The Complete Seville Bucket List: 35+ Ideas for your Seville Itinerary

Did you know that Seville is the 4th most populated city in Spain, only behind Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia?

The home of flamenco, crazy fiestas, and relaxing siestas, Seville is a great year-round destination. If you’re planning a visit to this abundant city, you’ll find ample things here to add to your Seville itinerary.

Whether you’re visiting the Andalusian capital for a short city break, or you’re on a longer trip around the region, this article covers 35 outstanding things to do in Seville.

So read on. How many of these great things are you going to tick off your Seville bucket list?

Underground arched ceiling bathroom at the Real Alcazar in Seville, a must see landmark for your Seville Bucket List.
The Alcazar: One of the top places to visit in Seville, Spain

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Ultimate Seville Bucket List

This bucket list for Seville is divided into sections. The first section is great if you don’t have time to read this whole article and gives a quick overview of the top 10 things to do in Seville. The second section goes into more detail about the attraction, including tips about visiting and what to expect when you visit.

In the final section, you’ll find FAQs that answer things like when to visit Seville, ideas of where to stay and getting around the city.

10 Best Things To Do In Seville Spain

      • Real Alcázar
      • Cathedral of Seville
      • La Giralda
      • Plaza de España
      • Parque de Maria Luisa
      • Barrio Santa Cruz
      • Torre del Oro
      • The Metropol Parasol (Las Setas)
      • Triana
      • Watch a Flamenco Show

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35 Outstanding Ideas for your Seville Itinerary

1. Marvel at the Real Alcázar

Located in the historical centre, and what should be at the top of your Seville bucket list is the stunning Real Alcázar. The Royal Palace is pipped as one of the top places to see in Seville, and I’m sure you’ll agree.

Originally the palace was built as a fortress which dates to when the city was under Islamic rule. It then fell under the reign of the Christians and became home to the Kings of Spain. Each King added their own flair and style to the building which evolved into what you see today. The Real Alcazar became a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

Once inside, you’ll see some of the most beautiful architecture in the city. The style is called Mudéjar and features influences from Moorish and Christian design. Courtyards and rooms are lined with lattice-like intricate structures stretched between marble pillars. The whole complex is visually wow! Because this is the top thing to do in Seville, it gets extremely busy, and tickets do sell out. Book Alacazar tickets well in advance, particularly during peak season. You will not want to miss visiting the Alcazar.

Good to know: If you love this style of architecture, then definitely visit The Alhambra in Granada, you’ll see plenty of similarities between the Real Alcazar and the Nasrid Palaces. You can book a day trip to Granada from Seville here.

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Real Alcazar, Seville

Opening Times: Daily, 9.30am – 5pm

Location: Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Sevilla

2. Visit the biggest Cathedral in the world

Probably one of the most unmissable things in Seville, due to its sheer size, is Seville Cathedral. This gigantic structure is the world’s largest cathedral and dominates Seville’s historical centre. This is certianly worthy of being near the top of your city bucket list. Spain has an abundance of stunning cathedrals, but not many are impressive as this (ok, so with exception to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona).

During the Moorish era, a mosque stood at this site. Then in 1248, when the Christians conquered Seville, the building was converted into a church. Find out more about the interesing history on a guided tour of Seville Cathedral.

Over time, the site was rebuilt into the Gothic-Style Roman Catholic cathedral, finally, the construction of the ‘new’ building was completed in 1506 and is the impressive landmark that you will see today. There are a few parts of the building that date back to the Moorish era, including the orangery courtyard and the impressive Giralda.

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Seville Cathedral: One of the most visited attractions in Seville, Spain

Opening Times: Mon-Sat  10.45am – 5pm, Sun 2.30pm – 5pm

Location: Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla

3. Climb La Giralda

Whilst you’ve finished musing at the gargantuan cathedral, another Seville must do activity is to climb the 35 spiralling ramps up the Girlada. Today this is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville, historically this was the minaret of the old mosque that once stood at the same site.

But why are there ramps and not stairs? Again, this is a relic from the Moorish reign. Several times a day, the muezzin would have to call for prayer. The ramps were put in place so that a horse could be used to carry him up the 350-foot tower.

