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Seville | Town Houses

Glued to Downton Abbey? Big fan of Upstairs, Downstairs (at the risk of giving away your age)? Ever wondered what it would be like to live the lifestyle? Well, we can’t offer you the mansion in the country, but if you’ve ever wanted to live in a genuine Town House, we can offer you one of those (even if it’s only for a vacation), and in an exotic location in sunny Seville that will make it the holiday of a lifetime.


For two hundred years after the discovery of the New World, Seville was the richest city in Europe, and wealthy merchants and aristocrats built themselves grand residences here, and some of these still exist. So here are six classic Sevillano town houses that are now available for holidays.

Betis Terrace is an 18th century town house on the Triana side of the river, complete with 3 bedrooms and bathrooms, and a split level terrace with views across the river to famous landmarks such as the Cathedral, Maestranza Bullring and Torre del Oro. Although refurbished to the highest modern standards, it still retains many traditional features and furnishings such as tile floors, wood beam ceilings and wrought iron work.


Salvador Terrace is in a magnificent location in one of Seville’s main squares, the El Salvador, which has been an important centre of life in the city since Roman times. Luxuriously furnished, and with air conditioning and marble flooring throughout, its 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms will accommodate up to 8 people, and with two terraces overlooking the square and the El Salvador church it’s a perfect place to relax with a late night cocktail.


Pedro Miguel is a superb 4 bedroom town house in the famous Macarena neighbourhood, with bright, modern interiors and a private terrace its perfect for large families or groups of friends.


Also in the Macarena is Quintana Terrace, another 4 bedroom house with a private terrace and a central patio. With wood beam ceilings, exposed Moorish-style brickwork and colourful ceramics it retains its traditional feel while incorporating all the modern conveniences you look for.


As its name suggests, Cathedral Terrace is right by Seville’s famous Cathedral and faces the Giralda Tower, the minaret of the Grand Mosque of the late Moorish period. The luxury of the interiors matches the perfect location, a combination of modern comfort and traditional high style that includes a patio, a cierro window (a glassed in or closed balcony) in the living room, and a split level terrace with a circular wrought iron staircase. It really doesn’t get better than this.



Perhaps it does. Monsalves Terrace is a 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom mansion near the city centre, with 2 living rooms, 2 terraces and a patio, that will play host to up to 12 people. Every part of this house has been lovingly restored to include modern comfort and convenience alongside antique furniture and decoration. Wood beams, hand carved wooden doors and ceramic tiling in light, spacious rooms will make you think you’re living in a palace. Which you are. I could get used to this.


Seville | World Heritage Centre

At the south end of the old centre of Seville is an outstanding group of three buildings that were registered as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1987, comprising the Cathedral and Giralda Tower, the Alcázar Royal Palace complex and the General Archive of the Indies.

archivo india, cathedral, alcazar

Cathedral and Giralda Tower

The Cathedral stands on the site of the former Grand Mosque built by the Almohad kings between 1184 and 1198. The Mosque was converted to a cathedral when the city was reconquered by the Christian king of Castile in 1248, but after it was badly damaged in an earthquake in 1356, the decision was taken to demolish it, and build a completely new Cathedral in its place. At the meeting of the church council in 1401 where the decision was made one of the members is said to have proposed “Let us build a church so beautiful and so great that those who see it built will think we were mad”. The work lasted for over 150 years, including substantial rebuilding after the collapse of the lantern in 1511, the Capilla Real (Royal Chapel) only being finished in 1575. The result is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, and the third largest church in the world after Saint Paul’s and Saint Peter’s. Inside there are more than 80 chapels, and a massive gold altarpiece, as well as the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Curiosities include a stuffed crocodile outside the Puerto de Lagarto.

The Giralda Tower, now the bell tower of the Cathedral, was originally the minaret of the Mosque, the bells and upper portions, including the statue that gives the tower its name, being added in 1568. You can climb the tower up the internal ramp, and the view from the top over the roofs of the city is one of the highlights of any visit to Seville, and endlessly fascinating.

Admission is €8.75, €2 for students and pensioners. Free to disabled, under-16s, and those born or resident in Seville.

The Real Alcázar

The first fortress and palace was built as long ago as the 10th century, but little remains from this period. The outer walls that we see today are from the 11th century, but the main palace dates from the time of Peter the Cruel in the 14th century, with later additions. The palace is still an official residence of the King of Spain, making it the oldest palace in continuous use in Europe.

Much of the palace was built in the style known as Mudejar, the mix of Islamic and Christian styles that defined the period.

