Once home to the Inquisition Castle (Castillo San Jorge, at the foot of the Triana Bridge), poor fisherman, and gypsies, Triana is emblematic of Seville. With its quaint homes, colorful tiles, and churches, it has become a favorite among foreigners. While Triana boasts few historic sites, it's all about ambience—listen for the quick cadence of tapping feet from the nearest flamenco school as you walk the streets. Some of Seville’s most beloved bars and shops are here, and the view from the river-flanked Calle Betis is gorgeous.
This neighborhood is is actually an island in the middle of the Guadalquivir River. La Cartuja is best known for the Seville Expo of 1992. You can still visit the unique buildings constructed for the event, including large green spaces like the Jardín Americano, where you can take a walk and enjoy nature. La Cartuja is also home to theaters and the Contemporary Art Center (Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo)
The traditional Jewish neighborhood of Seville borders the historic Center and oozes with an almost Disneyland-like charm. The narrow alleyways are breathtaking, and flamenco music echoes through the cobbled streets. Santa Cruz is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seville, and its tree-lined squares reflect an elegant beauty. Sandwiched between the Alcázar palace and Jardines de Murillo, Santa Cruz is conveniently close to the Prado de San Sebastián train station.
El Arenal is close to the Cathedral, steps away from the Bull Ring, and near to the shopping area of Calle Sierpes. Wander off the beaten path to find great tapas. At night, scope out the many rooftop terraces for cocktails with a beautiful view.
Photos: Flickr/ J.A. Alcaide, Raúl A., pasosypedales.blogspot.com, Sandra Vallaure,