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Seville, more than any other city in Spain, lends itself to being described with little more than a list of its attractions.

Tourists book cheap flights to Seville to explore the Alcázar Palace, Casa de Pilatos, Torre del Oro, the Town Hall, Iglesia de Bryn and Cristóbal Colón churches, Archive Of The Indies, Plaza de España ... the list can go on and on and is self-explanatory to many a potential traveller, but nevertheless worth a few words of extra description.

The Cathedral of Seville is among the largest in the world. It took more than 100 years to build and stands - as a unique representation of the mingling of the once-prevalent Muslim and Christian faiths in the country - on the site of a local mosque. Finally finished in 1519, the cathedral incorporates some of the mosque's elements including the Giralda, a bell tower that was once a minaret.

However, before stumbling headlong into the rest of the sights, consider the task ahead from the banks of the River Guadalquivir. Here the hustle and bustle of the city seems miles away as a series of parks provide the backdrop to a relaxing stroll that will take you past several impressive bridges and the Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold, as it was once covered in the shiny stuff, apparently), which is now a maritime museum. For those so inclined, the Maestranza bull ring can also be found on the river bank.

Seville is the largest city in the region and fourth largest in Spain. Many travellers arriving from flights to Spain use the destination as a starting point to tour the rest of the country. Because of its location away from the coast, its climate is a touch more extreme than many of the relatively nearby coastal towns with summer temperatures known to have touched 40 degrees. Despite its location, Seville is also a port city though it is some 80km (50 miles) from the mouth of the River Guadalquivir and also serves as a regional administrative centre - it is more than a giant collection of old buildings.

For a less list-driven overview of the city, read our travel guide to Seville for more information on the city and its surrounding area and remember to check out the travel guide to Spain for the most sought-after backgrounder on the web.

One more item it would be criminal to neglect to mention when describing this place is Semana Santa or Holy Week, celebrated in many of the cities and towns of Andalucia and Seville is no exception. Indeed it is one of the biggest annual festivals in the city's calendar. It takes place in the week leading up to Easter so the specific dates change from year to year but anyone lucky enough to find themselves in Seville during this time is sure to witness a memorable spectacle.

Each year, processions of giant floats make their way around the city streets on the shoulders of specially chosen bearers. Each of the floats depicts some aspect of the story behind Easter and draw enormous crowds of spectators straining to catch a glimpse of the slow-moving exhibits. It should be noted that the mood of the processions changes according to the day so that it will be rather dark on Good Friday when the story behind the floats is one that features the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, before taking on a much lighter air on Easter Sunday when the resurrection becomes the focus.