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There’s just something irresistible about Seville. It might be its historic city centre, or perhaps the streets lined with sultry flamenco clubs, or crowded tapas bars that stay open until the early hours. On Seville cruises, history waits to unspool before your eyes. Start at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Real Alcázar, a complex of palaces which combines Mudéjar and Christian architecture. The highlight of this site is undoubtedly the Palacio de Don Pedro, which was built in the 14th century by King Pedro. Next, head to the city’s cathedral – the Catedral de Sevilla & Giralda. It’s the largest cathedral of its type in the world, and some parts, including the bell tower complete with minaret, remain preserved from the 15th century. It may be rich in historical gems, but Seville is also a city with one eye on the future. Architecturally, it’s taking huge strides into the contemporary. Take the polarising Metropol Parasol (also known as Las Setas – the Mushrooms), for example – a giant sunshade designed by influential German architect, Jürgen Mayer H. It’s made completely from wood, with a unique ridged roof and enormous pillars. Then there’s the Isla Mágica – a sprawling water and theme park that’s perfect for children and adults alike to escape the midday heat.
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