Seville; one of the region’s most alluring cities, it’s no secret why the capital of Andalucía makes a perfect city break. This compact size of this city, known for its glorious sunshine (it’s the hottest city in Europe!), stunning architecture and picturesque cobbled streets, means you’ll be able to see the best of Seville in 3 days.
This Seville 3 days itinerary covers everything you’ll need to know, including what to see in Seville, where to stay and how to get around. Not only this, but because this is my hometown, I’ve also included a ton of handy time and money-saving tips and insider know-how for some of the best attractions in Seville.
So, whether you’re planning a girl’s weekend in Seville, a romantic city break or travelling solo on a long trip around the region of Andalucía, this guide is a great place to start.
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Seville 3 days itinerary – How to use this guide
This 3 days in Seville guide is divided into sections. The first section is a quick glance that gives an overview of the top things to do in Seville. The second section breaks down each day in detail.
In the final section, you’ll find FAQs that answer things like when to visit and where to stay in Seville, getting around and of course, free stuff.
Seville in 3 days – At a Glance
No time to read the whole article, but curious about what’s included in this Seville itinerary? Then this section is for you, here’s the low-down of what’s included. You can also download this quick reference guide with a location map and checklist.
10 Best things to see in Seville
- Real Alcázar
- Cathedral of Seville & La Giralda
- Plaza de España
- Parco de Maria Luisa
- Barrio Santa Cruz
- Torre del Oro (the Gold Tower)
- The Metropol Parasol (Las Setas)
- Palacio de las Dueñas or Palacio de las Pilatos
- Flamenco Show
Seville in three days – day by day overview
Day 1 – Visit Seville’s most iconic landmarks, including the Alcazar, Seville Cathedral & Giralda. Take the skywalk at the Metropol Parasol, spend the evening eating traditional Spanish tapas and watch a live flamenco show.
Day 2 – Immerse yourself in Barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter. Marvel at the intricate ceiling murals and grandmasters at Hospital de los Venerables and Bellas Artes. Explore the beautiful Palacio de las Dueñas. Climb up the ancient Torre del Oro. Wander the charming district of Triana, the home of azulejo tiles. Drink cocktails on Seville’s trendy roof to bars.
Day 3 – Swoon over the beautiful Palacio de las Pilatos & Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija. Peruse around Plaza de España and stroll through the tranquil Parque de Maria Luisa. Spend the evening around Alameda de Hércules and check out some of Seville’s most vibrant bars, restaurants and tapas bars.
This Seville travel guide will cover everything you need to know. You can download the information covered in this Seville in 3 days itinerary, plus a map and checklist here for offline viewing.
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A (very) brief history of Seville
Before visiting any destination, it’s always handy to know a little bit of the history behind the place and why it is, the way it is. This is my very brief summary of Seville’s history.
Legend says that Seville was founded by Hercules, and amongst other civilisations, the Greeks and Romans settled here.
There are Roman ruins all over Spain (if you love Roman ruins, check out the impressive aqueduct of Segovia not far from Madrid). There are some great Roman ruins in and around Seville. Two notable places to see Roman ruins are under the Metropol Parasol and the Italica ruins just outside of the city.
Most of Southern Spain fell under the reign of the Arabs in 712. Back then the city was known as Isbiliah with the river Guad el Kevir, flowing through it. These two names evolved to become Seville and Guadalquivir River, which are still in use today.
There are still several landmarks in Seville which date back to this era; The Giralda, the Torre del Oro, the Muralla de la Macarena and of course, the Alcazar. All of these monuments have been included in this Seville city guide.
The Arabs ruled over Seville for over 500 years until 1248, when they were defeated in a conquest led by Ferdinand III. Seville then came under the reign of the Christians.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered America. The creation of the Chamber of Commerce in Seville to deal with this new trade from the Americas meant Seville became the wealthiest and most developed city in Spain. The Archivo de Indias, located between the cathedral and the Alcazar document this.
In the 17th century, after a plague and the silting up of the Guadalquivir River, the Chamber of Commerce was moved to nearby Cadiz.
In 1929 Seville hosted the Ibero-American Exposition, this was when magnificent buildings such as the iconic crescent of the Plaza de España were built. Then in 1992, Seville hosted another international event called The Universal Exposition. If you’re into abandoned buildings you can see some of the old remains of the deserted exhibition centre which today remains in abandonment.
