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The 10 Best Things to Do 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.

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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 Zarzeulas.

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

Electric bike ! Yes when it is 38 degrees it a breeze

What a fine way to explore the city , we are so glad we took the tour . The guide was informative and humour was mixed in with the facts , electric bikes are a great way to get around with not much effort , so even though it was 38 degrees on the day . Would recommend. Thanks
Introducing Seville: Electric Bike Tour Reviewed by Peter, 09/27/2016

So much more learnt by a very good guide

An excellent way to "jump the queues " but better than that was a very informative guide. Thoroughly recommended tour.

Great tour guide, but too much waiting around

Great tour & tour guide, who was really informative. Far too much timed wasted sorting tickets, audio equipment, counting heads !!!!. A 2.5 hour tour, took over 4 hours (beginning to end) & really frustrating.

A very informative and interesting tour!

Fortunate enough to join a small group. Our guide not only provides history of the monuments but also answers our questions about the sites and the city. Highly recommend to anyone visiting Seville.
Seville in a Day: 4-Hour Private Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/23/2016

We enjoyed this tour of the most important places in Seville.

Hotel pick up was a joke. It was a 20 minute walk to the tour bus. Aside from that, the rest of the tour was a delight. Our guide, Melissa, was wonderful! She was entertaining, very knowledgeable, easy to understand, and quite responsive to queries. We wandered Plaza de Espana, and after this we walked about the Santa Cruz area and visited Alcazar Palace and the Cathedral. What a great way to start a stay in Seville!!
Majestic Seville Half-Day Guided Tour Reviewed by WILLIAM, 09/22/2016

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