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Seville, a World Heritage City

Seville is a city full of history and beauty, and has several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you are thinking of taking a trip, we give you reasons to come to Seville, a World Heritage City:
Known as the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, this impressive construction is one of the most iconic buildings in the city and is the third largest cathedral in the world. In 1987 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for being a magnificent example of the great stages of Seville's urban history (Muslim, Christian and the great metropolis that was Seville in the 16th century as Puerto de Indias).
You can buy tickets to visit the Cathedral of Santa María de la Sede here.
The Royal Alcazar
It is an impressive fortified palace built in the 10th century, it is considered one of the best examples of Mudejar architecture in Spain. In addition, it is considered one of the oldest palaces in use. Witness of the passage of different cultures and architectural styles, it has gardens with Arab, Renaissance and modern characters, which well deserve to be a World Heritage Site. The Real Alcázar of Seville Together with the Cathedral, the Alcázar is testimony to the coexistence of the civilization of the Almohads and that of Christian Andalusia.
Did you know that you have the possibility to visit the Alcázar for free? The entrance to this monument is free on Mondays, from April to September, from 18:00 to 19:00. And from October to March, in the time slot from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Giralda
We could not forget the emblem of the city of Seville. La Giralda began as an Almohad minaret to later become the bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville. It is a monument that can be visited, so do not hesitate to go up as it offers spectacular views of the city. As a crown, La Giralda has in its upper part the Giraldillo, a bronze sculpture almost 4 meters high that dates from the 16th century and was commissioned by the Cathedral Chapter to Hernán Ruiz II "El Joven" after that an earthquake caused the Almohad dome that had presided over La Giralda to collapse. As a curious fact, a replica can be carefully contemplated at the Puerta del Príncipe of the Seville Cathedral, it would be impossible to appreciate it in any other way!
Indies Archive
It is the third monument in Seville that was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987. This impressive building houses a vast collection of documents related to the history of the Americas and is considered one of the most important archives in the world. It was an old Lonja in the time of Felipe II, but it was in the time of King Carlos III when it became the General Archive of the Indies that we know today and where all the documentation related to the possessions that Spain had overseas between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Donana Park
Outside the historic center of the city but within the province of Seville (in the municipality of Aznalcázar) we find the fourth World Heritage Site. It is the Doñana National Park. UNESCO first declared it a Biosphere Reserve in 1980, and later. in 2005, a World Heritage Site for the importance of its biological diversity and for preserving several endangered species of universal value.
Seville is a city full of history and culture and each of these places declared World Heritage Sites are a sample of it, but there are many more to discover in this wonderful city. If you have the opportunity to visit Seville, do not miss the opportunity to see these iconic places. Are you looking for a hotel in the heart of the city that allows you to visit Seville without having to take the car? At Hotel Cervantes we will be delighted to receive you.
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What to see in Seville in two days

Seville is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in southern Spain. With its impressive architecture, historical monuments and streets full of life, it is the perfect destination to spend a weekend. In this post we leave you with some of the essential places that you must see during your 2-day visit to Seville.
What to see in Seville: a monumental city

Seville Cathedral is the third largest in the world and houses the tomb of the famous explorer Christopher Columbus. Walking through its naves is getting lost in a thousand details and secrets that its chapels and stained glass windows hide. Also, going up to the Giralda (the bell tower that was an old Arab minaret), you can enjoy panoramic views of the city.
Without leaving aside the monumental part and a few meters from the Cathedral of Seville is the Alcázar of Seville. It is an impressive 14th century fortified palace that is a perfect example of Mudejar architecture. Inside, in addition to its halls, it houses some of the most beautiful patios in the city. Did you know that these patios were the scene of the kingdom of Dorne from the famous series "Game of Thrones"?
Around the Plaza del Triunfo is also the Archivo de Indias. This impressive building houses thousands of documents and maps from the Golden Age and is an essential place for history lovers.
Another essential stop is the Plaza de España. This impressive square is one of the most emblematic points of the city and is the perfect place to admire the regionalist architecture of Aníbal González. Also, if once you are there it sounds familiar to you, it is not surprising, since it appeared in the Star Wars saga, “Attack of the Clones Episode II”. For several days the Andalusian city became Naboo, one of the planets in the Obi-Wan Kenobi universe
Get lost in its streets

