Perched within the Andalusia region, Seville is one of the country’s most gorgeous places to visit. And, of course, being the capital of the region there are so many of the best things to do in Seville that are totally perfect for a city break.
Of course, with all the Flamenco dancing, tapas and toros; Seville has made quite a name for itself as a place to visit in its own right or part of a longer road trip. That’s why I wanted to share some of my favourite and best things to do in Seville on your next trip to the city. There really are so many places to explore.
Take a look below at some of the best things to do in Seville. You’ll have an epic time! ✨
1.) Alcazar Of Seville
One of the most recognisable spots from Seville has to be the Alcazar. Forming part of a Royal Palace (that’s is still used by the Spanish royal family), this UNESCO World Heritage sites is one of the best things to do in Seville for sure.
Inside, the private rooms, halls and gorgeous staterooms are on the upper level and are open for viewing (if you pay, of course). Apparently, most of the palace complex is built in a Mudejar style and was developed centuries ago. Often this style was used for Moorish buildings that were non-Islamic.
Whilst you’re here, walk between the courtyards and keep your eyes peeled for the beautifully carved ceilings. The palace is huge.
Just remember to book your tickets online before your visit. Honestly, you’ll hate queuing for hours in the glaring Spanish sun.
2.) Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral is a pretty enormous place that’s hard to miss in the city itself.
It has a whopping 80 chapels (give or take a few), making it the world’s largest cathedral by volume! Trust me when I say, this is huge.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Seville Cathedral was once home to a mosque that stood on the site itself. Reminders of that past can be still seen in the Court of the Orange Trees to the north of the cathedral, too. so keep your eyes peeled. Once inside, make sure to see the tomb and final resting place of Christopher Columbus, too.
Afterwards, pop over to Casa Morales that has some of the best tapas around.
3.) Giralda Tower
Giralda Towe is possibly one of the most famous symbols of Seville (and hard to miss). Sitting right next door to the cathedral, it has a whole heap of Moorish influence from when It was the minaret to the mosque that once stood here. Still, to this day, it’s one of the best things to do in Seville if you want to explore the city’s history.
The thing that surprised me most is that the tower has no stairs… at all! Instead, 34 ramps lead the way right to the very top of the tower. Apparently, It was designed like this so that the Muezzin (that led the call to prayer) could ride his horse up the tower instead of walking.
Climb the tower, see the views and take some comfy shoes, it’s still a relatively high tower.
4.) Space Metropol Parasol
If you’re looking for views over Seville, pop to the Space Metropol Parasol at La Encarnación square. Opened a few years ago, it’s one of Seville’s newest and coolest things to see. Once here, make sure to take a stroll around the upper levels (especially around sunset). It gives a totally gives a unique perspective over the city.
It really is beautiful and also pretty cheap (at around €3 per person).
Also, for a gorgeous place to stay, check into the Hotel Palacio de Villapanes that has some gorgeous rooms.
5.) Plaza de Espana
You can’t miss Plaza de Espana when visiting Seville. It’s a colossal monument which was built (almost 100 years ago) for the Ibero-American Exposition and is pretty immense!
Created around a semi-circle, the plaza edges onto a canal and is overlooked by a pretty vast curved palace.
Here you will find loads of important national figures of Spain as well as information about each of the country’s provinces (that’s actually quite interesting).
Take a stroll around the plaza, take in the vibe or even hop on a horse-drawn cart to explore.
6.) Maria Luisa Park
Perched in central Seville, Maria Luisa is probably one of Seville’s largest parks, which once belonged to San Telmo Palace.
With hundreds of years of history, it’s one of the best things to do in Seville if you fancy slowing down your pace. Walk along the vast trails and explore the botanic garden. It’s a gorgeous spot to see and is easily combined with a trip to Plaza de Espana.
Afterwards, pop over to La Monda (on Calle de Don Remondo) for some of their grilled octopus tapas. Yum!
7.) Triana District
Situated on the left bank of the Guadalquivir, you’ll find one of the best things to do in Seville, the Triana district.
Often thought of as the most vibrant area of the city, it’s famous for its flamenco and painted local craft stalls that line the streets.
Once here, make sure to visit Plaza de Altozano which has a pretty famous statue of a flamenco dancer. The whole area is full of Moorish buildings, baroque architecture and shops selling stunning azulejo tiles and ceramics (so take some cash).
After exploring the streets, pop over to the unsophisticated Los Valencianos. It serves up some of the best horchata (and ice cream) in the area.
8.) Tablaos and Flamenco Shows
One of the best pastimes to experience in Seville has to be a Flamenco and Tablaos show.
Now, there are loads of bars and restaurants that will have dancers to watch but a good option for you to see these shows is at Tablao El Arenal. Here, local musicians give two performances each night while you eat your tapas or have a yummy dinner, each performance lasts 90 minutes. Though, the food can be a bit pricier than the average here.
During spring and autumn you may catch Penas de Guardia, it is a series of organized shows for locals to showcase their up and coming talent at the art of flamenco. You’ll have a great time.
9.) Seville’s Museums
If you fancy getting out of the sun (for a little bit) pop straight over to Seville’s museums that are amazing.
For instance, the city’s Archaeological Museum even has exhibits being from the Bronze Age 8th century BC and is one of the best (in my opinion) to explore. Afterwards, you can pop over to the Museum of Arts and Traditions with mountains of 16th-century swords and local crafts.
The Museum of Fine Arts holds works mostly from the 17th and 18th centuries that were once in religious establishments such as convents and monasteries that were closed in the 19th century. It’s one of the best things to do in Seville, especially if the weather gets too hot, or a little rainy.
Afterwards, pop to Hops and Dreams for a modern take a Spanish tapas.
10.) The Seville Fair
With over 1,000 casetas, performances, celebrations and lots of food, the Seville Fair (Feria de Abril de Sevilla) is one of the best things to do in Seville for sure!
Usually situated within the fairgrounds and a pretty massive area around the Guadalquivir River, the Seville Fair is pretty incredible to experience. Honestly, it’s well worth planning your trip around the festival if you can.
Each night, the music, sherry, music and dancing continues right until sunrise. Just make sure to have a good siesta before the festival starts.
11.) Experience the Semana Santa
Parts of Seville come to a complete standstill during holy week, with it being a really unique time to explore the city. Head over and watch the parade through the streets that begin on Palm Sunday and end a week later.
Whilst here, you’ll spot the traditional robes, pointed hats (a capirote) and sandals that Nazarenos wear in the procession. It’s a pretty unique thing to see and something that happens in a few places in Spain.