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Seville: What to do for a Long Weekend

Seville is one of the greatest cities to visit in the Andalusia region of Spain. You have the opportunity to visit incredible churches, sample delicious tapas and explore many charming neighbourhoods. Here are some of our highlights during our 3 day stay:

Journey through the Real Alcazar

We visited the Alcázar of Seville, a UNESCO world heritage site which dates back to the 10th century. This magnificent palace is considered one of the best styles of Mudéjar architecture in Spain, and is recognised for its mix of remarkable architectural styles and cultural significance. 

Buy your tickets in advance and visit during the early afternoon or later in the day when the morning crowds thin out. Take a break from the crowded palace interiors and wander around the peaceful gardens.

Visit a Museum

Predominantly religious artwork in the Museum of FIne Arts

Seville offers a beautiful collection of classic art and rich history exhibitions dedicated to Andalusian culture. Take the time to view the displays presented in cultural buildings, and learn about the beauty and hardship of the Andalusian ancestors throughout history.

They’re often quite affordable as well. We visited the Seville Museum of Fine Arts and tickets cost just 1.50 each. It makes for a good stop to break up the action.

Explore the Cathedral of Seville and Climb the Giralda Tower

The best views of the Cathedral come from around the city

The Cathedral of Seville or Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede is the largest Gothic structure cathedral and the second largest cathedral in the world. The construction of the cathedral began in 1403, on the site of a former Moorish mosque. Take your time exploring the interior as you’ll be fascinated by: the towering nave, the intricate details of the chapels and artworks, and the colours and lighting from the stained glass windows.

Like the Alcázar, the Cathedral of Seville and Giralda Tower are major attractions so make sure to buy your tickets in advance. Plan your visit early in the day for a much enjoyable and less crowded experience. 

When you arrive, turn to your left for the cathedral entrance and climb the tower first. We had the opportunity to climb the tower with very few people around. Throughout the climb (walking up a series of ramps not stairs), you’ll be able to peek through windows for various views before finally taking in the breathtaking panoramic views from the top.

Wander Through the Plaza de España

The iconic archways of Plaza de España

The Plaza de España, designed by Aníbal González is an impressive example of Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture. It’s known as the most famous square in Seville and gained global recognition as a filming location for the iconic movie, ‘Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones’. 

Take your time to explore this unique plaza which is designed in the shape of a semi-circle, with a diameter of 200 metres. You’ll definitely find beauty in its monumental architecture and intricate tile work that represents Spain’s history, culture and diversity. Visit in the morning to soak in the tranquil atmosphere of the plaza before it gets busy. 

It is the perfect place to wander around slowly, people-watch and enjoy stunning views from every corner.

Walk Along the River & Explore Triana

Triana is a vibrant neighbourhood located across the river from the historic centre of Seville. You can wander along the riverside, admiring the scenery and city scapes, before crossing the Triana bridge to indulge in wine bars, churros and whatever other Spanish delicacy your heart desires.

The part of Triana that runs along the river is a popular place to watch the sunset with a drink in hand.

Embrace the Tapas Culture and Try Local Cuisine

An array of delicious foods to try in Seville

A great way to immerse yourself in the Spanish culture is by trying the local cuisine. Seville is renowned for its tapas culture and so it’s only right to try authentic tapas at the best traditional tapas bars right here. In many bars in Seville, it’s a common cultural practice to order a drink and receive a complimentary tapa. This is a great way to sample small, flavourful dishes while enjoying your drinks and socialising. Tapas can range from simple olives to croquettes and local specialties.

  • Locals typically have lunch around 2:00 pm and dinner after 9:00pm. Plan your meal times accordingly if you’d like to experience the lively atmosphere of tapas bars.
  • Observe and dine where the locals are gathering. You’re sure to have a good time.