10 THINGS TO DO IN SEVILLE, SPAIN | SEVILLE TRAVEL GUIDE (SEVILLA, SPAIN)
by Mac Candee
Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2020
There is no place in the world like Seville, Spain. Well I guess I am quite biased because I lived here for one semester of school in 2012. Regardless, most people that have visited this amazing place find themselves easily agreeing with my obsession of how great this southern Spanish city is.
A quick lesson on the basics about Seville, Spain which is also known as Sevilla, Spain or Sevilla, España. The city has a population just short of 2 million people. I would say the majority of people can understand at least a few words of English, but you should still prepare and learn a few of the basics. My “go-to” when I visit a country that does not have the primary language as English is to screenshot a website that has a list of the basics words and phrases that one should know when visiting that specific country. It helps SO much!
Not a fan of reading, but want to know more about Seville? We’ve also put together a YouTube video that encompasses all of our below recommendations in an easy-to-view visual format: https://youtu.be/46TVroB7WrE
Now, before we jump in, it’s important to note that this list is in no particular order of best to worst or vice versa! Each recommendation has its own qualities that make it worth visiting – and hopefully there’s something in here for everyone! Keep reading to see and learn about when the best time to visit Seville, Spain is as well as our recommended things to do in Seville, Spain and things to see in Seville, Spain.
So…when is the best time to visit Seville, Spain? The best time to visit Seville, Spain is from March to May. This is when the weather is still fairly mild (unlike the scorching hot summer months), but Seville typically has temporal weather year-round so you can’t really go wrong.
Now on to our recommended 10 Things to Do Seville, Spain!
1) Go out for Tapas:
Ok so this one should be PRETTY obvious unless this is the first time you are doing research about your upcoming trip to Spain. You cannot visit any city in Spain without sharing some delicious tapas with friends. For those of you that do not know, tapas are small to large size dishes that are meant to be shared amongst everyone you are having a meal with. There are so many delicious places in Seville to have Tapas at. Some of my favorite neighborhoods to enjoy tapas at are (these are not in any particular order): Triana, on the Guadalquivir River, and Santa Cruz. That being said, Seville has many great low-key options for tapas so I would challenge you to just wander around and pick a random spot to stop in at. Try to skip making your decision based off of the hottest apps like Tripadvisor or Yelp. I have done this many times and it can be a lot of fun!
2) Las Setas in Plaza de Encarnacion:
Las Setas is one of those places you need to see because it really is so unique. Not to mention, it is the largest wooden structure in the world. There are 5 levels of activities as mentioned on setasdesevilla.com, “On the first level is the Antiquarium or Archaeological Museum, the Official Mushroom Store of Seville, a Tourist Information Point in the city next toPast View and access to elevators; on the second level we find the market and the restaurants ; in the third, an elevated plaza for the enjoyment of citizenship; On the fourth level we find the start of the visit to the catwalks, as well as a small bar and an event area of 500 square meters. Finally, on the fifth level, we find the Mirador at a height of 28.5 meters.” My favorite area to check out is the top of the structure where you have beautiful viewpoints of Sevilla. A great spot if you want to get some cool photos. The cost to go up to the viewpoint is €3, or if you happen to be a resident of Seville then you get in for free!
3) Seville Cathedral and Belle Tower (Catedral de Sevilla):
Guess what the largest cathedral in the world is? If you guessed the Catedral de Sevilla then you are correct! This massive structure will have you wondering how on earth was such a massive structure built so long ago. Every square inch of the cathedral is thoughtfully designed and erected to attract people from all over the world to see this famous structure.
Personally, I enjoyed walking through the cathedral to see so many old artifacts. After checking out the cathedral, I went and walked to the top of the Belle Tower. Yes, walked, I did not take the stairs. The reason being is that the tower was constructed of ramps leading all the way to the top. This was done so they could take horses all the way up rather than climbing up the stairs to ring the bells.
Anyways, to get into the Cathedral and Belle Tower, it will cost you €9 for general admission, €4 for students, minors, and seniors, and free for all natives of Seville and children under 14. Sometimes I prefer a guided tour because it can be nice to have a guide explain to you some of the most interesting things as well as answer questions that may pop up. Check out some options for tours at the bottom of this blog post.
4) Torre del Oro:
The tower of gold. This spectacular tower in Seville, Spain is a must see. It sits on the Guadalquivir River which makes the tower look that much more majestic. This area next to the tower is a great photo op. There are a few ways you can see this tower. I personally love going to cool viewpoints in the city so I was attracted to climbing the stairs to the top of the tower…BUT I will say that I was not impressed going to the top of the tower though. There are plastic dividers that keep you from going to the edge of the tower and it makes it really hard for a good photo. There is one area you can climb slightly higher for a couple good photos, but you will be RUSHED to get your photo and move on because every other tourist wants to grab that same photo. That being said, it is only €3 to climb up to the top and on the way up (inside the tower), there are multiple levels where you can stop and explore what they have on display.
