The Truth About Sevilla That You Should Know

Here is some interesting information that you may want to know about Sevilla, whether you are visiting the city for the first time, a seasoned expert, or you live here:

1) The Spanish Inquisition that started in Sevilla still fascinates many people. It was founded in 1481 and was based at Castillo de San Jorge, near the Triana bridge. Trials were carried out in Plaza San Francisco close to today’s ayuntamiento building. The poor souls were taken to the Prado de San Sebastian and burned alive (those who repented were being garrotted first).

2) At least three Roman emperors were born just outside the city. The Roman conquerors first arrived in Spain in 206 BC, while waging a war against the Carthaginians. They stayed for about 700 years struggling against the fierce Iberian tribes. Baetica became one of the wealthiest provinces of Imperial Rome.

3) Visitors will notice a symbol, the letters NO8DO, on many signs around Sevilla, from buses and taxis to sewer covers. NO8DO is, in fact, the city´s logo. Legend has it that this symbol originates from the thirteenth-century coat of arms awarded by King Alfonso X the Wise to the city. The king bestowed it in gratitude for the city’s support in his battle against his son who wanted to seize his throne during the Reconquest.

An 8-shaped bundle of wool is between NO and DO. Speaking in the fast and elliptical accent of the Sevillanos and you have ‘no-madeja-do’. But more correctly, ‘no me ha dejado’ (‘it [the city] has not abandoned me’).

4) One of the most fascinating of Sevilla´s many claims is that Christopher Columbus is currently buried in Sevilla´s huge Gothic cathedral.

5) Sevilla is a city of dualities. If you are a rabid football fan, you are either a Sevillista or a Betico, supporting Sevilla Futbol Club (white and red strip) or Real Betis Balompie (white and green stripe). The rivalry of these clubs is legendary since both of them were founded in the early 20th century, Betis in 1907 and Sevilla two years earlier.

History

Historically, Sevilla has been a melting pot of cultures and epochs, each leaving behind important footprints. The Phoenicians first recognized the potential of its strategic riverside location. Under the Roman Empire, the lucrative port started to flourish. The Visigoths oversaw Sevilla’s blooming as an important cultural center.

The exotic architecture that dominates much of modern Sevilla is only some of the traces left behind by the Muslims who ruled the city for more than 500 years after defeating and conquering the Visigoths. The Muslims bestowed upon the city the name, Ishbiliya, and unparalleled grandeur as they made Sevilla into the most important city of al-Andalus. Just take a look at the soaring Giralda and you will get an idea of the splendor of.

But history tells us that the Muslim rule eventually fell to the thirteenth century’s Reconquista. King Fernando III recognized the opportunities of reacquiring the city. In about 100 years, Sevilla became Christian Spain’s cosmopolitan hub.
The monopoly held by the city over international commerce following the fifteenth-century discovery of America propelled it into economic and cultural prosperity, as evidenced by the wealth of works by genius authors and great artists as well as in the construction of sophisticated palaces, churches, and convents.

Sevilla’s natural charm attracted people from all walks of life. But, like many good things the city’s prosperity did not last. During the 1600s and 1700s, a series of unfortunate events, shattering plagues, and the rise of the neighboring Cádiz as the new “Port of the Indies” brought down Sevilla into one of its lowest points. This would last until the 1900s.

Like many other great cities, the steadfast optimism natural to Sevillanos survived the centuries of hardships. And with the 1929 Latin-American Exposition in Sevilla, the city saw rays of hope. Once again, beautiful buildings were constructed and lush parks sprawled across the city. Also, flocks of tourists began to appreciate the tranquil beauty Sevilla.

But Sevilla’s progress was once again put on a hiatus with the start of the bloody Spanish Civil War, after which the country fell under the 35-year dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Historic buildings in the city were torn down while other structures fell helplessly into ruin.

After Franco’s death in 1975, the ever-passionate and proud Sevillanos have brought their beloved city back up to its old glory. Many buildings of historic and artistic significance have restored to their former glory. Tourists began to flock to the city, and the Andalucian city is once very much alive and kicking.

People

The people of Sevilla are generally called Sevillanos (feminine form: Sevillanas). They are also sometimes known as Hispalenses. The population of the city of Seville was 703,000 as of 2009, ranking as the fourth largest city in all of Spain. According to the most recent estimate, the population of the metropolitan area (composed of the urban area plus satellite towns) was around 1,494,000 as of 2009.

