What to see in Seville


Seville is one of those cities that must be visited sometime. Knowing it is breathing history, music and culture. Here we present the places that you cannot miss in this wonderful city.

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Plaza de España


One of the most beautiful and representative squares in Spai

  • To get there, if you prefer not to go by car, you can get there by metro and get off at the Prado de San Sebastián stop. You can also get there by bus, since the bus station is very close to here.


  • The square was built for the Ibero-American Exposition, held in 1929, and was started by the architect Aníbal González, an exponent of regionalist art.


  • Construction began in 1917 and in 1926 the initial architect resigned from the work, thus delaying its completion.


  • It is a Renaissance work that mixes elements of regional art and whose materials are a mixture of marble, ceramic, exposed brick and tiles, which gives it a differentiating touch.


  • What makes it so special? On the one hand, its spectacular dimensions: the surface area of 50 thousand m2, its semicircular shape of 200 m2 in diameter and the artificial lake in its center.


  • The semi-elliptical form represents the embrace of Spain with its colonies.


  • On the other hand, the symbolism: it seeks to represent each of the Spanish provinces. Each one corresponds to a bench, a tile, its shield, map and elements that distinguish it.


  • There should be 50 banks, but there are 48, since at the time of its construction Tenerife was within the Canary Islands, which means that it has no tile, nor its own bench. Furthermore, Seville is not represented independently and is present in other tiles.


  • Above each bench is the figure of someone considered illustrious in Spanish history.


  • As a color data, it has been the most expensive work of those destined for the Exhibition and up to a thousand workers have come to work.


  • It is currently the headquarters of the Central Government of Andalusia, the General Captaincy and the Military Museum.


  • We begin our itinerary through the essential sites in this magnificent square located near the María Luisa park. It is a place that brims with symbolism and history, as well as being highly representative and with a singular beauty.


  • Free access


  • 955471232


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: November to March from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Open October from 8 to 00 hours. Address: Avenida de Isabel la Católica, 41004. Seville, Spain.


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Parque de María Luisa


An urban oasis of singular beauty

  • To travel it, it is essential to take into account that the central axis is made up of the Fountain of the Lions, the Isleta de los Patos and the Pond of the Lotuses. The gazebos of the Quintero brothers, that of the Infanta María Luisa and Adolfo Bécquer are well worth it.


  • These gardens initially belonged to the Palace of San Telmo, until in 1893, they were donated by the Duchess of Montpellier, the Infanta María Luisa de Borbón, to the city.


  • The current park respects the layout of the old gardens, although the remodeling works included the presence of a French landscaper who gave it the stamp of a public park. Always respecting the particularities and climate of the region.


  • In 1910 it was chosen as the main site for the Ibero-American Exposition and expansion works began. Several pavilions were built, such as the Mudejar and the Real, and gazebos inspired by various figures such as Bécquer and Cervantes.


  • Inside the park are the Plaza de América, the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs, the Royal Pavilion and the Archaeological Museum.


  • Inside there are bars, it has parking and offers services suitable for people with disabilities.


  • One of the places that you cannot miss is the María Luisa park, one of the largest and most beautiful green spaces in the city. Here, both tourists and residents enjoy walking and outdoor sports.


  • Free access


  • 955471232/954234465


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: From November to March from 8 am to 10 pm. From April to October from 8 to 00 hours. Address: Paseo de Las delicias, s / n


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Rectorado


The first industrial building in Europe

  • Do not miss the patios that make up the building, especially the Patio del Reloj and the Patio de los Fieles.


  • If you want to know more about the history, try taking the guided tour that takes place every day at 11:00 am.


  • If you want to do it outside these hours, you have to establish an agreement in advance.


  • The 18th century building was built as the first tobacco factory in Europe, which in its heyday had more than 12,000 employees.


  • Starting in the 15th century, tobacco was brought from America and processed in Spain in various smaller factories.


  • Two different areas stand out in the building: the one used for manufacturing, which occupied two-thirds; and the one destined to the warehouses, the lobby and the houses.


  • Upon entering through its main façade, next to the stairs were the homes of those who hold the most important positions.


