Truly a beautiful place – hot, sunny, ancient and romantic. Anyone who has at least once learned what Seville is, learned what Spain is. Holidays in Seville include midday promenades, trips to the beaches, many museums and photo sessions at the ancient city walls. Welcome to the south of Spain in hospitable Andalusia!
Seville – the southern city of Spain
It is difficult to underestimate the beauty and importance of Seville as a tourist city. Here, every second lane preserves the country’s architectural past, and an incredible number of museums and sightseeing tours fill the daily routine from dawn to dusk.
The best time to visit is spring and the velvet autumn season. Comfortable climatic conditions, not too high air temperatures combined with an interesting program will make your vacation unforgettable. On summer holidays, Seville is not very comfortable for people who cannot stand the heat, since there is no sea or bay nearby, you will have to hide from the scorching sun in the shade of citrus trees.
Seville and its attractions
Seville is so beautiful that you want to see everything here at once. In the literal sense, eyes run up at the very entrance to the city center. Although, even the outskirts are sometimes fascinating and captivating.
As in many tourist cities, the center in Seville is equipped for visitors from abroad. Here is the main backbone of attractions, restaurants and hotels. It is worth taking a step from the center – you are surrounded by distinctive locals. The houses and restaurants here are also beautiful, but not so luscious, you can say that they are real. If you are careful, you can see ancient frescoes and carved inserts on the walls of some houses and verandas. Local residents keep and honor them as a tribute to the historical past.
The largest Gothic cathedral in the world, Maria de la Sede, is located in Seville. Its architectural forms resemble a mixture of Gothic castles with a slight oriental echo. The yellowish brick and rounded vaults are similar to oriental mosques. This is not surprising, since before the foundation of the cathedral in 1248, it was the mosque that towered here. Built in the 15th century, it keeps a lot of secrets, secrets and treasures within its walls. They even say that in the depths of the cathedral lie the remains of the legendary traveler and navigator Christopher Columbus. Next to the cathedral is the Giralda Bell Tower – a 114-meter structure with 22 bells and an intricate internal structure.
There is also an alcazar in the city of Seville. The Alcazar is a palace in Spain, built during Arab rule, predominantly in the Moorish style. So the Seville Alcazar is included in the World Heritage List and was built in the Mudejar style. For many centuries, Spanish kings lived here, today the royal family uses the upper chambers. You can get into the alcazar for 10 euros daily.
Fans of Game of Thrones will be especially interesting – Dorn’s scenes were filmed in the courtyard of the alcazar.
Seville does not have its own sea or even a backwater, but a river flows here. The Golden Tower was built on the banks of the Guadalquivir in the Middle Ages. This stone massif at one time served as a haven for prisoners, and then as a repository of the treasury and savings of port merchants.
In contrast to antiquity, modern architects have created a “mushroom place” in the city center.
The large shopping center, built entirely of wood, is considered the largest structure of its kind.
The locals really call Metropol Parasol Mushrooms, apparently because of the external resemblance. After admiring and surprised by the exterior of the building, look inside for shopping.
In general, walking around Seville, you can easily see beautiful houses. Today, people live in many old buildings, shops or municipal organizations are located. If you don’t want to explore the city on foot, you can rent a horse-drawn carriage. An experienced coachman will take you through the city center along a specific or free route. And if he comes across very sociable, then better than any guide will arrange excursions in Seville for you.
If you want to listen to a real guide, then visit one of the local museums. The city itself is not that big, but there are plenty of museums here. There is the Flamenco Museum, where guests of the country are told about the main choreographic pride of the city and Spain as a whole. Another interesting option is the Main Archive of India, the cult of Columbus and the discoverers in the country is widely developed, so it is not surprising that the museum contains the leading discoveries. The showcases contain ancient testimonies, sketches and maps of medieval and subsequent discoveries of the big world. In addition, the Archaeological Museum can be interesting, which will tell you in more detail about the history of this beautiful city.
A little life hack: if you intend to visit the museums of Seville, we recommend purchasing the Sevilla Card. This card allows you to visit all local museums. Also, as a nice bonus, it gives the right to free travel on public transport. The cost of the card is 53 euros, which is significantly cheaper than multiple bus trips and all tickets to interesting exhibitions.
Transport in Seville
From public transport in Seville, buses, trams, metro and taxis are available. They walk to many of the city’s attractions. In addition, you can rent a bike on the streets, the first half hour is free. Horse carriages are offered as exotic. Naturally, travel on them is not cheap.
