Top attractions in Seville
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Constructed as a cultural venue for the 1992 Expo, the theater primarily hosts opera and musical performances, including Spanish operettas known as Zarzuelas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+34
- Best time to visitFrom 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
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. I really believe that if you make this tour your first order of business upon arriving in Sevilla, it will make the rest of your stay in the city more enjoyable. Our guide Luca was very knowledgeable, patient and friendly. He explained not only the history of Sevilla but also how that history affects Sevillans' point of view and lifestyle. He showed us how to find our way around the city using landmarks and gave us many helpful tips about walking the city, eating, tipping etc. I really felt like I knew Sevilla enough to go out and explore safely and confidently. I highly recommend this tour.
Friendly/helpful staff. Good meet-&-greet service, so no confusion about anything. You can also grab a coffee/icecream at Haagen-Daz (located right next to the Get Your Guide office) after check-in, during the 15 mins or so before all other guests have arrived. Our Guide was both competent and enthusiastic, with a nice sense of humor (always a plus in my book) . The information imparted was (obviously) about the palaces, but was framed with relevant historical perspective - giving a broader perspective and understanding of what we were seeing - with some enjoyable anecdotes added. You know you´re in the hands of a great guide when time just flies by. Also a smart move for all of us to have an earpiece, so that we could hear everything the guide told us clearly (acoustics can probably be challenging otherwise in rooms with mainly hard surfaces) . A tiny additional charge of €1 is payable at check-in for the earpiece. EXTRA PLUS - you also avoid the (massive!) queue using this service.
Great way to get to see the city and get your bearings when you arrive. Easy cycle ride as its all flat only need to watch out for trams and pedestrians. The guide stops regularly to give some information about the different places you are passing. Great way to spend 3 hours in Seville with further advice on olaces to eat and visit whilst in the city. Good value for money.
Without a guide, you would miss the full experience. We had the luck to have Lupe as our guide, so we had an enjoyable visit to Alcazar on May 6th. Lupe is informative, dare to ask questions, she will answer with enthusiasm! We chose wisely to visit the Alcazar and the Cathedral in separate guided tours, even if they are next to each other. So we had the time we wanted to stay after the tour as long as we wished strolling around and sitting in the garden, or climb the steps of the bell tower.
Our guide really brought out the highlights and history of this most beautiful place. Really liked the low-key earpiece so you could wander off a little and go at your own pace but still hear helpful commentary.