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Welcome to Seville

In Seville, the sun-drenched capital of Spain’s Andalucia province, flamenco dancing, Moorish history, and tapas comprise the blood that runs through the city’s veins. Within Seville’s historic heart lies the palatial Real Alcázar and Seville Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site topped by the Giralda Tower (El Giraldillo); and on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, the Roman Torre de Oro (Golden Tower), and Triana neighborhood exude authentic Andalucian culture. The Santa Cruz Jewish quarter, historic El Arenal, and grandiose Plaza de España are ideal locations for walking tours, while hop-on hop-off bus tours are a convenient and cost-effective way to discover Seville’s dispersed highlights. At night, combine a ‘tablao flamenco’ (flamenco show) with tapas, wine, and a sightseeing tour for a great cultural introduction to Andalucia, or discover Spain through its wine with a guided tasting session. For travelers wishing to explore more of Andalucia, Cadiz, Cordoba, Jerez, and Granada—home to architectural masterpieces such as the rose-tinted Alhambra palace complex, the Arab Baths (Hammam Al Andalus), and the Mezquita—are popular day trip destinations. Other must-visit spots within easy reach of Seville include Tangier in Morocco, Gibraltar, the White Villages (Pueblos Blancos), and Ronda, with its ancient bullring.

Top 10 attractions in Seville

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Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

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Sights across the entire Spanish south have been shaped by centuries of Moorish and Catholic influence, and in few places is this more evident and captivating than at the Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla). This UNESCO World Heritage Site’s sprawling complex is made up of several features; the most picturesque is arguably the Patio de las Doncellas, with its tranquil ponds that reflect the intricate mudéjar plasterwork for which the palace is especially noted.More
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Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede)

Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede)

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The world’s largest Gothic cathedral, built atop the remains of a mosque, the Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede) features a spectacular gold altarpiece in its main altar depicting 36 scenes from the life of Christ, as well as the tomb of Christopher Columbus, works by Goya and Murillo, and the dramatic Giralda Tower.More
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Plaza de España

Plaza de España

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Designed for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929, Seville’s grandiose Plaza de España is a semicircular public square brimming with brick and tile fountains, canals, and foot bridges, giving it the nickname Venice of Seville. Renaissance and neo-Moorish towers sit at either end of the plaza, which is situated within Maria Luisa Park.More
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz is Seville’s historic Jewish Quarter, a barrio filled with whitewashed buildings and some of the city’s most popular sights, including Giralda, the bell tower of Seville Cathedral, and the Real Alcázar. Meander down streets, stopping in bodegas and art galleries to enjoy the cultural and architectural richness of this barrio.More
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The Giralda (El Giraldillo)

The Giralda (El Giraldillo)

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There is no more representative symbol of Seville’s layered history than the 322-foot (98-meter) The Giralda (El Giraldillo). The bell tower of the city’s cathedral stands a little apart from the main building; it was once the minaret of a mosque that stood on the site before it was razed to make way for the cathedral.More
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El Arenal District

El Arenal District

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Snuggled up against the Guadalqivir River’s east bank and set amidst some of Seville’s most storied streets, you’ll wander upon El Arenal. Its name (arena means sand in Spanish) tells the story of its past, when, during the 16th and 17th centuries, the sandy-banked neighborhood was used as Seville’s port, making it one of the most important port cities in the world. From its shore, boats set off west for the New World, or east for spices, and returned with grand treasures.These days, the neighborhood, which sits within the city's historic quarter, is especially known for its residents' passion for bullfighting and also religion. Their faithfulness is evident in the abundance of Arenal brotherhoods, whose devotion can be seen during Holy Week each year, when Seville’s Catholicism comes to life in colorful processions that take over the city streets.Within El Arenal you’ll also find some of the Seville's most notable sights, such as the 13th-century Torre del Oro, erected as a watch tower under Muslim rule; the royal shipyards of the Real Atarazanas; and the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza, the second-most important bullring in Spain after the one located in Madrid.More
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Maria Luisa Park

Maria Luisa Park

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South of Seville's main old quarter and extending along the Guadalquivir River, you'll stumble upon the city's main green getaway, Maria Luisa Park. Once primarily the land of the Palace of San Telmo (now home to Andalusia’s president), this patch of paradise was donated to the public in 1893, evolving over the years into the Seville escape that you see today.Most of its transformation came about during preparation for the 1929 World's Fair: expansive boulevards were created, fountains erected, gardens planted. Today’s park is so robust in flora and fauna that it is actually considered a proper botanical garden. And expect not only diverse plants, but also birds too, including ducks and swans that float in the fountains and lakes, and even green parrots that live in the center of the park.It's not all just grassy knolls, ponds and paths, either: Maria Luisa Park is also home to numerous monuments and sights. Don't miss the Fountain of the Lions, with its four stone felines spouting water into an octagonal pond, or the Mudejar Pavilion, which houses the Museum of Arts and Traditions. And most notably, be sure to spend some time wandering the colorfully tiled Plaza de España, which is crisscrossed by several bridges and lined by painted scenes of provinces around Spain.More
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Torre del Oro

Torre del Oro

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The 12-sided Torre del Oro, perched on the Guadalquivir River, is a Seville landmark. Also known as the Golden Tower, it was constructed in the 13th century when the city was ruled by the Almohads, a Berber Muslim dynasty. Visit the Torre del Oro to peruse its onsite naval museum, and for views from the top of the tower.More
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Seville Church of Santa Ana (Iglesia de Santa Ana)