Seville in 3 days – Your complete 3 days in Seville itinerary
Real Alcázar – Start in the historical centre. The perfect way to kick off your 3 day Seville itinerary is with a visit to the Real Alcázar. This is always pipped as one of the top things to do in Seville, and I’m sure you’ll agree.
The building was originally built as a fort and dates back to Islamic rule, it then fell under the reign of the Christians. Eventually, it became home to Spanish Kings who each added their own ideas to the building to the design you will see today. In 1987 it was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Built in the Mudéjar architectural style, you’ll see influences from both Moorish and Christian design. If you’ve visited the Alhambra in Grenada, you’ll see plenty of similarities between the Nasrid Palaces and the Real Alcázar.
The courtyards are lined with intricately patterned lattice-like structures stretching between decorated pillars. The Courtyard of the Maidens is remarkable. Don’t miss the Mudéjar Palacio de Don Pedro, Salon de los Tapices and Salon de Embajadores.
Time: Approx 2 -3 hours.
Location and opening times: Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Sevilla. Monday – Sunday 9.30 – 17.30
Prebook now: Alcazar Guided Tour with Priority Entrance
Related Article: 36 Outstanding Landmarks in Spain
Day 1 - Afternoon
Cathedral of Seville & La Giralda – It would be near impossible to miss this domineering building. The beautiful Seville Cathedral is also one of the must-see buildings on this 3 days in Seville itinerary. Like with the Real Alcazar, this is another designated UNESCO World Heritage site and certainly needs to be on your Seville bucket list
It also boasts of being the largest gothic cathedral in the world by volume and the resting place of Christopher Columbus.
Historically, a mosque stood on this site. When the Christians conquered Seville in 1248 the mosque was used as a church. Eventually, the site was converted into a Gothic-Style Roman Catholic cathedral. Construction of the building was completed in 1506.
After musing over the Cathedral of Seville, take the meandering ramps up the 35 floors of the bell tower, known as the Giralda. Originally, this Giralda bell tower was the minaret of the old mosque that used to stand here and the ramps were once used for horses who would carry the muezzins to the top.
The 350-foot tower offers breathtaking views over the city of Seville. Taking a panoramic walk at the top will certainly be one of your highlights from your short break to Seville. Be prepared for when the bells chime. It gets loud, oh and don’t forget your camera!
Time: Approx 2 hours
Location and opening times: Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 | Monday – Sunday 8.00–14.00 & 16.00–19.00
Prebook now: Seville Cathedral Guided Tour with Priority Access
The Metropol Parasol (Las Setas) – This gigantic wooden structure is the brainchild of a German architect; Jürgen Mayer. Affectional known as Las Setas de la Encarnación (The Mushroom) due to its shape.
This is a bit of a Marmite attraction in Seville; you’ll either love it or hate it. Whichever your opinion, it does offer undeniably fabulous views across the old city of Seville. Las Setas also has bragging rights as being the largest wooden structure in the world!
During the building of the Metropol Parasol, construction workers unearthed a whole load of ruins dating back to Roman times. These are on display in a museum which can be found underneath the Metropol Parasol.
Time: 1 hour
Location and opening times: Plaza de la Encarnación, s/n, 41003 Sevilla | Monday – Thursday 9.30 – 22.30 | Friday – Saturday 9.30 -23.30 | Sunday 9.30 – 23.00
Prebook now: Metropol Parasol Skip The Line Tour
Day 1 - Evening
Flamenco Shows and Tapas – The official home of flamenco is in Seville. In Spain, you’ll find flamenco shows advertised in pretty much every city, however, nothing is going to be quite as authentic as seeing this charismatic dance where it all started. Seville has deep roots in its folklore, both the dance and accompanying music are something they are outstandingly proud of.
Watching a live flamenco performance is something everyone should do when they travel to Seville. You can supercharge your experience and make a full evening of it by combing it with a tapas crawl where you’ll be able to sample a whole range of traditional Iberian specialities and delicious Spanish wine.
Typically, Flamenco is danced to live music. Fast rhythms are played on guitar often with percussion and clapping while the dancers’ flamboyant and powerful movements reflect this. Dressed in their beautiful dresses, you’ll be mesmerised as the dancers move their hands and feet so intricately in this deeply rooted tradition. With your belly and soul satisfied, this ends your first of this Seville 3 day itinerary.
