There are still many traces of its long history and architectural styles from the Romans and the Moors until the present day. These styles have come directly from its Roman growth, Arabic period, late medieval, renaissance and baroque times. With a population of around 800,000 people including the suburbs, it is unlike many other cities being sprawled across the land although the centre is contained within city walls that stand alongside the interior ring road or the Ronda. The city is unlike the larger cities of Madrid and Barcelona, there is not so much of an English speaking community.
Barrios which is the term given to the separate regions of the city: there is always something distinctive between them Alameda de Hercules, El Arenal, El Centro, Macarena, San Bartolome otherwise known as La Juderia, Santa Cruz and Triana are the different Barrios that you can visit. Alameda de Hercules is between San Lorenzo on one side and the Macarena on the other. The largest open space in Seville, the Alameda de Hercules has long tree lined streets with pairs of Roman columns at each end. It is the most prominent region in the city for Seville's night life. It has a large number of bars and restaurants with so much variety that it makes the large population proud to be Sevillianos.
Alameda de Hercules was built in 1574 on marshland from a time when the Rio Guadalquivir had been partially damned in 1383; unfortunately the river still is liable to floods. The region reached a peak of popularity during the 19th century as a fashionable place to be seen. It was during the 20th century that it slowly went into decline after the Spanish Civil War and during the latter part of the century Alameda de Hercules became Seville's red light district. It was not an ideal place for tourists because of a large problem with drugs and prostitution.
It was not until 2008 that the Alameda was refurbished new pavements and a fair amount of reconstruction generally refurbished. The consequence was an increase of night life with new bars and restaurants offering both national local and international cuisine and a wonderful night life grew.
Now Alameda de Hercules has become the cultural centre for those with ANDALUCIA VILLAS and a great place for a perfect holiday.