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To see the highlights of Seville, you are going to need about 2-3 days. The Alcazar de Sevilla rivals the Alhambra in Granada. The Seville Cathedral is the largest in the world and the Plaza de España is probably the most beautiful square in Spain.

These are just a few of the top things to do in Seville. The city will keep any traveler busy for a few days. But even if you stay longer, you will leave thinking that you haven’t seen it all.

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Top 10 things to do in Seville



Royal Alcazar – One of the top things to do in Seville
Alcazar – One of the top things to do in Seville

If you aren’t sure what to see in Seville, just start by visiting the Alcazar de Sevilla (13.5€ entrance fee). The Alcazar is an impressive royal palace that constitutes one of the most beautiful examples of Mudéjar architecture in the world. In addition to being a UNESCO World Heritage site, the palace also appeared in the 5th season of Game of Thrones.

Wandering through the richly decorated rooms of the Alcazar, you will discover ornate arches and ceilings as well as exquisite plasterwork and intricate ceramic tiles.

After being mesmerized by its interior, the visit continues through its marvelous gardens. Immerse yourself in the scent of roses and orange trees while relaxing to the background sounds coming from the numerous fountains and singing birds. Here it is easy to forget that you are in the very center of a city with 700,000 inhabitants!

Palm trees in the gardens of Seville's Royal Alcazar, Spain
Gardens of the Royal Alcazar – Seville

The site of the Royal Alcazar has been occupied since the 8th century BC. Although it was built over centuries by a succession of Monarchs, most of what we see today was erected in the 14th century, after the city was reconquered by the Christians.

In 1360 King Peter, “the Cruel of Castille”, ordered Moorish workmen to build a Mudejar palace for him. Since then the Alcazar has been the official residence of the King of Spain in Seville.

*Extra tip: we highly recommend you to book your Seville Alcazar ticket in advance or you risk having to wait in line (and it might be a long wait). As another alternative, you can book a guided tour. Also, note that it is a big complex and you should plan at least 2 - 3 hours for your visit.



Plaza de España (Spain Square), one of the absolute top things to do in Seville, Spain
Plaza de España, one of the absolute top things to do in Seville

The Plaza de España (free entrance) is a massive plaza encompassed by a u-shaped palace. The palace and the plaza are both designed in a very Andalusian style pulling from Renaissance and neo-Moorish influences.

Film enthusiasts might recognize the Plaza de España from such movies as Lawrence of Arabia, the second episode of Star Wars (Attack of the Clones) and more recently, The Dictator from comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

Plaza de España (Spain Square) seen from the building – Seville, Spain
Plaza de España – Seville

Conceived as a landmark space for the Latin American Exhibition of 1929, the Plaza de España occupies a monumental 50,000 m2. The square is presided over by an astonishing brick building that is accessed by one of four bridges – which represent the four ancient kingdoms of Spain.



Columbus tomb inside of Seville's cathedral – Spain
Columbus tomb inside of Seville's cathedral

Seville Cathedral (12€ entrance fee), officially named Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, is another building of monumental proportions in Seville. With its five impressive naves, it is counted to be the world’s largest cathedral and also the world’s largest gothic building. In addition, the cathedral is the resting place for the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

This UNESCO World Heritage site was originally built in the 12th century by the Moors. It was the main Mosque of the city (Great Aljama Mosque) until the Christians reconquered Seville in 1248 and transformed it into a cathedral.

Views of Seville's cathedral and giralda tower, Spain
Cathedral & Giralda Tower - Sevilla

The cathedral’s bell tower, called the Giralda, was originally the minaret of the Mosque. At the time of construction (1184-1198), it was the tallest building in the world. Although there may be a long line, it is possible to walk to the top of the tower for some arial views of the city (104 m / 341 ft high).

Visiting the cathedral is one of the most popular things to do in Seville. Every year, more than 2 million admission tickets are sold.

*Extra tip: we highly recommend you to book your Seville Cathedral ticket in advance or you risk having to wait in line (and it might be a long wait). As another alternative, you can book a guided tour.