  • Since 1950, the building houses the Rectorate of the University of Seville. In this decade, reconstruction work was undertaken to adapt and restore the old building.


  • The well that surrounds three of its outer sides is striking. It was created as a form of defense, taking into account that the factory was located on the outskirts of the city in a conflictive area at that time.


  • Currently, you can visit the interior freely and through a guided tour. The latter includes the auditorium, the rectors' gallery, the new pavilion, the central courtyards, the faculties of philology and geography and history, the library, the courtyard of art, the old jail, the main chapel and the chapel.


  • Other visits are offered such as "A day at the University", lasting 5 hours, and specific visits to the pantheon of illustrious Sevillians (40min), the Church of the Annunciation (1h) and the Forestier Gardens (45min).


  • Leaving the park behind, a few steps further on we find the immense stone building, which was the old tobacco factory and today houses the Rectorate of the University.


  • It is a very interesting visit from the historical and architectural point of view. Historic, because it was the first factory of its kind in Europe. Architectural, because it is an exponent of a very unique Renaissance and Herrerian style.


  • The immense baroque façade is impressive, through which you access a beautiful staircase that leads to the University auditorium.


  • Free


  • +954551123/954551052


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Friday from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 16 to 18 hours. Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guided tours Monday to Thursday at 11:00.


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Torre del Oro


One of the main symbols of the city

  • The visit inside the museum is an excellent opportunity to connect with the history of Seville, closely linked to navigation.


  • We recommend entering the museum. It is a visit that will not take you too long and where you can observe navigation instruments and very interesting ancient objects.


  • The tower is an Almohad construction dating from 1221. It was part of an old wall that surrounded the city and its character was defensive.


  • From its structure a chain extended to the other side of the river, the purpose of which was to stop enemy vessels.


  • It is 36 meters high and is made up of three parts. The first, in a dodecagonal shape, built in the Almohad period. The second part was erected by Pedro I, known as "El Cruel". The third part, cylindrical, dates from the 18th century and ends in a dome.


  • It has had several purposes: it functioned as a prison, chapel and gunpowder warehouse, among others.


  • After the 1755 earthquake, it fell into a state of total abandonment, until it was rescued at the beginning of the 20th century.


  • Since 1944, it houses a small Naval Museum made up of two floors and a terrace.


  • A city that owes much of its history to the Guadalquivir River, cannot stop looking at it. It is then when we find another fundamental place: the Torre del Oro, the most significant element of the city along with the Giralda.


  • It is interesting to dedicate a moment, not only to the tower itself, but to the environment formed by the river and the Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, the bridges and the views that the other bank of the river offers.


  • General admission: € 3. Students and pensioners: € 1.5. Children under 6 years old: free entry. Monday: free visit.


  • +34954222419


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed on holidays.


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Catedral de Sevilla


Among orange trees and many meters above the ground

  • To learn more about the history, aspects of architecture and color scenes, it is recommended to do some of the guided tours, especially the one that combines Cathedral and Roofs.


  • To avoid wasting time at the box office, the best option is to purchase tickets online in advance.


  • Its construction began in 1401 on the site where the old Great Mosque was located. The old minaret, known as the Giralda, the Puerta del Perdón and the Los Naranjos patio are preserved. These elements give it its identity and make it unique.


  • It was converted into a cathedral in 1248, as a result of the conquest of Fernando III of Castile.


  • It is a Gothic-style temple considered one of the largest in the world. It consists of five naves and the ground plan is rectangular, 116 m long and 76 m wide. The highest height, in the cruise, reaches 40 meters high.


  • The main altarpiece is one of the largest in the world and one of the most significant wooden structures.


  • Stained glass windows and building roofs are considered very interesting and unique. So much so that there is a special visit dedicated to them.


  • The Los Naranjos patio, although it has been renovated throughout history, retains its original structure. In the center where the fountains are located, the Muslims performed ablutions before entering the Mosque.


  • Of the facades that make it up, the Puerta del Perdón is the one that still preserves the Almohad style and is where you entered the old Mosque. Its original front arch is from the Muslim period and the decoration, in the Plateresque style, was renovated in 1522. Today, it is the door through which you exit after the cultural visit.


