The Taifa of Sevilla

The Kingdom of Seville

The first king of Seville was Abu al-Qasim (1023–1042). He was qadi of Seville and declared independence of the province of Seville from Caliphate of Córdoba after its downfall in 1031, becoming king of Seville as Abbad I. The second king was his son Abbad II al-Mu’tadid (1042–1069), the last ruler being Muhammad al-Mu’tamid (1069–1091).

The kingdom started as a small, weakly defended territory comprising parts of current Spanish provinces of Seville, Huelva and Cadiz, but quickly emerged as the most powerful taifa kingdom of the time, after its rulers began pursuing a policy of expansion. After several military campaigns, the kingdom achieved dominance over all of Western Andalusia and Murcia, gradually absorbing the taifas of Badajoz, Algeciras, Granada and Málaga, Mértola (1044), Huelva (1051), Algarve (1051), Niebla (1053) Algeciras (1055), Silves (1063), Ronda (1065), Morón (1066), Carmona (1067), Arcos (1069) and even Córdoba itself (1070, lost in 1075 to Toledo but regained in 1077). The kingdom reached its largest territorial extent in 1078 with the capture of Murcia in 1078 by poet Abu Bakr ibn Ammar.


Guide you to your arrival in Seville.

Public transport

The bus system is the most accessible forms of transport if you’re unsure how to get around Seville! You’ll find stops all over the city, but perhaps the most convenient lines are the circular C1, C2, C3 & C4 lines, which take you near some of the Seville’s most iconic monuments, as well as many of the museums and art galleries.

Useful Info: Think you’ll be using the buses in Seville a lot during your stay? Head to an ‘estanco’ and purchase a ‘bono de autobuses’ which you can top up during your stay, this reduces your usual €1.40 ticket fee to just €0.70 per journey

Taxi service

Sometimes, after a long day’s traveling, you just want to get to your hotel as quickly as possible! Whether you arrive to Seville, there are always taxis available to take you to your accommodation and there is a flat rate of 25 euros on all taxis from the airport to the city. If you’ve booked a hotel in the city center or down the narrow streets of the Santa Cruz neighborhood, bear in mind that not all taxis will be able to make it right to your hotel door (the streets are THAT narrow!), but drivers will take you as close as possible and direct you the rest of the way.

Airport transport

Take the bus if you can – the taxi drivers are bandits who will charge way over the odds if you let them.

Any knowledge of Spanish would be a great asset when the argument starts!

You can view bus timetables and route plans for all Seville at

The Especial Aeropuerto (EA) is the one to look for.

TORRE DEL ORO The Torre del Oro is a dodecagonal military watchtower in Seville, southern Spain. It was erected by the Almohad Caliphate in order to control access to Seville via the Guadalquivir river.

LA GIRALDA The Giralda is the bell tower of the Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain. It was originally built as a minaret during the Moorish period, during the reign of the Almohad dynasty with a Renaissance style top subsequently added by Spanish conquistadors after the expulsion of the Muslims.

PLAZA DE ESPAÑA The Plaza de España is a plaza in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), in Seville, Spain, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.

REALES ALCACERES The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace in Seville, Andalusia, Spain, originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings.



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