Seville Church of Santa Ana (Iglesia de Santa Ana)

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The Church of Santa Ana (Iglesia de Santa Ana) is the oldest church in Seville.Located in the Triana neighborhood, the 13th-century church is home to impressive sculptures, paintings, jewelry and religious processional items, many of which are displayed throughout the interior chapels. Master Castilian stonemasons and Muslim master builders worked on the church, whose remarkable interior features columns topped by corbels decorated with castles, vine leaves, lions and human heads. Admire a conglomeration of architecture with a step inside the originally Gothic church and its Baroque-style reconstruction, added after an earthquake in the 17th century.You can visit the church as part of a guided bike tour of Seville's highlights, which includes stops at San Jorge Castle and the Jewish Quarter, as well as souvenir photos.More
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Flamenco Dance Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco)

Flamenco Dance Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco)

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Situated in a renovated 18th century building, the Flamenco Dance Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco) is one of Seville’s most important cultural touchstones. Here, you can attend a live flamenco performance and also learn about the history of the dance form at an interactive museum—an immersive experience you won’t find at other venues.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Seville

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Lovely art in the park...
Heather_N, Oct 2021
Be an Artisans in Seville for a day
We sat in a park and did an art project- one of my daughter's favorite things to do!
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Perfect way to see Seville!
Doris_G, Oct 2021
Seville Electric Bike Tour
What an amazing way to see the city and learn the history!
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Just great
AnnaKarina_C, Oct 2021
Alcazar of Seville Small GroupTour
This place is a must to see in Seville.
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A fun way to see Seville
Susan_K, Oct 2021
Seville Electric Bike Tour
It was a fun way to see a lot of Seville and learn about different areas.
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Good working tour.
Bhelz_N, Sep 2021
Cathedral & Alcazar of Seville Guided Tour (Skip the Line)
Great way to see the top two sites in Seville.
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Great tour
Raluca_P, Jul 2021
2 Hour Best of Seville on Segway
We also got many suggestions on things to do around Malaga, restaurants, etc.
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Clear your head to avoid being overwhelmed with AWE.
Stephen_H, Sep 2021
Private Alcazar, Giralda and Cathedral of Seville Tour
The cathedral was massive and Enrique filled in the gaps as we walked around in amazement at the many splendors are there to see and the depth of information was almost overwhelming.
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Fun!
Hayley_L, Aug 2021
Seville - Unique in person Flamenco Dance Class & Party with Outfit
Also, as a side note, we randomly went to the same Flamenco show that Milaina was performing at, and it was such a nice surprise to see her perform after taking her class!
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Good Fun!
Ashley_A, Aug 2020
2 Hour Best of Seville on Segway
A superb way to see the sites of Seville & fun along the way!
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Walking around Seville
Benjamin_H, Jul 2020
Cathedral & Alcazar of Seville Guided Tour (Skip the Line)
Very few people in Seville at the moment so a great time to visit.
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Great Day Tour!
talfano76, Feb 2020
Cordoba and Carmona Day Trip from Seville
The free time in Cordoba was great giving us a nice chance to see the town at our pace.
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Great walking tour
Kristin_M, Jan 2020
Cathedral, Alcazar and Giralda Guided Tour (Tickets included &Priority Access)
A great way to visit Seville and learn more about it!
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Fun way to see Seville
Marc_L, Sep 2021
Seville Electric Bike Tour
E-bikes are a great and enjoyable way to see some of the sites in Seville.
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Private Seville Favourite FoodTour
Judith H, Dec 2019
The 10 Tastings of Seville With Locals: Private Food Tour
She also gave us great ideas of what to see and do in Seville.
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The Alcazar is an amazing tourist site
ccnline, Dec 2019
Alcazar of Seville Guided Tour with Skip the Line Ticket
If you are in Seville, there are a few amazing sites to see and enjoy in the city but none compare to the Alcazar.
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Skip the line Seville cathedral
Teresa_K, Nov 2019
Skip-the-Line Seville Cathedral Guided Tour
Well informed and very good English.
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Well worth it!
Whitney_A, Nov 2019
Private Monumental Seville Walking Tour (all entrance fees included)
This private tour is truly the best way to see the best of Seville.
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Amazing adventure
Lisa_D, Oct 2019
Seville Cathedral and Royal Alcazar Skip-the-Line Tickets
The cathedral in Seville Spain and the alcazar are two attractions you should not miss...
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Great day in Granada
Frances_G, Sep 2019
Granada Day Trip with Skip-the-Line Ticket to Alhambra and Optional AlbaicinTour
Our guide at the Alhambra spoke excellent English & conveyed very good historical details as well as being an entertaining communicator.
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Excellent way to see Seville
Chris_C, Sep 2019
City Sightseeing Seville Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The Seville 48 hour tour was very good, it covered all major tourist attractions and the additional bonuses like walking tours and the free aquirium visit were very good.

All about Seville

When to visit

Expect a party when you visit Seville during Holy Week (Semana Santa), which falls the week before Easter. The centuries-old celebration is easily one of the most popular holy weeks in all of Spain. Outside of springtime, the fall brings fewer crowds and lower temperatures—just be sure to pack a raincoat.

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