  • Among the options for guided tours you will find, the visit to the Cathedral, includes: Gothic Cathedral, the sacristy and the Renaissance chapter house, the Treasury, the Giralda, the Patio de Los Naranjos and the Church of the Savior.


  • Visit to the roof to see and enjoy the Cathedral from the top and learn about the history of the construction and the characters who participated in it.


  • Entering the streets of Seville, we see the magnificence of the Cathedral and the Giralda, which you can see from the top.


  • It is one of the most important attractions of the city, for its mixture of styles and for the spectacular dimensions that surprise at every step.


  • General admission € 9. Reduced ticket € 4. Enter the church El Salvador € 4. Free entry for residents of the diocese of Seville, naturals, minors up to 14 years old accompanied by an adult, people with disabilities greater than 65% with their companion and unemployed. Free hours Monday from 16:30 to 18 hours. Visit to the decks 15 Bros per person (includes combined visit to the cathedral).


  • + 34954214971 / + 34682001309


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Monday from 11:00 to 15:30. Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 17:00. Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. July and August (except July 17 and 25). Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (box office until 3:30 p.m.). Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (box office until 5:00 p.m.). Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (box office until 6:00 p.m.).


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La Giralda


The Sevillian postcard par excellence

  • Do not miss the opportunity to ascend to the terrace and admire the magnificent views of Seville from there. You will be able to see the Alcazar, the Patio de Los Naranjos, the Cathedral itself, the Town Hall and the narrow streets that unfold around it.


  • Keep in mind that on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. admission is free with prior reservation.


  • It constitutes the tower and the bell tower of the cathedral.


  • It was the old minaret of the Great Mosque, built in 1184, which at the time was constituted as the largest European construction of the Renaissance.


  • Construction of the Giralda began in 1198 and was 82 meters high at that time. It was finished with a bronze sphere at the tip that makes it even more spectacular.


  • Its structure presents three different styles that are the living sign of the various cultures that left their mark.


  • The first section belongs to the Almohad period and to the old minaret. The Christian tower, in Renaissance style, and the bell tower that has 24 bells were built on it, making it the largest in Spain.


  • Above it was placed a bronze statue that symbolizes the "victorious faith" called Giraldillo. From there, the current tower takes its name.


  • To go up to the terrace there are ramps that make the ascent much easier. They were made so that it is possible to climb with horses. The last section must be done by stairs.


  • We cannot leave the cathedral without visiting its famous tower, the Giralda, one of the best-known symbols of the city.


  • It is also a way to discover the Andalusian city from another perspective, from the heights.


  • General admission: € 9 (includes visit to El Salvador and Cathedral and can be purchased at the ticket offices of the two temples). Reduced ticket: € 4 (pensioners and students up to 25 years old). Audio guide: € 3.


  • +954214971/902099692


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Monday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., free audio guide visit with advance reservation in Spanish and English). Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.


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Real Alcázar de Sevilla


One of the oldest and most spectacular palaces

  • Do not lose sight of the splendor that shines at every step. For example, the Renaissance style of the Carlos V salons, where the tapestries that narrate the conquest of Tunis by this monarch are kept.


  • It is recommended to dedicate a special time to visit the gardens, remodeled and improved throughout history and which today constitute one of the most recognized spaces for their beauty in Spain.


  • The Alcázar is constituted as a group of Muslim, Mudejar and Gothic style palace, which has had various uses throughout history. It is currently the residence of the Kings of Spain when they are visiting Seville.


  • Its origins date back to the ancient Roman Hispalis. During the Umayyad kingdom in the 10th century, the Fortress Palace would be built there, which would later be added to the Alcázar de los Abadíes.


  • Later, after the Christian conquest, it became the residence of the Kings of Castile, seat of the Crown and center of municipal power.


  • On the old constructions, the Gothic Palace and the Mudejar one rise.


  • Pedro I "the Cruel", in the 14th century, remodeled the Old Almohad Palace to use it as a royal residence. Of this highlights its lobby and the two patios: that of the Maidens, intended for official visits and that of the Dolls, used for private events. They are also spaces worth visiting the Royal Bedroom and the Ambassadors room.


