What to Do When Visiting Seville
Seville is the capital city of the Andalusia region of Southern Spain. As such, it offers a wide array of sights to see and places for visitors to explore.
Whether you are looking for a quiet and relaxing getaway, or you want to explore historic sites and monuments, or you want to enjoy a little nightlife, Seville has plenty to offer.
To help you navigate this incredible city, we’ve put together our list of the top Seville attractions. Here’s an overview of just some of what you can do in Seville, Spain.
What to do when Visiting Seville
When visiting this city rich with culture and history, here are some of the best things to see and do:
Seville’s cathedral, the Catedral de Sevilla or Cathedral of Saint
Mary of the See, is truly stunning. Located along the Plaza del Triunfo
in Barrio Santa Cruz, it is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world
and since 1987 has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With 80 different chapels, you could spend hours admiring and exploring the stunning modern architecture.
The site of the cathedral was home to a mosque completed in 1198 and “Christianized” after the conquest of Seville in 1248 to take on many of the features you can see today. The mosque’s courtyard was maintained and its minaret has become the cathedral’s best-known feature, the Giralda bell tower.
La Giralda doesn’t have a staircase inside but 34 ramps. This was so the Muezzin could ride his horse to the top when making the call to prayer. On your way up, stop and visit the archeological exhibits. Once at the top, you will get a view that is more than worth the price of admission.
The cathedral houses the remains of Christopher Columbus and his son as well as Seville’s conqueror Ferdinand III.
It would be impossible to wander Barrio de Santa Cruz and visit the
Plaza del Triunfo without also paying a visit to Real Alcazar. This
magnificent royal palace was built on the site of a fortification dating
back to 913. It is still used by the royal family today, making it one
of Europe’s oldest palaces still in use!
Over the centuries since,
the palace has been remade and remodeled a number of times with the
largest change taking place in the 14th century under King Pedro. He is
responsible for the construction of the Palacio de Don Pedro, one of the
palace’s most spectacular buildings.
Inside there are many
wonderful sites to see and explore. You will enter through the Puerta
del Leon (Lion Gate) and emerge on the Patio del Leon (Lion Patio) a
popular hang out for king Alfonso XI and his mistress Leonor de Guzman.
the center of the palace complex is the Patio de las Doncellas (Patio
of the Maidens). The courtyard contains a long reflecting pool and
sunken gardens on either side. The gardens were discovered in 2004 below
a marble cover that dates to the 16th century.
The Patio de las
Munecas (Patio of the Dolls) has incredible plasterwork and the Salon de
Embajadores (Hall of Ambassadors) is marked by its high wooden,
Tours are the private residence are
available at specific times so if you are curious about the current
royal quarters, this is for you!
Because there is so much to see
and so much history associated with Real Alcazar, consider booking a
guided tour. It is the only way to truly discover all the palace’s
This is a very popular tourist destination and long lines
are to be expected. You can cut down on some of your wait time by
booking your tickets in advance.
Parque de Maria Luisa
If you want an escape from the bustling city center, pay a visit
to Parque de Maria Luisa. This 34-acre park is full of lush trees,
manicured gardens, and duck ponds. Donated to the city of Seville in the
late 19th century, the grounds were developed in advance of the
Ibero-American Exposition in 1929.
One of the things to see
inside the park is the Plaza de Espana. This plaza and the accompanying
building are pretty incredible. The building displays beautiful brick
and tile work while the grounds are full of fountains, canals, and tiled
scenes depicting important moments in Spanish history. If you are bored
with walking, rent a rowboat, and get out on the canals to explore the
park from a different perspective (if you want more water-based
activities, consider taking a kayak tour of the Guadalquivir River).
the south end of the park is the Museo Arqueologico that contains
several Roman statues and sculptures and the Museo de Artes y Costumbres
Populares where you can explore local customs, costumes, and
Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla
Construction on this spectacular bullfighting ring began in 1761
on the Plaza de Toros. Completed in 1881, it stands as the oldest
bullfighting ring in Spain.
The building has a brightly colored
Baroque exterior and inside you can take a guided tour of the 13,000
capacity arena or pay a visit to the Museo Taurino, or bullfighting
museum to learn about the history of the sport.
While the sport
is controversial, it is possible to view the inside of the arena when
there are no scheduled fights. If you did want to take in a bullfight
during the Feria de Abril in the spring (just after Easter) and
typically every Sunday until September.
