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The 10 Best Things to Do in Seville

From Moorish influences, which brought light to Andalucia when the rest of Europe languished in the Dark Ages, to the height of Spain's colonial era and the riches the Americas yielded, a stroll through Seville takes you on a tour of its golden ages.

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Alcázar of Seville

Established as a fort in 930 AD, a royal residence of the Moorish kings developed over the centuries. Complete with lush gardens, it's an exquisite example of mudéjar architecture.

Seville Cathedral

The world's third largest church stands on the site of the former, 12th-century Almohad Mosque. It's also been the final resting place for Christopher Columbus since 1898.

The Giralda

Soaring 341 feet, the cathedral's bell tower was the original minaret of the mosque. The bronze weather vane at the top has represented "faith" since the 16th century.

Torre del Oro

Once decked in golden tiles, this robust "Tower of Gold" on the banks of the Guadalquivir River houses the Naval Museum that reflects Spain's colonial expansion in the Americas.

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María Luisa Park

Verdant and tranquil, the sprawling park along the city's river was the heart of the 1929 Ibero-American Expo. It's the perfect place to seek respite on a warm summer's day.

Plaza de España

Built on the edge of María Luisa Park for the 1929 Expo, the grand, half-circle complex, with tiled alcoves representing Spain's provinces, boasts fountains and small canals.

General Archive of the Indies

Located in the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes, the archive dates from 1785 and holds 43,000 records that document three hundred years of Spanish colonialism in the Americas.

Teatro de la Maestranza

Constructed as a cultural venue for the 1992 Expo, the theater primarily hosts opera and musical performances, including Spanish operettas known as Zarzeulas.

Museum of Fine Arts of Seville

Feast your eyes on masterpieces by famed artists, such as Zurbarán, Murillo and Goya. Founded in 1839, the museum features artwork from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Metropol Parasol

Controversial at first, the waffle-like structure invigorated a tired neighborhood. The view from the top offers a city panorama, while underground houses Roman and Moorish ruins.

Planning Your Seville Visit

How many days to spend in Seville?

A full four days will allow you to appreciate Seville's attractions without rushing. If you plan to come in spring for the Feria de Abril, then tack on another day or two for this major cultural and colorful event. For a week you'll never forget, consider experiencing Semana Santa (Holy Week of Easter) in the city.

Getting around

The city has a bus and metro system, and taxis are everywhere. Seville's main sights are also within easy walking distance. If you stay in Triana or simply want to explore the neighborhood, you'll find that metro and bus lines service that area, too.

Where to stay in Seville

The district of Santa Cruz is pretty central, and you'll have all there is to see in Seville at your fingertips. The district of Arenal is also a great option, as well as the former Jewish quarter of Triana across the river. Please keep in mind that if you are planning to arrive for Semana Santa, some hotels may require a week's stay.

Good to Know

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  • Best time to visit
    From March to May, the city enjoys warm, comfortable temperatures, the crowds are yet to arrive, and there are some great festivals to experience.

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What People Are Saying About Seville

Excellent, enthusiastic and engaging guide.

A rainy day in Seville was made brighter by our visit to the Alcazar and our guide Rosa (?) made it even better. A marvel of Arabic, Moorish and Spanish architecture with hundreds of years of historical stories to tell, it is a 'must see' in Seville.

Can't say enough about this tour, just fantastic!

This was such a good tour of Seville. Lots of information, fun stories about the history of the city. I was amazed at how close everything was and am glad I did this tour to get my bearings. It saved me on taxi and bus fare. The city maps make everything seem much farther apart than it really is. After this tour I knew exactly what I wanted to go back and see more in depth and Belen, our guide helped us all reserve the tours we wanted for our stay.
Seville: Free 3-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide Reviewed by Rachel beth, 10/22/2016

breath taking views of the old city and new.

David, Did a wonderful job, and was a wealth of information. I would recommend this tour early on, on your visit of Seville to get a great overview of the city. Maybe your first evening in town.
Seville: 2-Hour Roof Tops Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/16/2016

Excellent day, an overview of the important landmarks of the city

The tour is a whistle stop of most of the landmarks in Saville. Our tour guide Paco with a dry sense of humour made the 2 hour journey a little entertaining. The tour focused on the cathedral which was magnificent. Generally a good day & the weather was kind, the rain ceased to allow us to walk about comfortably.
Full-Day Tour of Seville from Costa del Sol Reviewed by Christina, 10/14/2016

Consist, informative, and moved along smoothly.

Our tour of Alcazar was very informative, and consist. I know it was not the fault of the guide but the only problem was that a couple of time we were getting cross wires with an other guide in the same room.
Alcázar of Seville: 90-Minute Skip-the-Line Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/13/2016

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