13 Exciting Attractions in Seville

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13 Attractions in Seville To Enjoy During Your Stay

Few people think of a horse carriage as a possible top attraction in one of the world`s most fascinating cities. But this could perfectly be the case for part of the visitors that enjoy the Seville attractions. To be fair it is not just the horse carriage, but the aromas in the streets, the Guadalquivir river, and Maria Luisa park…  

Top attractions can differ from person to person but we are sure all visitors will find something special in this quintessential Andalusian city.

You can also find them in our Seville interactive touristic map where you will be able to select hotels near tourist attractions, parks, restaurants, etc.

We also recommend you to haev a look at our visitors guide to Seville where you will get lots of inside information on Seville.

seville at night

Top attractions in Seville

Seville is a municipality and a city of southern Spain, and the capital of the autonomous community of Andalucía. It is the most populated city in Andalusia and the fourth most populated in Spain after Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.

Seville’s old quarter spans over 3.9 km², which makes it the largest in Spain and the sixth-largest in Europe, after those of Rome, Naples, Venice, Florence, and Genevaoa.

Seville is one of the cities with the most cataloged monuments in Europe. Its historical and monumental heritage and its various scenic and cultural spaces make Seville Spain’s the third capital of tourism by the number of visitors, after Barcelona and Madrid.

The port of Seville, located about 70 km from the Atlantic Ocean, is the only seaport in Spain in an inland city, as the Guadalquivir River is can be sailed from its mouth at Sanlúcar de Barrameda to the capital of Seville. 

Neighborhoods of Seville's old quarter

Seville’s old quarter is bordered to the north by the district of La Macarena, and to the south by the districts of Sur and Los remedios. To the east, the Nervión river marks the limit of the old quarter, and to the west by San Pablo-Santa Justa.

It is obviously the most well-known tourist and commercial area of Seville.

The different attractions in Seville and its amazing historic center, make Seville one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Seville is a sensual and passionate city, filled with amazing things to do and many excellent restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a cold drink and a bite to eat. 

Here is our expert local guides top picks of attraction in Seville so you can plan the perfect visit to this gorgeous city. 

Andalusia

Seville Fair in April

After Easter vacation is over, halfway through spring, the city turns into the bride of the world, and for this, the streets tidy up with perfume and orange blossom flowers. It puts on a flamenco outfit, striped white, red and green, with frills to celebrate the Seville April fair.

Flamenco Shows

Flamenco Show in Seville

Colorful Flamenco Show in Seville – Why is it worth joining? This shows offers great value for money and it is a perfect way to be introduced to the passion and art of Flamenco. More than just a dance, flamenco was born as a state of mind ; a expression of deep emotions. Once you have enjoyed this show you will understand why Flamenco is regarded as an icon of andalusian and Spanish culture. It attracts people from all over the world. On this show musicians will sing and play their instruments and provide with different versions of

Giralda and Cathedral

La Giralda and Cathedral in Seville – The largest in the world

La Giralda and cathedral – Compelete visitors guide Table of Contents History and styles A lot has been said and written about the Sevilla Cathedral, Santa Maria de la Sede, and the Giralda, which was minaret of the old mosque on which it was built in the XV century. This is one of Spain´s top attracions. Seville was the capital of the Iberian Peninsula during the Almohad domination, it was its biggest mosque three centuries earlier. has two distinct styles, Muslim and Christian. In 1355, in Christian times, was when the minaret and its 4 golden balls that

Torre del Oro

Torre del Oro- Seville

Torre del Oro, one of the icons in Seville This 12 sided fortress tower dates from 1220, the era of the almohade, and was originally part of the Alcazar. At the time it was built it was linked by a heavy chain to another tower on the other side of the river. It was reputedly decorated with gilded tiles, which accounts for its name. Later it became a prison and today it holds a small maritime museum. Average customer review Score for Torre del Oro 8.5 Seville online guide  Other attractions in Seville Other tourist attractions in Seville

The Real Alcazar of Seville

The Real Alcazar of Seville – much more than Game of thrones

The Real Alcazar of Seville? The Real Alcazar of Seville is a place where you can find one of the most spectacular constructions: the Pedro I Palace which has a Mudejar architectural style. It´s rooms give movies an authentic feel, like the Patio del Yeso or the wall of the Monteria Patio, that were rebuilt by Pedro I “The Cruel” after an earthquake destroyed part of it in the XIV century. Of all the famous movies filmed in the Alcazar, one that we should point out is Lawrence of Arabia (1962, United Kingdom), produced by David Lean. In

