Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community Andalucía, as well as often referred to as the artistic, historic, cultural, and financial centre of southern Spain. Located on the banks of the River Guadalquivir it has a city population of over 700K, with a metropolitan area reaching more than 1.5 millions people. Seville is known to be one of the largest historical centres in both Spain and Europe, offering a variety of cultural sites from Palaces to Cathedrals. The legend says that Sevilla was founded by Hercules during the Tartessian civilisation, later conquered by the Romans when it was called Hispalis and then named to Isbiliya during the Moors occupation.
Seville is also known for being an entertainment centre, being home to flamenco, a traditional Spanish dance and a variety of other spectacles and art galleries. If you are looking to discover the real Andalucía, then Seville is the place to be, to find some of the best kept traditions, as well as great tapas bars, nightlife, bullfighting venues within the Spanish Southern region.
Top 10 Seville attractions
Sevilla is blessed with a variety of great historic attractions such as the Cathedral, the minaret of La Giralda and the Alcázar Palace, as well as various world class museums such as the Fine Arts Museum considered one of Spain’s greatest. The top 10 attractions worth discovering in Sevilla include:
- Alcázar Palace
- Cathedral de Sevilla
- La Giralda tower
- Casa de Pilatos
- Torre del Oro
- Universidad de Sevilla
- Plaza de España
- Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
- Museo de Bellas Artes
- Barrio Santa Cruz
The Real Alcázar is the amazing Palace situated next to Seville’s Cathedral. It was first built by the Moors in 1181 and its development continued for over 500 years with a mix of Moorish and Renaissance style. It is a fascinating place to discover, with its unique architectural features as well as splendid lavish gardens. The Alcázar Palace is also famous for being the place, where Christopher Columbus planned its journey to the new world.
Catedral de Sevilla
The Catedral de Sevilla is considered one of the world’s largest church, with an area of over 11,000 square metres and with the central nave rising up to 37 metres. It was built during the 15th century on the former site of the city’s mosque, keeping some of its key elements such as the columns and the Giralda minaret. The Cathedral is lavishly decorated and is famous for having the tomb of Christopher Columbus, perhaps Spain’s greatest explorer.
La Giralda tower
La Giralda is the amazing tower next to the Cathedral and perhaps the most recognisable symbol of Seville. It was originally built in the 15th century as a the Mosque minaret and was later converted into a bell tower. The tower has remarkably 34 ramps instead of stairs, once enabling to ride it on horseback. It’s top floor, has the statue of El Giraldillo representing Faith, as well as offering spectacular views over the city.
Torre del Oro
The Torre del Oro is a beautiful thirteenth century tower which once served as a the river’s watchtower. It was equipped with a defensive chain at its base which prevented boats to enter the port. It is today home to the very interesting local maritime museum.
Universidad de Sevilla
The Universidad de Sevilla once known as the Tobacco Factory of Seville was first constructed in the 18th century. It was then the largest industrial building in Spain and its wealth is still visible today through the splendid factory architecture and surrounding Gardens, packed with a variety of stairways, fountains and patios. It was only in the 50’s that the Tobacco Factory was converted into the Seville University, which is today considered one of the top ranked schools in Europe.
Casa de Pilatos
The Casa de Pilatos is a wonderful palace dating back to the sixteenth century mixing various architectural styles including Gothic, Mudéjar and Renaissance. It is situated on the northern edge of barrio Santa Cruz and today host a splendid museum offering various artefacts including grandiose frescos by European masters as well as Roman sculptures. The Casa de Pilatos is also famous for its astonishing verdant gardens packed with numerous orange trees.
Plaza de España
The Plaza de España located in the Parque de Maria Luisa south of the city centre, is a perfect mix of typical glazed tiles with Neo-Mudéjar and Art Deco style. It was built in 1929 for the Ibero-Americana Exposition by the architect Aníbal González.
Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
The Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is perhaps one of the most famous bullfighting ring in the world, which can hold up to 13,000 people. It also holds a museum, the Museo de la Maestranza , showcasing the heads of slain animals as well as various matador memorabilia and artwork. It can be visited daily, however the Bull fighting season starts at Easter and run through October.
Museo de Bellas Artes
The Museo de Bellas Artes is by far the most important museum in Seville with a very large and important art collection. First established in 1835 it offers fifteen exhibition rooms showcasing mostly Sevillian art, starting from the Gothic period and up to 20th century paintings passing by the master of Baroques. Some of the key artists include Pacheco, Zurbarán and Murillo.
Barrio Santa Cruz
The Barrio Santa Cruz is perhaps one the most famous districts in the heart of Seville located eastward of the Cathedral and the Alcázar. Once known as the Jewish ghetto it is an excellent place to wander about its narrow medieval streets, small squares and charming house with flower-filled balconies.
Flights to Seville
The fastest way to get to Seville is with the Sevilla International Airport ( SVQ) which is located some 25 minutes East drive from the city centre. There is a fast bus service from outside the airport that usually runs every 30 minutes.
The other option is through the La Parra International Airport (XRY) which is located further south some 10km from Jerez de la Frontera. Although a longer option it is used by many discount airlines.
Top Seville hotels
The following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Seville as voted by the users.
Vincci La Rabida Hotel
Castelar, 24, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41001 – 4 Stars
A historic building in the old quarter, this property has views of the cathedral from its rooftop bar. Exploring the heart of Seville is easy from this position, five-minute’s walk from the Giralda and within strolling distance of Santa Cruz, the bullring and myriad little shops and tapas bars. Pretty Andalucian decor adorns all interiors – the lobby and internal courtyard the most impressive spaces – with rooms quaintly furnished in an elegant Spanish style, all including satellite TV and charged internet. The crowning feature of the hotel – literally – is its rooftop terrace on which cocktails or dinner can be enjoyed as twilight falls over the cathedral. The surrounding alleyways also present opportunities for getting lost and finding secret nooks for drinking and dining.
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Hotel America Sevilla
Plaza del Duque, 9, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41002 – 3 Stars
As a centrally located accommodation, both tourists and business travellers are treated to close proximity to many of the city’s main attractions and venues. The hotel’s restaurant offers delicious cuisine throughout the day while the breakfast buffet is a must have. Sightseeing isn’t difficult to do as the Hotel America Sevilla is only a few minutes away from tourist hotspots such as the Alcázar Palace and Giralda. After a busy day of roaming around the city, relax at the hotel’s cocktail bar with a few evening beverages. The parking facilities, room services and laundry facilities all contribute to an easy going stay at the Hotel America Sevilla.
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Petit Palace Santa Cruz Hotel
Munoz y Pabon st, 18, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41004 – 4 Stars
Renovated from a 16th century palace, Petit Palace Santa Cruz Hotel offers an accommodation with a sleek and contemporary design with touch of old charms. Apart from its attractive appearance, the hotel also features state-of-the-art facilities to complete the transformation. Hidden in the labyrinthine streets of the Jewish Quarter, this historic property boasts an ideal location near the Cathedral and the Giralda. In the comfort of the guestrooms, you will find a welcoming contrast of modern technology with a laptop, Internet access and LCD TV. Get a taste of the old world without compromising your convenience at Petit Palace Santa Cruz Hotel
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San Gil Hotel
Parras 28, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41002 – 4 Stars
A rooftop pool and holdovers of Moorish design draw travellers to this historic building in the old quarter of Seville. Located in a peaceful semi-residential area, the San Gil Hotel occupies a building of some standing, having been designed by prominent Spanish architect Jos Espiau in 1901. Common areas – such as the elaborately tiled lobby and the internal courtyard – are the most impressive but rooms are suitably luxe and comfortable themselves, with classical style furnishings and large modern bathrooms. From here, it’s a 15-minute walk into the centre of town and all the sights, and to help motivate the walk home guests have a dip in the rooftop pool to look forward to.
