Seville is one of the 8 provinces and the capital of Andalusia, which is one of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions. Like Malaga and Granada, Seville has traces of Phoenician, Roman, Muslim, and Christian influences, and with a population of nearly 700,000, it is the fourth-largest city in Spain after Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia. Its historic center covers an area of approximately 335 hectares, making it one of the largest cities in Europe. Some of its historical and architectural wealth was recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO. Various theaters and cultural venues, along with other beauties have made Seville a city of interest to both national and international tourists.
Despite being approximately 80 kilometers away from the Atlantic Ocean, it is possible to travel by boat from Seville to the coastal city of Sanlúcar de Barrameda via the Guadalquivir River, which is part of the journey that Christopher Columbus and Magellan made centuries ago. You can find detailed information and buy tickets here. Additionally, Seville has a developed road and rail network and an international airport. The city is historically significant for its aviation industry, shipyards, and military industry.
Visiting Seville in the summer can be a little bit hard because it has some of the highest temperatures in the country. During the summer, there are many days where the temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius. In July and August, the average low temperature does not drop below 20 degrees, while the average high temperatures are around 37 degrees.
The best time to visit Seville is in the spring or fall when temperatures are ideal for walking around the city streets and enjoying all the sights. However, if you don’t have the option to choose your travel dates, don’t worry. Seville has some beautiful and cool parks with huge trees that can reduce the temperature by an average of 4-5 degrees Celsius, providing a refreshing escape from the summer heat.
How to Get to Seville?
Seville San Pablo Airport is an international airport. In total there are 79 airports around the world that have direct flights to Seville, spread around 70 cities in 18 countries. Currently, there are 21 domestic flights to Seville. If your country no has direct flight to Seville, the easiest option is to take a direct flight to Malaga and then travel to Seville from there. There are several options to travel from Malaga to Seville, including a 2-hour high-speed train or a 4.5-hour regular train journey, or a 3-hour bus journey at more economical prices. Another option is to rent a car as the drive from Malaga to Seville takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes. This can be the best option if you plan to explore the region. Car rental prices are not too expensive, especially if you book in advance online, and if you are visiting several cities, it can be more economical than buying train or bus tickets for each person.
Visitors who come to Seville or to Malaga usually plan their trips to see the entire Andalusia region, so we also recommend doing the same. It can be expensive and tiring to fly to one and back just to see only one city. It’s more economical to plan to see several cities while you’re there.
Seville City Transportation:
Metro: Seville has three metro lines with 22 stations. One-way ticket prices start at €1.35. More information is available on the website.
Tram (Metrocentro): MetroCentro is a 1.4 km long tram line with four stops running through the center of Seville. The tram connects Plaza Nueva to Constitution Avenue near the Cathedral. The tram stops are Archivo de Indias, Puerta Jerez, Prado San Sebastián, and San Bernardo. More information is available on the website.
Bus: Seville has a wide bus network. Most buses depart from Puerta de Jeres in the south of the city center or Plaza Ponce de Leon in the east. Bus tickets can be purchased from the driver (starting from €1.30) or kiosks. The C1, C2, C3, and C4 city buses run in and around the city center. Plaza de las Armas is the main bus station for intercity buses. More information is available on the website.
Seville Travel Card: A very useful travel card application has started in the city, especially for foreign tourists coming from other countries. With this card, an English-speaking taxi driver greets you at the airport with a name sign and takes you to your accommodation in Seville. For this card you need to make a reservation in advance. The cost of this application is €45 and this amount is paid directly to the driver. Optionally, you can also add a 3-day Seville public transportation card (metro, bus, and tram) for €11.5 per person. Click for information and reservation.
Hop-on Hop-off City Tour: A tourist bus that stops at every point of interest in the city, which is present in every touristic city. It is an easy and fast way to see the sights and views of the city, especially the ones that are a little further away. It takes 1 hour 20 minutes through 14 stops and costs €25. (€12 for children aged 5-12) Detailed information is available at the link.
