20 amazing things to do in Seville

Giralda Tower View

Explore the heart of southern Spain on your next European city break with a trip to stunning Seville; it’s a city I completely fell in love with when I first visited. It’s a vibrant city filled with activity and beauty, and there are plenty of enthralling things to do in Seville.

From its majestic cathedrals and bustling riverfronts to the lively outdoor markets and cobblestone streets winding through colourful neighbourhoods, I know you’re going to love it too.

Take some time to soak up the vibrant atmosphere in Plaza de España, sample delicious tapas at local eateries, or treat yourself to a flamenco performance!

I’ve combined my incredible experiences of visiting the city with some local recommendations to bring you my handpicked selection of the best things to do in Seville.

No matter what you choose to do, I’m sure you’ll have the most wonderful time unearthing the hidden gems and beautiful corners of this city.

Whether you’re here for the culture and cuisine or the parks and palaces, here is my pick of the best things to do in Seville.

Author Bio: Jessie Moore

Jessie Moore is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.

1. Real Alcázar

Opening times: 

  • 29th October – 31st March: Monday to Sunday, 09:30 to 17:00
  • 1st April – 28th October: Monday to Sunday, 09:30 to 19:00


  • General admission: €13.50
  • General admission for 65+, students & European Youth Card: €6.00 
  • General admission for disabled persons and under 13s: Free
  • Admission to Royal Bedroom: €5.50

Tickets: Book here

One of the most iconic attractions in Seville is the Real Alcázar de Sevilla, or the Royal Palace of Seville – and believe me when I say that it is truly spectacular.

It is a stunning spectacle of Mudéjar architecture that combines influences from Moorish and Christian culture.

The site has gone through many iterations over the centuries. I always feel that visiting the Real Alcázar is like embarking on a journey through time, where you can uncover insights into the rich history of this part of the world.

The palace itself is breathtaking to behold and has understandably earned its place as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

From the beautifully manicured gardens and courtyards to the priceless artefacts within its walls, every detail is worth noting. 

Real Alcázar Gardens

I’d recommend allowing three hours for your visit as there is a lot to explore. Don’t miss the gardens – for me, these were they highlight, as they are utterly magnificent and of pretty epic proportions. You need to allow time to get a little lost in the hedge maze too!

Make sure you book an entry ticket in advance to avoid the long queues.

Insider travel tip: The Real Alcázar is one of the most visited attractions in Spain – let alone Seville. So if you want to avoid jostling elbows with fellow tourists or to snap people-free photos, I advise aiming to arrive when it opens at 09:30. 

2. Plaza de España

Opening times: 

  • 1st November – 31st March: Monday to Sunday, 08:00 to 22:00
  • 1st April – 30th October: Monday to Sunday, 08:00 to 00:00

Prices: Free entry

Tickets: Not needed

Plaza de Espana

Located in the María Luisa Park, the wonderfully grandiose Plaza de España is an iconic monument in Seville.

The recognisable semi-circular structure may be over the top, but believe me when I say that it is undoubtedly breathtaking and indisputably memorable.

Soaring towers meet intricate tilework, peaceful canals meet beautiful bridges, and a spectacular fountain stands at the heart of it all.

Stories painted onto the tiles bring to life the history of Spain across the different provinces.

To really enhance the enchanting atmosphere, I think that one of the best things to do in Seville is to hire a rowing boat and saunter along the canal at Plaza de Espańa. It costs €6 for a 35 minute ride.

Insider travel tip: The Plaza de España is a great place to catch a free flamenco show. Talented performers regularly take to the floor as wide-eyed visitors watch on.

You can of course give some euros at the end of the performance to show your appreciation. But I’d recommend it as a great way to catch some flamenco if you don’t have time to see a show.

3. Catedral de Sevilla

Opening times: 

  • Monday to Saturday: 10:45 to 19:30
  • Sundays: 14:30 to 19:30


  • General admission: €12.00
  • Students and 65+: €7.00
  • Children under 14: Free

Tickets: Book here

Catedral de Sevilla

Stepping into the Seville Cathedral is a breathtaking experience; I don’t think anything quite prepares you for the sheer scale of it!

The towering pillars, intricately designed sculptures, and grand organ standing before you create a sense of utter magnificence.

Seville Cathedral is a prime example of Gothic-style architecture, harking back to its origin in the 13th century.

Standing as one of the largest cathedrals in the world  – seriously, it’s huge – it’s been a symbol of faith and beauty for centuries.

