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 neighbourhoods 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 go back once to spend a little more time in Seville and to be able to also discover all 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 Travel 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 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. Therefore, 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. 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. The reason for this was 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 Travel 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.
This Seville Travel Guide should of course also address some other, more local, neighbourhoods. One of the most popular neighbourhoods of Seville is Triana, opposite 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 area in Seville. 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 and is my top restaurant recommendation in this Seville Travel Guide. 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 tourists but locals tend to come here a lot too! We went here around lunchtime for some tapas and a glass of wine.
It is too bad that I haven’t visited one of the rooftop bars that Seville has. However, 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 a recommendation.
We didn’t have an extensive breakfast every day, 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 check out this list from the Culturetrip also mentions 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 the bar. Therefore, I would recommend paying the place a visit when you are close. The bar – and hotel – are both located in Alfalfa.
Looking for some luxury in this beautiful city? Why not head to a hotel with a (rooftop) pool? All of these hotels have a central location and are therefore the perfect base to explore Seville with this Seville Travel Guide.
1 || The lobby, the rooms, the pool, all of it is just stunning in Soho Boutique Sevilla and you will pay around €170 for 1 night for a 2-person room.
2 || Looking for a view over the city from a stunning rooftop, including a pool in the summer season? Hotel Fernando III is your place to go. They also offer rooms with balconies including this stunning city view. You will pay around €160 a night for a 2-person bedroom.
3 || Go all in! If you want the most stunning hotel, a jacuzzi on the roof and the most picture-perfect place, Las Casas de El Arenal is the place for you. Bring some money though, as rooms are around €400.
My preferred hotel category is mid-range hotels, as I always want to achieve the best value for money. This mid-range hotel in Seville will bring you the best value for money.
1 || Very clean and this place has everything you need while being at a central location. There is even a little kitchenette, which makes it more of an apartment than a hotel room. At Welldone Sierpes Boutique, you’ll receive this value for money, paying around €105 per night.
2 || Another apartment (including a terrace!) is Apartment Villegas. Especially if you are looking for a full kitchen, maybe to accommodate your longer stay, this is the perfect place for you (€100 per night).
3 || Lastly, heading into the budget segment, you will find Cicerone de Sevilla in the old centre. Modern room and a communal terrace. Unfortunately, it is a bit noisy and the wifi isn’t too stable. However, this still might be my favourite from the list as you will pay around €90 a night for a 2-person bedroom.
Not keen on spending too much money on accommodation? I got you covered!
1 || At Hostel Triana Backpackers, you will stay in the vibrant district of Triana, where you will have a fun night out. At the hostel, they also have two-person rooms available, with a shared bathroom. For this room, you will pay around 50 euros a night.
2 || Another hostel, very decent looking and clean, with fairly covered beds, is the For You Hostel Sevilla. You will pay around 30 euros for a bunk bed.