Top 10 sights and highlights in Seville
The center of Seville is one big attraction with fabulous highlights. It is full of
Beautiful ancient buildings, squares and alleys with their own history. Seville has the oldest
and largest historical center of Europe. Even without a map or without a purpose it is wonderful
just to walk around or to stroll. But what do you really need to see in Seville? Here is a small
selection of our highlights top 10 (ten):
Plaza de España
A gorgeous and impressive square in the parque Maria Luisa.
Completed in 1928, after a construction period of almost 15 years and built for the Ibero-American
exposition in 1929. The square is completely decorated with 52 alcoves or niches, covered with
colorful tile mosaics who represent the provinces of Spain. The square is half surrounded by what
looks like a huge castle built in a semicircle in the typical
Mudejar style. Sit
down to read a book or enjoy the sun on one of the ceramic benches or rent a little boat and paddle
through the canal around the square. A Must Do and See!
• € Free1)
Another highlight is the Royal Palace, the Real Alcázar, the counterpart of the Alhambra
in Granada. However, this palace is actually still in use by the Spanish King and authentic where
restoration has occurred. This is in contrary to the Alhambra which for large parts has been
restored according to the romantic ideas of the restorers. Enjoy strolling through the beautiful,
landscaped gardens, along the centuries-old trees, colorful flowers, ancient statues, fountains
and courtyards after you have admired the impressive palace. The first stones were ever laid by
the Romans, but the Moors have made it really grand and beautiful. After the conquest of the
Moors the palace was further expanded by the Catholic Kings in the 14th century but entirely in
the Mudejar style.
Certainly take at least two hours to see everything.
• € 9.501)
• Oct-Mar/Mon-Sun/9:30-17:00 Apr-Sept/Mon-Sun/9:30-19:00
💡 Did you know...
• Access in Apr-Sep/Mon/18:00-19:00 and Oct-Mar/Mon/16:00-17:00 is free? (very
• You must not forget the Royal quarters on level 1 (max. 15 pers. per shift and
• You definitely have to visit the Baño de Doñas (bathroom) underneath
the palace to visit (through the side yard).
Triana en Santa Cruz
Your visit to Seville is not complete if you have not tasted any atmosphere in the Triana
district and the neighborhood Santa Cruz (in the district Casco Antiguo). Through the former
Jewish quarter (Judería) Santa Cruz, you can wander around the many narrow and dark alleys
everywhere with idyllic squares, beautiful patios, nice bars and shops. Full of typical, exciting
legends and stories.
The district of Triana is just across the river Guadalquivir. The river has caused for
centuries a natural separation of Seville. As an old gypsy quarter, Triana is the birthplace of
Flamenco. An artists district with its own history and story. You have too be there for delicious,
traditional tapas and with some luck live flamenco dance and music.
• € Free1)
💡 Sevilla by Night
Experience and discover the secrets of this city with an unforgettable
Sevilla by Night tour.
Cathedral and its Giralda
At the end of the 13th century the Catholics wanted to build the largest cathedral in the
world. This is what you feel and see if you're in and walking around the Cathedral. The
Cathedral is within 127 meters long, 83 meters wide and 43 meters high. Nowadays Maria de la
Sede (the official name which is never used), is the largest church in Europe after St. Peter's
in Rome and St. Paul's Cathedral in London. But it is the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world.
The construction lasted about 100 years. First it was a Mosque which is still visible to the
Giralda (tower), the former minaret of the Mosque. With your entrance ticket you can also visit
the tower of 96 m. As a reward you get a magnificent view of Seville.
Inside you see of course Christopher Columbus's tomb which in 1492 left from Seville for a new
route to India but came across the new world, America.
• € 9.501)
• Oct-Mar/Mon-Sun/9:30-17:00 Apr-Sept/Mo-Sun/9:30-19:00
💡 Did you know...
• The entrance fee includes access to the beautiful
Iglesia del Salvador is?
• If the queue for the Cathedral is very long? Then get your ticket at
Iglesia del Salvador and walk past the queue.
• The Cathedral is the starting point of
Via de la Plata,
the longest Pilgrimage in Spain to Santiago de Compostela?
Other churches in Seville?
Remember that extremely Catholic Seville, besides the Cathedral, has a lots of beautiful, other
churches with their own parishes and fraternities which among others participate in the
Semana Santa. An
overview of a view churches in the old town which are definitely worth to see:
• Iglesia del Salvador
• Iglesia de Santa Ana
• Basílica de la Macarena
• Iglesia de Santa Maria la Blanca
• Capilla de San José
• Iglesia de Santa Cruz
Metropol Parasol and Antiquarium
This is something else than the rest of the historic city. Most modern, artistic and futuristic.
Finally completed in 2011, after it's construction had begun in 1998(!). It is, according to the
Sevillians, the largest wooden structure in the world and it looks like to each other grown mushrooms.
That is why it is also called 'Las Setas'. The Spanish word for mushrooms. With the elevator (at the
bottom of the basement) you can go up. There you have a wonderful view over the city. Perhaps more
beautiful than the view of the Giralda.
