There are so many things to do in Seville, the capital of Andalucía. It’s a city where every street has an interesting story to tell. It’s a destination that gives a peek into the various cultures that have passed through Spain’s history. The city is admired for its majestic architecture, vibrant flamenco, and delectable tapas.
Here is a list of amazing things to do in Seville plus a couple of day trips if you have 2 or 3 days in Seville!
1. Climb up the Giralda
The bell tower of Seville Cathedral, La Giralda is one of the most iconic landmarks of the city. Initially constructed as a minaret of a mosque, this centuries-old monument gives a glimpse of Seville’s glorious history and culture.
La Giralda is a stunning example of diverse architectural styles and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can ascend the 35 ramps to reach the top of this 104-meter-high tower. The ramps are wide enough even for a horseback ride.
The best part of climbing the Giralda is that you will be greeted by stunning panoramic views of Seville.
2. Explore the Alcazar
The Real Alcazar, located near the Cathedral attracts the visitors of Seville with its historic charm. Being the official home in Seville to the King of Spain, it is the oldest active royal palace.
The palace had gone through continuous transformations throughout the centuries of its existence. It showcases a classic blend of Mudéjar, Gothic, and Romanesque architecture. The stunning interiors, the magnificent ceilings, and the beautiful tile-work of this castle will take you back to the past.
A walk around the courtyard and the lush green gardens of the Alcazar promises a rewarding experience. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you will have many déjà vu moments here.
3. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz
A trip to Seville is incomplete without visiting Santa Cruz: Seville’s old Jewish Quarter. It is home to many old churches, plazas, and other notable attractions like the Patio de Banderas.
The best way to explore the essence of the city is by walking through the streets. The Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz lets you escape into Seville’s splendid history as you stroll along its narrow streets.
Come prepared to be fascinated by architectural surprises at every corner of this street.
4. Take a photo at the Torre de Oro
Torre del Oro or the Golden tower dates its history to the 13th century. Initially built as a military watchtower, the tower projects an incredible golden shine on the Guadalquivir river. It now serves as a naval museum with amazing collections of navigational instruments.
The backdrop of the river makes it a great venue to click spectacular Instagram worthy pictures. Take home blissful memories that will bring a smile that’s as shining as the tower itself.
5. Enjoy the Plaza de España
The beautiful Plaza de España guarantees an experience straight out of a fairy-tale. It is one of the most majestic plazas in Spain and an epitome of skillful design. Spend your day by admiring its beauty, taking a walk, clicking amazing pictures, and enjoying a romantic boat ride.
6. Attend a Flamenco show in Triana
The vibrant culture of Seville can be best understood by witnessing a Flamenco show. It’s an impressive art that involves music, guitar playing, singing, and dancing. The talented artists in colourful costumes will leave you mesmerized with their spectacular performance.
Triana is one of the best neighbourhoods in Seville to enjoy an authentic and captivating Flamenco performance.
7. Go shopping in Seville
Shopping in Seville is nothing less than a delightful therapy. From traditional street shopping areas to high-end retail shopping centres, Seville has it all. The pedestrian area at El Duque, Sierpes, Tetuán, and the old town stands popular among shoppers.
Whether its fashion, jewelry, craft, or beauty products, the choices are irresistible here. The shopping areas also have brilliant restaurants and cafes to relish amazing cuisines. You can also find amazing souvenirs to cherish your Seville memories forever.
8. Visit the bullfight arena
Bullfighting is another key element in the list of Seville’s interesting traditions. The city is home to Spain’s largest bullfighting arena: Plaza de Toros. Built-in the 18th century, it is one of the most emblematic monuments of Seville. This isn’t for everyone, but the bullring is good to see on its own.
It hosts the world’s largest bullfighting festival during the festival week: Feria de Abril. Get your heart pumping by witnessing bullfighting at this splendid arena that can accommodate 13000 visitors.
9. Have tapas near the Mushroom building
While in Seville, indulging in scrumptious tapas is always a good idea. The tapas bars scattered throughout the city will make you fall in love with authentic Spanish flavours.
If you are visiting the Metropol Parasol or mushroom building, you will find remarkable choices nearby. Stop by to treat yourself with some lip-smacking Spanish delicacies, after admiring the beauty of the mushroom building.
If you are wondering what to eat in Seville, you should definitely try a montadito de pringá and the cazón en adobo.
If you have 2 or 3 days in Seville why not add a side day trip?
10. Do a day trip to Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez de la Frontera is a gorgeous Andalusian city that has splendid surprises to offer its visitors. The list of the best things to do in Jerez de la Frontera is impressive and exciting. Hopping the sherry bars tops the chart, followed by exploring the charm of the old town.
You can reach this admirable city by train from Seville in an hour. Jerez de la Frontera is an ideal destination for an enriching day trip.
11. Venture out on a day trip to Córdoba
Another quick and easy day trip from Seville is to Córdoba. Here is the Wagoners Abroad guide to one day in Córdoba, including the Mezquita, Jewish quarter, Patio de Flores, and more. It is easily accessible via the train and you won’t need to hassle with the stress of parking.
If you are looking for further day trips from Seville, you might consider staying in a beach resort near Seville such as Matalascañas. It’s perfect to escape the summer heat!
For more information on Seville, here is the website for the tourist board.
Where to eat in Seville?
The dining scene in Seville is brilliant with amazing choices of Andalusian food to eat.
I recommend a visit to the ancient bar El Rinconcillo, which is a destination in itself. As it’s often filled with locals, it’s perfect when looking for restaurants in Seville. Another remarkable dining destination is Filo that has a great menu and ambiance.
Where to Stay?
Hotel Alfonso XIII and Hotel Mercer Sevilla are ranked among the best family hotels in Seville. You can also consider your stay at Palacio Pinello which is the best boutique hotel in Seville.
Where is Seville and how to get there from Madrid?
Seville is a part of southern Spain and is located in the Southwest of the Iberian Peninsula. It is easily accessible from Madrid through buses, trains, flights, and cars. The most convenient way is to travel by train which lets you reach Seville in less than 3 hours.
About the author:
Paulina has lived more than 5 years in Spain and fell in love with Seville. Maybe because of the delicious food? Or the stunning architecture? Or the great weather all year round? Probably it’s a mix of all! She is a writer about her favorite places in Andalucia at visitsouthernspain.com