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Plan Your Seville Holiday: Best of Seville

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Explore Seville

Originally founded as a Roman city and now home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Seville is front-loaded with historic charm. The Alcazar palace complex is a stunning collage of architectural styles, and the Cathedral is famed for its beauty and its status as Christopher Columbus’ burial site. Designed to offer shade in sunny Spain, the Metropol Parasol is the world’s largest wooden structure, a massive mix of grids and swirls that contains a market and a terrace observatory. And you can’t mention Seville without talking about flamenco—get a lesson or take in a professional show. There’s lots more to do and we’ve got recs below.
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Essential Seville

How to do Seville in a weekend

Flamenco dancing, Mudéjar architecture, and so many tapas
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An architect's guide to Seville

I first visited Seville as a teenager, longing to become an architect, which I can proudly say I am today. (See, dreams do come true!) Since then, I’ve returned countless times and am always impressed by Seville’s rich design, tracing 2,200 years of history. From palaces of the Islamic era to extravagant Baroque buildings and ultra-modern structures, these are Seville’s most significant architectural sites.
Carlos Casuso, Madrid, Spain
  • Catedral de Sevilla
    26,971
    You can’t ignore the city’s crown jewel: the cathedral. Seville has the largest Gothic church in the world. It was built on top of a 12th-century mosque, but some of the Islamic elements remain, such as the courtyard and the minaret, which was transformed into the elegant La Giralda bell tower. Inside, you can appreciate many treasures, such as the show-stopping main altarpiece and the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
  • Real Alcazar de Sevilla
    36,290
    The Alcazar, or Royal Palace, is a masterpiece of Mudejar architecture. (Mudejar is the term used to name the Muslims that stayed in Spain after the Christian reconquest.) Built in the 14th century with intricate carved walls, it has survived almost intact until the present day. Look familiar? You may recognise it as Dorne’s palace in Games of Thrones.
  • Ayuntamiento (City Hall)
    440
    I have to hand it to the Italians: Renaissance architecture wasn’t as popular in Spain. But it did inspire a new style in Seville, called Plateresque. The first—and perhaps the most exquisite—example is the City Hall façade. Built in the 16th century, when Seville was among the richest cities in the world, the municipal building is as intricate as the city itself.
  • Casa de Pilatos
    3,825
    This gorgeous palace belongs to the House of Medinaceli, one of the oldest noble families in Spain. It combines the finest elements of Mudejar and Renaissance architecture, making it an essential visit to understand the city’s various influences. The tilework that covers most of its walls and floors will leave you in total awe. Fun fact: In 1966, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy held a charity gala here.
  • Palacio de San Telmo
    186
    The Baroque style ruled Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. You can find many Baroque gems in the city, such as this magnificent palace conceived as a naval academy. Although you aren’t allowed to go inside, you can admire its most important feature—the façade and the impressive entrance. Look closely: The marble doorway depicts allegories of the arts and sciences.
  • Plaza de España
    45,087
    In 1929, Seville celebrated its first World’s Fair, and this incredible complex was the centerpiece of the exhibition. Inspired by Spanish Renaissance architecture, the columned circular plaza is a symbol of the country, with 50 alcoves covered with coloured tiles representing each province of Spain. It has appeared in many films, including Lawrence of Arabia and the Star Wars prequels.
  • Pabellon de la Navegacion - Sevilla
    196
    Between the Barcelona Olympics and the Seville World Fair, both in 1992, Spain really stepped into the spotlight. The Pavilion of Navigation, dedicated to the golden age of Spanish navigation, was one of the largest. Created by Seville-born architect Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, the building has elegant lines and an interior space resembling a ship’s hull. Now, it serves as the city’s naval museum.
  • Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol)
    10,277
    This cutting-edge construction—a towering, latticed wooden structure unlike any other—is the newest addition to Seville’s cultural scene. Designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer and completed in 2011, it has a lot to offer: archeological remains in the basement, a market, some restaurants, and a rooftop promenade with sweeping city views. Tip: Go at sunset to watch the skyline turn gold.
  • Centro Ceramica Triana
    111
    Cross the Guadalquivir River, and you’ll enter Triana, my favourite neighbourhood and a buzzy nightlife district. I’d argue Triana is even better in the daytime, when you can see its famous ceramics. Set within a former tile factory, this museum honours the craft both inside and out. I love to admire the beautiful façade, which is covered in ceramic pieces.