Right next to the Plaza de España is the Parque de Maria Luisa. This beautiful park is the perfect place to take a walk and have a relaxing moment during our visit to the city. In addition, it houses some of the most emblematic buildings of the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929.
Continuing with our tour we can admire the Torre del Oro. This impressive 13th century tower is one of the most recognized symbols of the city together with La Giralda and offers a panoramic view of Triana and the Guadalquivir river.
But if we are talking about what to see in Seville, we cannot ignore a visit to the Barrio de Santa Cruz. This old Jewish quarter is one of the most beautiful in the city and is perfect for strolling through its narrow streets and enjoying a relaxed afternoon.
Walking through the streets of Seville you will also find unique facades such as the Palacio de San Telmo or the Real Fábrica de Tabacos, current headquarters of the University of Seville.
On the other hand, if you are looking for that more urban side of Seville, you should not miss Metropol Parasol or what is the same, Las Setas de Sevilla. This innovative wooden building, a few meters from our hotel, is the most modern element of the city and offers a unique panoramic view of the city.
In conclusion, during your 2 days in Seville, you cannot miss the picturesque neighborhood of Santa Cruz, the imposing Plaza de España, a relaxing walk through the María Luisa Park, the fascinating tour through the streets of Triana and if you have time, Go up to the Metropol Parasol. A tight schedule to see Seville in two days. Enjoy your visit to this city full of history and culture! We are waiting for you at Hotel Cervantes.
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Romantic plans in Seville

If you are looking for a romantic destination in Spain, Seville is one of the most charming cities you can visit. With its warm climate, its cobbled streets, its historical monuments and its vibrant nightlife, Seville is a perfect place for travelers in search of adventure and romantic plans.
From the Hotel Cervantes, located in the heart of the city, you can easily access many of Seville's most emblematic tourist attractions. Here we present some of the most romantic plans that you can enjoy in the city:
Boat trip on the Guadalquivir
The Guadalquivir river is one of the emblematic points of Seville, and a boat trip through its waters is a unique and romantic experience. You will be able to admire the panoramic views of the city from the water, and see up close some of its most emblematic monuments, such as the Torre del Oro and the Giralda.
Walk through the María Luisa Park
This park is one of the most beautiful places in Seville, with large gardens and paths to walk and enjoy the good weather. Here you can enjoy a romantic setting at sunset or simply walk and enjoy the botanical varieties that exist. Did you know that inside the park there is a roundabout dedicated to Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, the romantic poet par excellence?
horse ride
A horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of Seville is a perfect romantic plan for travelers looking for a unique and authentic experience. With the soft breeze of the air caressing your face and the sound of the horses' hooves on the cobblestones, you will be able to enjoy a romantic trip back in time through the streets of the city. The tour will take you through some of the most emblematic places in Seville, such as the Cathedral and the Giralda, and through the oldest and most authentic neighborhoods of the city. In addition, you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the city from a unique perspective and enjoy the company of your partner while traveling in a traditional carriage. In short, a horse-drawn carriage ride is a romantic plan in Seville that should not be missing from your list of things to do.
Dinner in the Santa Cruz neighborhood
The Santa Cruz neighborhood is one of the most charming places in Seville, with its narrow streets and squares full of life. It is an obligatory stop when we talk about romantic plans in Seville. Here you can find a wide variety of bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a romantic dinner.
Night walk around the city:
The night in Seville is a unique experience, with its illuminated streets and its bars and clubs open until late. An evening stroll through the city is a perfect way to enjoy the nightlife and the illuminated historical monuments. Seville is a perfect place for travelers looking for a romantic getaway. At the Hotel Cervantes we offer you a wide range of services and amenities to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We are waiting for you in Seville for an unforgettable romantic adventure!
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5 plans to do in Seville in a weekend

