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From Moorish influences, which brought light to Andalucia when the rest of Europe languished in the Dark Ages, to the height of Spain's colonial era and the riches the Americas yielded, a stroll through Seville takes you on a tour of its golden ages.

Alcázar of Seville
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Alcázar of Seville

Established as a fort in 930 AD, a royal residence of the Moorish kings developed over the centuries. Complete with lush gardens, it's an exquisite example of mudéjar architecture.

Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral

The world's third largest church stands on the site of the former, 12th-century Almohad Mosque. It's also been the final resting place for Christopher Columbus since 1898.

The Giralda

The Giralda

Soaring 341 feet, the cathedral's bell tower was the original minaret of the mosque. The bronze weather vane at the top has represented "faith" since the 16th century.

Torre del Oro

Torre del Oro

Once decked in golden tiles, this robust "Tower of Gold" on the banks of the Guadalquivir River houses the Naval Museum that reflects Spain's colonial expansion in the Americas.

María Luisa Park
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María Luisa Park

Verdant and tranquil, the sprawling park along the city's river was the heart of the 1929 Ibero-American Expo. It's the perfect place to seek respite on a warm summer's day.

Plaza de España

Plaza de España

Built on the edge of María Luisa Park for the 1929 Expo, the grand, half-circle complex, with tiled alcoves representing Spain's provinces, boasts fountains and small canals.

General Archive of the Indies

General Archive of the Indies

Located in the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes, the archive dates from 1785 and holds 43,000 records that document three hundred years of Spanish colonialism in the Americas.

Teatro de la Maestranza

Teatro de la Maestranza

Constructed as a cultural venue for the 1992 Expo, the theater primarily hosts opera and musical performances, including Spanish operettas known as Zarzuelas.

Museum of Fine Arts of Seville

Feast your eyes on masterpieces by famed artists, such as Zurbarán, Murillo and Goya. Founded in 1839, the museum features artwork from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Metropol Parasol

Controversial at first, the waffle-like structure invigorated a tired neighborhood. The view from the top offers a city panorama, while underground houses Roman and Moorish ruins.

Planning Your Seville Visit

How many days to spend in Seville?

A full four days will allow you to appreciate Seville's attractions without rushing. If you plan to come in spring for the Feria de Abril, then tack on another day or two for this major cultural and colorful event. For a week you'll never forget, consider experiencing Semana Santa (Holy Week of Easter) in the city.

Getting around

The city has a bus and metro system, and taxis are everywhere. Seville's main sights are also within easy walking distance. If you stay in Triana or simply want to explore the neighborhood, you'll find that metro and bus lines service that area, too.

Where to stay in Seville

The district of Santa Cruz is pretty central, and you'll have all there is to see in Seville at your fingertips. The district of Arenal is also a great option, as well as the former Jewish quarter of Triana across the river. Please keep in mind that if you are planning to arrive for Semana Santa, some hotels may require a week's stay.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    From March to May, the city enjoys warm, comfortable temperatures, the crowds are yet to arrive, and there are some great festivals to experience.

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What people are saying about Seville

A marvellous day out, seeing and talking about nature and culture!

Miguel was a knowledgeable, helpful and delightful host as we toured the sierra and pueblos blancos in comfort. We had an excellent lunch of local lamb, interesting local wine and plenty of wandering in picturesque lanes. The Ronda bridge is breath-taking.

Great guide and interesting way to see Seville

We had a great guide, Driss who was engaging, personable and well informed and we found the city cycling tour a very enjoyable way to see sights of Seville and a few hidden gems, bikes were very good and suitable for riding in the city, would recommend.

Seville: 2.5-Hour Private City Tour by Bike Reviewed by Allison, 10/06/2019

Excellent Tour from Clara Our Tour Guide

The tour to Alcazar was excellent and made up for the disappointing tour earlier in the day to the Cathedral and Giralda which end up being closed. The highlight was our very kind and informative guide Clara

Alcázar of Seville Guided Palace Tour Reviewed by Eduardo Alfonso, 06/06/2019

Excellent service - used the buses three times in the day!

Easy to exchange the vouchers for the open top bus tickets and we managed to get a seat every time we wanted one. Seville is a beautiful city and we saw so much from the bus before hopping off to explore more.

Seville: 24/48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket Reviewed by Howard, 05/06/2019

This tour contributes to a more enjoyable Seville.

This tour is almost a private one. In our case we were only four people and the crew which included a guide. Viewing Seville from the river is an exciting experience, and if you enjoy a personalized service it is even better.

Seville: Yacht Cruise Along the Guadalquivir Reviewed by ENRIQUE R., 05/06/2019