Seville Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Seville

Erin R

This is a place to be tasted with tapas. As such, plan to pass your meals hopping from one bar to the next, snacking and sipping in each one as you go.

Aleksandra B

The most expensive months are April, December and the Bank holidays or Special Events (Semana Santa, Feria, Marathon days, New Year's Eve..).

Cat G

The midday summer weather in Seville can reach 40C (110F), so wear proper protection, stay hydrated, and stick to the shade when you can. Seville is quite walkable, but hitting the (cobblestone) streets all day can take its toll. Wear comfortable shoes.

1highplainsdrifter

Seville has both old and new charm. It is a friendly, walkable, decently priced, clean city.

PortoExplorer

Seville is one of the Spanish cities that touched me the most: vibrant, attractive, graceful and most of all... historically rich.

Cat G

Seville exudes typical Spain — from the flamenco chords that echo in the streets to the sunny afternoons with sherry in hand, the Andalusian capital is worth spending time in. But if you've only got one day, you'll be facing a bit of walking, punctuated by tapas, world-class sights, and plenty of Spanish flair. The majority of the must-sees are clustered around the cathedral complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Archivo de las Indias and the Alcazar Palace.

What is the best way to get there?

flying

Seville is served by San Pablo Airport, otherwise known as Seville Airport (SEV).

bus

Seville has two main bus terminals: Prado de San Sebastian, from which buses service cities and towns in Andalucia, and Plaza de Armas, from which buses depart to different regions of Spain and Portugal.

driving

Most travelers arrive into Seville via the Autopista del Quinto Centenario (A-49), which connects the city with Huelva and Portugal.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting from overseas, see if you need a visa using this website.

When is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit Seville is from March through May, before scorching summer temperatures make sightseeing an effort. Plus, springtime sees the festivals of Semana Santa (Holy Week), during which the city is overrun with religious processions, and Feria de Abril, a fair that celebrates Seville’s culture with flamenco and food.

For more information on Seville’s weather and when to go, check out some tips here.

Get around

bus

The easiest way to explore Seville is by hop-on hop-off bus, which allows you to explore at your own pace and cover all of the city’s top attractions. See here for more information on routes and timetables.

bike

There are plenty of bike rental shops in Seville. Cycling is generally a safe and convenient way to explore.

tram

Seville’s Metro-Centro tram network begins in Plaza Nueva in the center of the city and terminates at San Bernado train station, which offers connections to the metro. You can buy a ticket from each tram station.

On the ground

What is the timezone?

Central European Standard Time (GMT+1)

What are the voltage/plug types?

The standard voltage in Seville is 230V and the standard frequency is 50Hz. Associated plug types are type C, with two round pins, and type F, with two round pins and two earth clips. For plug types, you can reference the international guide here.

What is the currency?

Euro (EUR)

Are ATMs readily accessible?

Yes.

Are credit cards widely accepted?

Yes.

Is it easy to find a bank?

Yes.

How much do I tip?

Tipping in Spain is not expected and Spaniards generally don’t do it. However, tips are appreciated when service exceeds expectations.

Are there local customs I should know?

Greetings

In Seville, people generally greet each other and say goodbye by kissing on both cheeks.

Siesta

Throughout Spain, it's common to take a siesta (afternoon nap) around 3 pm. During the late afternoon, shops and cafes tend to close.

Mealtimes

In Spain, lunch and dinner times are much later than in other countries. Lunch is normally eaten around 2 pm while dinner tends to get served closer to 10 pm.

Drinking

The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 18 years old.

Bar Etiquette

Don’t be surprised if you see people throwing used napkins and toothpicks on the ground at traditional tapas bars. This isn’t the case in every tapas bar, so observe what others are doing before littering.