The 9 Best Day Trips from Seville

Whitewashed town of Arcos de la Frontera in Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain
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One of the oldest cities in Spain, Seville has a long history with a rich cultural heritage. While you might be tempted to spend your holiday within Seville itself—after all, there is no shortage of flamenco shows, fine dining, and jaw-dropping architecture—you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the picturesque and romantic towns just outside of the city. From ancient ruins to some of Spain’s most notable gastronomic finds, Andalusia offers something for every type of traveler. And with Seville as your starting point, you'll have easy access to public transportation and well-connected roads—experiencing it all is just a day trip away.

01 of 09

Osuna: Visit an Ancient Quarry-Turned-Auditorium

Quarry in Spain
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Declared in 1967 as a Conjunto Histórico-Artístico, a national designation to protect local heritage, the town of Osuna has a history almost as old as Seville itself—though most readers may recognize its Plaza de Toros from Season 5 of "Game of Thrones." While there, don’t overlook El Coto las Canteras, an auditorium carved into a cliffside and commonly referred to as "the Petra of Andalusia." From there, you can move on to the Buena Vista viewpoint and the Ruins of the Via Sacra Hermitage.

Getting There: You can drive to Osuna via A-92. Fortunately, there’s usually not much traffic, so the trip takes about an hour. Alternatively, if you prefer to take the train, Renfe, Spain's national railway company, can get you to Osuna station in about an hour and 15 minutes. Tickets cost 9.20 euros; see Renfe's website for the schedule.

Travel Tip: If you’d like to learn more intimate details about Osuna, Civitatis offers guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. Tours last 4 hours and 30 minutes and take visitors to the most important landmarks in the city.

02 of 09

Carmona: Stroll Through the Fortress at the Gate of Seville

Gate of Sevilla (Puerta de Sevilla) - Carmona, Spain
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Situated on a hill, Carmona is a city that served as a stronghold in ancient times, which made it the perfect location for building the impressive Alcázar de la Puerta de Sevilla. This fortified enclosure was used to reinforce the defense of the city and is without a doubt one of the most essential sites to see during your visit. If fortresses aren’t really your thing, you can also visit the city’s many Moorish palaces and fountains, a Roman amphitheater, and no fewer than 14 churches from the 14th to 17th centuries.

Getting There: By car, it takes around 30 minutes to get to Carmona from Seville via route A-4. Another option is to take the ALSA bus, which costs around 6 euros for a one-way trip. 

Travel Tip: Olive oil is one of the most important gastronomical influences in Andalusia. While in Carmona, consider scheduling a guided tour of an olive farm paired with an olive oil tasting.

03 of 09

Constantina: Enjoy Nature and Amazing Views

This town stands out for its natural charms, including beaches and natural pools, and for its proximity to the Sierra Norte de Sevilla nature park; the transition from town to nature is seamless. Enjoy the beautiful all-white houses in Barrio de la Morería, where vestiges of the town's Islamic past are still present today. And for the best views, go up to the Castle of Constantina—don’t forget to stop by the monument of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which depicts Christ blessing Constantine.

Getting There: By car, you can take either route A-4 or the A-455, which should get you there in about an hour and 15 minutes. If you take a MonBus, the trip takes an hour and a half. You also have the option to go by train, though that will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Travel Tip: If you’re into adventures in nature, then Constantina has a lot to offer. There is a wide network of livestock routes that run through the area, making it an ideal location for activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. Walking routes include Los Castañares, Molino del Corcho, Camino de la Jurdana, and Cerro Hierro.

04 of 09

Écija: For Archaeology Lovers

If you fancy yourself a modern-age Indiana Jones, then schedule a visit to the Municipal Historical Museum of Écija (Museo Histórico Municipal de Écija), located in a Baroque-style palace that dates back to the 18th century. Benamejí Palace, as it’s called, has been declared a site of cultural interest and a national monument. This palace-turned-museum has a total of nine rooms that feature archeological finds from the Roman empire—including six mosaics found in urban excavations and the marble sculpture of an Amazonian warrior.

Getting There: From the city of Seville, you can get there in 1 hour by car via the A-4. If you go by ALSA bus, the trip will only take about 15 minutes longer.

Travel Tip: Stop by the Écija Municipal Tourist Office to get more information about the city. The office is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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05 of 09

Marchena: A City that Dates Back to Prehistoric Times

Marchena
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Located about 37 miles from Seville and declared a Conjunto Histórico-Artístico in 1966, Marchena is known for its well-preserved Sevillian architecture. It’s a city steeped in tradition and recognized for its annual Holy Week festival, a celebration which is of national tourist interest in Andalusia.