  • The Alcazar Gardens are an attraction in themselves and can be visited independently. Due to its great beauty, it is worth spending some time, especially the Jardin de la Troya, Jardin de la Danza and the Jardin de Mercurio.


  • We continue through a monumental complex that is fundamental for its cultural mixture, its beauty and for being one of the oldest palaces in the world that is still used today.


  • General admission: visit to the ground floor of the Palaces and the gardens of the Real Alcázar for € 11.50. Special entry to the Upper Royal Room: this entry is limited to the partial visit organized to the Upper Royal Room, located in the upper part of the palace of King Don Pedro and has a cost of € 4.50. Free entry for residents of Seville Capital, minors up to 16 years of age (accompanied by a person of legal age), people with disabilities and their companion. Audio guide: € 5.


  • +954502324


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: October to March from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. From April to September from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Optional visit to the Cuarto Real Alto from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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Barrio Santa Cruz


Charm between orange blossoms, narrow streets and Andalusian

  • We recommend starting the tour in the Plaza del Triunfo, in front of the Cathedral on its south side, to get from there to the Plaza de Santa Marta. Then, go to the Patio de las Banderas, from where you will have a privileged view of the cathedral.


  • Walk along Calle del Agua, which runs alongside the walls of the Alcázar. And don't forget to visit Mateos Gago street, which begins behind the Cathedral and is where you can find the best Seville tapas.


  • If you feel like it, you can take a guided tour that will take you through the main corners and tell you the history behind these streets.


  • Its origin dates back to Roman times, when the neighborhood was the limit of the walled city. In Mármoles street there are still three columns dating from that time.


  • During the Muslim rule, in the 11th century, the Great Mosque and the Palace that today corresponds to the Cathedral and the Alcazar were built.


  • During the reconquest, in times of Fernando III, it was occupied by the Jewish community, becoming the Jewish quarter of the city.


  • There are different places to go. Without a doubt, the busiest corner is the one that makes up the Cathedral, the General Archive of the Indies and the Reales Alcázares, a set of monumental buildings declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.


  • We got to know the Barrio de Santa Cruz. Beyond focusing on its monuments, we will dedicate ourselves to strolling through its streets, getting lost in its unique and captivating environment.


  • This charming neighborhood, the historic center of the city, is special to visit both during the day and at night. During the day, to visit the most important sites it houses, and at night, to delight yourself with a tapas and beers tour in its gastronomic places.


  • Free access.


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Triana


A corner full of life

  • Do not forget to cross the river by the Triana Bridge and admire the sunset from the Triana neighborhood. From there you will have a privileged view of the illuminated monuments on the other side of the Guadalquivir.


  • If you are interested in a visit in which you can get to know the neighborhood in detail, you can do one of the many tours that are offered.


  • It is the most traditional neighborhood in Seville, since it combines the perfect synthesis of what the city has been and is. A bohemian neighborhood par excellence where bullfighters, artists and fishermen have come together to transform it into what it is today.


  • It is located in the southern area of the Guadalquivir and extends from the Cartuja to the Los Remedios neighborhood.


  • In it there is an area of bars and restaurants to taste the typical Andalusian gastronomy, as well as craft shops.


  • Some of the main points are the Plaza del Altozano, entering from the Triana Bridge, the Triana Market and the Maritime Station.


  • Undoubtedly Betis Street, parallel to the river and the old pier area, is one of the most famous. From there it is possible to admire the most emblematic buildings on the other side of the river or to sit in one of its many restaurants.


  • Pureza Street, parallel to Betis Street, SLE Acadia Central, where the Chapel of Los Marineros, of the Brotherhood of Hope of Triana, is one of the images most valued by the inhabitants.


  • This is the neighborhood that beats to the rhythm of its people.


  • It is a place that symbolizes everything that Seville means and offers multiple places to sit, rest and regain strength.


  • Free access


  • 2 h - 4 h

    Depending on whether you choose this place for dinner.