It was originally constructed on the site of Seville’s former grand mosque, with some of its original Moorish elements still visible.

Its incredible size has made it an imposing part of the city’s skyline, with five different naves joined by four massive bell towers. 

The cathedral has weathered wars, natural disasters and clashes between faiths, but remains standing today – telling stories through its ornate decorations that are sure to capture anyone’s imagination.

Insider travel tip: If you want to immerse yourself in the incredible history of Seville Cathedral, I recommend booking a guided tour. Otherwise, make sure you pick up an audio guide at the entrance.

4. Giralda Tower

Opening times: 

  • Monday to Saturday: 10:45 to 17:00
  • Sundays: 14:30 to 18:00


  • General admission: €9.00
  • Students & 65+: €4.00
  • Audio guide: €3.00
  • Children under 14: Free
  • Optional visit to roofs and stained glass windows: €12.00

Tickets: Book here

Giralda Tower View

Towering at over 300 feet above the city, the Giralda Tower provides sweeping views across the entire skyline. In my opinion, climbing to the top of this iconic monument is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Seville.

Dating back to 1184, the Giralda Tower has been witness to an incredible history. From its inception as an Almohad Islamic tower through its transformation into a bell tower with artwork by master goldsmiths and artisans. 

This stunning brick tower is renowned not only for its size but also for its Moorish architecture, complete with eight decorative spires and a large bronze bell.

View from Giralda Tower

Note that you don’t need to worry about climbing endless steps to reach the top. Instead, there are 35 sloping ramps which take you up to the viewing platform (which I was very relieved to find!).

Insider travel tip: Many tickets for Seville Cathedral include entry to the Giralda Tower. So I’d recommend checking before you buy, as you can save money by booking a Seville Cathedral and Giralda Skip-the-Line Ticket.

5. Metropol Parasol (Seta de Sevilla)

Opening times: 

  • November to March: Monday to Sunday, 09:30 to 00:00
  • April to October: Monday to Sunday, 09:30 to 00:30


  • Daytime entry: €5.00
  • Sunset entry: €8.00
  • Night entry: €10.00

Tickets: Book here

The Metropol Parasol, or Seta de Sevilla, is one of the largest wooden structures in the world.

Aesthetically speaking, I don’t think it’s to everyone’s taste and it somewhat divides opinions. One thing’s for sure though – it’s one of the best places to see the sunset in Seville.

The innovative architecture of this wooden mushroom-shaped structure combines with its distinct Spanish revival style to create a remarkable sight of both beauty and function.

Originally built as a centrepiece of Plaza de la Encarnación, it has multiple levels that grant visitors breathtaking viewpoints across the city.

You’ll often find that live music drifts into the air from La Boutique del Sonido rooftop bar for a charming experience.

Insider travel tip: I’d recommend visiting the Metropol Parasol at either sunset or at night. After dark, the structure is lit up with changing colours for a spectacular display.

6. Flamenco Show


  • 1-2 hours


  • From £19 per person, dependent on venue

Tickets: Book here

Undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Seville is to see a dazzling Flamenco show. The passion and emotion that radiates from the performers, musicians, and singers is nothing short of remarkable.

From the captivating rhythms of guitars and castanets to the vigorous movements of dance steps echoing through the theatre, I have no doubt that you’ll be left mesmerised.

For an inspiring performance, I’d recommend heading to Casa de la Memoria. It’s a theatre that has earned its nickname ‘the temple of flamenco’ due to its impressive performances and authentically decorated stage.

Triana Tablao Flamenco and Tablao El Arenal Flamenco are two other magical shows where the local musicians and dancers captivate with their fiery performances.

With many quaint tapas bars lining the areas near these theatres, there’s no better place to have a full cultural Seville experience.

Good to know: If you don’t have time to see a show, I recommend keeping a look out for impromptu flamenco performances in the streets of Seville.

These artists are usually rising stars and offer free improvised flamenco shows near popular tourist spots. Donations are of course welcome.

7. Semana Santa Festival


  • 2023: 2nd – 9th April
  • 2024: 24th – 31st March
  • 2025: 13th – 20th April

Prices: Free to experience

Tickets: Not needed

Semana Santa Festival

If you’re visiting Seville over the Easter period, you may be lucky enough to catch the Semana Santa Festival (Holy Week) in Seville.

The streets come alive with religious processions, complete with magnificently decorated floats, singers and elaborate costumes. 

