22 Best Things To Do In Seville, Spain For Visitors

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Looking for the best things to do in Seville on your trip? You’ve come to the right place!

Seville (or Sevilla in Spanish) is a beautiful historic town in Southern Spain. This city is over 2200 years old and showcases so much history within the small city center.

Many people visit Seville for a 2-3 day trip from Madrid as it is easily accessible via a 2.5-hour speed train ride. While Madrid is a newer and much bigger city, Seville is older and has more interesting historical attractions for sightseeing.

Within Seville town, you can visit the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, marvel at the ornate Arabic structures, explore charming neighborhoods and catch a Flamenco performance at one of the local theaters. 

In this guide, we cover all you need to know for spending a few days in Seville including top things to do, where to stay, what foods to try, and other tips for a safe and fun trip!

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View of Seville historic center from La Giralda tower.

Best Things To Do In Seville

If you’re planning a trip to Seville, we recommend setting aside 2-3 days to visit all of the top attractions. Compared to other major cities in Spain like Madrid or Barcelona, Seville’s historic center is much smaller so you can see a lot within a few days.

Here are all of the best things to do in Seville, Spain:

1. Walking Tour Of Seville

During our walking tour, we visited many historical landmarks like Plaza de España.

When arriving in a new place, I like to go on a walking tour to learn more about the city and get my bearings of the different neighborhoods. This is especially helpful in places like Seville which have a lot of history and interesting tourist attractions.

During our visit, we signed up for a Cultural Walking Tour of Seville that started in Plaza Nueva at 10 am. Our experienced guide explained a bit about Seville’s origins and took us to several historical landmarks including:

  • Catedral de Sevilla
  • Torre Giralda
  • Archivo General de Indias
  • Real Fábrica De Tabacos
  • Plaza de España

With this tour, you’re only observing and learning about the monuments from the outside. If you wish to take a tour of Seville’s most popular landmarks and walk inside the buildings, sign up for this guided tour of the Cathedral, Giralda, and Royal Alcázar!

2. Royal Alcázar Of Seville

Galeria de los Grutescos at the Royal Alcázar of Seville.

Royal Alcázar of Seville is one of the oldest monuments in the Iberian Peninsula dating back to the year 913. For centuries Seville Alcazar served as the main residence of royalty and now is THE most visited attraction in the city.

Royal Alcázar is a grand palace with courtyards, residential chambers, arches, museums, and extensive gardens. It takes 2-3 hours to walk the entire palace grounds so be sure set-aside plenty of time for your visit.

Over the centuries different rulers kept adding new buildings and various architectural styles into this residential fortress. At the Royal Alcazar, you can observe old Roman walls, Islamic buildings, and Catholic chapels mixed within the same palace.

Fun Fact: The Royal Alcázar was the filming location of Game of Thrones show Kingdom of Dorne scenes from season 5!

Beautiful Arabic architecture at the Courtyard of the Maidens.

There are over 43 notable attractions within the Royal Alcázar of Seville so you could spend a full day at this palace and not see it all!

A few of the top Royal Alcázar of Seville sights are:

  • Patio de la Monteria / The Monteria Hunting Courtyard
  • Cuarto Real Alto / Upper Floor
  • Courtyard of the Maidens
  • Banos de Maria de Padilla / Maria de Padilla Baths
  • Jardin del Laberinto / The Maze Garden
  • Galeria de los Grutescos / Grotto Gallery

Visitor Tip: This is a very busy location so I recommend coming early in the morning to beat the crowds. Try to avoid the weekends or you might end up waiting in a very long line to get in! 

Cost: To enter the Royal Alcázar of Seville you will need to buy an entrance ticket online or in person.

The entrance tickets for Royal Alcázar of Seville cost:

  • 13.50 Euro for international travelers
  • 6 Euro for E.U. Citizens with a student or youth card (14-30 years old)
  • 6 Euro for E.U. Citizens that are older than 65 years

Free tickets are offered to:

  • Seville residents
  • Visitors under 13
  • Disabled persons

Opening Hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

To learn more about the Royal Alcázar of Seville I recommend signing up for a Seville Alcázar Guided Tour. With this tour, you’ll be able to skip the ticket lines, tour the palace with an experienced guide and learn about its historic significance!

