The 22 most beautiful sights in Seville
The Andalusian capital of Seville is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world and in fact one attraction is lined up here after the other. We show you what there is to see in Seville and give you lots of practical information for your visit to Seville.
Andalusia is the melting pot of Spanish clichés. Just as someone who has never been to Spain imagines Spain, so is Andalusia and Seville is the absolutely worthy capital of this region.
Seville is also called "La Ciudad de la Alegrìa": the city of joy and that is completely justified. In Seville, life takes place in colorful alleys, flower-filled courtyards, on historic plazas and in tapas bars.
The sights of this wonderful city are not only incredibly numerous, but also quite extraordinary.
In this article, we show you which highlights await you in Seville and, as always, we also provide you with lots of practical information for your visit to the city.
General tips for sightseeing in Seville
Before we start with the highlights, we have a few general tips for you so that you can make the most of your time in Seville.
Tip # 1: Buy tickets in advance
For the most famous sights, you should buy your tickets online in advance. This can save you a lot of time and avoid a few queues.
We strongly recommend this, especially for the cathedral and the Real Alcazar, because otherwise you might be standing in line for a few hours.
We have written to you which sights are recommended and possible and where you can buy the tickets.
Tip # 2: Book a central hotel
The old town of Seville is relatively compact and there are many accommodations in the immediate vicinity of the most important sights. We therefore recommend that you choose central accommodation. There is really something for every budget.
In a detailed article we show you where you can spend the night and which hotels we recommend:
Tip # 3: Join the siesta in summer
At the latest when the temperatures rise to 40 degrees from the end of June, the curbs for siesta are raised every day from noon. This traditional, extended lunch break has practical reasons. At this time of day in midsummer it is much too hot to be on the streets.
Therefore our tip: Just join the siesta. Start your day in Seville early in the morning and take a break in a shady spot during siesta. So you save a lot of energy.
Tip # 4: Get a fan
A fan increases your coolness factor a lot in Seville. In midsummer it is indispensable anyway. Men wear black fans, for women it can be colorful.
These were our general tips for visiting the city. Now let's take a look at the 22 must-see sights in Seville.
# 1 Seville Cathedral
The cathedral with its famous Giralda tower is the symbol of Seville and an absolute must-see.
Since there is so much to write about the cathedral and the various ticket options, we have a separate article for you:
Of course, you can also get the most important information here.
The church with the tomb of Christopher Columbus is a prime example of the extraordinary Andalusian mix of Gothic and Moorish elements.
The cathedral is absolutely worth seeing from the outside, but the huge dimensions are only really visible inside.
You can also climb the Giralda, the tower of the cathedral that was once a minaret, and see the city center from above.
Both the cathedral and the Giralda in particular are more than well attended, so you should buy your tickets online in advance.
Tickets at the cathedral ticket office are cheaper, but you have to wait up to three hours to get there.
With the online ticket you can go directly to the cathedral through a separate entrance and do not have to queue up.
Mon: 11 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
Tue-Sat: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
At the checkout: € 9
Online tickets: 18 €
Audio guide: € 3
Avenida de la Constitucion, s / n
* In July and August the cathedral opens an hour earlier.
# 2 Real Alcazar
The former royal palace is in no way inferior to the cathedral in terms of beauty and is also one of the absolute highlights in Seville. The dream palace with its patios (courtyards) and azulejos (glazed ceramic tiles) is surrounded by huge gardens with terraces, fountains and pavilions.
Since there is so much to write about the palace as well as the cathedral, we have a separate article for you:
Because the palace is one of the most beautiful buildings in Spain, it is accordingly popular with visitors. Therefore, it can get really tight in the rooms and patios.
If it gets too crowded inside, take a stroll through the garden. The crowds are better distributed there.
You have to wait at least one hour at the ticket office of the Alcázar, often unfortunately longer. If there is a lot going on and there were a lot of online bookings, you might not be able to get in without a ticket.
We can therefore only recommend that you buy the slightly more expensive ticket with priority entry online in advance.
Our tip: If you want to visit both the cathedral and the Alcázar on a guided tour, the best thing to do is book the combo tour
Daily: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Apr.-Sep. Until 7 p.m.)
