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Top Things to Do in Seville, Spain: A Guided Tour Experience

Top Things to Do in Seville, Spain: A Guided Tour Experience

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Seville is very easy to fall in love with once your eyes settle on the colorful buildings, cobblestone streets, and charming locals. It was easily one of my favorite stops when I was touring the beautiful Andalucía region with Toma and Coe. My guide Matt was a joy to be around and I felt very lucky getting to see Seville through his eyes. Here are some of my highlights from the trip that any person visiting Seville should not miss out on!

Seville Cathedral & Giralda Tower:

The sheer size of Seville’s Cathedral will take your breathe away immediately. The Giralda Tower is very striking from the outside and is absolutely worth a visit too. It’s the cathedral’s iconic belltower which offers stunning panoramic views of the whole city.

Construction started on the cathedral in the 1400’s and it was completed over 100 years later in 1507. Its original purpose was to show off the city’s wealth and power which it still does to this day. I also found it fascinating that it is built over the site of a 12th century mosque and some of its remains can still be seen. For example, there are bronze doors from the 1100’s which have inscriptions from the Koran. There are so many different layers of history in this place.

Once inside, you’ll notice a lot of the tourists gathered around a grand monument with four ornate statues holding a coffin. This is the burial place of Christopher Columbus, Spain’s most famous explorer. This tomb is very impressive and like the cathedral itself, it’s huge. In fact, Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and the third-largest church in the world! You can easily spend half a day inside.

Alcázar & Murillo Gardens:

The Alcázar is a magnificent fortress-palace which was built by King Pedro I in the 14th century. I learned that it is the oldest royal residence in Europe still in use! When the current King Felipe and Queen Letizia visit Seville, they stay at the Alcázar. Apart from the stunning Alhambra palace in Granada, the Alcázar contains some of the best examples of 14th century Mudejar architecture used by the Moors.

Take your time exploring the ancient palace rooms as there are just so many beautiful details to admire. But make sure you save enough time to stroll through the Murillo Gardens which are quite extensive and incredibly beautiful! There are so many different sections in the garden that represents Islamic, Renaissance and Romantic influences; not to mention there are over 20,000 plants to admire! I found the Murillo Gardens to be such a tranquil place that’s right in the middle of the city. You get to enjoy the best of both worlds in Seville.

Plaza de España:

A visit to Seville just isn’t complete without visiting the impressive Plaza de España.  In 1929, Seville hosted the Ibero-American Exposition and this plaza was built as the centerpiece for it.  You’ll notice a mix of 1920’s Art Deco with “mock mudéjar” which you can see at the Alcázar.  It was built to wow visitors back then and it’s definitely still doing that today!  On any given day, you’ll find tourists rowing boats, horse drawn carriages, and locals enjoying the grand space.  I’d highly recommend visiting during the golden hour which is about 60 minutes before the sun sets.  The sunlight shines so beautifully on the plaza and it’s the ideal time to take photographs.

Barrio Santa Cruz:

You can’t leave Seville without exploring the Barrio Santa Cruz.  This neighborhood is in the heart of Seville and is the former Jewish quarter of the medieval city. It is a labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys that are so much fun to wander around. Getting lost in Seville isn’t bad at all when the streets are so charming! However, my trusty guide Matt knew his way around very well and pointed out the best spots for great photo opportunities.

After lots of walking, be sure to relax on one of the beautiful tiled benches or sit outside an old bar to enjoy some tapas for lunch or dinner. I’d highly recommend ending the day at a Flamenco show at the Museo del Baile Flamenco.

Whether you’re interested in historical sites, beautiful architecture, amazing food or nightlife, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in beautiful Seville!

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

22 Comments

  1. Travelling Dany
    June 3, 2017 at 9:13 am
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    I loved Toledo, Madrid and Bacellona, but I still haven’t been to Seville. It looks like a mix of art, culture and natural beauties: bucketlisted!!!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 6, 2017 at 4:58 am

      If you liked all three of those cities, I’m sure Seville will blow you away.

  2. Miranda
    June 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm
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    Spain has some of the most beautiful cathedrals!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 6, 2017 at 5:22 am

      I absolutely agree, Miranda!

  3. Jenn and Ed Coleman
    June 4, 2017 at 11:57 pm
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    One of my best friends did his mission in Seville. He would tell me stories of the beauty and history of the countryside. Seville has been on my radar for, well, almost forever. Your pictures of the town, especially Barrio Santa Cruz makes me want to go that much more. Thank you.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 6, 2017 at 5:23 am

      I’m so glad to hear that! Now it’s time to book a ticket 🙂

  4. Jing
    June 5, 2017 at 8:57 am
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    Everything you’ve listed here makes me want to visit Seville. Barrio Santa Cruz has most specially caught my attention. I like photographing alleys, especially those that are full of color and texture.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 6, 2017 at 5:24 am

      Thanks, Jing! You would most certainly LOVE photographing Barrio Santa Cruz.

  5. Jennifer
    June 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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    Seville is one of my all-time favourite cities! There’s so much to love there as you’ve shown. I wish I could get away wearing one of those flamenco dresses to work!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 6, 2017 at 5:24 am

      Ha, wouldn’t that be great?!

  6. Tarah
    June 5, 2017 at 1:45 pm
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    I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Seville!! It looks absolutely beautiful. Hopefully I’ll make it there one day soon and I’ll have to remember this post to know what to do while i’m there!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 6, 2017 at 5:26 am

      Great, Tarah! Be sure to bookmark it 🙂

  7. Elena Nemets
    June 6, 2017 at 6:29 am
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    I totally agree with you list! Alcazar just blew my mind! Do you know that some scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed in these gardens? (as the Water Gardens of Dorn)

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 6, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      I knew they filmed Game of Thrones in Spain but I didn’t know it was there! How cool, thanks for sharing.

  8. Clare
    June 6, 2017 at 4:45 pm
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    I haven’t been to Seville yet but it looks stunning. Mainland spain is high on my list and this weekend I do a bit north of Barcelona but I still need to get to the south!! I really want to go in the palace and the cathedral they both look so amazing 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 7, 2017 at 11:58 am

      I hope you have a great time! Spain is one of my favorite countries. So much to explore and the history is fascinating.

  9. Edith & Juan
    June 7, 2017 at 1:30 am
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    Your pictures are so perfect! It makes me want to visit this city. We’ve always had this draw towards Spain and we are hoping to go by 2018. Still need to decide which cities though! Think I might have to add this one.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 7, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Thank you so much! Seville is definitely worth exploring, as if all of Andalucía.

  10. Sia
    June 8, 2017 at 1:25 am
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    I’ve never known Seville is so beautiful and has so much to offer! Adding to the bucket list, you pictures are gorgeous! The cathedral looks amazing and I didn’t know it was Columbus burial place. The gardens are what caught my eye the most though!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 10, 2017 at 10:55 am

      I didn’t know that they had Christopher Columbus’s burial site in the city until I got there. It’s all very interesting to see and the gardens are spectacular.

  11. Tours in Seville
    September 6, 2017 at 12:12 pm
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    Seville is one of the most beautiful places in Spain!!!

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      I 100% agree!

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