Nothing develops intelligence like travel.” - Émile Zola
When it comes to travelling, you need to be ambitious, curious, hungry for adventure, and, most of all, organised. From the historic city centre to the tapas bars, you need to find the balance between getting lost in the side streets and making the most of your time in the city.
There’s so much to see and do in Seville that you won’t want to miss anything, but you also want to do it at a pace that makes it enjoyable. The city is home to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, over 40,000 orange trees, and the 25th biggest city in the EU.
700,000 residents get to enjoy these streets every day. The pace of life here will probably look glacial as you run around trying not to miss anything.
Are you thinking about a trip to Seville but not sure how to organise it? Are you struggling to decide which sights you just have to see? Do you want to make sure that you don’t come home feeling like you’ve missed something?
We’ve got the answers that you’re looking for right here! Here’s a quick look at Seville’s best attractions.
Of all of Seville’s architectural wonders, the Alcazar palace is probably one you’ll have to visit. The palace grounds and the palace itself are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure you visit the palace and the gardens, you won’t regret it!
There are excellent examples of Moorish, Renaissance, and Gothic architecture and history dating back to the 9th century. Because of all this, it’s a popular tourist attraction and you can expect crowds no matter when you visit it.
It’s also the oldest Palace in Europe that’s still used as a residence and is occasionally used by the King of Spain as a residence. Put this attraction on your itinerary!
Santa Cruz and Seville Cathedral
“We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” - Ray Bradbury
Santa Cruz is one of Seville’s most popular areas, especially with tourists. This is also the part of town where you can find the cathedral. It was built on the site of a mosque and this Gothic and Moorish building is the most-visited attraction in the city.
This is also the site where Christopher Columbus is buried. At the top of the cathedral, you can enjoy a 360º view of the city. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the city.
Children under 14 can visit the cathedral for free, too. After your visit, we recommend heading to the Plaza del Cabildo and finishing your day by the fountain.
Also known as Seville’s mushrooms, the Metropol Parasol is Europe’s largest wooden structure and a sight to behold.
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It’s also home to a market and offers spectacular views and a fine example of urban architecture. It’s a great place to head to at the end of the day.
It was designed and built to rejuvenate the Plaza de la Encarnación. Construction began in 2005 and was completed six years later in 2011. It’s now one of Seville’s most recognisable attractions. The best thing about it; the tapas restaurants, the archaeology museum, and the Antiquarium located under the Metropol Parasol.
Plaza de España
The Plaza de España was constructed in the early 20th century. It was created by Anibal Gonzales for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929. This semi-circular palace is a mix of bricks, marble, and other materials. It represents all of Spain and its former colonies.
Nowadays, the palace is home to Andalusia’s regional government, the Junta de Andalucía. There’s a beautiful fountain in the centre of the plaza designed by Vicente Traver.
It should be noted, that you can occasionally catch flamenco dancers here, too. You’ll struggle to find somebody who isn’t impressed by this place.
Seville Fine Arts Museum
While there are museums in every city around the world, you should still definitely visit Seville’s fine art museum. Technically, this place offers the best views in the city...
There are paintings and sculptures by Murillo, Velasquez, Goya, Cranach, and Torrigiano with pieces from the 15th to 20th centuries. For any cultural visits, you have to include this museum.
It’s located in a former convent and the museum building itself dates back to the 13th century. You can learn as much from the building as you can from the artworks inside.
Maria Luisa Park
With all the monuments and attractions you’ll visit, you might want to take a break. The Maria Luisa park opposite is certainly worth visiting. There are 40 hectares of green spaces right in the middle of this Andalusian city.
Trees, fountains, and grass come together to offer a fantastic place to relax.
The park was originally the gardens of the Palace of San Telmo before being donated to the city by the Duchess of Montpensier. The French landscape artist Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier redesigned the gardens in the early 20th century.
Palacio de Las Dueñas
This palace should feature on everyone’s itinerary when visiting Seville. The palace mixes Renaissance, Gothic, and Moorish architecture and was built in the late 15th century.
It’s a beautifully colourful building with plenty of things to see.
Torre del Oro
What is the Torre del Oro?
This is a former military watchtower. It’s suggested that the name (Tower of Gold) comes from the golden reflection it cast onto the river it faces.
You can now visit the tower for just €3. You can learn how the tower was built and also about navigational instruments in the museum.
Furthermore, the views from the top of the tower are spectacular.
If you want an authentic experience of Seville, head to the Triana part of town. The gipsy and flamenco quarter is home to a market and tonnes of local specialities. The market’s closed on Sunday.
The market was built on the site of the Castle of San Jorge, a Medieval fortress that was demolished in the 19th century to make way for the market.
Triana is an original part of the city that has welcomed sailors, gipsies, and flamenco dancers throughout the years.
As you’ll have understood, Seville is home to many things to see and do.
So are you ready to start planning?
Like many other cities around the world, you can get on a bus for a tour of the city. While these are great for just seeing the outside of the most popular attractions, you can always get off at the places you'd be interested in visiting and a lot of the tickets offer discounts to tourist attractions.
Don't forget that if you have more than a few days to spend in Seville, you could also travel to some other popular Andalusian cities like Cordoba and Granada. You can either take a bus from the Plaza de Armas bus station or a train from the Santa Justa train station.
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