On site: from € 11.50
Online ticket: from € 25
Calle Miguel Mañara 2
# 3 Metropol Parasol
Parasol means parasol in German. And that's exactly what the Metropol Parasol is in principle: a giant parasol. With the temperatures prevailing in summer, the building, which was only completed in 2011, is only a logical consequence.
The Sevillanos, by the way, are Las Setas. Seta is the Spanish word for mushrooms and because the Parasol also looks a bit too big as a mushroom landscape, it got its nickname.
There is a market hall in the basement of the Metropol Parasol, but the real highlight is the observation deck on the roof, which you shouldn't miss.
At the top you can take a short walk at lofty heights with a fantastic view. Unfortunately, the roof is not barrier-free, as the circular path is interrupted at times by isolated steps.
This entrance to the observation deck is a bit hidden. To get to the top, you first have to go to the basement. If you stand in front of the front of the building, you will find a flight of stairs down to the left. There you will find the elevator that takes you upstairs and the ticket counter.
The Metropol Parasol is a really extraordinary building and pretty cool. We were impressed from below when we stood in front of it, but it is no less impressive from above.
Daily: 9:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
(Fri and Sat until 11:30 p.m.)
To the roof: 3 €
Children up to 5 years free
Calle Laraña. 2
# 4 Casa de las Duenas
In addition to the Royal Palace Real Alcázar, Seville also has a number of other smaller palaces. One of them is the Casa de las Dueñas, where you will also find a surprisingly large and colorful garden in addition to the beautiful courtyard.
When we visited the Casa de las Dueñas, we were particularly surprised by how little was going on there. In contrast to the hectic Real Alcázar, we were able to stroll through the palace and the gardens.
It's best to go to Casa de las Dueñas in the morning. Then there is not so much going on and in addition, the light shines most beautifully in the garden in the late morning.
Admission is free on Mondays from 4 p.m., but of course this attracts many more people than usual. For a relaxed visit, we recommend that you pay the entrance fee.
Our tip: If you are interested in the Moorish-Andalusian architecture, there is a combination ticket for the Casa de las Dueñas and two other palaces. For the Casa de las Dueñas, this ticket includes an audio guide that speaks English, Spanish and French.
And another culinary tip: Not far from the Casa de las Dueñas you will find the tapas restaurant El Rinconcillo (address: Calle Gerona, 40) in a small alley. There are rumors that tapas were invented here. Whether that is true or not is an open question. In any case, El Rinconcillo is a super quaint place to eat.
Daily 10 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
(April-October until 7 p.m.)
Calle Dueñas, 5th
# 5 Casa de Pilatos
In our opinion, the most beautiful of the small palaces is the Casa de Pilatos. In the inner courtyard with the arcades, Gothic was mixed with Arabic styles and decorated with the typical colorful tiles. The combination just looks great.
You can find the many photogenic mosaics all over the palace. Even a stairwell becomes a highlight.
The Casa de Pilatos is unfortunately no longer one of the insider tips, so there are more visitors than in the Casa de las Dueñas. But don't worry, there are not as many as in the Real Alcázar.
Only a certain number of visitors are let into the palace, so there may be waiting times at the entrance.
Admission is free on Mondays from 3:00 p.m., but of course the bear also tap-sticks here. Unfortunately there are no online tickets, you can only pay directly at the palace.
We went to Casa de Pilatos right after breakfast in the morning and didn't have to queue. So this seems like a good time.
Daily: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
(Apr.-Oct. Until 7 p.m.)
Plaza de Pilatos, 1st
# 6 Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija
Another palace in the old town is the Palacio de Lebrija. The Countess of Lebrija, who lived here in the palace, has collected mosaics, art and cultural treasures from all eras. These pieces are exhibited in the palace today.
On the ground floor, with the beautiful courtyard, you can roam around on your own. You can only visit the upper floor on a guided tour. There you will find the untouched living quarters of the Comtesse and the wildly thrown together art collection.
Bring some time for it, the tours start at irregular times. If you are interested in the artful azulejos, you should not miss the tour.
Tickets are only available directly at the palace.
Daily: 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Calle Cuna, 8
# 7 Palacio de los Marqueses de Salinas
This palace, which is still inhabited today, is only a few meters away from the large cathedral. Nevertheless, you can visit him on a guided tour.
In the Casa de Salinas, time has stopped a little. In some corners between the azulejos and the Moorish arches you will feel like you were in the 16th century.
