We could define it the Spanish capital of flamenco, a famous dance, to which this Andalusian city has even dedicated a themed museum, but that would be an understatement. In fact, Seville has a lot to offer even the most demanding tourist: monumental and architectural beauties, screaming gastronomy and the inevitable Spanish nightlife.
Here is our list of the must-see attractions of the undisputed "queen" of Andalusia. So let's find out together what to see in Seville, the best attractions and things to do!
- Alcazar (Reales Alcazares)
- Santa Cruz neighborhood
- Neighborhood of Triana
- Archive of the Indies
- Plaza of Spain
- Torre del oro
- Maria Luisa Park
- Fine Arts Museum
- Metropol Parasol
- Casa de Pilatos
- Barrio de San Bartolomè
- Plaza de Toros de La Maestranza
- town hall
- Flamenco Museum
- Other attractions to visit
- 10 things to do in Seville
- User questions and comments
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1 - Alcazar (Reales Alcazares)
UNESCO heritage, the Alcazar (as it is commonly known), since Roman times, has been the center of municipal power, and has continued to be so also with the Visigoths, during the long Arab season, and subsequently with the Castilian domination. Elegance, a mixture of styles and perhaps a "pinch" of opulence, these are the ingredients that make the Royal Palaces of Seville an essential destination. Neoclassicism and "Arabian" style coexist well in the architecture of the Royal Palaces, which also enjoy the presence of a well-kept garden, also representative of the coexistence of Islamic, Renaissance and Romanesque elements.
Emblematic examples of the hybridization between Christian and Muslim culture they are found in the Palacio del Rey Don Pedro I, a triumph of the Hispanic-Moorish or Mudejar style, in the Patio de Las Dancelles and in the Patio de las Munecas. In a totally different style, however, the Palacio Gotico wanted by Alfonso Il Saggio.
For TV series lovers, you should know that the Reales Alcazares have been the location of many films, including Game of Thrones, Lawrence of Arabia and Ridley Scott's Crusades
Watch out for the lines and free days: admission is free on Mondays, in winter from 17:00 to 18:00 and in summer from 18:00 to 19:00. But the lines are impressive! In general, opt for the guided tour in your language with skip-the-line entry, in order not to waste precious time and to be able to visit the main attraction in the best possible way.
- in Patio de Banderas, in the center of Seville. Easily accessible on foot from the Real Fábrica de Tabacos de Sevilla (100 m, 2 min). Reference Metro Station Prado de San Sebastián (Line L1) - Get directions
- from October to March 9: 30-17: 00, from April to September 9: 30-19: 00
- full € 11,50, reduced € 3,00 / Supplement for the Upper Royal Hall € 4,50
2 - Cathedral
UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, the Cathedral of Seville is second only to St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican as absolute emblem of Christianity, and is the third largest church in the world.
Built on the remains of a mosque built by the Almohads, inside it is even more majestic than the outside suggests. Suffice it to consider the length of the central nave, about 150 meters. Built with a skilful mix of Gothic and Mudejar styles, passing through the Baroque and the Neoclassical.
While the external appearance lends itself to postcard photographs, the interior of the imposing building also does justice to the charm of the entire building: five Gothic-style naves, two chapels, the Capilla Mayor and the Capilla Real, religious paintings of very high value, very high vaults, huge windows; colorful mosaics, and more paintings, sculptures, goldsmiths, fabrics. A marvel for the eyes!
How to skip the line: at 11:00 (opening time) go to the Iglesia Colegial del Divino Salvador (10 minutes walk from the Cathedral) and buy a combined ticket, it works like skip the line. Economic alternative: before 11am you can enter for free through the small doors on the left hand side. Another solution to save queues on more attractions is the combined ticket Cathedral, Giralda and Alcazar, including skip-the-line admissions and guided tour in your language. If you are only interested in the Cathedral, the guided tour in your language with priority access is available.
