Things to do in
Seville

Expect bustling plazas, extravagant medieval vibes, and some Game of Thrones treats from Andalucía's capital.

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Seville: Guadalquivir 1-Hour City Cruise

1. Seville: Guadalquivir 1-Hour City Cruise

Discover the Guadalquivir River, the only navigable river in Spain. Depart from the Dock of the Marqués del Contadero and enjoy a 1-hour river cruise. Look out from the deck of the modern boat and see different parts of the historic and modern Seville. Pass under historic bridges and past the neighborhood of Triana, the pavilions of Expo 92, the Ibero-American exhibition of 29, the towers of the Plaza de España, convents and monasteries. 

Seville: Skip-the-Line Alcázar Guided Tour

2. Seville: Skip-the-Line Alcázar Guided Tour

Explore the former palace of the Moorish kings of Muslim Spain on a guided tour of the Alcázar of Seville. Immerse yourself in the dramatic history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter via the imposing Puerta del León and journey through a compound of several palaces, royal chambers, courtyards, and chapels. Admire the diverse architectural features from Islamic to Baroque and Renaissance. Learn about the many plots and dynasties like the story of the legendary 11th-century monarch Muhammad ibn Abbad al-Mu'tamid and some of the characters that illuminated Spain in the early 19th century. Take advantage of a personal audio system if required as you tour the complex with your guide. Discover why the monument was chosen as a location for the TV series "Game of Thrones." Then, experience the beauty of the Alcázar Gardens, where almost 200 different plant species from around the world can be found.

Seville: Royal Alcázar Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

3. Seville: Royal Alcázar Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Get a skip-the-line ticket to the Royal Alcázar of Seville, and marvel at this stunning medieval Islamic palace. Walk around and admire the stunning architecture and the beautiful gardens. Originally developed as a fort for the Cordoban governors of Seville in 913, the Royal Alcázar of Seville is an amazing fusion of Christian and Moorish architecture. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and it has been renovated numerous times over the 11 centuries since its creation. Learn about how the Christian king Fernando III moved into the Alcázar when he captured Seville in 1248 and how several monarchs used the palace as their main residence. Also, discover the Alcázar's role as a filming location for the Game of Thrones TV series.

Seville: Casa de la Memoria Flamenco Show

4. Seville: Casa de la Memoria Flamenco Show

Take a walk through the history and culture of Seville with a 1-hour flamenco show at the Casa de la Memoria. Dating back to the late 18th century, flamenco is of immense cultural importance to Spain, illustrating the mixing of the diverse ethic groups that have called the nation home for centuries.  In an intimate theater that dates back to the 15th century, dive into the colorful world of flamenco as dancers move to propulsive guitar rhythms. Marvel at elaborately-crafted costumes and the performers’ undeniable talent. Feel the emotional resonance of the flamenco tradition, gaining a powerful appreciation for an art form that defines a region.

Seville: Flamenco Show with Optional Flamenco Museum Ticket

5. Seville: Flamenco Show with Optional Flamenco Museum Ticket

See Spain's national dance brought to life at a thrillingly-authentic flamenco performance, with a troupe of expert dancers showing off their skills in the 18th-century courtyard of Seville's Flamenco Dance Museum. Tap your feet and lose yourself in the fiery rhythms and sensual dance moves of the folk art that has become a timeless tradition. Seville's Flamenco Dance Museum has been delighting visitors and locals for decades with its sensational live performances. Head to one of the last remaining Ecijanos courtyards in Seville and experience a dance extravaganza that will leave you breathless. Treat yourself to an intimate performance featuring traditional Alegrías, long-train dresses, swirling shawls, and clicking castanets, specially choreographed by legendary flamenco dancer and museum founder Cristina Hoyos. With amazing live music, dramatic theatrical lighting, and a backdrop of hanging chairs and orange trees, everything about this experience guarantees a night to remember. To get the most out of your experience, book the option that includes a ticket to the show as well as a visit to the wonderful Flamenco Dance Museum.

Seville Cathedral and Giralda: Skip-the-Line Ticket

6. Seville Cathedral and Giralda: Skip-the-Line Ticket

Step inside Seville Cathedral with skip-the-line entry and explore the treasures within. See works by Goya and learn the history when you select the audio guide option. Climb the La Giralda Tower and witness spectacular views across Seville. Enter the cathedral and see the tomb of Christopher Columbus in front of the Puerta del Principe. The monument contains the remains of the explorer, although debate continues as to whether or not the bones are his. Learn about the history of the cathedral and the Castilian King Fernando III who captured Seville from its Almohad rulers and transformed the great 12th-century mosque into a church. Witness this staggering cathedral as it is today, known as the Cathedral de Santa María de la Sede. Enter one of the world's largest churches with notable works by Zurbaran, Murillo, and Goya. Hear about these works and more by choosing the audio guide option.

