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
Seville's historic center is home to 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 to buy online your tickets for the Cathedral of Seville and 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
It is the jewel of the city: a palace complex with beautiful gardens comparable in beauty to the Alhambra in Granada. The Royal Alcazar of Seville contains as much beauty as history within its walls, so my recommendation is to tour the Alcazar on a guided tour and, once it ends, reserve some extra time to enjoy the views and take all the pictures that this essential scenario deserves without haste or time.
If you want to delve into these three emblematic monuments, read my article on how to visit the Cathedral of Seville, the Giralda and the Alcazar.
Very close to the Alcazar you will find the Santa Cruz neighborhood. This iconic neighborhood in the center of Seville will captivate you and you can get lost walking through its narrow streets, a plan to take into account to visit Seville at night and experience the city in all its glory.
3. Take a guided tour of the historic center
Seville combines the great monuments that dot the city and make travelers and locals 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. I leave you this post about the tours of mysteries and legends in Seville.
4. Attend a flamenco show
A visit 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 are the many tablaos where you can go to enjoy a show of quality singing and dancing. There are of all prices and the best, so that they do not run out, is to buy online tickets for the flamenco show.
For flamenco enthusiasts, if you visit Seville, you can not miss the museum of flamenco dance in Seville, pure art of southern Spain.
5. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville
That the capital of Seville is the cradle of several cultures and, therefore, its historical legacy is immeasurable, is something known to all. Therefore, you can not miss a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville, where you will make a small foray into Sevillian art, both for the works it houses and the beautiful architecture of its building.
6. Tour the city by tourist bus
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 it right). What does this mean for the traveler? Apart from the need to stay hydrated, an extra fatigue when touring the city. And even more so if you are traveling with children. The solution? Buy a pass for the Seville tourist bus.
7. Discover Andalusia
Another advantage of the Andalusian capital is its location. In Andalusia, in general, distances are quite manageable, so organized day trips from Seville are a unique opportunity to get to know nearby cities.
Although you can also do this type of visits if you rent a car and go on your own, you will not have so much time because you do not know the roads and destinations, so if you want to be back in the city on the same day I advise you to hire these organized tours from Seville.
Among the most recommended tours to do in Andalusia, you can not miss the tour to Granada, Cordoba, the excursion to the White Villages or the one that takes you to know Gibraltar, Doñana... or why not escape to Morocco in these interesting excursions to the neighboring country?
If you come to Seville for a few days and do not want to go far away, I recommend you to know the best villages in the region, such as Carmona, its incredible historical value and its parador will captivate you. Or Santiponce and its Italic ruins, an authentic Roman town very well preserved.
8. Visit the Torre del Oro and walk along the Guadalquivir river
Possibly, after the Giralda, the Torre del Oro is the most recognizable image of Seville internationally. This construction located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River served in its time a defensive function. Today it houses the Naval Museum of the city and you can go up to enjoy its views.
9. Spend an afternoon in Maria Luisa Park
Seville is a city with many green spaces. Orange trees line the main avenues and in spring the scent of orange blossom fills the streets. Of all the green spaces that exist in the city, Maria Luisa Park is the most charming. Declared as an asset of cultural interest, it is located in the center of the city next to the Palace of San Telmo.
Its entrance is free and inside you will find fountains, sculptures, ponds, vegetation, wooden bridges, waterfalls, tiled benches and many more details that will leave you fascinated.
10. Walk around the Plaza de España
It would have been daring to leave out of this list the square that has served as the setting for cinema myths 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, undoubtedly one of the bestviews of Seville.
Next to the Prado de San Sebastian, a neuralgic point located within walking distance of 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.
11. Stroll through Triana
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 of it many times for its charm, its flamenco tradition, its terraces by the river, its brotherhoods at Easter, its fair ... None of these references is enough to know the neighborhood of Triana: you have to visit it for yourself.
Tips for your trip to Seville
Once you land at the airport in Seville I recommend that you have planned the transfers to the city center, as it is somewhat distant.
Also, for your trip to go round, it is advisable that you make a planning with the things you want to see and so do not leave the wonderful city without knowing at least most of its charms. For this, I am going to leave you some posts about what to see and do depending on the time your trip lasts:
- What to see and do in Seville in 1 day
- What to see and do in Seville in 2 days
- What to see and do in Seville in 3 days
- What to see and do in Seville in 4 days
- What to see and do in Seville in 5 days
When to go to Seville
This city is alive all year round and offers endless activities in any season. Although summer in Seville is usually harder due to the high temperatures, the city has events of all kinds so you won't get bored. With a mild winter and especially a mild autumn in the Andalusian capital, the most beautiful time to visit Seville is undoubtedly in spring. Not surprisingly, its popular April Fair, will infect you with color and life at this time.
Even so, I leave you below some small guides by month so that you don't miss anything when you go.
- 10 things to do in Seville in January
- 10 things to do in Seville in April
- 10 things to do in Seville in August
- 10 things to do in Seville in September
- 10 things to do in Seville in October
- 10 things to do in Seville in November
- 10 things to do in Seville in December
Or maybe you also want to know the best things to do in Seville for Christmas