Once the mightiest Moorish city in Spain, Seville is a beautiful and intriguing city that has to be on any Spanish itinerary of more than 5 days. It is most beautiful in Spring and it holds its fiestas at this time.
Seville has three World Heritage Sites, the Seville Cathedral, the Alcázar Palace, and the lessor known Archivo de Indias or General Archive of the Indies that holds history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and Asia.
The charming Jewish Quarter, Barrio Cruz offers a maze of narrow lanes, cafes, and bars to explore. Seville is the home of Flamenco music and dance. Along with hitting a bar to enjoy a flamenco show, why not join a dance class and get some skills before you go?
You can also visit the Museo del Baile Flamenco which features costumes, photos, videos, and other memorabilia.
Seville’s impressive Alcazar was built during the 1100s as a fortress ad for centuries it was home to both Islamic and Christian rulers. Its gardens are delightful, especially as a respite from the heat of the day in summer.
The Cathedral of Seville is another must-see destination – it’s the world’s biggest Gothic cathedral and was built in the 1400s atop the main mosque of Seville.
Among the modern gems is Setas de Sevilla, the Metropol Parasol, the Seville mushroom – regardless of what you call it, it’s hard to miss.
The impressive Plaza de España is another site you should not miss. It’s best known in recent years for its appearance in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and while we are talking the big screen the Alcazar featured in season five of Game of Thrones.
Accommodation in Seville is generally plentiful and you will find many options within walking distance of the key sites. If you plan to visit Seville during one of the city’s key festivals (Holy Week and Feria de Abril in April).
Barrio Santa Cruz is one of the most popular locations but for a more local experience consider Triana which is just a short walk or bus ride across the river.
Seville is the largest city in Southern Spain and the capital of Andalusia
Getting to Seville from other parts of Spain is easy, most people arrive in Seville at the Seville-Santa Justa railway station which is served by the AVE high-speed rail system. The journey time to Madrid is just over 3 hours.
The station is 2km from the center of town and several buses leave from the station into town. Taxis are plentiful and affordable.
Two bus stations offer connections to the surrounding areas and other cities: Plaza de Armas Station, with destinations north and west, and Prado de San Sebastián Station, covering routes to the south and east.
Plaza de Armas station has direct bus lines to many Spanish cities as well as Lisbon, Portugal.
If you are flying into Seville the airport is 10km northeast of the city and a taxi will have you in the center in about 20 minutes. There is also a public bus that stops right outside the terminal for a 30-minute ride to town.
Getting around Seville is easy, most of the key sites are within a 1km radius of the cathedral making the city perfect to explore on foot. There is also a bike rental system with over 250 stations across the city.
The average time travelers spend in Seville is between two days and five days. Check out our Seville itineraries and start planning your visit!
Where to go next
Continue your holiday travels in Spain. After Seville, the most popular destinations are Madrid, Granada, and Barcelona.