A worldwide renown city for its joyous atmosphere, its magnificent flamenco, its delicious tapas bars and its rich history. Seville is the perfect place whether you are in need of a city break or if you want to discover the Spanish culture. Here is everything you need to know about the Andalusian city.
WHEN TO GO TO SEVILLE
Thanks to its location in the south of Spain, Seville has an overall warm weather; however, to get the optimal conditions we would recommend planning your trip either during spring and autumn. As those periods are the peak seasons, do not forget to book online in advance!
WHERE TO SLEEP IN SEVILLE
Corral del Rey
Corral del Rey 12, Seville, Andalucia, 41004; +34 954227116
Hidden in the small streets in the heart of Seville, this 17th century building was beautifully restored into a luxurious hotel, while keeping the original wooden beams and the Romanesque pillars, creating a unique and chic atmosphere. With highlights including fine art displayed on the walls of the hotel, and a roof terrace with a small plunge pool, everything in this boutique hotel is made to charm you. Opt for a junior suite to get a rain forest shower and a separate roll top bathtub.
Hotel Alfonso XIII
San Fernando 2, Seville, 41004, Spain; (+34) 954 917 000
Hotel Alfonso XIII is the place where elegance and luxury meet history and royalty.
Renovated recently, the hotel did not lose any of its Andalusian charm or beauty; indeed, the building itself is a work of art. The second main feature of this hotel is its prime location. In fact, the Alfonso XIII is only minutes away from the best of what Seville has to offer.
Hotel Las Casas De La Juderia
Calle Sta. María la Blanca, 5, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 41 51 50
For an elegant hop back in time, Hotel Las Casas De La Juderia might be your best option. Built from 15th century houses, the hotel kept the historic character of the building and combined it with tasteful decoration, always accompanied with an Andalusian touch.
Located in the district of Santa Cruz, you will have all of the main attractions at hand. However, this is also the perfect place to stay if you need a break from the buzzing city, as the hotel was build around quiet gardens and tranquil courtyards.
Calle Rodrigo Caro, 6, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 56 18 00
Located in the heart of Seville, this mansion-palace dates back to the Golden Age of the city, and despite a recent renovation the hotel kept its historic Andalusian design. Combined with a modern touch and elegant decorations, you can expect no less than an historic charm in a modern comfort, all set in the buzzing district of the city. And if you are lucky enough to get a deluxe room, you will have a private roof terrace with a Jacuzzi offering a breath-taking view on the city.
Las Casa De Los Mercaderes
Calle Álvarez Quintero, 9-13, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34 955 13 62 11
Between Plaza Del Salvador and Plaza San Francisco, the beautiful location of the hotel allows you to get to Seville’s top attractions in a short time, and without being constantly surrounded by crowds of tourists.
Build around a 18th century patio, the entire hotel kept this historic atmosphere and its Andalusian touch in an elegant and chic design. However, the patio is also airy and spacious, allowing for a relaxed time in the charming and quiet courtyard.
Las Casa Del Rey De Baeza
Plaza Jesús de la Redención, 2, 41003 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 56 14 96
From a 18th century building to a boutique hotel. Both the structure and the design of this hotel are pieces of art with a typical Sevillian architecture, open courtyards and rustic patios. Neutral colors combined with the use of glass and wood materials give a minimalist yet elegant atmosphere to this hotel.
You will have the chance to admire the beauty of this historic district from the rooftop terrace, equipped with a pool and sun beds, perfect for a relaxed day in a historic atmosphere.
WHERE TO EAT IN SEVILLE
Calle Francos, 42, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34 955 07 51 53
Located near the famous Giralda, this restaurant will allow you to immerse yourself into the Spanish culture. Serving traditional Spanish meals with an added international twist, you can be assured that your tastebuds will be satisfied. The bright tiles on the wall, the pillars and the courtyard enhance the Spanish atmosphere in this beautiful and spacious designed space.
We would definitely recommend El Pinton if you are looking for a cozy night out with a chance to try out various tapas accompanied by colorful cocktails.
