Hello everyone and welcome back for a new adventure in the State of Spain. Let’s see what is our destination. Well, we’re heading to Seville… Let’s find something more about this city.
Seville is the capital of Andalusia. It is located on the banks of the Guadalquivir river and is considered the fourth city of Spain for the large number of inhabitants. An important artistic, cultural center (you will see how many important monuments are here!) economic. Seville is not only known for its fervent nightlife but above all because it is the home of flamenco and of the good food… Mmmh! We will not reveal more because we will find everything else along the way.
To know more ( what to eat, where to eat, where to have fun, things to visit…) continue to read.
The first thing we will do is to know the cultural aspect of Seville, so let’s start!
PLACES TO VISIT (MUSEUMS/THEATERS…)
- Giralda: is one of the largest churches in the world and a symbol of the medieval city. Its tower is very tall and is built in brick. Inside the cathedral there are ramps (they substitute the stairs that are not so convenient) that will lead you to the top of the tower where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the whole city. You will notice inside the tower the writing: NO8DO or “no me dejado” (you didn’t abandoned me, linked to historical reasons) and so many sections. The exterior is characterized by the Patio de los Naranjos, a beautiful cloister surrounded by trees. The Giralda has also been declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Museo de Bellas Artes: is considered to be Spain’s second most important museum and is located in the Plaza del Museo (near the sculpture dedicated to Bartolomé Esteban Murillo). The museum contains a great testimony of the Baroque painting of Seville by famous artists such as: Murillo, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Bilbao… The building (which doesn’t look like a museum, its facade is more like that of a church) also has a very nice courtyard.
- Museo arqueológico de Sevilla: the building is housed in the park Maria Luisa. It houses prehistoric collections, works of ancient Roman and many works like sculptures and valuable objects (such as the golden plaque from the Carambolo treasure). You will surely notice that this museum doesn’t look like the typical museums we are used to see and this is a peculiarity that differentiates the monuments of Seville.
- Flamenco Dance Museum: being Seville the home of flamenco, couldn’t be a museum dedicated to it. Inside of it there are stage costume, photographic collections and interactive sections. You can also attend a flamenco show with professional dancers and masters of this discipline. It is almost a necessary step!
- Archivo General de Indias: it is only one of the five central archives of Spain. It contains documents relating to the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines. It’s a so important building that it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- Casa de Pilatos: the building is a mix between the Renaissance Italian style and the Mudejar style (Muslim art), it represents a typical example of an Andalusian palace. The palace also houses a typical Andalusian patio (where there are several statues) that leads to two decorated gardens. Like the outside, the inner is very beautiful (it own some frescoes related to ancient and nature themes).
- Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija: a historic building formerly inhabited by Countess Lebrija. It has two floors: one used for summer, the other one for winter.The palace is characterized by the richness of artistic works, being the countess a great lover of archeology and a great collector of these finds. The interior is really something magnificent and very welcoming.
- Antiquarium: is a museum located on the underground floor of the Metropol Parasol (a special and modern wooden structure in the Plaza de la Encarnación). Inside the museum there is a world and we can’t reveal it, we can only tell you that there are 3D reconstructions of ancient Roman houses. We are sure you will not regret it thanks to its high level of involvement.
- Museo pintor Amalio: is an art gallery with all works by the artist Amalio. The view is amazing, it will make you admire the cathedral and all the roofs of the houses of Seville. Is something worth seeing.
- Alcázares Reales de Sevilla: the palace is the greatest example of Mudejar architecture. It includes several sections: Patio de las Doncellas a kind of courtyard that, at the center, owns large rectangular pool with gardens on its sides; Los Baños de Doña María de Padilla are rooms for rainwater collection; Casa de Contratación and then there are also Puerta del León and Dormitorio de los Reyes Moros.
- Museum of Popular Arts and Costumes of Seville: it collects great testimonies of the history of the region and of the city through costumes and lots of objects.
Here we are some theaters for you: Lope de Vega, Central Theater and Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos (where are held flamenco shows ).
