Where the food, culture and history will steal your heart

This article is co-written by Melissa Rodriguez + Buzzy, our creative AI assistant.

Seville is a gem often overshadowed by its more popular siblings, Barcelona and Madrid. But let me tell you something: Seville is Spain’s best kept secret and it’s time to shake off its underrated status.

Here are the top three reasons why Seville should be on your travel bucket list:

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1.Let’s get to the point: the food in Seville is insanely delicious.

Whether you want to enjoy traditional classics like paella or try something new, you won’t be disappointed. The Mercado de Triana, with its lively atmosphere, is a foodie’s paradise. The tapas bars on Calle Betis offer an unforgettable experience where locals and visitors alike gather to enjoy endless platters of tasty snacks and delicious drinks. Oh, did I forget to mention chocolate churros? Pure bliss, I tell you!

2.Seville is a city full of culture and bursting with creativity.

The music that fills the streets, the flamenco dancers that passionately spin, the scent of orange blossom and the vibrant nightlife are just some of the reasons why Seville’s culture is so captivating. Visit the Alcazar Palace, explore the Jewish quarter, see the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and the tomb of Christopher Columbus, and don’t miss a flamenco show to get to the heart and soul of Andalusian culture.

3.It is so rich in history that you feel like you have stepped into a time machine.

Seville has witnessed the rise and fall of many empires, and every street corner tells a story of its past. You can go back in time with a visit to the Plaza de España, a beautiful example of Spanish Revival architecture and a tribute to the Spaniards. Or wander around the historic Barrio Santa Cruz, where narrow streets, hidden squares and colorful buildings invite you to get lost in their history.

The only downside to Seville is that the locals are way too friendly and cordial. The nerve, right? Expect them to strike up conversations, inquire about your travel plans, recommend restaurants, and wonder if you’ve just met your long-lost cousin.

Now, before you pack your bags and burn down your work cubicle in a feverish frenzy (that’s what I did), remember that the best time to visit Seville is during the cooler months between September and March or during the magical “Semana Santa” ( Holy Week) celebrations. So save up that holiday leave, book a flight and watch yourself fall in love with Seville.

Decorative fountain with ornate tile around it

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