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Best Tours and Day Trips from Seville

If you are enjoying Seville, you can't miss its surroundings: white villages, exquisite gastronomy and lots of nature. What are you waiting for?

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

9 min read

Best Tours and Day Trips from Seville

The Torre del Oro bathed by the waters of the Guadalquivir river | ©Santiago Lacarta

Nobody doubts the beauty of Seville. The capital of Andalusia is internationally famous and well deserved. If you are going to visit it, I recommend these guided tours with which you will learn local stories and legends while visiting the highlights of the city and its surroundings.

1. Guided tour of Seville

Plaza de España
Plaza de España

My first recommendation is that you get an overview of the city of Seville: what are its main monuments, what is the most important thing that any traveler should know to get around the city and what are the stories behind its points of interest. This tour through the center of Seville is the most suitable for this. It lasts three hours and is available in English, French and Spanish.

What this tour consists of

This experience also has a peculiarity: it is based on the concept of free tour. Surely you have already done a tour of this type in a city, but, in case you haven't, let me explain what it is. This is a "free" tour in which you are the one who sets the price for the guide's work at the end of the tour. The idea is that everyone adapts the payment to their possibilities and that no one is left without access to a quality tour for economic reasons.

This tour of Seville is in high demand, so you can book your place online for three euros. The meeting point with the guide is always a central location such as Puerta de Jerez, but the exact time and place will be confirmed once you make the reservation.

Itinerary

  • The Golden Tower
  • The Real Alcazar of Seville (the exterior)
  • The Patio de Banderas Square
  • The Giralda
  • The General Archive of the Indies
  • Santa Marta Square
  • The Palace of San Telmo
  • The Plaza de España
  • Maria Luisa Park
  • The Triana Bridge (or Isabel II Bridge)

2. Guided tour of the Santa Cruz neighborhood and surrounding area

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

Surely if you are asked about the Jewish quarter of Seville you will be a little puzzled, but surely if you talk about the Santa Cruz neighborhood you will have a clearer mental image. Indeed, the famous neighborhood located a few meters from the Cathedral of Seville famous for its facades and its plants, is also the Jewish quarter of the city. On this tour you will discover one of the oldest areas of Seville focusing on its history.

If you are interested in the medieval period, you will really enjoy this tour of Santa Cruz with an expert guide who will fill the visit with entertaining explanations sprinkled with anecdotes. The price of this tour is $14, it is available in Spanish, English and French and lasts about an hour and a half.

Itinerary

  • The most famous corners of the neighborhood of Santa Cruz
  • The exterior of the Alcázar of Seville
  • The Plaza Nueva
  • The first mosque of the city
  • The Moorish market of the Alfalfa square
  • The square of San Francisco
  • The Plaza de las Cruces
  • The Murillo Gardens

Ana's Traveller Tip

Be aware of the prices charged to tourists in Seville. Ask your guide before buying any snacks during the tour.

3. Guided tour of the White Villages

Round| ©Chris Unger
Round| ©Chris Unger

Surely you have heard on more than one occasion of the charm of the villages of Andalusia, but locating them on your own is not always easy. When you make your online reservation for the excursion to the White Villages you will be informed of the meeting point in the center of Seville and the time at which the tour will depart.

You can choose between Spanish, English, French or Italian. The price of $86 includes both round-trip transportation from Seville and the services of a professional guide. The first of the villages is just an hour and a half from Seville, although the mountain roads and curves could delay the trip. At each destination you will have free time to relax and explore at your leisure.

Itinerary

  • Zahara de la Sierra
  • Grazalema Mountains
  • Ronda

4. Guided visit to the Santa Cruz quarter

Typical courtyards of the Santa Cruz neighborhood| ©Jocelyn Erskine-Kellie
Typical courtyards of the Santa Cruz neighborhood| ©Jocelyn Erskine-Kellie

Here you have another option to visit the Santa Cruz neighborhood in depth. In this guided tour you will learn about romances and legends of this historic neighborhood, but it will also be a current and fresh tour in which your local guide will give you details about how people live nowadays in this area of Seville. Narrow streets, historic facades, courtyards adorned with flowers and an unmistakable scent of orange blossom are the hallmarks of this visit.

The tour is priced at 14, lasts two hours and is available in three languages: English, French and Spanish. A word of advice: this is one of the most charming neighborhoods in Seville and you will want to take a thousand and one photos during the tour, but try not to lose sight of the group. The streets of the Santa Cruz neighborhood can emulate a real labyrinth and, in addition to the views, it is worth enjoying the stories of love and hate that your guide will tell you.

5. Excursion to Granada including a visit to the Alhambra

The Alhambra from above
The Alhambra from above

It is no secret that there is a healthy competition between the different provinces of Andalusia when it comes to competing for the position of best tourist destination in southern Spain. Each of the cities has important assets to play with, but it must be recognized that the Alhambra in Granada is one of the strongest assets.

Regardless of whether you take your time to get to know the city of Granada during another trip, if you are passing through Seville and have the opportunity to take this day trip to the Alhambra, don't hesitate.

What this tour consists of

The distance by road between Seville and Granada is about three hours, but I guarantee that the time is worth it to see this monumental paradise. The excursion, for a price of $151, includes the transfer to and from Granada in an air-conditioned vehicle, the pick-up and return to your hotel in Seville, the entrance to the Alhambra (Generalife and Charles V Palace included) without queues and the services of a professional guide during the whole day.

