Alex in Sevilla
A quick glance at a map of Sevilla will show you a city divided practically right down the middle by the Guadalquivir River. You’ll find the majority of the action on the eastern bank in the barrios (neighborhoods) of La Macarena, El Arenal, the centro, Santa Cruz, and María Luisa. However, don’t miss the western bank barrios, especially Triana, as they offer up a less-touristy and certainly unique atmosphere of their own.
The appropriately named Centro (Center) has been the hub of Sevilla culture and activity for centuries! With stunning architecture, monumental buildings, great shopping and much more,
Santa CruzWith winding streets, white-washed buildings and flower-filled patios, the city’s former Jewish district is certainly the most picturesque section of Sevilla. Here you can find anything from hole-in-the-wall flamenco venues to major landmarks like the world’s largest cathedral!
María LuisaThe main draw of this area is, not surprisingly, the lush Parque de María Luisa (María Luisa Park). However, in the immediate area find museums, theaters and historical buildings like the Real Fábrica de Tabacos (Royal Tobacco Factory)- the setting for the famous opera Cármen!
La MacarenaYes, THE Macarena of cult song fame. With cobbled stones, ancient city walls, a gritty atmosphere and the Virgin of Semana Santa (Holy Week) fame, its atmosphere is unparallelled.
TrianaSevilla’s traditional gypsy neighborhood, Triana, is known for its lively atmosphere and the most genuine flamenco. In fact, some of the best places to see the beloved song and dance are found here, across the river and removed from the hustle of the touristic Centro.
Los Remedios, La Cartuja & Expo ’92 SiteThese neighborhoods on the western shores of the Guadalquivir River are undoubtedly the later additions to Sevilla. The Expo ’92 Site today offers an amusement park, along with the Cartuja monastery where Christopher Columbus is known to have spent some quiet time. Meanwhile, the annual Feria de Abril calls Los Remedios home.
El Arenal A 13th century tower and one of the most famous bullrings in the world take center stage in El Arenal. This area of town, once the main port area during Sevilla’s golden commerce era, is a veritable hot bed of culture boasting theaters, historical buildings, flamenco venues and more!