Southern Spain - Plaza de España

Plaza de España in Seville – a complete guide

Plaza de España in Seville Another location worth mentioning is the Plaza de Espana, built for the Ibero-American exposition in 1929 and inaugurated by king Alfonso XIII. With a semicircular shape and made of brick, marble and pottery, this monument also has a Renaissance and baroque flare in its towers. It is called Plaza de España because of its blue and white benches that represent the 48 Spanish provinces, with their corresponding maps and mosaics alluding the history of these provinces. The whole plaza looks over the Guadalquivir River – a natural exit towards America; it represents the

Alcazar de jerez de la Frontera

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Mosque Cordoba thumb

Cordoba city guide

A provincial capital with a very strong Moorish character, Cordoba is one of the most interesting cities not only in Andalusia but also in the whole of Spain. The lovely Great Mosque became a centre of Arab pilgrimage and Cordoba boosted a further 300 mosques, numerous palaces, schools, universities, libraries, hospitals and baths. Córdoba’s cultural life was so great that it became of European importance.

El Barrio de Santa Cruz

Much of the atmosphere of Andalusia can be felt in the former Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz. Visiting this part of Seville is a delight, with its innumerable alleys, little patios, plazas, and houses whitewashed and decorated with colorful flowers. The Calle de la Juderia and the Callejon de Santa Marta (near the Cathedral) lead directly to Santa Cruz. There are attractive squares that should be included in your itinerary in Barrio Santa Cruz. Our favorite ones: Plaza de Doña Elvira, a square of great beauty, and where even theatrical performances took place in the past. La Plaza de las Cruces which contains 3 crosses, one of them very famous; the 17th century wrought iron Cross of la Cerrajeria. Plaza de la Alianza is our third favorite square in Santa Cruz.

Besides the plazas, there are also fantastic alleyways. Our favorite ones include la Calle de Susona, calle de Santa Teresa, the Callejon del Agua (with inner courtyards) and the Calle de los mármoles, with three roman marble columns.

Plaza Doña Elvira in Barrio de santa cruz
Santa cruz neighborhood Seville

Museum of Fine arts (Museo de Bellas artes de Sevilla)

Located at a former convent de la Merced, the building dates from the 16th century and has a beautiful baroque façade. Since 1838 the building has housed this fantastic museum, one of the best museums in Spain. Inside the museum you will enjoy its fantastic inner courtyards and the masterpieces displayed at the different rooms. Paintings and sculptures from the Seville school and many Spanish, Flemish and Italian artists. Probably its most famous painting is the “portrait of Jorge Manuel” by El Greco, but there are exceptional works from Zurbaran, Ribera, Bocanegra, or Murillo, to name but a few. This museum should be in your list if you are an art lover.

Room at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla
Seville Bellas artes Museum

Casa de Pilatos

This splendid ly planned and decorated palace  dates back from the late 15th century.It owes its name to its shape: with a large courtyard and several small patios a legend says it is a copy of Pilates house. Each of the rooms in the building takes after one episode of the Passion.

The palace is built in the style of the Roman villa. Arquitect Fadrique de Ribera was in charge of its construction after a trip to Jerusalem.

Some Holy week processions start from Casa Pilatos and end at the Cruz del campo. Gothic, Moorish and Reinassance styles are integrated into a successful unity.

Courtyard in Casa Pilatos seville
Fountain Pilatos house Seville

Church of El Salvador

Located in the square with the same name, this vast church is a remarkable building that dates from the 17th century.  The church has a nave and two aisles and it was constructed on the site of a former mosque. Its gothic tower (the building is baroque) has the structure of the former minaret. The patio of the church was also part of the mosque. Inside you will encounter tow spending churrigueresque items: the huge portal del Sagrario and the altarpiece. There are other remarkable works from Juan de Mena and Martiñez Montañes

Interior Salvador Church in Seville
Salvador Chruch in Seville

Fabrica de Tabacos

This inmense building (the second largest in Spain after the Monastery of El Escorial near Madrid) was the centre of the tobacco monopoly and it is actually the setting of Carmen, which Bizet set to music in his famous Opera. The building, baroque in style, dates from 1757 and has four huge façades and over 100 inner courtyards and fortresslike extensions. Since mid 20th century the building hosts the University of Seville.

Fabrica de tabacos Seville from the sky
Farbica tabacos Sevilla

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