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Things to do in Seville

Things to do in  Seville

Welcome to Seville

In Seville, the sun-drenched capital of Spain’s Andalucia province, flamenco dancing, Moorish history, and tapas comprise the blood that runs through the city’s veins. Within Seville’s historic heart lies the palatial Real Alcázar and Seville Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site topped by the Giralda Tower (El Giraldillo); and on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, the Roman Torre de Oro (Golden Tower), and Triana neighborhood exude authentic Andalucian culture. The Santa Cruz Jewish quarter, historic El Arenal, and grandiose Plaza de España are ideal locations for walking tours, while hop-on hop-off bus tours are a convenient and cost-effective way to discover Seville’s dispersed highlights. At night, combine a ‘tablao flamenco’ (flamenco show) with tapas, wine, and a sightseeing tour for a great cultural introduction to Andalucia, or discover Spain through its wine with a guided tasting session. For travelers wishing to explore more of Andalucia, Cadiz, Cordoba, Jerez, and Granada—home to architectural masterpieces such as the rose-tinted Alhambra palace complex, the Arab Baths (Hammam Al Andalus), and the Mezquita—are popular day trip destinations. Other must-visit spots within easy reach of Seville include Tangier in Morocco, Gibraltar, the White Villages (Pueblos Blancos), and Ronda, with its ancient bullring.

Top 15 attractions in Seville

Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

Sights across the entire Spanish south have been shaped by centuries of Moorish and Catholic influence, and in few places is this more evident and captivating than at the Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla). This UNESCO World Heritage Site’s sprawling complex is made up of several features; the most picturesque is arguably the Patio de las Doncellas, with its tranquil ponds that reflect the intricate mudéjar plasterwork for which the palace is especially noted.More

Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede)

The world’s largest Gothic cathedral, built atop the remains of a mosque, the Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede) features a spectacular gold altarpiece in its main altar depicting 36 scenes from the life of Christ, as well as the tomb of Christopher Columbus, works by Goya and Murillo, and the dramatic Giralda Tower.More

The Giralda (El Giraldillo)

There is no more representative symbol of Seville’s layered history than the 322-foot (98-meter) The Giralda (El Giraldillo). The bell tower of the city’s cathedral stands a little apart from the main building; it was once the minaret of a mosque that stood on the site before it was razed to make way for the cathedral.More

Plaza de España

Designed for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929, Seville’s grandiose Plaza de España is a semicircular public square brimming with brick and tile fountains, canals, and foot bridges, giving it the nickname Venice of Seville. Renaissance and neo-Moorish towers sit at either end of the plaza, which is situated within Maria Luisa Park.More

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is Seville’s historic Jewish Quarter, a barrio filled with whitewashed buildings and some of the city’s most popular sights, including Giralda, the bell tower of Seville Cathedral, and the Real Alcázar. Meander down streets, stopping in bodegas and art galleries to enjoy the cultural and architectural richness of this barrio.More

El Arenal District

Running along the east bank of the Guadalquivir River, El Arenal is part of Seville’s historic old town. As well as hosting upscale residential properties and atmospheric tapas bars, it’s also home to several important city sights, including Spain’s oldest bullring, a celebrated flamenco bar, and a smattering of museums in historic buildings.More

Flamenco Dance Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco)

Situated in a renovated 18th century building, the Flamenco Dance Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco) is one of Seville’s most important cultural touchstones. Here, you can attend a live flamenco performance and also learn about the history of the dance form at an interactive museum—an immersive experience you won’t find at other venues.More

Torre del Oro

The 12-sided Torre del Oro, perched on the Guadalquivir River, is a Seville landmark. Also known as the Golden Tower, it was constructed in the 13th century when the city was ruled by the Almohads, a Berber Muslim dynasty. Visit the Torre del Oro to peruse its onsite naval museum, and for views from the top of the tower.More

Maria Luisa Park

Set south of Seville’s historic center, this large green space was once the private garden of the nearby Palace of San Telmo before it was given over for public use in 1893. The park is crisscrossed by tree-lined avenues and dotted with fountains, and is also home to Plaza de España, an extravagant plaza built for the 1989 world’s fair.More

Seville Bullring (Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza de Cabellería de Sevilla)

Seville's bullring—or the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza de Cabellería de Sevilla—is the oldest in Spain. It was here that thecorrida, or bullfight, moved from horseback to foot, and many of the cherished theatrical traditions of the matador evolved. Completed in the late 18th century, the bullring is a yellow-and-white baroque beauty.More


