Seville in 2 Days: everything you need to know

If you have a free weekend and want to come to know the impressive city of Seville I assure you that you will not regret it. I have designed a plan with which you will be able to see everything you need to see and be satisfied with the Andalusian capital.

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

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Seville in 2 Days: everything you need to know

Plaza de España | ©Joan Oger

Seville is a city full of places of interest and plans to do. The capital of Andalusia boasts of being one of the most visited cities in Spain, due to its enormous popular legacy, its tradition and, as they say here, its "duende". If you have always wanted to come and visit it and you have two free days in your agenda, this is your chance!

I have designed below a complete itinerary to see Seville in two days and not miss any of the essentials. You will know in depth its great monuments such as the Giralda or Plaza España, you will eat the traditional tapas, stroll through the Triana neighborhood, sail the Guadalquivir and see a live flamenco show, are you going to miss it?

1. Day Get to know the most traditional of Seville

Entrance to the Alcazar of Seville| ©ArminFlickr
Entrance to the Alcazar of Seville| ©ArminFlickr

You have just arrived in Seville and surely you are eager to go out to walk all its streets. Don't worry because, even if you have just enough time, I have designed a plan with which you will be able to see everything.

On this first day I have reserved a whole itinerary for you to see the most important parts of the historic center, such as the Alzacar, the Giralda or the Cathedral, located in one of the best neighborhoods of Seville.

Then, after lunching some of the most traditional tapas, you will visit the huge and popular Plaza España and end the day with a beautiful boat ride on the Guadalquivir, do you feel like it? Well, let's get to work!

Get to know the Alcazar of Seville

The Alcazar of Seville is one of the greatest icons of the city and is located in the Santa Cruz district. To get there from where you are staying it is best to go to the Puerta de Jerez stop, which has access by metro and streetcar.

From here, the rest of the day can be done on foot without any problem. Once you arrive, the interesting thing is that you can visit the Alcazar both inside and out.

The Alcazar is one of the most visited places in the country and its origin dates back to the ninth century. It is a walled enclosure composed of several gardens and palaces that have a mixture of styles ranging from Mudejar to Gothic and Renaissance. A real pass to which you should spend at least two hours to appreciate it as it deserves.

The place opens its doors from 9:30 am, so you can get up early and go early to make the most of the day. The entrance fee is around 12€ and I can assure you that it is very well invested.

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Visit and enter the Cathedral

At the exit of the Alcazar, walking just a few steps, you will find in front of you another of the great architectural wonders of Seville: its Cathedral. Years ago UNESCO named this impressive building a World Heritage Site along with the Giralda and the Archivo de Indias.

Today it is considered the largest Gothic church in the world and also, inside it holds a great treasure that all tourists want to see. It is the tomb of Christopher Columbus himself.

The Cathedral is usually open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:45 am to 4:45 pm. I would say that entering the interior is a must since you will never have seen anything like it of these dimensions and it will only cost you about 10€, having access to the Giralda, your next stop.

The Cathedral, the Alcazar and the Giralda are some of the best monuments in Seville that will make your morning complete.

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The Giralda, the icon of Seville

At the time of Al Andalus, when the Cathedral was still a mosque, the Giralda was a minaret from where they called to prayer. Today it is one of the towers of the Cathedral and, undoubtedly, one of the great symbols of Seville for its mixture of styles and its perfect preservation.

Visiting the Alcazar, the Cathedral and the Giralda is the highlight of any good trip to Seville and, in addition, if you have purchased the general entrance to the cathedral for approximately 10€, this pass will also give you access to the interior of the Giralda.

From the top, you can enjoy beautiful views of the entire city of Seville and you can see in detail the famous orange courtyard of the cathedral from above. You will feel like a real sultan.

Discover the legacy of the Archivo de Indias

Archive of the Indies| ©Anual
Archive of the Indies| ©Anual

After a morning spent soaking up all the history and culture of the Andalusian capital, you're probably already thinking about sitting down for a bite to eat, but before that, I suggest you make a stop at another of the key places in this area, which is also literally next to the Cathedral.

This is the Archivo de Indias, a place that Carlos III ordered to be built in his time and that gathers all the documentation related to the overseas conquests of the Spanish Empire and, of course, the Conquest of America.