Alcázares Reales de Sevilla
Let’s go on without any break!
Plaza de España
- Plaza de España: is a square located inside the park María Luisa, one of the most important and symbol of Seville’s history as each piece of it tells a bit of history. Its architecture is one of the most spectacular in the city, it has a semi-circular form (representing the embrace of Spain and its ancient colonies). At the center there is a fountain that wasn’t part of the original project, it has been added later. The square is crossed by four bridges representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. The benches allude to forty-eight Spanish provinces (on them there is a mosaic that represents historical events and coats of arms). This scenery is so beautiful that have been filmed several films including: “The Dictator” and an episode of “Star Wars”.
- Plaza de Toros: it is a kind of amphitheater, the oldest in Spain, and is the place where the Feria de Abril (a world famous bullfight festival) takes place each year and is a great attraction center for the tourists (could not be otherwise!).
- Torre del Oro: it is a military control tower that today hosts the naval museum of Seville containing models, instruments and true historical documents. At night, the building come alive thanks to the light that illuminates the entire tower.
- Puente de Isabel II: is a bridge, or better THE bridge, since it was the first to be established on Guadalquivir river. The bridge connects the ceramic quarter to the center of the city. At the end of this, on the side of Triana, lies the Chapel of the Carmen.
- Alameda de Hércules: is a square in Seville located between the river Guadalquivir and the Macarena district. Here are two important statutes: Hercules and Julius Caesar that are side by side. We anticipate (but we’ll see later in detail) that it is a very popular area in the evening, due to the large amount of locals.
- Puente del Alamillo: is a beautiful and enchanting bridge located on the Guadalquivir river. It was born to reach the former island of Cartuja (today a well-known and modern neighborhood and mother of night life).
- Buhaira Garden: walking in this historic garden it gives you the feeling to be transported to some Middle East building, thanks to its Muslim origin style. The garden is structured geometrically and it’s also divided into two sections: the garden’s building and the historic building.
- Jardines de Murillo: a symbol of Spanish art, these are divided into three different spaces: gardens of delights (in which there are marble sculptures), the gardens of Cataleina de Ribera and the gardens of Murillo. During your excursion through the various paths, you will see the vast amount of botanical species. To the north of the park you can give a look at the river and tower located on the opposite side.
- Parque de Maria Luisa: is a public garden in Seville, one of the best known in the city.
- Acuario de Sevilla: it is an aquarium or rather an “aquatic gallery” full of various species of marine animals. It’s not very big but it’s definitely a magical place (especially for the kids).
- One of the things that you should do is the cruise on the Guadalquivir River. It’s really a privilege to see Seville from this other point of view… So tickets in the hand and enjoy the show (the boat will sail at the Muelle Tower of Marques del Contadero)
- Another day, another boat ride (why not?). This time on the waters that surround Plaza España. What an adventure!
- Barrio de Santa Cruz: is a neighborhood in the center of Seville, one of the most popular and most visited in the city. It is considered a maze of alley and squares. One of the beautiful streets are: Callejón del Agua but also Judería, without forgetting the Patio of the Hospital de los Venerables. It’s all so charming and picturesque that visit them is almost an obligation!
- Plaza de San Francisco: is one of the most crowded and famous streets in Seville due to the presence of numerous bars and shops.
- Aquopolis Sevilla e Isla Mágica: they are respectively a water park and a fun park. The fun is guaranteed!!
- Sevilla Free Tours, Feel The City Tours, SeeByBike: are the major tours you can choose to do in the city of Seville.
- If you are a fan of fairs, but even if you are not, the Seville Fair is an event you can’t miss. In those days you breathe a magical and great air. All are dressed in typical clothes (flamenco ones) and so many people are gathered in the “casetas” (colorful tents set up by the locals fo the fair) all ready to taste the typical dishes (tapas or drinks). Unfortunately some of these are private but there are so many others open to the public .. anyway the fun is for everyone!!
