If you want to see more than just Seville, car rental is a convenient and cost-effective way to visit the highlights of the region...
The capital of the Spanish region of Andalucía, the historic city of Seville resides on the banks of the River Guadalquivir and is famed for its spectacular architecture, incredible flamenco dancers, magnificent bull fighters and vibrant gypsy culture. Where vitality and flamboyance are the norm and joy the most celebrated emotion, Seville is also a superb centre from which to explore the exquisite Andalucian countryside.
Seville car rental is best organised in advance to enable pick-up at Seville San Pablo Airport (SVQ) or at any one of the convenient downtown locations. From here a world of opportunities awaits the intrepid tourist prepared to venture further than the charming city, which has been home to civilisations such as Romans, Moors and Castilians over its 2,000-year history.
The Alcazar of Seville is Europe's oldest royal palace still in use and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This and Seville Cathedral, the world's largest Gothic cathedral, are two of the city's most popular tourist destinations. Once the site of an ancient mosque, the cathedral was under construction from 1402 to 1506; elements of the old mosque were utilised, including the minaret which became the iconic La Giralda bell tower. With its fragrant Orangery, 15 decorative outer doors and 80 chapels within, the magnificent cathedral is the burial place of Christopher Columbus.
Also in the old city is the splendid Parque de Maria Luisa, a paradise of orange trees, elms, Mediterranean pines and palms, featuring the glorious Plaza de Espana, previously used as a Star Wars set. Other city treasures include Roman, Islamic, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance churches and buildings, museums and the fascinating Archive of the Indies, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to historical records of the Americas.
Easter is a particularly special time of year in Seville, with the Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations filling the streets with colourful floats and processions. In spring also, the Ferra de Abril festival takes place - an entire week of parades, dancing, drinking, eating and partying.