Because the palace is not visited by so many tourists, it is quite possible that you will enjoy a private tour just for yourself. The 25-minute guided tours always start on the hour and half hour during opening hours.
Order your ticket for the Casa de Salinas online in advance. The residents of the palace like to know in advance how many visitors they can expect.
Our tip: The combination ticket, which also includes the Casa de las Dueñas, also includes the Palacio de Salinas.
# 8 Puente de Isabel II
The Puente Isabell II is the most beautiful bridge over the Guadalquivir and connects the old town of Seville with the working class district of Triana. The Puente Isabell II was built around the same time as the Eiffel Tower in Paris . Maybe you recognize the certain similarity of the iron bridge to the Eiffel Tower?
The Puente Isabell II is a great photo motif, both up close and from a distance. You can take the best pictures from the promenade.
The bridge is well lit in the evening, so be sure to drop by after sunset.
You can easily walk to the bridge from the old town or take the bus to the promenade.
Puente de Isabell II, 9th
Paseo de Colon
# 9 Torre de oro
Also directly on the Guadalquivir river is the Torre de oro, in German the Golden Tower.
In Columbus' time, when the new world was conquered, the ships from America arrived here. The Aztecs' captured gold was stored in the tower and was used to defend against enemy attackers.
If you stroll along the promenade, you cannot miss the Torre del Oro. You can already see it from the Puente Isabell II or the Puente de San Telmo.
The tower is not very high, but because it is all alone with no other buildings around it, you still have a great view of the city and the cathedral from above.
You can only pay for admission directly at the tower.
Mon-Fri: 9:30 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 10:30 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
(closed on holidays)
Paseo de Christóbal Colon, 24
# 10 Hospital de La Santa Caridad
If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of tourism, take a detour to the Hospital de la Santa Caridad. We were actually all alone in the pretty courtyard.
Here, for a change, the Moorish architecture does not meet Gothic elements, but Baroque. In addition to the super quiet courtyard, you will also find an impressive chapel and an art gallery with works by Murillo in the nursing home.
You can get tickets directly at the entrance. Admission is free on Mondays from 3:30 p.m. Then more people hang around there, but still not so many that it becomes stressful.
Our tip: The combination ticket with the Casa de las Dueñas and the Casa de Salinas also includes admission to the Hospital de la Santa Caridad.
Daily: 10 a.m. - 7.30 p.m.
€ 8, audio guide: € 1
Calle Temprado, 3rd
* Closed on Sundays from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. for worship
# 11 Plaza de Toros: the bullring
The bullring is certainly the most controversial attraction in Seville.
We personally don't like bullfights and wouldn't look at them ourselves. Ultimately, it's not really a fight, but rather a calculated slaughter.
Bullfighting comes from Andalusia and the bullfighting arena with its museum is somehow one of the attractions in Seville, which is why we do not want to hide the arena here.
Of course, you don't have to watch a fight there, you can just visit the arena and the associated museum. The building with its arcades and the baroque facade is indeed very impressive and one of the most beautiful and oldest arenas in all of Spain.
In addition to the arena itself, there is also the Bullfighting Museum, where you are guided chronologically through the history of this tradition.
The entrance to the huge Plaza de Toros, which can accommodate over 12,000 spectators, is right on the Paseo de Christóbal Colón by the river.
You can also visit the bullring as part of a guided tour. It takes place in Spanish or English.
Daily 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (April-October until 9 p.m.)
Good Friday and bullfighting days only until 3:00 p.m.
8 € (including audio guide in German)
Paseo de Christóbal Colon 12
# 12 Basilica de la Macarena
The Basilica de la Macarena stands on the northern edge of the old town. It looks relatively unassuming from the outside, but it is home to Seville's greatest treasure. The 17th century figure of Mary is revered by the locals as the "Virgen de la Macarena".
In the night from Maundy Thursday to Good Friday, this statue of the Virgin is carried in a procession through the neighborhood. If you happen to be in Seville over Easter, you shouldn't miss this spectacle.
The basilica itself is built in the Andalusian baroque style and consists of a main nave with four side chapels. The centerpiece is the impressive, extremely richly decorated altar.
By the way: Since the Basilica de la Macarena is on the edge of the old town, the tourist hype is almost non-existent. Take the opportunity and take a stroll through the authentic Seville of the locals.
