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Visiting Seville? There's no chance you'll get bored - I've found 50 things to do in the city. If I had included every fine tapas bar or historic church, this list could have easily reached 100.
Best Time to Visit Seville
Without a doubt, it has to be Easter time (Semana Santa). Stick around for the April fair, immediately after Easter. Book your accommodation well in advance, though, as things get fully booked very quickly. Also think about transport - moving on from Seville straight after the festivities is inviting trouble.
Number of Days to Spend in Seville (excluding day trips)
Three or four, but it would be easy to spend longer here, depending on what you plan on doing. Check out the suggestions below!
- Five-Day Tour of Spain from Barcelona visiting Seville, Granada, Toledo and Cordoba.
Top Things to Do in Seville
AddressSanta Cruz, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
- Visit the Barrio Santa Cruz
One of the most beautiful barrios (neighborhoods) in the whole of Spain.
- Visit the Cathedral
The largest Gothic cathedral in the world.
- Climb the Giralda Tower
Once a minaret of a mosque that stood on the site before, this tower now forms part of the cathedral.
- Visit the Alcazar, as Seen on Game of Thrones
The gardens were Dorne in the popular HBO series.
- Take a Day Trip
Cadiz and Jerez are easily reachable by train.
- See a Flamenco Show
Seville is the most famous city in Spain for flamenco.
- Learn About Bullfighting
You don't have to actually see a bullfight: if the history of bullfighting is interesting to you, visit the bullfighting museum at the bullring.
Twelve Day Trips from Seville
Address18009 Granada, Spain
There are plenty of places to visit outside the city of Seville. Whether you visit the big cities like Granada and Cordoba or you go for a smaller place like Ronda or Osuna (where Game of Thrones will be filming soon), no trip to Seville is complete without taking a short excursion .
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Home to the Alhambra and all that free tapas!
The biggest draw here is the Mezquita, the fabulous Mosque-Cathedral.
Built high up over the Tajo gorge, this is one of the most beautiful of the pueblos blancos.
The best fried fish in Spain, perhaps the world.
Drink sherry where it was invented!
Go surfing at the point where the Mediterranean and the Atlantic meet.
7. Santiponce (Italica)
Check out the Roman ruins.
Home to the 'lovers rocks' and ancient dolmens.
Game of Thrones was filmed here!
Another beautiful pueblo blanco.
Famous fortified city.
The nearest beach to Seville.
Five Things to Do in Triana
AddressCalle Américo Vespucio, 2, 41092 Sevilla, Spain
Cross the river to the old gypsy quarter. But there's more! Walk a little to the north to find two of Spain's biggest attractions.
1. Andalusian Contemporary Art Center
Intriguing art and photography collections in this contemporary art museum. The admission price is low and the museum's out-of-the-way location means it never gets crowded.
2. Drinks & Food on Calle Betis
At one end you'll find more bars for younger people, at the other end are some tapas bars and seafood restaurants.
3. See a Flamenco Show
Lo Nuestro and El Rejoneo are two popular flamenco bars on Calle Betis.
4. Gypsy Quarter
Triana is the old gypsy quarter of Seville. Interesting parts include Plaza Altozano, Calle Castilla with its attractive churches and the ceramic workshops.
5. Isla Magica
Take the kids (big and small) to this amusement park that is remarkably close to the city center.
Ten Things to Do in Santa Cruz
Address41004, Seville, Spain
Santa Cruz is the most famous and touristy part of Seville and the filming location to many scenes in Game of Thrones (check out a )
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One of the biggest cathedrals in Europe.
The Moorish tower attached to the cathedral.
Game of Thrones was filmed here!
Fantastic mudejar architecture.
Vibrant plazas with popular tapas bars.
6. Casa de la Memoria
One of the best neighborhoods in Spain for tapas.
8. Flamenco Museum
It's a museum. Of flamenco.
9. Seville Ayuntamiento
A beautiful building worth checking out.
Another historic building.
Ten Things to Do in Macarena
AddressPl. del Museo, 9, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
Phone+34 955 54 29 42
An historically important district of Seville, Macerena is now a poorer part of town with less tourists walking round it - but it's still worth a visit.
1. Museo de Bellas Artes
This is Seville's fine art museum. Art from the Gothic era to present day can be found in this 17th century museum, including works by the likes of Goya and Murillo.