For those of you who do not want to spend the €3, getting some steps in and walking around that area pretty much does the justice besides the viewpoint you’ll get from up top.
5) Visit Parque de María Luisa:
Parque de Maria Luisa will give you a great reason to go for stroll in the park. This park is one of my favorite parts of Seville, Spain. This beautiful and massive 100-acre park sits right in the center of Seville, Spain which I personally love because you have a city mixed in with nature. You will know what I mean when you visit this park. Throughout this park, there are so many areas to hang out and have a picnic. Or simply just stroll around and check out the various types of trees and plants that are strategically placed all around the 100-acre park. I find this place to be a good mix between locals playing guitar and other activities as well as tourists strolling around and enjoying the atmosphere. If you are really feeling up for an adventure, you can hop onboard one of the horses and carriages to get an authentic Sevillian experience.
6) Visit the Plaza de España:
After you enjoy a nice stroll in the Parque de Maria Luisa, you may find yourself wondering over to a structure that you may recognize from either of the movies: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Star Wars:Attack of the Clones (2002). The Plaza de España is probably my favorite man-made structure in the world. There is just something about it that is so magical. While I lived in Spain, I would frequently visit the Plaza de España because walking around it never got old. Every square inch of the structure was designed in such a well thought out manner, you can spend a lot of time checking out all of the walls and paintings. You may also be able to come across some flamenco there and other street performers.
7) Sunset at Guadalquivir River:
The Guadalquivir River (where the Torre del Oro sits) is an attraction in itself. At all hours of the day, there is always something going on here. Locals get up for an early morning sunrise bike ride/run along the river. All day locals can be found rowing and friends can be found hanging by the river reading and relaxing. In the evenings (my favorite time), there are multiple options for river cruises, many restaurants on the river offer delicious dinner options, and the locals all head down to the river with a bottle of wine and catch a beautiful sunset on the Guadalquivir River. Later in the evening, you can make your way over to some of the bars on Triana side of the river.
8) Rent Sevici bikes:
One of my most enjoyable ways to get around the city is with the Sevici bike system in Seville, Spain. The bike system has over 250 stations around the city where you can pick up and drop off bikes at your convenience. It is hard to find a street corner that does not have a bike station so this is convenient when you want to hop from attraction to attraction. You can get yourself a subscription to the Sevici bikes for a weekly rate of €13.33. However, for individuals visiting Spain, longer than 2 weeks, I would recommend getting the annual subscription because the cost of an annual subscription is €33.33 (meaning if you bought 3 weekly subscriptions you would’ve paid €39.99 which is more expensive than the annual subscription).
9) Flamenco at Carboneria:
Flamenco Flamenco Flamenco!! There is no way one could visit Spain without making their way over to a Flamenco show. So what is Flamenco anyways? Flamenco is a very unique Spanish art which is made up of three components: guitar playing, song, and dance. I do not want to tell you too much about it as you need to experience it yourself, but I will say that Flamenco gains even more beauty based on the secrecy that Spanish hold behind it. The culture expects that Flamenco is something that should only be experienced in person and therefore, it is requested that the audience does not take photos or videos.
Specifically, at Carboneria, they have FREE Flamenco and it is great. I have been there multiple times and they have a nice bar in the back to grab a tinto de verano (similar to sangria). I would recommend a visit here if you want to save a few bucks, but otherwise you have options of Flamenco all over Seville, Spain.
10) Alcazar Seville:
Some would argue that the Alcazar in Seville, Spain is one of the best tourist attractions in the city. Personally, I would not call it my favorite, but I would put it in my top 5 favorites, but what is the Alcazar? The Alcazar is a royal palace that was originally built for the Christian King, Peter of Castile. During a period of 500 years, this castle was built up with many different architectural styles causing an abundance of various styles of construction. Now you may find it hard to believe, but the Spanish royalty still occupy a part of the palace at some points during the year. I think that makes it that much cooler of an experience to visit a palace that is still being lived in by royalty! Now maybe one more fact to blow your mind, the palace is a whooping 420,000 sq. ft which is the size of 7.29 American football fields (football field = 57,600 sq. ft).
General admission to the Alcazar is €11.50, but only €3 for students between 17-26 and senior citizens, but free for children under the age of 16. I will say that sometimes I prefer a guided tour because it can be nice to have a guide explain to you some of the most interesting things as well as answer questions that may pop up. Check out some options for tours at the bottom of this blog post.
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So this is just 10 of my favorite things in Seville, Spain, but there is honestly so much to do there! I have been back multiple times since I studied abroad and cannot wait to return again. This city will make you fall in love with Spain if you are not already in love with this amazing country.
If you have the time, there are many amazing day trips you can do from Seville. Here are a few options below:
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