Seville Spain - Spectacular City Of Color And Romance

By: Linda Plummer

Nature lovers will also find plenty on offer at the Doñana Nature Reserve and the Sierra Norte Nature Reserve. Children will delight in the Isla Mágica Theme Park, Aquópolis Seville Guadalpark Water Park, and nearby Mundo Park.

Seville is, of course, steeped in history with colorful districts such as Triana and La Macarena, plus magical monuments and buildings dating from the Moorish Conquest.Many of these are to be found in the Old Quarter.

At the heart of the Old Quarter is the Cathedral of Seville. Originally built as a mosque by the Almohads in the late 12th century, it later became the largest Gothic cathedral in the world.

Attached to the Cathedral is La Giralda, tallest tower in Spain.

Ancient minaret of the Islamic Mosque and erected in 1184, its foundations use stones from Roman monuments.

Alongside the River and close to the bullring is the Torre del Oro or Golden Tower. Built between 1221 and 1222, it formed part of the last wall of defence from the Alcázar to the River and today houses the Naval Museum.

The Alcázar or Royal Mudéjar Palace which was begun in 931 has glorious gardens to enjoy. The Casa de Pilatos or House of Pilate is a 16th century mansion and a beautiful blend of Mudéjar, Gothic and Renaissance styles.

Near the Barrio Santa Cruz is the magnificent Plaza de España, a "must" for all visitors.

Seville is also renowned for its two major fiestas which take place in Spring. During Semana Santa or Easter WeekFeature Articles, is a religious festival and there is also the Feria de Abríl (April Fair).

Both are truly spectacular so come and enjoy them!

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