Travel guide: What to see and do in Seville


 

1 - 3 days in Seville: The best things to do and visit. 


Seville has one of the most extensive historical centers in Europe and it is not surprising. The Andalusian capital has had several periods of extreme wealth throughout its history, which have seen it grow and grow to become the beautiful southern metropolis that it is today.

Seville is also a fascinating, cheerful and outgoing city that deserves to be known in depth. In this guide, we tell you everything you have to see and do in Seville to get to know its architecture, its history, its neighborhoods and its people in depth. We have structured it so that you do not get lost, so you can get the most out of your trip, doing good planning. Let's see what there is to do and visit in Seville!

How to plan my visit to Seville?

At Yoorney we have local tour guides who offer you the best selection of guided tours, free tours and excursions in Seville and in other cities around the world.

A different and fun way to discover a city.

One of the biggest challenges of traveling is to really get to know everything you want about your next destination. We take care of that and show you each spot in a special way that makes you feel not just like another simple tourist. When you take a tour with Yoorney you will dive into the culture and experience the city as if you were a local.

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Why visit Seville?

Seville has three authentic jewels that make up the monumental nucleus of the city and which have been a World Heritage Site since 1987: the Cathedral, the Alcázar and the Archivo de Indias. These are the places to visit in Seville that no one should miss because they are the ones that best represent its exceptional historical and heritage wealth.

In addition, they are a few meters from each other. Therefore, if your visit to Seville is going to be lightning and you need to establish priorities, focus only on this area and these monuments.


Seville: Top 13 things to do and must-see attractions

1. Seville Cathedral



Did you know that Seville has the largest Gothic cathedral on the planet? This majestic temple was built on top of a 12th century Spanish-Muslim mosque. Two essential parts of it are preserved that are fully integrated into the Gothic cathedral. These are the ablutions courtyard, today the cathedral's cloister and the minaret, today the cathedral's bell tower and the absolute icon of the city: the Giralda of Seville. We recommend a guided tour of the Cathedral of Seville to understand everything you are going to see. 


   PRICE 
           Adults: 10,00 Euros  
           Students and pensioners: 5,00 Euros
           Children up to 14 years old: free


   SCHEDULE 
  Tuesday to saturday 10:45 h, 12:30 h, 14:45 h and 16:30 h.   

2. Alcázar of Seville 

 

Of the places to visit in Seville, the Alcázar is the one that will give you a more complete perspective of the interesting fusion of Christian and Hispanic-Muslim cultures that took place in the city in the Middle Ages.

This phenomenon is fascinating and in Seville it occurred with special intensity. A guided visit to the Alcázar will allow you to get to know it better and get more out of the historical and architectural richness of the monument than by going on your own.
 
The Alcázar is a palatial complex destined throughout its history to be the residence and center of operations of rulers and monarchs, both in the Spanish-Muslim era and in the Christian era of Seville.
















  PRICE
  Adult: 3,50€.
           Students and pensioners: 3,00€
           Family unit (Parents with children under 18 years of age): 8,00€.
           Groups (of 20 people or more): 2,00€.
           Special groups and children up to 5 years old: free.


  SCHEDULE           
  10:00 to 18:00 h. Tuesday to Sunday
                

3. General Archive of the Indies



The Alcazar, the Cathedral and the Archivo de Indias completes the trio of World Heritage monuments that Seville has. This neoclassical building has inside a treasure of incalculable value for the history of Spain and the world: the largest collection of documents related to the period in which Seville enjoyed the monopoly of trade with America!


What to see and do at the Archivo de Indias?

From 1503 to 1717, Seville was the most important port in the universe. A port that saw legendary maritime expeditions depart and return. This frenetic activity that Seville experienced at that time generated an enormous documentary load and a very important part of it is kept in the Archive of the Indies: the first maps of America, nautical charts, crew lists, import and export contracts, historical correspondence and navigation diaries are just some of the jewels that he keeps inside.

Originally the building was a market for merchants: a center of operations and businesses where fleet owners, crews, importers, exporters and seekers of a new life in the colonies met and closed agreements that would change the history of Spain and the world forever. . Its change from function to archive was due to the fact that in 1717, the monopoly of trade with America and the operations associated with it were moved to Cádiz. Then the building of the old merchants' market was renovated to become the historical archive that remains today.