3. Plaza de España

Plaza de España landmark in Seville, Spain.

Plaza de España is one of the most visited monuments in all of Seville. This enormous plaza was built in 1928 to showcase Spanish culture and unify the many different provinces in Spain.

Plaza de España consists of a large plaza and a small river that goes around it. There are four bridges that cross the river to represent the 4 different Spanish kingdoms. Here visitors can rent small boats to paddle around the canals.

Around the plaza, you can marvel at ornate ceramic tiles dedicated to each of the 48 provinces in Spain. Be sure to take the stairs to the second floor for incredible views overlooking the entire plaza!

Plaza de España now houses public institutions and a military museum. Often you can catch Flamenco dancers and musicians performing in the walkways.

Nearby you can go on a walk and explore 100 acres of lush, beautiful gardens within Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park).

Fun Fact: This plaza is often featured in movies including the Second Chapter of Star Wars!

4. Seville Cathedral

The grand Seville Cathedral in Spain.

Catedral de Sevilla is a towering church at the center of Seville’s historic center. Catedral de Sevilla is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral and a must-see in this region. The cathedral takes up an entire city block and you will pass it many times during your visit.

You can observe the impressive Gothic architectural elements from the outside, but I highly recommend purchasing entrance tickets and spending a few hours exploring the inside of the cathedral. The interior of the Seville Cathedral feels very grand with lots of gold, silver, and marble accents.

Cost: It costs 12 Euros to buy the entrance tickets in person, or you can get skip-the-line tickets online.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Saturday from 10:45 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Learn more about the cathedral’s historical, artistic, and religious aspects during this guided tour of the Sevilla Cathedral and the Giralda Tower!

5. Tomb of Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus’s Tomb within Seville Cathedral.

Tumba de Cristobal Colon is one of the most important monuments that you can see within the Seville Cathedral. His tomb is situated on top of a large statue with four men carrying it.

Cristopher Columbus was an Italian businessman who sailed to India to trade spices and other goods. He wanted to find a faster way to sail to India so in 1492 he set off across the Atlantic Ocean. Instead, of arriving in India, he landed in a new territory – the Americas (or as they called it at the time ‘West India’).

Cristopher Columbus ended up making four journies across the ocean between Spain and America. Now visitors can see his tomb that resides within the Seville Cathedral.

6. La Giralda Bell Tower

La Giralda tower in the historic center.

If you have extra time on your visit to Seville Cathedral, I recommend climbing the 35 stories of La Giralda Bell Tower to enjoy panoramic views of the entire Seville city from up top.

La Giralda is a tall Islamic tower that was incorporated into the newer Gothic cathedral. Eventually, the top of the tower was removed and bells were added to make the tower look more Catholic.

You can go on a guided tour of the Giralda Tower or you can explore it on your own with a timed entrance. It takes a while to climb the 35 stories to the top floor but there are plenty of scenic window ledges where you can stop and take photos of the city along the way.

Photography Tip: I recommend using the Sony a7C camera and a wide lens for photographing city landscapes. A wide lens is great for city photos because you can capture more into a single frame.

Once you reach the top, there is a designated viewing area with 360 views of Sevilla City and the surrounding neighborhoods. The viewing windows are completely closed off with metal bars for safety.

7. Puerta del Perdón y Patio de los Naranjos

Puerta del Perdón which leads into a former Mosque courtyard.

Puerta del Perdón is one of the best places in Seville where you can see old Islamic architecture incorporated into the newer Catholic cathedral. This patio was originally used by Muslims for washing hands and praying.

When Catholics took over Spain, they kept the structure of the old Mosque like the arches and the bell tower. It was much easier to use the existing structure than to build a new church from scratch.

