If you’d like to stay in an authentic Andalucian district, with its cobbled alleys, iron balconies, artisan workshops and courtyards, then you could browse the selection of holiday apartments in Triana on HomeAway. There are rentals in all formats, big enough to cater to families or large groups, or cosy pieds-à-terre for short stays. Triana holiday homes come with air-conditioning, so you can always escape the summer heat, and many offer additional conveniences, like satellite TV, wi-fi and parking spaces. The traditional neighbourhood surrounding Triana apartments can be described as a village inside a city, and is the birthplace of some of Spain’s most famous flamenco dancers and toreros.
-Local sights. A popular centre for nightlife in summer, Calle Betis is a riverside street in Triana, and from here you’ll get unparalleled views across to some of Seville’s famous buildings like the Giralda and the Torre del Oro. Lining the street are handsome townhouses from the 1700s, and keep an eye out for the Nuestra Señora de la O, which contains a remarkable statue of Christ.
-Famous landmarks. Crossing the river on the Puente de Triana you’ll come to some more of Seville’s highlights. The Cathedral is a UNESCO site and could well be the largest church in the world – it was originally a mosque, built in the 1100s, but was remodelled in the wake of the reconquista. Right next door is the Giralda, an elaborate minaret-turned-bell tower, and a symbol for Seville.
-Museums and history. Flamenco is a form of dance that began in Andalucia, and in Seville you’ll find a museum dedicated to this art-form, putting on an elaborate show every Friday and Saturday. The Museum of Fine Arts, is rated second only to Madrid’s Museo del Prado, and guides visitors through several centuries of European art across fifteen exhibition halls. If you want to see where Christopher Columbus plotted his American adventure, then visit the sumptuous Rea Alcázar dating from the 1400s.
-Food and drink. In Seville tapas is part of the culture, and most evenings entail moving from bar to bar, trying the specialities like cured ham, sheep’s cheese, olives, patatas bravas (spicy fried potatoes), potato omelette (tortilla), varieties of seafood and grilled meat. On the other hand you could try some home cooking by shopping at Triana’s market just by the river to buy fresh produce and local ham.
-Events. An extremely atmospheric time to be in Seville is during Semana Santa, the week building up to Easter. In a deeply religious city, these few days are marked by solemn processions involving brass bands, and wooden depictions of the Virgin and passion scenes. The mood lifts two weeks later for the Feria de Abril, a city-wide celebration, with a large fair held on the bank of the river.
Seville is in one of the warmest parts of Spain, and gets a subtropical climate, bringing hot summers with average highs in the mid-30s. For a few days in July or August temperatures even soar above 40 degrees, which is worth keeping in mind if you’re visiting a holiday home in Triana at this time of year. The transitional months of March, April and November are warm compared to temperatures in British cities – daily highs still rise above 20 degrees. Winters are very mild, with highs of 16 degrees on a typical day in January.
San Pablo (SVQ) is Seville’s international airport. There are a couple of low-cost airlines serving this destination from the UK, with routes that depart from London. The airport is to the northeast of the city. By car it’s around 20 minutes away on the Ronda Urbana and the A-4. At 30-minute intervals you can also catch the Especial Aeropuerto from outside Arrivals to the centre of Seville. Santa Justa Station is Seville’s chief rail terminal and has high-speed AVE connections to Barcelona and Madrid.