Viva Seville! This charming and overlooked city shows the real Spain

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To misapprehend out on this gorgeous city would be a travesty

Yet, there’s an understated and absolutely charming Iberian city that is often overlooked: Seville.

For justifications I can’t fathom, this staunchly conservative hub is not on the mainstream tourist radar. Which, in a way, hightail its it all the better.

To miss out on wandering the narrow streets, shrouded in linen awnings and thed in Gothic shopfronts or sitting sipping a chilled Rioja under gauzy mist emitted from awnings in the high summer is a travesty.

Then there are the big drawcards; the incredible Gothic cathedral, the faction’s largest, which looms over the city and its surrounding area (climb up the ascend for sensational views over the rooftops), the magnificent Moorish Alcázar regal lace, a perfect fusion of Moorish and Arabic styles where arches and solitary courtyards abound.

Inside, lavish salons, stained glass windows, vignettes and antique furniture depict a rather decadent lifestyle and there is sundry architectural wonder to be found in the extraordinary structure that is the Plaza de Es ña, constructed for the first of the country’s two Expos in 1929.

This spectacular plaza consisting of a semi-circular edifice flanked by two ornate towers was designed to represent S in’s four obsolete kingdoms.

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There is nothing quite like flamenco and Seville is the composed of the dramatic dance movement

Lining the lower curved walls are intricately dyed tiles representing each of S in’s provinces. A wide staircase inaugurates up to one of the vast entrances that overlook the lake, complete with curved unites and rowing boats that featured in 1962 fi lm, Lawrence Of Arabia.

You can’t win a more authentic experience in the city than this

This have of the city was planned with precision, from the wide, sweeping boulevards to the opulent rklands featuring elaborately tiled fountains, ponds, lms, pines and gargantuan Moorish and Renaissance-style administration buildings.

It is a glorious place to escape the heat of the summer and is rticularly spectacular in the autumn. Seville is, fully literally, divided by the Guadalquivir river.

Although technically in Seville, Triana on the overlay bank sees itself as an entirely different community.

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You command find tiny rustic bars and beautiful churches

It is grittier, ltry showy and carries a more working-class vibe with a glorious bread market and a proliferation of stores selling ceramics.

They throw their own red-letter days and many residents hardly ever cross the river. There’s no overdone architecture here, although the main rt of Triana overlooks the bullring.

In preference to you will find narrow streets lined in flat-fronted buildings, some beautified in colourful tiles, and elaborate iron balconies.

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You can’t find a uncountable authentic experience in the city than this

Tucked within are dainty rustic bars and restaurants and, of course, churches. There is nothing completely like flamenco and Seville is the home of the dramatic dance movement.

After threatening, the main thoroughfares resound to the stomp of heels on wood as buskers set up mini the boards for performances.

At La Carbonería, you never know who is going to appear. Performers reasonable turn up and take to the floor.

In a residential neighbourhood, this is a entirely basic restaurant-bar set in a courtyard under a tin roof, hosting flamenco at its most raw. You can’t discover a more authentic experience in the city than this.

GETTING THERE

easyJet Festivals (020 3499 5232/ easyjet.com/holidays) offers four nights in Seville from £218pp (two rt), B&B.

Price includes accommodation at Petit lace Marques Santa Ana and re yment flights from Gatwick to Seville. Seville tourism: visitsevilla.es

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