Just past the gate is Patio de los Naranjos, an entrance patio with many orange trees. In the past years, these trees were used to make a special shipment of oranges to send to the Queen of England.

8. Santa Cruz Neighborhood

Colorful, narrow streets of Barrio Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Neighborhood is one of the oldest residential areas of Seville that consists of narrow, maze-like streets. This used to be the old Jewish Quarter of the city until the 14th century when the Jewish community was forced to leave or face religious persecution.

Within the colorful streets of the Santa Cruz Neighborhood, you can find many local restaurants and souvenir shops. Here you can browse through ceramic stores, tea shops, and other boutique shops.

This is by far one of the nicest areas in Seville. I recommend setting aside a few hours to explore various streets and stop at a tapas restaurant for drinks and food.

Want to learn more about this neighbohood? Check out this Santa Cruz Jewish Quarter Guided Tour that will take you through the narrow streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz.

9. Setas de Sevilla

Setas de Sevilla during the day.

Setas de Sevilla is the largest wooden structure in Europe and an interesting stop if you like unique attractions. This structure consists of short pathways that overlook Seville from the upper level.

We came to the Setas twice – once during the day and once at night. During the day you can see the nearby churches and take in views of the surrounding buildings.

Tip: If you’re looking to enjoy panoramic views of Sevilla city, Torre Giralda is a much better place to go for epic views!

The best time to visit Setas de Sevilla is at night when the entire wooden sculpture is illuminated with bright lights that change colors from pink to blue and purple.

Setas de Sevilla at night.

Before entering the walkways you can see a short 10-minute immersive movie of the top city highlights. On the bottom level, you can also stop and observe ancient Roman ruins behind a glass wall.

Cost: Tickets cost 15 Euros. With the entrance ticket, you can visit Setas de Sevilla twice – once during the day and then return later at night for the ‘light show’ after sunset. Book Las Setas Guided Tour with skip-the-line access here!

Opening Hours: 9:30 am to midnight.

10. Try Local Foods

Spain is known for having amazing food, but there is more to Spanish cuisine than tapas.

Here are some local food specialties that we recommend trying in Seville:

Jamón Ibérico

Jamón Ibérico is one of the best-cured hams in the world that comes thinly sliced and is part of many Spanish meals. Local restaurants like Casa Román have cured meat legs hanging from the ceiling – not something you get to see every day!

In Seville, many shops sell cucurucho de jamón ibérico (cones filled with ham) and ham sandwiches. Some restaurants offer a ham plate plus 2 beers for just 10 Euros!

Restaurant Casa Román in Seville, Spain.

Seville Oranges

As you walk around Seville you will notice scenic orange trees all throughout the historic center. These fragrant orange trees were planted during the Muslim times and were kept by the Spanish for their looks and scent.

The Seville oranges are too sour and bitter to be eaten on their own but are great for making local products such as orange wine, marmalade, candy, perfumes, and chocolate. Stop by Orange Tree Sevilla to get some local orange goodies to bring back home!


Tapas are small Spanish appetizer plates that can be enjoyed with drinks in the late afternoon and early evening. For first-time visitors, I recommend signing up for a Seville Tapas, Taverns & History Tour that will take you to all the best tapas bars in town!

If you’d rather go on your own, Cervecería Giralda is one of the top tapas bars in Seville located inside an old 12th-century hammam (bathing house).

At Cervecería Giralda we tried grilled artichoke with shrimp, Salmorejo (cold tomato soup with egg, ham & tuna flakes), and oxtail which was very tender and fell off the bone.

Inside Cervecería Giralda Bar in Seville.

Churros Con Chocolate

Churros with chocolate are considered to be a ‘traditional’ Spanish breakfast. Churros con chocolate is a plate of churros served with thick, hot chocolate that you can use for dipping.