Getting There: This city is a road tripper’s dream because it’s just a 45-minute drive from Seville on route A-92! You can also choose to go by Renfe train from Seville Santa Justa, which will get you there in around the same amount of time.  

Travel Tip: Visit The Palacio Ducal, considered one of the most luxurious and beautiful Spanish palaces of its time.

06 of 09

Santiponce: Visit Ruins from the Roman Empire

Italica Roman Ruins, Spain
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The town of Santiponce was born next to the Roman ruins of Itálica. A city that was founded in 206 B.C., Itálica reached its peak during the rule of emperor Trajan in the year 98. While there, be sure to visit the Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo, considered one of the most important monuments in all of Andalusia. And of course, stop by the Ruinas Itálicas, which also served as yet another filming location for "Games of Thrones."

Getting There: The quickest and easiest way to get to Santiponce is by car; you’ll get there in just 20 minutes on route SE-30. If you choose to go by bus, there's one that departs from Plaza de Armas in Seville city center. 

Travel Tip: When in doubt, book a guided tour so as to not overlook the many historically significant sites in Santiponce. A tour of the Roman Italic ruins will run around 2 hours from start to finish; it costs just 15 euros per person.

07 of 09

Cazalla de la Sierra: Sample Unique Liqueurs

Church of our Lady of Virtudes in Cazalla de la Sierra, province of Seville. Spain
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In Cazalla de la Sierra, there is a distillery that makes a regional specialty: anise and cherry liqueurs. Housed in Los Diezmos Franciscan Monastery, Miura distillery serves up these local libations, first produced by the monks who lived there in the 15th century. But what makes Cazalla de la Sierra rather unique is its designation as both a Conjunto Histórico Patrimonial and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, due to the town's efforts in conserving its unique regional architecture and its focus on biodiversity and cultural diversity.

Getting There: From the Santa Justa station in Seville, you can catch the cercanías (regional train) to connect to this town. If you're driving, you can expect the trip to take around 1 hour and 15 minutes along route A-432.

Travel Tip: If you want to take your local experience beyond sipping the local liqueur, the 15th-century Cartuja de Cazalla allows visitors the opportunity to sleep in the converted monks’ quarters of old. For those here on a day trip, the monastery is open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; tickets cost 4 euros per adult.

08 of 09

Lebrija: Sip Wine and Channel Your Inner Flamenco Singer

High Angle View Of White Houses In Town, Lebrija, Spain
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Situated just south of Seville, Lebrija is the birthplace of Antonio de Nebrija, author of the first Spanish grammar guide and one of the most influential humanists of his day. This city—along with Seville, Jerez, and Utrera—is part of the flamenco triangle, so called because the area is the birthplace of many prominent flamenco musicians, including Juan Peña (a.k.a. "el Lebrijano.") The region is also known for its winemaking; while in Lebrija, you’ll want to schedule a tour and wine tasting at Bodegas Gonzalez Palacios.

Getting There: Lebrija is 50 minutes south of Sevilla on route AP-4 route. You can also check the availability of a local Renfe train for the dates you plan on visiting. 

Travel Tip: One of the most fun things to do in Lebrija is take part in La Ruta de la Tapa (Tapa Route). Essentially a tapas and bar-hopping celebration, the event is held in February and attracts hundreds of tourists every year.

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09 of 09

Arcos de la Frontera: Enjoy Regional Gastronomy With a View

Panoramic of Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
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Some places were just made for posting on social media, and this is one of them. A town built along a cliff, Arcos de la Frontera is commonly known as one of "the white villages" due to its bright, white houses that seem to cascade down the side of the mountain like a snowy avalanche. After taking in the breathtaking views, hop down to Meson Patio Andaluz for a taste of the local gastronomy. Consider ordering a helping of berza jerezana, a hearty chickpea and cabbage stew that originated with the Romani people who first populated the region. 

Getting There: Take the AP-4 from Seville and you’ll arrive in just over an hour. If you want to take the train, Omio and Renfe offer a range of options, just keep an eye out for regional trains that make stops along the way.  

Travel Tip: This place has an artificial beach that won’t make you feel like you’re missing out on the real thing! La Playita de Arcos de la Frontera is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; entry is free.

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