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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 10 attractions in Seville

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Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

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The Reales Alcazáres, often just called the Alcázar or Royal Alcázar Palace, started off life as a fort, but various generations of rulers transformed it, building palaces, halls, courtyards and the adjoining gardens. Although it's far smaller than the Alhambra, it has the same kind of impact. It too is World Heritage listed. Actually, it's hardly surprising that the Alcázar recalls the Alhambra; some of the Alhambra's most prominent architects worked on it. Their masterpiece is probably the Patio de las Doncellas with its delicate arches, garden and reflecting pool. The Alcázar is associated with many colorful figures, most notably Pedro I (often called Pedro the Cruel), who ordered much of the Alcázar's construction. The rainwater tanks underneath the building are named for one of his victims, a beauty whom he pursued so ruthlessly that she disfigured herself with burning oil and became a nun. Not least of the Alcázar's pleasures are its gardens with their palms, pools and pavilioMore
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Plaza de España

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The Plaza de España is a magnificently proportioned semi-circular space designed for the Ibero-American World's Fair of 1929. It's edged by buildings and tile patterns that blend a Deco sensibility with traditional techniques. If it looks familiar, it may be because you've seen it acting as a backdrop in Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones. At the Plaza's center is an impressive fountain, and edging the buildings are little moats that you cross over elegant bridges. Next to the Plaza is the Maria Luisa Park, with its orange trees and formal gardens. These days the buildings in the Plaza are used by the government.More
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Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede)

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When the designers of the Seville Cathedral set out to build a new church on the site of the city's old mosque, they didn't hold back. They wanted the best of the best, excess of excess, and they got it. Building of this new cathedral 'like no other' began in the 1400s and wasn't completed until the 1500s. It's still the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world, and the third-largest church. It has 80 chapels. And oh, what's inside those chapels! Gold...and more gold; priceless works of art by the likes of Goya and Murillo; stained glass; and, it's said, the remains of Christopher Columbus. Next to the cathedral is the Giralda Tower, once the minaret of the mosque that made way for the cathedral, now a bell tower. Climb the steep ramps, designed for horses and riders, to the very top for incomparable views of Seville and its cathedral.More
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Santa Cruz

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Whitewashed buildings, maze-like streets, and courtyards lined with orange trees: No place really defines Seville charm quite like the streets of the Santa Cruz district. As the city's former judería, or Jewish quarter, it is home to many of Seville's top sights, from the grand cathedral with its minaret-turned-tower (called the Giralda) to the Real Alcázar and its fountain-dotted gardens. The neighborhood dates back to when Ferdinand III of Castile took Seville from Muslim rule, and the city's Jewish residents began to live in what is now El Barrio de Santa Cruz. After the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, however, the district fell into disrepair, until it was finally revived in the 18th century. Apart from appreciating the district's history and seeing the main sights, perhaps the best thing you can do during a visit to Santa Cruz is to simply get lost in the barrio's streets.More
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The Giralda (El Giraldillo)

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There is no more perfect symbol of Seville's layered history than the Giralda Tower (or El Giraldillo) the bell tower of the city's cathedral. It stands a little apart from the main building; it was once the minaret of the mosque that stood on the site before it was razed to make way for the cathedral. The lower sections of the tower date from that time, but its upper parts are Christian Renaissance architecture. The tower was once topped by a copper ball, but that fell in a 14th century earthquake and was replaced with a cross. It's a long climb up the 100 meters (330 feet) to the top of La Giralda, but the views of the city and the statuary of the lower levels are stunning enough to make it well worth the effort. There are no stairs: you'll ascend on a series of cunningly designed ramps.More
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Torre del Oro

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Just steps away from the Alcázar, and perched upon the Guadalquivir River, stands one of Seville's most un-missable monuments from the past, the Torre del Oro, or Golden Tower. The 12-sided tower dates back to the Almohad Dynasty, when it was constructed in the 13th century. The theories behind the name's origin vary: Some say it came from the tower's once gold-tiled exterior, others say that it was due to it being a drop-off and storage point for gold delivery from the New World, and still others believe the title is simply a result of the landmark's golden-hued reflection on the river.More
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Triana

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Just across the Isabel II Bridge, and squished between two parallel branches of the Guadalquivir River, you'll find Seville's Triana District. Originally founded as a Roman colony, this neighborhood -- like the rest of the city – has also been ruled by both Muslims and Christians. Over time it has served as a key strategic position as the last line of defense before invaders reached Seville's western walls. Traditionally, it has also been home to an eclectic mix of residents, from sailors and bullfighters to potters and flamenco dancers – all especially proud of their Triana heritage. You can still see what endures of the barrio's eccentric personality in today's Triana. While visiting the neighborhood, keep an eye out for the few remaining (and culturally protected) corrales, which traditionally served as communal homes for the district's many Romani people.More
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Maria Luisa Park

