantastic panoramic views over the surrounding plains. This is an ideal, tranquil base perfecting for relaxing away from the busy city centre of Seville however is still easily accessible by public transport and by car.