Seville, the legendary city in the south of Spain, famous for its vivacious Andalusian culture, is best explored on holiday by car. Book the vehicle of your choice in advance with TUI Cars and pick it up directly from the car rental office when you arrive at Seville Airport. The airport is about 10 kilometres east of the city centre and is connected via the A4 directly to the city.
Having arrived in Seville, it is a good idea to park the hire car in one of the local parking lots and continue on foot to explore the many splendid Gothic buildings Seville has to offer, such as Seville Cathedral and the facades of Plaza de España. A visit to the Moorish-inspired castle known as Real Alcázar is also an absolute must. To the south, tourists can follow the course of the Rio Guadalquivir to reach the wetlands of Doñana National Park
The main attractions of Seville
The Moors built a fortress in the place where the Real Alcázar is now found. It was later transformed by the kings of Spain into their official residence. The construction of the current edifice started in 1364 on the ruins of the Moorish fort and is now one of the best preserved examples of Mudejar architecture on the Iberian Peninsula. The city centre is worth exploring by car, for instance, Seville's imposing cathedral. It is one of the largest in the world and houses the bones of Christopher Columbus.
The bell tower, La Giralda, is an old minaret preserved from the Moorish era. In Barrio Santa Cruz you can see the remnants of the culture and heritage left behind by the Sephardic Jews. You can also try out the traditional tapas dishes on offer in the many bars. If you explore Seville in a hire car, you should also stop off at the lively Plaza de España.
Around Seville in a hire car
In the face of an increasing incidence of robberies at petrol stations, travellers should always lock their hire car, even if you are only leaving it for a short time to pay. With respect to speed limits, you should not exceed 90 km/h on country roads, or 50 km/h in built-up areas. Dual carriageways and motorways have top speeds of 100 and 120 km/h respectively. No overtaking is allowed if there is a hump hindering the view of traffic. It is prohibited to tow a car with another car. Marine and water sports enthusiasts will be keen to take their hire car to the coast, for example to Cadiz some 120 kilometres away or to Huelva. The local Atlantic coast is considered an absolute hotspot for surfers and kite boarders. You can drive to the picturesque Sierra de Norte within an hour to explore mountainous landscapes, peaks, deep ravines and rugged ridges, such as the 960-metre-high Cerro de la Capitana.