Once at the top you’ll be welcomed with stunning views over the city, as it looks down over the old town and beyond. Word of warning, if you’re up here at the same time as the bells chime, it gets loud!

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La Giralda, Seville

Opening Times: Mon-Sat  10.45am – 5pm, Sun 2.30pm – 5pm

Location: Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla

4. Discover the breathtaking Plaza de España

Another landmark that always features high on every Seville tourist attractions list is the beautiful Plaza de España.

This stunning Sevillian landmark was built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition. The building features a mix of Renaissance and Moorish architectural styles. The iconic red-bricked, half-circular plaza is lined with beautifully decorated alcoves with domineering towers and balconies which you can climb up and look out to the plaza.

Along the inner walls of the building, you’ll find colourful, decorative tiled illustrations that represent every province in Spain. In the centre of the plaza you’ll find a huge fountain, and on occasions street entertainers, either in the plaza or under the cool shade of the alcoves.

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Plaza de España, Seville

Check Availability: Seville Landmarks eBike Tour

Opening Times: Daily 8am – 10pm

Location: Av. Isabel la Católica, 41004 Sevilla

5. Relax in Parque de Maria Luisa

One of the best places to visit in Seville to escape the blaze of the sun is Parque de Maria Luisa. The Maria Luisa Park is adjacent to Plaza de España.

This stunning park is one of the biggest green patches in the city and covers an area of about 100 acres! Inside the park, not only will you find beautifully manicured botanics of tropical trees and colourful flora, but also gazebos, flower & vine clad walkways, fountains and even museums.

The park is popular with locals and tourists, with an abundance of pretty pathways through the shade of the trees. The park is also home to the squawky, noisy but cute colony of wild green parrots as well as ducks, swans and geese.

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Maria Luisa Park, Seville

Opening Times: Daily 8am – 10pm

Location: P.º de las Delicias, s/n, 41013 Sevilla

6. Lose yourself in Barrio Santa Cruz

One of the most historical places to go in Seville is Barrio Santa Cruz. This is the old Jewish quarter of Seville which features a myriad of incredibly photogenic and narrow cobblestoned alleyways.

This is an incredibly colourful district of Seville, with bright houses dispersed between quaint fountain-filled courtyards. You can feel the history of the area oozing out of the walls and pretty lanes.

The area came about when Ferdinand III conquered Seville. He banished the Jewish population to this area of the city. Today the barrio is a popular place to wander and get lost in the medieval streets, stumbling across adorable little cafes, boutique shops and traditional restaurants.

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Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville

Opening Times: 24 hours

Location: Any of the area between the borderes of Calles Mateas Gago, Santa Maria La Blanca/San José, the Jardines de Murillo and the Alcázar.

7. Go Up the Torre del Oro

This ancient landmark in Seville is another relic from the Moorish reign. The Torre del Orro (The Gold Tower) dates back to the 13th century. It was originally one of a pair of watchtowers that guarded the entrance to the city and made up part of the old city walls.

Today the tower houses a small nautical museum about Seville’s maritime past. You can climb the narrow staircase up to the top level where you’ll be rewarded with views looking out over the Old Town, the Guadalquivir River and across to Traina neighbourhood on the opposite side of the river.

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The Torre del Orro, Seville

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 9.30am – 6.45pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am – 6.45pm

Location: P.º de Cristóbal Colón, s/n, 41001 Sevilla

8. Watch the sunset from The Metropol Parasol (Las Setas)

Love it or hate it, this oppressing landmark always sparks mixed debate as it looks a little out of place in the historic city. This enormous wooden structure is affectional know as Las Setas (which translates to The Mushrooms) and was designed by German architect; Jürgen Mayer.

The Metropol Parasol is actually the largest wooden structure in the world, and taking the elevator to the top viewing platform offers undeniably outstanding views over the city, especially at sunset. At the top, you’ll find a serpent-like walkway that meanders its way around the structure.

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The Metropol Parasol (Las Setas), Seville

Opening Times:  Daily 9.30am – Midnight

Location:  Pl. de la Encarnación, s/n, 41003 Sevilla

9. Explore the pretty district of Triana

The attractive looking neighbourhood of Triana has a very much more residential feel to it compared to the bustling historic centre. Located on the opposite side of the Guadalquivir River, take the Puente Isabel II bridge to cross over and explore.

