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11 Best Things To Do in Seville

If there is one 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

8 min read

11 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

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

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.

Book tickets for the Cathedral and Giralda of Seville

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 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.

Book tickets to the Alcazar of Seville

3. Take a guided tour of the historic center

Cabildo Square| ©Jose A.
Cabildo Square| ©Jose A.

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.

Book a tour of legends in Seville

4. Attend a flamenco show

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

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.

Book the best flamenco shows in Seville

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.

Book a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts

6. Tour the city by tourist 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 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.

To quench the high temperatures I also suggest you to take a night tour around the city or maybe the boat rides available on our website can help you cool off.

Another nice way to get around Seville is by bike. There are several types of tours to get to know Seville by bike or you can rent the public bikes to explore the city at your own pace.

Book a seat on the Seville tourist bus

7. 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 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.

Book an excursion to Granada with entrance tickets to the Alhambra

8. Visit the Torre del Oro and walk along the Guadalquivir river

The Guadalquivir river bathing the Torre del Oro (Golden Tower)| ©Santiago Lacarta
The Guadalquivir river bathing the Torre del Oro (Golden Tower)| ©Santiago Lacarta

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.

Book a boat trip along the Guadalquivir River

9. Spend an afternoon in Maria Luisa Park

Maria Luisa Park| ©Jose A.
Maria Luisa Park| ©Jose A.

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.

Book a tour of the Maria Luisa Park and Plaza España

10. Walk around the Plaza de España

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

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.

Book a tour of the Maria Luisa Park and Plaza España

11. Stroll through Triana

The neighborhood of Triana| ©ijclark
The neighborhood of Triana| ©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 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.

But there are many other neighborhoods in Seville that you can not miss to taste their tapas and meet their friendly neighbors. I recommend you this tour of the best tapas tours in Seville.

Book a tapas tour in Triana

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:

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.

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