Are you thinking of visiting Seville and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, because in a city as wonderful as this, what happens to you is quite normal. Now that I live halfway between Alicante and Seville, I am going to try to help you with the difficult task of choosing among the many things to see in Seville.

The capital of Andalusia is a city that exudes light, energy and passion. From its oldest and most iconic neighborhoods, to the modern bars and restaurants that have opened their doors along the river and in other modernized areas, passing through the bohemian and alternative Alameda, where you will always find a cultural or artistic plan to do.

Seville is a city that you don’t finish in one or two visits. Not even in a dozen. Every time you visit it you will discover a new corner, a new secret. That is precisely what makes it a fascinating place.

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The 15 best things to see and do in Seville

I invite you to accept my hand and let’s travel together through the best places to see in Seville , based on my personal experience and leaving you with some activities and advice that you cannot miss:

1. Real Alcazar of Seville, one of the wonders to see in Seville

I started my trip to Seville visiting one of the most impressive monuments to see in Seville : the Real Alcazar (or, rather, Reales Alcazares, since the complex is made up of several palaces from different periods). The oldest royal palace in use in Europe (it is still the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family when they visit Seville) has a long and really interesting history.

In the 10th century, Caliph Abderraman III an-Nasir ordered the construction , next to the river, of a palace that would serve as the seat of government. To this palace would be added the Alcazar Nuevo of the Abbadies, the rulers of Seville and its surroundings in the 10th century. The Almohads, in the 12th century, would complete the works of the Arab period.

After the Castilian conquest , the Real Alcazar became the seat of the Crown and of the municipal power of the city. New palaces were built in different styles, such as the Gothic, by Alfonso X and the Mudejar Palace, by Pedro I, in the middle of the 14th century. From the 15th century, the palatial reforms continued, contributing Renaissance elements – as can be seen in the Halls of Carlos V – and Baroque.

However, despite the magnificence and beauty of the interior of the palaces that make up the Real Alcazar of Seville, personally, the ones that hypnotized me beyond remedy were its beautiful and exuberant gardens . In them, water is always present, among the sparkling and refreshing greenery of a multitude of plants and trees of the most different origins. Without a doubt, this is one of the best places to see in Seville.

2. Seville Cathedral, history made of stone

And very close to the Real Alcazar, you will find the Cathedral of Seville . It is the third largest Christian temple in the world and one of the most visited monuments in Spain . Built between 1401 and 1507, it combines Almohad, late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. An authentic work of art to see in Seville and which, together with the Real Alcazar and the Archives of the Indies, make up the World Heritage Site declared by Unesco in the city .

Make the most of your time in Seville with one of the following excursions or activities with professional guides and with very good recommendations from their users:

  1. Seville tour with Cathedral, Alcazar and Giralda included
  2. Free tour in Seville
  3. Seville night tour
  4. Sevilla tourist bus
  5. Boat trip through Seville
  6. Horse-drawn carriage ride through Seville
  7. Mysteries and legends tour of Triana
  8. Excursion to the Alhambra in Granada
  9. Guided tour of the Alcazar of Seville
  10. Tour por el Barrio de Santa Cruz
  11. Other magnificent excursions in Seville and surroundings

Walk through its naves and contemplate, in reverent silence, the tombs of the former monarchs Pedro I the Cruel, Fernando III the Saint and Alfonso X the Wise , as well as the remains of one of the most famous explorers and adventurers in history: the great Christopher Columbus .

3. The Giralda of Seville, the symbol of Seville

This old Arab minaret, which is part of the cathedral, is the most iconic symbol to see in Seville . Observing it from a distance, I could clearly distinguish the Muslim part of the upper floors, which were later added by Christians. Crowning the tower, the Giraldillo – a sculpture that symbolizes the Christian triumph over the Arabs – continues to function as a weather vane with its regal bearing.

The panoramic view from the top is one of the best to see in Seville and it is worth the ascent. You can find all the secrets of this monument in our article with tips for visiting the Cathedral of Seville.

If you are looking for accommodation in Seville, I recommend the hotel where I stayed during my trip: Hotel Inglaterra. The oldest hotel in Seville is located in the heart of the city, opposite the Town Hall and less than 5 minutes walk from the cathedral, the Guadalquivir and the Barrio de Santa Cruz. Its facilities are both historical and modern, and the staff very friendly and competent. Don’t miss the night views from its bar on the terrace. If you prefer other options, here you will have almost all of them without any price increase:

4. Theatrical visit to the Nao Victoria, the memory of the greatest adventure ever told

This year, the city celebrates the 5th centenary of the first circumnavigation of the Nao Victoria around the world , installing a replica of the boat on one of the banks of the Guadalquivir, in the very center of Seville.

