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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.

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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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

Adele knowledgeable about the history of the persecution of Jews

She made presentation interesting with some amazing facts about the history of the Jewish quarter

Seville: Santa Cruz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Reviewed by Vicki, 09/25/2018

Very relaxing tour. The Aquarium is lovely & the river was like glass.

We met the tour at the beautiful Hotel AlfonsoXIII. Our guide was very pleasant. The only hitch was that despite it being an English tour there were Spanish only Speakers on it. The guide would describe the sites in Spanish first and then English. This slowed everything down. I understand some Spanish but it was still distracting and time consuming. The Aquarium is really outstanding, and the cruise was very relaxing, although it was difficult to hear the announcements. The choices identifying me only allow Portugal, where we first landed. The trip was actually in Seville.

Seville: Minibus Tour, Aquarium and River Cruise Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 09/22/2018

The guide was interesting, knowledgable and very pleasant.

We enjoyed our visit to the Alcazar from the start as the meeting, identification of our guide and issuing of the audio equipment was all done promptly and efficiently. Our guide was easy to understand and knew the history of the place as he could also answer unscheduled questions. Once into the monument it was nice that we could stay as long as we wanted after the tour.

Fantastic way to spend an evening in Seville!

Domenico was an excellent instructor - patient, clear and generous with his professional tips, and the food we made together was scrumptious. It was very well organised so everybody in the group could participate and learn. The recipes arrived promptly by email today and we’re looking forward to trying them when we get home.

Seville: 3-Hour Spanish Cooking Class w/ Dinner Reviewed by Karyn, 09/16/2018

We could avoid the queue and got a perfect guide

The guide watched for the group, giving historical information, very nice introduction to these monuments, we loved it. You get in without queuing, we booked online one day before, everything went perfect, we defenetely recommend! We had the tour in french, with audio-devices to ear everything, perfect,thanks again!

Alcázar, Seville Cathedral and La Giralda Guided Tour Reviewed by Guillaume, 09/16/2018