Wherever you go, go with all your heart. We really push you to discover Sevilla. Even if we have been exploring a lot of cities and Seville is one of our favorite.
We discover Sevilla in just two days and we loved it.
When you discover a new city is always difficult to compare with other places as well but when we discover Sevilla we realise, there is no other city like Seville.Wherever you go, go with all your heart. We really push you to discover Sevilla. We have been exploring a lot of cities and Seville is one of our favourite.
In your Andalucia Tour you will discover a lot of Spanish cities which are awesome but Seville got something which it is almost impossible to describe. Pack your bags, fly and discover Sevilla.
Things to see in Seville – Plan your Andalucia Tour
Here we go when we will push you to discover Sevilla. It is a very nice city, you can see everything just by walking around and it is perfect if you plan to spend few days for discover Sevilla.
All the main attraction are located in the city center. Don’t worry if your accommodation is a bit far away from the centre. You can reach the centre of Sevilla very easily with the metro and the trains. The public transport of Sevilla is really good.
There are a lot of things to see in Seville. Once you will reach the centre you will understand why we love so much this city. You will be surrounded by the beauty of Seville and understand why we call it “Magic city”.
Why is Seville Spain Famous? How to discover Seville
The city of Seville is famous worldwide for its culture, monuments, traditions and artistic heritage.
This is the birthplace of the Flamenco and where the most amazing Spanish Easter processions take place. But Seville is also the neuralgic centre of the South of Spain. A city full of life and possibilities.
Sevilla is also known for “La Feria de Sevilla”.
The Seville Fair traditionally starts two clear weeks after Semana Santa. It take place in a huge area in Los Remedios, next to the river. This is a week of serious dancing, drinking, eating and socialising, with late nights or even all night long.
Seville itinerary – Discover Seville and Feria de Abril, what you need to know
The local Sevillan folklore is a very special event. The locals prepares it for months before it starts. The origin of the Feria de Sevilla dates back to the 13th century, and as most of theSpanish ferias, it has a commercial background.
The feria became more urban and social than trade-focused, eventually becoming the party that it is nowadays.
La Feria de Sevilla or Feria de Abril is a celebration that takes place every year during spring.
If you want to visit the Feria as a traveler from outside of the region. You must be aware of certain aspects before rushing to pack your “Sevillana” dress. You have to take also those dancing shoes that you bought specifically for a good session of flamenco, hydrated afterwards with a cold “rebujito”.
The Ferias is not a tourists attraction, it is mostly a traditional time of the year for the inhabitant of Andalusia. It is most suitable for the Sevillans, so if you plan to visit it, try to act like a local.
This is because most of the “casetas” are private: A bunch of people will contribute with a certain amount of money throughout the year to set up their tent during the feria. They than will enjoy food, drink and music for free or reasonably cheap price.
Plan head your visit to Sevilla
If you don’t have contacts in Sevilla that can get you in one of them, you certainly lost most of your chances, as you won’t be allowed into the private casetas.
There are however some free casetas, so you still have your chance: These are the ones that belong to the political parties: PP, PSOE, IU, PCE, C’s, UGT, etc.
Also, there are some free ones from certain districts, you might get in for free in the same way. However, these ones are ready for overpriced food, drinks and not the best samples of Sevillian society.
On the other side, not everything is the tents. Just walking around the area from lunchtime until late night, and you will be impressed by the outfits that men wear. You will be overwhelmed by beautiful Sevillian girls wearing the traditional and world-known traditional dresses.
Enjoy this during the typical sunny days of the region. Andalusia is well known for over 300 days of sun. Enjoy the Andalusian “Pura Sangre” horses pulling richly designed coaches. And, being Sevilla, the atmosphere will certainly be friendly.
Be aware in the same way that finding accommodation during these days might be challenging and expensive.
Also, the feria is the centre of the city during the celebration, so expect the rest of the city to be slightly “dead”. If you are around Sevilla during the feria, it’s worth passing by and enjoying the atmosphere.However, if you want to come specifically for this event without local contacts, there are many chances that you’ll be disappointed.
The best places to enjoy social life in Sevilla are the “Terrazas”. There are thousands of them in the city and they are open the whole year, so don’t think at any point that the feria is unmissable.
La feria is one of the event most attended by the locals
If you really want to enjoy the concept of feria, consider the possibility of going to the ferias of Córdoba or Málaga too.They are much more open to outsiders and although not so famous, they are as good as this one. Out of the Feria, we suggest visiting Granada and the amazing markets they do during the year.
What should I do when I travel to Sevilla? What to plan in your Andalucia Tour
The first and very important thing is Sevilla is really hot during summertime. But it is also true that it really cold during winter. So, if you are planning your trip in Seville choose to travel between April ( which is really nice during April Fair) and May. September or October are also good month to travel to Sevilla. In 2018, the temperature on those two months reached over 35°.Plan your journey in advance so you won’t miss anything. Book your Alcázar tickets online and enjoy every moment, this is one of the best of Seville tours.
Plaza de Espana – Discover Sevilla
This it will be the best part of your Seville Itinerary. When we arrive in Plaza de Espana we were without words. Absolutely breathtaking. We discover Seville like this, just walking around and finding the best photo spots.This is one of the best places ever. This massive building is Seville’s most impressive after the cathedral, for its sheer scale and grandeur.
This is one of the square that inspired us most!
The Plaza is situated inside Maria Luisa Park, next to Avenida Isabella La Catolica. A pedestrianised avenue with ice-cream sellers and bike rental stands. This is the best way to reach the park. Enter near the Teatro Lope de Vega and Fabrica de Tabaco. You also can reach the park from the Prado de San Sebastián on one side, or the river on the other.