Calle Gerona, 40, 41003 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 22 31 83
Open since 1677 and located deep in the heart of old Seville, El Rinconcillo is the oldest tapas bar in town. With a rustic Andalusian atmosphere and a wide choice of delicious tapas, there are no better places to experience the Spanish food in a historic environment. Indeed, away from all the major attractions and the more touristic district, El Rinconcillo is known for its authenticity and genuine ambience as much as for its food.
Calle Dos de Mayo, 30, 41001 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 22 95 95
Dedicated to all of you who know great foods when they see it: Petit Comité is a perfect hit, the ultimate place to watch out for. Serving typical food in a stylish presentation and a colorful layout, the restaurant perfectly combines modernity and tradition in an elegant setting.
We would definitely recommend to have a look of the wine list, which includes interesting choices at reasonable prices and that will perfectly accompany your selection of tapas.
Calle San Luis, 50, 41003 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 91 63 33
This upscale restaurant is a definite favorite within both locals and tourists. Serving unique inventive dishes, fresh and local produce, it will definitely present your taste buds with an out of this world experience. Featuring an open kitchen, you will be able to see your food getting ready in front of you, while admiring the quirky trendy décor.
While this restaurant is not cheap, the food is served in substantial portions, making it a definite great value for money. If we had only one thing to recommend you about this restaurant, it would be to try out the deer.
Calle Arfe, 25, 41001 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 21 53 76
If you are looking to eat at a great seafood restaurant, La Isla is the place to go. Its high quality range of excellently prepared seafood makes up for the high prices. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list to choose from, to perfectly accompany your main dish.
Taberna Alvaro Peregil
41004, Calle Mateos Gago, 22, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Located in the buzzing district of Santa Cruz, do not let the modest outlook or the size of this restaurant fool you. Indeed, it serves cheap but high quality food in terms of flavors and portions. It is also known for serving the locally famous orange wine, which is a sweet wine made out of oranges; while not everyone likes it, it is definitely worth a try.
So, if you are looking to try out authentic tapas along with a cold beer or the aforementioned drink, this hole in the wall is not to be underestimated.
Bodeguita Romero and Bodeguita Antonio Romero
Calle Harinas, 10, 41001 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 22 95 56
If you want to experience authentic tapas and local dishes without leaving with an empty wallet, the Bodeguita Romero restaurants are definitely worth a try. Loved by locals as much as by tourists, this family owned chain serves food that feels like home cooked. Do not expect a fancy presentation, however be assured that your tastebuds will have a sensational experience.
If we have any recommendations for you on the menu, it is to try out the carillada (pork cheek) and pringa y morcilla montadito (mini sandwich of meaty deliciousness).
WHAT TO SEE IN SEVILLE
Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 50 23 24
Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, the Alcazar holds the historical and cultural evolution of Seville within its walls. Since it was built in 913, many monarchs chose this fortified palace as their residence because of its absolute beauty. This also means that this monument was reconstructed and extended numerous times, which now allows us to follow the different movements and periods that especially influenced the architecture.
Indeed, this monument testifies of both Muslim and Catholic influences, while at the same time displaying Arabic traits and Spanish features. So, whether for its historic importance, its incredible architecture or simply for its beauty, the Alcazar is a definite must-see of Seville.
Catedral de Sevilla and La Giralda
(Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain)
“Let us build a church so beautiful and so magnificent that those who see it finished will think we are mad.” At least that is what was believed to be the reason to create this cathedral; and the builders definitely reached their goal. Indeed, the breath-taking Catedral de Sevilla is one of the biggest Christian cathedral in the world.
It is only a few meters away from this magnificent cathedral that we can find another grandiose building: La Giralda. Built before Christians took over Seville, this minaret was used both for calling the faithful to prayer as well as an observatory, for it dominates the city.
Even if you are not religious, both of those buildings are definitely worth a visit, not only for their architecture and their intricate designs, but also for their importance into the city’s history. You also have the possibility to climb up to the bell chamber at the top of the Giralda for an amazing view over the whole of the city, especially on the Cathedral underneath, Santa Cruz and the Alcazar.
We would highly recommend you to buy a cumulative ticket at the Iglesia San Salvador in order to be able to visit the cathedral without spending hours waiting in the queue.