- in Av. de la Constitución, in the historic center. It can be easily reached on foot from anywhere, such as from Plaza del Cabildo (210 m, 3 min) or from La Casa del Flamenco (350 m, 4 min). Reference Puerta de Jerez Metro Station (Line L1) - Get directions
- Mon-Sun 11: 00-17: 00, Sun 14: 30-18: 30. Visits are not allowed during the celebration of the Holy Mass and religious anniversaries and celebrations
- full € 10,00, reduced € 5,00 / Audio guide € 4,00
3 - Giralda
Visible from all over the city, the Girarda is the symbol of Seville and it is the bell tower of the Cathedral. Ancient minaret of the Almohad mosque built starting from 1156 on behalf of the caliph Al Mansour, is one of the most famous Arab monuments in the world, twin of the minarets of Rabat and Marrakech. Even after the victory of Ferdinand III of Castile, who returned Seville to Christianity in 1248, the Giralda has kept its Moorish imprint.
Climbing to the top, at 96m, is not too tiring either: there are no steps but ramps, originally conceived so that the muezzin could ride on horseback. At the top the most beautiful panorama awaits you of the city. On the top of the tower there is also his Giraldillo, a statue of the faith that turns on itself.
Learn the Law of the Tower: there is a law that requires all buildings not to exceed the height of the tower to maintain urban homogeneity. Despite this, the Torre Sevilla (or Cajasol) was built which reaches 180 meters in height!
- exactly next to the Cathedral. It can be reached easily on foot from anywhere, such as from Plaza del Cabildo (210 m, 3 min) or from La Casa del Flamenco (350 m, 4 min). Reference Puerta de Jerez Metro Station (Line L1) - Get directions
- from September to June Mon 11: 00-15: 30, Tue-Sat 11: 00-17: 00, Sun 14: 30-18: 00. July and August Mon 9: 30-15: 30, Tue-Sat 9: 30-16: 00, Sun 14: 30-18: 00
- full € 9,00, pensioners and students up to 25 years € 4,00, free for Seville residents and children under 14
4 - Barrio Santa Cruz
The Barrio de Santa Cruz is the ideal place where you can fully breathe the typical Andalusian atmosphere. With the whitewashed houses, the characteristic flowered patios and the pretty squares full of greenery, it is the perfect place to enjoy a nice walk, have a coffee or have lunch in one of the many bars and restaurants and buy some souvenirs.
Strongly influenced by Jewish culture pivoting streets and alleys, the Barrio de Santa Cruz is without a doubt one of the liveliest and most picturesque neighborhoods of all Seville.
It is located in the historic center. It can be easily reached on foot from anywhere, such as from the Real Alcazares (300m, 3 min). Reference metro station Lopez de Gomara (line 5) via Calle San Gregorio can be reached in 9 minutes on foot - Get directions.
Discover hidden corners and courtyards: the barrio, together with the whole old city, constitutes the largest historical center in Europe, 4 sq km! Here you will find wonderful hidden corners: a visit to the Patio de Banderas is not to be missed, with a land that tends to yellow, all surrounded by trees and with a beautiful view of the Giralda. You can also opt for a guided tour of the Barrio. If you are looking for a high level culinary experience, here is the Tropiko Gastro Bar haute cuisine restaurant, with traditional and revisited dishes.
5 - Barrio de Triana
Triana's is the most authentic barrio of Seville where you can find the most characteristic market in the whole city and the Castillo de San Jorge, which for several centuries was the seat of the Holy Inquisition. Also in Triana is the ancient Iglesia de Santa Ana, the first church to be built after the expulsion of the Moors and the Capillita del Carmen.
Il Triana Ceramics Center is an exhibition space where the production process of azulejos, the colored tiles ornamental heritage of the Iberian Peninsula, is described step by step. On the western bank of the Guadalquivir, the river that divides Seville, to reach Triana you have to cross the Ponte de Isabel II which since 1852 has joined the two shores of the city.
It is located on the western bank of the Gualdaquivir River and can be reached by crossing the Puente de Triana or the Puente de Isabel II. It can be easily reached on foot from Torre del Oro (850 m, 11 min). Reference metro station Plaza de Cuba (line 1) heading towards the river turn left at the roundabout (600m, 7 min) - Get directions.
Discover the nightlife in Calle Betis: Triana is the gypsy neighborhood, often little known by tourists, but which we strongly recommend you visit. Many monuments and buildings feature wonderful azulejos, thus making the neighborhood an open-air museum. But that's not all: Calle Betis is one of the liveliest in the city, where the nightlife is concentrated! It starts with a tapas-based aperitif and continues throughout the night. For a dinner with one of the most beautiful views in Seville, we recommend the Andalusian restaurant Abades Triana Restaurante.
