We are excited to welcome you to Apache: Big Data Europe 2016 in Seville, Spain!
Ever wanted to follow in Don Juan's footsteps? If you visit Seville, you can. Seville is where he started out to conquer the hearts of women across all of Europe. It is also where Christopher Columbus' tomb is located. Oh, and did you know that Seville's Plaza de Espana, was planet Naboo's Theed Palace in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones?
After reading that, you probably want to be a Sevillano. Sevillanos (citizens of Seville) will tell you that there isn't a need to go anywhere else other than Seville. They have a fierce pride in their beautiful city and believe it has everything to offer. There is a lot of merit to this thought, as Seville is the home of Flamenco music, bullfighting and tapas.
Do you love to eat? Seville has a tapas way of life. These small, delicious dishes, now found all over the world, originated in Seville. Although the exact reasoning for the origin is up for debate, the leading theory is that it started off as a slice of ham or bread used to cover a wine glass as a lid (tapa) to stop dust or flies getting in. Whatever sparked the invention, tapas are commonplace in Seville. This cuisine even has its own vocabulary! Tapear is to go out for tapas, tapeo is the activity itself and a tapeador is someone who eats tapas. So, put on your tapeador hat and follow the tasty tapas trail!
Things to Do and See
Visit the Metropol Parasol
Located at La Encarnacion square in Seville's Old City district, the newly completed Metropol Parasol is described as the largest wooden structure in the world. The waffle-like structure was completed in 2011 after a competition held by the city of Seville in 2004. Located at Plaza del la Encarnacion, the stunning sequence of parasols rises 28.5 meters high and is 5,000 square meters in building area.
Learn more about the history of Flamenco at the Museo del Baile Flamenco
Located in the Santa Cruz Quarter, you can catch a show (the nightly performances are top notch), learn about the origins of Flamenco through the interactive audio-visual displays or take a dance class. Flamenco originated as a form of voice performance, a primitve cry or chant accompanied by the rhythm of a staff or cane beat on the floor. Now, Flamenco is made up of four elements, Cante-Voice, Baile-Dance, Toque-Guitar, and the Jaleo, which roughly translated means "hell raising" and involves the handclapping, foot stomping and shouts of encouragement.
Take a stroll in Maria Luisa Park
The park was the site of the Expo 29, which had Plaza de Espana as its centrepiece. Large enough never to feel crowded, the park is a delightful place for a quiet stroll, a kids' runabout, or romantic horse-and-carraige or boat ride. Taking a horse and carriage is a great way to see the shady avenues of the park; a more energetic option is a bike for four with sunshade - the front seats have belts to strap wiggly young children in safely. You can find them in the road opposite Plaza de Espana.
Take a Tapas Tour
Fill your belly with the exquisite authentic food while being guided to places you probably wouldn't have found on your own. The tour guides have a wealth of knowledge and will be sure to encourage you to try all different kinds of plates that represent their amazing city.