Triana is the birthplace of the beautifully colourful tiles you will have seen on building facades all over the city. The colourful azulejo tiles were produced in factories on this side of the city. If you want to find out more about the craft, then the very informative Centro Ceramica tells you everything about its history, design and production of them.

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Colourful Betis Street in Triana, Seville

Opening Times: 24 hours

Location: The main area of interest is around Puente de Isabel II bridge and Calle Betis.

10. Feel the power of a live Flamenco Show

Flamenco is synonymous with Spain and watching it performed live should feature somewhere on every Spain bucket list. Although you can find the dance all over the country, its birthplace was here in Seville.

Seville still has deep roots in its traditions and folklore. You’ll find numerous places to see it performed all over the city. Sevillianos are incredibly proud of their heritage and the dance with its accompanying music are something they are immensely passionate about.

Flamenco is typically danced to live music. The fast rhythms feature acoustic guitar and percussion with rhythms being clapped out. The dance is both flamboyant and powerful, with the movements emphasized by the stunning dresses the dancers wear. You’ll find yourself deeply immersed and mesmerised watching the intricate hand and feet movements as they tell their stories through song, music and dance.

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Watch a live flamnco show: One of the top things to do in Spain, Seville

Check Availability: Casa de la Memoria Flamenco Show

11. See Tomb of Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus, the infamous navigator and explorer of the Americas, whose ‘discoveries’ paved the way for the exploitation of the Americas by Europe. Although the exploitative past is something we can now look back on with disfavour, he was pivotal in how rich Europe became.

Originally his tomb was installed in Havana, Cuba and moved back and forth between several places over the centuries. When Spain lost control of Cuba, it was moved to Seville, with the final resting place being in Seville Cathedral in 1899.

The huge monument sits just inside Seville Cathedral and features four figures carrying his tomb. There is some debate surrounding the contents of the tomb, with the results of a mysterious DNA test never being unveiled.

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The Tomb of Christoper Columbus, Seville

Opening Times: Mon-Sat  10.45am – 5pm, Sun 2.30pm – 5pm

Location: Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla

12. Eat your way around the Food markets

You’ll find no shortage of places to eat in Seville, including an abundance of fabulous markets. The Seville food scene is a big thing, and you’ll find locals and tourists enjoying long lunch breaks or a lazy weekend brunch trying all the delights on offer.

Although there are food markets dotted all over the city, two of the more notable ones are the Mercado de Feria and the Mercado de Triana. They each have different counters serving freshly produced local fare, as well as stalls selling local produce including fresh bread, meats, fish, fruit & vegetables as well as olives…lots of olives!

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Mercado de Feria

Mercado de Triana Opening Times: Mon-Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm

Mercado de Triana Location:  C. San Jorge, 6, 41010 Sevilla

Mercado de Feria Opening Times: Mon-Sat 8am – midnight, closed Sunday

Mercado de Feria Location:  Feria, s/n, 41003 Sevilla

13. Visit the beautiful Palacio de las Dueñas

Another stunning building in Seville that’s simply wow! The Palacio de las Dueñas was built between the 15th and 16th centuries and features Gothic and Mudéjar styles.

There is an abundance of features adorning every nook and cranny of this stately home, including tranquil fountained courtyards with the shady covering of Seville’s signature orange trees.

You can wander from room to room with or without a guide, although to learn more about the history, and the myriad of famous people who have stayed here, it’s best to book a guided tour.

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Palacio de las Dueñas, Seville

Opening Times: Daily 10am – 7.15pm

Location: C. Dueñas, 5, 41003 Sevilla

14. Eat Tapas At The Oldest Restaurant In Seville - El Rinconcillo

El Rinconcillo has been serving tapas and wine since 1670 and still does so today, making it one of the oldest restaurants in Seville. The 17th-century restaurant serves traditional tapas and main dishes and has an extensive list of Spanish wines.

Because of its history, it does get busy so you may have to queue to get a table. Even if you don’t want to eat here, it’s worth at least sticking your head inside to see the floor to ceiling stacked wine cabinets.