Prebook now: Casa de la Memoria Flamenco Show
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Barrio Santa Cruz – The second day of your three days in Seville itinerary starts in the maze-like district of Barrio Santa Cruz. This district came about when Ferdinand III conquered Seville and banished the Jews to this area of the city.
This old Jewish quarter of Seville is filled with cute narrow cobblestoned alleyways, lined with colourful houses, pretty fountain-filled courtyards and simply oozes history. It’s easy to spend hours here, wandering the iconic barrio. It’s easy to get lost, physically and metaphorically, in these medieval streets. If you want to delve into more of the history of this district, then I recommend booking a guided walking tour of the Santa Cruz neighborhood to learn more about the stories and secrets that this fascinating area holds.
Time: 2 hours
Location: All the tiny streets surrounding the outer walls of the Alcazar.
Prebook now: Walking Tour Barrio de Santa Cruz
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Hospital de los Venerables – Continue your morning by absorbing some of the stunning artwork that Seville is home to. Hospital de los Venerables is conveniently located in Barrio Santa Cruz.
The ceiling murals of the chapel are Seville’s answer to the Sistine Chappel. It’s absolutely incredible with such attention to detail on every surface. Usually, you have to pay to get in, but Hospital de los Venerables has some limited set free hours if you arrive at the correct time.
Insider Tip: If you’re into stunning ceilings, and you have some time to spare, then head to Museo de Bellas Artes – it’s free to enter for EU citizens (it’s only a couple of euros for non-EU). It’s located in a Baroque-style building, with pretty courtyards and gardens and features a stunning ceiling mural in the back gallery.
Time: 1 hour
Location and opening times: Hospital del los Venerables | Plaza Venerables, 8, 41004 | Monday – Tuesday 9.00 – 14.00 | Wednesday Closed | Thursday – Sunday 10.00 – 14.00
Museo de Bellas Artes | Plaza del Museo, 9, 41001 | Monday Closed | Tuesday – Saturday 9.00 – 21.00 | Sunday 9.00 – 15.00
Prebook now: Hospital de los Venerables Guided Tour
Palacio de las Dueñas – Although I adore the Real Alcazar, the Palacio de las Dueñas comes in at a very close second in terms of visual wow and an over stimulus for the senses!
Built between the 15th and 16th, the palace is a mix of Gothic and Mudéjar styles and is filled with detail on every surface imaginable. It comes complete with an arcaded fountained courtyard and pretty orange-tree clad squares.
Although this three days in Seville itinerary is packed, it’s worth allowing plenty of time here just to relax and take everything in. You could easily spend hours here wandering about the rooms and courtyards. The attention to detail both inside and out is something to marvel at.
Time: 1-2 hours
Location and opening times: Calle Dueñas, 5, 41003 | Tuesday – Thursday 10.00 – 14.15 | Friday – Monday 10.00 – 17.15
Day 2 - Afternoon
Torre del Oro – The Torre del Orro (The Gold Tower), is another relic from Sevilles’ Islamic past, it dates back to the 13th century. Originally, this watchtower was one of a pair that guarded the entrance to the city. This is the only tower that remains and historically made up part of the city walls.
Over the centuries its undergone several renovations, particularly after the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 which destroyed the majority of Portugal’s capital. The shockwaves were felt here in Seville and caused severe damage to the tower.
Inside the Torre del Oro, you’ll find history surrounding the tower and its importance in defending Seville on the lower floor. The second-floor houses a small nautical museum. What makes Torre del Oro worthy of a visit is the view from the top looking out over the Guadalquivir River and the Old Town. You’ll also be able to see across the river to Triana, which is where you’re headed after! It was up here that I got some perspective on just HOW big the Seville Cathedral is too. It looms over the rest of the Old Town.
Time: 1 hour
Location and opening times: Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, s/n, 41001 | Monday – Saturday 9.30 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 20.00
Triana – You’re going to be continuing your Seville 3 days itinerary across the river in the pretty neighbourhood of Triana. To get there, cross over the Guadalquivir River using the bridge; Puente Isabel II.
While you’ve been wandering around Seville, you will have noticed that so many buildings are covered in stunningly intricate, vivid and decorative azulejo tiles. Triana is the home of them.