Wedged between two branches of the Guadalquivir River just across the Isabel II Bridge from central Seville, vibrant Triana is often described as the city’s heart and soul. Originally home to Roma gypsy families, its colorful reputation is built on its love for flamenco and tapas—two top visitor draws.More

Historic Center of Seville (Centro Historico de Sevilla)

Stroll cobblestone streets, stop for tapas, and marvel at centuries-old architecture in Seville's Historic Center (Centro Historico de Sevilla). This destination may be best known for its trio of UNESCO World Heritage Sites—the Cathedral, Alcázar, and the Archivo de Indias—making it a prime destination to uncover Spanish history.More

General Archive of the Indies (Archivo General de Indias)

There was a time after Spain’s first journeys to the Americas that Sevilleserved as one of the most important commercial cities and ports in Europe. For that reason, in 1572, this Renaissance-style building — now called the General Archive of the Indies — was erected, with the goal of serving as a merchant’s exchange.Come 1785, when Seville’s role as a trade hub fizzled out, the grand building was finally converted into a space meant to unify all the country’s documentation related to its overseas empires in the Americas. These days, this includes 9 kilometers of shelving with over 43,000 volumes and 80 million pages, and is composed of documents such as exchanges between Christopher Columbus and the Spanish King and Queen, as well as other writings by explorers. Though the extent of what visitors can actually view is quite limited, entrance to the building is free, and therefore worth a quick wander, especially since it’s located right next to the main cathedral.More

Royal Tobacco Factory (Real Fábrica de Tabacos)

The Royal Tobacco Factory (Real Fábrica de Tabacos) offers a glimpse into Seville’s once booming tobacco industry—although what was once the largest industrial building in Europe is now a university building. Many visit in homage to Bizet’s operaCarmen; it’s in this former factory that the namesake heroine rolls cigars on her thighs.More

Casa de la Memoria

Situated in the converted stables of a 16th century palace, Casa de la Memoria offers visitors to Seville an intimate setting for acoustic flamenco performances. Watch as four or more different performers take to the stage each night—singers, dancers, and guitar players—to perform traditional Spanish music and dances.More
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Cathedral, Alcazar and Giralda Guided Tour with Priority Tickets
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Seville Tapas & Flamenco Tour
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Alcazar and Cathedral of Seville Tour with Skip the Line Tickets
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Seville Tapas, Taverns & History Tour
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Alhambra Palace and Albaicin Tour with Skip the Line Tickets from Seville
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All about Seville

When to visit

Expect a party when you visit Seville during Holy Week (Semana Santa), which falls the week before Easter. The centuries-old celebration is easily one of the most popular holy weeks in all of Spain. Outside of springtime, the fall brings fewer crowds and lower temperatures—just be sure to pack a raincoat.

People Also Ask

What is Seville famous for?

The largest city in Andalusia is famous for its syncretic, Islamic-influenced Mudejar architecture and historic city center. Also present: Gothic, baroque, and Moorish styles—legend says Hercules founded the city. Alluring Sevilla is the setting for three famous operas: Carmen,Don Juan, and Figaro. It’s also a hub for Flamenco dancing.

How many days do you need for Seville?

With one day in compact Sevilla you can cover main attractions such as the Sevilla Cathedral—from the outside—on a walking tour. Give yourself a day or two to go beneath the surface. The city is festive in the evening, especially in the furnace-hot summer, so try to spend the night.

Are Seville and Sevilla the same place?

Yes. In Spanish, the city is Sevilla, ending with an -a. In languages such as English and French, it ends with an -e. Default to the Spanish pronunciation in Spain. Some say the name evolved from the Latin place name Hispalis; others, from the Phoenician word for plain or valley.

What is special about Seville?

The city teems with historical landmarks, but Sevilla's vibrant and festive spirit—which epitomizes the Spanish way of living—is its strength. Enjoy sangria and tapas in Barrio Santa Cruz, take in a flamenco performance, and explore on foot and marvel at the varied architectural styles. Sevilla demands time to be experienced.

What can you do in Seville in 2 days?

With two days in Sevilla, you can see historical attractions, watch flamenco, and dine in a sun-kissed piazza in the former Jewish Quarter. Visit Sevilla Cathedral and climb the adjoining belltower, La Giralda, for panoramic views. Take a half-day at Royal Alcazar, a UNESCO-listed Mudéjar complex of palaces and gardens.

Is Seville, Spain, a safe city?

Yes. Sevilla—the fourth-largest city in Spain—has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. Venture out after hours and you’ll find the bars and winding streets packed, especially on balmy summer nights. That said, keep a close eye on valuables, especially in touristy districts, as pickpocketing is not unusual.


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