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El Rinconcillo by CroDigTap CC

Opening Times: Mon-Thurs 1pm-5pm & 8pm-midnight, Fri-Sun 1pm-5.30pm & 8pm-12.30am

Location: C. Gerona, 40, 41003 Sevilla

15. Take a Flamenco Dance Lesson

Watching a flamenco show is one thing, but learning this signature dance is another. There’s no better place to take your first tentative steps with this iconic Spanish dance, than at the origin of flamenco.

Trying to figure out the rhythms along with the intricate arm movement is a lot harder than it looks, but a lot of fun. The pros certainly make the dance look fluid and effortless. Seville has several dance schools where you can learn flamenco in a private or small group setting.

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Learn flamenco in Seville

Check Availability: Flamenco Dance Lesson

16. Step back in time at Italica

If you’re a sucker for ancient ruins, then something for your Seville must see and do list is to visit Italica Ruins. The ancient Roman ruins are located just 8km north of the city. Get there by catching the 170A or 170B bus at Plaza de Armas station, the journey will take about 30 minutes. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you might recognise the stunning amphitheatre at Italica as it featured in the series.

Along with the theatre, the site also boasts several fantastically detailed mosaics. It’s said that this is one of the birthplaces of the Roman Empire. If you’re interested in finding out more history about the site, then book a guided tour. There are a few information boards there, but the information on them is a little limited.

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The Amphitheatre at Italica Ruins

Opening Times (Seasonal): Jan 1st-March 31st, Tues-Sat 9am-6pm, Sundays 9am-3pm  |  April 1st-June 15th, Tues-Sat 9am-8pm, Sundays  |  June 16th-Sept 15th, Tues-Sun 9am-3pm  |  Sept 16th-Dec 31st, Tues-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-3pm

Location:  Av. Extremadura, 2, 41970 Santiponce, Sevilla

17. Immerse yourself in the Archivo de Indias

Christopher Columbus is synonymous with Seville and his discovery of the Americas in 1492. Seville fast became one of the most affluent cities in Spain, which lead to the creation of the Chamber of Commerce which dealt with the newfound trade from the Americas.

The Archivo de Indias today is a museum where you can see the archives, documents and maps dating back to the trade past. You’ll find wall to wall, floor to ceiling bookshelves containing documents, some are hundreds of years old! It’s free to enter and is located between the Cathedral and Alcazar.

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Archivos Los Indias, Seville

Opening Times: Mon-Sat  9.30am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 2pm

Location: Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla

18. Cruise along the Guadalquivir River

The Guadalquivir is the only navigational river throughout the whole of Spain and historically played an important role in how affluent the city was. Today, the river is used for a much more leisurely affair, it’s also a great place to see the city from a different perspective.

Depending on how energetic you feeling, there are several ways you can enjoy the river. The most relaxing is of course a river cruise along the Guadalquivir. If you’re feeling more energetic, then you can also hire kayaks and SUP.

Check Availability: Yacht Cruise Along the Guadalquivir

Or you might prefer to go by kayak or SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard).

19. Eat your way around the city on a Tapas crawl

Spain and tapas, are two words that go hand in hand. A tapa is a small dish, usually shared with others on your table. You’ll often order a selection to nibble at and the focus is on being social and sharing the food (this is not a formal way of eating).

If you’re not sure what to try and are baffled by the selection on the menu then join one of the tapas walking tours. Your guide will take you to several different bars and restaurants to try some of the most popular dishes from Andalucía.

If you have any dietary requirements, make this known at the time of booking to ensure you can join in with the culinary fun.

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Tapas Crawl around Seville

Check Availability: Seville Tapas Crawl with Guide

20. Take a ceramic workshop in Triana

No doubt if you’ve explored the city a bit, or been inside any of the stately homes, you will have noticed the colourful decorative azulejo tiles.

If you’re into arts and crafts, then one of the best ways to immerse yourself into Sevillano culture is by learning to create your own beautiful piece of ceramic work. You may already have learnt that Triana is the home to the tile making industry here in Seville, so what better place to take part in a workshop than here.

The Centro Ceramica in Triana will be able to give you information on upcoming events.