Triana is a charming little district to wander about, it has a much more residential feel to it. If you’re interested in finding out more about the history of the stunning tiles, then be sure to visit the very informative Centro Ceramica.
Time: 2-3 hours
Location and opening times: Any of the streets surrounding Mercado de Triana | Mercado de Triana opening times: Monday – Saturday 9.00 – 24.00 | Sunday 12.00 – 17.00
Day 2 - Evening
After a full-on day of exploring Seville, finish off the second of your three-day Seville itinerary at some of the city’s trendy rooftop bars to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset. Three great places to go are;
- Terraza Hotel Doña María – Seville’s original rooftop bar, located right next to the Cathedral and La Giralda. Due to its popularity, during the summer months, you can only visit the bar in the evenings (the rooftop and pool are exclusively for guests), however, during the winter you can visit any time of the day.
Location: Calle Don Remondo, 19, 41004
- La Terazza de EME – This modern rooftop bar is a firm favourite; it’s located in Santa Cruz next to the Cathedral. This rooftop bar is located on top of the hotel with the same name; hotel guests can also use the pool. This is one of the chicest cocktail bars in Seville, so expect everything to be a little pricier up here, but for the views. Just wow!
Location: Calle Alemanes, 27, 41004
- The Corner House – If you’re wanting something away from the Cathedral, then check out The Corner House, located in super trendy Plaza Alameda. Compared to the previous two, it has more of a relaxed feel to it. The terrace is filled with foliage and has a near-tropical feel about it. It looks out over the buzzing square below, so it’s a great place to start if you plan on going out for the whole evening.
Location: Alameda de Hércules, 31, 41002
Casa de Pilatos – Begin the final day of your 3 day Seville itinerary at the most prettiest of palaces. If you loved Palacio de las Dueñas and the stunning azulejo tiles in Triana yesterday, you’re going to adore Casa de Pilatos!
The palace is predominantly built in the Mudèjar architectural style boasting intricacy on every surface and colourful tiles which gleam in the sunshine. You’ll enter the palace into the main arched courtyard flanked with columns, geometric vivid tile designs, a fountain and gigantic sculptures overlooking.
Allow plenty of time to peruse every nook and cranny of this place, don’t forget to look up! You’ll see gigantic murals and elaborate latticework everywhere.
Time: 2 hours
Location and opening times: Casa de Pilatos, 1, 41003 | Monday – Sunday 9.00 – 18.00
Prebook now: Casa de Pilatos Entry and Tour
Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija – Sevillinano’s love their stunning palaces, and this is another one on the ‘must-see in Seville’ list. The countess who the palace is named loved to collect ancient mosaics. So much so, that the whole palace is dedicated to and decorated with them.
Like the previous palaces mentioned, this one is predominantly in the Mudèjar architectural style with the addition of Roman and Greek mosaics donning the courtyards. This twinned with the colourful azulejo tiles on the walls, makes this one of the most Instagrammable palaces in Seville.
Time: 2 hours
Location and opening times: Calle Cuna, 8, 41004 | Monday Closed | Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 14.00
Day 3 - Afternoon
Plaza de España – If you type in the phrase ‘attractions in Seville, Spain’, I 100% promise that this image will come up top. The stunning Plaza de España was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition and combines Renaissance and Moorish architectural styles.
The red-bricked semi-circular plaza features a huge fountain in the centre. Street entertainers often gather here. If you stand in the right place, you’ll catch the spray of the fountain, which has a very welcome cooling effect in the heat of the afternoon.
The perimeter of the half-circle is lined with beautiful alcoved buildings featuring immense towers and balconies. Climb up the stairs for a fabulous panoramic view of the plaza.
The buildings are lined with pretty colourful tiled images of every province in Spain. You’ll also find a giant moat, which runs parallel to the buildings with decorative coloured bridges crossing over to the central plaza. You can even rent a rowing boat to paddle about the moat, although you’re not going to go very far though!. The whole place is breathtaking.
Time: 1-2 hours
Location and opening times: Avenue de Isabel la Católica, 41004 | 24 hours
Prebook now: Segway Tour of Seville
Parque de Maria Luisa – From Plaza Espana head into the gorgeous Parque de Maria Luisa which is adjacent to it. The park is huge; it covers about 100 acres! Here you’ll find gazebos, lakes, fountains, museums, tropical trees and flora which are dispersed with little pathways and benches all under the shady canopy.
