Gorgeous and exotic, it doesn’t take long for the sun-soaked Spanish city of Sevilla to work her magic. Capital of the region of Andalucía, Sevilla formed the heart of the Moorish empire and was the launchpad for New World discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries. The city’s venerable history is revealed through a mind-blowing juxtaposition of ancient architecture—Mudéjar, Renaissance and Baroque—that line the streets of the historic Old Town. The Cathedral of the Virgin Mary (occupying the site of a 12th-century mosque) with its Giralda, or bell tower (a former mosque’s original minaret), form the city’s spiritual heart. Founded in 913, the Alcázar Palace is a stunning synthesis of Iberian and Islamic architecture that often ranks among the world’s finest edifices.Throughout the Old Town, chunks of crumbling stones that once formed the Roman city walls are still visible. Barrio Santa Cruz (the former Jewish quarter), with its cobbled streets, whitewashed houses, and leafy courtyards perfumed with orange blossom, is where the city begins its customary tapas crawl and where it often rounds off the night with a sherry. The spidery lanes of boho Triana is the best place to buy authentic handicrafts and to take in a traditional flamenco show, performed without an eye for the tourist greenback. From the impassioned cries of the bullfighting arena, to the pulsating beats of flamenco, Seville’s traditions run deep. A place of saintly devotion, the city’s religious festivals can feel like an out-of-body experience. From the colorful parades of Día de los Reyes Magos (Day of the Three Kings) to Semana Santa (Holy Week) when the streets are carpeted with flowers, Sevilla knows how to party in the name of gods and men.
Airports within a 50-mile radius of Sevilla:
- Tablada Airport (LE85)
- Sevilla Airport (SVQ)
- Jerez Airport (XRY)
Popular aircraft charters* in the Seville area include:
- Citation Excel (super light)
- Learjet 45 XR (super light)
- Citation CJ3 (light)
- Learjet 31ER 400A (light)
- Learjet 60 XR (midsize)
- Citation III (midsize)
- Gulfstream G200 (super midsize)
- Citation Sovereign (super midsize)
*This is just a sample. Zephyr provides access to aircraft at every end of the spectrum, from luxurious VIP airliners, to ultra long range business jet, helicopters, and economical turboprops.