Plaza de España
Av de Isabel la Católica, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Built as the central office of the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929 to showcase Spain’s industry and technology, this building remains a majestic architectural complex. With two tall towers at each of its extremities, this semi-circular building represents the Renaissance period combined with typical Spanish features such as the bricks, the ceramics and the wrought iron. One of the most unique feature of the Plaza de España are its benches: they depict all 48 provinces of Spain in ceramic tiles. Definitely a true work of art.
Renowned as the Venice of Seville, the Plaza de España is also surrounded by a canal on which you can then rent a small boat to row around and admire the beauty of the buildings from a different angle.
Plaza Toros Maestranza
Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, 12, 41001 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 22 45 77
Considered as one of the finest buildings in Spain, the Plaza Toros Maestranza is the perfect place to authentically experience the eclectic atmosphere of a corrida. Indeed, as the first ever ring in Spain, the building possesses almost a religious importance to bullfighting fans.
If you are not into that kind of shows, you might still be interested in visiting the small museum inside which retraces the history of this sport since the 18th century. With an impressive collection of paintings and costumes, it even features a bull’s heads.
However, the building itself and especially the main entrance, the Puerta del Príncipe, are definitely worth a look because of the majestic Baroque architecture and the bright colors that completely reflects the Spanish culture and atmosphere.
Iglesia San Salvador
Pl. del Salvador, S/N, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 21 16 79
Once the site of Seville’s largest mosque, it is now home to the El Salvador church; the only remains from the Muslim building is the Patio de Naranjos (Orange Tree Patio). This church not only represents the different religious influences on the city throughout times; it also reflects the way Seville was built: in layers. In the courtyard you will be able to observe some Roman features mixing with traits from the Visigoth period.
Seville’s second largest church is also renown for the opulence of its interior. The bright pink exterior is also a pretty unique feature for a church.
Casa De Pilatos
Pl. de Pilatos, 1, 41003 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 22 52 98
Easily recognizable for its columns and its courtyards, Casa de Pilatos is a luxurious showcase of the Roman style, combined with a mixture of influences, including Mudéjar and Gothic. Indeed, this house mixes the authentic traits of Spanish buildings with architectural and decorative techniques of High Renaissance in Italy, creating a unique construction in this highly historic region of Spain.
If you only needed one reason to visit this palace, it would definitely be the beautiful and colorful tilework and the intriguing artesonados. The mansion also features a museum with exhibitions displaying Roman mosaics and artifacts.
Torre Del Oro
Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, s/n, 41001 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 22 24 19
Dominating the river Gualdaquivir, Torre Del Oro is the last remaining tower of this Moorish fortified structure, which was used to protect the port. Its lower part is made of 12 sides, giving this tower a really iconic shape and so making it one of the most famous of Seville’s monument after the Giralda.
It is definitely worth climbing to the top of the tower to discover an incredible view over the river and Seville’s districts. We would definitely recommend to do it in late afternoons, when the sun sets giving astonishing colors to the river and its surroundings.
WHERE TO HAVE DRINKS IN SEVILLE
C/ Federico Sánchez Bedoya, 20, 41001 Sevilla, Spain; +34 663 79 33 45
Popular for being the perfect place for a sophisticated night in a pub, Groucho offers a combination of different live music acts along with crowd favorite DJs. Since the renovation in 2007, wooden panels and light walls gives this pub an underlying vibe of lounge.
If you are looking for a fun yet classy night out accompanied with exotic gins and dark rums, Groucho is definitely the place to be. With a various choice of events happening during the week, you will be sure to find something to fit your tastes.
C. Toneleros, 7, 41001 Seville Andaloucia, Spain
Named after the notorious Al Capone, the bar was designed around this old age gangster, especially in its choice of art and lighting. Indeed, the red panel lighting along the bar give way for the air of mystery and danger that the name evokes. Whether you want to just have a drink in an eccentric and unique bar, or to stay late in the night to dance on Spanish music, this bar is definitely worth trying.
La Terraza De Eme
Calle Alemanes, 27, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 56 00 00
Sitting at the top of the Hotel Eme, this bar is one of the must-do choices to sip on a few drinks while admiring the sun setting on Seville’s Cathedral and the famous Giralda. Tapas and tasty cocktails are served in a minimalistic yet stylish atmosphere; a great way to spend a classy night out among the town’s beautiful views.