The Archivo de Indias is undoubtedly one of the most interesting places to visit in Seville if you like history. In addition, it often has specific exhibits related to the documentation it treasures.

Yoorney Tips! Learn more about the curiosities of this monument with a local tour guide in your language who will solve any doubts that might arise.
 


  SCHEDULE 
  Tuesday to Friday 9.30 - 17h
          Saturday 9.30 to 20h
          Sunday 10 to 14h 

4. Barrio de Santa Cruz 


This magical district in the historic center of Seville is just a few minutes' walk from the Alcazar, the Cathedral and the Archivo de Indias. It is a fun labyrinth of narrow streets representative of Hispanic-Muslim urbanism. In it you will find beautiful houses of traditional Sevillian architecture with courtyards with columns, fountains, tiles and magnificent wrought iron work.

Another of the best-kept secrets in the Santa Cruz neighborhood is the Hospital de los Venerables: an exquisite 17th-century Baroque building that was a residence for elderly priests. In it you can enjoy impressive landscaped courtyards and a unique church in the city decorated with exceptional frescoes. Not sure where to start? Don't worry, come to our Santa Cruz Quarter Free Walking Tour to see it all again.

5. María Luisa Park



Originally this large park was the private garden of the Palace of the Dukes of Montpensier. However, at the beginning of the 20th century, Duchess María Luisa ceded the space occupied by her gardens to the city of Seville. For this reason, and honoring her generosity, the park is named after the Duchess.

A few years after this donation, it was approved to hold an event in Seville that would completely transform this park, endowing it with several iconic buildings and the landscaping that it now has. We refer to the famous Ibero-American Exposition of 1929: a great cultural event destined to unite the countries of the Iberian Peninsula with those of the American continent.

6. Plaza de España of Seville 



In the María Luisa Park you will undoubtedly find the most iconic construction associated with the Ibero-American exhibition of 1929: the Plaza de España.

If Forestier was in charge of the new landscaping of the park at the beginning of the 20th century, the main construction that was built in it at this time corresponded to the local architect Aníbal González.

With a mastery and elegance that would make him go down in history as an absolute icon of 20th century Andalusian architecture, Aníbal González designed a colossal semicircular construction that represents the embrace of the Iberian Peninsula to the American continent.

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Throughout this semicircle he paid tribute to the 52 Spanish provinces, giving special importance to Seville as the host province of the exhibition. It is common practice among Spanish travelers who visit the Plaza de España in Seville, to locate the exact place where they pay homage to their province.

7. Plaza de América 



Also inside the María Luisa park but at the opposite end of the Plaza de España, we recommend you visit the Plaza de América. This square of enormous beauty is where Aníbal González's architecture and Forestier's landscaping best mix, creating a truly magical place to see in Seville.

What to visit in the Plaza de América?

In the Plaza de América (also raised for the Ibero-American exhibition of 1929) the lushness of the park clears. That is why it is a bright and open square where two magnificent buildings stand out: the Mudejar Pavilion and the Renaissance Pavilion that today houses the Archaeological Museum of Seville.


8. Barrio de Triana 


It is common today in Seville for its inhabitants to refer to Seville as the part of the city that is located on the east bank of the river and Triana as the part that is located on the west bank.

This surprising fact for the traveler has to do with the fact that originally Seville was the walled city that was west of the river and Triana was a suburb located outside the walls and on the other side of the Guadalquivir.

Triana was the place where those people whose economic activity or social condition found no place within the city walls settled. This gave rise to a neighborhood originally sailor and potter turned towards the river and that became the cradle of flamenco art along with other suburbs of cities such as Jerez, Utrera, Lebrija and Cádiz. Our Triana Free Walking Tour is a good option to get to know the most impressive curiosities of this famous Sevillian place.

9. Torre del Oro 



If there is an emblematic place in Seville whose name has given rise to legends of all kinds, it is the Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold). This emblematic tower of Seville was originally part of the Hispano-Muslim defensive system of the city and served to block access to its port. This blockade was carried out with a large chain that was pulled from the Torre del Oro to the opposite bank of the river. In this way the ships were prevented from advancing beyond the chain.

