Seville: The most beautiful sights & our tips

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Seville. Or: Andalusian flair in perfection. We dare to say that a trip to Andalusia without the capital Seville is unthinkable. This city has so much flair, so much history, so much attitude to life that we were speechless more than once.

In the eyes of many, Seville is the most beautiful city in Spain. In this blog article we will show you what makes Seville so special. We will introduce you to the most beautiful sights and highlights and, of course, we will also share our personal tips. Ready for a big portion of Andalusian lifestyle? Here we go!

1. Seville: Worth knowing & what to expect We already know quite a few Spanish cities, but this Flair of Seville is a very special one. Seville is imposing, magnificent, lively and: hot. Exactly. In the summer months the thermometer in Seville often rises above 50 Degrees Celsius.

In Seville an above average number of sights on you – above all, of course, the gigantic cathedral and the Alcázar of Seville. (Don’t worry: we’ll tell you later what that is and which highlights await you in Seville.)

Seville is a university city. This means that in addition to all the history, there is a very young attitude to life in the city. There are countless bars and many hip cafes.

How much time should I plan for Seville? We ourselves stayed three nights in Seville. We had enough time to see the main sights, but honestly we would have preferred to have stayed longer. In three nights our program was pretty tight – especially since we also caught a rainy day.

If you prefer to take it easy and your schedule allows it, we would do four nights in Plan for Seville. If necessary, two nights will do, but we wouldn’t recommend it. Believe us: there is really a lot to see!

2. Discover the most beautiful sights and highlights in Seville Old town of Seville Although many sights are located in the old town, we will briefly introduce this part of the city to you separately. The old town of Seville is a nice labyrinth of streets, in which you will almost certainly get lost.

The Barrio de Santa Cruz, the former Jewish quarter is particularly narrow and winding. It is in the heart of the old town, just east of the Cathedral and the Real Alcázar. Some of the streets here are adventurously narrow and reserved for pedestrians.

In the streets and squares in the Barrio de Santa Cruz there are quaint tapas bars, bodegas and small shops settled. It’s best to just let yourself drift a bit – without a city map. Don’t forget to look up from time to time to admire the flower-filled balconies.

Cathedral of Seville The Cathedral of Seville is a superlative. It is in fact the largest Gothic church in Spain and one of the largest in the world. And believe us: once you stand in front of it, you won’t be able to stop being amazed. The cathedral is already incredibly impressive from the outside.

It is no less impressive inside. If you only visit one cathedral on your trip, then it should be this one. (Apart from the Mezquita in Córdoba.) The dimensions are really gigantic.

One of the highlights is climbing the bell tower, La Giralda called . It was once the minaret of the mosque, hence the Moorish influence in the architecture. The curious thing about this tower: You hardly have to climb any stairs here, instead you go over a total of 35, gently sloping ramps upwards. At the top, one of the most famous views in Seville awaits you.

Because there is so much to see inside the cathedral, we would recommend at least 1.5 hours there to plan. Our tip: Depending on the season, you should be there as early as possible. We were at the end of November (ie in the off-season) in the afternoon in the cathedral and the Giralda bell tower in particular was quite crowded.

Information on ticket purchase Especially in the high season, the rush is enormous. We would therefore strongly recommend that you buy your ticket online in advance during the busy months. You can easily do this on the official website of Seville Cathedral. While there are countless other websites that also sell tickets, we would stick with the official provider.

Official website: Seville Cathedral

If you missed the ticket purchase , another little tip: Since the ticket is also for the Iglesia del Salvador a little further away ) applies, you can also buy it there. The queues are usually a lot shorter at the Iglesia del Salvador.

Information on visiting the Cathedral of Seville Price: 01 Euro (ticket valid for Cathedral, Giralda and the Church of Salvador)

Opening hours: can be found on the official website (see above)

Real Alcazar Directly opposite the cathedral is the entrance to the Real Alcázar, the second major highlight in Seville. The Real Alcázar is a palace complex consisting of countless courtyards and gardens. Characteristic is the Arabic-Christian mix of styles, Called Mudéjar.

The Real Alcázar is incredibly impressive. The most well-known photo motif is the Patio de las Doncellas with the magnificent arcades. We were also very enthusiastic about the filigree, gold-colored ceiling of the Salón de los Embajadores.

Even if the Real Alcázar is a bit overwhelming at first glance works, you can easily find your way around with the plan that you receive at the entrance. All courtyards, rooms and gardens are numbered, so you can simply start at 1 and then explore step by step on your own. We would plan at least two hours for the visit.

Good to know: As you can probably imagine, the Real Alcázar is extremely popular and always busy. Sometimes a bit of patience is required if you want to take a good photo. In any case, be prepared for many, many people.

Information on buying tickets There is a maximum number of capacity (to which 750 people), which is why you have to expect hours of waiting in the high season . You should therefore definitely buy your ticket online in advance. You will probably still have to wait a little at the entrance (there is a separate line for tickets bought in advance), but there isn’t one Compared to that queue at the tickets. Online ticket holders are given priority in the area.

