7 Things You MUST See in Seville, Spain

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Sevilla (Seville), Spain is the capital and largest city in Andalusia – and arguably one of the most beautiful cities in all of Spain.

Seville is different from any other large city in Spain. It's thousands of years old, and has been influenced by several different cultures throughout the centuries. This makes for a visually stunning city that is sure to leave an impression on you.

My first trip to Seville

After falling in love with Barcelona and its awesome architecture, I was reluctant to board the morning AVE train bound for Seville. I'd only had a few days in Barcelona, after all – not nearly enough time! But Seville, a city I'd wanted to visit longer than anywhere else in Spain, was calling.

And so I went.

A small square in Seville
Gorgeous Seville

Seville, located in Spain's southern Andalusia region, had always been intriguing to me. With its flamenco soul and Islamic history, I knew I would get a glimpse into a completely different side of Spain there.

Thankfully, Seville completely lived up to my expectations; I quickly found myself falling in love with yet another Spanish city.

Things to see in Seville

I spent four days exploring Seville. I took several tours to learn about its history and culture, and walked and walked and then walked some more to soak in all its gorgeous architecture.

Some of my favorite sights that you definitely need to see for yourself include:

1. Plaza de España

Plaza de Espana in Seville
Plaza de Espana

The spot I was most looking forward to visiting in Seville, Plaza de España (literally “Spain Square”) did not disappoint.

The covered walkways at Plaza de Espana were built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. The large complex was designed by Aníbal González, and mixes several architectural styles including Art Deco, Spanish Renaissance Revival, Spanish Baroque Revival, Neo-Mudéjar.

Plaza de España in Seville
These walkways are incredible – and a nice break from the sun!

The building is a big half-circle, surrounded by a moat that's crossed by 4 bridges and often filled with little row boats. Make sure to pay attention to the detailed tile work on the outside, too! Tiled alcoves surround the plaza, each representing a different province of Spain.

2. Seville Cathedral

Horse carriage outside Seville Cathedral
Just part of the Seville Cathedral

Seville's Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede) is well worth a visit, too. It's the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Seville.

The cathedral's history mirrors Seville's diverse history. It began as a mosque in the 1100s (completed in 1198), and was Christianized in the 1200s. The current Gothic cathedral was built on the same spot as the original mosque in the 1400s.

Inside, the grand cathedral is laid out as a five-aisled cruciform church with chapels, and houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

Bottom of the Giralda tower in Seville
Bottom of the Giralda tower

Next to the catheral sits the Giralda, the cathedral's bell tower. This 343-foot-tall tower is actually the former minaret of the original mosque, and was built to resemble to Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, Morocco.

You can visit both the Cathedral and climb the Giralda tower on a guided tour. Booking tickets in advance is highly recommended – and this ticket will help you skip the line!

3. Royal Alcázar

Royal Alcazar in Seville
Inside the Alcazar

The Alcázar is one of Europe's oldest castles. The main portion of the castle you can visit today was built in the mid-1300s by King Peter I on the site of a previous Islamic palace built by the Almohad Caliphs in the 1100s.

King Peter wanted a palace like the Alhambra in Granada, and so hired many of the same architects to build the Alcazar in Seville (which is why it resembles the Alhambra so much!). The style the palace was built in is known as “ Mudéjar” – a mixture of Christian and Islamic architecture that includes lots of tiles and intricate archways.

Details inside the Alcazar in Seville
Inside the Alcazar

The gardens at the Alcázar are also incredible, and probably were my favorite part of visiting!

Gardens at the Royal Alcazar
Alcazar gardens

The Alcázar is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Seville along with the Seville Cathedral and Archivo de Indias.

Visiting the Alcázar on a guided tour is highly recommended – book an Alcazar and Cathedral combo tour here!

4. Setas de Sevilla

Setas de Sevilla
Setas de Sevilla

The Setas de Sevilla (Mushrooms) “grow” over a multi-story shopping center near La Encarnación square in the Old Town.

Originally titled Metropol Parasol, this mostly-wooden structure was designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer, and was completed in 2011.

Beneath the Mushrooms, you'll find a market, performance square, restaurants, and even an archaeological museum.

5. Palace of San Telmo

Palace of San Telmo in Seville
Palace of San Telmo

The Palace of San Telmo today acts as the seat of Andalusian government. When it was originally built in the 1600s, though, it was a marine academy. It's also served as a royal palace and a seminary over the years.

6. Interesting Old Town architecture

Seville's Old Town is walkable, and filled with all sorts of interesting architecture that reflects the city's long and rich history.

Old Town Seville
Old Town Seville
Street in Seville, Spain

7. Torre del Oro

Torre del Oro in Seville
Torre del Oro

The Torre del Oro (“Tower of Gold”) on the Guadalquivir river was built in the 1200s by the Almohad Caliphate. It was used as both a watchtower over the river and a prison before being badly damaged by the Lisbon earthquake of 1755.

