How to see stunning Seville in 3 days: Your complete 3 day Seville itinerary

How to see stunning Seville in 3 days: Your complete 3 day Seville itinerary

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 itinerary covers everything you’ll need to know, including what to do in Seville, where to stay and how to get around. Not only this, but I’ve also included a ton of handy time and money-saving tips for some of the best Seville attractions.

If you’re wondering how many days in Seville is enough? No worries! I’ve got that covered too. If you only have time to see the city of Seville in 2 days check out this alternate itinerary here for the condensed version of this Seville 3 days’ guide. Alternatively, if you plan to spend 4 days in Seville, check out this section here , where I give you the low down other great things to see and do in the city.

So, whether you’re planning just a weekend in Seville, a city break or a longer trip to the region of Andalucía, this guide is a great place to start. 

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Plaza de Espana

Don’t forget your travel insurance.

Before you set off on your amazing trip to Seville, make sure you have booked your travel insurance.

Two companies I recommend are True Traveller (although they only cover EU citizens) or World Nomads (all nationalities).

A quick guide to Seville in 3 days

Before we get stuck into the full article, here’s a quick glance at what to see in Seville.

  • Real Alcázar
  • Cathedral of Seville & La Giralda 
  • The Metropol Parasol (Las Setas) 
  • Plaza de España 
  • Barrio Santa Cruz 
  • Alameda de Hércules
  • Museo de Bellas Artes 
  • Palacio de las Dueñas 
  • Torre del Oro (the Gold Tower) 
  • Triana 
  • Watch the sunset over the Old Town from a Rooftop Bar
  • Casa de Pilatos 
  • Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija 
  • Flamenco Shows and Tapas 
  • Parco de Maria Luisa
  • Archaeological Museo 
  • Hospital de los Venerables

And if you have time….

  • Ruins of Italica 
  • Kayak, SUP or Cruise along the Guadalquivir river 
  • Spanish Cooking Lesson
  • Flamenco Dance Class

 

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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. If you want more in-depth info, check out this detailed article here .

Legend says that Seville was founded by Hercules (it wasn’t). And amongst other civilisations, the Greeks and Romans settled here. 

Although not a great deal remains from this period of history, you can still find evidence of it in the historical centre under ‘The Mushroom’ as well as the ruins of Italica, 8km north of Seville.

The city we know today as Seville fell under the reign of the Arabs in 712, it was then known as Isbiliah with the river Guad el Kevir, flowing through it. These two names evolved to become ‘Seville’ and ‘Guadalquivir River’, which they are known as today. Around the city there are several landmarks which date back to the Muslim reign; these include the Giralda (the tower on Seville Cathedral), the Torre del Oro (the Golden Tower), the Muralla de la Macarena (the city walls at the Macarena) and of course, the Alcazar.  All of these monuments have been included in this Seville city guide. 

The Muslims ruled over Seville for over 500 years until when, in 1248, the Muslims were forced to leave. After defeat in a conquest lead 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.

In the 17th century, after a plague and the silting up of the Guadalquivir river, the Chamber of Commerce was moved to nearby Cadiz (which is an equally stunning city you should also visit) – read more about Cadiz here.

In 1929 Seville hosted the Ibero-American Exposition, this was when magnificent buildings such as the iconic crescent the Plaza de España were built. Then in 1992, Seville hosted another international event called The Universal Exposition. If you’re into abandoned theme parks you can see some of the old remains of the abandoned exhibition centre (you can read more about it in this article here)

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Cathedral of Seville & La Girlada

Getting to Seville

Seville has an international airport; San Pablo Airport.

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 into 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.

Getting to Seville from Madrid

If you’re flying into the nation’s capital, the quickest way to get to Seville from Madrid is via the high-speed train. It takes around 2.5 hours and trains depart from Atocha Train Station in the city centre.  Omio is a great way to find the cheapest tickets, check departure times and book.

Check prices and departure times here to transfer from Madrid to Seville here.

Seville in 3 days – Your complete 3 days in Seville itinerary

Day 1 – Morning

Real Alcázar – 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 when Seville was under 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 to 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 PedroSalon de los Tapices and Salon de Embajadores.

Because the Real Alcázar is one of the top things to see in Seville, it can get very busy. Book your ticket in advance so you can skip the queue.

Time: Approx 2 -3 hours.

Location and opening times: Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Sevilla | Monday – Sunday 9.30 – 17.30

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Real Alcazar

Day 1 - Afternoon

Cathedral of Seville & La Giralda – It would be near impossible to miss this over dominating building. The beautiful Seville Cathedral is also one of the must-see buildings in this 3 days in Seville itinerary. Like with the Real Alcazar, this is another designated UNESCO World Heritage site.

It also boasts being the biggest cathedral in the world by volume and also the resting place of Christopher Columbus, though some dispute this.