The park is also home to the noisy yet cute little green parrots and you’ll hear them squawking as they fly above. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind on your final afternoon.
Location and opening times: Paseo de las Delicias, s/n, 41013 | Monday – Sunday 8.00 – 22.00
Archaeological Museo – IF you’ve read my blog for a while, you’d have gleaned that I’m an absolute sucker for ancient ruins and archaeological sites. Because Seville has an abundance of ancient stuff, it’s worth visiting the museum to find out a bit more. If you have time, then head to the Archaeological Museum at the far end of Maria Luisa Park.
The building’s exterior is beautiful, it was built as part of the 1929 Ibero-American Expo and houses Roman relics found locally and from further afar. The Archaeological Museum also contains ruins from the Moorish Medina Azahara (from the nearby city of Cordoba), as well as sculptures of Hadrian and Trojan.
Time: 1 hour
Location and opening times: Plaza América, 51, 41013 | Monday Closed | Tuesday – Sunday 9.00 – 15.00
Day 3 - Evening
Alameda de Hércules – Your Seville 3 days itinerary has come to an end. For your final night, I highly recommend heading to Alameda de Hércules to experience some of Seville’s vibrant bars and nightlife.
During the daytime, this open plaza has a chilled atmosphere but comes alive at night time. It’s busy every day of the week, more so at the weekend. You’ll find a mixture of locals and tourists of all ages taking in the ambience.
Location: Alameda de Hércules, 41002
If you have 4 days in Seville, or even a week in Seville...
If you’re wondering what to do in Seville if your visiting Seville for longer than three days, then this section is for you. Or maybe you want to switch out some things I’ve suggested in this 3 days in Seville itinerary.
Other things to add to your Seville, Spain itinerary
Ruins of Italica – Located just outside of Seville (it’s about 8km to the north), these Roman ruins are worthy of some exploration. The temple junkie in me loved wandering about the site. They also appeared in the Game of Thrones series.
It’s easy to get to via bus. From the Plaza de Armas bus station catch the 170A or 170B bus, the journey takes about 30 minutes.
Location and opening times: Avenue Extremadura, 2, 41970 Santiponce | Monday Closed | Tuesday – Saturday 9.00 – 18.00 | Sunday 9.00 – 15.00.
Prebook now: Italica Roman Ruins Tour
Kayak, SUP or Cruise along the Guadalquivir river – Surprisingly, this is the only navigational river throughout the whole of Spain, so it seems a shame not to make the most of it. It’s also a great way to see the city from a different perspective. Depending on how energetic you’re feeling, or not, there are several ways you can do this.
Spanish Cooking Class – Hopefully, during the past 3 days in Seville, you’ve got to sample some of the delicious local cuisines. So a great way to keep the memories alive when you return home is to recreate some of these tasty dishes. Book a cooking class that also involves a trip to a local market to get fully immersed in the experience.
Prebook now: Spanish Cooking Class with Triana Market Tour
Flamenco Dance lesson – Being the home of this iconic Spanish dance, what better place to learn than in Seville. The pros make the dance look so fluid and effortless, however, it’s a lot harder than it looks. It’s also a great full-body workout.
Prebook now: Flamenco Dance Lesson in Seville
Day Trips from Seville
If you have longer than 3 days in Seville, Spain has a ton of other great places to visit. If time isn’t an issue, you might love this full two week Spain and Portugal itinerary, or explore some more great destinations in Andalucía.
Seville is a great base to get out and see other nearby towns and cities. If you have a few extra days, then why not explore some more of Southern Spain on some of these great day trips from Seville.
Granada – One of the most visited cities in the region is Grenada, where the infamous Alhambra is located. It’s also an easy day trip from Seville. The iconic UNESCO listed World Heritage Site draws large crowds, so be sure to book your tickets well in advance to avoid the long queues on the day.
You could easily spend a couple of days in Granada, but if you plan your visit or book a guided tour, you’ll be able to see the best of the city on a full-on day tour.
Some of the notable points of interest are the Nasrid Palaces (don’t miss the Patio de los Leones courtyard), Medina, Alcazar and Generalife Palace.
Prebook now: Day Trip To Granada and Alhambra Tour
Jerez & Cadiz – The quaint old town of Cadiz is certainly worth a visit, spend the morning wandering about the pretty cobbled streets, and marvel at the enormous Cathedral before hitting the beach in the afternoon.
