Seville is Andalusia’s largest city and also its capital. Rich in history and renowned for its flamenco, tapas bars and orange trees, the city dates from around the first millennium BC, coinciding with its settlement by the Phoenicians and the Tartessians. Its location at the confluence of river and land routes favoured the rapid economic growth of the valley and the surrounding lands.
The local weather in October is exceptional, with temperatures in the late twenties and virtually guaranteed sunshine. Local sightseeing highlights include the breathtaking Unesco-listed Alcázar palace, the spectacular La Giralda cathedral with its Moorish bell tower and the lively Macarena district.
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The region of Andalusia has a surface area of 87,268 km² and represents 17.3% of Spain. It is, on its own, larger than countries like Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Austria or Switzerland.
The diversity of landscapes and geographical terrain gives rise to an array of environments that go from the heat of the Guadalquivir River valley through to luxuriant mid-mountain areas, volcanic landscapes such as the Tabernas desert, and the snow-capped peaks of Sierra Nevada.
Andalusia today is a modern region with a well-developed infrastructure. It offers a warm welcome to visitors and, while conscious of the need to modernise and move forward with the times, it is also careful to take care of its roots and maintain its important cultural heritage and monuments.
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