1. Buses and trams.
By bus and tram, the fare is 1.3 euros, there are passes for one and three days – 5 and 10 euros, respectively. These can be purchased from the driver.
In 2009, the first metro line went into operation, linking the west and south-east of the city. The fare depends on the zone and averages 1.5 euros.
3. Car rental.
Car rentals are available at Seville Airport and in the city itself. You can rent your favorite transport both upon arrival and in advance. In the latter case, you will significantly save time, and you will have more choice. View car rental prices.
Taxis are the most convenient form of transport in Seville, although they are more expensive than others. Cars are found in popular tourist places, near large shopping centers. You can also call a taxi from a hotel, restaurant, etc.
As has been said more than once, Seville does not offer its guests beaches – there is simply no sea here. There is a river in which locals and some tourists desperate in the summer still swim. But this idea is not the most successful, therefore, if, being in the city, you want to freshen up, you will have to go outside.
The closest option is the coast of Huelva, near the Doñana National Park. You can rent a car and go on a sea adventure. Formally, the locals even call this beach officially owned by Seville.
Alternatively, the coast of Cadiz is a resort region near Seville that offers at least three of the largest beaches. In particular, we are talking about Chipione, Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria. The distance of these beaches from the city is about 100 kilometers. All of them are clean, refined, with a developed tourist infrastructure.
Shopping in Seville
In addition to Metropol Parasol, Seville offers other shopping options. Handicrafts made from natural materials are very much appreciated here, for example, you can buy a ceramic figurine or even dishes as a keepsake. If you are also interested in such shopping, then feel free to go to Triana, across the bridge from the Old City. The main pride here is Cerámica Santa Ana, an old shop with a wide range of products.
Another good shopping option is a flamenco dress or fan. Suddenly, inspired by a visit to a museum or just in the evening after a glass of wine, you want to dance. On the other hand, it is the attributes of flamenco that can become the most successful souvenir from Spain. In this case, visit the Juan Foronda store, where almost all the products are handmade.
Many fashionistas travel to Spain to buy branded and fashionable clothes. For the sake of fairness, we note that with Seville this is not the best idea. Prices for branded items are higher here than even in some stores in the capital. If you still want to combine this wonderful holiday with shopping in boutiques, then come here in August. During this period, large sales and discounts take place.
Hotels and restaurants in Seville
Spanish cuisine is as expressive and hot as the Spaniards themselves. And also local restaurants are as atmospheric and authentic as possible. There is a whole list of tapas bars near the Golden Tower. It is a small eatery format with good alcohol and cheese and seafood snacks. The main feature is evening gatherings on the terrace, accompanied by the sounds of flamenco. The most successful area for such evenings is in Triana.
Home cooking mixed with bar culture is well represented at Bar Alfalfa. They make incredible baked eggplant and homemade goat cheese. A wide menu with smoked meats, vegetables and fruits, as well as unforgettable bruschettes. Notable bars include El Garlochi, Pura Vida and El Rinconcillo, the oldest bar in the city.
For lovers of gourmet cuisine, the Mariatrifulca restaurant is well suited. It is also located in Triana, not far from Seville Cathedral, on the banks of the river. From here you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the surroundings, and the waiters, at your request, bring delicious seafood dishes. Despite the fact that this is one of the best restaurants in town, the prices are quite reasonable.
For reference: the average check for a dinner will cost you about 30-40 euros per person. A snack with a light salad and bruschettes can cost up to 20 euros. A cup of coffee costs about 2 euros.
Also keep in mind that the Spaniards deeply value siesta, so their daily routine is slightly shifted.
Lunch starts around 2pm, and many restaurants serve dinner from 8-9pm.
The most attractive area for settlement in Seville is not far from the Cathedral. This is indeed a tourist region, but at the same time it is quite quiet and peaceful here. All the main beauties of the city are within walking distance, as well as institutions, museums and souvenir shops. It is here that the main array of hotels, inns and even hostels is located.
Another suitable option is the Santa Cruz quarter. It is even more serene, the hotels here are often designer, with high-quality service. Therefore, it is not surprising that the prices for accommodation are significantly higher than in other areas. However, we note that the rooms are often smaller in size than in the same center. The pattern is strange for a European tourist to understand. But you need to remember this when booking accommodation.