The fourth largest city in Spain and the main city of Andalusia is one of the country’s favourite destinations. With 1.6 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, Seville is characterized by its relaxed and close atmosphere, as well as by its numerous monuments and fascinating urban architecture.
The Guadalquivir River divides the city into two parts: on the one hand, the emblematic Triana district; on the other, the historic centre and the Macarena. Along its course there are parks, palaces and important buildings such as the Torre del Oro. Not in vain, this was the main road that connected the city with the outside, bringing the treasures and riches of the New World.
Tradition and modernity. Urban style and rural essence. Religion and culture. Seville is a multifaceted city. More than 2.5 million tourists visit it every year.
- The 5 best reasons to visit Seville
- What to do in Seville
- When to visit Seville
- How to get to Seville
- Where to stay in Seville
- How to get around Seville
- Costs in Seville
- Where to eat in Seville
The 5 best reasons to visit Seville
City of Christians, Muslims and Jews
From the cathedral of Seville to the Reales Alcázares, including the Jewish quarter. The urban distribution, the buildings and even the idiosyncrasy of the Sevillians are a reflection of the cultures that inhabited this region.
The most extensive historical centre of Spain
With almost 4 square kilometres, the old town of Seville is the largest in the country, and the third largest in Europe. Strolling through its corners is an adventure: palaces, Andalusian patios and small restaurants follow one another along the way.
Variety and gastronomic wealth
Meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. The best products of the Mediterranean diet are present in the main recipes. Gastronomic tourism takes on special importance in Seville, where there are more than 2,400 restaurants in which to satisfy your appetite.
Nature: parks and gardens in the middle of the city
The Maria Luisa Park, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1983 as a Historical Garden, is the lung of the city. The Plaza de España and the Plaza de América, located around it, were built on the occasion of the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition. The Alamillo Park, on the island of La Cartuja, is another of the most important green areas.
Leisure and nightlife: guaranteed fun
With almost 4000 active bars, Seville is one of the most partying cities in Spain. And, contrary to popular belief, there is a lot of life beyond flamenco. Jazz, reggae, techno, pop and rock are musical styles that are also present in pubs and discos.
What to do in Seville
Climbing the Giralda, the Arab icon in the cathedral of Seville
At 97.5 metres high and crowned by the Giraldillo, this is undoubtedly the most renowned monument in Seville. The entrance fee is 9 EUR and includes the visit to the gothic cathedral, the treasury, the orange tree courtyard, etc. Although the climb is somewhat complicated, the views are worth it.
Walking along the Guadalquivir
Cross the Triana Bridge and go to your right to enjoy a unique walk. During the tour you will see the La Maestranza bullring, the Torre del Oro, the Costurero de la Reina, the María Luisa park and some of the pavilions built for the 1929 Expo, such as the one in Guatemala.
Have fun on Isla Mágica
If you’re looking for a little fun, Isla Mágica is your place. This amusement park opened its doors in 1997 and since then it receives thousands of visitors every year. Next to it is the Agua Mágica water park; the joint entrance fee is between 22 and 35 EUR.
Immerse yourself in the Arab culture in the Real Alcázar
The Real Alcázar of Seville contains samples of the different historical stages that the city went through: Islamic, Mudejar and Gothic art, and Renaissance and Baroque touches are combined in this building. It has been declared a World Heritage Site and is the sixth most visited monument in Spain. Tickets are available from 11,50 EUR.
Get a panoramic view from Las Setas
At sunset, there is nothing better than going up to the viewpoint of Las Setas, in the Plaza de la Encarnación. This structure, built in 2011, is 26 meters high and has a surface of 150 x 70 meters. To enter it will cost you 3 EUR with consumption.
When to visit Seville
Spring and autumn are the best times. In April and May the temperatures are very pleasant, between 13 ºC and 25 ºC, and it coincides with the flowering of the thousands of orange trees that are distributed in the streets. October and November have similar values, although rainfall is higher and there are fewer hours of light. In summer, especially in July and August, it can reach 40 ºC.
