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Seville is the artistic, historic and cultural capital of the south of Spain. It is also the political capital of Andalusia. It is located on the banks of the River Guadalquivir.
The inhabitants of the city are called “Sevillanos” or “Hispalenses”, due to the name of the city during the Roman Empire, Hispalis. Seville is the 4th largest city in Spain.
The Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Feria de Seville also known as the Feria de Abril (April Fair) are the most famous festivals in Seville.
The solemnity and beauty of the Easter processions, and the colourful and vibrant Feria just two weeks later have given Seville well-deserved international fame.
At the fairground, the women wear their traditional flamenco dresses and the men wear their finest attire.
The casetas (stalls) are set up at the fairground next to the river and the streets are named after famous bullfighters.
Seville has one of the largest historic quarters in Europe, where visitors can admire three landmarks declared World Heritage Sites: the Cathedral, the Archive of the Indies (housing the archives of the discovery of America) and the Royal Alcázar Palace. Close by you can find other treasures such as the House of Pilatos, the Torre del Oro (Golden Tower), the Fine Arts Museum (second most important art gallery in the country) and a long etcetera of convents, churches and palaces of great historic and artistic value.
The tapas are one of the city’s greatest attractions. People go from bar to bar trying the local specialities, generating the city’s famous street life and a wonderful atmosphere to be enjoyed all year round.
Amongst the local specialities try the fried fish (whitebait, chocos (squid) and adobos, etc.), shellfish served in many different ways, traditional stews, montaditos (open sandwiches), snails, gazpacho and, of course, Iberian cured ham; all washed down with a Manzanilla or sherry from Jerez.