One of the nights, we attended a fun and didactic dramatized visit , in which two stupendous actors embodied, for an hour, the great explorers Fernando de Magallanes and Juan Sebastian Elcano. Between jokes and improvisations that made us laugh non-stop, they narrated their adventures of the trip and, in addition, they accompanied us to see the complete interpretation center of the trip that is next to the boat. An essential place to see in Seville for history lovers.

5. The Plaza del Triunfo, the legacy of the Indies

Three of the most emblematic buildings of the city and those that make up the World Heritage Site in Seville overlook this central Sevillian square: the cathedral, the Real Alcazar and the Archivo de Indias . A must on your trip to Seville. The Archivo de Indias , created in 1785 by Carlos III, keeps 43,000 bundles with some 80 million pages and 8,000 maps that represent a real treasure about the New World.

6. The viewpoint of Las Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), one of the most modern icons to see in Seville

Las Setas de Sevilla leave no one indifferent . At the time of its construction (2005-2011), this work by the German designer Jurgen Mayer raised a great deal of controversy in the city. And it is that this avant-garde art exhibition – created from pieces of Finnish pine wood, independent and linked together – aesthetically clashes with the buildings that surround it in the very center of Seville. What is undeniable is that it has become one of the tourist attractions to see in Seville , attracting more than a million people a year since its inauguration.

I did like the contrast caused by Las Setas. And above all, I was amazed at the view from its viewpoint.

7. The Barrio de Santa Cruz in Seville, pure history

Next to the patio that serves as a preamble to the Real Alcazar of Seville, an arched alley takes you to a different and archaic world : the Santa Cruz neighborhood , also known as La Juderia de Sevilla .

Narrow, winding alleys lined with low houses with whitewashed facades and adorned with pots in which stems and branches reverberate, crowded with colorful flowers. From time to time, a small square interrupts the street and opens a secret corner full of history, legends and whispers of voices from another time . Here you will find small businesses and charming hotels. An essential place to see in Seville and where you can lose yourself walking .

8. The Triana neighborhood, one of the most authentic places to see in Seville

The mythical neighborhood of Triana continues to be one of the most vibrant places to visit in Seville . Centuries ago, the people who inhabited it used the clay from the banks of the Guadalquivir River to make vessels, bowls and more complex ceramics. To this day, you can still appreciate the beautiful Sevillian tiles in shops, restaurants and hotels in Triana. However, beyond its old ceramic factories, Triana still has that Sevillian duende that makes it a neighborhood where the city’s culture is especially deeply rooted .

9. A night of flamenco, one of the best things to do in Seville

One of the best things to do in Seville is to attend a live flamenco show. Before arriving in the Andalusian capital, I have only seen this art live on a couple of occasions and I must admit that it had not hit a chord with me. However, in this case it was different. The dancing and singing of the professionals that I was lucky enough to admire on the tablao of the Tablao Flamenco La Cantaora made my hair stand on end . Above all, I was impressed by the passion of the bailaor, whose stomping, fussing and gestures on his face kept me absorbed throughout the performance.

10. Museum of Fine Arts of Seville, one of the best art museums in Spain

When I arrived at the doors of the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville, I did not know that I was about to enter the second most important art gallery in Spain. Once inside, I no longer doubted that this was so. We toured the museum for two hours, but I could have stayed there all morning, or even a full day . Such is the beauty and splendor of the works found in this former 13th century convent.

Here I enjoyed fantastic paintings by Murillo, Zurbaran, Alonso Cano, Francisco de Goya, El Greco, Jose de Ribera and some works by Velazquez . A marvel to see in Seville, whether or not you are an art lover.

11. The Thursday Market, one of the oldest and most curious markets in Spain
what to see in Seville

The Thursday market – or, simply, ‘El Jueves’, as the locals know it – is one of the most curious and special places to see in Seville. It is a market that is installed, every Thursday, in the central Feria street, expanding to the squares of Los Maldonados and Monte Sion.

Vendors begin to set up their stalls first thing in the morning and there they sell a bit of everything: antiques, paintings, tools, trinkets, trading cards, toys, old comics, movie posters and postcards, watches, clothing, handmade perfumes, religious objects, decorative objects, cutlery and a thousand other curiosities.

Customers include a mix of locals – who have a keen eye for worthwhile purchases – curious and surprised tourists. The atmosphere is really attractive and it is one of the best visits to do in Seville.

In addition, when you walk around here you will be doing it because of the history of the city, because on Thursday its journey began more than 800 years ago , being one of the oldest markets in Spain.

12. Seville by bike, one of the best plans to do in Seville

If you want to discover the city in a different way, you should include a bike tour among the things to do in Seville . We did a short route – about two hours – with the crack of Justo, founder of See By Bike , pioneer of bicycle tours in Seville. Friend Justo is one of those people who not only drinks his beloved Seville in passionate sips, but also has the same attitude with everything that life brings him.