For centuries, this Andalucian city has been a melting pot of cultures and epochs, each leaving behind important footprints. The Phoenicians were the first to recognize the potential of its strategic riverside location. Then, under the Roman Empire, the lucrative port started to flourish. The Visigoths oversaw the blooming of the city as an important cultural center. Muslims also ruled the city for more than 500 years after defeating and conquering the Visigoths.

There is no one religion in Sevilla. Although most of the residents in this city are Roman Catholic, many people embrace other religions. Other religious groups include Evangelical, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Buddhists. There are also many Muslims in Sevilla as a result of immigration.

In general, Sevilla has very friendly and warm people. They are calm, non-aggressive, generous, and helpful especially if they have the time. Maintaining lasting relationships is far more important to most people in Sevilla than the desire for more material wealth. You can expect them to come up to tourists in the streets offering help if you need it.

They always greet foreigners and newcomers with much enthusiasm. Organizing festivals and events energetically and entertaining the citizens and visitors alike are second nature to people of Sevilla.

If there is one thing that can be said about them, it is their love for life. This is what you would immediately notice when you get to Sevilla. Wherever you go in this Andalucian paradise, you will always find something fun to do whatever time it is.

Sevilla is a city where people appreciate art and culture and love to celebrate and party. So unleash the adventurous animal in you when you travel to this heavenly city. In addition, you can find the most artistic and free-spirited people there.

Weather

Situated in the south of Spain and within the scope of the Mediterranean climate, Sevilla is overall a warm, dry city. July and August are the hottest months of the year and the temperatures in Seville can reach as much as 37ºc. Being close to the sea, sea breezes can be most refreshing in the hot weather.

There is a non-accredited record by the National Institute of Meteorology which is 47.2 °C (117 °F) on 1 August during the 2003 heatwave, according to a weather station located in the southern part of Seville Airport, near the abandoned military zone. This temperature would be one of the highest ever recorded in Spain and Europe after the 48.0°C recorded in Elefsis, Greece in October 1977. Also, the all-time highest European temperature reported occurred in Seville, Spain on August 4, 1881, when it was a scorching 50.0°C (122°F).

Winters are mild: January is the coolest month, with average maximum temperatures of 15.9 °C (61 °F) and a minimum of 5.2 °C (41 °F).

While the winter months remain mild, you will definitely see the Sevillanos sporting heavy coats, scarves, and gloves. From November to April, it is advisable to wear either a warm sweater, jacket or coat. In mid-winter, around January time, Seville is at its coldest, although Seville can quite often have pleasant mild spells at this time of year.

The winter temperature, which at its coldest dip to just below 15ºC (59ºF), is by Sevilla’s standards quite chilly! For snow, you’ll have to travel to the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains as snowfall in the city is unheard of.

Rainfall in Sevilla is also fairly minimal; summers are extremely dry but expect a little rain through the cooler months. Rainfall in Seville is at its highest in autumn and winter, and between September to October there can be the occasional thunderstorm or heavy shower, usually followed by a sunny spell.

From late-January onwards, the average temperatures in Seville begin to rise. From March onwards the weather starts to warm up dramatically and is noticeably sunnier. May is a particularly pleasant time to visit Seville, with the weather being warm and fresh.

Jobs

Sevilla is friendly to visitors and expatriates. Why not? It is home to great culture, offers excellent food, lively nightlife, and exciting activities. Not to mention plenty of job offers in this Andalucian city. Getting hired in Sevilla is easy if you know the rules. Here are some tips when finding a job in this wonderful city:

The first thing to do is to prepare a good CV. You must include a brief section at the bottom of the CV detailing your interests. This is so that employers can dig deeper into your lifestyle and personality. Offer your CV in both Spanish and English.

The major reason many ex-pats obtained their jobs in Sevilla is that they can speak fluent English and Spanish. Most jobs in the city are done with only a basic knowledge of Spanish. In case you have training in Latin American Spanish, what you can do is to ask a language professor or find a book about Spanish spoken in Sevilla.

Many employers want to know who their job applicants are and what they look like – not just their educational background or job experience. This practice might seem unnecessary, but many employers do not take job applications without photos attached. You may want to get a passport-type picture in a booth in the subway, then paste it onto your resume.

You may also go for a walk to look for job openings. Do not underestimate this as many employers in Sevilla prefer face-to-face meetings and other human interactions. Most employers post job ads on their doors before going to websites.