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South of Seville's main old quarter and extending along the Guadalquivir River, you'll stumble upon the city's main green getaway, Maria Luisa Park. Once primarily the land of the Palace of San Telmo (now home to Andalusia’s president), this patch of paradise was donated to the public in 1893, evolving over the years into the Seville escape that you see today. Most of its transformation came about during preparation for the 1929 World's Fair: expansive boulevards were created, fountains erected, gardens planted. Today’s park is so robust in flora and fauna that it is actually considered a proper botanical garden. And expect not only diverse plants, but also birds too, including ducks and swans that float in the fountains and lakes, and even green parrots that live in the center of the park. It's not all just grassy knolls, ponds and paths, either: Maria Luisa Park is also home to numerous monuments and sights.More
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Aire Ancient Baths Sevilla

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Hidden among the Santa Cruz neighborhood's maze of streets, you'll find – if you're looking carefully -- Aire de Sevilla. This spa-like oasis located in the heart of Seville captures the magic of an old-world hammam, allowing the visitor to journey into the past, and also to relax. The building itself dates back to the 16th century, when it was constructed as a mansion by a viceroy from the Indies. Since then, the structure has been transformed into a hammam – the type of Arab bath once so common in Spain's south -- transporting you to another time with its tranquil pools, hypnotic music, and historical setting of brick-vaulted ceilings dimly lit by Moroccan-style lanterns. During your two-hour visit, you'll be able to alternate between Aire de Sevilla's pools, of which there are several. Wash away the day's heat and wallow in relaxation while taking dips in the cool-, warm- and hot-water baths.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Seville

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Good Fun!
Ashley_A, Aug 2020
2 Hour Best of Seville on Segway
A superb way to see the sites of Seville & fun along the way!
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Walking around Seville
Benjamin_H, Jul 2020
Cathedral & Alcazar of Seville Guided Tour (Skip the Line)
Very few people in Seville at the moment so a great time to visit.
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Great Day Tour!
talfano76, Feb 2020
Cordoba and Carmona Day Trip from Seville
The free time in Cordoba was great giving us a nice chance to see the town at our pace.
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Great walking tour
kristinmathias1, Jan 2020
Cathedral, Alcazar and Giralda Guided Tour (Tickets included &Priority Access)
A great way to visit Seville and learn more about it!
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Private Seville Favourite FoodTour
Judith H, Dec 2019
The 10 Tastings of Seville With Locals: Private Food Tour
She also gave us great ideas of what to see and do in Seville.
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The Alcazar is an amazing tourist site
ccnline, Dec 2019
Alcazar of Seville Guided Tour with Skip the Line Ticket
If you are in Seville, there are a few amazing sites to see and enjoy in the city but none compare to the Alcazar.
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Skip the line Seville cathedral
Voyager725893, Nov 2019
Skip-the-Line Seville Cathedral Guided Tour
Well informed and very good English.
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Well worth it!
WhitneyA186, Nov 2019
Private Monumental Seville Walking Tour
This private tour is truly the best way to see the best of Seville.
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Seville half-day walking tour
lindakY6279II, Sep 2019
Seville Half-Day Walking Tour
It was a wonderful introduction to Seville and such a beautiful place to visit
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Great day in Granada
franisabelgh, Sep 2019
Granada Day Trip with Skip-the-Line Ticket to Alhambra and Optional AlbaicinTour
Our guide at the Alhambra spoke excellent English & conveyed very good historical details as well as being an entertaining communicator.
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Excellent way to see Seville
VicTraveller07, Sep 2019
City Sightseeing Seville Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The Seville 48 hour tour was very good, it covered all major tourist attractions and the additional bonuses like walking tours and the free aquirium visit were very good.
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Andalusian Horse Show a must
VicTraveller07, Sep 2019
Jerez and Cadiz Day Trip from Seville
Cardiz even though not as impressive as Cardoba and Seville is still very picturesque to visit if you have time.
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Fantastic way to see the main attractions in Seville
anythingbutfish, Aug 2019
Cathedral & Alcazar of Seville Guided Tour (Skip the Line)
The tour was very informative and was a great way to see and learn all about Seville.
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Alcazar and Cathedral
265ramona, Aug 2019
Alcazar of Seville Early Access with Optional Seville Cathedral
Rosa, our guide spoke great English and was enthusiastic about the history!
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Great tour
John M, May 2019
Alcazar of Seville Early Access with Optional Seville Cathedral
Beautiful girl with perfect English and a very good knowledge of the history of Seville.
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A great experience!
camperfan123, Mar 2019
Scooter tours
Book this to see Seville in a different way, Jasmine our guide is so knowledgable but makes it fun and interesting.
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The most amazing places to see in...
Iza, Sep 2017
Alcazar, Cathedral, Santa Cruz Quarter, Bullring and River Cruise Tour in Seville
The most amazing places to see in Seville - really loved the Alcazar - AMAZING!!!
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If you are a big fan of Roman...
sandusky, Mar 2018
Historical Italica: Half-Day Guided Tour from Seville
If you are a big fan of Roman history it's better to visit Italica in Seville with an organised tour or drive yourself there.
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Awesome few hours being introduced...
David H, Jul 2017
Seville Electric Bike Tour
Awesome few hours being introduced to the main tourist attractions and tricks of the trade around Seville.
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In the middle of ten days in...
Alexandra, Mar 2018
Gibraltar Day Trip from Seville
Gibraltar is very touristy and it's a lot of time in the bus, but it was still fun for the family to see the monkeys and, yes, to have our ice cream stolen by them in spite of multiple warnings.

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