The Spanish city of Seville is the capital of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia. It is located in the south of the Iberian peninsula, on the river Guadalquivir. The river is navigable for the first 80-90km (50-55mi), making Seville the only functioning river port in Spain. The city has more then 700,000 inhabitants, making the fourth largest Spanish city in terms of population, and the third most visited city in the country.
Among its more memorable monuments there is the main Cathedral, the fortress and the Torre del Oro (“Tower of Gold”). The Giralda is the cathedral’s belltower and is one of the most identifying aspects of the city, measuring more than 100m in height. The city’s fortresses is Europe’s oldest royal palace – it was built in the 8th century by the Arabs. Seville’s Plaza de Toros (bullring), finished in 1881, is one of the oldest bullfighting arenas in Spain and is considered one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. It also houses the city’s Museo Taurino. Seville also has a variety of museums, such as the Archaeological Museum, the Flamenco Museum and the Geological Museum.
Some of the city’s most famous characters include the painter Diego de Silva Velázquez, Figaro, the protagonist of the opera "The Barber of Seville” by Rossini, and Carmen, the protagonist of Georges Bizet’s opera of the same name. In total, more than 100 operas have been set in Seville. Since 1980 the city also hosts the La Bienal flamenco festival, held every two years. The Plaza de España, which is one of the biggest open space designs to have come from regionalist architecture, has also featured in several films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars Episode II: The Attack of the Clones.
Accommodation in Seville’s student residences
Sevilla has two universities, the University of Seville, founded in 1505,and the smaller University of Pablo de Olavide. All of the city’s student residences are assigned to one of these universities and offer comfortable and affordable accommodation, mostly in the city centre. It should be understood that these residences are designed primarily for students and not children or adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, the halls do meet a level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.
Getting around Seville
The Sevilla-San Pablo airport is the only one that serves the city. It is located around 10km (6mi) to the northeast of the city. The Santa Justa train station is the city’s central rail station. It was created as the origin of the High Speed Train network (AVE) that connects Seville and Madrid. Since 2009, the city has one Metro (underground) line, with plans in place to create 3 more in the next few years. For all public transport, guests can use the Tarjeta de transporte (“Transport Card”), sold in most places by the transport authority. The city also has a public bicycle hire service, similar to other Spanish cities, like Barcelona and Valencia.