6 - Archive of the Indies
The main archive concerning the Spanish domination in America, thanks to which it is possible to retrace the history of relations with the colonies. Housed in a th century building and designed by Juan de Herrera, the second floor and the Oath Cross were added to the original building, with a square plan with a large central courtyard, in the th century. The external walls are rhythmically modulated by low-relief pillars.
Inside the archive there are over 80 million pages of original documents covering more than three centuries of history. The documentation is organized in 16 sections, from 1480 to 1898 with the last section comprising 6.379 elements including maps and plans. Among the documents you will find maps, maps, travel notes, such as the autographed texts of Columbus, Magellan and Cortés.
- in Av de la Constitucion in the historic center, next to the Cathedral. It can be easily reached on foot from the GIralda along the back of the Cathedral (150 m, 1 min). Archio de Indias (T1) Reference Tram Station - Get directions
- Tue-Sat 9: 30-16: 45, Sun and holidays 10: 00-13: 45
7 - Plaza de España
One of the most beautiful squares in the world! Even if seen in hundreds of photos, one cannot fail to be impressed by its size and beauty. It was made in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929 for celebrate the discovery of America by the Spanish conquistadors.
In addition to particular semicircular shape, its distinctive features are the canals (which can be crossed with a rental boat) where the spectacular architecture of the buildings is reflected, the 4 bridges that symbolize the 4 ancient kingdoms of Spain, the arcades, the fountains and the famous 58 azulejos benches, each representing a province of Spain.
Inside the square we also find the Palacio Español, a tangible sign of the indisputable power of the nation.
So located in Av de Isabel La Catòlica, it can be reached by bus (n.28) from Sevilla Santa Justa station to the Avenida Carlo V stop and then walk through the garden (750 m, 9 min) - Get directions.
How to take the best shot: it is also one of the most photographed places in the city, where you can find unique angles and perspectives! For the perfect shot, it's best to go early in the morning, if you are an early riser, sunrise is the ideal time. It is also a must see for Star Wars fans, as it was used as the location for Episode II "Attack of the Clones". Finally, in 2018 the square took second place as the most interesting place to see in the world, according to the TripAdvisor Travelers Choice awards.
8 - Torre del oro
Ancient watchtower 36 meters high, is located on the bank of the Guadalquivir, next to the Plaza de Toros Real Maestranza. Its name most likely derives from an ancient roof of golden tiles or the brightness of its walls due to a mixture of lime mortar and straw.
The Tower was a control point on the transit of ships on the Guadalquivir through a chain that was used to bar the river.
The tower consists of three bodies built in different eras. The original nucleus, of dodecagonal shape, dates back to around 1220, by order of the governor; the second body, always of the same shape, was built in the 1760th century; finally, the third cylindrical body was built in . Inside, today it houses the Naval Museum of Seville where there are models, navigation charts, compasses and various ancient documentation.
Admission is free on Mondays: take advantage, even if obviously the lines become more exhausting!
- in Paseo de Cristobal Colòn, from the Cathedral it can be easily reached on foot (850 m, 10 min) in the direction of the river. Reference stop Paseo Colòn (bus lines 21, 40, 41, A2, C4, EA) - Get directions
- Mon-Fri 9.30-19.00, Sat-Sun 10.30-19.00. Closed on public holidays
- full € 3,00, reduced € 1,50, free up to 6 years
9 - Maria Luisa Park
One of the most beautiful public gardens in Spain, not surprisingly declared Asset of National Interest by the Madrid government. The beautiful Plaza de Espana represents the heart of the Parque de Maria Luisa and from an architectural point of view constitutes a very successful mix of Renaissance and Baroque elements.
Considering the size of the park (about 22 hectares), it is the ideal place for a nice relaxing walk and cool thanks to its shaded paths. Do not miss the various ponds and lakes, the fountain of frogs, the fountain of lions and the island of ducks.
At the southern end of the park you will find the Archaeological Museum of Seville and the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions. Turn it all on foot is impossible; if you want to explore every corner of the park, then, you can rent a bike or take the characteristic carriage ride.