• € 31)
• Jan-Dec/Sun-Thu/10:30-00:00 Fri-Sat/10:30-01:00
💡 Did you know...
The entrance on presentation of your entrance ticket, includes a drink in one of the
Be sure to see the Roman and Moorish sites in El Antiquarium right under the Metropol Parasol,
which were found during the construction and caused the huge delays. While walking you can see
the centuries with remnants of their former residents come along. Every nation and century shows
that the natural environment of Seville changed and other techniques were used.
• € 21)
• Jan-Dec/Mon-Sat/10:00-19:30 Sun/10:00-13:30
Bullfighting ring (La Maestranza)
The Real Maestranza, as the arena is officially called, is after the one in Ronda the oldest
bullring in Spain. If you're curious about a fight, then pay a visit between April and October
(tickets from € 25, as of May 2016).
You are for or against bullfighting but it is certainly not the simple killing of a bull
(El Torro) in the bullring. It is for the Sevillians top folklore where a lot
is involved to understand it a little.
For tours the arena and museum open daily. You will see a beautiful building with a rich, traditional
and cultural history.
• € 71)
• Nov-Mar/Mon-Sun/9:30-19:00 Apr-Oct/Mon-Sun/9:30-21:00
💡 Did you know...
Access every Monday from 15: 00-19: 00 is free? (Very limited and seasonal!)
Parque Maria Luisa
Need a break from the bustle of the city and perhaps even sunbathe or enjoy a delicious
Then go to parque Maria Luisa, the most beautiful, historic park of Spain or perhaps in Europe.
From the sweltering heat to the lovely cooling shade and quietness. A beautiful and large park
once created by the Duchess Maria Luisa. Early twentieth century, the park was donated to the
city of Seville. An oasis of beauty and tranquility with stunning pavilions (of the participating
countries), got from Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. The highlight, of course, is the
Plaza de España. Here you must at least walk or cycle through
and have a cozy picnic with tapas! Or enjoy a delicious
tapas high tea!
• € Free1)
• Oct-May/Mon-Sun/8:00-22:00 Jun-Sept/Mon-Sun/8:00-24:00
Casa de Pilatos
Are you affected by the Mudejar style that makes Seville so famous? Visit definitely Casa de
Pilatos. A excessive but authentic aristocratic palace. Still partially inhabited by descendants
of the original nobility. In this palace you can see the rich art styles such as Gothic,
Renaissance and Romanesque. This opulent palace is a typical example for the excessive equipped
residences of the noble families during the Golden Ages of Seville.
• € 6 - 81)
• Nov-Mar/Mon-Sun/09:00-18:00 Apr-Oct/09:00-19:00
Palacio de Lebrija
The palace of Lebrija of the 16th century is named after Doña Rule Manjon Mergelina,
Countess of Lebrija, who has lived in this palace. She brought this palace to life to what you
can see today. It is even one of the most beautiful and hidden palaces of Seville in the historic
city center (Casco Antigo). You'll find mosaics and rooms full of archaeological
treasures such as vases, columns and statues. The walls and ceilings of this palace are beautifully
embellished with decorative elements such as Moorish arches and ornaments. The palace consists of a
winter house (top floor) and a summer house (ground floor). The mosaics of this palace are from
the site Itálica,
near Santiponce, extracted and processed here.
• € gratis1)
• Oct-May/Mon-Sun/8:00-22:00 June-Sept/Mon-Sun/8:00-24:00
Hospital de los Venerables
Hospital de los Venerables, originally founded in 1675 as a resting place and hospital for
priests. The building is set around a patio with a fountain and arches. This property is one of
the finest examples of 17th-century Sevillian Baroque. The building was designed by Leonardo de
Figueroa, an important Sevillian architect of the Spanish Baroque. See inside also the small
church. Particularly remarkable are the frescoes by Valdés Leal and his son Lucas Leal.
Two important works are 'The Last Supper' of son Valdés and 'The glorification of St.
Ferdinand' by Valdés senior. The beautiful wall paintings are also made by the son Lucas
• € 51)
• ma-zo/10:00-13:30 16:00-19:30
Fabulous museums in Seville!
Don't forget the best and wonderful museums. Maybe not for everyone but Sevilla, as a city
with an ancient history, has a wide range of clear and several museums. Totally worth a visit
and many are free. Listed below are the most famous and visited museums (in random order):
Arqueológico: Archaeological museum of the history of the past Seville wealth. Objects
from prehistoric times, as the Middle Ages to modern times.2)
de Bellas Artes: Museum of Fine Arts with an impressive collection of artworks and paintings
by great Spanish masters. According to many one of the most important museums in Spain.2)
de Artes y Costumbres Populares: Museum of folklore, folk arts, customs and traditions of
del Baile Flamenco: Museum with the history of flamenco dance styles -music.
• Museo Militario:
Military museum containing parts and relics from the former arms and gunpowder factory in
• Museo Maritimo
(Torro de Oro): Maritime museum on the history of navigation and navies of Spain and Seville
(€ 3 every Monday free entrance, as of May 2015).
• Archivo General de Indias:
One of the most important and oldest historical archives in the world with very important and
unique records, diaries (trade) documents from the Spanish colonial history in America.2)
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