Sevilla Attractions Guide


Seville Major Attractions and Festivals Each district of Seville has its own unique characteristics and persona. From the historic center Macarena, to the breezy openness of Maria Luisa and the colorful, cheerful and flamenco laden Triana, each district presents a different and pleasant surprise. - El Center (The Center) – as the name suggests, it is the heart of Sevilla culture for the past centuries. It is home to many historical buildings, architecture masterpieces, great shopping and so much more. - Maria Luisa – The main attraction of Maria Luisa is the Maria Luisa Park (Parque de Maria Luisa). Apart from that, you can also find various museums, theaters and buildings of importance, such as the Royal Tobacco Factory, setting of the famous opera 'Carmen'. - La Macarena – This place inspired the 'Macarena' cult song fame. It is an enchanting district, with its cobbled stones and ancient city walls, it seems like you were transported into a fairytale. This is where the Virgin of Semana Santa is being held annually. - Santa Cruz – the district is filled with white washed buildings, winding streets and virtually flower filled everywhere. Santa Cruz is the most picturesque area of Sevilla, and it served as a former Jewish district. It is also home to the world's largest cathedral, and other major landmarks. - Triana – Triana served as a gypsy neighborhood, and also best known for its animated atmosphere and flamenco. - Los Remedios – Los Remedios, along with its neighbors La Cartuja and Expo '92 site, are located on the western shores of the River Guadalquivir. Here is where the Feria de Abril is celebrated every year. It also has an amusement park (located in the Expo '92 site) and the Cartuja Monastery, where the famous explorer Christopher Columbus has spent some quiet time. - Important tourist attractions are major festivals such as the Easter Season (Semana Santa) and the April Fair (Feria de Abril). The Semana Santa was first celebrated in the 14th century, and is still being celebrated today. The festival spans for seven days, staging the daily processions, the forty days of Lent, and others. The celebration is concluded on Easter Sunday, with the participation of 57 brotherhoods. - The other important celebration, the April Fair, first started in the middle of the 19th century. The festival is in time of the bloom of orange trees. It started out as a simple cattle fair, which then became a major celebration throughout the city of Seville. Natives spend many months to prepare for the April Fair, to make booths, lanterns, lights, and costumes. Men wear jackets, chaps and boots, whereas women wear colorful ruffled dresses. - Another important celebration is the Romeria del Rocia. It is a pilgrimage, where pilgrims from around the country and European continent travel by land (either by cart or by horse) to visit the Virgen del Rocio in Almonte, Huelva, to see the procession. Uniforms and dresses worn by the brotherhoods are still colorful and lively, and the streets are decorated with different flowers and white awnings. - The biggest celebration in commemoration of River Guadalquivir is the Vela of Santa Ana, held in Triana, Seville. It is celebrated on July 24 to 26, to coincide the feast days of St. James and Sta. Ana.

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