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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 15 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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El Arenal District

El Arenal District

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Running along the east bank of the Guadalquivir River, El Arenal is part of Seville’s historic old town. As well as hosting upscale residential properties and atmospheric tapas bars, it’s also home to several important city sights, including Spain’s oldest bullring, a celebrated flamenco bar, and a smattering of museums in historic buildings.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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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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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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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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Maria Luisa Park

Maria Luisa Park

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Set south of Seville’s historic center, this large green space was once the private garden of the nearby Palace of San Telmo before it was given over for public use in 1893. The park is crisscrossed by tree-lined avenues and dotted with fountains, and is also home to Plaza de España, an extravagant plaza built for the 1989 world’s fair.More
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Seville Bullring (Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza de Cabellería de Sevilla)

Seville Bullring (Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza de Cabellería de Sevilla)

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Seville's bullring—or the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza de Cabellería de Sevilla—is the oldest in Spain. It was here that thecorrida, or bullfight, moved from horseback to foot, and many of the cherished theatrical traditions of the matador evolved. Completed in the late 18th century, the bullring is a yellow-and-white baroque beauty.More
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Magic Island Park (Parque Isla Magica)

Magic Island Park (Parque Isla Magica)

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Set on the site of the 1992 Expo in Seville, Magic Island Park (Parque Isla Magica) brings 16th-century colonial Spain to life—complete with pirates, galleons, jungles, and swashbuckling adventure. Seven themed areas center on a lake, with highlights that include white-knuckle roller coasters like Anaconda and El Jaguar, the 223-foot (68-meter) El Desafio drop tower, and Iguazu, a high-speed flume ride through the Brazilian jungle.More
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Triana

Triana

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Wedged between two branches of the Guadalquivir River just across the Isabel II Bridge from central Seville, vibrant Triana is often described as the city’s heart and soul. Originally home to Roma gypsy families, its colorful reputation is built on its love for flamenco and tapas—two top visitor draws.More
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Historic Center of Seville (Centro Historico de Sevilla)

Historic Center of Seville (Centro Historico de Sevilla)

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Stroll cobblestone streets, stop for tapas, and marvel at centuries-old architecture in Seville's Historic Center (Centro Historico de Sevilla). This destination may be best known for its trio of UNESCO World Heritage Sites—the Cathedral, Alcázar, and the Archivo de Indias—making it a prime destination to uncover Spanish history.More
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General Archive of the Indies (Archivo General de Indias)

General Archive of the Indies (Archivo General de Indias)

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There was a time after Spain’s first journeys to the Americas that Sevilleserved as one of the most important commercial cities and ports in Europe. For that reason, in 1572, this Renaissance-style building — now called the General Archive of the Indies — was erected, with the goal of serving as a merchant’s exchange.Come 1785, when Seville’s role as a trade hub fizzled out, the grand building was finally converted into a space meant to unify all the country’s documentation related to its overseas empires in the Americas. These days, this includes 9 kilometers of shelving with over 43,000 volumes and 80 million pages, and is composed of documents such as exchanges between Christopher Columbus and the Spanish King and Queen, as well as other writings by explorers. Though the extent of what visitors can actually view is quite limited, entrance to the building is free, and therefore worth a quick wander, especially since it’s located right next to the main cathedral.More
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Casa de la Memoria

Casa de la Memoria

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Situated in the converted stables of a 16th century palace, Casa de la Memoria offers visitors to Seville an intimate setting for acoustic flamenco performances. Watch as four or more different performers take to the stage each night—singers, dancers, and guitar players—to perform traditional Spanish music and dances.More

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Top activities in Seville

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Seville Electric Bike Tour

Seville Electric Bike Tour

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Cordoba and Carmona Day Trip from Seville
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Tangier Guided Tour with Hotel Pick-up from Seville
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Alcazar of Seville Early Access English Tour with Optional Cathedral & Giralda
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Recent reviews from experiences in Seville