With him we discovered remains of Roman Seville and we entered the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the Maria Luisa park and the impressive Plaza de Espana , these last two places forming part of the complex of the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929. Arriving at a The almost empty Plaza de Espana at sunset was one of the experiences of my trip to Seville that I will never forget . It looked gorgeous in orange tones. The water from the fountains seemed to flow very slowly, as if wanting to enjoy that unusual peace that circumstances provide. I would have stayed there until late at night, but that was something I had to leave behind for my next visit to Seville.

13. La Alameda de Hercules, alternative life in Seville

For 3 decades, the Alameda de Hercules – which has the honor of being one of the oldest boulevards in Europe – has become one of the most bohemian and cultural neighborhoods in Seville. It was revitalized just before the start of Expo’92 and thus bars, art galleries, craft beer distilleries, cozy restaurants serving food from all over the world (one of the most original places to eat in Seville), stylish clothing and cultural spaces for all audiences. Among the latter, La Galeria Roja stands out , while music lovers cannot miss visiting the Record Sevilla store, the oldest in the neighborhood and where you will find vinyl, CDs and a lot of original merchandising from large national and foreign groups.

In the bars section – La Alameda is one of the best areas to have a drink and go out in Seville – the mythical Cafe Sonoro stands out , which has been run by the great Paco for more than 20 years.

Without a doubt, one of the most emblematic and alternative places to see in Seville.

14. Calle Betis, one of the most vibrant streets to see in Seville

With that name, this rue already promises great emotions. Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir, Calle Betis is one of the best places in Seville to have some tapas and some wine. It is always full of life, with bars where portions of cuttlefish or flamenquines are served as well as rounds of wine and beer.

Although it is true that, due to the considerable increase in its fame among tourists, menu prices have gone up a bit, it is still possible to find some fairly decent place to have a drink while contemplating the beauty of the Guadalquivir and the city profile. In the background you will have a constant murmur of conversations, laughter and various confidences. And it is that Betis street is more than alive.

15. Church of San Luis de los Franceses, a hidden treasure

On San Luis street, in the heart of Seville’s historic quarter, I visited the church of San Luis de los Franceses , an invaluable example of 18th century Baroque . Designed by Leonardo de Figueroa and erected between 1699 and 1730 by order of the Jesuits, this church had different uses after the expulsion of the order from Spain (1835). Its interior has a Greek cross plan and beautiful altarpieces, although what intrigued me the most was its underground crypt , where anonymous corpses were hidden for years. In short, one of the many secret corners that must be seen in Seville.

Places to see around Seville

Although there are an almost infinite number of interesting places to see in Seville, its surroundings also have a lot to offer. That is how we discovered these wonders less than half an hour by car from the capital:

The Roman ruins of Italica

I had been waiting for years for the opportunity to see this exceptional archaeological site first hand . As a great lover of History, I was moved by walking through the avenues of the Roman ruins of Italica , with its domus (former Roman patrician houses), statues, baths, theater and amphitheater of the first Roman city – with a stable character – founded outside from the Italian peninsula . For this reason, the great general and consul Publius Cornelius Scipio “the African” gave it the name of Italica .

It was born as a resting place for the brave wounded Roman soldiers who participated in the great victory over the Carthaginians in the battle of Ilipa, in which the enemy almost tripled in number. Over time, Italica gained in splendor, being the birthplace of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian . Today some beautiful mosaics are preserved , as well as the bases of bakeries, domus, baths and other typical constructions of Roman cities. However, what is most striking is its amphitheatre , even though today its stands are only half as high as they were at their peak, when they were capable of holding 30,000 thirsty souls for the show.

An essential place on your trip to Seville.

Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo

Near the ruins of Italica, we also visit the Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo , founded in 1301 by Alonso Perez de Guzman and Maria Alonso Coronel. Rising in a time of instability and constant wars, the monastery has, in addition to Mudejar and Gothic elements, other defensive elements more typical of a fortress. However, what caught my attention the most were the fantastic frescoes that we found in the rooms that surround the cloister.

Salty Wineries

And who said that good wine was not produced in Andalusia? The one from Bodegas Salado , at least, I really liked. I visited this family winery located in the town of Umbrete and was impressed with its history. It is a pity that, due to the exaggerated heat of the day, we could not tour its vineyards, but we did taste its magnificent wines surrounded by barrels and very well accompanied by professionals who fight every day, with humility and tenacity, to improve the excellence of their wines. wines.

I left Seville with a bittersweet feeling. The experience had been magnificent, but I was left wanting more. There are so many beautiful things to see in Seville that I know I will return.

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