Taxi in Seville: Taxis in Seville are not expensive and always work with a meter. There are white taxis with a yellow stripe next to them. The fare is a little higher at night, weekends, and holidays. You can reach the city center from the airport by taxi in 15-20 minutes at a fixed price (approximately €28). The cost of a short trip in the city is between €7-€8.
Attractions in Seville-Places to Visit in Seville:
Seville deserves at least 3 days to explore, being the capital of Andalusia and larger than other cities in the region. If you are on an Andalusian tour, we recommend spending at least 2 days in this city. If you want to take it easy and enjoy the typical Andalusian style of life, then 3 days would be ideal. Instead of listing the places to visit, we have prepared a practical and informative example of a 3-day tour. Let’s start:
DAY 1 IN SEVILLE:
Royal Palace of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)
You can start to discover Seville with the Royal Alcazar of Seville which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It’s also known as the Water Gardens of Dorne in Game of Thrones. “Alcazar” means castle in Spanish, derived from the Arabic word “al-qasr” meaning castle/palace. This palace is one of the most beautiful in Spain and has an architectural style that has many traces of both Moorish and Christian culture. The palace is still the oldest palace in use in Europe, and when King Felipe VI visits Seville, he still stays here.
Construction of the Alcazar Palace began when the first caliph of Andalusia, Abdurrahman III, gave the order to build a castle at this site, where a Roman castle once stood. It’s used to control river traffic in 913. The castle became a palace in the 11th century. In the 13th century, the Spanish retook the palace, and later King Alfonso X of Castile expanded the palace. King Pedro I of Castile and his successors continued to add new places to the palace in 1364. It is noteworthy that all of these additions were made in the Moorish style, without detracting from the palace’s originality and splendor.
This palace is the most visited place in the city so to enter you may have to wait in long queues depending on the season. Therefore, we recommend you to buy your entrance ticket in advance from here. You can even choose a guided tour that includes the Alcazar Palace, the Cathedral, and the Giralda Tower. Since the entrance fees are included in this tour, it can be more affordable and easier.
Important note: Visiting the palace on Mondays is free, from 18:00-19:00 from April to September and from 16:00-17:00 from October to March. However, since there is a limited quota, it is necessary to obtain a free entrance ticket online. Click here for the location. Number 1 on the map.
Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla)
After the palace, you can head to the Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla) to visit. This structure is one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals, measuring 127 meters in length, 83 meters in width, and 43 meters in height, making it the third-largest cathedral in the world after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Some important artworks you will see inside the cathedral are:
- The tomb of the famous navigator Christopher Columbus, whose remains were transferred from Cuba to Seville in 898. The bronze casket, carried by four figures, symbolizes the kingdoms of Castile, Leon, Aragon, and Navarra.
- The treasury room
- Works by many painters such as Murillo, Goya, Pedro de Campaña, and Luis de Vargas.
Because the neighborhood is like a maze of narrow streets, it stays cool in hot weather, allowing you to enjoy wandering around the city streets. At the narrowest point of these streets, there is the “Kiss Corner” (Antiguo Rincón Del Beso).
You can climb to the top of the Giralda Tower, which is 104 meters high. It was converted from the minaret of a mosque that stood in the same location during the Umayyad dynasty. It is now the bell tower of the cathedral, and offers a magnificent view of Seville. Instead of stairs, you will climb up a sloping path that horses could easily climb as well. At the top of the Giralda Tower is a four-meter-high bronze statue called the Giraldillo, which represents faith and is also a wind vane. To locate the Cathedral and Giralda Tower, click here. They are numbered 2 and 3 on the map.
Santa Cruz Neighborhood
Reserve the afternoon of your first day to discover the historic neighborhood of Santa Cruz (marked as number 4 on the map, location here). This area, which used to be the Jewish Quarter, is known for its narrow streets, colorful houses, and beautiful courtyards. Some important sites, such as the Alcazar Palace, the Cathedral, and the Giralda Tower, are also located in this old neighborhood. Because the neighborhood is like a maze of narrow streets, it stays cool in hot weather, allowing you to enjoy wandering around the city streets. At the narrowest point of these streets, there is the “Kiss Corner” (Antiguo Rincón Del Beso). Don’t forget to take a photo here 🙂 It’s worth noting that there are many tapas bars in this area, and some of the best ones are located here. Location is here. Number 5 on the map.