2. Basilica de Macarena
An important church with a famous Pedro Roldán statue of the Virgen de la Macarena.
3. Eslava Tapas Bar
Eslava is one of my very favorite tapas bars in Seville. It's not a very big place, with the menu written on a blackboard behind the bar (in Spanish only, I'm afraid). But everything is good - pick anything. If you don't like it, you've only wasted between two and three euros.
4. Muralla Arabe
The Muralla Arabe translates as 'Arab Wall', but it would be better to describe it as the 'Moorish Wall'. One of the oldest sights in Seville.
5. Templo Omium & Market
This is one of my favorite parts of Seville. An understated church, a lively market and a number of modest bars full of families who spill out onto the streets to enjoy the afternoon.
6. Basilica del Gran Poder
A grandiose basilica, famous among locals for the 'Señor de Sevilla' statue. Some of the most important artefacts from the Semana Santa processions live here during the rest of the year.
7. Alameda de Hercules
A vast plaza/street near the Macarena part of town, where Seville's youth tend to congregate in the bars and cafes.
8. La Yerba Tapas Bar
La Yerba is an excellent tapas bar on a small residential street outside of the center. Eat great tapas away from the usual throngs of tourists.
9. Sevilla Dance Center
A successful dance school in Seville's old town.
10. Hospital de las Cinco Llagas
The old Hospital de las Cinco Llargas, also known as the "Hospital de la Sangre", is the home to the Andalusian parliament. Dating from the mid-16th century, the hospital was in use until the 1970s. After more than a decade in disuse, the hospital was renovated. It became the seat of the Andalusian parliament in 2003.
Eight Things to Do Near Plaza de España
Seville's Plaza de España is a little out of the center but's well worth the trip (and it's really not that far, either). There are plenty more things to do to make the walk worth it.
1. Plaza de España
Easily the most beautiful and extravagant plaza in Seville.
2. Parque de Maria Luisa
Attractive park next to Plaza de España, with a good (free) botanical garden.
3. Teatro Lope de Vega
Beautiful opera house. Nice for a quick look around when passing by, even better to see a show there.
4. Museo Arqueologico
Seville's archeological museum can be found at the far end of the Parque de Maria Luisa. If you don't want to visit the exhibits inside, the neo-Renaissance exterior is still worth a visit.
5. Museo Militar
Learn about Spain's military history in this museum housed inside the buildings around Plaza de España.
6. Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares
Opposite the archeological museum is this museum of popular art and customs. Regular flamenco shows are among the attractions here.
7. Pabellon Domecq and Pabellon Real
Check out two of the remaining pavilions from the 1929 Iberoamerican Exposition. The Pabellon Real is the more interesting of the two.
8. Old Tobacco Factory
All tobaco that entered Spain (and much of Europe) from South America used to pass through this factory, which is now a building of the University of Seville.
Five Things to Do in Arenal
AddressPaseo de Cristóbal Colón, 12, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
Phone+34 954 22 45 77
Arenal is the area between the cathedral and the waterfront. Most tourists pass it by despite it being so close to the more famous sights.
1. See a Bullfight
Seville's bullring is one of the most famous in Spain and the only one that is not circular.
2. Torre de Oro and the Waterfront
An 800-year-old watchtower on the riverfront in Seville.
3. Restaurante Enrique Becerra
One of the finest tapas bars in Seville!
4. Old Royal Shipyards
Seville's 13th century royal shipyards
5. Hospital de la Caridad
A highly-decorated 17th century hospital and church.
How to Get to Seville
From Barcelona 1,054km - 12h20m by car; 16h by bus; 1h25m by plane; 8h30 by train (direct - a quicker route may be possible by changing to the AVE in Madrid, but connection times may vary) How to Get from Barcelona to Seville
From Madrid 536km - 5h30 by car, 6h by bus, 2h30m by train, 1h by plane. More: How to Get from Madrid to Seville
From Malaga 216km, 2h20m by car, 2h30 by train, 1h by plane. How to Get from Malaga to Seville and Guided Tour of Seville from Malaga
From Granada 260km Under three hours by car, around three hours by train How to Get from Granada to Seville
From Cordoba 144km - 1h45 by car, 45m by train.
From Ronda 130km - two hours by car, 2h30 by bus. A guided tour is best: Guided Tour of Ronda from Seville