The ancient tradition, which dates back to the Middle Ages, started as a way for the Catholic Church to portray Christ’s resurrection story in a way that was easy to understand for all.

It draws visitors from around the world and, at times, it almost seems like you’re taking a step back in time!

Although the Semana Santa celebrations take place all over Spain, Seville offers one of the most renowned processions of them all.

So if you time it right, experiencing this unique festival is one of the best things to do in Seville.

Insider travel tip: With Seville’s Semana Santa celebrations being some of the most flamboyant and extravagant in Spain, visiting during the Holy Week will not be a peaceful affair.

While it’s an incredible experience, I’d recommend bearing this in mind if you were hoping for a more relaxing time in the city.

8. Museum of Arts and Popular Customs

Opening times: 

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 09:00 to 21:00
  • Sunday & Holidays: 09:00 to 15:00
  • Closed on Mondays


  • €1.50
  • Free for EU Citizens and children

Tickets: Pay on arrival

Museum of Popular Arts

The Museum of Arts and Popular Customs can be found inside the grand building of the Mudejar Pavilion within the María Luisa Park.

This incredible space hosts an amazing collection of different objects which capture the rich history and culture of Andalusia. 

From stunning ceramics and traditional clothing to antique glassware and over 7,000 postcards, the museum offers diverse and fascinating collections.

Marvel at the flamboyant flamenco frocks or discover the different toys and games. 

Insider travel tip: I’d say that The Museum of Arts and Popular Customs is best suited to those with a genuine interest in history, crafts and ethnography. You’ll only need about 1-1.5 hours to explore.

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9. Tomb of Christopher Columbus

Opening times: As per Seville Cathedral:

  • Monday to Saturday: 10:45 to 19:30
  • Sundays: 14:30 to 19:30

Prices: As per Seville Cathedral:

  • General admission: €12.00
  • Students and 65+: €7.00
  • Children under 14: Free

Tickets: Book here

Tomb of Christopher Columbus

Although technically part of the Catedral de Sevilla, I still wanted to highlight the tomb of Christopher Columbus as one of the best things to see in Seville. The tomb can be found just inside the cathedral door and was installed in 1899.

The tomb itself is held up by four heralds representing the four Spanish kingdoms during Columbus’ life: Castile, Leon, Aragón and Navarre.

It’s an impressive sight and one that you don’t want to miss on your visit to the cathedral.

Insider fact: For many years, there was some dispute over whether the body in the tomb was actually that of Christopher Columbus. Unfortunately we still can’t be sure, but forensic tests carried out in 2006 confirmed that the body is either Christopher Columbus or his brother! 

10. Mercado de Triana

Opening times:

  • Monday to Saturday: 09:00 to 15:00
  • Closed on Sundays

Prices: Free entry

Tickets: Not needed

Mercado de Triana

The Mercado de Triana is a lively indoor market in Seville. Quaint vendor stalls sell a range of fresh produce, from fruit and vegetables to meat and fish. It’s a delightful smorgasbord of colours, scents and flavours. 

Teeming with both locals and tourists, it’s a bustling market that I think is well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

As well as the stalls, I love that there are also a handful of small restaurants where you can sample some tapas. 

Good to know: If you’re a food lover with a penchant for cooking, I’d recommend booking a Spanish cooking class and Triana market tour.

One of the best things to do in Seville, I think it’s the perfect way to learn a new skill and immerse yourself in Spanish cuisine.

11. Barrio Santa Cruz

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Barrio Santa Cruz

For a captivating introduction to the culture and history of the city, I’d recommend exploring the charming neighbourhood of Barrio Santa Cruz.

Take a stroll along the cobblestone lanes and discover hidden plazas. Admire the churches, ancient houses and colourful facades which line the streets. 

Formerly the Jewish quarter, I think Barrio Santa Cruz is the most picturesque part of the city. It’s also home to many of the key tourist attractions in Seville, such as the Alcazar Palace and Seville Cathedral. 

At night, the area comes alive with plenty of great restaurants and Sevillian bars. I recommend taking the opportunity to sample the local cuisine while listening to authentic flamenco music.

The sounds of Andalusian flamenco combined with the aroma of Spanish cuisine offer a lasting taste of Spanish culture.

Insider travel tip: To learn about the fascinating history of the area, I’d advise booking a Santa Cruz walking tour.

Discover the legends and secrets of the city, and seek out all the best hidden gems in this part of Seville.