- the best place to start a park itinerary is Puerta de Jerez or Plaza de Espana, where both the bus and metro stops are located. The nearest stop to Plaza de España is Prado de San Sebastian, the metro line is L1 - Get directions
- every day 9: 00-22: 00
10 - Museum of Fine Arts
Represents the second most important art gallery in Spain. Its foundation dates back to 1836, when the central government ordered a series of expropriations of works of art from monasteries and convents. Part of these treasures flowed into another former convent (Merced Calzada). Among the reasons for the charm of this museum are the architectural characteristics of the building itself: among the most significant examples we cite Andalusian mannerism.
The collection kept inside highlights works by Bartolomè Esteban Murillo, Juan de Vales Leal and Francisco de Zubaran, the most authoritative interpreters of the so-called "School of Seville", a 14th century pictorial movement in which Renaissance and Baroque themes converge. But that is not all. Developed in rooms, the museum also houses medieval masterpieces and works from the th, th and th centuries. In short, one complete overview from the Middle Ages to the modern age.
- in Plaza del Museo, 9. The closest stop is Miguel de Carvajal for line C5, otherwise in Plaza de Armas there is the terminal for interurban buses and for lines 3, 6, A2 and A7 - Get directions
- from September to June Tue-Sat 9: 00-20: 00, Sun 9: 00-15: 00. July and August Tue-Sun 9: 00-15: 00. Mon always closed
- single € 1,50. Free for citizens belonging to states in the European Union
11 - Metropol Parasol
Viewed with a certain suspicion by a slice of the citizenry, the Metropol Parasol, better known as "the mushroom" (La Seta in Spanish), constitutes the largest wooden structure in the world. Built by the German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann, it is characterized by a 'rather futuristic exterior architecture and the design is reminiscent of the classic honeycomb structure.
It was the municipality of Seville itself that wanted it to be built, eager to enhance the area of the ancient city market after long years of total abandonment. The building is structured on five floors. At the first stands the Antiquarium, an archaeological area with the finds of the ancient Hispalis, the Roman city; immediately after there is the tourist information area and the access to the elevators that lead to the Mirador, the panoramic terrace that offers a magnificent view of the Andalusian capital. In between, the new municipal market and a restaurant with hundreds of seats.
This multifunctional space sparked a lot of protests both for the size but above all for the futuristic design set in one of the oldest areas of the city, the district of Santa Cruz.
- in the Plaza de la Encarnacion. Reachable by bus (lines 27, 32, A7) towards Antiquarium, reference stop Larana (plaza Encarnacion) - Get directions
- mar-sab 10:00-20.00, dom 10:00-14:00
- single € 3,00
12 - Casa de Pilatos
Masterpiece of Renaissance art from the 1540th century, commissioned in by Don Fadrique, first Marquis of Tarifa. With reference to house of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, the building is inspired by Italian architecture while mixing different styles: Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance.
The visit starts from the beautiful patio with 24 arches with busts of the Caesars, Roman statues and walls decorated in Mudejar style. From here it is possible to visit a series of rooms around the patio and take a break in one of the two small gardens.
Free admission on Mondays: on Mondays, from 15:00 to 19:00, admission is free, but watch out for queues!
- from the Cathedral 10 min walk via Calle Águilas. By bus, from Santa Justa station, Line C5, Aguilas stop. If you opt for the metro, the stop to get off at is Puerta Jerez, but from here it is another 20 minutes on foot - Get directions
- from November to March 9: 00-18: 00, from March to October 9: 00-19: 00
- complete house € 12,00, ground floor only € 10,00. The price includes the audio guide
13 - Barrio de San Bartolomè
Another very characteristic neighborhood of Seville where Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance styles interpenetrate harmoniously giving it enormous charm. With its labyrinth of narrow streets surrounded by old low houses, the Barrio de San Bartolomè is a lonely and silent place, ideal for long and quiet walks.
While not fully included among the most famous destinations of Sevillian tourism, in reality it is a place that preserves all the authenticity of the city. Here are some attractions that were worth a visit, such as the Church of Santa Maria la Blanca, Plaza de San Francisco, the aforementioned Casa de Pilatos and the Church of Santa Magdalena.
