15 best things to do in Seville: my personal list (2024)

best things to do in seville

“What are the best things to do in Seville?” Oh, I hear this one all the time!

If you’re gearing up for a trip to Seville and want to soak in the city like a local, you’re going to love it. Whether it’s your first visit or you’ve been here countless times, Seville has plenty to keep you entertained.

The city may be small, but it has many neighborhoods, and each one has its own unique personality. You’ll fall in love with this city. It’s charming, it’s lively, and it’s one of the prettiest places you’ll ever see.

To help you plan, I’ve rounded up my favorite things to do in Seville. These are the go-to spots I always suggest to my friends from out of town.

But this isn’t just another tourist guide – I’ve got some cool, unique, and off-the-beaten-path places that will make your visit truly unforgettable.

So, get ready to dive into the authentic Seville and explore some hidden gems with me!

Get organized with my Seville guides

Before you start, have a look at my essential Seville guides. I’m sure they’ll also come in handy:

My favorite 15 best things to do in Seville

Planning your trip ahead of time is super important. When you first look at a map, it can feel overwhelming with so many questions popping up… How do you figure out the best things to do in Seville?

Relax, no need to dive into endless research.

I’ve got you covered! I’ve already done all the legwork and put together a list of my 15 favorite things to do to help you plan your visit.

Travel hack: As soon as you arrive to Seville, Take a hop-on hop-off tour bus for a couple of hours and get a feel for the city without having to do any actual hopping. Just sit back, relax, and take in the sights.

You’ll be amazed at how this will boost your confidence and help you navigate the city with ease for the rest of your visit. You’ll be able to walk around, exploring and experiencing Seville with confidence! Get now your City Sightseeing Seville hop-on hop-off tour tickets.

Don’t miss the wonderful Alcázar

What is it? If you do just one thing in Seville, make it a visit to the Royal Alcázar of Seville. This ancient palace is the oldest royal residence in Europe and is packed with stunning Moorish and Christian architecture. With over a thousand years of history, it’s a place where the past truly comes alive.

Why go? Whether you’re a history enthusiast or not, you’ll fall in love with this place. Every corner hides something amazing, and the intricate mosaics are simply breathtaking. You’ll find yourself wanting to spend hours exploring the grand ceilings, tranquil ponds, and peaceful green gardens. It’s a spot you won’t want to leave!

Don’t miss: The Salón de Embajadores for its breathtaking Mudejar architecture, featuring an intricate domed ceiling and exquisite tile work that epitomize the fusion of Moorish and Christian artistry.

Go to a real flamenco show

What is it? Casa de la Memoria spacious premises is a fantastic spot to experience real flamenco. Situated in the heart of Seville, this place is all about authenticity. There are no microphones or fancy extras – just the artists’s voice, which is sure to give you goosebumps.

Why go? Seville offers plenty of places to watch flamenco, including some great tourist-friendly tablaos. But if you’re looking for something both accessible and intimate, Casa de la Memoria is the place to be. Here, a mix of locals and visitors come together to soak up the true spirit of flamenco.

Don’t miss: The museum (included in your entrance ticket) where you can learn more about the fascinating origins of flamenco for a more complete cultural experience.

Admire the Cathedral

What is it? The Seville Cathedral is the 3rd biggest church on the planet, and trust me, you’ll be amazed whether you’re a regular church visitor or just here for the sights. The folks in Seville aimed to make it gigantic, so much so that people would think they were crazy. And guess what? They nailed it.

Why go? As the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, its intricate design, soaring vaults, and stunning stained glass windows are a feast for the eyes.

Don’t miss: Christopher Columbus’ tomb. After he died, his remains took quite a trip, moving from Valladolid to the Dominican Republic, then to Cuba, and finally back to Seville in 1898, where they’ve stayed ever since – though the Dominican Republic still claims he never left. So, is he really in Seville? That’s up to you to decide!

Climb the Giralda bell tower

What is it? The Giralda is an iconic bell tower of the Seville Cathedral, originally built as a minaret for the Great Mosque of Seville in the 12th century during the Almohad dynasty. Standing at 104 m (341 ft) tall, it features a unique blend of Islamic and Renaissance architectural styles.

Why go? Climb this iconic bell tower, originally a minaret, for breathtaking panoramic views of Seville.

Don’t miss: The views above the rooftops and all the churches and bell towers that you can see from there.

Stroll around Maria Luisa Park

What is it? This charming, Andalusian-inspired park was designed as the centerpiece for the 1929 Exposición Iberoamericana. It features shady walkways adorned with vibrant tiles and sprinkled with fountains, all radiating from the central Plaza de España. Two beautiful pavilions now serve as museums, adding to the park’s allure.

Why go? A delightful retreat in the city’s heart, this park is perfect for a leisurely stroll or an afternoon of relaxation. Plus, you can rent a bike and explore every nook and cranny, making it a fun adventure for everyone!

Don’t miss: The chance to have a big old picnic in one of its beautiful corners.

Visit (at least) one magnificent casa palacio

What is it? A casa palacio (mansion) in Seville refers to a type of noble house or palace that originated in the 16th century. These mansions were built by wealthy merchants, nobles, and clergy, showcasing their wealth and status.

Why go? They are characterized by their grand architecture, ornate decorations, and beautiful gardens.

Don’t miss: If you have time, the city is full of amazing mansions. To name a few of my favorites:

Enjoy the views from Las Setas

What is it? Las Setas (The Mushrooms) is a unique viewing point in Seville. Built in 2011, this modern wooden structure looks like six giant mushrooms or umbrellas.

