28 Exciting Attractions in Seville

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28 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.

Things to do in Seville: torre del oro 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 Shows in Seville

Flamenco shows in Seville – Guide to decide the best show for you This shows offers great value for money and it is a perfect way to be introduced to the passion and art of Flamenco in Spain. 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

Giralda and Cathedral

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

La Giralda and cathedral – Compelete visitors guide 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 crowned the Giralda

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   What is La Torre del Oro?  The Torre del Oro in

The Real Alcazar of Seville

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

The Real Alcazar in Seville – Complete visitors guide When Europe was in its “dark” middle ages around the 13th century., Seville was an important city and as proof of this, we can enjoy today the architectural marvel of the Royal Alcazar of Seville. The Alcazar is one of the highlights of architecture in Spain and with no doubt, one of Spain´s main tourist attractions, and a must-visit during your stay in Seville. Unesco agreed a long time ago with all of this and the Alcazar was granted UNESCO heritage status to recognize its historical value. The Real

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

El Barrio de Santa Cruz

Much of the atmosphere of Andalusia can be felt in the former Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz: El Barrio de 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

Church of Omnium Sanctorum 

Calle de la Feria: This was restored after a fire in 1936. It has a fine Mudéjar tower with sebka ornamentation, Gothic portals in the Mudéjar façade and a Moorish chapel.

Omnium Sanctorum in Seville

Church of El Salvador

Plaza del Salvador): This is a large and remarkable church that was built at the end of the 97C. It has a nave and two aisles and was constructed on the site of a former mosque.

The Gothic bell tower has the substructure of an old Moorish minaret and a baroque roof. The patio also comes from the huge Portal del Sagrario and mosque.

The altarpiece is of particular interest both are Churrigueresque. The interior
contains a fine ‘Cristo del Amor’ by Juan de Mesa and a splendid sculpture of ‘St.
Christopher’ by Juan de Mesa’s teacher, Martínez Montañés, who was also responsible for the outstanding sculpture of the Passion, ‘Jesús del Pasión’, in the sagrario.

El Salvador in Seville church in seville

San Esteban

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.

San Esteban in Seville

San Gil church

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, the 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.).

Tower of San Gil church in Seville

San Isidoro church

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.

San Isidoro church in Seville

San José church

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”

 

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.

Façade Juan de la Palma church

San Lorenzo church

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.

San Lorenzo church

San Luis church

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.

Interior of San Luis church in Seville

San Marcos church

Calle de San Luis

This 14C church was unfortunately devastated by fire; a fine portal decorated with sculptures and the Almohaden minaret, have both survived.

Church of San Marcos in Seville

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 a ‘Deposition’, a relief by Roldán.

Church of San Martin

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.

San Pedro church in Seville

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.

Main façade Santa Ana church in Seville

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.

Santa Catalina church

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.

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.

Santa MAria Magdalena church in Seville

Santa Marina

Calle de San Luis

A former mosque with a Moorish bell tower and a 13C Gothic portal with figures in
tabernacles. It was seriously damaged in the Civil War, but has since been restored.

Santa Marina church

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