You can get the cheapest tickets via the official website (more on that in a moment). In addition, a wide variety of websites also offer ticket options (some with guided tours). We bought our ticket on the official website without any problems.

The ordering process is a bit confusing (the page switches to Spanish in between), but really doable. The ticket that you have to select for the “normal” visit is “Visita General” or “General Tour”. (Let Don’t be put off by the additional information “desde 1 Euro” (i.e. “from 1 Euro”) – this is the price for the (almost) free entry for under 16 -year-olds and other persons.

This regular ticket includes a visit to Cuarto Real Alto (the apartments of the royal family) not included. The Cuarto Real Alto is only accessible as part of a guided tour. However, you can also book this ticket option on the official website.

Official website: Real Alcázar

Information on visiting the Real Alcázar Price: ,50 Euro (12,37 Euro if you buy your ticket online)

Opening hours: October to March daily from 9: 23 until 17 April to September daily from 9: 24 until 19 Watch

Plaza de España Venice meets Andalusia! The Plaza de España is simply a dream with its water canals and bridges . The dimensions are enormous. We had read beforehand that the place is huge – but we were still speechless.

We’ll give you a hug Fingers crossed that on the day of your visit, also gifted street artists played a few Spanish folk songs in front of the azulejos give the best. The nice gentleman in the photo actually gave us one of the most impressive moments in all of Andalusia – too good to be true!

By the way: The Plaza de España is also Frying pan of Andalusia – in summer the temperatures here during the day are almost unbearable. In these months (and in general) it is worth visiting in the evening. Then the Plaza de España is also very atmospherically illuminated.

University of Seville On the way from the old town to Plaza España you can stop at the University of Seville. This is housed in the historic royal tobacco factory and is quite magnificent.

The entrance portal is particularly worth seeing. on Calle San Fernando. The university is freely accessible. So you can just walk in and look around. Our conclusion: Not one of the big highlights in Seville, but definitely worth a short visit.

Palacio de las Dueñas Seville is known for its magnificent, centuries-old palaces, some of which are hidden behind inconspicuous walls and have beautiful courtyards. One of the most famous in the city is the Palacio de las Dueñas. He comes from the 15. or. 16. Century and is a beautiful example of the mix of Gothic and Moorish styles. The extensive and well-tended gardens are well worth seeing.

By the way, the Palacio de las Dueñas has only been 2016 open to the public. Good to know: We happened to be on a Monday afternoon visit. On Mondays applies from 11 free admission. There was surprisingly little going on here in the off-season. In the high season, however, we would probably avoid this time window.

Information on visiting the Palacio de las Dueñas Price: euros (audio guide 2 euros extra)

Opening hours:
April to September from 01 until 20 h, October to March from 10 until 18 o’clock (last entry 50 minutes before closing), free of charge on Monday from 12 Clock

Casa de Pilatos The second palace we visited was the Casa de Pilatos. The Casa de Pilatos dates from 15. Century. We were particularly impressed by the architecture . The inner courtyard of this city palace is somewhat reminiscent of the one in the Real Alcázar – a mini version of the Real Alcázar, so to speak. The mix of different stylistic elements is incredibly impressive and photogenic.

Every Monday from 16 is the entry into the Casa de Pilatos free. Unlike the Palacio de las Dueñas, during our visit (November ) formed a long queue. Especially in the high season you had better pay the price of a regular ticket.

Information about visiting the Casa de Pilatos Price: 01 Euro (12 Euro incl. upper floor – with tour), free on Monday from 15 Watch

Opening hours:
April to October from 9 to 19 p.m., November to March from 9 to 15 Watch

Metropol Parasol The modern landmark from Seville matches de At first glance (and probably also at second glance) you don’t see the cityscape at all. A lattice construction made of wood, concrete and steel meanders above the rooftops through Seville’s old town. The futuristic shape is reminiscent of mushrooms, which is why the construction is also called Las Setas (“the mushrooms”) in Seville.

There is an archaeological museum on the lower floor, but the highlight is on the roof. There is a (short) circular route with wonderful views over Seville.

Although at sunset is probably the busiest time, we naturally chose this period and have not regretted it for a second. The Metropol Parasol really is the perfect place to catch the last rays of the day.

Info about visiting the Metropol Parasol Price: 5 euros

Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday from 9: 25 until 23 hours, Friday and Saturday until 18: 30 o’clock (last admission half an hour before closing)

Plaza del Cabildo This gem is hidden in a courtyard right next to the Cathedral of Seville. The Plaza del Ca picture o is a semi-circular square with quite impressive architecture. The archways and beautiful frescoes give the square a very romantic flair.

Although the Plaza del Cabildo is not one of the absolute must-sees in Seville, we would recommend you to stop by here before or after your visit to the cathedral. Worth it! Incidentally, access is only available during the day (approximately between 10 and 20 clock) possible, since the Plaza del Cabildo is blocked at night.

