Top attractions in Seville
The 10 Best Things to Do in Seville
From Moorish influences, which brought light to Andalucia when the rest of Europe languished in the Dark Ages, to the height of Spain's colonial era and the riches the Americas yielded, a stroll through Seville takes you on a tour of its golden ages.
1. Alcázar of Seville
Established as a fort in 930 AD, a royal residence of the Moorish kings developed over the centuries. Complete with lush gardens, it's an exquisite example of mudéjar architecture.
2. Seville Cathedral
The world's third largest church stands on the site of the former, 12th-century Almohad Mosque. It's also been the final resting place for Christopher Columbus since 1898.
3. The Giralda
Soaring 341 feet, the cathedral's bell tower was the original minaret of the mosque. The bronze weather vane at the top has represented "faith" since the 16th century.
4. Torre del Oro
Once decked in golden tiles, this robust "Tower of Gold" on the banks of the Guadalquivir River houses the Naval Museum that reflects Spain's colonial expansion in the Americas.
5. María Luisa Park
Verdant and tranquil, the sprawling park along the city's river was the heart of the 1929 Ibero-American Expo. It's the perfect place to seek respite on a warm summer's day.
6. Plaza de España
Built on the edge of María Luisa Park for the 1929 Expo, the grand, half-circle complex, with tiled alcoves representing Spain's provinces, boasts fountains and small canals.
7. General Archive of the Indies
Located in the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes, the archive dates from 1785 and holds 43,000 records that document three hundred years of Spanish colonialism in the Americas.
8. Teatro de la Maestranza
Constructed as a cultural venue for the 1992 Expo, the theater primarily hosts opera and musical performances, including Spanish operettas known as Zarzuelas.
9. Museum of Fine Arts of Seville
Feast your eyes on masterpieces by famed artists, such as Zurbarán, Murillo and Goya. Founded in 1839, the museum features artwork from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
10. Metropol Parasol
Controversial at first, the waffle-like structure invigorated a tired neighborhood. The view from the top offers a city panorama, while underground houses Roman and Moorish ruins.
Planning Your Visit
How many days to spend in Seville?
A full four days will allow you to appreciate Seville's attractions without rushing. If you plan to come in spring for the Feria de Abril, then tack on another day or two for this major cultural and colorful event. For a week you'll never forget, consider experiencing Semana Santa (Holy Week of Easter) in the city.
The city has a bus and metro system, and taxis are everywhere. Seville's main sights are also within easy walking distance. If you stay in Triana or simply want to explore the neighborhood, you'll find that metro and bus lines service that area, too.
Where to stay in Seville
The district of Santa Cruz is pretty central, and you'll have all there is to see in Seville at your fingertips. The district of Arenal is also a great option, as well as the former Jewish quarter of Triana across the river. Please keep in mind that if you are planning to arrive for Semana Santa, some hotels may require a week's stay.
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- Best time to visit
- From March to May, the city enjoys warm, comfortable temperatures, the crowds are yet to arrive, and there are some great festivals to experience.
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What people are saying about Seville
A1 experience with our enthusiastic and knowledgeable Guide Pilar, who gave us really interesting information about Seville, its history and the not to be missed Triana district. Triana is home to many tapas bars and restaurants enjoyed by locals rather than tourists and where the architecture and ceramic makers lived and work is fascinating. The boat trip ended a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining afternoon.
Excellent ! I was booking for 4 people in October, and we were only the 4 of us, 2 adults and 2 teens, enjoying Segway for the first time. We had Amandine, driving us through Sevilla and its history in French as requested while booking. Very nice and interesting coach. Perfect fit with the teens. Everybody loved the tour and wants to do it again. Merci Amandine ;-) Bon retour en France!
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour! I almost purchased the admission alone but thought I’d spend a little extra for a guide and it was so worth it! The guide was very knowledgeable and made the experience that much more gratifying! You have a deeper appreciation for the experience when you know the background of the site. 10/10 recommend!
Carmen was a wonderful guide! She was very knowledgable and passionate and we had a great time with her on our tour! Would recommend
The guide was fun and exciting. We had plenty of time to take pictures and enjoy sites.