Why go? Forget Gothic arches; this impressive wooden construction is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Then, relax with a caña in the lively Plaza de la Encarnación, which used to be a market square.

Don’t miss: The incredible 360º panoramic views the top section offers. The Antiqvarivm – an ancient Roman and Moorish archaeological site that’s underground.

Go to a bullfight

What is it? This Spanish tradition is a performance in which a bullfighter faces a bull according to a set of rules and guidelines.

Why go? While bullfighting gets a lot of flak for animal cruelty, many locals see it as an art form that’s central to their heritage. If you’d rather skip the actual fights, the bullring’s museum is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the venue.

Don’t miss: If, for some reason, the Seville schedule doesn’t fit your trip itinerary, have a look in Madrid or other cities.

Explore the intricate details of Plaza de España

What is it? Plaza de España is a majestic square located in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park)

Why go? The square is a masterpiece of Spanish Regionalism, a style that combines elements of Spanish Renaissance Revival, Spanish Baroque Revival, and Neo-Mudéjar styles. Admire the stunning architecture and ornate details.

Don’t miss: Take a stroll around the 500-meter-long canal, crossed by four bridges and rent a small boat to row in the canal.

Indulge yourself at the Arab Baths

What is it? Passed down from Roman baths, these old-school spas tied to the Islamic world have a long history in places like North Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Spain, and even central and eastern Europe. Often known as hammam, haman, or Turkish baths, they were key spots for socializing and keeping clean.

Why go? As in other cities (Córdoba, Málaga) Seville has some great baños arabes (Arab baths) where you can enjoy a real hammam. It’s a full experience that includes different temperature baths, massages, a steam room, a tea room and a roof top terrace with great views of the Giralda tower.

Don’t miss: Go for a walking tour around the city’s main highlights and then, relax your muscles with a dip in the hot thermal bath…

Visit other beautiful churches

What is it? Churches in Seville exhibit fascinating architectures. Many mosques have been converted into churches now and belfries have been built over the minarets. The churches have a wide range of architectural styles from Mudéjar to Gothic, and from Renaissance to Baroque.

Why go? Besides the Cathedral, there are plenty of amazing churches in Seville that are worth a visit for their art and architecture.

Don’t miss: The list could be endless (literally), but here are my favorites:

  • El Salvador.
  • Hospital de la Caridad.
  • La Magdalena.
  • Santa María la Blanca.
  • San Luis de los Franceses.
  • Hospital de los Venerables.
  • Iglesia de San Lorenzo.
  • Capilla del Dulce Nombre de Jesús.
  • Iglesia de San Antonio Abad.
  • Iglesia de Santa Catalina.
  • Iglesia de San Isidoro.

Experience the thrill of a football match

What is it? Like many big cities around Spain, there are two football (or soccer as known in the USA) teams in Seville – Real Betis and Sevilla FC. So have twice as many chances to attend a game.

Why go? You’ll be able to go to competitive, lively games to see not only top-quality football but to enjoy an amazing atmosphere amongst the fans. You can check out the fixtures and try to purchase tickets for Real Betis or for Sevilla FC.

Don’t miss: Sevilla FC also offers tours of the stadium including changing rooms and getting pitchside where you can learn about the club’s history and some of their biggest successes. You can book that tour through their website here.

Stop by the Archivo de Indias

What is it? The Archivo General de Indias (General Archive of the Indies) is a significant Spanish archive located in Seville, Spain. It’s a repository of historical documents related to the Spanish colonial period. It was established in 1785 by King Carlos III to centralize documentation on Spain’s overseas territories in the Americas and Asia.

Why go? The archive is housed in the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes, a stunning Renaissance building that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a general thumb, the documents are not displayed. However, there are usually interesting temporary exhibitions, with old documents.

Don’t miss: The magnificent staircase and the beautiful views that you can get from the windows.

Join a tour around Seville

Booking a tour is a great way to get acquainted with Seville and discover the city with an expert.

Visit the Roman ruins of Itálica

What is it? The Itálica Roman Ruins in Seville are the remnants of a significant Roman city located in the town of Santiponce, about 9 km north of the city center.

Why go? This archaeological site is a testament to the Roman Empire’s presence in Spain and features impressive structures such as the amphitheater, mosaics, and Roman theater. The best way to explore it is on a guided tour.

Don’t miss: The archaeological site features well-preserved Roman structures, including an amphitheater that could hold 25,000 spectators, ancient streets, mosaics, hot springs, aqueducts, and houses. The Itálica amphitheater has been featured as a filming location for the popular TV series Game of Thrones.

Other ideas to keep exploring Seville

You just went through a list of the 15 best things to do in Seville. However, the city has many hidden gems waiting for you!

Here are other things that you can do in Seville:

  • Free things to do in Seville. Tons of ideas without spending a single euro.
  • Things to do in Seville with kids. Hundreds of ideas and tips for your family trip.
  • Seville in every season. Depending on the time you visit, discover what events are happening and what the weather is like in winter, spring, summer, or fall.
  • I also have a Seville calendar with monthly plans!
  • Seville neighborhoods. Discover what life is like in different districts with these routes.
  • Discover Seville off the beaten path. Want to go beyond the usual? I’ve got you covered. I have a ton of plans for you to dive into some local spots and experience the the other bits of Seville that the tourist hordes don’t overwhelm.

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