Seville is a spectacular Spanish city, one that will leave you constantly wanting more after experiencing its lively atmosphere. Not only does it have a delectable foodie scene, the combination of its grand Renaissance, Gothic and Mudejar architecture is second to none. While we’re sure you could spend weeks (or even months!) in Seville, we’ve rounded up the best bits for you to spend a weekend in Seville.
The south of Spain places a strong emphasis on a second mid-morning breakfast, so why not indulge while here? A typical meal consists of tostada (toast) with fresh tomato, cured ham and local olive oil with a coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice to wash it down. This provides great fuel for you to hit the streets and begin a day of exploring!
Head to the grand Alcázar Palace, a former royal court decked out with ceramic tiles, gold ceilings and picturesque gardens. The Christian-Moorish architecture is spectacular and makes every corner you turn fascinating. The palace gardens were made even more famous by Game of Thrones, with the location used as the Water Gardens of Dorne.
Next up is the old Jewish Quarter, found in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood. It’s a labyrinth of narrow streets, built to provide some shade from the summer sun, dotted with charming plazas throughout.
A late lunch is common in Spain, making that second breakfast all the more worthwhile! Plaza de las Delicias is situated along the river, making for a scenic walk and great spot to find a bite to eat in a local tapas bar.
As the day has well and truly warmed up by now, seek some shade in the nearby Parque Maria Luisa and make your way to the Plaza de España. There’s no doubt that this is Seville’s signature landmark with the iconic pavilion built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition creating a fabulous backdrop to the square. In an ode to Spain, check out the azulejos (painted tiles) that will take you on a visual history of local food and monuments.
As the sun begins to drop, it’s time to pick your spot to watch the sun set on a glorious day of seeing the sights. We recommend the Las Setas monument in Plaza de la Encarnaciôn, the largest wooden structure in the world. It costs three euro to enter and take the elevator to the top, giving you the most incredible outlook over Seville as dusk falls.
Afterwards, there’s still plenty of time to catch a flamenco show before dinner. Seville is renowned for being the birthplace of the fierce art so make sure you nab a space at a tablao. These flamenco venues are the real deal, focused purely on the music and dance.
For dinner, why not embark on a tapas crawl to make the most of the wide variety? Your stomach will thank you later.
There are many markets to explore, but we would recommend the Mercado de Feria that opens at 8am. Take your time to delve into every nook and cranny and use all your five senses to get a feel for the local offerings.
Your next stop comes with a bonus 2-for-1 deal: buy a combined ticket to the Church of the Divine Saviour and you will also gain access to the Seville Cathedral for the same price as a regular cathedral ticket! Both buildings are located only a few minutes’ walk from each other and are true wonders to marvel at. For another great lookout point, make sure you head to the top of the cathedral’s Giralda tower. In an unusual build, there are 34 ramps that lead to the top (instead of stairs). Muezzin, who led the call to prayer, used to ride his horse to the top instead of walking.
Another late lunch awaits, this time on Calle Mateos Gago for an utterly delicious lunch at one of the local spots along here.
Spend the rest of your afternoon wiling away your time in the Triana neighbourhood which is found on the other side of the Guadalquivir, opposite the old city. Its colourful buildings along the water’s edge make for a great photo, and a lovely area to wander through. Triana will give you a feel for the ‘real’ Seville, with its flamenco statue and many ceramic shops – perfect for buying authentic azulejos tiles to take home!