Top 10 Places to Visit in Seville

Top 10 Places to Visit in Seville

Seville is one of the most popular cities in Spain. And for all the right reasons. It combines stunning architecture, rich culture, delicious food and lively lifestyle… The capital of Andalusia is heart of an interesting history visible throughout its monuments and palaces. Furthermore, the mix of Moorish and Catholic influences makes it a unique destination that should definitely be on your bucket list! So we concocted for you a list of the most interesting sites to visit in Seville.

1. Cathedral

Seville’s beloved landmark amazes in it’s size. It’s the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in the XV century, it holds within its walls 80 different chapels. An interesting fact is that this catholic church was built on the remains of an ancient mosque. So if you like history, this is definitely a site to visit in Seville.

TIP : Make sure to visit the impressive tomb of Christopher Columbus

Monday 11AM to 3:30PM – Tuesday to Saturday – 11AM to 5PM – Sunday 2:30AM to 6PM.
Ticket price 9EUR and admission to the Giralda tower is included; free for children under 14.

Opening hours & Price

2. La Giralda

The Giralda is the bell tower right next to the Cathedral. It’s an impressive structure that people can climb for magnificent views over Seville. There are 34 ramps instead of stairs. It’s believed that the ramps were constucted for the imam who could ride a horse to a call of prayer instead of walking.

3. Real Alcazar of Seville

Without a doubt, it was the most impressive location during our visit of Seville. Real Alcazar is a royal palace complex. Its upper floors are the Spanish royal family’s residence in Seville that they use till this day.

When visiting The Real Alcazar you will walk around incredible gardens, green mazes, fountains and beautiful courtyards. Take your time wandering through the corners of this majestic palace. There is a special feel to it, further enhanced by the idea that many blockbuster movies were filmed here. It’s a special thrill for fans of Game of Thrones. Few episodes of the 2nd season were filmed right here.

Opening hours & Price

Winter: 09:30AM to 5PM – Summer: 09:30AM to 7PM.
Closed on January 1st and 6th, Good Friday and 25th December.
Ticket price 11.50EUR and free for children under 16.

4. The Santa Cruz district

The oldest district of Sevilla is a site itself. Wandering though little streets, passing small gardens and squares is a beautiful way to spend a part of the day. Don’t forget to lurk inside of the courtyards of the buildings. Each has different style and is made out of colourful tires, houses a fountains and many plants.

5. Plaza de Espana

This impressive monument is a semi-circular plaza with a small canal and a large, curved palace. Built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition is one of the most spectacular squares we had the chance to visit. A mix of Mudéjar and Renaissance styles are clearly visible here, with splashes of Art Deco on the colourful façades making it one of a kind. Additionally, for a few euros you can rent a boat and row around the small canal feeling like in a movie scene.

TIP : The sun doesn’t shine on the plaza until around 10 am. Therefore, coming here around 8 am to get nice pictures, you will be the only ones. But there will be no light yet.

6. Park Maria Luisa

It’s a stunning green space in the centre of Seville, right next to the Plaza de España. The park is a large botanical garden with unusual species from around the world. It’s a perfect place to stroll around and relax in the afternoon. We loved walking around the short maze like squares and admiring the tall palm trees lining up the small alleys.

Opening hours

The park is open every day from 8 AM until 12 AM.

7. Casa de Pilatos

Casa de Pilatos is Seville’s hidden treasure. Constructed in the 16th century, the building has a central patio typical for Aldalusian architecture and beautiful gardens. Casa represents a splendid blend of the Renaissance, Mudejar and Baroque styles. It features fascinating interiors, colourful ceramics and marble sculptures. Beautiful!

TIP : The top floor of Casa de Pilatos is accessible only with a guided tour starting every hour.

Opening hours & Price

Winter: 9AM to 6PM – Summer: 9AM to 7PM.
Entry: Full tour: 10EUR / Ground floor: 8EUR. Including audio guide.

There are only 500 tickets sold per day. So if you arrive late afternoon all the tickets might be sold already. We suggest going in the morning to assure the entrance to this majestic palace.

8. Triana

Triana is the cultural neighbourhood of Seville. It lies on the opposite of the river. Cross via Puente di Triana which the oldest standing iron bridge of Spain, dating back to 1852. You’ll find yourself in colourful, quaint streets lined with old-style tapas bars, ceramic workshops, pictures of bullfighters and flamenco dancers.

TIP : Puente di Triana is a great place to view the sunset from.

9. Metropol Parasol

Las Setas meaning The Mushroom is the modern structure that was build in the centre of Seville in 2005. It covers Roman remains that were found underneath Plaza Encarnación. Tourists can also walk on the roof of this interesting parasol to admire the city from a new vantage point.

10. Plaza de Toros

The Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla is one of the most beautiful bullrings in Spain. It was built in 1761 and can accommodate 12,500 spectators. You don’t actually have to see a bullfight, the arena is open for tourists for visit. The building from outside in itself is very interesting, looking like a birds face.

Opening hours & Price

Daily from 9.30AM to 7PM, except on bullfighting days until 3PM.

Entrance by guided tour only (in English and Spanish), every 20 minutes, lasts 20 minutes.
Ticket price: 4 EUR

Note : Despite being a long lasting tradition, today the local public opinion leans against bullfighting. Though the site includes information for tourists interested in attending the events, we can only suggest you make your own decisions on the ethics of bullfighting as an attraction. 

If you are planning a trip to Seville make sure to also read our post 3 Days Ultimate Travel Guide to Seville to visit the city properly.

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