Live and Breathe the Fire of Spain
When people think of Spain, it's usually Seville and its environs that comes to mind. Barcelona may be more cosmopolitan, and Madrileños may live faster, but Seville exudes an undeniable charm that is distinctly Spanish. This is the home of flamenco and bullfighting, classic images of Spain's romance and grandeur. This is the city to which people flock during the huge festivals of Semana Santa and Feria de abril, with processions and wild celebrations that are among the most rousing in all of Europe. This is the city where the maze of streets in the Santa Cruz neighborhood hides tapas bar after tapas bar, all against a stunning backdrop of sights: the Catedral, the third largest in the world, and the Alcázar, a Moorish-inspired palace used by the Spanish king and queen to this day. And the huge student population guarantees not only a vibrant nightlife but also prices that are among the most reasonable in all of Spain. Go to Barcelona for art, go to Madrid for the big-city feel, but to soak up the finest in Spanish culture at budget prices, go to Seville.