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.
Our 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.
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.
Seville April Fair
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. The April fair in Seville puts on a flamenco outfit, striped white, red, and green, with frills to celebrate the Seville April fair. Find out more about “The Fair”
Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas artes de Sevilla)
This synagogue is with no doubt one of Toledo´s top attractions. It represents part of the splendid palace commissioned in 1366 by the Jew Samuel Leví, treasurer of Peter I of Castile.
The Transito Synagogue also receives the name of the Synagogue of Samuel ha Leví since it was him who sponsored its construction.
The interior of the building is richly decorated. Along the entire upper part is a stucco frieze with psalms in Hebrew script, interrupted by coats-of- arms from Castile and León. These point to the protection given by Peter L The ceiling has octagonal wood paneling decorated with bows. Following the expulsion of the Jews in 1492, Ferdinand and Isabella gave the synagogue to the Knights of Calatrava.
Casa de Pilatos
This splendidly planned and decorated palace dates back to 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. Architect 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.
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 two spending churrigueresque items: the huge Portal del Sagrario and the altarpiece. There are other remarkable works from Juan de Mena and Martiñez Montañes
Fabrica de Tabacos
This immense building (the second largest in Spain after the Monastery of El Escorial near Madrid) was the center 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.
Church of Omnium Sanctorum
Church of San Esteban
Located on Calle de San Esteban, this church, near the Casa de Pilatos, is a converted mosque with 14C features ranging from Romanesque to Mudéjar. The portals are Gothic. The interior consists of a nave and two aisles with a fine Mudéjar coffered ceiling, a high altarpiece (‘Peter and Paul’) by Zurbarán, and further paintings, which are by Pacheco and Roelas.
Church of San Gil
Calle de San Luis: very near the Puerta de la Macarena): Rebuilt in the 13,14&17C and gutted by fire in 1936. It contained the celebrated, patron saint of the poor, by Pedro Roldán. This work is housed in the adjacent new church of La Macarena, which also contains another Roldán sculpture, ‘Christ before Pilare’ (second chapel on the left). A museum houses the gorgeous garments of the figure of the Virgin Mary, and also the garments of famous matadors (Manolete, Sánchez Mejias, Joselito, etc.).
Church of San Isidoro
Calle de San Isidoro: The Gothic S. portal of this church has azulejos (tiles). The interior contains a number of interesting paintings by the two Herreras, Luis de Morales, and others, including one of Juan de las Roelas’s finest works, the ‘Tránsito de San Isidoro’ (in the sacristy), and a ‘Deposition’ by Alonso Cano.
Church of San Juan de la Palma
Calle de San Juan de la Palma: A small church built on the site of a former mosque. It has a Gothic portal with a Crucifixion by Pedro de Campaña and an interesting processional figure, the ‘Virgen de la Amargura’ (Virgin of Bitterness), which is probably the work of ‘la Roldana’, Pedro Roldán’s daughter. This is one of our favorite churches and attractions in Seville.
Church of San Lorenzo
Plaza de San Lorenzo: Originally a mosque, it was converted into a Gothic church with a nave and four aisles; redecorated in baroque style in the 17C. The superb high altar of 1638 is by Montañés and it has an image of Saint Lawrence and four reliefs depicting scenes from his life. There outstanding work by Juan de Mesa.
Church of San Luis
Calle de San Luis: This beautiful church was completed in 1731 by Leonardo de Figueroa and, along with the palace of San Telmo, is one of his finest works. Baroque twin towers rise above the Plateresque façade; the church has a square ground plan. There is a fine fresco by Lucas Valdés on the central dome.
Church of San Marcos
Church of San Martín
Plaza de San Martín: In a side chapel on the right of this 14-15C church, there are five paintings of scenes from the life of Christ, which are probably by Alonso Cano. At the high altar, there are figures of Christ and various saints by Montañés; to the left of this is a ‘Deposition’, a relief by Roldán.
Church of San Pedro
Plaza del Cristo de Burgos: A tall 14C Gothic church with a Mudéjar tower similar to the Giralda. Diego Velázquez was baptized here in 1599. The interior contains a 16Chigh altar by Delgado, a fine altarpiece by Roelas showing ‘Peter’s release from prison’ (first chapel on the right), and eight paintings by Pedro de Campaña.
Church of Santa Ana
Calle de la Pureza: Located in a quarter of the city known as Triana): This church has a nave and two aisles. It is
Gothic-Mudéjar in style and has been altered several times. It is probably the oldest church in Seville. The interior contains a Plateresque high altar with 17 paintings
Pieter de Kempeneer (also known as Iro de Campaña); the transept contains a 16th century Virgen de la Rosa, and the right aisle has a terracotta tomb by Nicoloso Pisano.
Church of Santa Catalina
Plaza Ponce de León: Once a mosque, it has an Almohaden minaret with a battlemented Mudéjar tower above it; the apses are also Mudéjar in style. The interior contains an exceptionally fine artesonado ceiling and a Churrigueresque baroque altar screen from the 18C. There is a depiction of the Man of Sorrows’ by Pieter de Kempeneer in the baroque chapel on the left.
Church of Santa María Magdalena
Calle de San Pablo: The former Gothic Dominican
Church of San Pablo served as a ground plan for the large and impressive structure which L. de Figueroa built in the baroque style characteristic of Seville. The baptistery, by Murillo, dates from 1618. The interior has a nave and two aisles and contains frescos by Lucas Valdés which date from
around 1600. The Capilla de la Quinta Angustia has an interesting Mudéjar dome,
and the Capilla Sacramental has two fine paintings by Zurbarán. There are also
works by P.Roldán (including a Deposition’) and Montañés.
Church of Santa Marina
Church of Santa María la Blanca
Calle de Santa María la Blanca: Formerly a synagogue. It is possibly Moorish in origin, with Visigoth capitals. The decoration is 17C rococo. There are paintings by Vargas and Murillo.
Church of San José
Calle de Jovellanos: This immensely charming 17C baroque church and decorated by order of the guild. Along with many of the churches, it contains a work by Roldán, in this case, the “Throne of Angels”