The charming nightlife of Seville could be absolutely predictables (after all it is a city of the sensual Spain). The positive aspect is that all the streets where the nightlife takes place can be easily reached without any means of transport. The tradition want that night starts with a beer in the bars eating tapas but a recommendation: start your evening very late because here the streets and the locals start to be busy at eleven p.m.
Now we’ll suggest some areas and some places where to spend the night.
For the areas we have: Arenal, Barrio de Santa Cruz, Alfalfa, Plaza del Salvador, Alameda (for a more alternative place),Triana, Nervión, Cartuja (with many discos), Reina Mercedes (with lots of university student).
For the locals we have:
- Tokyo: longue bar
- OBBIO: disco
- Terraza Alfonso: longue bar
- Sala Cosmos: disco
- Sala Colores: night club
Feria de Abril
Andalusian cuisine is known throughout the Spain for the uniqueness of its dishes. Gastronomy occupies a very important space in the culture of Seville and we are ready to know it.
One place apart there are the traditional “tapas“, various snacks with different tastes and they are eaten as aperitif in the bar. However you can order lots of them and make them your dinner.
- Serranito is a typical local sandwich whose main ingredients are: grilled meat (chicken or pork), cured ham, fried green chili pepper and sliced tomato (there are other varieties but always with Mediterranean ingredients). The dish is accompanied by fries or sauces such as mojo picón or mayonnaise.
- Salmorejo: is a cold tomato soup, crumbs of bread, olive oil, garlic, salt and vinegar with boiled eggs and cured ham (cut into cubes).
- Bacalao con tomate: salted stew with tomato, green peppers and onion.
- Torta de aceite: this is a delicious sweet, a large cookie in rounded shape. It is covered with sugar.
- Torrijas: a sweet cake made up of slices of fried bread previously covered in a compound mixture (milk, eggs, lemon, sugar and liqueur). They are served with honey and cinnamon.
- Vino de naranja: local orange wine.
WHERE TO EAT (RESTAURANTS/CAFE’…)
We can’t deepen the knowledge of typical dishes if we don’t reach the place before. For you, some places to eat the tasty dishes of Seville.
- Zoko Sevilla: Mediterranean, European, Spanish cuisine.
- El Rincon de Rosita: Mediterranean, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine.
- Petit Comite: Mediterranean, European, Spanish cuisine.
- Taberna El Panduro Banos: Spanish, fusion, Mediterranean cuisine.
- La Azotea: Mediterranean, European, Spanish cuisine.
- Bodeguita Romero: bar with Mediterranean, Spanish cuisine.
- Bar Alfalfa: bar with Mediterranean, Spanish cuisine.
- Salsitas: fast food with Spanish cuisine.
- La Taraceina: international, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine.
- Catalina Casa de Comidas: Mediterranean, contemporary, European cuisine.
We came to the end of our exploration in our first, of a long series, of Spanish destinations. With Seville we started to know Spain better but it’s just the start so don’t miss the rest!
Let us know your opinions about this place. If you liked it or not, if you’ve been there or you’re going to go there? What do you like least and what more? We are curious to read your opinions.
A big kiss to everyone.
Below we will list the accommodations that you can find in Seville.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?iata=SVQ&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1– accommodation near the airport San Pablo.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?city=-402849&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1– accommodation in the city.
accommodation in the Casco Antiguo.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?landmark=16473&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodation near the Estadio Olímpico de la Cartuja.
68 thoughts on “Seville”
This is a great post! I love the way you’ve listed all the things to do, there really is such a choice! The food all sounds delicious too xx
Hi, thank you for your appreciation! We write the articles in this way, it’s our style and we are very happy you like it 🙂
This is great! I’m thinking about visiting Spain in January, so I’m bookmarking it for future reference. I’m definitely going to need to try torrijas if I make it there.
Thank you Kris 🙂 You really should visit Spain, you can’t miss it! Of course if you have time Seville deserves a visit hahaha
Such a beautiful city!!
