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Historic houses opening to the public in Seville this autumn

Friday, July 17th, 2015

If you are planning a visit to Seville once the intense summer heat has dissipated, then you may be pleased to hear that, from this autumn, two important historic monuments with aristocratic heritage will be available to visit for the first time. One is the Palacio de las Dueñas, the home of the late Duquesa ...

A novel way of seeing Expo 29

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11590" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Eye-catching mementoes from Seville's Expo 29 (delayed from '28) make an intriguing introduction to this night-time tour."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_11589" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Postcards capture the mood of the time; this one shows the mini-railway taking visitors around the site."] [/caption] This year, or rather this summer, many tour ...

Spring – time for parks and gardens

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10447" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Bird of Paradise plant in the riverside Jardin Americano, which was created for Seville's Expo 92."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_10442" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Waterfall in Parque Maria Luisa with pavilion atop."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_10441" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Plaza España with its canal - one of Seville's finest monuments is located within ...

Free flamenco in Seville!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Outdoor-loving flamenco aficionados - or indeed people who just happen to be visiting the city - will be happy to hear that the Bienal de Flamenco, which takes place until the end of this month, has a wide programme of free events en la calle this year. Part of its ...

The Venice of Seville

Monday, October 18th, 2010

At long last, Plaza de España has reopened, after its lifting, one of those English words adopted and comically misused by the Spanish (more often used in the plastic surgery sense, as in actresses aged over 40 who don't mind looking as if their face is covered in clingfilm). One ...

The many faces of Carmen

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Seville is famous for many typically Spanish, and Andaluz, things: tapas, flamenco, bullfighting, Semana Santa - and Carmen. Bizet's 1875 opera, based on a novella by Prosper Merimee, has been a firm favourite for years, with its tragic story of the beautiful, fiery gypsy girl who works in the cigarette ...