Seville what to see
A lively city, where you can breathe a different air, colors are everywhere and its people radiate joy. We can say without any doubt that Seville is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Not only do we say it, but the many travelers who visit it every year remaining in love with the Andalusian capital.
Seville's heritage is impressive. The blend of cultures through its history has given the city a multitude of palaces, towers, museums, churches and monuments to discover. Walking through its squares, streets and neighborhoods really makes you understand what wonders the city of Guadalquivir offers.
To get to know Seville and its culture and gastronomy well, it would be necessary to spend 4 or 5 days at least. However, if you have only one day, you can visit the main places of interest and still get a good idea of so many wonders.
We suggest visiting the main attractions of the Andalusian capital such as Cattedrale e la Giralda, Los Reales Alcázares, i quartieri de Santa Cruz e Triana, Torre del Oro and Plaza España. In this article we give you all the information you need to better organize your time.
If you are in Seville for a day, perhaps during your tour in Andalusia or you want to meet it in one day for any other reason, you don't have to worry. Following are the most important places to see in one day in Seville.
Itinerary to visit Seville in 1 day:
1. Real Alcázar of Seville
This is the complex of beautiful buildings in Mudejar style which for more than a thousand years were the seat of the royal families of the time. It is undoubtedly one of the must visit places in Seville. One of those places where it is mandatory to take pictures everywhere.
The entrance to the monumental complex is located right in front of the Cathedral. In this way, it is very convenient to visit both places on the same day.
We recommend that you book your visit in advance. Normally a large queue forms to buy tickets and it may even happen that they are sold out.
- From October to March: from Monday to Sunday, from 09.30 to 17.00.
- From April to September: from Monday to Sunday, from 09.30 to 19.00.
The ticket price is € 11,50.
Los Reales Alcázares can be visited free of charge on Monday afternoons. You will only have to pay 1 € per person at the time of booking. The reservation is made in this link.
Hours for the free visit:
- From October to March: from 16.00pm to 17.00pm.
- From April to September: from 18.00 pm to 19.00 pm.
2. The Cathedral and La Giralda
The Cathedral of Seville è la Largest Gothic Cathedral in the world. The surface that the building plant occupies is 23.500 square meters. In 1987 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and then in 2010 it was declared an Exceptional Universal Value Asset.
The Giralda is its bell tower and is one of the most representative symbols of the city. You can also go up to visit it to enjoy its magnificent view of the whole city.
- Monday: 11am to 00pm and 15pm to 30pm.
- Tuesday to Saturday: 11am to 00pm.
- Sunday: from 14pm to 30pm.
Il ticket price is 9 €. On Mondays it is possible to visit it for free from 16:30 to 18:00 (it is necessary to book through the official website).
* As you surely appreciated, both monuments offer the option of being visited for free on the same day at the same time. For this reason, you will have to choose between one of the two, depending on your preferences or the availability that there is for the day you want to visit them.
If you want you can buy tickets for a visit to the Cathedral and Reales Alcázares of Seville with a guide in Italian. It is a very convenient option, because you will not have to queue to buy tickets and you will also have all the explanations from a professional guide:
-> ENTRANCE TO THE CATHEDRAL AND ALCÁZAR WITH GUIDED TOUR IN ITALIAN
3. Lunch on Calle Mateos Gago
After these visits, you have surely come a little hungry! We suggest you head towards Calle Mateos Gago, it is the street that rises right in front of the Giralda. This street is full of bars where you can eat well and at a great price. We often go to "The Sacristy" (at house number 18). They have a wide offer of tapas and montaditos of excellent quality at a more than fair price. You have to taste the “montadito de pringá” which is very typical in Seville.
4. Santa Cruz neighborhood
After lunch, you could take a stroll around the Santa Cruz neighborhood. Then go back to the Cathedral in the direction of Real Alcázar. When you are there, in the Plaza del Triunfo, you will see an arch on the left. Passing the arch you will find the Patio de Banderas and you will enter the Santa Cruz neighborhood. Starting from here you will just have to let yourself go and walk. Do not get lost "The alley of Water" and "Jewry". They are beautiful corners of Seville.
5. Plaza de España
After the walk in the Santa Cruz neighborhood, we suggest you go to Plaza de España. You will reach it in about 20 minutes. We suggest you go on foot, so you can see Los Jardines de Murillo and The Tobacco Factory (now University of Seville) along the way.
Plaza de España is a square of a beauty that cannot be described. It was built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. The square is closed by a magnificent semicircular building decorated on the outside with tiles representing all the Spanish provinces. Absolutely worth seeing is in Seville.
6. The Torre del Oro and La Maestranza
After the beauty of Plaza España has left you totally in shock, you could resume your tour of the city, heading back to the Tobacco Factory, but on this occasion cirgumnavigating it from the left. You will arrive in front of a fascinating building or “El Palacio de San Telmo” today the seat of the Presidency of the government of the Andalusian Region.
At this point you will already see the Guadalquivir river. Walking along the shore, in a few steps you will arrive at the Torre del Oro, another of the most important symbols of Seville. Not taking a picture of him would almost be a scandal! A little further on, still walking parallel to the Guadalquivir, you will find the Plaza de Toros de Sevilla, or La Real Maestranza. Instead, to your left, all the colorful houses you see on the other side of the river is the very famous Triana District.
7. Flamenco show
Right in the street you are on (Paseo de Colón), there is a place where you could see a typical flamenco show. Because Seville rhymes with “Flamenco Show”!
The show starts every day at 19:00 and lasts about an hour. It can be a good opportunity to enjoy a beautiful performance to the rhythm of Andalusian music and dance.
If you are interested, take a look here!
8. Triana neighborhood
The bridge you find immediately after the Plaza de Toros is the Triana Bridge. When you cross it you will arrive at this emblematic place of Seville. Known for being the cradle of flamenco artists and for its tradition in the production of ceramics and azulejos.
At this point, you could go to the Triana Market which is very nice and then take a walk in this neighborhood with very characteristic streets where, for a change, it is also full of places to eat.
In Calle San Jacinto there are many places to dine or have an aperitif. The “Taberna El Papelón” has very good typical sausages and cheeses at a great price (even the coffee here is not bad).
Another option is to head to Calle Betis (by the river, where you had seen the colorful houses before). Here you could get a couple of portions of “pescaito frito” (mixed fried) in the “Kiosko de las Flores”. They have a terrace where there is a breathtaking view of the Guadalquivir and the Torre del Oro.
In the evening
After dinner, it's normal that you can't wait to go. But if by any chance you still want a drink with extraordinary views, we suggest you go to the magnificent terrace located on the roof of the Hotel EME Catedral. You will pay a minimum of € 10 for your drink, but the view you will find in front of you, the Cathedral illuminated at night, is priceless.
Where to sleep in Seville
As we said at the beginning of this article there are still many places to know in Seville. With the itinerary we have proposed, what to see in Seville in one day, you can truly immerse yourself in the essence of this wonderful city.
We are sure that once we return home, Seville will be “one of those cities… to return as soon as possible!”.