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Real Archivo de Indias


Where overseas documents are preserved

  • The archive was born in 1785, at the initiative of Carlos III, with the aim of unifying all the documentation related to overseas territories in one place.


  • Since then, documents from the Casa de Contratación, the Council of the Indies and the Consulates, that is, the most relevant Indian institutions, have been collected there.


  • Currently, there are more than 80 million pages of original documentation. If someone were to place them in a straight line, the shelves would occupy about 8 km in length.


  • There is an impressive amount of information about the conquest, the life of the colonies and their independence.


  • The building had been the headquarters of the Lonja de Mercaderes de Sevilla, to give merchants a space where they could close deals and settle their lawsuits.


  • Construction was completed in 1646, at which time there was a commercial and political decline of the empire. Around these years, in 1717, the overseas commercial headquarters was transferred to Cádiz.


  • Currently, you can visit the building and the archive, which is free and at no cost.


  • This is where the documents related to the overseas territories in colonial times are unified and preserved and their purpose is to preserve and disseminate them.


  • Free and free access.


  • +34954500528


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Access to the monumental area from Tuesday to Sunday, except on January 1 and 6, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and December 24, 25 and 31.


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La Casa del Flamenco-Auditorio Alcántara


The strength of Andalusian music in an emblematic place

  • You will surely experience flamenco in various Sevillian corners as they pass through its streets. But don't miss the opportunity to attend a flamenco show at this tablao. Here you will enjoy the strength of this art.


  • As it has a reduced capacity, it is recommended to book in advance.


  • Flamenco is the quintessential folkloric expression of Andalusia. Its origins are related to the arrival of the gypsy community in the 15th century and fundamentally to the fusion of gypsy, Moorish and Christian styles that contributed various nuances.


  • This expression becomes popular thanks to the singing cafes, considered the incipient origins of today's tablaos.


  • They were places of worship, where they met to enjoy dancing, stomping, singing and guitar.


  • La Casa del Flamenco, in particular, is set in the inner courtyard of a 15th-century palace house and offers a one-hour show with a guitar and dancers.


  • The show takes place in the Alcántara auditorium, showing the most essential flamenco, an art declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.


  • Throughout history there have been transformations. However, the singer's voice and the guitar remain as alive as in the beginning.


  • Despite often being considered a place prepared for tourists, the tablao is one of the best places to enjoy this traditional show, since the interpreters show their own culture in a very close way.


  • It is impossible to know Seville without absorbing and savoring something fundamental in its culture: the music that is part of its identity and makes it distinctive. For this, it is essential to experience flamenco in some of its venues.


  • There are a variety of places that offer shows, some with dinner, mainly in the Jewish quarter.


  • We chose the Casa del Flamenco, located in the Barrio Santa Cruz, because of the magical surroundings and the simplicity that exudes living the very essence of music.


  • The site and its privileged acoustics allow the voice and the instruments to be the true protagonists.


  • General admission: € 18. Students under 26 years old and residents of Seville accredited: € 15. Children from 6 to 12 years old: € 10. Children under 6 years old are not allowed.


  • +34955029999


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Autumn / winter 7:23 pm. (Some days also at 5:30 p.m.) Spring / summer 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Box office hours from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Monday to Sunday. Address: calle Ximénez de Enciso, 28. 41004 Seville, Spain.



5 Ratings

sara_manzana

sara_manzana

Me encantó no solo x su bella arquitectura si no por su salero, es difícil no contagiarse con el flamenco, baile q me hizo estremecer.

20/08/2020

davidzam

davidzam

Está guía me mostró lo más bello de este lugar. Su rico legado cultural e histórico son inigualables. El Parque de María Luisa un ensueño.

09/08/2020

vickybcn

vickybcn

Sevilla maravillosa, con todo lo que hay para ver tener una guía como está nos facilita mucho nuestros recorridos. 👏👏👋👋

03/08/2020

martinamendoza

martinamendoza

Recorrer Andalucía es un sueño por cumplir, creo que con estos consejos será maravilloso!

26/07/2020

tony_

tony_

Hemos estado en Sevilla con esta guía y la recomendamos, viene todo detallado 🤗

10/10/2019