This area is considered by many to be the up-and-coming trendy, bohemian area in Seville, this open space in the very centre of Seville has undergone huge refurbishment and many beautiful old buildings and private houses have been restored to their prior glory. There is a great variety of bars and restaurants and a promenade type area where kids can play safely or where visitors can just take stroll.
Many Alamo trees grow here, giving the place part of its name - Alameda. There are two giant Roman pillars, one of which bears a statue of Hércules, who according to the legends, was the founder of Seville. The oldest church of Seville, El Omnium Sancotrum on Calle Feria is a couple of minutes away and is beside the fresh produce market. Great place to get your food and to sample some of the local products as there are bars scattered around the market all serving freshly made tapas!
The Arenal is without a doubt one of the most traditional and emblematic areas of old Seville. During the XVI and XVII centuries it was considered to be one of the most important ports of the world due to the trade the discovery of America brought with it. Today it is still a very active area and people involved in the world of bullfighting, theatre and the opera choose the Arenal for their meetings and get-to-gethers.
The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza (bullring) and the Real Maestranza Opera House stand close by in this old quarter… The river runs by at the end of the Calle Adriano, a street filled with small boutiques, equestrian and other traditional shops. The area also has many bars and restaurants that serve typical tapas with great wines and cold beer.
The Giralda and the Cathedral are a short distance (5 minute walk) and the Torre de Oro is also close by, really a great area in old Seville!
As with most of Seville this area is full of squares, churches, small streets and the daily hussle and bussle of the city centre.
Seville centre is made up of neighbourhoods or barrios and the area we describe as the centro is no less picturesque or important than the barrios described on the web page. In fact all together they make up what is known as the Centro de Sevilla.
Small streests filled with modern shops, beautiful old buildings some now modern offices behind old facades and others private houses that have been restored to the last detail. Beautiful ornate squares such as the Plaza San Francisco and the Town Hall, a magnificent building are just a couple of examples of the fabulous architecture of Seville.
The Plaza del Salvador, home to the Church of Salvador, recently restored is truly incredible.
Quite a few of the streets in the Centro are pedestrian, the most important one being the Avenida de la Constitución, which runs through one of the main parts and right along tne side of the Cathedral. Visitors staying in the Centro as with most of the other areas are in walking distance to all the must-see apartments.
Probably the newest part of Seville, considered by some to be the financial heart of the city. Modern, with a mixture of residential and office blocks, this area is known for its shops, restaurants, bars and although it might not have the charm of the historic centre it is still a popular area to stay.
Residential area five minutes across the river Guadalquivir, full of residential flats, shops, bars and restaurants. Great hussle and bussle from the comings and goings of shoppers and workers alike! This area became very popular once the historic centre became too small for the ever growing population.
Tranquil residential area, very close to the frills of the historic centre. The Jardines de Murillo are literally less than five minutes away. The locals say this is where most of Seville’s bullfighters were born! This zone is great as you get the peace and quiet that are a must on a holiday but when you feel like getting into the hussle and bussle of the old town it is just a short stroll away.
This area is probably the best known in the old Seville.
Visitors to Seville can find the world famous Giralda and the Cathedral standing side by side. The Giralda, one of the most incredible buildings in the city, no building is allowed to be higher than this minaret in order for it to continue to dominate Seville’s skyline, it was originally used by the Moors for calling the faithful to prayer and as an observatory. The Cathedral occupies the site of a great mosque in the late 12th century and is now considered to be the largest church in the world. A couple of minutes away lies the Real Alcazar (palace still used by the royal family on their visits to Seville) and its gardens, truly magnificent!
On any given day of the year this barrio is always busy as there is so much to discover; one of the best ways to see this area is to get lost in the labyrinth of small cobbled stoned streets, finding churches, casa palacios (small royal houses), beautiful squares such as Plaza Doña Elvira and Plaza Santa Cruz just by chance is fantastic. The Jardines de Murillo (gardens), el Hospital de los Venerables and the Archivos de Indias (building where visitors can find maps and documents relating to Spain´s discovery of the New World) are all definitely worth seeing.
Although one the most visited areas, the majority of restaurants serve good tapas and most bars/restaurants have an outdoor area where you can sit and relax watching the world go by while sampling the local tapas and wines!!
Apart from the Barrio Santa Cruz, this is probably the most atmospheric area of Seville. Triana lies on the other side of the river Guadalquivir, on its own away from the rest of the city and it feels as though it has its own identity. It too has typical cobbled streets and winding alleys, but is less picturesque than Santa Cruz and therefore feels more like the real Seville, the fact it has less tourists adds to its authenticity.
It's the home to Seville's famous tile workshops and potteries shops which are scattered throughout the area – a lot of tiles seen in Seville's churches and private houses will have been made here in Triana.
Many artists, bullfighters and flamenco performers, both past and present, were born here - it was the old gitano (gypsy) quarter till the 1950s and is considered the spiritual heart of flamenco: you can experience some of the most authentic performances in the city here.