The historic centre of Seville is located on the left-hand side of the river in a spot previously protected by the Almohade wall (of which some ruins remain today). It contains some of the most famous neighborhoods of the city such as Santa Cruz, San Bartolomé, San Vicente, San Lorenzo and El Arenal. On the right-hand side of the river stands the Arrabal suburb. These are the most interesting areas for the traveller to visit.
The rest of the city is built around a series of expansion projects, the most important being that carried out for the Latin American Exhibition of 1929, built along the southern stretch of the Guadalquivir River. In 1992, near the Cartuja Monastery, a new area was developed to the west of the city where Expo 92 was held.
SANTACRUZ AND THE CATHEDRAL
A distillation of all that is typically Andalusian, the neighborhood of Santa Cruz (the old Jewish Quarter), the Cathedral, the Giralda, the Archivo de Indias (Archive of the lndies) and the Alcázar, are must-see monuments of Seville. They offer pleasures for all five senses...
SAN BARTOLOMÉ, PILATOS, LA ALFALFA
The neighbourhood begins at the extremely popular Puerta de la Carne (Meat Door), which is named after an old slaughterhouse situated there. It preserves the atmosphere of old, popular Seville, whose intricate network of streets has maintained Arab and Medieval buildings combined with palatial and religious constructions of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries...
SAN LUIS, MACARENA AND FERIA
This area is made up of a group of different villages with authentic sevillian flavour. In days gone by, it was an area renewned for its strong charactheristic flavour. It is a popular, busy part of town. Its streets -for example Calle de la Feria (Feria Street) where the thursday flea- market is set upo -are the oldest in Seville; they are full of people and tradition. It feels like a village from older times preserving taverns and shops from previous decades.
This is an area of lively pedestrian streets;lined with shops; many of them hundreds of years old. A walk through this area begins at the Jesuit Temple of La Anunciación, Renaissance construction by Hernán Ruiz with paintings by Roelas and sculptures by Montañés...
SAN VICENTE AND SAN LORENZO
These two neighborhoods, looking out over the Guadalquivir, opposite the Island of La Cartuja, were established in the Middle Ages and experienced their greatest periods of growth during the Renaissance and Baroque years, periods of great monumental richness...
The bullfighter's neighbourhood par-excellence, it is the location of the Maestranza Bullring. It was previously a large open space between the Triana Door and the Torre del Oro (Golden Tower). The Paseo del Arenal, where Lope de Vega set the exploits of his Picaresque heroes, was created in the 16th century. The myth of don Juan Tenorio was also forged in this area...
Some believe that the name of this neighbourhood comes from "tri" (three) and "ana" (rivers) since three rivers meet at this location. Others contend that the name comes from "Trajan", because it was founded by Trajan, the Roman emperor...
THE PARK AND SURRONDINGS
This journey begins at the Puerta de Jerez (Jerez gate), an area which was developed in the mid-19th century after the wall's door was demolished and the Tagarete rivulet dried up. A garden was planted and the spot was transformed into a square in 1929...