Seville has appeal of mythic proportions. Literally. Legend has it that the city was founded by none other than Hercules. According to the Quintero brothers, golden boys of 19th-century Spanish theater, the hero, was searching for a pretty place to open a tavern. He found one on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, and his legacy has flourished ever since.
Seville City Guide Introduction
In honor of their illustrious founder and his original mission, Sevillanos have cultivated the high art of enjoying themselves, whether that means cheering until hoarse at a bullfight or reclining in a crowded, sun-drenched plaza. From the lively festivities of Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Feria (the April fair) to the vivid colors of flamenco dresses, the underlying theme in the Andalucían capital is vibrant, passionate, intensely lived life.
It's romantic too. Narrow, winding stone streets lead ambling dreamers into aromatic hidden plazas that feel like “The Secret Garden” with an exotic Spanish flair. The Alcázar, with its serene fountains and ornate walls, is pregnant with the spirit of the exotic Moorish empire that once dominated all of Andalucía. And its massive expanse of gardens, with lush greenery, sultry grottos and picturesque, ivy-covered bridges, beg strolling travelers to get lost in them. Add a rich, captivating history into the mix and you have yourself a city with endless allure.