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Seville has been ranked the most popular city break destination
Seville has been ranked the most popular city break destination

The most searched-for flight destination has been revealed and here’s why it is so popular

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A sunny Spanish destination has been unveiled as the most popular city break in Europe by Google.

Seville has taken top place over Paris and Venice as the most searched-for fight only destination with travellers attracted to grand cathedrals, royal palaces and over-sized sculptures.

Direct flights to Seville take under three hours and cost just £50 return with Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways and others.

The first big-ticket attraction of Seville is the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world and resting place of Christopher Columbus.

The Spanish city has a lot to offer with guided tours around ancient buildings
The Spanish city has a lot to offer with guided tours around ancient buildings

In addition, the Spanish city is home to one of the world’s most unusual bell towers, the 350ft Giralda Tower which features sloping floors rather than steps.

Tourists can also see inside a working palace at the Alcazar Real which is an official residence of the Spanish royal family – the oldest continually occupied palace in Europe.

Audio tours or a guide for a three-hour wander around the palace and cathedral, including Giralda Tower, are available from £45.

Outdoor concerts are held at the palace in the spring and summer, while dance shows are another of Seville’s attractions as the birthplace of flamenco.

Other shows include Teatro Flamenco, Los Gallos Tablao and Tablao el Arenal where visitors can take part in hour-long dance classes for around £55pp.

The Royal Tobacco Factory, which is now part of the University of Seville, is also open for tourists to see where Bizet found inspiration for his opera Carmen.

The wooden wonder of the Setas de Sevilla, or Mushrooms of Seville is also on display as the biggest free-standing wood sculpture in the world.

Seville has opera shows and dance classes on offer
Seville has opera shows and dance classes on offer

Among all the sightseeing, wonderful food is on offer with seafood, fruit, ham and bread at Triana Market.

Beautiful hotels like the H10 Casa de la Plata, with a rooftop pool are available from £92 per night.

Trailfinders is offering three-night breaks including flights, transfers and hotels from £295pp.

Manuela Almagro of the Visita Sevilla website said: “Seville is perfect for long weekends as it’s not too overwhelming, but it’s got a surprisingly large amount to see.

“Most first-time visitors run out of time and come back for more.”