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.
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- 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
We had a great guide (Isadora?) who communicated her love of Seville. She gave lots of information and historical background, pointing out details that we might have missed had we been on our own. We are so pleased that we booked a tour. Next time we'd include the tour of the royal apartments. She also made sure that a gentleman in a wheelchair saw as much as possible telling where to go to be able to access as many areas as possible and giving him information he might have missed. It was a terrific tour. I would thoroughly recommend it.
The Alcazar guided tour with Miguel was absolutely outstanding. The Alcazar itself is beautiful and was brought to life and explained expertly by the tour guide. He was clear, funny, and informative. Better than 9.5/10. 90 minutes was a perfect length of time for the tour and we spent approx 45 minutes wandering through the beauty of the Alcazar afterwards. Don't pay entrance and an audio guide that will bore you to tears. Pay a little bit extra and get an expert guided tour.
Your guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, connecting easily with the different parties in our group (e.g. Brazilian ladies, young Scottish couple, others and myself) but you should also compliment her with her sense of fun - exceptional! This tour was memorable, your guide seemed to make this part of history alive again to our group. Thank you very much David, England.
We had a memorable day. We were really well looked after by our guide Carlos. He was keen to share his knowledge. For lunch he took us to the beautiful village Almonaster la Real and we visited The Mezquita a mosque from the 10th Century on the hill just outside the village.
The guide and the tour was excellent. Well paced and informative. We took the tour in English. Compliments to our guide. The meeting arrangements were a little imprecise and then slow to establish our exact group but once on our way.......all went well.