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What to see in Seville in one day

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If you only have one day to visit Seville, Spain, it will be difficult to choose what to visit and what to avoid. Seville has a lot to offer: around every corner you will find Andalusian treasures, covered with the typical and colorful tiles. The beautiful and vibrant capital of Andalusia offers a wide range of cultural, historical and gastronomic attractions with which to fill a 24 hour visit.

Index

  1. One day itinerary in Seville: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Seville: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Seville: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Seville: Morning

1 - Real Alcazar, Seville Cathedral

After breakfast, which we recommend to have at Bar El Comercio, at Calle Lineros 9, with an average cost of € 9,00, you can go directly to the center.

The first attraction to visit is the Alcazar of Seville, one of the country's royal palaces, designed and built by the Moors. It is a wonderful example of Mudejar architecture, still used today by Spanish royalty for their visits to the city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. We recommend purchasing the tour with priority access (from € 27,80) to avoid long queues.

A short distance away is the Catedral Metropolitana de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla, more simply known as the Cathedral of Seville. In the Gothic style, it is the third largest church in the world, with its over 11 thousand square meters. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a building that, with its grandeur, must have represented the well-being achieved by the city, which has become an important commercial center. Do not forget that it is present inside the tomb of Christopher Columbus.





2 - Barrio de Santa Cruz, Parque de María Luisa, Plaza de España

After a few steps you will enter the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter of the city. It is a very picturesque corner, perhaps the most characteristic of all Seville, consisting of a tangle of alleys with some typical white houses, built in a typical Andalusian style. Some of these houses and the patios of the Barrio de Santa Cruz are also decorated with the famous glazed ceramic tiles, the azulejos.

Where the neighborhood ends begins the area of ​​the Parque de María Luisa which includes the famous Plaza de España, second only to the Cathedral of Seville for its majesty. Built during the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, it underwent a modernization only recently, in the year 2010. It perfectly represents the local architecture, with its mix of Renaissance elements and Moorish art.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,5 km / 31 min
  • Places visited: Real Alcazar (€ 9,50 visit to the lower floor, € 2,00 reduced for pensioners and students up to 25 years), Seville Cathedral (€ 9,00 full price, € 4,00 reduced for pensioners and students up to 25 years), Barrio de Santa Cruz (free), Parque de María Luisa and Plaza de España (free)
  • Guided tour of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower Skip-the-line entrance ticket Royal Alcázar of Seville Tour of the Cathedral and Alcazar of Seville
  • Where to have breakfast: Bar El Comercio, Calle Lineros 9

One day itinerary in Seville: Afternoon

1 - Metropol Parasol, Alameda de Hércules

It is time for a pleasant stop for lunch, for which we recommend the Ropavieja Restaurante de Tapas, in Calle Munoz Seca 8, for an average cost of € 7,00.

Heading further north you will enter the neighborhood called La Macarena. Along the way you will come across the building called Metropol Parasol, or Las Setas (literally "the mushrooms"). The huge building, white in color and 26 meters high, reflects its nickname as it recalls in appearance four large mushrooms. You can decide, by purchasing the ticket costing € 3,00 for the lift, to go up to the top to access the panoramic canopy and for a free drink at the El Mirador bar.

After your visit to the building, head to one of Seville's historic squares, the Alameda de Hércules which, with its many bars, clubs and restaurants, is one of the liveliest areas.



2 - Basilica of the Macarena, La Cartuja, Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas

Your next destination is the symbol of the neighborhood, the Basilica of the Macarena. At the religious building you can admire the Virgen de la Macarena, one of the statues of the Madonna not only the most striking in all of Spain, but also one of the most revered.

The visit continues to the other bank of the Guadalquivir river, which cuts Seville in two. In the west of the city is the La Cartuja district, with some of the pavilions that testify to the city's participation in the 1992 Expo.

In the neighborhood there is also the Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas, the first Carthusian monastery, later transformed into a porcelain factory and, today, the seat of the CAAC - Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, a one of the most beautiful contemporary art museums in the country.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 9,4 km / 1 h 58 min
  • Places visited: Metropol Parasol (free external visit - € 3,00 lift), Alameda de Hércules (free), Basilica of the Macarena (free), La Cartuja (free), Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas (free)
  • 2-Hour Seville Tour with Past View 2-Hour Panoramic Seville Walking Tour
  • Where to have lunch: Ropavieja Restaurante de Tapas, Calle Munoz Seca 8

One day itinerary in Seville: Evening

1 - Dinner and Triana Quarter

The restaurant we recommend for dinner is called Vega 10 and is located in Calle Rosario Vega at number 10. The average cost per person is € 20,00.

The most suitable activity in the twilight hour is, without a doubt, that of stroll along the riverside and admire the sunset, until you reach the Puente de Isabel II to arrive in the Triana district. Its gypsy character has allowed this area of ​​the city to conquer the reputation of the cradle of flamenco: in three clubs, in particular (Lo Nuestro, La Taberna and Casa Anselma) you can admire shows, often improvised, with dancing and great involvement, a perfect way to end the visit to the city.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,5 km / 44 min
  • Places visited: Triana neighborhood (free)
  • romantic panoramic carriage ride flamenco show + drink
  • Where to dine: Vega 10, Calle Rosario Vega 10

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Sevilla Card: we recommend the purchase of the card (from € 30,00), available with validity 24, 48 or 72 hours from first use. With this tool you can get discounts at participating restaurants and enter all tourist attractions.
  • Street vendors: Pay particular attention to the women present near the cathedral who will try to sell you some sprigs of rosemary. This is not a custom linked to the place but simply a way to get money from you.
  • Possibility of stay: if you decide to extend your holiday, take a look at the offers for a stay in Seville.

Attractions to avoid

  • Flamenco Museum: we advise you to exclude it from the itinerary, unless you are a big fan of this dance, the entrance costs € 10,00 and is quite disappointing. On the other hand, weather permitting, we recommend attending a show at the museum (from € 22,00) as it is suggestive and characteristic.
  • Carriage Museum and Guadalquivir River Excursion: expensive and time-consuming activities from other far more interesting activities
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