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  • Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Last updated: 15 June, 2024
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Sensuous, gracious, flirty Seville – the mythic hometown of Don Quixote, Don Juan and Carmen – is the essence of Spain.

The country’s fourth largest city, Seville boasts glorious monuments from Roman and Moorish times and the golden centuries when its port had a monopoly on trade to the Americas.

In Seville, you can pick oranges along the streets, linger in its fragrant gardens or wildly over-the-top churches, down sherry and tapas in its lively bars, watch a flamenco show or feel the city at its most febrile intensity, during its famous fiestas, Holy Week (Semana Santa) or the April Fair (Feria de Abril).

Orientation

Seville’s cathedral and La Giralda dominate the medieval Barrio Santa Cruz, the city’s tourist heart. South is the Alcazar, large Parque de Maria Louisa and ceramic-tiled hemicycle of the Plaza de España, while El Arenal lines the Guadalquivir with the landmark Torre del Oro.

The Centro, heart of modern Seville, extends to Plaza de la Encarnacion, site of the monumental Las Setas parasols.

Across the river lie the fairgrounds and the trendy, ceramic-making Triana district.

Tours, tickets & transfers

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Our selection of the best Viator tours of this destination, plus helpful tickets and transfers

  • Seville

Welcome to Seville! Sunny weather, more than 140km of bike lanes and different cultures that have emerged in the cityscape, make Seville a unique and beautiful city and perfect for a guided bike tour. During our 3 hours easy bike ride we would like to give you a perfect overview of its sights, neighbourhoods and monuments. You will learn about the history and legends as well as the present culture and lifestyle of the Sevillanos. Our multilingual experienced guides have prepared the best routes for you and our goal is to give you the necessary orientation for your visit. There's always the possibility to take great pictures. We will provide you with more information after the tour regarding restaurants & tapas, flamenco and more, so you can enjoy your stay to the fullest! As this is not a heritage tour, you will learn everything you need to know to maneuver around the city like a local. We have e-bikes available for an additional fee, message us if you'd like to upgrade!

Price €30

Min age 1

Rating 4.92 / 5 [1483 ratings]

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  • Seville

See Seville with little effort and lots of fun on this 2:15hours electric bike tour, led by an expert local guide. Easy and safe to ride, the bikes have electric motors that start as soon as you pedal, meaning you’ll see all the city sights without getting out of breath! Pass through neighborhoods like Triana, watching out for top Seville attractions like Plaza de España, Isabel II Bridge -- commonly known as Triana Bridge -- Seville Cathedral and Royal Alcazar Palace (Reales Alcázares). Numbers are limited to ten on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll see the best of Seville with personalized attention from your guide. Departs from ELECMOVE, between the Cathedral and the bullring (not to be confused with CasteLLar, with double L, which is on the opposite side of the city.

Price €45

Min age 14

Rating 4.90 / 5 [563 ratings]

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  • Seville

Seville is a city with many hours of daylight - thanks to this, the Sunset Bike Tour is the perfect choice to enjoy the enchanting nightfall while doing the tour. Come see our favourite spots of Seville with the sun setting and the lights of the city shining as we enjoy our evenings. This tour will cycle you through the heart of the city discovering many of the iconic Seville sites as well as getting a feel for the mystery and romance of Seville’s twisting narrow streets by twilight. Seville comes alive at night, and the best way to experience it is one two wheels. Our guides will show you the stunning unique monuments and hidden away gems, explaining the history, legends and culture that make the capital of Andalucía so special. Of course, there will be enough time to take pictures and your guide will be happy to answer any questions you may have and inform you about places to go like restaurants and flamenco, so you can enjoy the most of your stay in Seville.

Price €30

Min age 1

Rating 4.95 / 5 [380 ratings]

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  • Seville

Our guided tours are of high quality. We guarantee the satisfaction of our clients and we are sure of it because our guides give 100% so that you take a wonderful memory of our city and visit Seville like a Sevillian. We started the visit with clients and ended it as friends. Sevilla Free Tours has been offering guided tours since 2013.

Price €3

Min age 1

Rating 4.86 / 5 [336 ratings]

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  • Seville

Monumental tour is the perfect solution for somebody who likes history and doesn't want to miss places, which could be covered only with the local guide.  In 2 hours you will cover huge distance, learn the most interesting facts about our beautiful city and pick up useful advices about local bars, restaurants, flamenco and interesting local spots..

Price €55

Min age 9

Rating 4.95 / 5 [276 ratings]

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Travel advice

When to go

Peak season is spring, with Holy Week (Semana Santa) and other fiestas: Christmas is another busy time. Seville often roasts in July and August; if you go then, take a long afternoon siesta.

Autumn is lovely and warm; January and February are quiet, and can be rainy, but offer a good chance to feel like a local.

Getting there and away

A bus from Seville airport makes the half hour journey to the bus station in Plaza de Armas. If you fly into Madrid, the frequent high speed AVE trains will get you to Seville in 2.5 hours.

From Malaga airport, ALSA buses run at least once a day direct to Seville, but it’s best to book online to be assured of a seat.

Getting around

Seville has a well-integrated metro, bus and tram network, although most of its attractions are in fairly easy walking distance.

The hop-on-hop-off bus will take you to the main sights (the 24- or 48-hour passes include free walking tours). Driving in the historic centre is a headache, park and walk, take a taxi or hire a bike or e bike.

Where to stay

The compact central neighbourhoods are best for walking to the sights, restaurants and bars. Santa Cruz by the Cathedral is touristy but also has an exceptional selection of good hotels; the nearby El Arenal is more peaceful.

Hotels in the Centro, between Plaza Nueva and Plaza de la Encarnacion, are good for shops and restaurants, and again in walking distance of the attractions, while the increasingly hip Triana, across the Guadalquivir is a less touristy quarter, full of character and nightlife, although it’s a bus ride or a 20-minute walk to the main sights.

Where to eat or drink

Barrio Santa Cruz and surrounding areas are packed with restaurants and bars, especially along Calle Alvarez Quintero and Calle Mateo Gagos.

For traditional bars and restaurants look around Plaza Cristo de Burgos and nearby Plaza de la Encarnacion. For late night drinking holes and tapas, join the locals in the Alameda de Hercules north of the Centro.

Triana is another good spot after dark, especially along riverfront Calle Betis.

Where to shop

The pedestrian district around Calle Las Sierpes, the narrow winding street north of La Giralda up to Plaza Nueva, is full of quirky, traditional old shops cheek-to-jowl with designer boutiques.

Traditional Seville shops (flamenco dresses, etc) can be found around Plaza de la Alfalfa, just east of the Centro. Head across the Guadalquivir to Triana for ceramics and azulejo tiles and food in the  Mercado de Triana, Seville’s liveliest covered market.

What to buy

Ceramics, tiles, flamenco dresses, leather and Spanish guitars are classic buys, but don’t neglect Seville’s art galleries and antique shops.