Looking for other food options besides tapas? Here are some of our favorite places to eat in Seville:

  • Milonguitas. This is an Argentinian restaurant that serves excellent meat plates, grilled veggies, and burgers with goat cheese. Milonguitas restaurant has been in business for over 100 years and sits on a quiet street overlooking a small plaza.
  • El Rincon de Beirut. A delicious Lebanese restaurant serving bigger meat plates that are great for sharing. Everyone’s favorite was the Lamb chops plate along with Schwarma wrap. Tip: in a hot summer day be sure to try the refreshing Yogurt drink!
  • La Canasta. With an extensive menu and affordable prices, La Canasta is a great spot for lunch. They serve a variety of plates from sandwiches to burgers, pastries, smoothies, and delicious desserts.
  • Ming Chinese Restaurant. We came across this restaurant after visiting Las Setas and were quite impressed with their menu! Ming Chinese Restaurant serves authentic Chinese food including Peking Duck, shrimp dumplings, and different meat & veggie plates.

Visitor Tip: It’s customary to tip 10% at restaurants in Seville, Spain. When paying with a credit card, you can tell the server to add the tip to the total before running the card or leave it in cash after.

For the ultimate foodie experience, sign up for this Spanish Cooking Class & Triana Market Tour where you’ll get to enjoy a hands-on Spanish cooking class following a visit of the Mercado de Triana in Seville!

11. Plaza del Triunfo

Monumento a la Inmaculada Concepción at Plaza del Triunfo.

Plaza del Triunfo is a large plaza at the heart of Seville that used to be the epicenter of all the most important buildings in town. During the years 1500-1700, Plaza del Triunfo was the center of religion, economic, and government activities all within feet of each other.

A few of the most important structures of Plaza del Triunfo are:

  • Alcázar de Sevilla – power of the State. This is where the Spanish Kings, military, and government officials resided.
  • Catedral de Sevilla – power of the church. This was the main religious cathedral in Spain.
  • Archivo de Indias – power of commerce. This is where all the economic, colonization, and trade decisions were made.

Due to their historical importance, Seville Cathedral, Alcázar, and Archivo de Indias within Plaza del Triunfo were declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At Plaza del Triunfo you can also stop to marvel at the towering Monumento a la Inmaculada Concepción sculpture. This is a great location where you can hire a horse-drawn carriage to take you around Old Town Seville if your feet start getting tired from walking around.

Plaza del Triunfo is always busy with tourists no matter the time of day. From here you can reach many different neighborhoods, tourist attractions, restaurants, and bars.

12. General Archive of the Indies

Beautiful horse-drawn carriages in front of Archivo de Indias.

General Archive of the Indies is a museum situated within Plaza del Triunfo. Compared to some of the other buildings in downtown Sevilla, the Archivo de Indias looks pretty simple and modest. But while the structure lacks the grand looks, some of the historically most important decisions took place within this building’s grounds.

During Spanish colonization, Archivo de Indias served as an epicenter for economic activity and trading. It is named ‘Indias’ because the first sailors believed they had arrived in ‘West India’, not in a new territory unknown to Europe.

Exploration, trade, and colonization are some of the main reasons why Spain became so powerful during the 1500s. The Spanish traveled to the Americas and brought back gold and foods including tomatoes and potatoes that were slowly introduced into the local dishes like Paella.

The journey to the Americas wasn’t easy or quick. It used to take 77 days to cross the Atlantic Ocean one way, plus 10 hours to travel from the coast to Seville by river. 

Now, this building houses a museum with archives covering over 87 million pages of documents on America’s colonization from the 16-19th centuries. Some of the records include Christopher Columbus’s journals, sailor diaries, maps, and other official documents.

Cost: Free to visit

Opening Hours:

  • Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Sunday 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • Monday’s Closed

13. Flamenco Show

Photo by La Casa del Flamenco.

Flamenco is a form of dancing that originated in southern Spain and became very popular in Seville. If you have extra time during your visit, I highly recommend going to a Flamenco performance!

A few of the top Flamenco theatres in Sevilla are:

The Flamenco shows typically happen in the evenings between 7 pm to 10 pm and last for one hour. We booked tickets for the La Casa del Flamenco which is one of the most popular theatres in Seville.