It is a place with an enormous documentary importance that is worth knowing. Admission is free and the tour will not take more than half an hour.

Tapas lunch in the Jewish Quarter

By now your guts must be roaring. But don't worry, because I have reserved for lunch one of the most typical lunches in the south, tapas. Throughout the historic center there are plenty of bars and restaurants where they offer tastings of the most typical dishes and tapas.

You can go on your own and try the different places, although I recommend you to look at one of the tapas tours that are organized by the center of Seville. For about 70€ you can take a tour of the most popular places and try the typical dishes with everything included. A delight!

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Walk around the immensity of Plaza España

After lunch in the Jewish quarter, a nice walk of no more than 10 minutes awaits you as you slowly make your way to another of the city's most popular hubs: Plaza España.

On the way, I recommend that you stop to see the Murillo Gardens, whose traffic circles are one of the most important green spots in the center of Seville.

Upon arrival at Plaza España, you will find a total of 50,000 square meters in front of you. This huge square is in the shape of a semicircle surrounded by a canal where you can watch the boats go by. It was originally built in the early twentieth century to house a large exhibition and today is one of the most iconic and photographed places.

It is ideal if you come at sunset as the colors are even more impressive. In addition, it has a total of 28 benches spread around the square, symbolizing all the provinces that Spain has.

Visit and climb the Torre del Oro

After visiting Plaza España, I suggest you to follow the route through the most typical Seville and walk up to the Torre del Oro, on the banks of the Guadalquivir.

This beautiful and tall tower had a defensive purpose centuries ago but today has become a very popular viewpoint and, in addition, inside is the Naval Museum.

The entrance only costs 3 € and is quite entertaining to see to see the great legacy that the city has in terms of naval past and strategic point of the main expeditions that came out of the Crown.

Enjoy a boat ride on the Guadalquivir River

If you have invested the day well, it will have already begun to get dark and, for this special moment of the day, I have prepared a plan with which you can say goodbye to this first day in Seville.

The Guadalquivir is one of the most important rivers in Spain, having come to inspire songs and poems. I can't think of a better way to pay tribute to it than getting on some of the best boat rides that are organized.

Most of them usually have their starting point right in front of the Torre del Oro, so, when you leave this Sevillian landmark, you will be just a few steps away to take one of these pleasant rides.

Arriving at the pier, you can enjoy a 1 hour and a half ride along the riverbed and see from the water some of the emblems of the city such as the Triana Bridge or the Castle of San Jorge .

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2. Day Las Setas de Sevilla, Triana and flamenco show.

Flamenco Show| ©Elliott Brown
Flamenco Show| ©Elliott Brown

I'm sure that after yesterday you've already had a good idea of what this beautiful city is like, but there's more!

This second day is going to be a bit quieter so you won't end up exhausted, but you will still be able to visit essential and very typical areas of Seville such as the famous Las Setas building, the popular Plaza de Toros and, of course, its charismatic neighborhood of Triana.

To finish, you will say goodbye to the city with a flamenco show in style, the perfect finale!

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Las Setas, the huge wooden construction

Seville is full of tradition, but if you want to move around a little more modern icons, you can not miss going to see the famous construction of Las Setas, considered one of the largest wooden structures in the world.

To get there, you can go by bus to the Plaza de la Encarnación stop on lines 27 or 32. When you arrive, you will find an irregular wooden ceiling that will envelop you from the first moment.

If the weather is nice, do not miss the opportunity to go upstairs, where it has a viewpoint made of walkways.

In addition, on the first floor there are some valuable archaeological remains from Roman times and, if you come without breakfast, you can have something to eat at the Mercado de la Encarnación. All this for an entrance fee of around 5€, not bad, right?

Visit the Town Hall

Less than 10 minutes walk from Las Setas, you will find another key building of Seville; its City Hall. Before arriving, you can walk down the street to pass in front of a picturesque church in the center, the baroque-style Iglesia Colegial del Divino Pastor. You don't have to go inside if you don't feel like it, but seeing it from the outside is worth it.

When you arrive at the Town Hall, you can appreciate its Renaissance-style exterior. The building is located in the Plaza Nueva. Surrounded by trees, it is ideal if you want to stop for a rest and a coffee in one of the most central areas of Seville.

