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RICK STEVESEUROPE: Sevilla And Andalusia

Airs Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 5 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Rick Steves in an empty bullfight ring in Sevilla, Spain.

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series RICK STEVES' EUROPE, and best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

Rick Steves stands beside his favorite bull board, Spain.
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Above: Rick Steves stands beside his favorite bull board, Spain.

A flamenco dancer, Spain
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Above: A flamenco dancer, Spain

Rick's Travel Tips

Explore Europe confidently, efficiently and safely using these travel tips.

"Sevilla And Andalusia" - Sevilla is the flamboyant city of Carmen and Don Juan. It's where bullfighting is still politically correct and where little girls dream of growing up to become flamenco dancers.

Sevilla has soul-and we feel it in its lacy Moorish palace, massive cathedral, lavish royal tombs, labyrinthine Jewish quarter, and its people-filled streets.

After munching tasty tapas, we head south for Andalusia's ultimate whitewashed hilltown, Arcos de la Frontera. Get more details about Rick's trip online.

Rick's Travel Philosophy:

Travel is freedom...one of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is intensified living, with maximum thrills per minute. It's recess, and we need it. Experiencing the real Europe requires catching it by surprise, going casual...Through the Back Door.

Rick Steves is on Facebook, and you can follow @RickSteves on Twitter.

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Rick Steves: Seville, Spain: La Feria, The Ultimate Party

Above: It's no surprise that Seville is famous for letting loose in vibrant festivals, and no festival is bigger than the one celebrated in April. Much of Seville is packed into the vast fairgrounds for this spontaneous, real, and friendly fair where the Andalusian passion for horses, flamenco and sherry is clear. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves: Arcos de la Frontera, Spain: Queen of Andalucia

Above: The route of the Pueblos Blancos, or white towns, is a charm braclet of characteristic towns perched in the hills and mountains of Andalucia. The queen of the hill towns, Arcos de la Frontera, smothers its hilltop and tumbles down its back like the train of a wedding dress. Towns with de la Frontera in their names, like Arcos, were established on the frontier during the battle to reclaim Spain from the Muslims. As the Moors retreated into Northern Africa, the frontier towns, though no longer on the frontier, kept the de la Frontera as part of their names. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves' Europe: Seville, Spain: The Moors and Alcázar

Above: In 711, Muslim Moors swept in from Northern Africa and conquered the Iberian Peninsula, ruling Spain for five centuries and inspiring a Europe-wide crusade among Christians to re-conquer the land. Though Muslim rule stretched as far as France, bit by bit the Moors were pushed back, and eventually expelled from Western Europe in 1492, but not before leaving a distinct mark on Andalusian culture. A prime example of Moorish influence, Seville's Alcázar provides a thought-provoking glimpse at a graceful Moorish world. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.

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