The setting of the fiery opera, Carmen, Seville is a romantic city with sophisticated charms, and you'll find its historical heart is kept beating with lively local flamenco performances. A luxury holiday in Seville offers you the chance to relax in exclusive hotels, to sample the fine dining of the city, and to indulge yourself with lavish spa treatments.
The capital of the Andalusian region in southern Spain, Seville is spread across 11 districts. The Casco Antiguo is the central district and the old quarter, famed for its medieval architecture. Wander through colourful buildings and twisting thoroughfares and discover must-see sights like the amazing palace of Alcazar, the Gothic Cathedral of Seville and the Torre del Oro, a dodecagonal watchtower nicknamed the Tower of Gold.
Below Casco Antiguo, in the southern district, you'll find two of Seville's jewels, the beautiful Parque de Maria Luisa gardens and the monumental Plaza de España. Also in the region, explore important museums and journey into the past with the Archaeological Museum of Seville and the Museum of Arts and Traditions of Seville. Heading north, you'll journey to Macarena, this district is where you'll find the quaint Basilica de la Macarena with its revered holy treasure, the Virgin of Hope of Macarena, and the city's oldest tapas bar.
Drive south of Seville and you'll get to feel the sand between your toes. The nearest sandy bay is found at Matalascanas Beach, a long fine stretch of golden sand. There are more beaches further along Spain's sparkling southern coastline as well. A short drive north will take you to the fascinating ancient Roman ruins of Italica, featuring well-preserved mosaics and a large amphitheatre.
With an amazing climate, Seville is a year-round luxury destination. In summer, temperatures can soar above 35 degrees Celsius, especially from June to September. If you're looking for a luxury beachside holiday then these are popular months to visit Seville.
In spring and autumn, the weather is cooler and well suited to sightseeing and for relaxing on the nearby sands. In winter, temperatures enjoy average highs above 17 degrees Celsius, perfect for sightseeing.
Enjoy an international buffet breakfast with delicious pastries, and look forward to a dinner of Sevillian specialities like solomillo al whiskey, which is a tender fried pork loin in a mouth-watering whiskey sauce.
You'll also get to try lots of smaller traditional dishes by indulging in Andalusian tapas. With fresh seafood and local favourites like Iberian cured ham, Seville understands the importance of using the finest ingredients to create a flavourful cuisine. Sample a cheeseboard alongside a glass of sherry, a wine produced throughout Seville.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you and keep a photocopy of your passport on your person. British passport holders don't need a visa to enter Spain. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.