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Fabulous Jewish Seville
robin_k, Aug. 2022
Jewish History of Seville - Private tour
She spoke perfect English and had a deep knowledge of the history both in Seville and the Castillo kingdom We visited all relevant areas and got an excellent understanding of the Jewish history and life in Seville through seeing the buildings and geographic perspective in the city
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Mayra_L, Jul. 2022
Seville Electric Bike Tour
It is a great and fun way to see a lot of Seville.
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Friendly and informative
Merry_L, Jul. 2022
Seville Guided Small-Group Walking Tour
Julio was a fantastic guide, especially on such a hot summer day.
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Recommended ebike tour for Seville!
Mark_G, Jul. 2022
Seville Electric Bike Tour
Excellent English and really Inter tour.
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Wonderful!
juliedaviscolan, Jun. 2022
Cruise on an Exclusive Yacht through the Guadalquivir River
It was delicious & a delightful way to see Seville!
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Great local tour of Seville
Arelis_H, Jun. 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Seville Private Tour
This was a great way to get introduced to the city and be able to see the important places.
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Fun cycling in Seville
Anne_M, Jun. 2022
3-hour Guided Bike Tour along the Highlights of Seville
What a great way to see Seville!
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Must do!
Emma_A, Jun. 2022
Tapas, Taverns & History Tour
It was a great way to see Seville through the eyes of a local and get an authentic experience.
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Beautiful Seville
Tracey_m, May 2022
2 Hour Best of Seville on Segway
Best way to see Seville if you have limited time.
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Great walking tour
Margaret_M, May 2022
Small-Group Walking Tour of Monumental Seville
Our guide was knowledgeable and spoke excellent English.
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Fun and intimate
Ty_G, May 2022
Cruise on an Exclusive Yacht through the Guadalquivir River
It’s nice to see Seville and learn about the history of the river, our guide taught us things we didn’t know.
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Great day trip!
Mark_S, May 2022
White Villages and Ronda Day Tour from Seville
Would highly recommend this trip if you want to see outside of seville
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Cycling in the sun.
Andrew_B, May 2022
Sevilla Bike Rental
Great way to see more of Seville at your pace.
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Loved the tour
Dinaz_G, May 2022
Cadiz to Seville Shore Excursion with Skip the Line Alcazar, Pickup & Dropoff
Seville was a beautiful city to visit.
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Excellent transportation and tour--guide was great with kids!
Dwayne_N, May 2022
1-hour Panoramic Seville on Segway
Holy Week was really busy; otherwise, we would have done a second tour with him to see other parts of the city.
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An amazing way to see the...
Juliet_R, May 2022
Seville Highlights Bike Tour (English)
An amazing way to see the city!
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First morning of our...
Cameron_J, May 2022
Seville Highlights Bike Tour (English)
First morning of our short trip to Seville and what a great way to see the city and get our bearings for what to do over the next couple of days.
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A quick tour covering a lot of area
Lisa_T, Apr. 2022
Guided segway tour
If your time in Seville is short, and you want to see as much as possible, this is a great tour.
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Excellent way to see the city, with a great guide 😊
Simone_R, Jun. 2022
Seville Electric Bike Tour
Great way to see Seville would definitely recommend.
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Diego_P, Apr. 2022
Seville Guided Small-Group Walking Tour
The most memorable part was to see Estafania's knowledge, engagment and amazing personality.
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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.

People Also Ask

What is Seville famous for?

The largest city in Andalusia is famous for its syncretic, Islamic-influenced Mudejar architecture and historic city center. Also present: Gothic, baroque, and Moorish styles—legend says Hercules founded the city. Alluring Sevilla is the setting for three famous operas: Carmen,Don Juan, and Figaro. It’s also a hub for Flamenco dancing.

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How many days do you need for Seville?

With one day in compact Sevilla you can cover main attractions such as the Sevilla Cathedral—from the outside—on a walking tour. Give yourself a day or two to go beneath the surface. The city is festive in the evening, especially in the furnace-hot summer, so try to spend the night.

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Are Seville and Sevilla the same place?

Yes. In Spanish, the city is Sevilla, ending with an -a. In languages such as English and French, it ends with an -e. Default to the Spanish pronunciation in Spain. Some say the name evolved from the Latin place name Hispalis; others, from the Phoenician word for plain or valley.

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What is special about Seville?

The city teems with historical landmarks, but Sevilla's vibrant and festive spirit—which epitomizes the Spanish way of living—is its strength. Enjoy sangria and tapas in Barrio Santa Cruz, take in a flamenco performance, and explore on foot and marvel at the varied architectural styles. Sevilla demands time to be experienced.

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What can you do in Seville in 2 days?

With two days in Sevilla, you can see historical attractions, watch flamenco, and dine in a sun-kissed piazza in the former Jewish Quarter. Visit Sevilla Cathedral and climb the adjoining belltower, La Giralda, for panoramic views. Take a half-day at Royal Alcazar, a UNESCO-listed Mudéjar complex of palaces and gardens.

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Is Seville, Spain, a safe city?

Yes. Sevilla—the fourth-largest city in Spain—has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. Venture out after hours and you’ll find the bars and winding streets packed, especially on balmy summer nights. That said, keep a close eye on valuables, especially in touristy districts, as pickpocketing is not unusual.

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