Casa de Pilatos
In addition to these, there are other places worth seeing in the Jewish Quarter: The Casa de Pilatos, an Italian Renaissance-Mudéjar (Andalusian Muslim style) palace and the residence of the Duke of Medinacelli. It is considered one of the most noble buildings in Andalusia and a magnificent example of 16th-century Seville architecture.
It is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from November to March, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from April to October. Admission fee is 10/12 Euro. Entry is free from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays. Click here to buy tickets. Number 6 on the map.
Flamenco Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco)
The Flamenco Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco) is an interactive museum spread over four themed floors. It’s located in an 18th-century palace and founded by the famous flamenco dancer and choreographer Cristina Hoyos. Through screens, you can learn about the flamenco art and its history, and if you wish, you can watch a flamenco show that lasts for one hour at various times in the evening. We watched a show here and were amazed by it. Click here for tickets and here for the location. Number 7 on the map. Another area to watch a good flamenco show is the Triana neighborhood, which we will mention below.
General Archive of the Indies
This is an archive containing documents related to the colonial history of ‘Las Indias’ or the New World, from the 16th to the 19th century. It contains over 10 kilometers of shelves filled with books. This magnificent building was originally used as a center for traders between Spain and its colonies for the trade of gold, silver, spices, and cocoa from 1584 onwards. The museum’s collection includes documents, photographs, drawings, and journals. Click here for the location. Number 8 on the map.
Since the days are long here, if you’re not tired, you can continue your first day’s tour 🙂
Real Maestranza Bullring (Plaza de Toros)
We certainly do not approve of bullfighting or wish to see it, but the Real Maestranza Bullring is the largest and most important arena for bullfighting, which holds an important place in Spain’s culture. The world’s largest bullfighting festival, Feria de Abril, is held here. It was built in the 18th century and has a seating capacity of 13,000. Plaza de Toros has a unique Baroque front built between 1762-1881. In addition, it includes the Bullfighting Museum, which displays all kinds of objects showcasing the history and evolution of bullfighting and bullfighters in Spain for enthusiasts. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, closed on December 25. Entrance fee is 10 €. More details can be found here. Click here for the location. Number 9 on the map.
Torre del Oro
The watchtower next to the San Telmo bridge, known as the “Golden Tower”. Built by the Moors in the 12th century, the 36-meter-high tower was built to control ship traffic on the Guadalquivir river. There are two reasons for the name “golden” tower: Most importantly, it refers to the prosperity of Andalusia at the time of the Latin American colonies. When the ships entered the city via the river, they were unloading the gold they were carrying here. Another reason is that in the past its appearance looked like gold plated and reflected a golden glow in the river.
Today, there is a small maritime museum (Museo Naval) on the top floor of the tower. In addition, the departure point of the boat trip, which we mentioned at the beginning of the article, is right in front of the tower.
Open Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 18:45, Saturday to Sunday from 10:30 to 18:45. Holidays are closed. Entry fee is 3 €, students, 65+ and 6-14 years old 1.5 €. Click for location. Number 10 on the map.
It will be best to end the first day by sitting at a tapas bar nearby, eating, drinking and resting 🙂
Spanish Square had a major restoration in October 2010. It’s also hosted some famous movies such as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Star Wars” and “The Dictator”. Entry to the square is free and open every day.
DAY 2 IN SEVILLE:
Spanish Square (Plaza de España)
You can start the second day by getting up early in the morning and going to the Spanish Square (Plaza de España). In many of Spanish cities there is a square with this name, but this is the largest and most magnificent one. Plaza de España was designed by Aníbal González for the 1929 Iberoamerican Expo and was completed after 15 years of work by 1000 workers a day. This huge 50,000 square meter square is located within the Maria-Luisa Park. It is 200 meters in diameter, surrounded by a series of buildings in Andalusian and Renaissance architectural styles, mostly used as government institutions today. In its construction, were used materials such as marble, carved bricks, wrought iron and tiles, made by the masters of Triana.
