8 Fun Things to Do When Visiting Seville, Spain

Oh how I love Spain… the Spanish seem to have their work/life balance down to perfection.  Our time spent visiting Seville validates how much we love this culture. Seville (or more appropriately Sevilla) is famous for its enormous Catedral and the city is filled with orange-scented courtyards, and stunning Mudejar architecture oozing with history. The mix of European and Moorish architecture is so unique to this southwestern province of Spain.

We stumbled upon interesting neighborhoods humming with the hustle of Spanish life, scenic parks, and delightful boutiques… and of course delectable tapas bars.

The best things to do in Sevilla, Spain - wandering alleys is right up there

Seville boasts a particularly vibrant nightlife, and we found Flamenco bars, jazz clubs, and tapas bars, all hidden in unexpected cozy plazas.

8 Best Things to Do When You Visit Seville

1. Visit the Alcázar Palace

The Réal Alcazar (Royal Alcazar) is a remarkable structure, originally built on the site of a Muslim fortress. The royal family still uses the second floor as a residence today. Pro tip –  be sure to reserve tickets ahead of time, or, even better, book a personalized skip-the-line tour.  Also, Mondays have free hourly entry.

Real Alcazar, Sevilla, Spain

 

2. Catedral de Seville and La Giralda

Catedral de Sevilla sits on a former mosque in the city center and is the largest Gothic building in Europe. The Cathedral has over 40 chapels and impressive architecture throughout. The cathedral is available for mass and is open regularly to visitors who visit Seville.

cathedral in Seville, Catedral de Sevilla

La Giralda is the tallest landmark in Seville and is adjacent to the Catedral. There are no stairs in La Girada, instead there are about 40 ramps winding to the top that offer sweeping views of the city.

La Giralda is one of the world’s longest-surviving minarets from the 12th century Berber-Muslim Almohad Dynasty.

La Giralda in Seville

views from the top of the Seville Cathedral - visit seville

3. Roam Around Plaza de Espana

Plaza de España has one of the most picturesque views in the city and is buzzing with activity and charm. The 540,000-square-foot Plaza is packed with tapas bars, street performers and restaurants. You can even rent boats to row around the canal.

Plaza de España, Sevilla

In the center, there’s a huge mosaic patio with a canal, a fountain, and four foot bridges. The detailed artwork and architecture in the Plaza de España is intricate and interesting, and the impressive blue tile work is a treat.

4. Take in a Flamenco Show

Seville is the Flamenco capital of Spain and there are many Flamenco shows to enjoy, from impromptu performances in local bars to unique theaters dedicated to the art of Flamenco dancing.

Teatro flamenco in seville

The powerful  Teatro Flamenco Sevilla show is magical and you can read about that in detail here. Flamenco dance originated in Andalusia, and there are three parts to each flamenco performance: the song, the guitar, and the dance. The dancers are mesmerizing as they balance power, passion and calm. Do not miss catching a show when you visit Sevilla.

5. Climb Metropol Parasol When You Visit Seville

Metropol Parasol is known to locals as Las Setas (The Mushrooms), and is one of Seville’s iconic landmarks.

Metropol Parasol Seville

It’s basically a huge honeycomb sunshade and it claims to be the world’s largest wooden-framed structure. This stunning structure is three blocks long and at night it comes alive when it’s lit up with a light show offering incredible city views. It’s the perfect spot to stop for a coffee as you visit Seville.

best things to do in seville - Metropol Parasol

6.  Enjoy Tapas 

We ate our way through the city! Seville should be at the top of any foodies travel list. Tapas are tasty and inexpensive in Seville, and there are literally hundreds of tapas bars to choose from.

tapas y vino in sevilla

Our tapas of choice are Iberian jamon, Spinach with Garbanzo beans, Patatas Bravas and croquettes, washed down with a cold local beer or a glass of local wine. There are plenty of tapas food tasting tours available, but you honestly can just wander into tapas bars yourself to sample the the many different types of cuisine.

7. Explore Barrio Santa Cruz

Barrio Santa Cruz is a neighborhood close to the cathedral. Barrio Santa Cruz is filled with narrow streets and interesting shops, bars and restaurants. The quaint Plaza de la Santa Cruz is a small yet charming square filled with Spanish culture.

visiting Sevilla - Barrio de Santa Cruz

8. Visit Seville’s Mercado de Triana

Mercado de Triana is a large local market filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat.

Mercado de Triana

Local cafes serve tapas fresh from the market for a farm to table experience. It’s located in the Triana quarter near the bridge and the river, which is a great place to sit and soak in the culture.

Fresh fish - Mercado de Triana in Seville

We love Seville!

This city stays true to its historical and cultural mix of architecture and cafe culture. The city is beautiful, the people are kind, the weather is perfect and I love that most people get around the city by foot or riding a bike.

Best Things in Seville: Hidden Gems and Insider Secrets

If you’re plotting a trip to Seville, you’re in for a treat! Here are a few questions you might have, along with answers to help you plan the best trip ever to Seville:

What’s the best time to visit Seville?

Springtime (March to May) is perfect. The weather’s lovely, not too hot, and there are a lot of festivals. Autumn (September to November) is also great with milder temperatures. We were there in August and it was a bit crowded and definitely hot.

Can I get by speaking only English? 

Yes, but learning a few basic Spanish phrases will help you connect with locals and show respect for their culture. Many people in tourism and hospitality speak English, so you’ll manage just fine.

What’s the food like? Any special dishes?

Seville is a foodie paradise! Try local dishes like gazpacho (a cold tomato soup), espinacas con garbanzos (spinach with chickpeas), and the famous tapas. You can’t leave without trying jamón ibérico, a type of cured ham.

How do locals enjoy their evenings?

Evenings in Seville often start late with dinner around 9 pm or later, followed by a stroll or a visit to a tapas bar. Joining in this routine is a great way to experience the city like a local.

How do you get around in Seville?

Seville’s public transport is great, with buses, trams, and a metro system making it easy to get around. Plus, the city is bike-friendly, with many cycling paths. The old city is rather large, but definitely walkable. It’s surrounded by an old city wall that you can explore, as well. If you rent a car, make sure you have a parking space wherever you’re staying. Public parking is not easy to find.

What are some other things to see in Seville?

  • Casa de Pilatos: A beautiful palace with stunning architecture.
  • Parque de María Luisa: Seville’s most famous park, perfect for a relaxing stroll.

Is Seville child-friendly?

Yes, Seville is great for kids! There are many attractions and parks. Plus, Spanish culture is very family-oriented, so children are welcome almost everywhere.

How should we dress when visiting Seville?

Seville can get really hot, especially in the summer, so light, breathable clothing is a must. Remember to bring comfy shoes for all the walking, like Cariumas. When visiting religious sites, be respectful and dress modestly.

The locals are mostly smiling and enjoying life – although if I lived in Seville I’d be smiling every day too!

What are your favorite things to do when you visit Seville?

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About The Author

Samantha

I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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