What to see and do in Seville
When you come to visit Seville, you will quickly realize that it is a city full of colour, culture, works of art and delicious gastronomy. In fact, here you can enjoy some of the most important monuments in Spain; and all this, imbued in a simply wonderful environment.
If you are eager to know the main tourist attractions of Seville, then we will share with you the best plans you can do in Seville today.
What to see in Seville in one, two and three days
What to do in Seville
Essential places to visit Seville
As you can see , there are hundreds of plans to do in Seville , but if you are only going to see Seville in one, two or three days, you cannot leave without visiting these places.
Seville Cathedral is really special. And it is so big that it occupies the 3rd place in the ranking of “Largest Cathedrals in the world”, and its construction lasted 100 years. It has no less than 15 doors on all four sides and each side has a unique relief. And as if that were not enough, the interior is amazing, of a special beauty. The Gothic-style altar is particularly striking; which is, without a doubt, a true work of art.
The Royal Palace of Seville, the Real Alcazar
The Real Alcazar of Seville is a huge building, right in the center of the city, located next to the Cathedral. The complex consists of a wide variety of gardens and halls built in different styles, such as Moorish, Baroque and Gothic. You also have the opportunity to see the interior and even some of the rooms are open to tourists.
The only negative point is that if you visit Seville during the high season, you will probably have to queue for a few hours. However, if you hire our tour guide services we will take care of buying the tickets in advance so that you can enter without having to queue , in addition, you will have the company of an expert who will reveal all the secrets and curiosities that this beautiful place.
If we had to propose a single place to visit in Seville, it would undoubtedly be this one. The Plaza de España in Seville was built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition and manages to harmoniously combine a variety of styles and periods with naturalness and authenticity.
This architectural complex is in the shape of a semicircle, it has a canal, crossed by 4 bridges (representing the 4 ancient kingdoms of Spain), a large artesian fountain in the middle and a palace decorated entirely with colored ceramics. Inside there are 48 niches (like ceramic and concrete benches), each of which represents a region of Spain.
Each area is covered with ceramics, like a painting, depicting aspects of that region’s history. It is a place of extraordinary beauty.
Maria Luisa Park
I can easily say that this is one of the most beautiful parks in a European city. The exotic mixture will transport you to another era, due to the carriages that walk through alleys, palm trees and fountains with water games.
If you have more time, cycle through the Maria Luisa park and visit it. Is very large.
The walk over the Triana Bridge is worth it, for the panorama of the Guadalquivir River and the buildings on the seafront. There are hundreds of locks on the bridge, so if you go as a couple, you can take a lock that symbolizes the eternal love between you. At the end of the bridge, in the direction of Triana, there is a small chapel with beautiful architecture.
Triana, the neighborhood of artists
The Triana neighborhood is known as a gypsy neighborhood (in the best sense of the word). The gypsies with their passion for singing and dancing gave birth to flamenco music and later made it the most popular style of music in the region. It all started here. In the alleys of the neighborhood, in the narrow and tall buildings, covered with ceramics, from which the music resounds.
The streets are quiet, clean, with flowers on the balconies, and the bars and restaurants compete in their good food. It is a neighborhood where people are proud of their identity, to the point of saying that they are “Trianos” not “Sevillanos”.
What plans to make a weekend in Seville?
You don’t know what to do on a Sunday in Seville? Well, we propose a plan. Enjoy a guided tour of the mythical neighborhood of Triana tasting the most select tapas of the region accompanied by a flamenco art show . A memory for life of the gastronomic and cultural roots of Seville.
The first place you will notice as soon as you cross the Isabela Bridge from the historic center to Triana is this covered square on the right. It doesn’t seem very big, but inside there are dozens of stalls with a good selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, Iberian ham, seafood, among many other ingredients and foods.
It does not rise to the level of the “Boquería” Market in Barcelona or the “San Antón” Market in Madrid, but this market offers something different. For example, there are daily “cooking classes”: just look for the Andalusian Cooking Workshop, and the course also includes a tour of the market with tastings and descriptions. In addition, the ceramic tiles of each stall give it a special, bohemian air that is different from any market.
Ceramic centers in Triana
Santa Ana Street is full of pottery workshops. Here you can also enjoy the beautiful Museum of Ceramics of Triana, a modern place dedicated to this ancient craft. Likewise, you can take a daily tour with explanations about the history of ceramics and how it has been interpreted over the years. In addition, it has the advantage that it is a cheap museum, since the entrance fee is 2 euros.
If you want to enjoy some of the best bars in the city, we recommend Calle Betis, the street that will take you along the river in Triana, with traditional and contemporary bars and restaurants.
This is the area of the city where the locals hang out with friends and the whole street turns into one big party. The street is lined with colorful, baroque-style buildings, some of which date back to the 16th century. In addition, it has the advantage that the atmosphere is extremely pleasant at any time of the year.
