The capital of Andalusia, Seville has managed to maintain all its traditions without turning its back on modernity. Its name alone brings to mind the Guadalquivir, the river at its feet, poignant Holy Week (Semana Santa), the Feria and, of course, tapas, corrida and flamenco. But over recent years surprisingly modern buildings have been springing up in the historic centre, trendy neighbourhoods emerging, and all sorts of initiatives revitalising its cultural life. Seville is nothing if not fascinating.
The town that produced Christopher Columbus, Don Juan, and Carmen (who never actually existed) certainly deserves more than a long weekend. You can get round the highlights in three or four days, but you’ll leave wanting more.