The neighborhood develops between the streets Santa Maria la Blanca and San Josè. It is located 180 m (2 min) from the Murillo gardens via Paseo de Catalina de Ribeira. Mendez Pelayo reference stop 150 meters (bus lines 01, 21, A1) - Get directions
14 - Plaza de Toros de La Maestranza
It is the oldest Spanish arena. Regardless of personal opinions on bullfighting, it is undoubtedly a truly must-see attraction. In fact, it is worth seeing both for the beauty of its magnificent architecture and because it shows how and how much bullfighting has become deeply rooted in Spanish culture and has become one of the most followed popular traditions.
It is an iconic building in white and yellow-ocher, with a characteristic oval shape and a sumptuous Spanish late-Baroque facade, embellished with arches, marble balustrades and sculptures. Right here, under the eyes of 14.000 spectators, the most important bullfighters in the history of bullfighting performed. During the guided tour it is possible to enter the arena, admire the Puerta del Principe from where the bullfighters acclaimed by the crowd enter, visit the infirmary, see the chapel where the bullfighters pray before entering the arena and the stables.
The bullfighting season it begins with the April Feria and ends towards the end of September. They generally take place on Sundays and public holidays in the late afternoon.
2 in 1 ticket and skip the line: the ticket also includes admission to the Bullfighting Museum, a collection of documents, photographs, posters, costumes and personal items belonging to bullfighters and other celebrities who have made the history of bullfighting. To avoid waiting in line for your ticket, it's best to book in advance (includes skip-the-line option and 1-hour guided tour, info and prices here).
- in the El Arenal district. It can be reached on foot from the Cathedral (500 m, 6 min). If you use public transport, the closest metro stop is Puerta de Jerez, served by the L1 line (about 11 minutes on foot), the closest is the T1 tram stop at Plaza Nueva (about 5 minutes on foot); while the nearest bus stop is only 100 meters away - Get directions
- always opening at 9:30, closing varies between 19:00 and 21:00 depending on the season. On bullfighting days and on Good Friday the visits end at 15.00 pm. Closed on Christmas day
- full € 8,00, reduced € 4,00, children 7-11 years € 3,00
15 - Town Hall
The Seville Ayuntamiento is also of considerable historical interest. A Renaissance building with wonderful external decorations, especially those of the facade overlooking the Plaza de San Francisco.
It represents one of the most significant examples of the Plateresque style which, throughout the th century, spread to the American colonies and Mexico. A style that comes from the fusion of Gothic, Renaissance and Hispano-Moorish elements and which in Italy is found, for example, in the Baroque religious architecture of Lecce. To date, there is also the possibility to see the building inside.
- in Plaza Nueva, 1 in the center, just 400 meters from the Cathedral (5 min) via Calle Hernando Colón. Reference stop, Plaza Nueva (T1) - Get directions
- lun-ven 10:30-14:00 e 17:00-19:00
- full € 4,00, reduced € 2,00
16 - Flamenco Museum
Not the usual museum dedicated to art and culture: the Museo del Baile Flamenco is one of the museum institutions par excellence in Seville. Here you will be able to better understand the history of the famous dance: from the costumes to the knowledge of the best dancers of the style, let yourself be seduced by the origins and evolution of this unique Iberian "heritage".
It is the first and only museum in the world, known today, dedicated to this art. Visitors from all over the world learn about the origins and evolution of a centuries-old tradition and culture. The main floor is an interactive space which allows the visitor to take a journey into the past and present of flamenco art, thanks to projections that tell the story of different artists over the centuries; while on the second floor there is the traditional collection of photographs, paintings and sculptures. The best part of the whole museum is undoubtedly the ground floor, a typical Andalusian patio where flamenco shows are held.
Discover the origins of Flamenco: although it is believed that flamenco is the symbol of Seville, in reality, the origins of this dance come not from the Spanish culture but from the whole of the Gypsy, Arab-Muslim, Maghreb, Black Africa and Christian-Castilian cultures.