If you are in Seville, you must visit this artistic complex, popularly known as “Los fungi” or “Los champiñones”; It is a site that stands out for its special architecture, large, located in the center of the city (so it will be very easy to include it in an itinerary). And, in fact, it is considered by many tourists to be one of the best viewpoints I have seen in Europe; Since, from its upper part, you can admire the panorama of the city and, of course, get some of the best photographs of your trip to Seville.
The reality is that, for much of the year, we will find many tourists in Seville; plus, generally speaking, the city is quite small and concentrated, so you can’t get rid of them easily.
The good news is that, likewise, you can enjoy places like the Alameda, where the locals usually go for walks and shop (the city center is 100% focused on tourism), instead, here is the area trendy hippy of the city, where we can find vintage boutiques, bookstores, graffiti on every corner, art galleries and many other attractions.
If you want to see another side of the city, stop by the “Alameda de Hércules” park as a point of reference. Locals gather here at night, in its bars or tapas restaurants. In general, these are conceptual bars, without pretensions and with fair prices.
The Flamenco Museum explains the history, origins and evolution of the flamenco style, from techniques to costumes, etc. It is located 400 meters from Seville Cathedral, in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood. Honestly, it’s worth it, especially if you consider yourself passionate and want to know more, see paintings, old clothes, etc. In addition, in the surrounding restaurants and bars, you can enjoy a flamenco show with music and dance, which is undoubtedly something to feel and experience. The museum is small and its cost is 10 euros per person.
Santa Cruz neighborhood
If you have visited the Cathedral or the Alcázar you have already entered the “Santa Cruz” neighborhood. This is one of the most charming neighborhoods in the city, the former Jewish ghetto. It is a maze of narrow streets, between historic mansions painted white and yellow. The purpose of the labyrinth was to keep shade and confuse those who were not welcome, making it a place where it is easy to get lost.
The streets lead you to many small squares guarded by oranges, as well as local shops and tapas bars. Three of these squares that we recommend you visit are: Plaza Doña Elvira, Plaza Alfaro and Plaza de la Alianza (however, remember that it is easy to get lost).
The doors of the mansions that you will find in the area have art nuveau models, many of them with sections made of wrought iron and where you can take a look at the patio, see artesian wells and smell the aroma of jasmine. The alleys are full of authentic souvenir shops and small boutiques, where you can practically find anything.
This tower can be seen from any point on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, and was built by the Arabs to function as a prison in the 13th century. It looks like a small dome, with 12 sides and a gold-plated roof. Unfortunately, it is not as high as other points in the city to offer a spectacular view, however, if you are a lover of culture and history, we recommend you pay a visit. Inside it houses the Naval Museum, so you will see something extra, if you pay 3 euros for the ticket, not only the panorama of the city.
If you want to take a boat ride on the river, here is one of the boat stops.
City Hall and Av. of the Constitution
Seville is an open-air museum and this area proves it, as it is ideal for all architecture enthusiasts. Sometimes just walking around the city is enough to admire the beauty of its streets and buildings. And some architectural gems that you will probably love will be found in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. One of them is the Town Hall, a huge building in the Renaissance style of the 16th century, with an exuberant decoration that embodies mythical, vegetal, heraldic and historical characters.
The second building that we recommend you visit is the “Edificio de la Adriatica” and it is on the other side of the street, on Av de la Constitución. It is a unique building, with a surprising façade, in an eclectic style, which you will surely want to photograph.
Saint Francis Square
The Plaza de San Francisco, throughout history, has been considered one of the most important monuments in the city.
When you are in Seville, sooner or later you will find it, so you can easily enjoy the beautiful panorama of its buildings. Some of them that we recommend are: the rear facade of the town hall, the Laredo building and the Old Court building.
Ethnographic Museum of Seville
This museum is a little treasure! Housed in a Mujedar-style palace, there are no less than 25 rooms on 3 floors. My favorite collections were the lace and embroidery by Díaz Velázquez, the antique furniture, the rooms with ornaments and popular clothing, the flamenco dresses and the collection of fans. The museum is very beautiful and rich. You can even see how the locals lived and worked in different historical periods.
The Archaeological Museum of Seville has three floors and numerous rooms. In the basement there are ten rooms with an exhibition of testimonies from various societies that existed in the region of the current province of Seville in Prehistory.
The eighteen rooms on the ground floor refer to Roman times, Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages and end in the early modern period.
While upstairs, there are temporary exhibitions. It is a spacious museum and the exhibits are well preserved. The statues and mosaics are really beautiful.
What to see and do in Seville with children
Any of the activities that you will find on our website are ideal to do with children, we also have reduced prices and even free for the little ones in the house.