The fame of Seville is well established: when we say “Seville”, we say Spain to the power of two! A warm welcome and a unique lifestyle, a prestigious past, a melting pot of Mediterranean cultures, architecture among the most beautiful in the world, a privileged climate, unparalleled gastronomy and … and real estate at a low price for now!
Capital of Andalusia, Seville is the fourth largest city in Spain with 700,000 inhabitants (behind Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia). The surrounding area has 1,600,000 inhabitants. It is nevertheless the third most visited city in Spain behind Barcelona and Madrid. It must be said that 310 days of sunshine a year, helps!
The Andalusian capital is connected to an important communications network linking it by road, air and rail to all of Andalusia, the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe. Expo ’92 played a key role in the development of transport infrastructure.
Seville International Airport welcomed 4.6 million passengers in 2016, including 2.2 million from abroad (Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Brussels, Munich are the most important routes).
Seville, an architectural and cultural shock to the senses, a blow of heart the most.
SEVILLE, A RICH AND MOVED HISTORY
Seville is founded by the Tartessians (Andalusian civilization) around the 8th century BC, under the name of Ispal or Spal.
Phoenicians and Greeks then populate the city. It becomes Roman in -206 and is renamed Hispalis and has a mainly commercial function.
At the time of the Great Invasions, Seville was successively conquered by the Vandals in 426, then by the Suebi in 441 and the Visigoths in 456, in turn driven out by the Franks in 506. Hispalis was renamed Spali, and found itself at the center of the conflicts who tore the kingdom apart.
In 711, the Muslims manage to conquer Seville. The city occupies the heart of the political activity of Al-Andalus before the capital settles definitively in Cordoba. The prosperity of the city, now called Isbaliya, is due to its impressive agricultural wealth.
In 1248, the siege of Seville allowed the armies of Ferdinand III of Castile to re-conquer the city against the Almohads during the Recapture.
The motto of Seville is “NO 8 DO”. The 8 represent here a skein of wool, madeja in Spanish. The sentence reads: no madeja do, contraction of No me ha dejado (“He hasn’t left me”). This formula refers to King Alfonso X the Wise, who, driven out of power by his son, takes refuge in Seville in 1282.
In 1503, Seville already has a commodities exchange and a university. It has over 200,000 inhabitants, one of the largest cities of the world of this time.
A flagship city of Spanish and world history, where the Christian and Muslim cultures have lived a simultaneously cohabitated, Seville proudly displays its monuments along the Guadalquivir.
SEVILLE, AN ARTISTIC, ARCHITECTURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE INESTIMABLE
The past opulence of Seville bequeathed to it an artistic heritage of exceptional magnitude. Convents, churches, brotherhoods, monarchs and nobles spent fortunes on buildings and works of art. The artistic madness that seized Seville between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries favored the development of a recognized Sevillian school, whose origins can be traced back to the middle ages. Patrons have attracted the great Gothic and Baroque masters of painting, sculpture and decorative arts: Zurbarán, Valdés Leal, Velázquez, Murillo, Herrera el Viejo, Herrera el Mozo, Pedro Millán, Juan Martínez Montañés, Juan de Mesa, etc. The close ties between Spain and the Flemish and Germanic worlds have stimulated cultural exchanges and the coming of masters from Northern Europe. The works of these artists can still be admired today in places of worship and palaces, but also in the museums of the city.
Seville has many architectural jewels, including the Giralda and the Cathedral, Alcázar, Casa de Pilatos, Plaza de Espana and Torre del Oro.
Seville also hosts many festivals (flamenco, cinema, theater, …) and it is especially a city of festivals, profane (the Feria d’Abril for example) and sacred. Marked by astrong religious feeling, it celebrates various local patron saints throughout the year. The most famous and most important Christian festival is the famous Semana Santa.
BARS AND GASTRONOMY IN SEVILLE
The bar is an essential place of Sevillian social life. Seville is famous for the tapeo, which consists of sailing bar, bar, family, friends, or colleagues, to share a refreshment and some tapas.
The district of Santa Cruz, with its cobbled streets and patios generously flowered, knows a surreal effervescence in the evenings of weekends. We go from tapas bars to wine bars, we get acquainted, we bath in the good mood of an Andalusia who loves nothing so much as the party and meetings, especially if a guitar arises as if by magic. Because Seville is above all the Sevillians and the Sevillanas,a type of folk music and dance of Seville and its region.
Sevillian cuisine is strongly influenced by Mediterranean cuisine, based on fish, olive oil, many fruits and vegetables. It also gives a large place to regional products from neighboring provinces: meats, pork, bull … It is distinguished by the simplicity of dishes that are usually preferred cooked, grilled or stir-fried.
The most popular dishes are Andaluz cocido, pringa, gazpacho, flamenco huevos, oxtail, fried fish, kebabs, snails and huevas alinadas.
SEVILLE, A CITY WITH CHARACTERISTIC AND TRADITIONAL QUARTERS
The city is divided into eleven districts, which are divided in turn into several districts, the most sought after being El Centro, Triana, Nervion, Heliopolis, La Macarena, Los Remedios, Santa Cruz, La Magdalena, etc. The average acquisition price in the former is 2400 € per m2 in the state which should be added more often 300 to 500 € m2 for rehabilitation.
El Centro, Seville’s city center, is home to the Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the Nueva, San Francisco and Encarnación squares, and shopping streets. It is a sought after area, count € 2800 m2.
One of Seville’s oldest neighborhoods, Santa Cruz borders the historic center and boasts beautiful and charming alleyways. It is a lively place and tourist, and therefore more side, to 3000 € m2.
Macarena, for its part, is renowned for being an authentic neighborhood, welcoming shops, bars, restaurants, pubs, etc. A lower price of € 2700 m2.
Triana, although a little distant from the city center, is considered part of the historic center of Seville, thanks to its enormous cultural and architectural heritage. Its houses and picturesque churches lend it a unique atmosphere and it has become one of the favorite neighborhoods of foreigners, and yet very affordable to 2300 € m2.
Among the more residential areas are Heliopolis (2300 € / m2), Los Remedios (2000 € / m2), and also Nervión which also houses an open-air cinema, parks, a shopping center and small shops, as well as restaurants. and quality bars for an average price of 1800 € per m2.
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