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Plaza del Duque,13, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41002 – 3 Stars
This is an elegant and contemporary accommodation suitable for honeymooners and couples while conveniently situated in Plaza del Duque. The hotel offers delicious local cuisine throughout the day while breakfast is a must have. The Derby Hotel’s location on Plaza del Duque allows for quick and easy access to the shopping district. The more fitness obsessed guests of the hotel can visit the onsite gym. For those interested in more leisure and relaxation, the cocktail bar is open throughout the day. The laundry facilities, room services and tour desk services are all available for an enjoyable stay at the Derby Hotel
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Fernando Iii Hotel
San José, 21, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41004 – 4 Stars
Included in all rooms are air conditioning, hair dryer, daily newspaper. The hotel boasts 24hr room service, restaurant, laundry service/dry cleaning, shops as part of its superior facilities and services. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including garden. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Fernando Iii Hotel.
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Eurostars Regina Hotel
San Vicente Street, 97, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41002 – 3 Stars
The Eurostars Regina Hotel is housed inside a quaint Andalucian edifice in the vibrant San Lorenzo district. From here, guests are within walking distance of attractions such as the Gran Poder Basilica, the Fine Arts Museum, the Convent of St. Clement, Gavidia Square and Becquer’s House. Situated just 10 minutes from Seville’s best shopping streets as well as the Giralda, the Cathedral, the Maestranza, Sierpes Street, Reales Alcázar and Torre de Oro, this property consists of well appointed bedrooms to suit every need. There are two courtyards decorated in true Andalucian style, as well as bar, Internet access, covered parking and a 95 square meter reception room for meetings and banquets. Conveniently located, the Eurostars Regina Hotel is the perfect base from which to discover Seville.
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Confortel Puerta De Triana Hotel
C/ Reyes Católicos , 5, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41001 – 3 Stars
The 3-star Confortel Puerta De Triana Hotel, situated in the heart of the historic quarter, is located close to the city’s main shopping area. From here, guests will have easy access to a wide selection of shops and local attractions. The hotel offers 68 warm rooms that have all the comforts and conveniences of home including wireless Internet access. An Internet point, a library as well as a coffee lounge are among the facilities guests of the hotel will enjoy. Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at the lovely Confortel Puerta De Triana Hotel.
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Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana
C/ Jimios 9-11, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41001 – 3 Stars
Housed in an emblematic mid-19th century building, the hotel provides 57 tastefully-designed guestrooms and is perfectly located in the heart of the city, near Cathedral. Situated in the quiet Jimios Street, the Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana is right in the heart of the city. It is a very short walking distance from the famous Cathedral, as well as the other major tourist attractions in central Seville. Every morning, guests can start the day with a buffet breakfast. The three-star hotel provides guests with modern accommodation and a prime location that is close to all tourist and historical zones.
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Melia Lebreros Hotel
Luis de Morales 2, Nevrion, Seville, Spain 41018 – 4 Stars
Close to Santa Justa train station, this large Melia property offers a wide range of services to both tourists and business travellers. Handy to major thoroughfares and within a few steps of a Cortes des Ingles supermarket, the Melia Lebreros Hotel is a 20-minute stroll out of the old town centre. The property has extensive business and conference facilities, including meeting halls and an executive Royal Service floor for those who like added pampering, plus there’s a gym and pool with bar service providing a nice way to escape Spain’s summer heat. Cabs are easy to get from this location and it is a cheap fare to the cathedral or the shopping area of Santa Cruz. Breakfast onsite features fresh produce from the region and those after some tapas will find it in the hotel’ street-side tavern. Guests can also enjoy the new Bravo Sevilla restaurant which offers the best cocktails and beautiful views in an environment that blends traditional Andalucian style and modern Manhattan jazz.
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