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Best things to do in Seville

If there is a Spanish city that will steal your heart from minute 1, it is Seville, whose culture, art and beautiful streets will leave you wanting more!

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

Oct 13, 2021 • 4 min read

Best things to do in Seville

The Plaza de España in Seville | ©Joan Oger

The city of Seville does not disappoint anyone, rather it surprises those visitors who evoke the Giralda or the Torre del Oro before their visit and, once they arrive, they realize that Seville is much more. These are the 10 Seville experiences you should not miss.

1. Visit the Cathedral and climb the Giralda

The Cathedral of Seville and the Giralda | ©salva u.f.
The Cathedral of Seville and the Giralda | ©salva u.f.

In the historic center of Seville is the second largest cathedral in the world (preceded in first place by St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican). To make your visit even more special, I recommend you buy online your tickets for the Cathedral of Seville.

You will get to enjoy its impressive Gothic structure without waiting, which is difficult to do without being distracted when you look up to the sky and see the famous minaret of the Giralda.

2. Stroll through the Alcazar

Detail of the decoration of the Alcazar of Seville | ©Clark Van Der Beken
Detail of the decoration of the Alcazar of Seville | ©Clark Van Der Beken

It is the jewel of the city: a palace complex with beautiful gardens equal in beauty to the Alhambra in Granada. The Reales Alcázares de Sevilla enclose as much beauty as history within its walls, so my recommendation is to explore the Alcazar on a guided visit.

Once the visit ends, take some time to enjoy the views and snap all the pictures that this essential scenery deserves at your own pace.

3. Take a guided tour of the historic center

Plaza del Cabildo | ©Jose A.
Plaza del Cabildo | ©Jose A.

Seville combines the great monuments that dot the city and get travelers and locals to look up interrupting their activities with hidden corners of authentic and authentic beauty. To explore the former and discover the latter are the guided walking tours of Seville which, in addition, are a perfect opportunity to learn more about the customs and legends of the Andalusian capital.

4. Attend a Flamenco Show

Flamenco show in the streets of Seville | ©[●] wim goedhart
Flamenco show in the streets of Seville | ©[●] wim goedhart

Going to a flamenco show could not be missing from the list of best things to do in Seville. The flamenco tradition is deeply rooted in the city and an example of this is the many tablaos where you can go to enjoy a show of quality singing and dancing. There are of all prices and the best thing to do, so as not to sell out, is buy online tickets for the flamenco show.

5. Tour the city by tour bus

Tourist bus through the streets of Seville | ©Sandra Vallaure
Tourist bus through the streets of Seville | ©Sandra Vallaure

If Seville has something against it is undoubtedly the high temperatures. Seville's summer goes from May to September with both months included and temperatures in July and August can easily exceed 45 degrees (yes, I spelled that right). What does this mean for the traveler? Apart from the need to stay hydrated, extra fatigue when touring the city. The solution? Buy a pass for the Seville tourist bus.

6. Discover Andalusia

The Alhambra in Granada at sunset | ©Leon LEE
The Alhambra in Granada at sunset | ©Leon LEE

Another advantage of the Andalusian capital is its location. In Andalusia, in general, distances are quite manageable so the organized day trips from Seville are a unique opportunity to get to know nearby cities.

Although you can also do this kind of visit if you rent a car and go on your own, you won't have so much time because you don't know the roads or the destinations, so if you want to be back in the city in the same day I advise you to hire these organized tours from Seville.

7. Visit the Torre del Oro and tour the Guadalquivir River

The Guadalquivir river bathing the Torre del Oro | ©Santiago Lacarta
The Guadalquivir river bathing the Torre del Oro | ©Santiago Lacarta

Possibly, after the Giralda, the Torre del Oro is the most recognizable image of Seville at international level. This construction, located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, once served a defensive function. Today it houses the city's Naval Museum and you can climb up to enjoy its views.

8. Spend an afternoon in María Luisa Park

Parque de María Luisa | ©Jose A.
Parque de María Luisa | ©Jose A.

Seville is a city with many green spaces. The oranges delimit the main avenues and in spring the smell of orange blossom fills the streets. Of all the green spaces that exist in the city, the park of Maria Luisa is the one with more charm. Declared an asset of cultural interest, it is located in the center of the city next to the Palace of San Telmo.

It's free admission and inside you will find fountains, sculptures, ponds, vegetation, wooden bridges, waterfalls, tiled benches, and many more details that will leave you fascinated.

9. Stroll around the Plaza de España

Plaza de España | ©Natálie Viklická
Plaza de España | ©Natálie Viklická

It would have been daring to leave off the list the square that has served as the setting for cinema and TV icons such as Star Wars or Game of Thrones. The Plaza de España is another important point of Seville whose charm is difficult to describe in words.

Next to the Prado de San Sebastian, a neuralgic point located a short distance from the historic center of the city, you will find this huge semi-elliptical square embraced by an architectural construction whose style is a mixture of Renaissance and Baroque.

10. Stroll through Triana

The Triana neighborhood | ©ijclark
The Triana neighborhood | ©ijclark

In your visit to Seville, you can not miss a walk through one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of the capital (without underestimating the neighborhood of La Macarena). You will have heard about it many times for its charm, its flamenco tradition, its terraces by the river, its brotherhoods at Easter... None of these references is enough to know the neighborhood: you have to walk it by yourself.

Things to do in Seville