Seville (Sevilla to the Spanish) is Spain’s fourth largest city and capital of Andalusia, the country’s most populous region.
It is situated inland on the River Guadalquivir, making the city and the surrounding area green and fertile.
Unlike large parts of inland Andalusia, it doesn’t experience cold winters as it is at sea level, while the summers are warm (or hot) and dry.
Seville is arguably the most culturally rich city in Spain, home to flamenco and other typically Andalusian cultures, not just for the tourists but as part of life here.
There are numerous green spaces and as you would expect from a city of 700,000 people countless places to shop, eat and drink from huge plazas to quiet side streets known best by the locals.
It is a beautiful city and the Sevillanas take real pride in living here, something maybe best reflected in their famous balcony and terrace displays.
There are numerous sites both ancient and modern to visit, too many to list here although the cathedral and Moorish palace are both “must see sights”.
Other attractions for culture lovers include theatres, dance halls and museums. Transport links are very good with buses, a metro, tram network, train, good bike lanes, an airport and a river port large enough for cruise ships. There are good road links with Madrid, Granada and the coast.
Andalusia is the most populous community in Spain and has some of its largest and most historically important cities including Seville, Granada and Cordoba.
It is famous for its cuisine (especially tapas), night-life and culture, from flamenco dancing to some of the most important historical sites in Europe.
It can get very warm in the summer and cool in the winter if you are inland, but generally homes are constructed to cope with this.
The northern Andalusian coastline, usually referred to as the Costa Tropical but sometimes the Costa de Granada is more temperate and pleasantly quiet compared to other parts of southern Spain.
The better known Costa del Sol encompasses such large towns and cities as Malaga, Estepona, Torremolinos, Marbella and Nerja. There are several international airports, a good rail network and a motorway which connects all the major municipalities.