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Hiring a car in Seville

Collect a rental car from either the airport or the town centre and enjoy the easy drives in and around Seville, the quintessential Spanish town.

60-second guide to Seville

In its own head...

"We're the ancient capital of Andalucia and combine the style and grandeur of our ancestors with the flavours of our North African neighbours."

...but more realistically

Seville may be as Spanish as it gets -you'll see parading matadors and dancing ladies aplenty, but you’ll also find the influence of North Africa laced through its music and cuisine.

The vibe

Seville's nightlife is less conservative than it's architecture. Whether you want haunting guitar and flamenco foot stamping or raucous raving in a downtown bar, Seville's got it all and it goes on late.

The natives

Seville's townsfolk are friendly and welcoming to tourists; it’s not unlikely that you’ll be invited to pull up a pew in any back street café and chat for hours.

The weather

It's not called the frying pan of Europe for nothing. With scorching temperatures in mid-summer, you need to keep hydrated with plenty of water and book a hire car with air conditioning.

The local speciality

Tapas is the order of the day here. Try the crispy calamari with garlic potatoes, it’s delicious.

The celebrity

Seville's famous sons date back centuries - Roman emperors Trajan and Hadrian were born just down the road. But the most popular celeb is a fictional one: the legend of Carmen is set in the city.

Did you know?

The majority the world's marmalade is made from oranges grown in Seville.

They say...

“Seville has the most passionate and portentous Semana Santa (Holy Week), the most festive and romantic annual feria (fair), the best tapas bars, the best nightlife and the most stylish people in Andalucía.” – Lonely Planet

5 to see in town...

1. Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla

The fine arts museum displays a wealth of Spanish wonders, helping to put Seville into historical context. With El Grecos and Murillos on offer, if you like your art Spanish, you won't be disappointed.

Where to park:

You can park in the Plaza de Armas shopping centre.

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2. Casa de Pilatos

There are various local rumours as to why the mansion is named after Pontius Pilate. The ancient ruler never lived here but the impressive tile work and beautiful gardens are still worth the trip.

Where to park:

There's free parking at Plaza del Cristo de Burgos.

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3. Parque Isla Magica

It's not often you get a theme park based on 16th-century colonial adventures. This lakeside park offers an imaginary world of knights, rogues, merchants and pirates, with plenty of thrills to be had for little kids and their big-kid-parents too.

Where to park:

There is a huge, free parking area outside the park.

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4. Iglesia de San Esteban

This richly decorated 14th-century church has enough paintings to rival the Louvre. The plasterwork in the sacramental chapel gets the most oohs and aahs but a dig around will unearth plenty of hidden treasures.

Where to park:

Head for the Escuelas Pias car park in Plaza Ponce de Leon. It will cost you €2.15 an hour.

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5. Alcazar

A smaller version of Granada's Moorish palace, the Alcazar's stature loses nothing in grandeur. With gardens to rival those of Eden you simply won't want to leave.

Where to park:

Park in the car park at the Prado San Sebastian bus station. From there it's a 15-minute walk or you catch the tram along Calle San Fernando.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Cadiz

Cadiz claims to be the oldest city in Europe and it's certainly seen its fair share of action; Christopher Columbus sailed from here, as did Sir Francis Drake. Take a boat tour from the harbour, though don’t have too many expectations of discovering new lands.

How to get there:

Head south on the E5. It'll take about an hour and a half.

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2. Parque Natural de la Sierra Norte

This 160,000-hectare natural reserve, spread out to the north of Seville, is potted with tiny ancient villages and staggeringly deep drops. It's perfect walking country - just don't look down.

How to get there:

Head north on the A-8006 and the A-432. It'll take around an hour and a half.

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3. Italica

Just north west of Seville is the Roman town of Italica, which dates back to 206 BC. It's the first of its kind in Spain and the extensive ruins include tombs, amphitheatres and bathhouses.

How to get there:

Head north on the SE-30/E-803, then continue on the A66 before doubling back south on the Via Verde de Italica. It's a 20-minute drive.

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4. Jerez de la Frontera

Jerez is the home of flamenco dancing and Andalucian horsemanship. Be sure to catch a performance of both.

How to get there:

Head south on the AP-4/E-5. It'll take just over an hour.

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