Seville is a city full of history, culture and nightlife. If you are planning a weekend in this beautiful city, here are five plans to do in Seville in a weekend that you should consider:
Visit the Cathedral and the Real Alcázar
Did you know that the Cathedral of Seville is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and the third largest temple after St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican in Rome, and St. Paul's in London? In addition to its amazing architecture, it is home to the tomb of the famous discoverer Christopher Columbus. Don't miss the opportunity to climb the Giralda, an old 12th century tower that offers impressive views of the city.
The Real Alcázar is a royal palace dating from the 9th century and is one of the most impressive buildings in the city. The palace is famous for its Mudejar architecture and its beautiful gardens. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Patio de las Doncellas, one of the most impressive patios in the palace.
Stroll through the Santa Cruz neighborhood
This neighborhood is known for its narrow cobbled streets, its flower-filled balconies and its traditional Sevillian houses. It is the perfect place to get lost and discover the most hidden charms of the city. During your walk, do not forget to visit the Plaza de Santa Cruz, one of the most emblematic squares in the city, the Callejón del Agua or the Plaza de Santa Marta.
Attend a flamenco show
Flamenco is a deeply rooted tradition in Andalusia and Seville is one of the best places to enjoy this art. La niña de los Peines, Pepe Pinto and Manolo Caracol, among others, were born here. If one of the plans to do in Seville over a weekend is to enjoy flamenco live, there are several venues where you can see shows, such as the Tablao Flamenco Álvarez Quintero, the Patio Sevillano or the Tablao El Arenal. Make sure you book in advance to ensure you get a good location.
Take a tapa of croquettes
Croquettes are one of the most popular Sevillian tapas, so among the plans to do in Seville in a weekend, a tapa (or portion) of croquettes cannot be missing from your table. Although there are many bars where they are prepared with love and care, Casa Ricardo stands out. It is a bar with aesthetics and atmosphere around the Holy Week in Seville and that serves ham croquettes whose liquid bechamel sauce you will not be able to resist!
Enjoy the night life
Isla de la Cartuja is a perfect place to enjoy a night in Seville. The place has several bars and clubs that offer a wide variety of music and atmospheres. Be sure to visit the Alameda de Hércules neighborhood, one of the most popular places near Isla de la Cartuja to party. Do you prefer something more central? Paseo Colón has different bars where you can have a drink with views of the river and the Triana Bridge.
In short, Seville is a city full of things to do and see. Do you already know where to stay on your next visit? At Hotel Cervantes you will find the ideal place to rest and disconnect in the center of Seville.
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Where to see flamenco in Seville?

Flamenco is a very important Spanish (and especially Andalusian) tradition and is something that many visitors look forward to experiencing during their trip to Seville. Flamenco is a very important art form in Spain and has been recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2010. This recognition is a tribute to the rich tradition and history of flamenco and highlights its cultural and artistic importance to world level.

Additionally, flamenco is an integral part of Andalusian culture and has been passed down from generation to generation over the centuries. It is a unique form of expression that combines music, dance and singing to create an exciting and unforgettable experience. Flamenco shows in Seville offer a unique opportunity for our hotel guests to experience this art form live and learn more about its importance as a world heritage site.

Fortunately, the city offers many options to see live flamenco shows. Here we leave you some recommendations on where to see flamenco in Seville.

Tablao El Arenal

This venue offers a live flamenco show every night. With its typical decoration of the flamenco bars of the city, visitors can enjoy a night full of music, dance and flamenco singing.

The House of Flamenco

With a wide variety of artists and shows, La Casa del Flamenco is one of the best options to see flamenco in Seville. Guests can choose between small group shows or larger shows with more than 20 artists on stage.

The Andalusian Palace

This theater - performance hall is known for its high-quality flamenco shows. Although it has been located on the Isla de la Cartuja for a relatively short time, they have a long history in the world of flamenco for tourists and visitors.

Flamenco in Triana

Triana is a historic neighborhood in Seville that is known for its flamenco culture. Those interested can visit some of the traditional bars in the area (Lo Nuestro, la Madrugá, Rejoneo, Los Martínez, Lola de los Reyes...) to see live flamenco shows.

Flamenco near the Giralda

The Seville flamenco tablao is another of the places to see flamenco in Seville. Located in a palatial house, it offers flamenco singing and dancing shows that last for an hour.

flamenco in the street

During almost any month of the year, tourists who come to Seville can enjoy flamenco shows on the street in the heart of the city. These outdoor shows are a great opportunity to experience flamenco in an authentic, improvised and informal environment.

In summary, Seville offers a wide variety of options where to see live flamenco in Seville. From traditional venues to the newest performance halls, guests at the Hotel Cervantes can enjoy a night of flamenco music, dancing and singing that they won't soon forget. We hope these recommendations are helpful and allow you to fully enjoy the spell of live flamenco!
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