- Countryside White cottages, orange blossom
- Country life Fiesta and flamenco
The sultry Andalucian province of Seville is the very soul of southern Spain: whitewashed villages decked with orange blossom; long hot afternoons in peaceful plazas; tapas and sherry after an evening stroll; passionate nights of flamenco and fiesta.
The city of full-blooded Sevillanos is rich with Moorish influence and Catholic ceremony, and filled with cathedrals, ornate palaces and foot-stamping flamenco clubs. Equally wild and untamed, the pristine beaches of the Costa de la Luz stretch for miles along the coast. Yet only an hour’s drive away, you can calm your heartbeat in the chestnut woods and sleepy pueblos blancos of the sierras.
Do go/Don’t go
The Seville region can be very hot in summer. Spring has fine weather and several of the year’s most important festivals, while autumn is warm and peaceful. The region enjoys plenty of sunshine, even in winter.
- Planes Pick up a direct flight with EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) from London Gatwick.
- Trains Super-fast AVE trains run from Madrid to Seville (two and a half hours; €65). The region’s local train network is limited and services can often be slow and infrequent.
- Automobiles It’s worth hiring a car to visit Seville | the mountains and the beautiful beaches of the Costa de la Luz.
- Taxis Cabs are cheap and can be hailed in the street. They display a green ‘libre’ notice or green light at night.