Sevilla is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. It is the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia.
Sevilla has a population of about 700,000 inhabitants, ranking as the 4th largest city of Spain. The population of the metropolitan area is estimated at 1.5 million.
Sevilla has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, with semi-arid influences. The annual average temperature is 18.6 degrees Celcius (65 degrees Farenheit). Summers are blazing hot, especially from July to September, from 35 degrees Celcius to above 40.
Sevilla is more than 2,000 years old. The passage of the various civilizations, instrumental in its growth, has left the city a distinct personality, and a large and well-preserved historical centre. Although it has a strong medieval, renaissance and baroque heritage, the city received heavy influences from Arabic culture.