Daily: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Plaza de la Esperanza Macarena, 1st
# 13 Archivo General de Indias
At the Archivo General de Indias you will travel back in time to the Spanish colonial era. 43,000 books and 8,000 maps document the time of the discoverers around Columbus and Magellan.
That alone would be impressive enough, but the building itself is also amazing. The huge bookshelves look even more impressive in the halls of the former stock exchange.
In an interesting exhibition you will also learn more about the expeditions of the Spanish heyday.
Our tip: If you have been to the cathedral or the Real Alcázar, be sure to check out the archive. It's right next door and you really shouldn't miss it. Entry is even free.
Mon-Sat: 9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. - 1.45 p.m.
Avenida de la Constitucion, 34
* Closed: January 1st + 6th and December 24th, 25th + 31st
# 14 Flamenco Museum
Of course there is a Flamenco Museum in Seville! After all, traditional Spanish dance is deeply rooted in the city and you can still find it in many bars and in the streets of Seville.
If you want to better understand flamenco, take a tour of the museum in the 18th-century building. You will be guided through the history of flamenco and can see what flamenco actually means ..
Flamenco shows take place every day in the inner courtyard of the museum, of course with classical dance, vocals and guitar. The shows start at different times. You can see exactly when that is when you book your ticket for the museum including the show online.
Daily: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Museum: € 10
Show: € 22
Museum Show: € 26
Calle de Manuel Rojas Marcos, 3rd
Our tip: If you want to see an authentic flamenco show in Seville, go to the Bar Carbonería in Santa Cruz. Entry is free, you only pay for food and drinks.
The Carbonería is no longer a real insider tip, and therefore usually very well attended. It's best to go right there at 8:00 p.m. when the bar opens. Then you can secure the best seats and treat yourself to a few tapas and wine (a glass of Sangría costs 2.50 euros) before the show starts at 9:30 p.m.
If you come later and all the tables are full, just sit down in the courtyard. The shows always last 30 minutes and then there is a 30 minute break. During these breaks, a few guests usually leave the shop, so that tables are free again. (Address: Calle Céspedes, 21)
And just a tip afterwards: If you would like to be part of the dance floor in the bars in the evening, take part in a flamenco course beforehand. You can then easily apply the basics you learn there in Seville's nightlife.
# 15 Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla
For those interested in art: In a not so small former monastery, with three courtyards, you will find the Museum of Fine Arts.
It is one of the most important museums in all of Spain and houses predominantly Christian works of art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and the modern era. Mainly Spanish artists like Zurbarán, Murillo and El Greco are represented, but also some foreign painters join.
If you are interested in art, you should definitely put the Museo de Bellas Artes on your to-do list for Seville.
Bags are not allowed in the museum. If you have a bag with you, you have to hand it in at the cash register and get it back later.
Photography is also prohibited in the museum.
Entry is free for EU citizens, non-EU citizens pay EUR 1.50.
Tue-Sat: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sun Holidays: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Plaza del Museo, 9
* Closed on Mondays and January 1st and 6th, December 24th, 25th and 31st
# 16 La Alameda (Alameda de Hercules)
If you want to experience the nightlife of the locals, take a detour to the Alameda de Hercules in the evening.
During the day, the inconspicuous place is pretty lonely and deserted. But this changes suddenly after sunset. The plaza with the many restaurants and bars is one of the most popular nightlife spots for the Sevillanos.
You can get tapas, wine and beer at really reasonable prices, and sometimes even test your newly acquired knowledge from the flamenco course on the street.
But really only go to the Alameda in the evening. The place is very boring during the day and unbearably hot in summer.
Our tip: The Ricardo's bar is hidden in a side street of the Alameda. Sit at the counter with tapas and a Cruzcampo beer and have a chat with the bartenders. (Address: Calle Hernán Cortés, 2)
# 17 Parque de Maria Luisa
The largest park in Seville is ideal for a walk along the fountains, ponds, pavilions and past the small waterfall or simply for a break in the shade of the many trees.
With its incredibly diverse flora and fauna, the park is almost a botanical garden.
There is plenty of seating available for a picnic. Especially in summer you can have a good siesta in the park. Take a few snacks, something to drink and a book and make yourself comfortable in the shade.
You will find the entrance on Avenida Isabel la Católica, 2.
By the way: In the very south of the park you will also find two museums, including the archaeological museum. EU citizens have free entry here. If you are interested in history, have a look.
