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
The queues at the cathedral were extremely long but I was initially reticent about booking a tour online as I wasn’t sure who to go with or which tour to choose! However I needn’t have worried as our guide was there at the fountain outside the Giralda bell tower about 10 minutes before the allocated meeting time; he was easy to spot as he had an umbrella printed with the company name on it and he was extremely polite, friendly and spoke excellent English. He was also extremely knowledgeable, walked us round the cathedral with another 2 people who were on the tour with us, told us loads of interesting facts and stories, and gave us plenty of time to ask questions and take photos. We never felt rushed at any time and at the end, before he left, he showed us the entrance to the Giralda Tower which is accessed from in the cathedral, which we were then free to go up at our own leisure. We also had time to further explore the cathedral if we wanted to. Would definitely recommend this tour.
Wanted to visit Alcazar next day but tickets sold out, didn't realise it was best to book online in advance. You can queue on the day but it can take up to 3 hours to get a ticket. So looked online and found a GYG tour with tickets available that also included the cathedral and Giralda tower so booked that. It was a great tour, our guide was very friendly, informative and made sure we got the best from the tour. Fab afternoon.
Our guide was Lorena and she was fabulous. Very knowledgeable about history and many aspects of the cathedral and Alcazar. She was able to add lots of interesting and quirky details that had us thinking, laughing or at least grinning. She manoeuvred us through to avoid the crowds . As well as the amazing buildings, Lorena made the tour excellent. Thank you
We thought three hours might be too long, but it was great. Well worth booking this tour and skipping the very long queues. Carmen was very informative, and we particularly liked the personal ear pieces given to us to hear her speak. Very effective. All three places are well worth visiting and we would highly recommend this tour.
The trip to Italica was wel run from pick up point to drop off at the end of the tour. Italica was a wonderful site and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and was eager to make sure we had a fulfilling experience. The surprise wine, bread and cheese was well received. The visit to the beautiful monestery was incredible.