How to get to Seville
The airport of Seville-San Pablo (SVQ) offers connections to many national and European destinations, as well as to Morocco. It is located 3 kilometres from the centre of Seville and can be reached either by taxi, which costs a single fare of 22.35 EUR, or by public bus operated by TUSSAN, which costs 4 EUR.
The Prado de San Sebastián and Plaza de Armas are the two main stations. There are daily coach connections to Seville from Cordoba for 5.40 EUR, from Cadiz for 13.60 EUR or from Granada for 10.60 EUR. There are also lines that connect Seville with other European countries such as France or Italy. Alsa and Los Amarillos are the companies with the widest offer.
Santa Justa station offers connections to towns and cities in Andalusia through RENFE’s Cercanías y Media Distancia services. Likewise, the AVE high speed train (AVE) allows you to get to Madrid in just three hours, which is one of the most comfortable and practical ways of getting to Seville. Its prices range from 22.90 EUR to 128.50 EUR.
A good network of motorways and highways surrounds the city of Seville. The Autovía del Sur (A-4) connects with Córdoba and Madrid. From Cadiz, you can use the AP-4 (with toll, 7.34 EUR) or the N-IV (without toll). The E-5 leads from Gibraltar to Seville.
Airports near Seville
(AGP) Málaga-Costa del Sol
(XRY) Jerez de la Frontera La Parra
Where to stay in Seville
Seville has a good network of hotels perfect for accommodating all types of travelers. Backpackers can make their reservations at La Banda Rooftop Hostel, located in the historic center, whose rooms start at 22.60 EUR per night.
Neighborhoods of Seville
Triana. Characterized by being on the other side of the Guadalquivir River, it is one of the neighborhoods with the most personality. The church of San Jacinto, Betis street and the Plaza del Altozano are some of its highlights.
Santa Cruz. Known as the Jewish quarter, it is a network of narrow white streets, where you can breathe in peace and harmony. It is a short distance from the historical centre and has a good offer of bars and restaurants. The streets Agua y Vida, the church of Santa Cruz and the walls are some of its main attractions.
The Alameda. One of the most dynamic areas, frequented by young people and students. There are plenty of modern and casual bars, as well as galleries and cultural spaces. Don’t miss the Palace of the Marquises of the Algaba, the parish of San Lorenzo Mártir and the popular Feria Market.
How to get around Seville
By public transport
TUSSAM is the public company in charge of managing transport in Seville. The city has a good bus network, as well as metro, tram and bicycles. The single journey costs 1,40 EUR. It is also possible to buy rechargeable cards and tourist vouchers from 5 EUR.
The minimum fee for travel within the city, from Monday to Friday and from 7:00 to 21:00 is 3.65 EUR. Supplements are provided for night, luggage and entry and exit to the stations. The kilometre covered is charged at 0.92 EUR for the minimum fare and 1.43 EUR for the maximum.
Rental cars are available at the airport, train and bus stations: Avis, Europcar, Budget or Hertz, among others, operate in the city with rates from 50 EUR per day. During rush hours there may be some delays, so it is advisable to avoid them. In certain areas, such as the centre, finding free parking can be difficult.
Costs in Seville
Sierpes Street and Tetuan Street are the two commercial arteries of the city center. There are numerous shops and stores selling crafts, clothing, accessories, etc. Nervión Plaza and El Corte Inglés are the most common department stores for shopping.
As for the shopping basket, a dozen eggs in Seville can cost around 1.80 EUR in the supermarket. In the markets, a kilo of tomatoes is worth around 0.70 EUR; and a kilo of apples, 0.80 EUR.
Where to eat in Seville
Las Golondrinas is a restaurant that offers a good assortment of tapas with an excellent quality/price ratio; from 2.50 EUR. Patio San Eloy is another classic in the city, with similar prices. Dining in a more sophisticated restaurant like Restaurante Ispal can cost over 50 EUR per person.