12. Casa de Pilatos

Opening times: 

  • November to March: 09:00 to 18:00 everyday
  • April to October: 09:00 to 19:00 everyday


  • Whole house: €12.00
  • Ground floor only: €10.00

Tickets: Book here

Casa de Pilatos

This luxurious 16th-century palace is the home of aristocracy – specifically the 18th Duchess of Medinaceli and her family.

Casa de Pilatos brings together a beautiful blend of Baroque, Mudéjar and Renaissance styles.  Take a stroll through the impressive courtyards, lined with centuries-old walls and mangroves.

Marvel at the breathtaking frescoes that adorn each ceiling, then explore the gorgeous mosaic tiles which cover the marble fountains and tiled pathways. 

Insider travel tip: If you love the Real Alcázar then you’ll love Casa de Pilatos. I find that it’s similar in terms of its impeccable architecture and fine classical sculptures, but on a slightly smaller scale and with fewer tourists.

13. Parque de María Luisa

Opening times: 

  • Monday to Sunday: 08:00 to 22:00

Prices: Free entry

Tickets: Not needed

Parque Maria Luisa

In my opinion, one of the best things to do on a sunny day in Seville is to wile away an afternoon at María Luisa Park.

Located next to Plaza de España, this beautiful green space is a peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  Here, you can escape the heat of the sun in the dappled shade of lush trees and shrubs.

Stroll amongst colourful flowers, quaint duck ponds and elegant fountains. All while horse-drawn carriages traverse the paths for a scene straight out of a fairytale.

Insider travel tip: The María Luisa Park is also a great place to explore by bike, or as part of a guided bike tour. For something more exhilarating, I’d recommend hiring quad bikes at €14 per half-hour.

14. Córdoba Day Trip

Train time: From 42 minutes

Prices: From €9.65

Tickets: Book here

Cordoba in Spain

My favourite day trip from Seville, Córdoba is an excellent way to experience two of the most beautiful cities in Andalusia, Spain. Get a 42 minute train to Córdoba and explore one of Europe’s oldest cities.

Once an empire adorned with grand monuments, Córdoba offers some stunning tourist attractions.

Most notable is the breathtaking Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, one of Spain’s most incredible UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

Wander down winding cobblestone alleys and ancient streets, situated among a landscape of stunning Spanish countryside.

If you have time, I’d recommend taking a leisurely boat ride across the Guadalquivir River. Before watching the sun set over this picturesque cityscape.

Insider travel tip: The Mosque-Cathedral is so spectacular that it gets absolutely overwhelmed with tourists. It opens at 10am, so if you’re up for an early start, I advise trying to get there just before it opens.

Discover more of my favourite day trips from Seville.

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15. Hospital de los Venerables

Opening times: 

  • Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 19:00
  • Sundays: 10:00 to 15:00


  • Adults: €10.00
  • Students and 65+: €8.00
  • Under 12s: Free entry

Tickets: Buy on the door

Hospital de los Venerables

Hospital los Venerables was originally founded as a hospital for elderly and impoverished priests.

Located in a pretty square complete with orange trees in Barrio Santa Cruz, this baroque 17th-century building is now used as an art gallery. 

Visitors to Hospital los Venerables can explore the Velázquez Centre, containing a collection of paintings by Diego Velázquez. There is also an ornate church and a central courtyard with a stepped fountain. 

Insider travel tip: For those with a strong interest in art and the history of this unique attraction, I’d recommend booking a private guided tour.

If you don’t have a vested interest in art, then I’d suggest seeing it from the outside as part of a Barrio de Santa Cruz tour

16. Torre del Oro

Opening times: 

  • Monday to Friday: 09:30 to 18:45
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 to 18:45
  • Closed on public holidays


  • General admission: €3.00
  • Students, children from 6-14 and 65+: €1.50
  • Under 6: Free entry

Tickets: Buy on the door

Torre del Oro

This iconic golden tower has stood at the edge of the Guadalquivir River for centuries. Originally constructed during the mediaeval caliphate of Alfonso X, it was built to store loot from his conquests.

Today, visitors to this grand old structure can take in its remarkable architecture and learn about its fascinating history.

With its distinctive 12-sided shape and unmistakable copper shingles, the Torre del Oro stands as a symbol of Seville’s illustrious past.

Insider travel tip: In my opinion, a fun way to see the Torre del Oro is from the water on a Guadalquivir Yacht Tour.

