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Seville destination guide
Seville, Andalusia, Spain
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Sensuous, gracious, flirty Seville, 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, Semana Santa or Feria de Abril.
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.
The bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination
Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest
Hammam at Aire Ancient Baths
Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Set in a 500-year-old Mudejar palace, offering a vast range of experiences and rituals, including a wine bath. Afterward, relax in the rooftop pool. The night visits are especially magical, and a great antidote to jetlag.
Best for ages: 18+ | £20 | 1-3 hours
Setas de Seville
Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Seville boasts the world´s largest wooden structure, a spectacular swirl nicknamed ‘Las Setas’ (mushrooms) designed by Jurgen Mayer in 2011. There’s a mirador walkway and steps winding over the roof, offering fabulous views, and Roman ruins in the museum underneath.
Best for ages: 10+ | Free
Our selection of the best Viator tours of this destination, plus helpful tickets and transfers
2 Hour Best of Seville on Segway
€59 | Rating 4.95 / 5 [190 ratings]
3-hour Guided Bike Tour along the Highlights of Seville
€30 | Rating 4.89 / 5 [188 ratings]
Cultural Walking Tour of Seville Monumental
€3 | Rating 4.92 / 5 [194 ratings]
Essential Private Walking Tour of Seville
€62 | Rating 4.97 / 5 [35 ratings]
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When to go
Peak season is spring, with 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.
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.
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