La Casa del Flamenco’s performance takes place in a small, intimate 15th-century house and covers 3 different styles of traditional Flamenco dancing. Be sure to arrive early to grab the front seats for the best views!

If you’ve never been to a Flamenco show before, I highly recommend it! The performers wear colorful outfits and dance with so much passion. I was so impressed by the way the dancers moved their feet and created so much noise with the shoes.

We were not allowed to take any photos or videos during the performance but there was a 5-minute designated photo time in the end. Overall, this is a very loud, emotional, and expressive performance that is a must-see in Seville!

Up for a fun night? Then check out this Seville Tapas & Flamenco tour that will take you to some of the best tapas bars in town followed by a Flamenco show and dinner!

14. The Golden Tower

Torre del Oro sits on the banks of the Guadalquivir River and was constructed in the 12th century to control who came and went into the city. Now Torre del Oro houses a sailor’s museum inside.

Seville is the only city in Spain that is accessible by the river making it the perfect location for trade and commerce. Yet Seville is far away from the coast so it was never very easy to attack it.

The Torre del Oro tower was built with narrow windows for shooting arrows at anyone trying to invade the area.

Cost: 3 Euros for entrance tickets.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 6:45 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday from 10:30 am to 6:45 pm

15. Puente de Triana

Views of the Guadalquivir River from Puente de Triana.

Puente de Triana is a wide arched bridge that crosses the Guadalquivir River and leads into the Triana neighborhood. The Triana residential area was originally built as an alternative place to live to avoid the high Seville city taxes.

Now visitors can go on a walk along pathways that follow next to the Canal de Alfonso XIII. You can cross the Puente de Triana to explore the Triana neighborhood or go on a Guadalquivir River Yacht Tour.

16. Royal Tobacco Factory of Seville

Entrance to the Real Fábrica de Tabacos de Sevilla.

Real Fábrica de Tabacos is an elaborate Neoclassical 18th-century building within the Seville city center. This structure was built to house a tobacco factory that was owned and managed by the government.

Tobacco started gaining popularity in the 1700s as a medicine for headaches and breathing issues. Later people in high society started smoking cigarettes and cigars as a display of status.

During the early 19th century women were allowed to start working at the factory as they were more efficient at making cigarettes. The factory employed up to 6000 women but eventually closed in 1950 and relocated across the river into a more modern building.

Now the Real Fábrica de Tabacos de Sevilla building is used as the headquarters for the University of Seville. In Spain, public Universities are more highly regarded than private ones and are harder to be accepted into.

17. Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza

Plaza de Torros is a large, round arena within Old Town Sevilla that is used for bullfighting. Here visitors can book a tour of Plaza de Toros and marvel at the arena’s architecture without seeing the actual show.

Within Plaza de Toros you can explore the bullring, visit the Bullfight Museum, and learn about the history of bullfighting. This is one of the largest and oldest bullfighting arenas in Spain that is still used to date.

Cost: 10 Euros for visitor entrance tickets.


  • Monday – Thursday, Saturday, and Monday 9:30 am to 7:30 pm
  • Friday and Sunday 9:00 am to 7:30 pm

18. Plaza del Cabildo

We stumbled upon this beautiful hidden gem just outside of our vacation rental.

Plaza del Cabildo is an ornate plaza located on a quiet side street just steps away from the busy city center. It consists of a semi-round building with a water fountain, tall columns, and a checkered floor.

Plaza del Cabildo was originally constructed in 1254 by a Christian King. Within the plaza, there is a 50-meter-tall wall incorporated from Roman times that was used to defend the city from the Vikings. Now, this plaza houses boutique stores and local shops.

19. Murillo Gardens

If you’re looking for a relaxing place to go for a stroll within Seville City, head over to Murillo Gardens! This large urban park consists of long pathways full of lush trees, exotic plants, water fountains, and ornate monuments.

