Seville, the capital of Andalusia is a city with a lot of different things to offer. Next to enjoying some amazing tapas, there are quite some sights to visit and more hidden neighborhoods to discover. This makes it a city worth a city trip on its own, however for me it was part of a 2-week Andalusia itinerary. I would definitely go back once to spend a little more time in Seville and to be able to also discover al the hidden gems and discover more bars and restaurants. Okay, time to start! What should you do and where should you go? You’ll read all about it in this Seville City Guide.
The first highlight in Seville is Metropol Parasol. Metropol Parasol is a modern wooden construction with an amazing view over Sevilla from a height of 28,5 meters. The square where the construction is located is often home to events and on the ground floor you’ll find several bars and restaurants. Entree fees are €2.
Plaza de España really, really impressed me! I knew it would be large from the several pictures I saw before, but it is crazy big (the diameter is 170 meters). Plaza de España is the most famous square of Seville and probably the most famous sight as well. I would recommend visiting early in the morning or later in the afternoon to catch some beautiful light. Thereby, it is a great location to just relax and read a book and watch the world go by. Plaza de España is located in “Parque de Maria Luisa” and is free to visit.
Another sight we visited was the Hospital de Los Venerables. Actually, this is a sight that isn’t too popular and often not even mentioned in the top 10 sights of Seville. The place is a former hospice for priests. Especially the paintings in the church are really beautiful. The entry is €10.
The royal Alcazar is a popular sight I didn’t visit myself. Reason for this were the long waiting lines and after having visited the Alhambra in Granada and several sights in Seville already, we didn’t want to spend too much time waiting. However, in a complete Seville City Guide overview, the Alcazar should be on the list.
Also in Seville, there is a lot to discover. However, just strolling around the little alleys and taking a turn left or right when you feel like it brings you to lovely places, little squares and more. Of course, this is also something we did and we stumbled upon some pretty spots.
One of the most populair neighbourhoods of Seville is Triana, opposite of the Guadalquivir river. Triana is also seen as the origin of Flamenco. At Calle Betis you’ll find several bars and restaurants and you can see this as the slightly off the beaten track and more local neighbourhood. Unfortunately, we did only spend an afternoon here, but if I could go back I would also have some nice tapas in this area.
El Rinconcillo is a must visit when in Seville. This is the oldest bar in town (1670!) and it is already worth a visit for both interior and exterior. What I loved about this place, is that it is famous among tourist but locals tend to come here a lot too! We went here around lunch time for some tapas and a glass of wine.
It is too bad that I personally haven’t visited one of the rooftop bars that Seville has. However, apparently there are many! Normally, I always do love to visit a good rooftop bar during the day or evening, therefore, I will still give you the tip to look for and visit a nice rooftop bar. (See some inspiration here)
We ended up twice in the same street for dinner, which was around Bodeguita La Parihuela located in Alfalfa. We had good tapas here, so in case you have no idea where to go for food – this is definitely a recommendation.
We didn’t have an extensive breakfast everyday, but one of the days we enjoyed a full brunch at La Cacharreria de Sevilla. A small place with nice breakfast bowls and sandwiches. You can sit inside, however we were lucky to catch a place outside in the morning sun. Unfortunately, we haven’t tried many other breakfast spots, but definitely check out this list from the Culturetrip also mentioning this specific spot.
Close to our hotel (Patio de las Cruces, definitely a good price/quality ratio) we found the bar El Tenderete. It was completely packed every night and people were drinking beers on the street in front of bar. Have a look when you are in the neighbourhood. The bar – and hotel – are both located in Alfalfa.