Historically, when Seville was under Islamic rule, 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 church. Construction of the building was completed in 1506.

After musing over Cathedral of Seville, take the meandering ramps up the 35 floors of the bell tower, known as the Giralda. The 350-foot tower offers breath-taking views over the city of Seville. The ramps were once used for horses who would carry the muezzins to the top. (I learnt this word today – a muezzin is the man who calls Muslims to prayer from the minaret of a mosque)

Originally, this tower was the minaret of the old mosque that used to stand here. Taking a panoramic walk at the top will certainly be one of your highlights from your short break to Seville. Don’t forget your camera!

Most likely, you’ll want to spend two or three hours at the Cathedral of Seville and the Giralda. This is one of the top attractions in Seville, so naturally, it can get very busy. Book your Seville Cathedral ticket in advance so you can skip the queue.

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

The Metropol Parasol (Las Setas) – This gigantic wooden structure is the brainchild of a German architect; Jürgen Mayer. Affectional known as ‘The Mushroom’; Las Setas de la Encarnación 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 building in the world!

The best time to visit the upper levels is in the late afternoon or early evening when the sun is less harsh. Take the lift up to the viewing platform and walkway.

During the building of the Metropol Parasol, construction workers unearthed a whole load of ruins dating back to the Roman times. These are on display in a museum which can be found underneath the Metropol Parasol. 

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

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The Metropol Parasol

Day 1 - Evening

Flamenco Shows and Tapas – Seville has both, deep roots in its folklore and the home to Flamenco dance. So watching a live Flamenco performance is a must-do in Seville. You can supercharge this experience by combing it with a tapas crawl and sample a whole range of traditional Iberian specialities.

Typically, Flamenco is done 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 day of this Seville itinerary.

If you’re the type that likes to get involved and you’re feeling energetic, you could always book onto a Flamenco dance class.

Day 2 – Morning

Barrio Santa Cruz – The second day of your three days in Seville 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. I spent hours wandering about here, 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 it’s a good idea to book onto a guided tour of Barrio Santa Cruz.

You’ll stumble across plenty of cafes to pick up breakfast. Check out the quaint Bar El Comercio and opt for churros y chocolate. If you’ve not come across these yet, they are a bit like a stick-shaped doughnut, served with a pot of gloopy chocolate sauce to dip them in. Delicious!

Time: Approx 1 hour

Location: basically all the tiny streets sturrounding the outer walls of the Alcazar.

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Barrio Santa Cruz

Hospital de los Venerables OR Museo de Bellas Artes – Continue your morning by absorbing some of the stunning artwork that Seville is home to. I’ve given two options here and both are certainly worthy of a visit, especially if you’re into your grand masterpieces.

If you’re torn between one or the other, then opt for the Museo de Bellas Artes as it’s free to enter at any time. It’s located in a Baroque-style building, with pretty courtyards and gardens. The Hospital de los Venerables will set you back 10Euro entry unless you enter at their set free hours.

Time: Approx 1 -2 hours

Related: Check out this article on more FREE things to do in Seville. 

Location and opening times: Hopspital 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

Palacio de las Dueñas – Although I adored the 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, complete with an arcaded fountained courtyard and pretty orange-tree clad squares.

You could spend hours here wandering about, the attention to detail both inside and out is something to marvel at. If you’re visiting on a Monday, you might be lucky to bag yourself one of the 50 free tickets! Find out how here.

Time: Approx 1-2 hours

Related: Check out this article on more FREE things to do in Seville. 

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 Gold Tower) – The Torre del Orro dates back to when Seville was under Islamic rule. Built in the 13th century, this watchtower was one of a pair which guarded the entrance to the city. This is the only tower which 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. It’s free to enter the museum on Mondays, at other times it’s just 3Euro to enter, which I feel was worth it for the view. 

Time: Approx 1 hour

Related: Check out this article on more FREE things to do in Seville. 

Location and opening times: Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, s/n, 41001 | Monday – Saturday 9.30 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 20.00

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Torre del Oro

Triana – You’re going to be continuing your Seville in 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. Triana is famous for the stunningly intricate, vivid and decorative azulejo tiles that you will probably have seen everywhere. 

Triana is a charming little district to wander about, be sure to visit the Centro Ceramica to find out the history surrounding these adorable little tiles. As a heads up, if you’re looking for an authentic souvenir from Seville to take back, this is where you’re going to find it.

Time: Approx 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

Prebook now: Triana Walking Tour

Day 2 – Evening

After a full-on second day of exploring Seville, head to one of the city’s great rooftop bars to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset.

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’s a 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     

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Dusk over Seville Cathedral

Day 3 – Morning

Casa de Pilatos – Start the final day of your 3 day Seville itinerary at the most prettiest of palacesIf 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 over every nook and cranny of this place, don’t forget to look up! You’ll see gigantic murals and elaborate latticework everywhere. 

