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
Our driver Rafa was very careful and safety conscious. He negotiated very difficult roads with ease. I felt very safe with him at the wheel. At times, I had difficulty following the commentary because of our guides accent, but that is not meant as a criticism of him. He conveyed lots of information and was very enthusiastic about providing and enjoyable experience for everyone. I thought the tour would be on a smaller vehicle, rather than a tourist coach. Things were a little disorganised when we first arrived in Ronda, but this May have been attributable to some passengers not following instructions. We had a good lunch at Grazalema where you could choose what you wanted for lunch ( at your own expense). I am glad that I did the tour and got to see the white villages. In my opinion, the smaller ones we visited first, were more appealing than Ronda which is a much larger and busier tourist centre.
We really enjoyed the tour of the Alcazar. There were just 5 in our group and the guide spoke excellent English. She was very knowledgeable about the palace and able to answer all our questions. We then had time afterwards to visit the extensive gardens and revisit the palace for more photos. Having a booked ticket also meant we joined a much shorter queue to enter the Alcazar - we only queued for about 5 mins. For much of the queue there is no shade and you stand in full sun.
This tour is great value for money - starts at 11 with the Cathedral finishes at 2 in the palace gardens- short break in the middle to climb the bell tower if you wish- 65 ramps!! Our guide was great - very knowledgeable and friendly with a good sense of humour. Sound system/ ear piece works well. No queues if you join this tour - it’s well worth it!
Great tour with knowledgeable guide. The cathedral and Giralda are massive architectural achievements. Inside you´ll see great works art and receive a lot of information about the mourish times and the conquest(invasion) of America. The Alcazar featured in some important production of cinema and television, such as Game of Thrones.
Could not recommend this tour highly enough! Carmen was extremely knowledgeable, very engaging and easy to understand. She gave plenty of context to the history and added humour to the stories she told. The group size was manageable and the audio equipment was very clear. This tour is a must do when in Seville!