Welcome to Seville

Andalucia’s capital, and the fourth largest city in Spain, charismatic, flamboyant Seville, provides a mesmerising home to the fiercely proud Sevillanos. Remarkable historic buildings, delightful plazas, and the sweet scents of orange blossom and jasmine are joined by world-famous, sensual flamenco dancing, a vibrant nightlife and an abundance of excellent tapas bars. Easy to navigate, the city flaunts a vibrant spirit and youthful passion.

When to visit

Early spring sees the end of the winter chill and the start of the orange blossom flowering, rendering March beautifully fragrant. Holy Week at Easter, and the Feria de Abril festival starting two weeks after Easter Sunday and focussing on flamenco, fireworks and sherry, can be very busy. Summer can be extremely hot – Seville is affectionately known as the frying pan of Spain – and as a result less busy; summer night skies are also an appealing deep shade of indigo blue. To see the sights September and October are your best bets, on even-numbered years the biggest names in flamenco descend on the city for the Bienal de Flamenco festival. Mists are common in the late autumn and October and November can suffer heavy showers. Visit in December for dazzling Christmas lights, and nativity scenes around the cathedral.

The Seville Fair

The Seville Fair

Experience Seville

We’re delighted to highlight a few holiday experiences to enhance your visit to Seville. Simply confirm at the time of booking or prior to travelling.
For further details and prices of private excursions and small group escorted tours, to visit some or all of these places of interest, please ask our Personalised Travel Team about pre-bookable experiences and excursions on 0800 008 7288.

We highly recommend…

Be entranced by dance

Try the intense and intimate flamenco show at Casa de la Memoria, or
for a less formal flamenco affair savour the tradition, purity
and emotion of the authentic Bar Lola de Los Reyes.

Seville walking tour (2 hours)

Seville’s rich heritage is mirrored in its streets and monuments, especially in the old town. Visit Plaza Nueva and learn about the Cordoba Caliphate, Reconquista, Christopher Columbus’ conquest of the new world, and modern Seville.

 

From £94 per person

Sherry, wine and tapas adventure (3½ hours)

Enjoy different types of sherry, paired with manchego cheese and Iberian ham, stroll the romantic cobblestone streets and visit the oldest bar in Seville. Taste local red paired with tapas, and finish at Feria market.

From £81 per person

Museum of Fine Arts (2½ hours)

Seville’s Museum of Fine Arts is the second-biggest art gallery in Spain. It’s housed in a fine Baroque building, one of the city’s hidden secrets, and features the works of Murillo, El Greco and Velazquez, to name but a few.

From £20 per person

City sightseeing bus (full day)

A hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour which allows you to see Seville’s famous landmarks and attractions. Discover Seville at your own pace as you take in the panoramic views of the Andalucian capital.

From £21 per person

Guadalquivir river cruise (one hour)

The conquistadors set sail from Guadalquivir in search of new worlds and today it remains the only navigable river in Spain. Follow in the wake of Roman legions, Arab scholars and Spanish seafarers to view the city and to learn its history.

 

From £13 per person

Cathedral and Alcazar of Seville (half day)

Discover the historical centre of Seville and admire the spectacular architecture, marvel at the intricate details at the Royal Alcazar Palace and explore the sculptures and adorned chapels at the Cathedral.

From £51 per person

Out and about

Seville borders the Guadalquivir River whose banks are dominated by the Moorish landmark, Torre del Oro Watchtower. Boasting three UNESCO sites, the city is made up of differing neighbourhoods, barrios; delightful Santa Cruz with narrow cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and charming tree lined squares, well heeled Arenal, home to a world famous bullring, lively Triana with its beautiful azulejos tiles, vibrant flamenco, buzzing nightlife, great tapas and superb riverfront restaurants, and Soho Benita with its huge contemporary wooden structure, Metropol Parasol, trendy restaurants and artisan shops.

As befits a city that proclaims itself the birthplace of tapas, Seville offers a huge selection of atmospheric tapas bars with a bewildering choice of diminutive plates of food. There are also larger plates for sharing, raciones, either in traditional tiled bars or more modern gastro joints. Seville’s famed cuisine includes superb seafood platters alongside traditional recipes with multicultural origins reflective of its history, such as spinach with chickpeas, espinacas con garbanzos. Andalucia has many quality wine regions like Jerez, the home of sherry. The Sierras de Malaga and Ronda and parts of the Alpujarras are not strangers to fine local wines.

Good to know

The main visitor attractions in Seville are best reached on foot, and often it’s the quickest way around. A detailed map is particularly handy within the historic old town and in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood. Once the intense heat of summer has passed cycling is a good way to travel, especially as Seville is relatively flat. Cycle paths are common and bikes are available to hire from street racks. The riverside cycle path is particularly scenic and a shared space with joggers. To travel further afield there is a good network of tram, bus and metro lines; it’s worth buying a Seville card if you intend to frequent museums and monuments.

Luxury hotels in Seville

Gran Melia Colon

Seville

  • Recommended Spa
  • Rooftop Plunge Pool
  • Member of The Leading Hotels of the World

Hotel Inglaterra

Seville

  • Stunning Views
  • Boutique Hotel
  • Exclusive Rooftop Terrace

H10 Corregidor Boutique Hotel

Seville

  • Central Location
  • Romantic Hotel
  • Boutique Hotel

Seville musts

Alcazar Palace

Surrounded by tranquil gardens and pavilions, magnificent Alcazar Palace is Europe’s oldest active royal residence. Originally built in the 9th century, it comprises beautiful buildings from Moorish styles through to the Renaissance period and includes unrivalled examples of Mudejar architecture.

Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede and La Giralda

On the site of the great 12th century Almohad mosque and taking 100 years to complete, awe inspiring Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Next door, Seville’s iconic 104 metre high La Giralda, the original mosque’s minaret, boasts stunning city views.

Maria Luisa Park

Close to the river and a vast green space, Maria Luisa Park boasts historic buildings, charming plazas, museums, fountains, ponds and shady avenues.

Fine art and flamenco

Set in a former monastery, the city’s prestigious Museum of Fine Arts contains a superb collection by Spain’s most celebrated painters, whilst Museo del Baile Flamenco, spread over three floors of an 18th century palace, showcases the Sevillanos’ love of flamenco in sketches, photographs and paintings; it also features an eclectic costume collection and hosts a flamenco show each evening.

Casa de la Memoria

A cultural centre for the rich history of flamenco and a haven for the arts. Art exhibitions, fashion parades, flamenco history masterclasses, poetry reading, music concerts and daily performances recall the history of flamenco and keep alive the World Heritage Andalusian Folkloric tradition.

Twin centre

Ask our travel consultants about combining a stay in Seville with Gibraltar or the Balearic islands.
See our dedicated Balearic Islands brochure for further details.