Nearby Jerez is known for its sherry production, it would be almost rude not to visit this town and sample some while you’re in the region!
Both towns are doable as a day trip from Seville, either by car or train. It takes just over an hour to get there via car. You can also book a tour and let someone else do the driving.
Prebook now: Jerez and Cadiz day trip from Seville
Ronda and Pueblos Blancos – Andalucía has several gorgeous little white villages dotted about the parched yellow backdrop of the rolling countryside called Pueblos Blancos. you’ll find them usually perched on hillsides with postcard-perfect, whitewashed walls and cute cobbled streets.
Nearby Ronda looks like it’s been picked straight from a fantasy novel. The iconic thing to see in this stunning town is the stone bridge called the Puente Nueve, which stretches over the valley. Walk across it, hike in the valley under it, or just sit in one of the cliff-side bars and stare at it for hours on end, it’s beautiful!
Prebook now: Ronda and Pueblos Blancos Full Day Trip from Seville
Cordoba – There’s a lot to see in and around this beautiful city including a beautiful Alcazar, a pretty Jewish Old Town, iconic Flower Street and of course the unmissable UNESCO Heritage-listed Cordoba Cathedral Mosque, the Mezquita–Cathedral de Córdoba.
Prebook now: Cordoba Full Day Heritage Tour from Seville
Doñana National Park – If you’re looking to get outside of the city, then head to Doñana National Park. Explore the rugged landscapes, marshes and beaches in this protected area. You’ll also have the chance to spot flamingos, eagles and lynx.
There’s no easy way to get to the park using public transport the easiest way to get there is by booking a 4wheel drive tour
Prebook now: Donana National Park 4WD Tour
FAQs for this Seville, Spain itinerary
Getting to Seville: Travel Options
By Flight: The easiest option is to fly directly into Seville. Seville has an international airport called San Pablo Airport. Then from the airport, there are several options to get into the centre of Seville.
The cheapest option is via public bus. The bus departs from Terminal level 0 from the pavement outside of the arrivals building. The journey takes around 35 minutes. The one-way ticket costs €4. The bus then drops off at several places in the city including Santa Justa Train Station and The Plaza de Armas Bus Terminal.
Alternatively, you could go via taxi and get dropped right at your hotel door. To avoid queues it’s easiest to book your transfer in advance with a meet and greet service.
Prebook now: Meet and Greet Seville Airport Transfer
Getting to Seville from Madrid
If you’re flying into the nation’s capital, the quickest way to get to Seville from Madrid is by direct high-speed train. It takes around 2.5 hours with trains departing from Atocha Train Station in Madrid centre and arriving at Santa Justa in Seville.
To find the cheapest prices on travel in Spain, I always use the Omio app, which searches for bus, train and plane options. This is the most convenient way to search for travel as it compares prices and times across all methods of transportation, and tickets can be sent straight to your app, so no need for printing stuff out!
Where to stay in Seville
There’s no shortage of accommodation in Seville for every budget for 3 days Seville trip. Regardless of your travel style, you’ll easily find something to suit. However, I highly recommend, because you’ll be doing so much sightseeing, for your 3 nights in Seville, stay fairly central so that everything is within walking distance. The best areas are all within the old city walls.
What’s the best way to get around Seville?
When you visit Seville, within no time you’ll realise that it’s a very compact city. It’s also incredibly flat as well as pedestrian and bike-friendly. It’s also got a fantastic public transport system, which makes it really easy to get about.
I recommend staying in the historic centre as this is where most of the top things to see in Seville are located and you can get to everything by foot.
Seville offers a great cycle network, over 170km of it! The bike rental scheme here is called Sevici – be warned, they are slow and heavy to use, twin that with the excessive summer heat and cobblestones, Sevici is hard work. Plus you have to put the bike back in a station every 30 minutes to avoid extra charges.
A better, and more comfortable option is to hire a bike for a full day. There are plenty of bike hire shops. Whichever option you go for, you’ll find cycle paths running all over the city and bike parks next to all the attractions.
Prebook now: Full Day Bike Rental
How many days in Seville do I need?
I live here, and I’m still always in awe at how stunningly beautiful the city is. Although you could see the highlights during a long weekend, you’re going to miss loads of stuff.