The Torre del Oro was part of an appendix of the wall of Seville along which there was another tower still standing: the Torre de la Plata. It served this appendix and its towers, already in Christian times, to supervise the unloading of gold and silver that arrived by ship from the New World and its subsequent transfer to the nearby Mint. It was there that these metals were fused to become marks and doubloons, important currencies in the 16th century European economy.

The name of Torre del Oro has to do with the imposing shine that the tower had when the sun hit it, thanks to a coating, now disappeared, made with lime mortar and pressed straw. Today the Torre del Oro houses the Torre del Oro Maritime Museum, managed by the Ministry of Defense. In it there are several rooms dedicated to the history of the building, the Spanish Armada and the discovery of America.

10. San Telmo Palace 



Very close to the Guadalquivir river is the Palacio de San Telmo, whose impressive baroque façade cannot be missed. With it you can learn about the fascinating origin of this building. You will only have to observe the figures that compose it and that represent a series of disciplines of knowledge essential for every navigator: geography, astronomy, nautical, geometry, arithmetic and drawing.
 
This is not by chance since the Palacio de San Telmo was originally the headquarters of the University of Mareantes, an important Sevillian institution where the arts of seamanship, piloting and artillery were taught. Later, it was the residence of the Dukes of Montpensier and today it is the headquarters of the Presidency of the Junta de Andalucía.

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11. Museum of Fine Arts of Seville


Seville can proudly boast of having the second most important art gallery in Spain after the Prado Museum. This unknown fact for most travelers makes visiting the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville a real delight. No crowds, no queues, no cost (for Europeans) and with an exquisite building and collection, this museum has to be on your list of things to see in Seville if you like painting and / or architecture.

Located in an old convent with typical Sevillian stately patios, exquisite samples of tilework and an impressive imperial staircase, the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville is worth it for its architecture alone.

If, in addition to classical art, you are interested in contemporary art, be sure to visit the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art (CAAC). It is located along the west bank of the river in a former monastery that later was a ceramic factory to finally be adapted as an exhibition space.



   PRICES 
           Citizens of the European Union: Free
           Non-EU residents: 1.50 €.


  SCHEDULE       
  Summer: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
             Winter: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
             Sundays and holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
            Closed every Monday.

12. Metropol Parasol - Antiquarium of Seville

Located in the geographic center - north of the historical part of the city, there is a structure that impacts the visitor by breaking with the fundamentally classical architecture that surrounds it.  Locally known as the Mushrooms of La Encarnación. 

Mushrooms are definitely worth a visit for their futuristic curved shapes and curious half-timbered structure. In addition, under them you can find an interesting Roman archaeological place: the antiquarium.

The perspective of the mushrooms is very interesting from the street. However, we recommend you visit the viewpoint that is located in the highest part of the mushrooms and to which you can go up by elevator.

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13. Palacio de Dueñas

It is common when visiting any city to be curious to see what its houses are like inside, especially those that seem to hide more surprises inside. This undoubtedly happens in Seville when we pass in front of the door of the Palacio de las Dueñas, Dueñas Palace, which was the residence in the city of Dukes of Alba.

If you are a person who is especially fond of visiting palaces, you can also visit the Casa Pilatos and the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija in Seville. Together with the Palacio de las Dueñas, these two palaces will give you an idea of the type of private residences that were built in Seville in times of maximum economic prosperity.

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As in all places in Andalusia, the gastronomy of Seville is spectacular. They have high quality products, such as fried fish, ham and chamomile. We give you some recommendations to taste the typical foods of the area.

4 places to eat in Seville


  • Los Claveles: You can order from the richest tapas in Seville to great fish dishes to share.
  • El Rinconcillo: Classic and modern at the same time, with tapas based on lifelong recipes that have been serving food since 1670.
  • Bodega Casa Morales: Founded in 1850, the design of the bar is totally classic. When it comes to food, everyone highlights the montaditos or the chickpea small, as well as a good wine.
  • Bodega Dos de Mayo: If there is a place where the food is Seville and traditional it is the Bodega Dos de Mayo. Although it is difficult to find a table, if you can find it, do not hesitate to try the cod.