After being restored a couple times, today, a maritime museum is located on the top floor of the tower.

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When to visit Seville

Being located in southern Spain means that Seville gets HOT during the summer months. Low season in Seville is actually June-August and into September because of the sky-high temperatures. I visited in April, and it was hot even then!

Fall, winter, and spring are the most popular times to visit Seville to take advantage of the weather.

Where to stay in Seville

Anywhere within Seville's Old Town is ideal for seeing all the best sites. My top hotel picks include:

Which photo is your favorite? Do any of them make you want to go to Seville right now?


Seville, Spain

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  1. I’ll be there in a few weeks! Now I’m even more excited :D. Also thanks for the mini guide to the city!

      It’s such a gorgeous city! I hope you love it!

    All your photos want me to pack my bags right now and head for Sevilla! Love the old world charm – gorgeous!!

      It’s definitely a city worth visiting – I LOVED all the architecture, and the general feel of the city.

    Sevilla’s old town is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful and quaint in Europe. I can still remember walking through the old Jewish quarter at night, coming across tiny squares with the sound of trickling fountains and the smell of orange blossoms in the air.

      It’s certainly up there as one of the prettiest cities I’ve visited recently. I know for sure this won’t be my only time there!

    You’ve got some really nice photos there! My favourite has to be the shot from Plaza de Espana with the tiles. Very Spain! I also like the last photo of the local people dressed in festival attire. In the rain. Yikes!

    Your pictures make me want to go back to Sevilla ASAP. I went on a tour of Spain last year and Sevilla was my favorite of all the cities we visited!

      I really liked Barcelona, too, but Seville is definitely special. I’m already dying to go back to Spain!

    Beautiful photos Amanda! I especially love the ones from Plaza de Espana. My boyfriend is from Andalusia (Cadiz) and always tells me about the ferias. Can’t wait to make it to Spain one day. This post just boosted my excitement even more. Thanks!

      Plaza de Espana was even better than I expected – SO pretty!

      And you definitely need to get to Spain! Especially since it sounds like you’d have the perfect local tour guide! 😉

    Your photos are great and really capture the amazing architecture of this beautiful city. By chance did you catch up with blogger Cat Gaa while you were there?

      Thanks, Penny! And no, sadly I didn’t get to catch up with Cat. We were messaging while I was there, but she had some friends in town and the timing just never worked out!

    It is such a pretty city. I visited for 3 days in summer 2006 and it was so HOT that we didn’t walk around as much as I would like so I will have to go back one day. One of my old work mates lives there so it would be great to visit him

      It was getting warm even in April! I definitely would not want to be in Spain in the dead of summer… I wouldn’t want to be outside at all!

    some great photos! I loved Seville, these really bring me back

    Dang it! This great post (full of your beautiful photography) confirms my biggest regret of our RTW trip. We should’ve gone to Seville instead of Madrid. What were we thinking? We loved Barcelona, loved Granada but Madrid – not so much.

    There’s always next time, I guess! Thanks for this great post. 🙂

      See, I’ve heard other people say they LOVE Madrid! I didn’t make it there on this trip, but definitely next time!

    I had NO IDEA Seville is THIS beautiful! I love all your photos and they certainly give me the itch to go back to Spain (again!) to visit.

      Yup, it really is this beautiful!! I loved wandering around with my camera.

    Gorgeous photos and so happy it lived up to your expectations. Seville is by far my favorite European city. Maybe it was partly because of the circumstances I was there (needed a break from.. life?) but this city will forever hold a special place in my heart. The people, the architecture, the food, everything. I hope to return soon!

      It’s definitely a very special place – I totally understand why people so highly recommend it now!

    Your photos show Seville at it’s best, Amanda. I think I love Seville even more than I love Barcelona. Just don’t tell Gaudi!

      Haha, I promise your secret is safe with me! I can’t decide which I like better, to be honest – they’re both so different, yet both so awesome!

    Your photos are always my FAVORITE! I went to Seville with my high school Spanish club about 8 years ago and I am dying to return. Next year! Thanks for sharing, Amanda.

    Happy travels 🙂

      Aww thanks Lauren! I’m quite the shutterbug when I travel. 😉

      I hope you get to go back to Seville soon!

    Whoa, I think I just fell in love with their architecture! I love how their buildings seem to stand out.

      Yeah! The architecture in Southern Spain is so different from what you’ll find in the north. I absolutely loved it!

        Did you get to see the inside of the Cathedral in Seville? Apparently, Christopher Columbus is entombed there. Seville is very quaint and beautiful! I love Seville!

      Wow! All the pics entice me! Thanks for posting.

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