Here you can stop and listen to the birds chirping in the trees and take in the aromatic scents of the Sevilla orange trees. Murillo Gardens is a great place where you can find a bit of an escape from the heat on hot summer days.

20. Caminito del Rey

Photo by Naturanda Turismo Ambiental / GYG

If you have spare time on your trip, I recommend spending a few extra nights in Sevilla and planning day trips to local attractions like Caminito del Rey. This is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in all of Spain that consists of a long walkway built on the side of a sheer cliff face!

To reach Caminito del Rey you can take a train, rent a car and drive yourself or sign up for a guided tour from Seville. If you plan to go on your own, you will need to purchase entrance tickets ahead of time as they do get sold out.

Caminito Del Ray is located 2 hours east of Sevilla so it is an all-day adventure. The aerial path is 5 miles long and takes 2-3 hours to complete.

21. Gruta de las Maravillas

Gruta de las Maravillas is another great day trip that you can plan from Seville. Gruta de las Maravillas is a turquoise underground cave in Aracena that is very similar to the Cenotes in Yucatan Peninsula.

You can visit the Gruta de las Maravillas by driving on your own in a rental car or taking a guided tour of Aracena & Rio Tinto Mines that will make a stop by the caves.

If you plan to go on your own, the caves are located about an hour’s drive from Sevilla. You can visit the caves in the morning or in the afternoon and still have time left over for other sightseeing.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

22. Pueblos Blancos

Beautiful Pueblos Blancos village in Spain. Photo by Naturanda Turismo Ambiental / Get Your Guide

Southern Spain is known for having charming neighborhoods full of scenic houses called ‘Pueblos Blancos’ (White Villages). Pueblos Blancos are typically set on hilltops in the countryside and are popular for their white buildings and historic cobblestone streets.

Pueblos Blancos are some of the most picturesque villages in Southern Spain and attract many visitors each year. Each of the villages has unique characteristics along with narrow, winding streets, historic churches, plazas, and local restaurants where you can try Andalusian cuisine.

You can easily visit Pueblos Blancos as a day trip from Seville. A few of the most popular Pueblos Blancos villages are:

  • Ronda
  • Grazalema
  • Zahara de la Sierra
  • Arcos de la Frontera
  • Medina Sidonia
  • Villaluenga del Rosario

We hope this Seville guide has helped you discover a few fun things to do on your trip! Here are some additional travel tips to know for visiting Seville city in Spain:

How To Get To Seville From Madrid

If you’re planning to travel to Seville from Madrid, the best way to get there is by taking a speed train which takes only 2.5 hours. You can also drive to Seville from Madrid in a rental car, but this can take 5-6 hours so you will end up wasting a full day on travel.

The speed train is the fastest option for getting around Spain. When purchasing speed train tickets online, you can select different time slots that vary in cost. To save money, we didn’t pay for seat upgrades and we got assigned to sit together regardless.

The speed train departs from Estación Madrid – Puerta de Atocha train station. It’s easy to reach the train station by Uber from downtown Madrid. Try to arrive 30-45 minutes before the departing time to go through the security check and board the train.

Taking a speed train in Spain.

The speed train has bathrooms, comfortable seats, and small tables for working or eating. The train goes up to 198 mph but you don’t feel the fast motion during the ride. You can buy water and snacks during the ride or grab some at the train station convenience store before boarding.  

Once you arrive in Seville, the historic center is just a short Uber or Taxi ride from the Sevilla Santa Justa train station. We recommend staying in the Old Town Seville so you can be within walking distance of all the top attractions and landmarks.

You can book the speed train tickets through RailEurope or Omio websites. We found that booking through RailEurope is the cheapest option which came out to 128 Euros per person for a round-trip ride.

Getting Around Seville

Seville is not as big and chaotic as Madrid or Barcelona so getting around town is quite easy. The city is very walkable and all the major attractions are situated within a small city radius.

To get around Seville you can walk, rent bikes, rent electric scooters, take the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, call an Uber, or go on a horse carriage ride. The horse carriages are located around the central Plaza del Triunfo and can fit up to four people. 