Nicole we are talking about Seville, in Spain hahaha
Seville looks beautiful! Love the architecture and design of Giralda. & I’m totally hungry for some Torrijas now! YUM
Torrijas are an explosion of flavors, you should really eat them and then you can understand of what we are talking about!
This is one city in Spain I haven’t been to yet and cant wait to see as there is so much to do. The whole city looks like a museum! 😀
You are right, a real museum! You can admire the beauty of Seville in every corner, this is awesome 🙂
This is a great overview of a city I hadn’t given much thought to. Lots of interesting site, and the food options look wonderful!
We can ensure you that everything you read is the reality. So if you liked our post, you should really consider a trip here!!
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Thanks, a second nomination is always well-received 🙂
Thanks for sharing. I love Seville, and reading all your great suggetions, I just felt I was back in the city for a moment.
We are happy that you liked our post and very happy that you relived those feelings that only Seville gives you 🙂
It looks like a really amazing place to visit. I hope to travel there some day…
Hi Irina, you should! Now you also have a travel guide 🙂
What are you waiting for?
Super useful guide which I’ll refer back to when I visit. As a foodie, I especially love your tips about local food to try and the restaurants!!
Thank you Nadine for your reading! We are very glad to be helpful for your future trip, you are welcome 🙂
Very informative! Looks like a beautiful place, and those Torrijas look delicious!!! Thanks for sharing where to eat, always important!
When you travel it’s important to have the right quantity of energy and food is the best charge hahaha
Great post 🙂 Seville looks beautiful, bright and colorful ! This is one city in Spain I haven’t been to yet. It’s a big city, yes, but it still feels like a small town. And I would love to taste Torrijas !!
When you are on the place the impression of a small town isn’t true, we can ensure this!
In Seville you can eat the most delicious torrijas 🙂
Awesome guide for visiting Seville. I will definitely bookmark it for my visit in the city. Thanks for all the details 🙂
You are welcome Julie, we are here for you! If you need anything else contact us 😀
What an incredible list of recomendations! Thank you so much for taking to time to share this. I will definitely pin this and use for reference if I ever make it to Seville 🙂
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I have Seville on my list and am definitely saving this for when I go! Did you find a great place for ice cream?!
Yes, there are several good ice-cream parlor in the city! Your hungry will be satisfied 😉
I just loved Seville and your post brought back me pleasant memories. I did even two guided walking tours in Seville and found them great. Also flamenco dance performance was awesome. Thanks for sharing your helpful tips.
It’s great that you have already visited the city and found our guide very helpful 🙂
This means we are doing well our work!
I used to have a colleague from Seville and he keeps on nagging me to visit his place. With those beautiful photos I’ll definitely add it to my travel list.
You should have listened to your colleague hahaha It’s a trip you can’t miss, trust us and your colleague 😉
This is absolutely amazing. There is so much great insight here…I would love to travel here!
If you liked Sevilla you’ll love all the Spain! The trip has started now, keep following us 😉
The architecture in Europe is truly a sight to behold and the photos of the architectural features of Seville are incredible. The level of detail on the arches at Alcázares Reales de Sevilla are superb! Those dishes you’ve tried intrigue me too. Spain has always been known for its culinary heritage and you’re lucky to sample them!
We are totally in love with everything related to this country and especially to this city! It’s impossible to not be fascinated by its artistic heritage, so particular 🙂
The food then… real art hahaha
Seville looks like a gorgeous destination. There seems like a lot of really interesting things to get into, and the food looks incredible. I kind of want to visit just to try some of the eats!
Hi John, the day you will be here you will love every single corner of Seville! Great news for you, the city is full of cool locals where you can eat tasty foods 🙂
Absolutely love this post. It is so complete with a detailed guide of all the things you could possibly do. The pictures are also really lovely. I absolutely need to visit Seville, I have never been there.
Thank you for the comment and for your appreciation!
You know where to find Seville hahaha It is waiting for you 🙂
Great view of the city. I’ve developed a love for travel. Maybe one day I’ll visit here too!
