Seville is the capital of both the province of Seville and the autonomous community of Andalusia. Located in south-west Spain, the city has a privileged position as Spain’s only river port, situated 80 km from the ocean on the Guadalquivir River. Its location opened up the city up to the New World and was greatly responsible for the city’s economic and urban development. Its rich and varied history has left behind a magnificent cultural heritage, making Seville one of Europe’s most popular destinations. Seville benefits from a wide-ranging and efficient transport network that brings other cities such as Cadiz and Cordoba into very easy reach, while high speed trains connect Seville to Malaga and Madrid in no time at all. Seville’s San Pablo airport is just 10 km outside the city centre. It is the second biggest airport in the region after Malaga and has good connections to Spain’s other principal cities as well as a range of European-wide destinations. Within the city itself, there is an excellent public transport system including a metro system and a tram network.
Seville’s glorious history has produced some truly magnificent architectural treasures such as the Cathedral and the Giralda, the former minaret of the mosque having been converted into a bell tower for the existing cathedral. These form part of the most important symbols of the city and are designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Seville is also a recognized for its cultural events, including its Easter celebrations, the famous Seville Fair and the biennial Flamenco festival. The old quarter is charming and fascinating and it is no wonder that Seville has become such a popular national and international destination.
Seville also boasts a long history of hosting important business events, congresses and conventions, as reflected in the extensive meeting and accommodation facilities available. The Exhibition Centre has a total exhibition area of 7,200 m² and has a capacity of up to 6,000 people. There are also some fantastic venues for corporate events like, for example, the Cathedral of Seville itself and the Royal Palace (Reales Alcázares) as well as a number of central private palaces owned by Seville’s aristocracy or places such as the Flamenco Dance Museum in which dance workshops, exhibitions and other activities can be arranged. Additionally, in the countryside close to the city are a number of traditional Andalusian farming estates especially well known for rearing horses and bulls. Many of these impressive “haciendas”, “fincas” and “cortijos” are available to be used for memorable private events.