On a voluntary basis you can extend the experience with a walking tour of the Albaicin, a district of Granada also considered a World Heritage Site.

Ana's Traveller Tip

As a general rule, few places will be hotter than Seville: sun protection and plenty of water are the keys to any walking tour in summer.

6. Night tapas tour in Seville

Enjoying tapas in the nightlife of Seville| ©Naval S
Enjoying tapas in the nightlife of Seville| ©Naval S

If you think that during the day the atmosphere of the city of Seville is unbeatable, get ready to experience it when night falls. When the high temperatures give a break, Sevillians take to the streets and terraces in search of a beer and a tapa. This night tour through Seville is precisely to taste some of those tapas and to know some of the most typical places where to order them.

What this tour consists of

Doing this tour is like visiting the city with a friend and receiving his wise advice on how to get around the city like a local.

You will visit about four bars and what you will eat in each of them will depend on the season, but surely there will be a good wine, a good Iberian ham, fried fish and the obligatory summer red wine. If you want more information, when you make your reservation online you can ask via email any questions or queries.

7. Bicycle tour in Seville

Electric bike tour in Seville| ©Sandra Vallaure
Electric bike tour in Seville| ©Sandra Vallaure

You've probably noticed the bike lane that runs practically the entire length of Seville. The Andalusian capital is one of the cities that best suits cyclists and it would be a shame if visitors did not also take advantage of it. This electric bike tour of Seville includes bike and helmet rental and the services of a local guide.

The price of this tour is $48, it lasts two and a half hours and you can choose the language between Spanish, English, Italian or French. The best of all is that, by using the bike, you will cover a greater distance than any walking tour would allow. Electric bicycles will be used on the tour, so don't worry about fatigue. However, when booking online, avoid selecting the central hours of the day to avoid the heat.

Itinerary

  • Bullring La Maestranza
  • Triana neighborhood
  • Tower of Gold
  • San Telmo Palace
  • Maria Luisa Park
  • Plaza de España
  • Tobacco Factory
  • Seville Cathedral
  • City Hall and Plaza Nueva

8. Excursion to El Rocío and Doñana Park

El Rocío Chapel| ©Marcin Polak
El Rocío Chapel| ©Marcin Polak

If your image of El Rocío is that of carts and dusty roads or that of fervent followers of the Virgin trying to overturn the step at her exit from the church, I will tell you that there is much more behind this village belonging to the province of Huelva. In this excursion you will discover it and, in the second part of it, you will make a 4x4 tour through the Doñana Park where animal species such as the Iberian lynx live.

The joint excursion to Doñana and El Rocío gives you the opportunity to visit two places near Seville in the same day that are an important part of the Andalusian cultural and natural heritage. You can do this tour in Spanish or English and includes transfers from the center of Seville in an air-conditioned vehicle with WIFI connection, as well as the respective tours of Doñana and El Rocío.

9. Excursion to Cordoba with guided tour

Walking around Cordoba
Walking around Cordoba

A day trip to Cordoba could not be missing among the most popular excursions in Seville. The price of $108 includes round trip transfer from Seville in an air-conditioned vehicle, entrance tickets to the famous Mosque of Cordoba without waiting in line and the services of a professional guide. Before returning to Seville you will have time to explore the city of Cordoba at your leisure. Lunch is not included in this tour.

What to see in Cordoba

  • The Roman Bridge
  • The Calahorra Tower
  • The old Jewish quarter
  • The Mosque of Cordoba

10. Organized excursion to Cadiz and Jerez

The Atlantic Ocean bathing the coasts of Cadiz| ©Miguel Ángel García.
The Atlantic Ocean bathing the coasts of Cadiz| ©Miguel Ángel García.

Another of the guided tours that depart daily from Seville is the excursion to Cadiz and Jerez, two emblematic cities located just an hour and a half from the Andalusian capital. More than 3000 years of history bathe these places and in this excursion to Cadiz and Jerez you will have the opportunity to discover them thanks to the explanations of an expert guide.

If you are wondering, yes, the tour also includes free time at the beach of La Caleta in Cadiz. You can also add to the experience the pick-up at your hotel in Seville (otherwise a central meeting point will be provided upon booking) and a wine tasting at the destination. Apart from this, the transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle and the services of the guide are included in the price of $103

Ana's Traveller Tip

If you want to do the excursion to Cadiz, avoid weekends as you will encounter delays on the roads.

11. If you are interested in taking a guided tour of Seville, you will also be interested in

Interior courtyard of the Alcazar of Seville| ©Enric Rubio Ros
Interior courtyard of the Alcazar of Seville| ©Enric Rubio Ros

By taking any of the tours of Seville and its neighborhoods you will discover how far back the history of this city goes. A medieval and romantic world is hidden behind the beauty of its architecture and streets. The most comfortable way to tour them is aboard its tourist bus. I tell you all about its use and advantages in my article on Seville Hop on Hop off Bus Tours.

And you still haven't seen anything... A place where this story is multiplied and that will leave you with your mouth open, surpassing even the impression that the Cathedral and the Giralda will make on you, is the Alcazar.

From the outside it goes unnoticed and many of those who visit Seville make the big mistake of leaving the visit to the interior for the next trip, but this would change if they knew what they would find when crossing its doors; a landscape comparable only to the beauty of the Alhambra in Granada. If you want to visit the Alcazar on a guided tour take a look at this article on Seville Alcázar Tickets and Tours.