Relatively few foreign tourists venture beyond the delights of Seville city and the region's main transport arteries to Cordoba, Cadiz, Malaga and Huelva. But there are abundant places to explore - Baroque and Renaissance towns in the Campina, the stunning Sierra Norte countryside of rolling olive fields dotted with small, characterful towns, or sample some of the province's finest gastronomic treats such as cured sausages and aniseed liquor.
Much of the province's landscape is dominated by the mighty Río Guadalquivir, one of Spain's most important rivers. Seville itself is set in the heart of the fertile river valley, while many of the province's most significant settlements are scattered around the gently rolling Guadalquivir river plain (vega), known as La Campiña, planted with patchwork fields of wheat and olive groves. Historically, this area was largely in the hands of a few wealthy landowners and today the land is still divided up into huge farm estates, punctuated by large towns rather than small villages.
Seville city - Capital city of Andalucia
Most visitors are drawn to this province by its capital, Seville, Andalucia's largest city and its administrative centre. In Seville is Europe's largest historic quarter, so it's crammed with magnificent churches, convents, monuments and Moorish buildings. It's also renowned for its multitude of tapas bars and a buzzing nightlife; in summer, evening is the best time to stroll through the winding streets and pretty squares, to escape the fierce, unrelenting heat of the day.
One of Europe's biggest cathedrals is here, the vast Gothic Catedral whose famous minaret, the Giralda, is the best place for a bird's-eye view of the city. Nearby is another of the city's most impressive sights, the elaborately ornate Mudéjar palace of the Alcázar. Close to Seville is the ruined settlement of Italica, one of the Roman Empire's most important cities, which you can still today a huge amphitheatre and intricate mosaics.
areas to Explore in Sevilla Province
According to legend, Sevilla was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation. Called Hispalis under the Romans and Isbiliya by the Moors, the high point in its… More →
La Marisma is the name of a 'comarca' (region or area) in the south west of the province of Seville. It is made up from 4 municipal districts and other small villages.
La Vega is the name of a 'comarca' (region or area) in the north to north east of the province of Seville. It is made up from 12 municipal districts and even more small villages.
The Metropolitan Area is the name of a 'comarca' (region or area) in the centre of the province of Seville. It is made up from 3 municipal districts and other small villages.
La Campiña is the name of a 'comarca' (region or area) in the centre of the province of Seville. It is made up from 23 municipal districts and other small villages.
Sierra Norte is the name of a 'comarca' (region or area) in the north of the province of Seville. It is made up from 18 municipal districts and even more small villages.
Aljarafe is the name of a 'comarca' (region or area) in the north to north east of the province of Seville. It is made up from 30 municipal districts and even more small villages.
Estepa Area is the name of a 'comarca' (region or area) in the east of the province of Seville. It is made up from 14 municipal districts and other small villages.
Natural Parks and Natural Monuments in Sevilla Province
The central section of the immense Sierra Morena is made up of the extensive and sparsely populated Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park, a landscape of gently rolling hills clad in dense… More →
The Tajos de Mogarejo Natural Monument consists of steep cliffs up to 30m high, which used to be a quarry. The materials from this were used in the construction of Seville cathedral. The Tajos are… More →
The Chaparro de la Vega is a magnificent 13m-high holm oak, measuring 30m in diameter in its entirety and having an estimated age of 700 years. The tree provides shade during the pilgrimage of… More →
Situated in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park near the village of San Nicolás del Puerto is the Cerro del Hierro (Iron Hill). As well as being a former Roman mining site, the Cerro del… More →
Within the Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park are these impressive waterfalls (cascadas), which are 7m tall at their highest point. The waterfalls are situated close to the source (nacimiento)… More →
The seasonal saltwater Laguna del Gosque provides an important back-up for birds in the nearby Laguna de Fuente de la Piedra Natural Reserve. Thousands of flamingos breed in the Fuente de Piedra,… More →
Utrera Natural Reserve contains three saltwater lakes. Laguna de Zarracatín is around ten times the size of the other two, Laguna Arjona and Laguna Alcaparrosa. The lakes and their protected… More →
A total of six lakes make up this 949ha reserve: Pilón, Taraje, Cigarrera, Peña, Galiana and Charroao, in order of size with Pilón being the largest. The Laguna del Taraje is the only lake with… More →
East of Seville is this wetland reserve, comprising two saltwater lakes: Laguna de Calderón and Laguna de la Lantejuela. Until the mid-1960s, this wetland area covered an area of 300km² stretching… More →