Bullfighting and flamenco: passionate, heated, typically Andalucían, and very much home in the regional capital of Seville. Feel the temperature rising, not only literally, when you visit this sizzling city in southern Spain.
Book hotels in Seville to really feel the heat of this ferociously fun destination; it's got great food, happening evenings, a vivacious cultural scene, fascinating history, and the Sevillanos extend a very gracious welcome to visitors.
Orange-scented Seville is the fourth largest city in Spain and home to a clutch of excellent attractions, from Moorish influences on the Alcázar and the Giralda, to medieval greats such as the city's cathedral.
Seville hotels come in a range of styles and meet the demands of a variety of budgets. Top-class luxury hotels can be found in traditional buildings crammed with charm and history, or you can opt for modern havens of exclusivity, where pools and trendy bars will keep you cool. There are several well-known hotel names in the city. Check in to names such as NH Hoteles, AC, Melia, Eurostars, Tryp, Parador, Best Western and Hilton.
Stay as centrally as possible to be close to the main attractions. The city centre is bordered by the river to the west, with the University of Seville to the south. Santa Cruz, in the southern central area, is a very popular neighbourhood in which to stay, and there are plenty of hotels in this district catering for tourists. Some say it's too touristy and noisy, so consider elsewhere if you're looking for a more authentic Seville experience (with less night-time noise).
Plaza Nueva is quite central to everything, so use this as your map pin and look for hotels around here if you want shopping, eating, drinking, and things to do and see on your doorstep.
The city is not known for being a cheap place to stay, though you can find some good rates in budget hotels if you travel when the big fiestas aren't dominating the calendar. The dates around Semana Santa will see prices peak for Seville hotels. July and August, despite being in the peak holiday season, see devilishly hot temperatures and most Spaniards flee to the coast, meaning you might get a bargain hotel.
Top five attractions
Not everyone's cup of tea, but this controversial spectacle has been attracting crowds for centuries.
An imposing bell tower and one of the most recognisable symbols of Seville.
Once a Moorish fort, this is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. The baths are a sight to behold.
The site of the world's largest Gothic cathedral has been a place of worship for a thousand years. Visit early in the morning or late in the day to avoid crowds.
Dance the flamenco
At night, Seville moves to the sound of this traditional dance. Try a lesson for a fun evening with a twist.
Semana Santa; March/April: This moving Holy Week resonates throughout the whole Seville community. Lavish costumes are seen in passionate processions as the city's deep religious roots are honoured, before lots of eating and drinking as the week ends in celebration. Book hotels well in advance.
Feria de Abril; April: Most of Andalucía descends upon its capital for two weeks of fun. Fairground rides, games, food stands and market stalls are everywhere as Seville enjoys one of its most popular parties of the year.
Velá de Santa Ana; July: Each year the Triana district of Seville is transformed into a tremendous party venue. This whirring cocktail of street parties and concerts has been an annual fixture for 800 years.