There are two baroque-style towers at each end of the square, each 70 meters high. In front of the building, there are 48 large benches with wonderful tiles that represent the provinces of Spain. They are covered with a coffered ceiling. One of the other attractions of the square is the large fountain in the middle and the 500-meter-long circular canal with cute bridges. You can also make short boat tours on this channel. Spanish Square had a major restoration in October 2010. It’s also hosted some famous movies such as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Star Wars” and “The Dictator”. Entry to the square is free and open every day. The location is here. Number 11 on the map.
Maria Luisa Park (Parque de Maria Luisa)
From the square, head towards the Maria Luisa Park (Parque de Maria Luisa). This huge park is Seville’s most beautiful and famous green space. This park was originally part of the San Telmo palace gardens, which were donated to the city in 1893 to create a large public park.
The Park provides some coolness in the heat of Seville with its beautiful trees, colorful flowers, and most importantly, shaded walkways and fountains. Sevilleans ride bikes to picnic in the park. You can get around the park by renting quad bikes designed for 2 or more people. (Cyclotour)
There are also statues of two great Spanish writers, Gustavo Adolfo Becquer and Miguel de Cervantes, in the park. Also, there are many fountains such as the lion fountain and the lotus pond. We said that Maria Luisa Park is next to Plaza de España. Besides, the park has another square; Plaza de América Square, full of pigeons. In this square, there are the archeology museum (temporarily closed) and ethnology museums. The location of the park is here. Number 12 on the map.
Seville Fine Arts Museum (Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla)
After the park, start walking towards the Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla (Seville Fine Arts Museum) along the riverbank. A must-see for art lovers who have a habit of visiting museums wherever they go. It is one of the largest art museums in Spain, after the Prado Museum in Madrid. The museum has a superb collection of sculptures and ceramics. In the museum, you will find works by mostly Spanish artists such as Francisco da Herrera, Murillo, El Greco, Velázquez, José García Ramos, and Francisco Zurbarán, as well as foreign painters like Jan Brueghel the Elder, Pieter Aertsen, and Cornelis de Vos, spanning from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque period, to the 20th century. The entrance fee is 1.5 euros.
It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the rest of the year and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in August. It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays, and closed on Mondays. It is closed on January 1st, 6th, May 1st, and December 24th, 25th, and 31st. Its location is here, marked as number 13 on the map.
Metropol Parasol-Setas de Sevilla (Seville Mushrooms)
Turn your direction towards Metropol Parasol, which can be translated as “Seville Mushrooms”. This building, opened in 2011, was designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer. He won a design competition based on the idea of revitalizing the square, integrating the ancient Roman ruins found on the site into the building. In addition to being the world’s largest wooden structure (150 x 70 meters and 26 meters high), Metropol Parasol also features a special walkway and a beautiful panoramic city view terrace called “El Mirador”. The lower level houses the “Antiquarium”, a valuable archaeological site where important ruins from the Roman, Visigothic, and Islamic periods are preserved. There are also shops, various bars, and restaurants. The entrance fee for the observation deck (El Mirador) is 5€ during the day and 10€ in the evening.
It is open from Monday to Saturday from 09:30 to 00:00 from November to March, and from 09:30 to 00:30 from April to October. Click here for location. Number 14 on the map.
The Palace of Las Dueñas (Palacio de Las Dueñas)
The Palace of Las Dueñas was built in the late 15th century by the Pineda family and took its name from the Santa María de las Dueñas monastery, which was located on an contiguous plot but was demolished in 1868. Since 1612, it has belonged to the Duke and Duchess of Alba. This small palace, which also hosted the famous poet Antonio Machado, is an important building historically, architectural, artisticly. It has a collection of furniture, ceramics, antiques, many paintings, and numerous family memories. The exterior of the palace is just as impressive as the interior, with a magnificent courtyard and gardens consisting of seven thousand varieties of plants, such as orange and lemon trees, and palm trees (more information here). These plants give visitors a feeling of tranquility, making them forget about time. On days with wind speeds exceeding 50 km/h, the Palace may be fully or partially closed for visitor safety.