You’ll probably want to spend at least an hour here. It’s free to get in with an EU passport on a Monday afternoon, for more details check out this article on free things to do in Seville.

Location and opening times: Plaza de Pilatos, 1, 41003 | Monday – Sunday 9.00 – 18.00

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Casa de Pilatos
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Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija – Sevillinan’s love their stunning palaces, and this is another one on ‘must see in Seville’ list. The countess who the palace is named after 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 palace 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: Approx 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 any image search for Seville, THIS is most likely the image you’ll get. 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. Often under the towers, you’ll find live musicians and flamenco dancers. 

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: Approx 1-2 hours

Location and opening times: Avenue de Isabel la Católica, 41004 | 24 hours

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Plaza de Espana

Parco de Maria Luisa – From the Plaza de España head into the gorgeous Maria Luisa Park which is adjacent to it. The park is huge; it covers about 100 acres! In 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.

Time: Approx 1-2hours

Location and opening times: Paseo de las Delicias, s/n, 41013 | Monday – Sunday 8.00 – 22.00

Archaeological Museo – If you have time, then head into the Archaeological Museum at the far end of the park. The building exterior is beautiful, it was built as part of the 1929 Ibero-American Expo and houses Roman relics found at Italica, just outside of Seville. If you have the time and are a bit of a ruin junkie, then the Ruins of Italica makes for an awesome half-day trip outside of the city.

The Archaeological Museum houses ruins from the Moorish Medina Azahara (from the nearby city of Cordoba), as well as sculptures of Hadrian and Trojan.

Time: Approx 1 hour

Location and opening times: Plaza América, 51, 41013 | Monday Closed | Tuesday – Sunday 9.00 – 15.00

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Archeaeological Museuo, Seville

Day 3 – Evening

Alameda de Hércules – Your Seville 3 day itinerary has come to an end, so for your final night, I highly recommend heading to Alameda de Hércules to experience some of Seville’s vibrant bars and nightlife. 

During the day time, this open plaza has a chilled vibe 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 atmosphere. 

Two great places to grab a drink which are both perfect for the ‘gram’ are ‘Duo Tapas’ which is situated in an old church with hanging branches and lights twinkling above. The other is Gigante Bar. I absolutely loved the décor of this place which had a retro and vintage feel to it. Both are a top choice to start your night out. 

Location: Alameda de Hércules, 41002

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If you have 4 days in Seville, or even a week in Seville...

If you have longer than 3 days in Seville, I highly recommend you explore some more great destinations in Andalucía.

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. 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

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 cuisine. So a great way to keep the memories alive when you return home is to recreate some of these tasty dishes. Book onto 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

Day Trips from Seville

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 Grenada, but if you plan your visit or book onto a guided tour, you’ll be able to see the best of the city in a full-on day.

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.  

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The Alhambra,Granada

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. Trains leave from Santa Justa Train Station several times a day. Check times and prices here.

Ronda and Pueblos Blancos – It’s a good idea to visit these two destinations on the same day, they are a mere 15 minutes from each other.

Andalucia has several gorgeous little white villages dotted about the parched yellow backdrop of the rolling countryside. Pueblos Blancos is one of those, perched on a hill. It’s postcard-perfect, with its 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 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! 

if you have a car, it’s easy to do the two on a day trip. In around about an hour you can reach Pueblos Blancos, and then about 20 minutes on is Ronda. If you are relying on public transport you’ll have to skip Pueblos Blancos and go straight to Ronda by train or bus (check prices and times here). Alternatively, book onto a tour which includes your transportation to both destinations. 

 

Related article: Day trip to Ronda 

Cordoba – If you have time, you could easily spend 2 days in Cordoba, there’s a lot to see in this beautiful city, however, you can see the main sights in a day. It’s located just an hour away by train or approximately 80 minutes by car. 

Aside from the beautiful Alcazar, pretty Jewish Old Town, iconic Flower Street is the unmissable UNESCO Heritage-listed Cordoba Cathedral Mosque, the MezquitaCathedral de Córdoba. At peak times the iconic building gets extremely busy, so make sure you book your tickets ahead of your visit, you will not want to miss out seeing this.

Related Article: How to spend a perfect day in Cordoba.

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Mezquita Cathedral, , Cordoba

Doñana National Park 4WD Tour – 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 flamingoes, eagles and lynx.

Doñana National Park from Seville is about a 45minute drive. There’s no easy way to get to the park using public trasnport, so if you don’t have access to a car you’ll need to book onto a tour which includes your transportation.

Top Tips for visiting Seville

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Where to stay in Seville

There’s no shortage of accommodation in Seville. This ranges from AirBnB, guest houses, hostels and luxury end hotels. Regardless of your travel style, you’ll find something to suit. However, I highly recommend for your 3 nights in Seville, to stay fairly central so that everything is within walking distance.