Patio in the medieval Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz – Seville, Spain
Patio in the quarter of Santa Cruz – Seville

Located right next to the Cathedral and the Alcazar, the Santa Cruz neighborhood is Seville’s medieval Jewish quarter. Made up by a maze of narrow pedestrian cobblestoned streets with whitewashed houses, it’s a pleasure to get lost in this peaceful and lovely area of Seville.

Calle Mateos Gago seen from the Giralda – Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville
Calle Mateos Gago seen from the Giralda

You will discover quaint little squares surrounded by orange trees and their fragrant blossom scent – such as Plaza de Santa Cruz or Plaza de Doña Elvira. The neighborhood also has a variety of bars, restaurants and shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts and ceramics.

Nowadays the Santa Cruz neighborhood is full of tourists but it’s still one of the most picturesque and charming parts of the city.



Ornate arches, intricate tiles and Roman statue in Casa de Pilatos – Seville, Spain
Pilatos House – Seville

Seville is famous for its many palaces scattered throughout the city and Casa de Pilatos (12€ entrance fee) is probably the finest and most exceptional of them all. It is a quintessential Sevillian palace from the 16th century that combines influences from Gothic to Andalusian Mudejar and even Italian Renaissance.

Organized around two beautiful patios, Casa de Pilatos features gorgeous marble columns, intricate stucco reliefs and precious colorful tiles. The tiles are found all over the building, but stand out especially in the spectacular staircase. There are also two manicured gardens that surround the palace and both are a delight to stroll through.

Impressive staircase at Casa Pilatos in Sevilla, Spain
Staircase at Casa de Pilatos – Sevilla

Today, Casa de Pilatos still has a private residence for the 20th Duchess of Medinacelli, who holds the record for being the world’s most titled person. For an extra 6€, you can join a guided tour of the upper floor, which will give you a fascinating insight into the lives of the Spanish nobility, including paintings, furniture, etc.

If you are interested in historic architecture, Seville has many more gorgeous palatial buildings scattered throughout its city center that are open to visitors. Some great examples are Palacio de las Dueñas, Casa Palacio Condesa de Lebrija and Casa de Salinas.



Metropol Parasol (Setas) – Seville, Spain
Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol)

Metropol Parasol is a one-of-a-kind group of huge mushroom-shaped shades (28 m high) that rise up and over Encarnación Square. Commonly referred to as “Setas de Sevilla” (Seville’s mushrooms), this massive modern structure has created its fair amount of controversy.

Some say that it is a monstrosity and doesn’t fit in with the surrounding buildings. While others are mesmerized by its beautiful geometric structure. It’s something you should see and decide for yourself. It took us some time to get used to, but we love it now. In any case, the setas definitely add special character to Seville.

Views from the top of Metropol Parasol Sevilla, Spain
Views from the top of the Setas de Sevilla

At the top of the Setas there is a nice look out area that can be accessed via the elevator in the underground floor (15€ entrance fee). This walkway over the Setas offers some of the best 360 degree city views, while the shapes of the structure itself enhance the view.



Passionate flamenco dancer in Seville's Flamenco Museum, Spain
Flamenco dancer in Seville's Flamenco Museum

Seville is the heart of Andalusia and as you would expect, flamenco plays an important role in local culture. This passionate ancestral art is part of festivities, traditions and every day life. It’s in their blood!

Flamenco even has its own museum in Seville. Housed in a beautiful 18th century building, the Flamenco Museum has been brought to life by renowned flamenco dancer Cristina Hoyos (born in the neighborhood). This multi-faceted interactive museum features informative videos, costumes, paintings and other memorabilia. There are several daily 1-hour flamenco shows (25€ show only // 29€ show + museum) as well as workshops, dance and guitar lessons, etc.

For other options to enjoy live flamenco in the city, check out our page with the best flamenco shows in Seville.



Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold) & Guadalquivir river in Seville, Spain
Torre del Oro & Guadalquivir river

The Torre del Oro (3€ entrance fee) which means Tower of Gold, is a remnant of the Moorish fortified walls which originally enclosed the city of Sevilla. With its 36m (120 ft) height, it protected the city from invasions through the Guadalquivir river.

It is believed that the Torre del Oro was built in three phases, starting with the Moors around 1220 and ending in 1760. Legend has it that it is called the Gold Tower because of the many treasures – such as the gold from the Mayan and Incan Empires – that the ships returning from America left in it during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Today, Torre del Oro houses the Naval Museum which contains maps, models of ships, maritime memorabilia and interesting historic prints of Seville. The rooftop offers spectacular views of the river and the city.



Colorful houses along the river in the Triana neighborhood, Spain
Houses along the river in Triana

The neighborhood of Triana is a colorful and lively part of Seville located on the west bank of the Guadalquivir river. Historically, Triana was a poor working class district separated from the main city. Still today, locals identify strongly with the neighborhood and proudly call themselves “trianeros.” Triana is also home to a vibrant flamenco culture and has been the birthplace of famous flamenco artists and bullfighters for centuries.

Lively San Jacinto street in the neighborhood of Triana, Seville
Lively San Jacinto street

To get to Triana, we recommend you to cross the iconic 19th century arched bridge called Puente de Isabel II, commonly known as Triana bridge. At the end of the bridge, you will discover the newly renovated Triana Market, which occupies what used to be the San Jorge Castle. Triana is also known for its pottery and ceramics industry, which can be discovered at Triana’s Ceramics Center (2.1€ entrance fee).

*Interesting fact: Many of the sailors that joined Columbus, Magellan and Elcano in their maritime expeditions, came out of Triana’s Navigation School (Escuela de Mareantes).



Salmon tapa at Restaurant Salsamento in Seville – Spain
Salmon tapa at restaurant Salsamento

Seville is one of the best places to eat in southern Spain. There are around 3,000 bars serving up tapas in the city.

Look for traditional tapas such as carrillada de cerdo (slow roasted pork cheek), montadito de pringá (chorizo, chicken and blood sausage sandwich) or solomillo al whiskey (pork with whiskey sauce). If you want more vegetarian friendly options, look out for espinacas con garbanzos (spinach with chickpeas) or zanahorias aliñadas (marinated carrots). You can wash it all down with a local sherry or a glass of vino de naranja (orange wine).

In Seville you will also find a number of trendy bars and restaurants serving up amazing food at very reasonable prices. Check out our curated list of the best restaurants in Seville to find out where you can eat like a king.

More things to see in Seville



Riding in a romantic horse carriage in Seville's Maria Luisa Park
Horse carriage in the Maria Luisa Park

The Maria Luisa Park is Seville’s largest and most famous park. Its 34 hectares extend along the front of the Plaza de España and were inspired by the gardens of the Royal Alcazar and Granada’s Alhambra. It features beautiful tiled fountains, ponds and benches that are set in a lush greenery of palms and Mediterranean pines.

Apart from the Plaza de España itself, there are several more interesting buildings scattered throughout the park which were also constructed for the Ibero-American exhibition of 1929. These include the Archaeological Museum which occupies the Fine Arts Pavilion and the Museum of Arts and Popular Customs at the Mudejar Pavilion.

While the Maria Luisa Park is the perfect place to go for a stroll, it is very spread out and you might get tired of walking. For that reason, we think it’s also a great place to go for a relaxing bike ride or a romantic ride in a horse-drawn carriage.



Shelves full of archives inside the Archivo de Indias in Seville
Shelves full of archives in the Archivo de Indias

The Archivo de Indias houses over 300 years worth of history relating to exploration and trade in the New World. The archive, together with the Alcazar and cathedral, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

While it’s not possible to see much of the 80 million pages of documentation housed in the archive, it is possible to wander through its hallways and admire a great example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Some historical artifacts are on display and there is always some kind of exhibition going on. With free admission, it’s worth a visit.



