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This is the capital of Andalucia and Spain's 4th largest city, with a population of over 700,000, and once the 4th largest in the world! It is situated 214km (133 miles) from Malaga. If anywhere typifies Spain this is it. Bullfighting and flamenco are passions and tapas bars abound. Surprisingly this is also a busy port, being on the Guadalquivir river, 115 km (71 miles) from the sea. The Seville port once had the monopoly of trade with the New World and in 1992 when Expo 92 was held here Seville once again received world-wide attention. Seville cathedral is the 3rd largest in the world and contains much gold and fine art. It was built on the site of a former mosque. La Giralda, built in the 12th century remains, and was the most remarkable minaret in the Muslin world. Christians added the belltower. You can walk up a ramp inside the tower for a panoramic view across the city. Similar to Granada's Alhambra is the Reales Alcazares, a moorish palace with gardens and fountains, ponds and orange groves. Adjacent is the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the old jewish quarter which is very popular with tourists - narrow streets, flowers and orange trees plus bars, restaurants, art galleries and craft shops and at night students in traditional dress serenade the strollers and diners. Probably the most famous son of Seville was Don Juan who started from here to conquer the hearts of women all over Europe! Columbus started from a port close to Seville to discover the new world. "Carmen", of the famous opera was a worker in a Seville tobacco factory, a building which now houses the university!