Horse carriage ride in historic center Seville.

Brief History Of Seville City In Spain

Seville is a beautiful historic city in Spain that has a complicated history with various government and religious groups ruling it for the past 2200 years. In Seville, you can observe Roman, Muslim, and Catholic styles in the local structures and architecture.

The Romans invaded this area in 250 BC and ruled it for 750 years. As you explore Seville, you will come across old Roman ruins and walls, but not many of them remain anymore. The Roman Empire collapsed in 500 AD followed by a 250-year war in Spain with no ruler.

Old Roman walls at the entrance to Royal Alcázar of Seville in Spain.

In the year 700 Muslims came from Africa and took over all of Spain along with parts of Portugal and France. They ruled this region for a long time and you will see many Muslim architectural features all over town. La Giralda Bell Tower and Royal Alcázar of Seville are some of the best remaining Islamic structures in this region.

In 1248 Seville was conquered by Ferdinand III who was a Spanish Christian King. During this time, the Spanish built some of the main city buildings including the Seville Cathedral and General Archives of the Indies.

After Cristopher Columbus arrived in America in 1492, Spain became one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Sevilla is the only city in Spain that is accessible by boat so it was the central location for commerce, trade, and power for centuries.

FAQs On Visiting Seville, Spain:

Here are some frequently asked questions on visiting Seville city in Spain to help you more with trip planning:

What Should I Not Miss In Sevilla?

Seville City has many incredible attractions that you can visit within the historic center. A few of the top attractions that you should not miss include:

  • Royal Alcázar of Seville
  • Plaza de España
  • Catedral de Sevilla
  • La Giralda
  • Santa Cruz Neighborhood
  • Setas de Sevilla
  • Flamenco Show

Are 2 Days Enough For Seville?

We spent 2 full days in Sevilla and felt like it was enough time to see all the top attractions and get to know the historic city center pretty well!

If you can set aside more time on your trip, Sevilla makes a great home base from which to explore other nearby attractions such as Pueblos Blancos, Caminito del Rey, and Aracena.

Ornate courtyards within Royal Alcázar of Seville.

Is Seville Worth Visiting?

If you are planning a trip to Seville, it is so worth visiting! While Madrid is a much bigger city with fun nightlife, bars, and clubs, Seville is better for sightseeing and visiting historical attractions. 

What Is Seville Spain Best Known For?

Seville, Spain is best known for being the epicenter of religion, government, and trade during the American colonization in the years 1500-1700. During this time, Seville became one of the richest and most powerful countries in the entire world!

In Seville, you can visit many historical landmarks including the Royal Alcázar of Seville and the largest Gothic cathedral in the world that houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

Where To Stay In Seville?

Seville has a lot of excellent hotels and vacation rentals to choose from for a visit. We recommend booking a central hotel in Old Town Seville so you can walk to all the nearby attractions, restaurants, and shops.

Here are some of the best places to stay in Seville:

Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Photo by Hotel Alfonso XIII

Hotel Alfonso XIII is a beautiful hotel at the center of the city that is housed in a historic building with Arabic architecture. This luxurious hotel offers visitors a classy stay in downtown Seville within walking distance of all the top attractions.

Some of the amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a courtyard with a garden, rooftop terraces, and a bar. After a full day of sightseeing guests can dine at the elegant San Fernando restaurant that serves Mediterranean, European, and Spanish dishes.

Hotel Boutique Casa del Poeta

Photo by Hotel Casa Del Poeta

Hotel Casa del Poeta is located in the Santa Cruz Neighbourhood near the Seville Cathedral. The hotel is situated within a 17th-century building that has been recently renovated with modern furniture and amenities.

This four-star boutique hotel features a charming courtyard with a water fountain that is the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day. The hotel offers a delicious breakfast served daily along with in-room massages and private driver services per request.

Overall, this is one of the highest-rated hotels in Sevilla that is a perfect place to stay for a romantic vacation for two!

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