Beautiful green patio at Palacio de las Dueñas in Seville, Spain
Patio at Palacio de las Dueñas

Palacio de las Dueñas (12€ entrance fee) is a magnificent 15th century palace surrounded by stunning patios and gardens. It’s a great example of nobility architecture in Seville, mixing Gothic and Mudéjar styles.

The property has belonged to the Alba Family since 1612. Although probably unknown to most outside of Spain, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart was the 18th Duchess of Alba and Spain’s most famous aristocrat – as well as the most titled noble in the world! She owned so much property that it was said that she could cross all of Spain without ever leaving her land. Even though Cayetana owned property all over the country, she had a very special love for Sevilla and her primary residence was a the Palacio de las Dueñas.

Since Cayetana’s death in 2014, Palacio de las Dueñas is owned by his eldest son, who opened it to the public in 2016. Apart from the beauty of the architecture, patios and gardens, you will also discover an extensive art collection (paintings, sculptures, bullfighting memorabilia, furniture and other antique items) as well as photographs of the Duchess, personal gifts, etc.



Two women dancing flamenco in the April Fair – Seville, Spain
Flamenco dancing at Seville's April Fair

Seville’s Feria de Abril (April Fair) is a week long party that celebrates all things Andalusian – from flamenco to bullfighting and with lots of sherry wine in between.

The whole city of Sevilla is in party mode during the fair but the fiesta’s official location is the fairground of Real de la Feria in Los Remedios, just a couple of kilometers south from the city center. It’s at the fairground where local women parade proudly with their latest flamenco dresses, while Seville’s high society make their appearances in colorful horse carriages or on horseback. Drinking, eating and partying starts at lunch time and doesn’t end til the next morning.

Seville’s largest fiesta takes place two weeks after Easter (April 14 - 20 in 2024).

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Colorful bullfighter suit in Sevilla's bullring, Spain
Bullfighter suit in Sevilla's bullring

Although it might sound strange to some, bullfighting is still “a thing” in Seville. More than “a thing”, it is actually still a very important part of local culture. Seville’s magnificent bullring (10€ entrance fee) is one of the oldest and most important in the world. Featuring an impressive Baroque facade, it has space for 14,000 spectators.

Apart from the bullring itself, the visit also includes the bullfighting museum and chapel – where matadors pray before the fight. While learning about the origins and history of bullfighting, you will discover old posters, photos and paintings, as well as much more bullfighting memorabilia.

On display, there are also several impressive bullfighting costumes, called “traje de luces” or “suit of lights” in English. These marvelous suits weight about 5 kg and can cost up to 30,000€!

If you are interested in seeing a bullfight, Sevilla is one of your easiest options in Andalucía. For more information click here.



Exhibition room at Seville's Fine Arts Museum, Spain
Exhibition in Seville's Fine Arts Museum

Sevilla’s Fine Arts Museum (free for EU citizens, 1.5€ for others) is the second most important art museum of Spain after Madrid’s Prado. It occupies an ornate 17th century palace which was originally a convent, Convento de la Merced.

The Fine Arts Museum’s main highlight is the collection of Andalusian paintings from the 19th century and Seville’s Baroque art. More specifically, it is the perfect place to admire the work of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, one of Seville’s most famous painters. There are also works from Velázquez, Zurbarán, Goya, El Greco, etc.

If you are into art then visiting Seville’s Museo de Bellas Artes is definitely one of the best things to in Seville.



Alameda de Hercules in the center of Seville, Spain
Alameda de Hercules

Alameda de Hercules is located in the northern side of Seville’s center, away from the main landmarks and hoards of tourists. This 440 m long avenue is lined with large poplar trees and is the heart of Seville’s social life, particularly night life.

Alameda de Hercules is a lively and authentic area of Sevilla, full of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Here you will find from the traditional tapas to innovative cuisine, as well as a variety of live music (from jazz to flamenco and everything in between).

However, the Alameda is also a very historic avenue. It was actually created in 1574 and is considered the oldest public garden in all of Europe. It gets its name from the statues that top the two large Roman columns at the beginning of the Alameda. Those statues are dedicated to the two founders of the city: Hercules (mythical founder) and Julius Caesar (restorer of the Roman Hispalis).



