Anyone seeking the true essence of Andalucía should look no further than the dazzling city of Seville. This chic city was home of not only the gateway to the New World but was also the setting of the passionate opera Carmen and birthplace of the romantic fictional rogue, Don Juan. Seville, home to bullfighting (Olé!) and frisky flamenco, is a beautiful whitewashed town, holding many a jewel to its Andalucian crown.
- Read an insider student guide to the city: The Mole Diaries: Seville
Why should I choose Seville for my year abroad?
Barrios of the old town centre hold many a reference to its viajero past, when Moorish and Jewish homes were sectioned off in ghettos that now boast on ground level some lively tapas bars, serenading Andalucian gypsy ballads onto the streets. These higgledy piggledy streets hold many an untold secret, and walking through the swerving callejones, you cannot help but feel you have stepped through a time machine and into la Sevilla Antigua.
The city's university, the Universidad de Sevilla, offers a truly majestic teaching experience, housed in the old tobacco factory. Lecture halls are punctuated by discrete little plazas, sort of Roman terraces adorned by a central fountain. Well worth a visit, even if you aren't studying in this marvel of a city. Bar hopping is also de rigeur in Seville, a city which has more bars per person than anywhere else in the Iberian Peninsula. All tastes are catered for, but you must try the infamous botellones, when the locals take to drinking in the streets.
Medieval and Moorish buildings cross-reference each other throughout the city. A real treat for foreigners and locals alike is the Alcazár, an intricate Moorish palace left to the city, with its beautiful gardens that offer the perfect setting for a sit-down and a Lorquian pondering. The Giralda offers a panoramic view of the bustling city, giving you the chance to take in one fell swoop its monuments, Christian and Moorish shrines, as well as its impressive bullring. A city that never sleeps, Seville's folkloric vibe attracts many a student to its parts, the world over.
Still need a push in the right direction? Check out our Seville Mole Diary for an insider case study.