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21. See the Grand Masters at Belles Artes

There’s no denying that Seville has some outstandingly beautiful museums. However, most of them you have to pay to go inside. If you’re looking for one of the top free things to do in Seville then visit the Museo de bellas artes de Sevilla. Seville’s fine arts museum is housed inside a stunning old building, over several levels, divided between shady courtyards.

It houses stunning works of art dating from the medieval period up to the early 20th century and is likened to the infamous Prado Museum in Madrid.

Look out for the magnificent frescoed dome ceiling, that was originally created when the building was a convent.

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The ceiling fresco at Bellas Artes, Seville

Opening Times: Tues-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-3pm

Location: Plaza del Museo, 9, 41001 Seville

22. Watch the sunset from Torre Sevilla

Depending on where you’re standing, the Sevilla Tower (also known as the Pelli Tower), is a bit of an eyesore blip on the Seville skyline. There was some controversy when it was built, which nearly lead to UNESCO revoking the city’s heritage status.

The tower is here to stay, it’s a mix of offices, gym and commercial units with a bar on the top level called Terraza Atalaya.

The redeeming feature of this skyscraper in Seville is that it does give the most fantastic views of the city. The tower is a whopping 180.5 metres tall and has 40 floors meaning it overlooks everything in the vicinity.

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Opening Times: Sun-Thurs 11am-7pm, Fri-Sat 11am-1am

Location: C/ Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada, 2, 41092 Sevilla

23. Stay at the Alfonzo XIII

Seville’s most ornate and regal hotel is the 1929 Alfonzo XIII hotel, located in the city centre. The hotel still retains many of its original features and simply oozes luxury.

The rooms sympathetically blend modern and traditional Spanish styles with the lavish marbled and tiled, foyer, hallways and bathrooms. Some rooms have Juliet style balconies or terraces that look out over the well-manicured gardens.

With an abundance of services on offer such as in-room massage, onsite gourmet restaurant, a stylish cocktail bar, outdoor pool, fitness centre and sauna staying here, even just for one night is certainly something to tick off your Seville bucket list.

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Alfonzo III Hotel, Seville

Opening Times: 24 hours

Location: C. San Fernando, 2, 41004 Sevilla

24. See the Stunning Casa de Pilatos

Another of Seville’s beautiful houses is the Casa de Pilatos, the palace features Mudèjar architecture with the living quarters surrounding an inner courtyard.

The palace gleams the sun, and features arched windows flanked with columns, and geometric vivid tile designs. The courtyard itself had a central fountain and marble sculptures overlooking from the side-lines. There’s a lot to see here, so you’ll want to allow at least an hour to do the palace justice.

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Casa de Pilatos, Seville

Check Availability: Guided Tour of Casa de Pilatos

Opening Times: Daily 9am-6pm

Location: Pl. de Pilatos, 1, 41003 Sevilla

25. Have a photo with ‘Alicia’ at the Contemporary Arts Museum

One of the most unusual things to do in Seville is to have a photo with the slightly scary looking ‘Alicia’. This huge art installation takes inspiration from Alice in Wonderland and was created by Christina Lucas. You’ll find her peeping out of an inner courtyard window of the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo.

 The museum is located on the Triana side of the city in an old factory that once produced tiles. The building still retains lost of original features, including pretty tiled walls, and several large chimneys. There are several permanent pieces here, but also smaller exhibitions.

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'Alicia' at the Contermporary Art Museum

Opening Times: Tues-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 10am-3.30pm

Location: C. Américo Vespucio, 2, 41092 Sevilla

26. Awe at the frescos at Hospital de los Venerables

If you’re walking about Barrio Santa Cruz, then find your way to Hospital de Los Venerables. This is Seville’s answer to the Sistine Chappel in Rome. The ceiling fresco in the chapel is outstanding.

Although the ceiling here is the highlight there are also side rooms filled with art. Some of the side rooms also have little hidden balconies with wood lattices that look down on the chapel hiding the viewer from the congregation below.