Sightseeing boat cruising the Guadalquivir River in Seville, Spain
Cruising the Guadalquivir River

The Guadalquivir river has been at the heart of Seville’s history throughout the centuries. After the discovery of the Americas, boats arrived in Seville via the Guadalquivir, loaded with all the riches of the New World. This brought an unprecedented Golden Age to Seville and set the course for the city to become what it is today.

If you have already seen Seville’s main highlights and want to take a break from being on your feet, then taking part in a boat tour can be the perfect idea. You will be able to discover Seville and its beautiful riverside from a different and unique perspective.

There are several different types of boat tour options for all price points, starting with this budget friendly 1-hour city cruise. If you are looking for something a bit more special, however, you can take part in a 2-hour small-group yacht tour with unlimited drinks and lunch/dinner.



Picturesque architecture in Plaza de San Francisco in Seville, Spain
Picturesque architecture in Plaza de San Francisco

Plaza de San Francisco is a square surrounded by gorgeous architecture as well as a variety of bars and restaurants. On one side, the square borders with the town hall (ayuntamiento in Spanish), on the other with the majestic building of the Bank of Spain. Other places of interest very close to this square are the Plaza Nueva, located right on the other side of the ayuntamiento, the lively Calle Sierpes and the Avenida de la Constitución which will take you to the cathedral in just 2 minutes.

Plaza de San Francisco also has a long history. It was already a plaza when the Christians reconquered Seville in the 13th century. Throughout the centuries it has changed names several times and has also been used for a variety of purposes such as celebrations, tournaments, bullfights, religious acts and even some of the Inquisition’s public executions.



Men dressed in white during one of many religious processions during Seville's Easter celebrations
Religious procession during Seville's Easter

Holy Week (Semana Santa in Spanish) is a week long celebration in preparation for Easter Sunday. All of Andalusia and in particular Seville, take this week very seriously and people prepare for it all year.

Expect to see processions featuring lots of floats with impressive carved figures, people dressed up in bizarre clothing (sometimes looking eerily like the Ku-Klux-Klan) and lots of passion and emotion, often accompanied by crying.

If you don’t have a particular interest in experiencing Semana Santa in Seville, then we recommend you to avoid visiting during these days as the city gets extremely busy and hotel prices soar.

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What to do in Seville


If you only have one day in Seville, we recommend that you concentrate your visit in the area surrounding the cathedral and alcazar, as these are the two most important monuments of the city. You should also wander around the old Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz, which is right next door.

If you have time, take a walk to the Guadalquivir River. There you can visit the historic Torre del Oro and get some great views to the colorful houses of the Triana neighborhood on the other side of the river.

Regardless of how long you stay in Seville, make sure you go see a live flamenco performance on one of your nights. Also, don’t forget to stop by a few of Seville’s best restaurants and bars with our complete guide.

** Make sure to book your tickets to the Alcazar and tickets to the Cathedral in advance! Otherwise you will lose hours waiting in line.


If you have a second day in Seville, go admire the majestic Plaza de España and the surrounding Maria Luisa Park.

The Casa de Pilatos, an authentic Sevillian palace from the 16th century, is also worth a visit. And, close by are the well-known Setas de Sevilla (Seville Mushrooms), the city's most impressive modern monument. The area of Seville between the cathedral, the Setas and the river is known as El Centro. Make sure to explore this area as it is one of Seville’s most beautiful.


If you have a third day in Seville, we recommend crossing the Guadalquivir River to visit one of the most traditional neighborhoods of the city, Triana.

The rest of your day depends on your tastes and interests. If you liked the Casa de Pilatos and were left wanting more, visit the Palacio de las Dueñas.

If you are interested in art, you can't miss a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville, which is the second most important art museum in Spain after the Prado Museum in Madrid. In addition, it is free for EU citizens.

Other places to visit on this third day are the Flamenco Museum and the bullring.

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