Seville: Casa de Pilatos Ticket

7. Seville: Casa de Pilatos Ticket

Explore the 15th Century Casa de Pilatos and marvel at the impressive sculptures, tiles, and architecture created by the Enríquez de Ribera family. Walk around the drawing rooms, courtyards, and gardens, and see how it became the biggest private residence in Seville at the time. Enter the palace through the detailed Renaissance-style marble gate. Admire the 24 busts of Roman emperors and the fountains in the typical Andalusian courtyard. See busts of Emperor Hadrian, Aphrodite, and Apollo, the god of music, poetry, and art. View the war ornaments of Pallas Pacifera, including a shield and helmet carved from stone. Visit the Chapel of Flagellation, the oldest part of the palace with an ornate basket-handle arch and the crossover between Christian and Islamic styles with Mudejar-Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Take in the vibrant traditional glazed tiling featured throughout the palace. Learn about how the palace introduced the Renaissance style to Seville. Continue to the Salón del Pretorio to appreciate the intricate coffered ceiling decorated with ornamental bows.

Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour Combo

8. Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour Combo

Meet your guide in Plaza del Triunfo and head to the first stop, the Alcázar of Seville. After using the priority entrance to enter the palace, begin your guided tour. Hear about how Moorish and Christian styles were mixed together to create a palace that was emblematic of Mudéjar architecture. Discover the Patio de las Doncellas and grand Ambassadors’ Salón, both featured in Game of Thrones. Admire the intricate carved detailing and colorful Islamic-style tiling. Then stroll around the gardens filled with orange trees and peaceful water features.  Next, head to the Cathedral of Seville. On your guided tour, learn about the Cathedral’s important role in the city’s history, and the Islamic, late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque influences in the architecture.  Marvel at the magnificent 18th-century baroque altarpiece, and the elaborate organ. You can also visit the mausoleum where the remains of Christopher Columbus are laid to rest.  Finally, your guide will lead you to the Moorish Giralda Tower. The call to prayer was announced from this tower when Spain was under Muslim rule. Climb the stairs and admire the spectacular views of Seville from the top of the tower.  Choose from either a small-group or private tour to suit the experience you're looking for.

Seville: Cathedral, Giralda & Alcazar Entry With Guided Tour

9. Seville: Cathedral, Giralda & Alcazar Entry With Guided Tour

Explore the rich history of Seville by visiting two of its most important sites: the Cathedral of Seville and Alcazar. Take advantage of skip-the-line access as you learn about both locations from your expert guide. First, see the beautiful Cathedral of Seville and its unique architecture. Enjoy skip-the-line access, then learn all about the rich and cross-cultural history of this holy site from your guide. Climb the Giralda, the Cathedral's bell tower. Then visit the Alcazar, and gain an understanding of the diversity of cultures and legacies that exist in Seville. After skipping the line entrance, your guide will take you on a pleasant walk through the orange trees and myrtles, and help understand the depth of Seville's history and culture.

Seville: Guadalquivir Yacht Tour w/ Drink & Food Options

10. Seville: Guadalquivir Yacht Tour w/ Drink & Food Options

Embark on a picturesque, small-group boat tour with an onboard crew down the Guadalquivir River. Sip on a welcome drink as you admire the views on this relaxing river journey. Choose from an optional tapa or a gourmet food menu to enhance your yachting experience. Meet at the Nueva York dock, just a few meters from the city center of Seville. After being welcomed by the friendly crew, board the fully-equipped premium yacht to start your journey along the Guadalquivir River. Take in the views of local sites, such as Torre del Oro, the Real Maestranza bullring, and the Puente de Triana. As you travel downriver, the crew will tell you about the history of Seville and the different sites you can see. Enjoy the comfort of air conditioning in summer or heating in winter, as well as a lower deck and spacious sun terrace. There will be music playing, and bar service if you want to buy more drinks. Choose from three different variations: • 1-hour cruise with a welcome drink (a pitcher of Rebujito for 2 or a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink) • 1.5-hour cruise with a welcome drink (a pitcher of Rebujito for 2 or a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink). Served with a range of Iberian delicacies such as Jamón Ibérico de Bellota and a cheese platter with 6 different types of cheese. • 2-hour lunch or dinner cruise with unlimited Rebujito, wine, beer, or soft drinks. The gourmet menu with 6 dishes depends on the time of year: Spring and Summer Gourmet Menu: • Starter: Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, cheese platter, and crusty bread with duck mousse and duck ham • Main: mushroom risotto, cod in pil-pil sauce, and sirloin steak with whisky • Dessert: ice cream with crunchy chocolate • Glass of cava Fall and Winter Gourmet Menu: • Starter: Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, cheese platter, and crusty bread with duck mousse and duck ham • Main: chickpeas with tail of bull, cod in pil-pil sauce, and sirloin steak with whisky • Dessert: caramel pannacotta • Glass of cava

Frequently asked questions about Seville

Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 39,396 reviews

Miguel was a wonderful guide, informative, passionate, and charming. We didn't feel rushed and in fact he took a little extra time since we had many questions and walked a bit slowly. He told us all about the history, architecture, and even some other interesting information. He was wonderful!

So amazing! An awesome experience to watch this traditional flamenco dance/show. The performers are incredible and so talented. The place where the show is held is really nice. It's a smaller, intimate setting. Would definitely recommend

Soo fun! Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Seville. The dance instructor was so sweet and made it fun for everyone during the class.

The bus trip provides a good starting point for exploring Seville. The free walking tour was well worth doing.

If you are looking to see what the heart and soul of Seville is then definitely start with this show !