Alameda de Hercules
If you want a good time, head to the Alameda de Hercules.
park itself is a popular hangout spot for families, students, and
tourists. Alameda de Hercules is lined with trees and surrounded by
incredible restaurants, bars, and clubs. Offering an alternative and
boho vibe, it is the center of Seville’s gay scene and its thriving
At the southern end of this pedestrian area are to
30-foot tall columns. These are original works and are over 2000 years
old. On top of these columns are images of Hercules and Julius Caesar.
plaza was constructed in the 16th century in Calle Mármoles, in the
Seville city center and later moved to its current location. At the
original site, you can still see two of the plaza’s columns. These
columns are shorter than the ones in Alameda de Hercules today as they
are partially below the current street level giving you a glimpse into
how much Seville has changed!
Once you are done exploring the
square, be sure to visit the bars and restaurants nearby. It is likely
that you will have to wait for a table at most locations but trust us
when we say that the wait will be well worth it. You find a wide range
of glorious tapas, incredible wines, and great entertainment!
Take a break from seeing the city sites and pay a visit to Isla
Magica. This theme park was constructed on the grounds of the Expo ‘92
World’s Fair and opened for visitors in 1997.
There are some
water attractions like a large lake, a splash ride, a log flume, and a
river rapids ride. This is also the site of Spain’s first inverted
And forget 3D, step into the future with a 4D cinema experience!
This park is, as the slogan says, “fun without limits.”
Palacio de las Duenas
Built in the renaissance style with Moorish and gothic influences,
this 15th century palace belongs to the House of Alba and was the
favorite home of the Duchess of Alba, Spain’s richest aristocrat, before
her death in 2014.
Now, it is one of the most visited sites in Seville.
is an arcaded courtyard and lovely gardens to explore. Inside, you can
see many tapestries and paintings and peruse the Duchess’ private
collection of Semana Santa works, as well as her bullfighting and
The palace contains 1,425 artifacts that
are protected from sale meaning they will remain a part of the history
and culture associated with the building. One curious piece is a
watercolor done by First Lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy. She
completed the work while visiting the palace in 1960.
Casa de Pilatos
Casa de Pilatos is a studding display of traditional Sevillian
architecture. Constructed in the late 15th century, it is currently
occupied by the ducal Medinaceli family and remains one of the largest
private residences in Spain.
Inside, you will see a blend of
Mudejar, Gothic, and Renaissance styles with lots of tilework and
artesonados. Artesonados are ceilings with interlaced beams and
decorative inserts which creates an effect similar to what you will see
at the Real Alcazar.
The stairs to the upper level are adorned
with incredible tile work and a golden-domed ceiling. To visit the upper
floors you need to book a guided tour as this is an occupied dwelling.
Some of the works inside include a bullfighting themed Goya painting and
Medinaceli portraits that span centuries.
Mercado de Triana
Across the Guadalquivir River, near the arched Triana Bridge is Plaza
del Altozano where you will find Mercado de Triana or the Triana
This traditional market was recently renovated to make
things more comfortable and accessible for both stall owners and
shoppers. But, care was taken to maintain the historic feel of the
place. In fact, in the lower level of the market, you can see the
remains of the Castle of San Jorge, the former seat of the Spanish
Wander the market to get a sense of the various
types of meat, cheeses, and produce that are native to the region. You
are sure to find something tasty to snack on or some unique souvenir to
Before you enter the market, make sure you stop in the
Plaza del Altozano and take a picture of the popular statue of a
Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla
Wandering the narrow streets of historic central Seville you will
come across the fine arts museum. Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla is
housed in a former palace and is one of the top museums in the country.
contains a collection of Spanish and Sevillan sculptures and paintings
that date from the 15th-20th centuries. The museum, however, places a
special emphasis on works from Seville’s golden age in the 17th century.
Be sure to stop into the former chapel to see works from
Seville’s baroque masters, including a masterpiece by Bartolome Esteban
Murillo found at the head of the chapel.
Other artists featured
in the museum include Goya, Juan de Valdés Leal, Francisco Pacheco del
Rio, Diego Velazquez, and Juan Martinez Montanes.
Museo del Baile Flamenco
Far from a traditional museum, Museo del Baile Flamenco is a full immersion into the art of flamenco.
can learn about the history of flamenco dance, music, and guitar before
taking a flamenco show! By day, enjoy the interactive displays,
traditional dress displays, and works of art that depict flamenco. In
the evening catch flamenco dancers in action in an outdoor courtyard
show or a more intimate basement show.
If you will be in Seville for a longer stay, you can arrange flamenco lessons and learn from the masters!
Seville is a bustling historic city with many enjoyable sites, sounds, and flavors. If you are interested in visiting, you can explore Seville with one of our tour packages. Depending on your interests, you might enjoy the Real Discovery & Historic Journey in Seville and Granada package or the Spanish Tapas, Sherry & Culture Discovery in Seville package. If you would rather create your own adventure, we are here to help. Use our expertise to create a bespoke holiday package you will never forget. Contact us today to book or get started!