Sights around the river (Río Guadalquivir) A river meanders through Seville, the Río Guadalquivir. Around the river there are some districts or highlights worth seeing, which we will describe in this chapter present together. You can explore them all on a leisurely stroll. From the old town (cathedral) you can walk to the river bank in good 10 Minutes.

Go Let’s take a walk over one of the most famous bridges in Seville, the iron Puente de Isabel II. It takes you more or less directly to the Triana district. Triana is considered one of the birthplaces of flamenco. The small streets with the colorful houses are worth seeing. It’s relatively quiet here during the day, but there’s supposed to be a lot going on in the bars in the evening.

Slowly make your way south to the San Telmo Bridge. The bridge itself is not a highlight, but from here you have a nice view of the Torre del Oro, a former fortified tower. You can also climb it, but we have read several times that it is not really worth it.

The promenade is at the Río Guadalquivir. also a great place for the sunset. It’s best to get something cool to drink in a supermarket and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

3. Tip for relaxation: Aire de Sevilla Baños Arabes Throughout Andalusia you will find hammams where you can you can experience traditional Arabic bathing culture in a modern ambience. There are also several hammams in Seville. The most well-known bears the name “Aire”. It was only a stone’s throw from our accommodation, which is why we didn’t think twice on a rainy afternoon and treated ourselves to a session in the hammam.

At Aire de Sevilla a dream awaits you from 801 Night. Unlike, for example, in Moroccan hammams, you won’t be scrubbed here, but instead bathe in the water pools, which each have different temperatures. There is also a saltwater pool and a steam bath.

A bathing session lasts 90 minutes. That’s how long you have time to bathe in the pools or use the steam bath. If you need a break in between, there is a room with seating and tea. However, there is no real relaxation room with loungers.

You can optionally book a massage during your visit. These will be from 11 minutes offered. (Nice to know: the massage session will be performed during your visit. We were not asked to remove wet swimming trunks, but found it a bit annoying during the massage.)

An odd rule in our opinion : Only from a massage of 45 minutes you will be granted access to the roof terrace with a view of the cathedral. We have a photo of it because we could look straight at it from the terrace of our accommodation. We didn’t take any pictures of the bathrooms themselves because you lock your things in the changing room.

Price: 37 Euro (90 minutes bathing), 76 Euro (90 Minutes bathing + 35 Minute massage), many other options possible

Here you can book your hammam visit (official website): Aire Sevilla

4. Eating and drinking in Seville: Our tips for cafés and restaurants The culinary offer in Seville is huge and very confusing. There really are so many places to eat and it’s hard to choose. We’ll tell you our favourites.

Ovejas Negras: We’re here looking for an authentic tapas bar that also offers a few vegetarian dishes landed. Our conclusion: delicious tapas in a great, young and modern atmosphere. The staff is also very accommodating. The tapas bar is very popular – we managed to get a seat at the bar.

Virgin Coffee: In this small coffee bar, which is right next to the Metropol Parasol, serves delicious espresso. Perfect for a caffeine kick in between.

Paradas 7: A cosy, hip place for a healthy breakfast or lunch is Paradas 7. Salads are served here , soups and sandwiches as well as delicious cakes.

Bar El Comercio: No trip to Spain would be complete without churros, the fried pastries made from choux pastry. The Bar El Comercio is said to have the best churros in Seville. Our conclusion: Quite good, but too greasy for us personally. The ambience is really unique – a typical Spanish restaurant with little space and a high level of background noise. Take a seat at the bar – that makes the experience even more authentic.

5. Staying the night in Seville: Our tip We spent three nights in the stately Palacio Marmoles. Here you spend the night in a beautiful historic city palace. The ambience is very special and special – you almost feel like you are in a museum. Although the Palacio Marmoles is located right in the center, it is very quiet here.

There are only seven apartments in total. We stayed in the first one Housed in apartment 6 on the floor. Each apartment is individually and tastefully furnished. If there’s one thing to criticize, it’s that the rooms can be a bit dark at times – well, that’s due to the unique architecture of the house.

That By the way, the highlight is on the roof: there is a roof terrace with a spectacular view over Seville and the cathedral. Believe us: the sundowner on this terrace tastes particularly good with the view. All in all: Depending on the season, a slightly more expensive accommodation, but one that you will remember for a long time.

You can book the apartment here: Palacio Marmoles

Tip: Parking in Seville Bad news for drivers: As in almost every major city in Andalusia, parking is mitu nter a bit of a hassle. In the old town itself you can forget about finding a parking space. (Personally, we wouldn’t even really drive into it, because some streets are extremely narrow.)

If you don’t have a parking space with you at your accommodation, then you have no choice but to take your car in a public car park . The rule of thumb: the closer to the center, the more expensive it gets. We parked in an underground car park on Avenida de Menéndez Pelayo. The parking lot was the most run-down and at the same time the most expensive of our Andalusia trip. For 24 hours we actually have here 25 euros paid.

We would recommend contacting your accommodation in advance and asking for parking tips. It might even be worthwhile to park a little outside and then take a taxi to the hotel.

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Have you ever been to Seville? How did you like it? Or do you have any other tips? We look forward to hearing about your experiences!