Terraza Hotel Dona Maria
Calle Don Remondo, 19, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 22 49 90
Offering fantastic views of the Cathedral and the Giralda, this rooftop is extremely popular, especially to take scenographic pics. Not only it offers classic cocktails such as Mojitos and Pina Coladas, but also it creates unique and colorful drinks, along with complementary snacks.
With a laid back and relaxed vibe, occasionally combined with live music, this terrace has everything for an amazing night out under the warm night of Seville.
Calle Candilejo, 1, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 22 23 44
Located in the colorful and vibrant heart of Seville, Alfalfa offers an authentic experience in a rustic Spanish bar. Especially known for its large wine selection, you can also get a good choice of simple yet tasty tapas in a traditional pub atmosphere.
The typical décor is definitely one of the highlights of this bar, with jamons hanging on the wall and ancient wine bottles behind the bar adding on to the authentic charms of this truly unique place.
WHAT TO DO IN SEVILLE
Walk around Santa Cruz
Take a break from the scorching Spanish sun and duck into the shaded narrow old streets of the Jewish quarter. Allow yourself to get lost among the cobblestoned streets and soak up the rich history of Seville. There are no better ways for you to find hidden gems like little inner courtyards, whose charm will definitely not leave you indifferent.
While strolling around you will find many small outdoors cafes, perfect for you to relax your feet while having some refreshments. There are also numerous little shops where you can stop to discover the quaint local merchandise of both the tourist as well as artisan variety.
If there is one thing to look out for, it would be the Cruz de la Cerrajeria, an elaborate 17th century wrought iron cross, which is located in the center of the Plaza de Santa Cruz. While in the same area, you can also visit the house of Murillo, one of Spain’s most renowned painters, along with a small museum that honors his life and his art.
Flamenco – Casa de la memoria
Calle Cuna, 6, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 56 06 70
Casa De La Memoria (the house of memories), is a cultural centre in the heart of Seville. It takes pride in showcasing the origins and history of flamenco. It also stays true to its name by honoring the dance through two daily shows, accompanied by traditional music and singing, to display the beauty of flamenco and all of the traditions around it. The shows take place in an intimate theatre, allowing you to be close to the performance, and really experience the vibes of this art. It also features exhibitions to allow people to get a better feel for flamenco and its rich history, along with courses for you to try your hand at this elegant dance.
Flamenco – Museo Del Baile Flamenco
C/ Manuel Rojas Marcos, 3,, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34 954 34 03 11
Dedicated to presenting all three aspects of flamenco, dancing, singing and guitar playing, this museum allows you to follow the evolution of this dance from its humble folk roots to the vibrant and passionate art form it has become famous as.
However, this museum has actually more to offer than its excellent exhibitions. The central patio of the museum was designed to welcome daily live shows for an intimate crowd to experience. You will also be able to take part in varied exhibits and workshops, including dance and percussions classes, for you to have your own try at this highly traditional art.
The building itself also has a historical and architectural significance, as it was built in the 18th century in the highest point of Seville. The unique style of the structure is sure to draw your attention, before you immerse yourself into the overall experience of the museum.
When mentioning Spanish food, one of the first thing that automatically comes to mind are tapas. Tourists and locals enjoy these delicacies, often at a small price.
Hot or cold, fried or baked, vegetarian or not: there is a great variety of flavors, and options are almost endless, whether for a quick snack or for a full meal. Tapas are often accompanied by drinks such as dry sherry or a glass of wine.
The hamman at the Aire Baños Arabes
Calle Aire, 15, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34 955 01 00 24
Ar you seeking rest and relaxation? A day at the hammam is a perfect unwinding activity. And the Aire Baños Arabes of Seville will attend to all your needs.
With the possibility to choose between warm, hot or cold baths, salt water bath as well as having the option to indulge in a steam room or a few massages, this hammam offers everything in order to bring you absolute peace and serenity. It is also possible to conclude your visit with a glass of cava (Spanish sparkling wine) and fresh fruit whilst enjoying the views from the rooftop terrace.