Seville is the Andalucian capital and a flamboyant, charismatic, ever-evolving metropolis founded, according to myth, 3000 years ago by the Greek god Hercules. It is a hotbed for flamenco dance, especially in the Triana neighborhood. The city is known for its ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and its 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza bullring.
The massive Gothic cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a famous minaret turned belltower, the Giralda. Drenched for most of the year in spirit-enriching sunlight, Seville is of course famous for its dizzying array of fruits, its famous oranges without mentioning the serranito, the city’s signature sandwich.
Like all great cities, Seville has historical layers. Roman ruins testify the settlement’s earliest face, memories of the Moorish era flicker like medieval engravings in the Santa Cruz quarter, while the riverside Arenal reeks of lost colonial glory. Seville is truly were west meets African culture and they meld together, to create a unique city. There is in contrast the amazing Guggenheim museum that is an awe inspiring man-made mountain fashioned from a contorted concoction of titanium, limestone and glass.