- 300 meters from the Giralda. Also served by Metro Line 1 and bus lines 1, 3, 21 and 32 - Get directions
- every day 10: 00-19: 00
- full € 10,00, students and groups € 8,00, children € 6,00
Other attractions to visit
In addition to the most important ones already described, Seville has a large number of museums. The Archaeological Museum and that of the Andalusian tradition are located in the Maria Luisa Park. The first certainly interests history lovers, the second is for those who love learning about the traditions of the peoples and cities they visit (€ 1,50 each). The Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija offers a wide range of mosaics, tapestries and paintings (€ 6,00 one floor, € 9,00 two floors), while the Centro Andaluz de arte contemporáneo displays a collection of paintings and ceramics (€ 3,00). History buffs will surely appreciate the Museo de la inquisición, focusing on this particular period of Andalusian history (€ 1,50).
After seeing the main monuments you can go to the Isla della Cartuja, a small island where you can visit the Cartuja Monastery and the contemporary art museum inside. This Monastery, founded in 1400, was the place where Christopher Columbus stayed during his Sevillian stops. During the Expo it was the Spanish pavilion and is currently the CAAC, or the Andalusian Center of Contemporary Art (€ 1,80). While staying in the area, a visit to the Navigation Pavilion, where the history of navigation is told (in four rooms). Just outside are the American gardens.
A little far from the center, the neighborhood is worth a visit Barrio Macarena, very important for the Sevillians for the Basilica de la Macarena, one of the most loved religious figures by the locals.
10 things to do in Seville/ 10
- On the Guadalquivir on a cruise or kayak: one of the first experiences to do once you arrive in Seville! Choose between a romantic cruise (info and prices here) or a kayaking adventure along the river (info and prices here)
- Attend a Flamenco show: flamenco is the essence of Andalusia and Seville. In addition to visiting the Museum, you can attend a show. Info and prices here
- Flamenco lesson: if you really don't have enough, then treat yourself to a one-hour lesson with a local artist, to learn the basic steps and hand movements. Info and prices here
- Excursion to Aracena and Rio Tinto mines: an impressive landscape. Visit the extraordinary "Cave of Wonders" and the surreal, almost Martian scenery of Rio Tinto, the subject of study by NASA. Day trip from Seville, info and prices here.
- Perfect photo in the Spanish Steps: if you want to make your Instagram profile magical, Piazza di Spagna will give you a lot of wonderful views! Go early in the morning, look for the azulejos, go under the numerous arches that surround the square and stop on the 4 bridges
- Attending traditional events: visit the city on the occasion of the Semana Santa and the Feria de Abril. These are the two most prestigious events for the city and taking part in them is really very impressive.
- Excursion to the white cities: if you have enough time, we recommend that you visit the nearby Pueblos Blancos and Ronda on a day tour from Seville, to discover breathtaking landscapes and ancient traditions
- Visit the ruins of Italica: Discover the ancient Roman city at 13 km, with its huge amphitheater and ruins. Tour in Italian from € 18,00
- 4x4 tour to Doñana National Park: forests, rice fields, swamps that are home to 200 thousand inhabitants, from flamingos to imperial eagles, deer, lynxes and wild boars. Also take advantage of it for a dip in the ocean at El Rocío. Info and prices here
- Discover the bull farms: Toros Bravos have been bred in the countryside near Seville for centuries. Also visit the stables and the Plaza de Toros. Info and prices here
Plan your stay in Seville: tips, flights and hotels
Seville is easily reached from Italy with direct flights of about 2,5 hours, even with low cost airlines. Fares vary with the season (compare flights). The city can always be visited, but April-May and September-October are the perfect periods. In the height of summer the heat is very muggy while the winter is colder and rainier. Very impressive at Easter during the Semana Santa.
Look for accommodation in the center, they are not expensive (compare the best ones on Booking) and it will be more comfortable to walk around. The center can be visited on foot, but especially if it is your first time in Seville, opt for a guided tour in your language, to familiarize yourself with the city and identify the main landmarks. Alternatively, there's the evergreen hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.
The nightlife in the colder months it concentrates in the Barrio Santa Cruz area (with bars and discos open until dawn) and in the Triana area (for quieter evenings, flamenco and live music). In the summer, you move along the river where bars, kiosks and open-air discos are set up.
For children Don't miss the Aquarium at Isla Mágica, an amusement park divided into 2 areas: a theme park with rides and a water park with slides (online admission is recommended)