Great to know! Now you have to increase your love for travels hahaha We are here for this too 🙂
Andalusia is such a beautiful region in Spain! Seville has so much to visit! I love it. The Plaza de España is absolutely stunning! I would also love to visit Alameda de Hércules, I’ve always loved stories about Hercules. And eating tapas in Spain.. is always a good idea!
Looks like you have a great desire to visit and explore everything here! We can understand the reasons and trust us… When you are in Seville you’ll be more than excited!!
Wow, I absolutely want to visit Seville! Such a gorgeous destination. There seems like a lot of really interesting things to get into, and the food looks incredible.
One thing is certain, you will never get bored in Seville!! Book a flight, the city will welcome you with open arms 🙂
Looks like such a beautiful place !! I like the idea of ordering loads of tapa’s and turning it into one big main course. Not going to lie I’ve done that before but I’d imagine they’d be so much nicer in Spain. The Torrijas look delicious !! <3
Honesty is always well-received and everything we do is always an experience hahaha
I have been several times in Spain, but you really reveal how much I missed out on not having seen Seville yet. I enjoyed your photos, especially the architecture of the Alcázares Reales and the Plaza de España divided by this little creek are stunning.
Don’t be sad, you have all the time to visit Seville. You know the road to arrive at Spain only that you have to add a variation of itinerary and to land here!
Hope that i could include Seville to my Europe itinerary for next year. I find that
the Alcázares Reales de Sevilla is a lovely place for pre-nuptial shoot (would they allow it?).
Will share this post to my friends!
We don’t know if they allow it but we think yes, it is a great location!!
If you need other info about Europe we are here 🙂
I’ve seen several posts about Seville and it seemed to be an interesting place. The sites are amazing and the architecture, especially of the Plaza de Espana, looks superb.
It’s a clear sign that you have to visit Seville hahaha It looks like perfect for your next vacation 😉
I’m from the north of Spain myself and Seville is one of my favourite cities in Spain. The architecture is just amazing, so different from the rest of the country! It feels like you’re walking around the Middle East or the North of Africa with all those incredible Arab buildings. And of course the food is one of the best that you will find in southern Europe! 🙂
We are really in love with everything here, Seville has stolen our hearts!! We are going to explore north of Spain too and we can’t wait 🙂
Arabic style is one of our favorite!
Food items seem quite yummy, let’s see if I will able to eat them. Hoping to visit Seville in near future!
A visit here and you will not come back home, you will dream to live here hahaha
Foods, monuments, people… everything here is special 😀
Bellissima Siviglia! ci sono stata circa 5 anni fa e me ne innamorai. La gente è davvero cordiale ed ospitale, un clima pieno di vita e per non parlare delle serate! Comunque, quando era giunto il momento di tornare in Italia ero un po’ scontenta 😀
Ti comprendiamo perfettamente! Un paese molto accogliente, ricorda un poco quello italiano. La città di Siviglia, ma in generale la Spagna, ha un’ottima qualità di vita!!
Wow! I spent 6 months living in Spain and never made it to Seville – your post shows me that I’m definitely missing out! Will definitely keep these tips in mind for my next adventure to Spain!
If you want to explore all that Spain offers, not even a year is enough hahaha
Now you have another reason to come back 😉
This is amazing article. Spain is great place that I will try in the future. Thanks for your information!
Thank you for your time Galia. Happy to have motivated you to try our itinerary 🙂
I am truly amazed by the city!! I haven’t got the slightest idea about how beautiful it is. There are several little things I knew about Seville, but certainly not this much. Not at all. I like the fact that there are some medieval buildings, I like the museums, I like the city square, the church. Well, it seems I like everything about Seville. 🙂
And what makes me even happier is the fact that Seville is the city of good food since I am a gourmet. I am looking forward to putting Seville on my ‘to-visit asap’ list. Thank you for all the information you have provided to us.
Hi Irma, Seville looks like the city you are looking for your next vacation! We can understand you because we are in love with this city too. It offers everything, from the attractions to the food.
Book a flight and come here 😀