4 typical dishes of Seville 


  • Fried little fish: Although they do not have a beach, in Seville they are specialists in fried fish. They even have a dedicated night during the 'Feria de Mayo' May Fair. 
  • Flamenco eggs: It can be prepared in different ways, but always with eggs. It is usually cooked in a clay pot, with asparagus, peas and potatoes, as well as chorizo or ham.
  • Oxtail Stew: Rabo de Toro is a stew with great flavor and seasoned with sauce for dipping lots of bread. The stew is prepared with vegetables, red wine, various spices and a lot of patience, as it takes about 2 hours to prepare.
  • Huevas aliñás: With the hake roe you can prepare a good salad to refresh the body. The classic 'picadillo' has pepper, tomato and onion. 
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Are you going to travel to Cordoba with the little ones? It has everything it needs to be fully enjoyed by the whole family! ¿Vas a viajar a Sevilla con los más pequeños? From touring the Guadalquivir river by boat and enjoying the splendid views of the monuments, to strolling through landscapes and impressive waterfalls through San Nicolás del Puerto and visiting the Castillo de las Guardas. Spending a holiday in Seville with children can be a lot of fun!

Take a look at the best plans for young and old in the Andalusian capital.

Visit Isla Magica Theme Park in Seville 

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Isla Mágica is the most important theme park in Andalusia. The park is set in the Discovery of America. It is made up of six different thematic areas, in addition to having a water park. All these areas include restaurant areas, water machines and soft drinks. Do not worry about the age of the little one since, you will find attractions focused on each age so that everyone can enjoy a magnificent day with the family!

 This amusement park is also very attractive for summer, since it has aquatic areas so that the heat does not burn us.       

Route through the impressive waterfalls of Huéznar


In the center of the Sierra Norte de Sevilla you will enjoy a wonderful place with the best company, the family. You will find a rich landscape with a great variety of plants of an intense green color, full of freshness and calm.

The hiking route begins at the source of the Huéznar River, it is a simple route aimed at all audiences. You can also get to know the town of San Nicolás del Puerto.

If you like nature and magical corners, this is your place! 

Las Guardas Castle Reserve


The Castle Reserve of Las Guardas is located about 50 km from Seville. You will enjoy a natural experience in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla. You will travel about 15 km by train or car while you witness the views accompanied by lions, bears, elephants, zebras and many more species that will come to meet you and which you can feed. In addition, the reserve also offers different exhibits.

You do not have to worry about anything since, the reserve offers different options for eating, rural accommodation and many experiences such as karting, a boat or kayak trip, paintball, children's playground and much more that you will have to discover during your visit.


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Are you passionate about animals and looking for the perfect holiday plans that include them? During your stay in Seville you can enjoy long walks with your dog through its pedestrian streets or its impressive gardens.

It is advisable that if you are going to visit Seville accompanied by a furry dog, you do not do so during the summer months, since the city is at very high temperatures, reaching over 40º C. That is why walking through its streets is unfeasible. In addition, the regulations are clear, dogs cannot enter shops dedicated to food or the different monuments that are found in the city, as there are restrictive ordinances that make Seville not adapt to the new pet friendly city models .

Despite these drawbacks, Seville is a fantastic city where you will enjoy accompanied with your pet.

Places to go with your dog in Seville


  • Enjoy the pet-friendly areas and the dog parks that are scattered around the city.
  • Take a walk through the old town.       
  • Sit on a nice terrace accompanied by your furry.          
  • A pleasant swim on the beach of Ronquillo.
  • In addition, you can enter with your pet in an art gallery without restrictions, Delimbo and the Haurie Gallery are perfect.

Dog parks in Seville


  • Alamillo Park. 
  • Tamarguillo Park.
  • Cuesta del Cross Park. 
  • Príncipes Park.
  • Infanta Elena Park.

Pet-friendly hotels in Seville


If you are one of those who like to travel with your dog, there are more and more hotels that allow pets.

Sevilla accesible


 


The city of Seville has become one of the main destinations for accessible tourism. The historic center has a large pedestrian area and has wide sidewalks with ramps.