There is no shortage of job offers in Sevilla. There are many ex-pats in the field of engineering, information technology, human resource and education, design, business, marketing, and sales. There are also huge opportunities in press and communication, advocacy and legal field, shipping and logistics, research and development, science and medical field, administrative, and finance, audit, and investment field.

But your best bet for landing employment in Sevilla is teaching English. Check out the Internet and put together a list of academies and then start calling them one by one. Some of them require applicants to be certified, but many could not care less.

Relocating

Moving to Sevilla is no ordinary feat because you have to deal with a lot of things, from the burden of cultural adjustments to other life-changing experiences like speaking the language, dealing with the local people, and changing your old lifestyle.

Before you decide to move to Sevilla, you have to do your assignment of researching, exploring the city, and preparing yourself for any unexpected circumstances that may go on your way—surely, moving to this paradise means more than just getting used to the sights of the city, tastes of the foods, sounds of your environment, and smell of your new surroundings.

Spain is also a western country that practices some western standard of living, attitudes, and habits similar to other western countries. However, there are still more that you will serve as new experiences to you in Sevilla like the following:

The family concept of the people of Sevilla is something you have to deal with. General families tend to stay much longer, for about three generations of families that live under the same roof.  Family life and values are important among Spanish people and the concept of inheritance is strictly observed.

The Spanish language would be another factor you have to deal with when you move to Sevilla. With your everyday dealings and interactions with the local people, you will surely find speaking and learning the Spanish language an easy task.

You also have to be aware of certain Spanish customs. Be aware of the body language since it is not good to point your finger at other people. The concept of time for Sevillanos is simply spontaneous and improvised since most Spanish people are not used to planning ahead of time;

In addition, locals are naturally pleasant people who greet a lot and used to giving farewells. Physical contact is always highlighted during meetings like handshaking, kissing on both sides of a person’s face, and participating in conversation; and

It would be a challenge to become an ex-pat in Sevilla, but if you are sensitive enough and you deal with the locals with sincerity, you will not have a hard time adjusting to your new environment. And if you are equipped with information and have experienced living in Sevilla for some time now, you will survive and enjoy your new life in this beautiful city.

Cost of Living

Are you so impressed that you want to be based in Sevilla? Has its zest for a life totally made you fall in love with it? Have you been infected with the Sevilla virus? You are not alone. Many travelers have come to see, hear, smell, and feel the city, and never left. The city has a love spell that consumes every visitor.

If you are a citizen from the European Union and are planning to stay in Sevilla for good, then you do not have a care in the world. If you are American, you can stay legally in Sevilla on a 3-month visa at most. It is best that you consult a lawyer once you are there.

When finding an apartment or a flat, check out websites and browse newspapers. Remember, demand is often greater than supply. Below is the current rate in renting apartments in the city:

A 1-bedroom apartment in the city center will cost you about 720 euros per month. The same apartment outside the center will cost you around 520 euros.  A 3-bedroom apartment in the city center costs about 1,050 euros per month, whereas the same apartment located outside the center costs about 815 euros.

If you can afford it, go buy an apartment. It will cost you around 4,000 euros per square meter to buy an apartment in the city center. And it will cost you around 2,700 euros per square meter to buy an apartment outside the city center.

Continue reading to get an idea of the cost of living in Sevilla.

Restaurants

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant             7.75 €
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant      32.50 €
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar           5.75 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)       1.50 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)         2.12 €
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.00 €
Water (0.33 liter bottle)          0.73 €

Markets

Milk (regular), 1 liter   0.63 €
Loaf of Fresh Bread   0.40 €
Eggs (12)         1.14 €
Fresh Cheese (1kg)     7.35 €
Water (1.5 liter bottle)            0.42 €
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.75 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)          1.03 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)         1.83 €
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)            3.57 €

Transportation

One-way Ticket (local transport)        1.20 €
Monthly Pass 25.63 €
Taxi (5km within center)         9.33 €
Gasoline (1 liter)         1.05 €

Monthly Utilities

Basic (Electricity, Gas, Water, Garbage)        62.50 €
Mobile Phone 100 Minutes Call         20.33 €
Internet (2 Mbps ADSL flat) 37.50 €

Sports And Leisure

Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult          50.00 €
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)       8.00 €
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat            8.50 €

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