Every journey leaves something inside us that contributes to enriching our personality and our culture. It does not matter whether it is a long or short journey, but the emotions it makes us live. Do you know what to do in Seville? If yes, read this article. For me, the trip to Seville was one of the most beautiful and rich. It has been 3 years now and one of the shortest I still remember with a bit of nostalgia.
It is one city where I felt at home: passionate, historical and gourmet. I left in November 2018, with my boyfriend, strictly with a low-cost Ryanair flight from Treviso, with my inseparable camping backpack on my shoulder.
What to do in Seville?
Seville immediately strikes for its warm and bright colors. The hostel where we had booked, Pension Nuevo Pino, was a short walk from the city center which made many monuments within walking distance and in a short time.
Visit the Real Alcazar
It is a palace -of the oldest in the world, dating from the eleventh century, with rooms that could well be the decoration of The Thousand and One Nights. Its offices witnessed the passage of different cultures, so Arab, Mudejar, Gothic and Baroque architectural samples are not lacking. Come on. Admission is €11.50, free for the last Monday visit. More info and reservations. If you prefer to take a guided tour to learn every detail of the place, you can look at this.
Visit the Gardens of the Real Alcazar
Once here, you can not forget to visit the Gardens of the Real Alcazar. Pay special attention to the Mercury pond, the Dance garden and the Damas garden. And eye, if you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you have one more reason to come. In the Real Alcazar and its gardens, the scenes of Dorne (place of the Martell House) were shot.
Another emblem of Seville is its Cathedral. It is one of the most spectacular Gothic cathedrals in Europe (and the world). And he has a surprise: you can see the remains of Christopher Columbus. If you want to buy the ticket without a queue (with a climb to the Giralda), you can do it in advance here.
A trip to Seville is not perfect. If you don’t take a tour of Triana, it is the most authentic and flamenco neighborhood. Triana is not a monumental neighborhood or full of tourist attractions. The main charm is its typically Sevillian atmosphere and the experiences it offers. With a sailor character and a great Sevillian tradition, it is the cradle of bullfighters and artists and attracts many visitors seduced by its many tapas bars, its views of the river, its typical food market and its small Sevillian tile businesses.
Visit Casa Ricardo
Come to Casa Ricardo and try his traditional croquettes. It is located on Hernan Cortés Street, 2. Through the route of each room you will be able to know the life and work of Ricardo Rojas, his performance as a man of letters, journalist, teacher and as one of the greatest representatives of Americanism: creator of the Euridic doctrine.
To digest the croquettes nothing better than climbing the Giralda. From there, the views are the best. The € 9 entry is joint to visit the Cathedral (free on Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).
Terrace of the English Court
Do you want a trick to get another Instagram-proof photo? Go up to the terrace of the English Court of Pl. Del Duque at sunset. The panorama is magical.
Plaza de Espana
It freaks a lot when you get to Plaza de Espana. For us, it is possibly the most beautiful square in the country. There you can see the banks and tiles of 48 Spanish provinces. It was built for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929 and Alfonso XIII himself when he saw it declared, “Gentlemen, I knew that this was beautiful … But not so much.”
Guadalquivir to the Torre del Oro
Take a walk on the banks of the Guadalquivir to the Torre del Oro, better at sunset. We warn you: do not expect to see gold, the tower is named for the golden reflection that projects in the river. Although there are other theories about his name: it was a tower where gold stores were located, or also that it was the entry point of gold that came from the New World. The entrance to the Tower costs € 3 (free on Mondays).
Another option to contemplate it from another point of view is to make a crossroads through the Guadalquivir. They are not expensive! This, for example, costs €17.
Visit the flamenco stage
Seville is synonymous with flamenco, take advantage of your visit to attend a show on a flamenco stage, it is sure to be remembered. Here you have an exciting option.
See the beauty of architecture
If you are an architecture lover, Seville will be your paradise. Some of the most beautiful buildings are: the Town Hall (seat of the City Hall), the Palace of San Telmo, the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija, the House of Pilate, the Palace of the Dueñas, the Alfonso XIII Hotel, the Hospital de the Five Wounds and the Royal Tobacco Factory.
What about the Metropol Parasol (also known as “mushrooms”)? Some believe that it is a horror other who find it very interesting. We are in this second group. It is a building that breaks with the classic Sevillian style and gives the city a modern ills touch. But we like it above all because of the views from its viewpoint. It costs €3.
Maria Luisa Park
And after so much trajín, do you want to relax and rest for a while? Approach Maria Luisa Park, the green lung of the city. Maria Luisa Park is the most famous in the city. It was inaugurated in 1914 and was part of the private gardens of the San Telmo Palace.
The neighborhood of La Macarena
If during your visit to Seville, the neighborhood of La Macarena catches you nearby, approach the Basilica de la Macarena, one of the most important religious temples in the city, and it has a unique charm.
Archivo de Indias
If you like history, you have a mandatory stop at the Archivo de Indias. It was created in 1785 to gather in a single place all the documentation related to the Spanish colonies. You can visit for free (Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.).
Take a buggy ride
Use your little feet for touring Seville! Do not commit the tourist to take a buggy ride through Seville; do not contribute to the animal business.
Get lost in the Santa Cruz neighborhood
It is one of the most beautiful corners of Seville. With its cobbled streets, its small squares, and of course, its taverns. Also, it is the most famous and visible side of the Jewish Quarter in Seville, but in reality, it is much more extensive.
Enjoy the events
There are two events that we should all enjoy, eventually, in Seville: Holy Week and the April Fair. If your trip falls on these dates, celebrate it in style!
Do you like Velázquez?
Seville is the birthplace of the great painter in Father Luis María Llop street (you can only see the facade). Curiosity: this house also belonged to Victorio & Lucchino Jijiji -I don’t know why I like it-.
Have you done all the above and have more time? Take advantage that you are in Andalusia and do some excursion. All can be done for free, but if you prefer a guide and learn more about the places, we recommend these tours:
Visit the cathedral of Santa Maria
It takes your breath away for its size and grandeur. Third largest Gothic cathedral in the world, it gives a taste of its inner beauty already with external decorations. Inside, between chapels and aisles, is the tomb of Christopher Columbus, covered with a halo of mystery.
So far, our recommendations on what to do in Seville. And you have been in the Andalusian capital? What are your tips?