Walk around the great Plaza de Toros

Continuing with the walk, and just 5 minutes from the Plaza Nueva, you will find the famous Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. It is one of the largest bullrings in Spain, since Andalusia has a great tradition of bullfighting.

If you are a fan of this type of events, you can choose to buy a ticket for about 10 € and see the inside of the square with the guidance of a guide.

However, if you are not very much in favor of bullfighting you do not need to see inside. What I do recommend is that you enjoy the building and its dimensions from the outside, where you can appreciate its baroque style and bright colors typical of the south of the country.

Cross the Triana Bridge

Triana Bridge| ©Daniel GB
Triana Bridge| ©Daniel GB

A few steps from the Plaza de Toros, following the Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, you will reach one of the most famous bridges in Seville. The Triana Bridge, also known as the Isabel II Bridge, is the gateway to the iconic Triana neighborhood. It is an arched bridge that crosses the entire river and introduces you to this charismatic neighborhood.

Within the Triana neighborhood there is a lot to do. Above all, it is a place where it is worth walking to get to know its streets and its charm. The photo at the Triana Bridge is a must and, as we are sure you are getting hungry, I suggest you cross it to have a bite to eat in this well-known neighborhood.

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Traditional lunch in the Triana neighborhood

The neighborhood of Triana is famous for its narrow streets full of bars and colors and that is why you will not have much trouble finding a good cheap place where you can eat typical Andalusian cuisine. But, just in case you want to make sure, there are several typical restaurants of traditional food that you can not miss in Triana.

This is the case of Casa Cuesta, a restaurant located just a few meters from the Triana Bridge that offers the most traditional food in a unique atmosphere. Salmorejo, eggplant with honey, Iberian prey or oxtail are some of their specialties, enjoy!

View of the Church of Santa Ana

After lunch and having rested a bit from the morning walk, the rest of the afternoon is more relaxed. I suggest you continue walking through the neighborhood of Triana towards the south and visit the Church of Santa Ana, a Mudejar Gothic style building which you can access for 4 € to know its crypt.

This place is open from Monday to Friday and the evening hours start at 17:00 so it can be a very entertaining plan to do after lunch while strolling.

Stroll along San Jacinto street and do some last minute shopping

To finish getting to know this beautiful neighborhood and also begin to say goodbye to the city of Seville, I encourage you to go to one of the main shopping avenues of the city, San Jacinto street, just two blocks from the Church of Santa Ana. You can walk past the Parroquia de San Jacinto, which is the starting point of the avenue and spend some time shopping for gifts and souvenirs of the trip.

San Jacinto street has top brand stores but also has local businesses where you can take some souvenirs of your trip to Seville.

Experience a flamenco show

You have had a very busy day and, to put the finishing touch to your trip, I have prepared a great plan that you can not miss. Andalusia is the cradle of flamenco and Seville, as its capital, is one of the places where you can find more flamenco shows.

To end the day, I suggest you buy tickets for one of these shows. They usually start at 8 pm and last for an hour. You can enjoy a unique moment full of magic while you have a drink for about 25€.

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Best time to visit Seville

Seville Tourist Bus| ©Elliott Brown
Seville Tourist Bus| ©Elliott Brown

As you can imagine, Seville is a city that welcomes millions of tourists every year. The Andalusian capital is home to a great cultural interest and that is why there are usually tourists at almost all times of the year.

If you are looking for tradition and folklore, I recommend you to go to Seville in April, where you can enjoy its famous Feria and the most passionate Holy Week.

However, if you want to escape the crowds, I recommend you to go to Seville in summer, but avoiding the months of July and August, when it is the hottest and most crowded. It is best to go in late June or early September as temperatures are more bearable and you will not find everything so crowded.

Itinerary by days

So you can have more structured all the plans to do in two days in Seville, I leave here a comparative table with the itinerary I made for you.

  • Day 1
  • The most typical of Seville
  • Alcazar, Cathedral and Giralda
  • Tapas Tour
  • Plaza España and Boat Ride
  • Day 2
  • Modern Seville and Triana
  • Las Setas and Plaza de Toros
  • Traditional Food
  • Barrio de Triana and Flamenco Show

Seville is a city that leaves no one indifferent. Whether for its art, its tradition, its history or its people, this place never disappoints its visitors and awaits them every year with open arms.