Magical Things to Do in Seville

Seville is one of our favourite cities to visit in Spain and hopefully this article will make the most of your visit to Seville. There are so many things to do in Seville and it is easy to get to from Malaga many will make the drive or even take a train to Seville. Seville also happens to be one of the prettiest European cities you can visit.

Seville is one of the most famous cities in Spain and it is simply packed with things to do. The air is scented with oranges and the architecture ranges from the Mudéjar to the renaissance. Enjoy dramatic flamenco, delicious tapa, art and festivals you will never forget.

Magical Things to Do in Seville

We love Seville for its vibrancy, its beauty and its expansive Spanish history. You really should spend at least 48 hours in Seville if you truly want to enjoy this incredible city. Seville is one of the best experiences you need to have in Spain

Magical Things to Do in Seville

Seville made its wealth in medieval times as a trading port. With river access to the sea from the Guadalquivir River, Seville provided protection for trading ships, allowing the city to prosper. Within the city centre, you will find 3 UNESCO sites to learn more about how Seville developed. 

Seville is the capital of Andalusia

In 1987, three buildings in Seville were named UNESCO sites.

  1. Real (Royal) Alcazar of Seville
  2. Seville Cathedral
  3. Archive of the Indies

If you only have 48 hours in Seville, we recommend booking tours to see these fabulous buildings.  Not only will you be impressed with the architecture, but also with their incredible history.

And of course, you must experience the best of Flamenco while in Seville, along with tasting some of the many flavours of tapas.

Seville is, of course, the most beautiful city in Spain to visit but if you want to check out the 10 most beautiful cities in Spain have a read of Toti’s article and go visit these gorgeous other areas of Spain.

panoramic view of Seville

How to Enjoy the Best of Seville

Getting around the city is easily done on foot, so pack a good pair of walking shoes. And walking is a lovely way to experience and see so much more. With most of the must-see places near each other, you can combine a walk with a stop for a great coffee or a glass of sherry wine.

When is the best time to go to Seville?

If hot sun and high temperatures are not your ideal climate, then April and May, or September and October are temperate months to visit. The weather is still warm, but pleasant enough to walk and enjoy your Seville stay.

June, July and August are the hottest months with temperatures at times exceeding 40 degrees Celsius.

For more information, Seville’s Tourism Office is the place to start.

The Alcazar of Seville

Magical Things to Do in Seville

The Real Alcazar showcases an interior of Moorish and Gothic architecture which will have your jaw-dropping. Just the number of beautiful tiles decorating the interior rooms is stunning. The Real Alcazar is a Royal Residence and has been for over 1,000 years.

Magical Things to Do in Seville

And of course, to learn the history of the Palace and the historical events which took place within some of its many rooms.  Not only are the tiles for decoration, but also in some rooms, they tell a story of a historical event.

Magical Things to Do in Seville

One of our favourite rooms was the Maps Room where Christopher Columbus met to discuss the voyages of discovery. The walls are covered with various Coats of Arms.

A tour of Real Alcazar will take well over an hour with a guide, leaving you time at the end of the tour to enjoy the Gardens and find the Baths of Lady Maria de Padilla.  The baths were initially built as a garden to escape the heat of the Spanish sun.

The magnificent Seville Cathedral

When planning your Seville itinerary, make sure you add a visit to the third largest cathedral in the world. It is also the resting place of Christopher Columbus, making the Seville Cathedral a must-see when in Seville.

The Seville Cathedral was made a UNESCO site in 1987 and dates to 1517, even though some of the interiors of the cathedral was only finished in the 20th century. And with 80 chapels, there is a lot to see inside.

But what makes the visit to the cathedral special, is knowing the cathedral was constructed over the Grand Mosque built in 1198.

Magical Things to Do in Seville

Visit the Tomb of Christopher Columbus

The tomb of Christopher Columbus is in the Cathedral of Seville. Columbus died in the Spanish city of Valladolid but it was his wish to be buried in the New World he had discovered. His daughter-in-law took the bones back to the Dominican Republic where they stayed until 1975.

