The capital of Andalucía, Seville has managed to maintain all its traditions without turning its back on modernity. Its name alone brings to mind a host of images - the Guadalquivir, the river so inextricably linked with the city's history; poignant Holy Week (Semana Santa) celebrations and the spring fair (Feria de Abril). 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 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.