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The Chapel at Hospital de los Venerables

Opening Times: Mon-Sat  10am – 7pm, Sun 10am – 4pm

Location: Pl. Venerables, 8, 41004 Sevilla

27. Gorge yourself on Churros y Chocolate

If you’ve not discovered this sweet treat yet, then let me explain. A churro is like a long type of doughnut-like pastry that is served with a cup of thick gloopy chocolate sauce. You dip the churros into the chocolate, these are served as a morning and mid-afternoon snack and they are delicious (ignore the calorie count!)

There are plenty of places serving Churros y Chocolate, but one of the best places in Seville to find them is Bar El Comercio. It’s popular with the locals, and the decor hasn’t changed much in absolute decades, although they serve traditional Spanish fare, their speciality is this sweet treat.

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Churros y chocolate

28. Try your hand at a Spanish Cooking Class

No doubt, you will have tried some of the delicious local dishes. But how about being able to recreate these culinary delights back home?

If you’re a foodie, one of the best ways to learn this is by taking a Spanish cooking class. Lots of these workshops also include a visit to one of the nearby local markets to pick up local seasonal fresh produce to use in your cooking.

The best part with these classes is that you get to eat everything you create! Normally accompanied by delicious Spanish wine.

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Spanish Cooking Class

29. Row Around Plaza de España

If you’re wondering what to do in Seville and you’re into slightly kitsch attractions, then hire one of the little rowing boats in the moat that surrounds Plaza de España.

The arc-shaped moat runs parallel to the building and goes under decorative coloured bridges. You’ll only be able to row as far as the moat stretches and then back again, which isn’t far.

As kitsch as it is, it is still a fun and popular thing to do, especially if you’re travelling with children as the water is relatively shallow, and you’re not far from the banks.

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The moat at Plaza de Espana, Seville

Opening Times: Daily 8am – 10pm

Location: Av. Isabel la Católica, 41004 Sevilla

30. Try the local orange wine

One thing you will have noticed about Seville is the number of orange trees in the city. There are over 25,000 of them in Seville. This stat makes Seville the city in the world with the most orange trees. However, the fruit is too bitter to eat straight off the tree.

So what becomes of the fruit? It’s either exported and made into marmalade, or it’s used to make local orange wine. Although orange wine isn’t officially produced in Seville, (it’s made in nearby Huelva), the oranges come from Seville. The bitter orange peels are soaked in a sherry base, creating a sweet slightly citrusy taste.

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Sherry based Orange Wine, Seville

31. Drink cocktails from a rooftop bar

Seville has no shortage of wonderful rooftop bars. Although they are dotted all over the city, the ones with the best view are near the centre looking out over the Cathedral and Girlada.

Although you’ll pay a little bit more for a drink than you would at other bars, the premium is worth it for the view. La Terazza de EME and Terraza Hotel Doña María are both great options.

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Lat afternoon cocktails

32. Party at Alameda

If you’re a party animal at heart, then you’ll find no end of great places to go in Alameda de Hércules, known simply as Alameda. This is the hub of the Seville nightlife scene.

By day the area is filled with a mix of trendy hipster bars, restaurants and tradtional tabernas with locals and tourists enjoing the social vibe. As evening falls, the area comes alive as the bars close, and the clubs open.

You’ll know you’ve reached the area as it’s flanked by two giant Roman columns at either end.

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The Roman columns mark the entrance to Alameda

Opening Times: 24 hours

Location: Alameda de Hércules, 41002 Sevilla


33. Join in with the week-long festival; Feria de Abril

The Seville Fair is a weeklong party in Seville. It’s typically held in April and starts two weeks after Easter (Semana Santa – Holy Week). If Easter falls in late April, then the festival happens in early May. It opens at midnight with the lighting of the Feria Gate (la portada de la Feria). It finishes the following Saturday at midnight with a firework show.

People wear traditional Spanish attire. For women, this is a flamenco dress, with a manton and flower. For men, it’s a suit. Horse drawn carriages trundle up the streets bringing people to and from the fair.

The fair happens to the south of Triana. The whole area is transformed into a village that feels like you’ve stepped back in time. The streets are lined with Casetas (private tents) each decked out with traditional decorations. For a whole week, the party goes on until about 6 am each day.