Highlights include the Courtyard of the Maidens (legend has it that the Moorish kings extracted an annual tribute of 100 young girls from their Christian subjects), with its reflecting pool and sunken gardens, the Baths of Lady María of Padilla, which are actually rainwater tanks beneath the palace, and the Pool of Mercury in the Palace gardens.

Admission is €8, or €3 for students and pensioners.

General Archive of the Indies

The building that now houses the General Archive of the Indies was built between 1584 and 1598 as the commodities exchange for the merchants engaged in the trade with the New World. Before that time the merchants had been in the habit of transacting their business on the steps of the Cathedral, or even inside when it was either too hot or raining, causing considerable friction with the church authorities (the contemporary depiction of the expulsion of the moneylenders from the temple above one of the doors of the cathedral may have been inspired by this).

Later, after the monopoly of the Americas trade passed to Cádiz, the building fell into disuse, until Charles III decreed in 1785 that it should be used to house all the documentation relating to the Spanish American Empire. The archive is still one of the most important in the world for historical research, although many of the documents are now in a building across the street.

Admission is free and there are often interesting special exhibitions.

We have four luxury apartments with stunning views of this very special place, the Catedral Terrace and the three Giralda Terrace apartments.

Seville | Luxury Holiday Apartments

Here at Veoapartment Headquarters we pride ourselves on the quality and variety of our apartments. Whether small or large, open-plan or with cosy rooms to snuggle up in, we go to a lot of trouble to make sure that all our apartments are top quality and that they are in excellent locations, so that all you have to do is relax and enjoy your holiday.

At the top of the range, though, are some apartments that just make us go, “I want to live here. Forever.” They don’t have to be big, though most of them are certainly spacious. Large windows and lots of light are a common feature, together with terraces and balconies. Furnishings may be chic and modern, or in the classic style, but always include all those little conveniences we can’t do without, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, air-con to keep you cool in summer, and internet access to keep you connected. What they have in common above everything else is that feeling of being special – that combination of luxury with good taste and interesting spaces, all in excellent locations, that makes these very select apartments such a perfect home from home.

marques paradas

The first of three of our special favourites is Marques Paradas (the name is not actually Spanish for paradise, but we think it should be), a contemporary modern three bedroom duplex apartment in the Arenal for up to six people. Big double-glazed windows let in lots of light and keep out any noise, and even in the heat of summer central air conditioning and ceiling fans keep it pleasantly cool. Light colours and wood floors add to the sense of space, and the decorations include original artworks. There’s a modern kitchen next to the dining area, and the option of eating out on the terrace.

teodosio terrace

The second is Teodosio Terrace, another three bedroom apartment for up to eight people, complete with its own private rooftop swimming pool on a spacious terrace. Wood floors, underfloor heating and air conditioning keep it comfortable all year round. Big windows and a private balcony round the interior patio give plenty of light, and the three bedrooms all come with lots of storage space and modern en-suite bathrooms.

catedral terrace

The third, and most luxurious of all, is Catedral Terrace, a Sevillano townhouse with two terraces and a superb view of the Cathedral and Giralda tower. The house has its own interior patio complete with fountain and other traditional elements such as wrought ironwork, tiling and carved doors, as well as all the modern necessities, including WiFi, air conditioning and a modern kitchen. Four bedrooms and bathrooms give plenty of space for up to eight people, and the living room has classical style sofas and chairs.

This is definitely a case of “how the other half live”, and we’d trade places with them anytime.

Holiday Houses in Seville and Granada

We’ve talked before about the advantages of renting an apartment for your holiday, but now we’re going to up the ante. How about renting an enitre house? This is for sure the ultimate in enjoying a home away from home in your own space, with all the freedom, independence and privacy that you could wish for. Veoapartment now has four complete houses for rent, two each in Seville and Granada, all in prime locations, and luxuriously furnished with all mod cons.

Alhambra Terrace

As you might guess from the name, Alhambra Terrace has a stunning view of the Moorish fortress from the lower Albaicín, as well as being within easy reach of the town centre and all the important sights. Nearby Casa Valenzuela is a thoughtfully renovated traditional family house, and the perfect base for seeing the city.

Casa Valenzuela

Campanario Terrace in Seville has an unique location alongside the 12th century belltower of El Salvador church, and from the back of the house you can see the church itself and also look down into the picturesque inner courtyard.

Campanario Terrace

But the star of the show is undoubtedly Catedral Terrace, a fully renovated four bedroom townhouse with three (count them!) terraces, a traditional cierro window (a big glassed in balcony) in the living room, and an unrivalled view of the Giralda tower. Sure to be anyone’s idea of a dream holiday home.

Catedral Terrace

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