Plaza de Toros – Discover Sevilla
We were so surprised to see this amazing Plaza de Toros. When, days before, we have been in Malaga it was not really nice. The building and the structure is pretty the same, but in Sevilla, we suggest to visit the Arena.
La Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is the name of the bullring of Sevilla. The exact construction date is unknown, as it went through wars, crises and different architects took over the project.
The building was partially destroyed in 1805 by a hurricane. An incredibly uncommon phenomenon in this part of the world. This is one of the most important plazas in Spain. It has appeared in many movies and of course, it is one of the main buildings in Sevilla.
One characteristic that makes this plaza unique is its shape. The arena is not a perfect circle like most of the other plazas, this one is elliptical.
The reason why this building is different compared to the other is to research on how it was built. The location of some neighbouring houses prevented the construction of a perfect circle.Walk around the plaza and imagine the place full of people getting ready for a “Tarde de Toros”.
Get inside the arena and witness the sand where bulls and bullfighters spilt their blood and gave their lives, while the crowd screamed “olé”
Despite the movements against this events, la Corrida is one of the best attractions of Spain
This design of the Spanish square is inspired by the Roman amphitheatres, and you can see this inspiration even in modern plazas everywhere in Spain. Probably being the best example the plaza of Valencia.
Real Alcázar – Seville Itinerary
Suggestion: Book your tickets online so you can jump the queue and you don’t have to wait a lot. The ticket is not expensive it’s only 9 euro and 50 cents. For those under 16 years old the access is free and for the student between 17 and 25, the ticket is just 2 euro.
The Royal Alcazar is one of the most instagrammable places in Andalusia
This is one of the best places where to take pictures. If you want to get inspired you can find our blog post about Instagrammable Seville. There we show where are the best places where to take photos in Sevilla.
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Torre de Oro – Instagrammable Sevilla
It’s not far away from Plaza de Toros, you can reach very easily even from the Cathedral as is close to the riverside.
Walking around and while you want to discover Seville for sure you can’t miss this amazing monument. Torre del Oro is a defensive tower dating from the 13th century. From that tower a thick chain extended to the far bank of the river, cutting off access to enemy ships.
The tower defended the river entrance to the Barcas Bridge and land access to the Arenal, home of industrial activity.
The tower was linked to the Torre de la Plata through sections of wall known as “coracha”. This passage is stretched to Seville’s Alcazar.
Cathedral de Sevilla
Seville’s cathedral, Santa Maria de la Sede, is the largest Gothic Cathedral in the World. It has been recognised as UNESCO World Heritage. The Cathedral is located close to the Real Alcazar and the Flamenco Museum. The last one we highly recommend to visit. As we have said before, Seville is known as well for the Flamenco shows
Do you know:La Giralda is the bell tower of the Seville Cathedral but used to be a minaret, as it was built when Seville was part of Al-Andalusm, that is, Muslim Spain.
The ticket is not so expensive 9 € for adults, for Pensioners and Students 4 € and for Seville residents, under 14yrs, disabled, unemployed are free.
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Metropol Parasol – Andalucia Tour
The structure consists of six parasols in the form of giant mushrooms. Whose design is inspired by the vaults of the Cathedral of Seville. Metropol Parasol is organized in four levels. The underground (Level 0) houses the Antiquarium, where Roman and Moorish remains discovered on site are displayed in a museum. Level 1 which is the street level, is the Central Market. The roof on Level 1 is the surface of the open-air public plaza. Shaded by the wooden parasols above and designed for public events. Levels 2 and 3 so are the two stages of the panoramic terraces, offering one of the best views of the city centre and an amazing restaurant.
Museo de Bellas Artes – Discover Seville
The Museo de Bellas Artes is one of the most important art museums in Spain. It is probably the second one after El Museo del Prado in Madrid.
It is built around three patios which are decorated with flowers, trees and the distinctive Seville tile work. The museum’s impressive collection of Spanish art and sculpture extends from the medieval to the modern. The collection is focused on the work of Seville School artists. Creators such as Bartolome, Esteban Murillo and, Juan de Vales Leal.The entrance is really really cheap 1.50 € and free for EU citizens and students.
Free admission to the Museo de Bellas Artes is included with the Sevilla Card. (The Sevilla Card is a city pass or tourist card. As soon as you start planning your trip to Seville you should get this city pass before you leave home, because it will save you money and time.)The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 20:30 and Sundays from 9:00 to 14:30. The only day which is close is Monday.
What are the best places to visit in Spain?
Seville for sure was our favourite one, there is something magic which is impossible to describe. You need to discover the city by yourself to feel involved like us. Ibiza one of the most natural landscapes in Spain.
If you skip the night vidaloca places, you will see the real essence of the Island. It could be really cheap and nice, out of the touristic places. Go and Kitesurfing in Tarifa, it will be one of the best experience for you.
The Southern point of Spain has the best weather condition for Kiteboarding.
If you are planning a day trips from Seville you should consider Cadiz, because is a city look like a little town. So, You will feel involved in the real local life since you put your feet in the city. The seaside is awesome and in summer it is really crowded, with just one way going in and out of the city, it seems to be a little island.
Barcelona is the first city Toti visited in Spain. It is one of the places he loves and we need to return. We feel to be at home there, it is looking like our home city, Napoli, and some of the streets are perfectly the same.
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About this post, we will say a big thank you to Andres, our Spanish friend, currently living in London, for the huge amount of information about Sevilla and the right directions to how to discover Sevilla at the best. Also, we will say a big thank you to an Italian Instagram Friend, Irene Palmieri for the amazing videos about Sevilla.