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Horse drawn carriage and casetas at Feria de Abril, Seville

34. Witness Semana Santa

Although most of Europe celebrates Easter in some way, nowhere is more dedicated than Semana Santa (Holy Week) than the Sevillianos.

Semana Santa combines spirituality and cultural emotion. The procession follows a route around the city and features enormous statues and sculptures. They are carried on the backs of men “costaleros” from the church brotherhoods, who slowly march the route. They are accompanied by hooded Nazarenes, with faces that are covered as a sign of penitence.

Processions happen all week long, with some of them being silent and others with marching bands making it an exciting spectacle whether you’re religious or not. If your visit to Seville happens during Semana Santa, expect crowds, and lots of them. This event attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the city.

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Street parades of Semana Santa, Seville

35. Come face-to-face with the Roman Emporer, Hadrian

So, if you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ve probably learnt that I’m a bit of a sucker for ancient ruins and archaeological sites.

Seville is blessed with a lot of ancient stuff, so if you’re interested in archaeological finds, then it worth visiting the Archaeological Museum of Seville. It’s located at the far end of Maria Luisa Park. The museum contains ruins from the Moorish Medina Azahara (from nearby Cordoba), as well as sculptures of Hadrian and Trojan.

Even if you’re not swooned by ancient relics, then at least see the building’s exterior. It’s beautiful. It was built as part of the 1929 Ibero-American Expo and houses Roman relics found locally (including the Itaica Ruins just outside of Seville) and from further afar.

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Archaeology Museum, Seville

Opening Times: Currently closed for renovations, reopening in Autumn 2022

Location: Pl. América, s/n, 41013 Sevilla

Best things to do in Seville, Spain - FAQs


How many days in Seville do you recommend?

It’s possible to see the main highlights in Seville in a couple of days, however, as a minimum, I would recommend a minimum of three days in Seville to see everything at a more comfortable pace.

If you have the time, then stay longer as there are numerous great day trips from Seville. On the contrary, if you are only passing through and have just one day in Seville, then pick a few things from the top 10 things to see in Seville list at the start of this article.

What are the top 10 things to do in Seville Spain?

I’m guessing you didn’t read the article if you’re asking that. There’s a top ten list at the start of this article, or better still, get the complete list of what to see in Seville straight to your inbox for offline viewing.

What are the best day trips from Seville?

There are loads of great places near Seville, these include the Alhambra in Granada, the UNESCO city of Cordoba and the Donana National Park. This article here lists 23 great day trips from Seville.

When is the best time to visit Seville?

You can potentially visit Seville all year round. Compared to northern Europe, even in winter, Seville only sees a handful of rainy days.

If possible, avoid visiting Seville during the peak of the summer months (July and August). It can be unbearably hot with temperatures reaching the mid 40 °C (100⸰F).

To make the most of the weather in Seville, aim to visit between March to May and then September to October. Unless you’re specifically interested in seeing Semana Santa or Feria, avoid Easter time as the city sees an influx of visitors and prices skyrocket.

How does public transportation work in Sevilla?

On the whole, Seville has an excellent public transport system. It works by using a pre-loaded card (Tussam card) and is the cheapest way to get around the city. It can be challenging to navigate the route timetable, especially if your Spanish isn’t up to scratch.

The easiest option to see all the highlights is by using the Seville hop-on-hop-off bus. This drops you at (or near to) all the major tourist destinations.

Where can I find a map of everything on this Seville bucket list?

Everything that I’ve mentioned in this article can be found on this map of Seville. Click to access a fully interactive version of it.

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Seville Bucket List Map - Click for Interactive Version

Planning a trip to Seville?

So tell me, after reading this, how many of these great ideas are on your Seville bucket list? If you’re just in the planning stages of your trip, then you can download this checklist and map straight to your inbox to use at a later date.

If you’re looking for other places of interest for your trip to Spain, then you might enjoy some of these other great articles:

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Becki from Meet Me In Departures

Adventure travel blogger with a big addiction to the World. An ex-rat-racer who was fed up with sleep-work-eat-repeat materialistic mentality that plagues modern living. I love anything to do with off-beat travel, abandoned places, temples & ruins, street art, wildlife in its natural habitat, adventure sport.....basically anything but the 9-5!

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