Seville has more than 120 kilometers of bike lanes, enabled for all users who want to enjoy a ride through the city. The city is noted for having an Accessible Tourism guide.

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Enjoy the nightlife of Seville. Flamenco, tapas, terraces, drinks and good views. These are some of our favorite spots to party around the city!


Flamenco Nights


If you like dancing and flamenco, you can't leave the city without enjoying a good flamenco show in Seville.

There are different options, from visiting the Museum of Flamenco Dance, the Andalusian Palace to finding yourself in the middle of Plaza España, a show that will leave you speechless.

Night Tours


There are guided tours at night, either on foot to explore the streets and narrow neighborhoods of the historic center discovering the most special corners or, to take a boat trip on the Guadalquivir river and enjoy a pleasant night walk with unbeatable views.

Nightclubs in Seville


It is essential to enjoy a good glass of wine or beer in the Plaza del Salvador, where you will find a close atmosphere. There you can visit the International Brewery. The next stop will be accompanied by some tapas in any of the bars located in La Alfalfa, where you will find a good Sevillian atmosphere.

 

How to get to Seville?





Siempre que se tiene en mente un destino, una de las mayores preocupaciones es llegar a la ciudad. Las principales maneras de viajar a Sevilla son ir en coche, en autobús, en avión o en tren.

How to get to Seville by car


The most common option is by car. Although it all depends on the origin. We recommend accessing through the southern highway or A-4 that starts on the European Route E05, which crosses the United Kingdom, France and Spain, connects with Córdoba (138 km) and Madrid (538 km) and leads to Seville airport. Also the A-92 highway, which joins the N-334 and allows you to get from Malaga (219 km) to Seville. The A-4 highway, linked to the AP-4, which communicates with Cádiz (125 km) or the A-49 highway, which connects with Huelva (94 km).

How to get to Seville by train 


There are many people who enjoy the train trip, so let's see how you can travel by rail to this magical city. In the Station of the capital of Seville. Trains to Seville arrive at the Santa Justa Train Station, the main one in the city and one of the first to have high-speed trains. Located on Avenida de Kansas City, the station has urban transport services so that passengers can move comfortably.

How to get to Seville by bus


If you decide to do it by bus, you should know that the main stations where buses arrive in Seville are Prado de San Sebastián and Plaza de Armas. These buildings have numerous services that link with quite important cities of the national and international scope.

How to get to Seville by plane 


San Pablo Airport is an airport that is located in the vicinity of Seville. An urban bus line regularly arrives there, allowing you to quickly reach the city.

How to get around Seville      


  • Bus 
  • Bici-Sevici
  • Taxi
  • Uber
  • Cabify
  • Muving
  • Scooter - Lime y Bird 

20 most beautiful towns to visit in Seville

 
 
 
We mark you our favorites!
  1. Constantina
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  3. Alanís de la Sierra
  4. Cazalla de la Sierra
  5. Villanueva del Río y Minas
  6. Olivares
  7. Guadalcanal
  8. Santiponce
  9. Montellano
  10. Villamanrique de la Condesa
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  12. Gerena
  13. San Nicolás del Puerto
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  16. Santiponce
  17. Marchena
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  19. El Pedroso





  20. Lora del Río

     












    Seville general information

     

     GIFTS AND SOUVENIRS OF SEVILLE

            Concha Barral Souvenirs

             Seville handicrafts

             Souvenir Macarena

             Souvenir Torre del Oro

    WHERE TO FOR A RUN IN SEVILLE

        María Luisa Park
        Miraflores Park
        Alamillo Park
        Guadalquivir River 

    SEVILLE CULTURAL AGENDA

        Agenda de Sevilla
        J.Andalucía
        Guía del Ocio
       On Sevilla 

     WHERE TO STAY IN SEVILLE

     SHOPPING IN SEVILLE

        Shopping Center Nervión Plaza   

        Shopping Center Plaza de Armas

       Shopping Center Lagoh Sevilla

    SEVILLE TRAVEL GUIDES

    The ultimate local's guide to Seville 

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    Map of Seville


    In this urban map of Seville you can locate the main monuments and places of interest that we have mentioned in this article. We want you to make the most of your visit, so try to take into account all the sites that we have mentioned.

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