SEVILLA, SPAIN, JUNE 25, 2019: Tomb of Christopher Columbus inside of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See in Sevilla, Spain

When the Spanish finally left the Caribbean they brought his bones back with them to Spain. On the tomb you will see the figures that represent the four regions of Spain: Leon, Aragon, Navarra and Castilla each of which wears the coat of arms of their respective kingdoms.

Walk the Plaza de España

The Plaza was built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exhibition this 50,000 square metre plaza contains impressive canals, fountains, Venetian style bridges and stunning mosaic-tiled alcoves representing the 48 regions of Spain.

the buildings now hold government offices but have been used as locations for films and television shows such as Lawrence of ArabiaStar Wars: Attack of the Clones, and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Magical Things to Do in Seville

Casa de Pilatos

Casa de Pilatos is one of Seville’s most beautiful sites. Built during the 16th century, this is one of Seville’s stunningly preserved civil palaces and it is still the permanent residence of the Duke of Medinaceli.

Located in the historical centre of Seville, Casa de Pilatos is characterized by its fusion of Italian Renaissance, Gothic and Mudejar architecture. Feast your eyes on its marble gates, colourful tiles, ornate arches and simply incredible garden.

Magical Things to Do in Seville

Visit the Giralda Bell Tower

As you are nearby, why not visit La Giralda Bell Tower, originally built as the Marionet of the Great Mosque. Those men assigned to give the Call to Prayer for the Moors living in Seville would ride donkeys up to the top of the 104-metre tower.

Just be warned, be prepared for a climb.

Magical Things to Do in Seville

General Archives of the Indies

In this wonderful Spanish Renaissance building, you will find the historical documents of Spain’s interests and trading history in the Americas and the Philippines. 

Magical Things to Do in Seville

The archives were commissioned by King Charles III in 1875, to be stored in what was once the merchant’s exchange building. It was here, that trade was discussed when built in 1646. To think, Christopher Columbus thought he had discovered India, when in fact it was the Americas.

The archives will also reveal the history of the Conquistadors, professional soldiers who travelled further than the Americas to secure lands for Spain. Hernan Cortes is famous for the downfall of the Aztec Empire of Mexico. You can read more of this period of history at National Geographic – Conquistadors Lost Ships.

Lose Yourself in Barrio Santa Cruz

One of the things to do in Seville is to walk the medieval quarter known as Santa Cruz.

Seville Spain’s points of interest definitely include Barrio Santa Cruz! This was the old Jewish Quarter in Seville, way back in 1248. When King Ferdinand took the city he confined the Jews to this area and today it is one of Seville’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.

The narrow streets and tall buildings were constructed to ensure plenty of shade during the hot summer months. Look out for Calle Agua which runs along the walls of the Alcazar.

Magical Things to Do in Seville

The quarter is famous for its houses along cobblestoned narrow streets where Christians, Jews and Muslims once lived together in peace during the reign of King Fernando III.

You will also find lots of small restaurants offering some of the best Tapas to try.

Magical Things to Do in Seville

In the evening, find one of the small plazas hidden around the quarter to enjoy a local beer or wine with delicious tapas in the early evening.

Enjoy some Flamenco

To experience Flamenco is to get a true and authentic feel of Spain.

Magical Things to Do in Seville

Within the city of Seville, there are several places to enjoy traditional flamenco with folklore music dating back to 1774 with its origins from the region of Andalusia.

Flamenco is an art form

It was originally folklore singing but over time it has added guitar and dancing. The music will have you enthralled as you are taken back to medieval times when Flamenco singing was an outlet for those oppressed.

Flamenco is a nightly traditional not to be missed when in Seville. Seville offers the traveller a unique look into the past of the cultures that have formed the city.

With influences from the Moors, the Arabs, Gypsies, Jews and Christians, Seville is the city to put on your bucket list of travel destinations. If you only have 3 days to explore Seville then you need to check out Mark and Paul’s article 3 days in Seville Itinerary.

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Terry and Maura are House Sitting Travellers who have left behind corporate life at the age of 50 to search for a lifestyle of travel and location independent living.  They have been to 51 countries and experienced many wonderful travel destinations in Oceania, Asia, Europe, the USA, and the UK. They hope to inspire you to realise you can travel often, stay longer and experience more when you travel with their TravelKiwis blog.

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