Seville, the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. The city is bustling with culture, history, colors, music and delicious food.
When To Go:
Of course the spring and summer months are high seasons for tourism in Sevilla, but the fall and winter are great times to visit as there are less crowds and the weather is on point at around 65F (18C) and sunny. We came in October and the weather was so so perfect!
Where To Stay:
We are always faithful users of Airbnb, because I LOVE to cook and we always have Miesha with us (our fluffy dog). Our Airbnb in Seville was great. Great location close to nightlife/restaurants/bars and the center of town, but also in a quiet residential neighborhood. The apartment was one of the biggest we’ve stayed in, with a large kitchen, two bedrooms, a set of bunk beds and a sleeper sofa. You could literally sleep 8 people here comfortably, as long as everyone would be cool with sharing one bathroom.
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How To Get Around:
Walking: Seville is a walking city, so strap on your shoes and get ready to go!
Taxi: Taxi’s are readily available all over town and are safe, clean and affordable. A ride from the airport to the train station of town from the center of town is about $15Euros.
Renfe Train: For quick, easy transport all around the country, Renfe Train’s are the way to go, although they’re most costly than an Alsa Bus (and they don’t offer Wifi or power outlets). Renfe allows pets on board as well, for a minimal additional feel. Renfe Train Website
Alsa Coach Bus: The MOST cost affective way to travel around Spain, if you have the extra time to spare. Alsa bus is fantastic-the seats are super comfortable, the rates are affordable, and the bus has free wifi. Do note that they do not allow pets on board, so you’ll have to take the train. Book through BusBud, a reputable website. BusBud Alsa Website
Where To Eat:
Located in the Alameda de Hércules, Casa Paco has delicious tapas at affordable rates. Grab a table outside, order a bottle of wine, the pork cheek and goat cheese and enjoy a perfect evening under the stars.
Photo Credit: https://www.minube.com/rincon/restaurante-el-rinconcillo-a78902
A tapas bar that dates back to 1670, Rinconcillo is a MUST see while you’re in Seville, if you can get in. This restaurant is packed to the brim in the evenings, so it’s best to go during the day before the crowd invades.
Alameda de Hercules:
Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Alameda,_Seville
A great spot for nightlife and inexpensive delicious food matched with a great atmosphere, if you can stay near the Alameda de Hercules, you’d be in a prime residental location! Be sure to stop and take a photo with the Pillars of Hercules and grab some late night pizza at La Tradizionale.
What To Do:
Alcazar (Game of Thrones):
The Alcazar is one of the most beautiful structures I’ve ever seen with my own two eyes. This incredible Moorish style architectural palace, built in the 10th century, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Are you a Game of Thrones fanatic like we are? Head to The Ambassadors’ Hall (Salón de Embajadores) and you’ll see the place, in Season 5, where Jamie Lanister journeys to Dorn to collect his daughter Marcella. It’s best to buy tickets ahead of time, to skip the line. We went in the off season and still had to wait about 30 minutes.
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 09:30 to 17:00.
Cost: €9.50 per adult entry
See a Flamenco Show at La Casa del Flamenco:
Hours: Varies by season: Autumn/winter shows every day at 7:00pm (with somedays at 5:30pm and 8:30pm). Spring/Summer shows every day at 8:30pm (with somedays at 7:00pm and 10:00pm)
Completed in 2011, Metropol Parasol is a massive wooden structure (I think it looks like a giant waffle) designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer. Pay the €3 to head to the observatory at the top-it’s a really cool pathway with views overlooking the city.
Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10:00-11:00pm and Friday to Sunday 10:00-11:30pm
Cost: €3, includes a free postcard in the gift shop and a free drink at a bar around the corner
Seville Cathedral & Giralda Tower:
The world’s largest gothic cathedral, Seville Cathedral was constructed in 1434 and 1517. Inside, you’ll also see the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Giralda is the bell tower of the Seville Cathedral and admission is included with your ticket to Seville Cathedral. DO NOT MISS climbing to the top of the tower for EPIC views of Seville.
Sept-June: M 11-3:30, T-Sat 11-5pm, Sun 2:30pm-6:30pm
July/August: M 9:30-2:30pm, T-Sat 9:30-4:30pm, Sun 2:30pm-6:30pm
Cost: €8 per adult entry
Barrio Santa Cruz:
Santa Cruz is the historical part of Seville and, naturally, the primary tourist neighborhood. The Jewish quarter is also located here as well as many of the main sites to see. The narrow streets and architecture of this area are truly unforgettable, so get sure to have your camera!
Plaza de Espana:
The Plaza de Espana is a massive, gorgeous structure with true Spanish architecture, constructed in 1928. Save your time and money and skip the boat ride around the canal in front. Check out the views from the North tower while you’re there.
Torre Del Oro (The Gold Tower):
The Torre Del Oro can be found along the Guadalquivir River. Constructed in the 13th century, this 36 meter-high tower was once used as a watchtower and is now a Naval museum.
Hours: M-F 9:30 to 7:00pm; S/S 10:30 to 7:00pm. Closed in August.
Plaza de Toros-Maestranza
Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maestranza_(Sevilla)
While bullfighting is quite controversial in Spain, a visit to the Plaza de Toros is still a must see to learn about the history of it all. The Plaza is gorgeous inside and out. Be sure to check to the free tours, given every 30 minutes.
Cost: €8, Mondays are free from 2-7pm
Hours: Nov-Mar 9:30am-7pm, Apr-Oct 9:30am-9pm
Sevilla Gym is clean and has great customer service. For 7Euros per visit, you can get in a great workout with an abidance of equipment, free weights and machines.