It is open every day from 10:00-20:00 between April and September, and from 10:00-18:00 between October and March. The entrance fee is 10/12 euros. Click for tickets and for the location. Number 15 on the map.
Seville’s Basilica of the Macarena (Basílica de la Macarena)
A 13-minute walk from this small palace will take you to a neo-Baroque style church adorned with images of the Virgin Mary, built in 1949. The interior of the church, in Andalusian Baroque style, is decorated with marble in various colors and frescoes. There is also a museum inside. The church is located in the Macarena neighborhood, which is a working-class district of Seville and is quite popular among the locals. Next to the basilica, there is the “Arco de la Macarena”, which is a rest of the city wall from the Muslim dynasty era (12th century) and was once the city gate leading to the Royal Palace of Seville. The Macarena neighborhood is one of the most authentic districts of Seville, as it is located outside the tourist areas. Entrance is free, and the museum entry fee is 4 euros. Click here for the location. Number 16 on the map.
Feria Street (Calle Feria): Mercado De La Feria and El Jueves Flea Market
While returning from Macarena, start walking slowly like you’re in Andalusia through the narrow streets. You are only 7 minutes away from the food market, Mercado De La Feria, located on Calle Feria. It’s one of the famous indoor markets that are present in every city in Spain. It’s a great place to rest a bit on your way back, grab a snack or a drink, and check out the prices of the market. It’s also worth seeing if you want to buy traditional foods such as olive oil, cheese, and chorizo. Click here for the location. Number 17 on the map.
If it’s Thursday, keep walking a few more minutes on the same street and you will come across a historic flea market that is also the subject of Cervantes’ “Rinconete and Cortadillo” book. Dating back to 1292 and considered as a legacy of Arab bazaars, the market offers antique items, old books and magazines, paintings, decorative items, figurines, clothes, and even pieces from famous fashion designers’ collections, and many more. The location is here, marked as number 18 on the map. It is open on Thursdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Magical Island (Isla Mágica)
Activities to do with children can sometimes be good for both kids and parents 🙂 For those who are visiting Seville with their little ones, this theme park is a great addition to the list. You can reach it with a short walk in the opposite direction of the city center from Basílica de la Macarena. The park has everything you can imagine: water boat rides, large slide pools, pirate-themed activities, high-adrenaline attractions, rafting, skill games, shows, and many more activities. You can check their website for details and purchase tickets. The location is here, number 19 on the map.
DAY 3 IN SEVILLE:
Flamenco is a music and dance unique to Andalusia with over 50 different rhythms ranging from the most joyful to the most melancholic. You can enjoy this mesmerizing show with its singers, dancers, and costumes in traditional tablao venues or dinner theaters.
You can dedicate today to the Triana neighborhood. To do this, you need to first cross the Guadalquivir River to the opposite shore from the Triana Bridge (2nd Isabel Bridge). It is one of the symbols of the city and offers a beautiful view during both day and night. The bridge was opened in 1852 and is currently the oldest iron bridge in Spain. Triana is an authentic neighborhood with narrow streets intertwined with each other, where you can be in close contact with the locals rather than tourists. It has produced famous bullfighters, flamenco dancers and singers, as well as artisans. In the past, this area, which was the center of all major waterways of the city, now hosts Spain’s most famous ceramic (azulejos) workshops. If you are thinking of buying small souvenirs on the way back, you can buy them here. You can find the location here, number 20 on the map.