You can admire the views, sip on a drink and indulge in a delicious meal onboard the boat while it saunters down the river. 

17. Museo de Bellas Artes

Opening times: 

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 09:00 to 21:00
  • From August 1 to August 31: Tuesday to Saturday, 09:00 to 15:00
  • Sundays and public holidays: 09:00 to 15:00
  • Closed on Mondays


  • General admission: €1.50
  • Guided tours also available
  • Free entry for EU citizens

Tickets: Book here

Museum of Fine Arts

Founded in 1838, the Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) houses a vast collection of artefacts from both historical and modern art.

From its impressive interior design to the captivating exhibits presented throughout its galleries, I love that there’s something for every art-enthusiast at this museum.

Spanning over 3,000 years of Spanish history, the art ranges from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque era, up to the 20th century.

The museum can be found in the Plaza del Museo, where you’ll also find a bronze statue of Baroque Spanish painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

The Museum of Fine Arts is the second-largest art gallery in Spain, and it’s therefore one of the best things to do in Seville for art lovers.

18. Plaza de Toros

Opening times: 

  • Monday to Sunday 09:30 to 19:30


  • Museum entrance & guided tour: €10.00
  • Students and 65+: €6.00
  • 7 to 11 years old: €3.50
  • Children under 6: Free entry

Tickets: Book here

Plaza de Toros

The Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is Seville’s bullfighting arena and a place of much historical and cultural significance.

On a guided tour you can learn about the controversial bullfighting practices which have taken place in Spain for centuries.

As part of your visit, explore the Bullfight Museum, wander the horses’ courtyard and see the chapel where the bullfighters pray.

The tour will take you through all parts of the arena, including the same route walked by bullfighters before they enter to battle with the bulls.

The arena itself is a spectacular sight to behold. Its beautiful Baroque façade and grand entrance make the Plaza de Toros one of the most impressive attractions in Seville.

Good to know: There are around 20 bullfights per year from Easter Sunday until mid-October and they usually take place on Sunday evenings.

Although the history of this Spanish tradition is fascinating, it is somewhat unethical and I wouldn’t personally recommend seeing a bullfight.

19. Hospital de la Caridad

Opening times: 

  • Monday to Friday: 10:30 to 19:00
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 14:00 to 19:00


  • Adults: €8.00
  • Children 8 to 18 years old: €2.50
  • Seniors: €5.00
  • Children under 7: Free entry

Tickets: Buy on the door

The church and hospital of Santa Caridad

The Hospital de la Caridad was originally founded in the 15th century as a burial ground for those who were executed or drowned in the river. Then in the 17th century, it became a hospice for the poor and elderly.

The name translates to ‘Holy Charity Hospital’ and it’s a place that’s revered by locals. The gilded chapel is the main attraction of the Hospital de la Caridad.

It’s a Baroque masterpiece decorated with art  from various painters and sculptors, including Murillo, Valdes Leal and Roldan.

In fact, four out of six of the Murillo paintings were stolen during the War of Independence. Replicas now hang in their place – I’d recommend seeing if you can spot the reals from the fakes!

Good to know: The hospital continues to look after the elderly today and money from tourism helps to maintain the facilities. 

20. Try the tapas

Opening times: 

  • From about 13:00 to 16:00 for lunch
  • From about 20:00 to 23:30 for dinner

I could not complete my guide to the best things to do in Seville without mentioning the tapas!

Immerse yourself in Andalusian tapas and explore the incredible food scene of Seville. From cured meats and croquettes to fresh fish and perfectly cooked pork, trust me when I say that it’s a foodie’s dream!

Some of the best places to eat tapas in Seville include Bodeguita Romero, Restaurante Eslava and Bar Pelayo.

For somewhere steeped in history, I recommend heading to El Rinconcillo, Seville’s most ancient tapas bar. The food is good but the setting is exceptional.

You’ve heard of a pub crawl, but have you heard of a tapas crawl? Spend an evening unearthing the very best tapas bars in Seville on a guided tapas crawl.

Discover historical tapas bars and hidden gems, indulging in some of the best local dishes away from the main tourist traps. Make sure you turn up with a strong appetite!

Insider travel tip: Most restaurants and tapas bars in Seville don’t open until about 8pm for dinner. Locals usually visit restaurants from 9pm, so you may need to eat a little later than you’re used to.

Some restaurants will be open all day, but the more authentic tapas bars will likely have the more restricted opening times.

Do let me know any of your favourite things to do in Seville in the comments below!

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