6 amazing activities you should do in Seville, Spain

Seville, Andalusia’s beautiful capital!

Known for its rich history, stunning architecture, vibrant culture and Mediterranean climate, Seville is a must-see city when travelling in Spain.
It was also on our list when we travelled through Andalusia in January 2024, and we don’t regret it!
In this travel guide we’ll share all our travel tips and the activities we think you should do in Seville.

Seville has some famous landmarks, such as the The Royal Palace of Seville, Seville’s Cathedral and Plaza de España. But next to that, the historic Old Town is one not to be missed. Eating tapas, drinking Sangria or enjoying the (mild winter) sun, everything is possible. Let’s see why Seville is such a popular tourist destination.

Activities in Seville

We started our Andalusia trip in Seville. From the airport we took the bus to the city center, and after dropping our bags in a locker called ”Stow Your Bags”, we went to our first activity.

1. Real Alcázar

Located in the heart of the city center, this royal palace is one of the most famous sights in Seville, and after visiting we do understand why.
We booked our tickets beforehand with a time slot, so the only thing we needed to do, was to get in line. The waiting line was pretty long, considering it was low season. So make sure to get there in time!

The Real Alcázar is to this day still in function as a royal palace for the Spanish royal family, making it one of the oldest in Europe. This UNESCO World Heritage sites is renowed for its architectural styles. It has a strong influence of the Moorish culture. But the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque elements, can also be found.

Walking through the beautiful rooms of the palace, watching the amazing ceilings, the green gardens and the picturesque courtyards, gives you a glimps of how living as a royal family member must have been in the past. We spend about 2 hours in the palace. Admission to the palace is €14,50 and you can buy the tickets on the Real Alcazár website.

Time to get to, for some locals, their sacred palace. Vamos!

2. Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán

This footbal stadium is the home stadium of Sevilla FC, one of the top football clubs in Spain. The stadium is named after Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, who was a former club president of Sevilla FC.
Whenever we are travelling we like to visit some football stadiums, and when possible ”feel the vibe” during a football match.

We managed to get tickets for Sevilla FC – Athletic Club Bilbao. The match was nearly sold out, but unfortunately the rare rainshowers, kept some supporters at home. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our time without a doubt!

After the game, we went back to our cozy apartment in the middle of Seville’s center. We found the apartment on Booking.com, and we only payed €62 for one night. From the rooftop terrace we could even see the Cathedral of Seville, which makes it perfect place to explore.

View of the roofterrace; the Cathedral of Seville, Spain

3. Breakfast in the Historical Center

There are plenty of options to start your day in a good way. We decided to walk to the old town and pretty quick stumbled upon restaurant ”Gusto”. The breakfast was lovely and for a fair price. We were happy and ready to start day 2 in Seville!

4. Plaza de España

Another landmark Seville is famous for is Plaza de España, located in the Maria Luisa Park, which was a 20-minute walk. This crescent-shaped square is one of Seville’s most iconic and scenic squares. The building is really beautiful and is adorned with colorful ceramic tiles. A canal is surrounding the plaza, crossed by four bridges representing the ancient kingdoms of Spain.
One of the activities you can do, is rent a rowboat for half an hour and paddle around on the canal. We didn’t do this, but I bet it is a fun activity!

The walls of the plaza are decorated with tiled alcoves representing each of Spain’s provinces, adorned with colorful ceramic panels.

It is absolutely breathtaking, but like many places in Seville, the visiting time is best early in the morning. It’s a popular tourist destination so it can get very crowded (and in summer also pretty hot in the afternoon). 

5. Seville Cathedral

Another 20-minute walk brought us to Catedral de Santa María de la Sede. This Gothic cathedral is the 4th largest cathedral in the world, and it’s really impressive! We bought our ticket beforehand, since there is a big chance it will be sold out. Before viewing the interior of the cathedral, we first climb the La Giralda Tower.

Tip: Book skip-the-line tickets beforehand for Seville Cathedral & La Giralda Tower

It was afternoon already, and climbing up the tower was incredibly busy. It took us a while to reach the top. Also on top of the tower, the crowd made it a less enjoyable activity. Anyway, we did manage to see the panoramic view of Seville, so we decided to walk back down and wander around in the other areas of the cathedral.

The inside of the cathedral is incredibly wealthy decorated. The symmetrical architecture, the details and the altar are absolutely breathtaking. Again, this landmark is recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overall, the cathedral should be on your to do list! Just a tip: go as early as possible in the morning to avoid the big crowd. Tickets were €12, and can be bought here.

6. Historical Old Town ”Santa Cruz”

From this magnificent cathedral, it is a short hop to Seville’s historic bustling old town. In this area you can find many restaurants, bars and real authentic cozy squares. The Santa Cruz district has it all, for tapas and wine, this is the place to be. 

It is one of the most picturesque and charming neighborhoods in the city, known for its narrow streets, whitewashed buildings, colorful ceramic tiles, picturesque squares, and vibrant atmosphere.
We wandered around the cozy little streets, enjoying the orange trees, the many horses with their carriages, and the lovely weather.

We ended our day with some typical paella at restaurant Al Lado. Definitely the best paella we had so far!
We had an amazing 24 hours in this beautiful city. And we hope to give you some information about the activities in Seville.

Tip: Read more about our day trip to Gibraltar Cádiz!

Travel guide of Seville on YouTube

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