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The capital of Andalusia is a dreamy city, located on the banks of the River Guadalquivir, and renowned for its long-time tradition of flamenco, for its beautiful orange trees, and its Moorish architecture.
Founded by the Romans, Seville developed under Muslim rule after the conquest of 712, before becoming part of the Christian Kingdom of Castile in the 13th century. The city underwent its first economic boom thanks to increased activity in its port after the discovery of the Americas. It was from Seville that Magellan departed in 1519, and Christopher Columbus’s tomb is found in Seville’s cathedral. The Baroque era therefore constituted the city’s golden age.
Seville is known across the globe as the city of Carmen, the heroin of Prosper Mérimée that Bizet portrayed in his well-known opera.
The aria “Outside the walls of Seville, at the inn of Lillas Pastia…” in Bizet’s opera Carmen, the plot of which takes place in the Andalusian capital
Discover Seville while running
Seville is a very pleasant city to wander round, and a run there with the Runnin’City app is all the more interesting as you will be guided past all the city’s best bits, with an audioguide commenting on all the monuments passed. Seville’s Old Town is the third largest in Europe, and is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar Palace, the Cathedral, and the General Archive of the Indies. You can discover all these Points of Interest on the 5 kilometre Smart Run*. If you want to push yourself further, the 10 kilometre Smart Run will also take you up to the Plaza de España, while the 15 kilometre Smart Run guide you across the Guadalquivir river.
Beware of the heat! Seville has the hottest temperatures in Europe, with an average 35°C in summer. Run early in the morning and take a bottle of water with you!
The team’s address book in Seville
Going to Seville? Try these places, specially selected by the Runnin’City team on tour!
Bar el Comercio. If you are going to Seville, you need to try one of the Sevillian specialties: chocolate con churros. Not that healthy, but come on, if you’re Smart Running, you’ve earned it! The churros at Bar el Comercio are freshly baked and quite frankly, to die for. Bar el Comercio, Calle Lineros, 9 – 41004 Sevilla
La Paella Sevilla. The perfect place to eat the best paella of your life. With its efficient service, you can try it even in a hurry. La Paella Seville, Calle Albuera, 11 – 41001 Sevilla
Eslava. You can’t visit Seville without trying one of the best restaurants in town: the Eslava. This gourmet restaurant serves mostly tapas. Arrive early or book a table to discover a whole host culinary delights. Eslava, Calle Eslava, 3 – 41002 Sevilla