# 18 Plaza de Espana
Rumor has it that Plaza de España is the most beautiful place in all of Spain. This is actually quite possible because the space is simply stunning.
With the small channel that runs in front of the building, you can get great photos with reflections. And both during the day and in the dark when the plaza is illuminated. You can find the azulejos, the colorful tiles, everywhere on the building and on the small bridges that lead over the canal.
The plaza created for the World Exhibition in 1929 borders directly on the Parque de María Luisa. At the bottom of the semicircular building are tile pictures of all Spanish regions. That's why you will see a lot of selfie shooting Spaniards taking pictures of "their" region.
Unfortunately, we could only catch a glimpse of the building a little further away, because a huge stage was being built there when we were there.
For the most part, government offices are located in the building itself, but you cannot visit them. You can only visit the military museum in the northern part of the building.
For the Star Wars fans: When the clone warriors attacked, Anakin, Padme and R2-D2 arrived at Naboo on this square.
Our tip: go to Plaza de España at sunset, then the light is most beautiful. If you have time, just stay there until it's dark.
# 19 Plaza de San Francisco
The City Hall of Seville is located in the Plaza de San Francisco, a small, quiet and cozy square.
Heretics were condemned and burned here in the 16th century. Today it is less draconian, there are always open air exhibitions, light installations or an ice rink in winter.
The great celebrations for Semana Santa, the holy week, take place in the plaza over Easter.
In the middle of the historic center of Seville you can take a relaxed stroll along the typical Andalusian house fronts.
Take a break on one of the café terraces on the plaza and watch the goings-on in front of the town hall.
Our tip: The Hotel Inglaterra is on the other side of the town hall. You can also sip a cocktail on the roof terrace even without staying in a hotel room. It costs ten euros, but you get the view of the roofs of Seville and the cathedral.
# 20 Paseo del Rio Guadalquivir
When the sun goes down slowly, the promenade by the river is the perfect place for a tinto de verano. You can buy it in a supermarket and use it to sit on the quay wall.
Or you mingle with the people at one of the two kiosks between the Torre del Oro and the Isabell II bridge. In summer there is a lot going on at these kiosks at sunset. Tourists take photos and the locals treat themselves to a tinto after work.
From the promenade you have a great view of the colorful house front of the Triana district and the iron Puente Isabell II.
Our tip: In addition to the bullring, at Calle Antonia Díaz, 31, there is a Carrefour Express supermarket, where you can stock up on snacks and Tinto de Verano. The supermarket is even open until 10:30 p.m. on Sundays. It is less than a two-minute walk from there to the promenade.
# 21 Triana
A trip to the working-class district of Triana on the other side of the Guadalquivir is particularly worthwhile in the evening. Then you can move from the tapas bars to flamenco bars near the Isabell II bridge.
Take a look at the market hall, just to the right behind the bridge, it's really cool! The dealers there are only open until around 3:00 p.m. For tapas or a vino, the hall is open until midnight. The Mercado de Triana closes at 5:00 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays only.
In the evening half of the neighborhood meets in the market hall at the bars, sometimes there is also live music.
Es gibt einen tollen Kochkurs in der Markthalle, bei dem du lernst, wie man die hier angebotenen Leckereien traditionell andalusisch zubereitet. Our tip: There is a great cooking class in the market hall, where you learn how to prepare the delicacies offered here in a traditional Andalusian way.
And another tip: off the usual paths, there is a tour in Triana, where you can learn more about this exciting district and its history. It is available in Spanish or English.
# 22 Barrio Santa Cruz
The former Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz is the most winding part of the old town of Seville and a sight in itself. Through the colorful alleys you get from one small plaza to the next.
There are no cars here. A stroller can fit through some of the alleys.
Just walk from the Cathedral or Real Alcázar to Calle Joaquín Romero Murube and then get lost in the streets. It doesn't matter where you arrive, it's great everywhere. You automatically come across lots of cafes, tapas bars, small shops and picturesque orange trees.
Even if it's tempting: don't touch the oranges! These are not the delicious oranges you know, but a terribly bitter variety.
There is also a lot going on in the restaurants and bars in Santa Cruz in the evening. Here you meet less locals, but more tourists.
Our tip: join a tour of the district. Die Guides kennen ein paar versteckte Orte, an denen du sonst vielleicht vorbei läufst.