With 3 days in Seville, you’ll have a good amount of time to see all the highlights while taking it at a leisurely pace. If you have longer, then you would certainly find enough to do, even if you stayed here for a week.
Likewise, if you were only passing through and had 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.
When is the best time to visit Seville?
With only a handful of rainy days and the yearly average temperature in the region of 19°C (66°F), it’s clear that Seville is an all-year-round destination. You will be blessed with blue skies and sun all year round, making it one of the warmest places in Europe in winter.
Visiting Seville in the summer months (July and August), can be uncomfortably hot. Most likely this will be more than 35°C s. (95⸰F).
The best weather in Seville is from March to May then September to October. If you can, try to book your trip to Seville outside of the European school holidays. Early in the season (February and March), the orange blossom will be in bloom giving the streets a sweet fragrance.
If you’re looking to avoid crowds and the hiked up prices, then another time to avoid is Semana Santa (Holy Week/ Easter) and Feria de Abril. Both of these events bring in larger crowds and an increased price of accommodation. However, these can also be fantastic to experience.
If you visit in the winter months, the city is known for its oranges; Seville Oranges, and in December they are in season. There are over 31,000 orange trees in Seville, filling the trees with bright vibrant orange fruit and a sweet smell of ripe citrus.
So, in a nutshell, if you’re wondering when to visit Seville, go for Spring or Autumn, but any time of the year is good.
When is the best season to visit Spain?
Although each season has perks, to make the most of the best weather and fewer crowds would be visiting in late spring (May) or early autumn (October).
Is it worth visiting Spain during winter?
Spain can be a great destination to visit in winter, especially if you’re visiting over the festive period – with Christmas, New Year and Kings Day all happening over the space of a couple of weeks.
How does the public transportation work in Sevilla? Is there a good multiday pass for tourists?
Seville has an excellent public transport system. You can use a pre-loaded card called a Tussam card. This is the cheapest way to get around, although it can be challenging getting your head around the route timetable, especially if your Spanish isn’t up to scratch.
If you’re restricted by time, then you might be better off using the hop-on-hop-off service. These can be bought for multi-days and will drop you at all the major tourist destinations. It’s worth noting that large buses can not enter the old historical centre, so pick up a map to find where the bus service stops.
What should a first-time visitor not do in Sevilla, Spain?
There are no particular rules apart from using your common sense. Seville is a very safe city. Like with any tourist spot, watch out for pickpockets.
The Spanish are very friendly, it’s not uncommon for strangers to say ‘hola‘ or ‘buenas‘ as you enter a building. Just smile and say ‘hola‘ back.
With regards to tipping – Andalucia is one of the lowest-paid cities in Spain, so tipping, although not required, is appreciated.
What are the best places to visit in Spain near Seville?
Some great day trip ideas are Cordoba, Granada, Cadiz and Jerez. I go into detail about these destinations in this section here.
How to get free stuff in Seville
If you’re looking to save some money and not miss out on the best things to do in Seville, on a budget, and with more time flexibility, then check out this list. On some days of the week, you can even bag yourself free admission to visit some of Seville’s top attractions without spending a cent.
- The Real Alcazar – It’s only 1Euro to visit if you go on a Monday afternoon after 4 pm. Book online although at peak times you’ll need to book several weeks in advance.
- Torre del Oro – Free all day on a Monday, there is no need to book in advance, but go earlier in the day to avoid any crowds.
- Casa de Pilatos – Free for EU Citizens on Mondays between 15.00-19.00 (take your passport!)
- Palacio de las Dueñas – Free on Mondays after 14.00. There are 50 spaces available for the day of the visit, on a first-come-first-serve basis. You cannot book in advance. People start queuing along the street quite a while in advance to ensure they are in the first 50.
- Hospital de los Venerables – Free entry on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9:00 to 9:30. Book online in advance, maximum capacity of 25 people.
- Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija – Free entry on Tuesday at 10:00 (with limited capacity, on the ground floor)
Where can I find a map of Seville in Spain?
Not sure where to find everything I’ve mentioned in this article? then check out this Seville, Spain map. Click here to download it.
Final thoughts on Seville in 3 days
Hopefully, this guide has answered everything you need to know, from what to see in Seville three day itinerary, getting around, where to stay and some insider tips to help you plan your epic 3 days in Seville trip.
If there is anything I didn’t mention, then comment in the section below and I’ll try to answer it.
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