You will see while walking around the neighborhood: The Santa Ana Church, dating back to 1276, which is believed to give children baptized here a good voice for flamenco. Another famous food market, Mercado de Triana. Centro Cerámica Triana (Triana Ceramics Center), where you can see the history of the local ceramic tradition, historical ovens, antique pottery, and the ceramic making process through visual and audio means. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 18:00 and costs 2.10€ to enter. The streets of Calle Alfarería and Calle Antillano Campos are filled with ceramic shops. Calle Betis, which runs along the river, is full of tapas bars/restaurants, lively entertainment venues, and the best flamenco tablaos (places where flamenco shows are performed). The Museo Del Castillo De San Jorge (San Jorge Castle Museum), which is a memory center for the dark history of the Inquisition, also has exhibitions. The locations on the map are numbers 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25.
Flamenco in Seville
Seville is a great destination to watch flamenco. Flamenco is a music and dance unique to Andalusia with over 50 different rhythms ranging from the most joyful to the most melancholic. You can enjoy this mesmerizing show with its singers, dancers, and costumes in traditional tablao venues or dinner theaters. It’s worth noting that watching shows performed by large groups of musicians and dancers is more enjoyable. Some of the best options are:
In the city center:
Teatro Flamenco Sevilla
Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos
La Casa del Flamenco
Casa de la Memoria
In the Triana neighborhood:
Teatro Flamenco Triana
Tablao Flamenco El Palacio Andaluz
Baraka Flamenco Show
You can also see different shows together from this link and buy tickets for what you want based on content, price, and location.
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What and Where to Eat in Seville?
Spain, and especially Andalusia, is a place where food and drink is a means of socializing. You can always see people enjoying themselves by eating, drinking, and chatting at tables spread out on the streets, even in the smallest streets. We have discussed the topic of siesta in our Granada article and breakfast in our Malaga article, which are also applicable to Seville.
We have listed mostly affordable 13 bars/restaurants where you can especially enjoy local foods such as delicious tapas, paella, and seafood:
A simple and affordable restaurant located in the Triana area where you can enjoy fresh and well-fried seafood. It’s a local favorite. You can find its location here. Number 1 on the map.
2- La Cantina
A rich and diverse tapas bar located in the Mercado de Feria indoor food market, where you can especially find all kinds of fish and seafood. It’s also a local favorite. You can find its location here. Number 2 on the map.
A café/restaurant where you can have breakfast, brunch, and also find vegan options. It has two branches located in the city center. You can find their locations here and here. Number 3 and 4 on the map.
A typical tapas bar/restaurant located in the city center, where you can find a wide variety of delicious dishes from breakfast to all kinds of tapas. It’s also a local favorite. You can find its location here. Number 5 on the map.
A typical local bar located in the city center where you can have a tasty breakfast and try various tapas, including the famous churros. It’s also a local favorite. You can find its location here. Number 6 on the map.
An old and beautiful tapas restaurant with two branches located in the city center, especially known for its meat dishes and wine selection. You can find their locations here and here. Number 7 and 8 on the map.
A typical local bar/restaurant located in the city center where you can try a wide variety of tapas. Location is here. Number 9 on the map.
The oldest tapas restaurant in the city center, serving since 1670. It has a very extensive wine menu. The billing process is done in a different style. The prices of the orders are written on the table with chalk and then erased. Location is here. Number 10 on the map.
A restaurant located in the center with a wide menu of both meat and seafood dishes. Their wines are just as good as their tapas. Location is here. Number 11 on the map.
10- Casa Manolo León
A stylish restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere, located on the Guadalquivir River and with prices slightly above average. Location is here. Number 12 on the map.
A nice restaurant located on the riverside in the Triana area, serving both meat and seafood dishes. Prices are slightly above average. Location is here. Number 13 on the map.
A good choice for those looking for a Michelin-starred restaurant to experience good gastronomy. We recommend it to those who want to eat chef-touched dishes in a simple but elegant atmosphere with good wine. Location is here. Number 14 on the map.
13- 100 Montaditos
Of course, the cheapest way to have a cold beer and satisfy your hunger with snacks after long city tours. There are many branches in Seville as well as all over Spain. The location of one of them in the city center is here. Number 15 on the map.
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We hope this long article, in which we try to cover everything about Seville, will be useful to you.
Stay healthy. Have a good trip!