Certainly, Seville is history, heritage, art and culture. However, this is not only an incalculable legacy, but the unmistakable mark of the exuberant personality which had always defined this city. Tomorrow’s heritage is the life we can feel beating in the streets today.
Seville has been, and still is, a city which is passionate about art. It is dual and eclectic, and it loves to explore the new cultural trends of the time.
This vibrant personality is felt in many areas of the city, but it is in the axis linking las Setas and la Alameda where you can feel it in its highest point.
Metropol Parasol is an already emblematic urban space which is becoming part of the world’s collective imagination. It is an elevated covered plaza, where the biggest wooden structure ever built is located (in which you can walk as if you were over the roofs). It is a fantastic viewpoint, a traditional market, a Roman site called Antiquarium (which you can visit), a building full of restaurants and bars which attracts hostels and specialized stores. Its spectacular design, by the German architect Jürgen Mayer, has been key for this plaza to be popularly known as las Setas.
Going down the streets of Regina and Feria we reach la Alameda de Hércules, a neighborhood which is full of energy day and night. The most ancient public garden in Europe is, in the 21st century, a sensational forum for urban culture, a neuralgic center for young artists, musicians and creators, which illuminates the whole city with its new vitality. You will be able to experience this energy in the streets, in its large pedestrian area dominated by Roman columns, where you will find from innovative restaurants to bookstores, from tattoo parlors to pubs and concert halls.
If you like architecture, in Seville you will enjoy a fantastic wide range of styles. The city has samples of contemporary art of internationally recognized quality: buildings designed by Sevillian architects like Cruz and Ortiz (La Cartuja Stadium, Santa Justa Station or the nearby Edificio Picasso) or Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra (Navigation Pavillion and Caixaforum, among others). Other Spanish architects like Rafael Moneo (Seville Airport, Previsión Española building…) or Santiago Calatrava (Puente del Alamillo, Alamillo bridge); and international architects such as Jürgen Mayer (Las Setas) and Richard Rogers (Palmas Altas complex). A perfect dialogue between the city and contemporary art is established in the island of La Cartuja, where the wonderful legacy of the Expo 92 is located.
La Cartuja houses extraordinary examples of avant-garde buildings.tweet
The music in Seville is at its peak moments. The same streets in which Andalusian rock (with Triana as its fantastic exponent) and the unique style of Kiko Veneno (the Spanish Bob Dylan) were born act as a stage for today’s diverse musical offers by both, new and renowned artists. For example, groups like Pony Bravo and SFDK.
If you want to enjoy music even more, what about the CAAC, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Andalusian Center of Contemporary Art)? Concerts and festivals close to historical gardens and a monastery where Christopher Columbus used to live, super cool!
If you like skating, you will find a great skate park in Plaza de Armas, a graffiti space with murals by authors like Seleka, El Niño de las Pinturas, Ed or Logan.
Did you know that in Seville there is the Muelle de Nueva York (New York’s dock)? An ideal leisure area in the bank of the Guadalquivir river where you can relax and have something to drink while you enjoy a DJ session. Its name has to do with the fact that the Seville-New York route set sail from this very same place during the first half of the last century.
- A new edition of the Interestelar festival will be held on May 18, 19 in the CAAC.
- You can get around by bike throughout the whole Seville. The city has more than 170 km of bike lane!
- Every year, the Monkey Week fills up with music la Alameda de Hércules.