Here are my top hotel suggestions;

On a budget: Hotel AA Las Casas de los Mercaderes – this is the perfect option if you’re on a budget, you actually get quite a lot for your money! Not only is it located in the historical centre, but it also offers modern tastefully decorated rooms, a rooftop terrace and on onsite restaurant/ bar area.

Mid-Budget: El Rey Moro Hotel Boutique – this cute boutique hotel boasts probably one of THE cutest courtyards. Rooms are a clever mix of traditional with a modern twist. Guest can take advantage of the rooftop terrace, the spa hot-tubs as well as free bicycle hire.   

Blow the Budget: Hotel Alfonso XIII – undeniably Seville’s most luxurious hotel. Centrally located just minutes from the Alcazar and Cathedral, the rooms are tastefully decorated. With a choice of three onsite restaurants, a sun terrace bar, gym and swimming pool, this hotel has everything you need for a truly 5* experience. 

Getting 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 (jump to ‘where to stay in Seville’ section) as this is where most of the top things to see in Seville are located.  

You should be able to walk to the major sites, however, if things are a little further away, Seville offers a great cycle network, over 170km of it! The bike rental scheme here is called Sevici, which is certainly worth it if you want to use a bike for more than a day. If you want to hire a bike for a single 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

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.  

I mentioned right at the start of this article that Seville is the hottest city in Europe, so if you’re planning on visiting Seville in the summer months (July and August), you’re going to be greeted with stifling hot temperatures. Most likely this will be in excess of 35°C s. (95⸰F). 

The best time to visit Seville is when the weather is still warm, yet not so suffocating. If you can, try to book your trip to Seville in the Spring or Autumn months when temperatures are more comfortable, either March through to May or September and October.

If you visit Seville early in the season, the orange blossom will be in bloom giving the streets a sweet fragrance. April is a great month for this, however, if your trip coincides with Holy Week (this is the week leading up to Easter Sunday) you’ll find large crowds, hiked prices and occasional closures of attractions for religious activities. If you do happen to be in Seville during this festival, then look out for the Santa Semana processions. 

 Other festivals in the Springtime is the Feria de Abril which runs for a week. Then in May, there is the Cruz de Mayo festival. Both of these events bring in larger crowds and increased prices in accommodation.

Visiting Seville in the Autumn is also a great option. Like in the Springtime, there might still be the odd shower, but even then, the average rainfall is still incredibly low. 

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.

Where to eat in Seville

There’s no shortage of places to eat in Seville. I’m a vegetarian, so naturally, my choices all swing on if they have a decent veggie option or not.  

Read this useful article on the best vegetarian cafes and restaurants in Seville.

One of my favourites, for a quick lunch on the fly, is 100 Montadtos. Think of this as Spain’s version of fast food – it’s just a million times better. So none of this greasy American style lark. The chain has branches dotted all over Seville (and Spain!). They serve delicious little rolls, depending on how hungry I’m feeling I’d usually order between 2 or 4. I love the mozzarella and pesto one, or the Spanish tortilla and aioli. They are super cheap, starting at just 1Euro each.

Naturally, when you’re in Spain, I 100% recommend trying tapas, one of the best ways to try as many of the best ones possible is to book onto a guided Tapas Crawl. Patatas Bravas and Manchego cheese are both top choices for non-meat eaters, as are the little potato croquettes served with lashing of aioli (garlic mayonnaise).

Other amazing places for food is the Mercado de Triana! Wander about the produce sellers, see what takes your fancy and a try a whole range of locally produced foods. See map for the location.

Prebook now: Guided Tapas Crawl in Seville

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How to get FREE entry to attractions in Seville

If you’re looking to save some money and the best things to do in Seville on a budget, then check out this list. On some days the week, you can even bag yourself free admission to visit some of Seville’s top attractions.

    • 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)
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Final thoughts on Seville in 3 days

Hopefully, this Seville city guide has given you all the information you need to 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.

Staying in the country for a bit longer? Awesome! Then why not check out these other great articles on Spain.

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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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  1. Very nice, my wife and I stayed for two weeks ( a couple times) in Sevilla and love it.
    Your itinerary is great, but had to get to the end of Day 3 to be sure you included Hercules square. Such a vibrant place. Also just hanging by the river with the students and relaxed Sevilla vibe.
    Kudos, and Richer For Wandering.

    1. Hi Richard, thanks for the great feedback on the article. True, I wasn’t sure quite where to put Hercules Square, I’d contemplated putting it earlier into the itinerary but then based it on personal experience that nearly every time I’ve ended up there, I’ve had a thick head the next day which isn’t great for an early start the next day for sighseeing. 😀 But you’re right, it’s a fab and vibrant place isn’t it!

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