Seville

Seville (Spanish: Sevilla) Andalucia‘s capital. With more than 700,000 inhabitants, and 1.6 million in the metropolitan area, it is Spain’s fourth city, dominating southern Spain. With heritage from the Arabs and from the Age of Discovery, as well as the flamenco scene, Seville is a diverse destination.

For other places with the same name, see Seville (disambiguation).
View of the Gothic cathedral and the Moorish bell-tower La Giralda

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The smooth, slow Guadalquivir River flows through Seville, known as Betis by the Romans and as Betik Wahd-Al-Khabir by the Arabs. Since it is hard to navigate upstream from Seville, the cereal-producing region starts here, and Seville has been a busy port from Roman times, under Muslim rule, and exploding during the Age of Discovery. As the monopoly was broken and Cádiz largely took Seville’s place, the city entered a period of relative decline.

In the 19th century Seville gained a reputation for its architecture and culture and was a stop along the Romantic “Grand Tour” of Europe. Seville has built on its tourism industry since, playing host to the International Exposition in 1992, which spurred the construction of a new airport, a new train station, a bullet train link to Madrid, new bridges and improvements to the main boulevards. Tourist facilities are top-notch and the city is buzzing with festivals, color and a thriving nightlife scene.

Sevilla International Airport (SVQ  IATA) is about 25 minutes drive from the city center.

A bus service “Especial Aeropuerto (EA)” runs about every 30 minutes from just outside the “Arrivals” hall during most of the day (though with longer gaps from 13:00-16:00) and costs €4.00. Taxis are always available next to the bus stop and run on a fixed fare to Seville center, €22 during the day and €25 after 22:00 and on weekends/holidays. Much controversy has been stirred by some taxi drivers trying to overcharge tourists, so be careful to pay no more than this if you are traveling into the city. Other destinations outside Seville obviously cost more and are metered. Tips are not necessary, though €1-2 for polite, helpful service is appreciated. Speed limits seem to be considered as kind of minimum speed by most taxi drivers.

La Parra International Airport (XRY IATA) is 10 km from Jerez de la Frontera, on the way to Seville.

This airport is in a nearby city, and is used by discount airlines such as Ryanair (from Frankfurt-Hahn London-Stansted). The communication between Jerez de la Frontera and Seville is good, as it is connected by bus and train. It is also possible to go by taxi or rent car.

Ryanair also flies to Sevilla International Airport, from more destinations than Jerez.

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