Seville is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. It’s a city full of architecture, history, and vibrant life. The city has some famous churches, winding streets, and great flamenco dancers. This is also a big university town and is extremely popular with people studying abroad.
Hostel prices – Hostel dorms average $20-25 USD night for a centrally-located hostel, with prices increasing in the summer months. Private rooms are about $60-75 USD for a double room.
Budget hotel prices – You can find a good hotel for $50-65 USD. Many are located right next to Seville’s famous cathedral.
Average cost of food – Expect to get a meal for $18-20 USD including a drink. Groceries will cost you about $48-55 USD a week. Cheap fast food will cost around $7 USD.
Transportation – The orange or red painted city buses cost $1.50 USD per journey. Buy a Bonobus pass for ten rides is $8 USD.
Money Saving Tips
Visit the Cathedral for free – On Sunday morning, it’s free until 2:30 pm
Top Things to See and Do
Tour Casa de Pilatos – Built in 1500 AD, this palace is the center of tourism in Seville. It also houses a collection of 16th and 19th century paintings, and across from the palace you can find sculptures of Greek mythological figures.
Visit the Iglesia de San Isidoro – Take a walking tour of this 14th century church. The artwork and archeticture of Jimenez Bonilla and the temple’s intricate design is worth the trip alone.
Explore Parque de Maria Luisa – This park offers the opportunity for a wonderful day filled with gardens, patios and sculptures. You can do a guided tour of the grounds if you want. It’s a great way to escape the busier parts of Seville.
Check out Plaza de Espana – Plaza de Espana is filled with government offices, statues, and opportunities to learn about some of Seville’s history. There are murals and paintings here that depict the various regions of Spain.
Take a bike tour – For $35 USD, you can take a three-hour guided tour of Seville. Keep the bike for the rest of the day and continue exploring on your own.
Visit the Cathedral of Sevilla – Walk inside the cathedral to view its impressive architecture and intricate design. It is also where Christopher Columbus is buried. The bell tower also offers a panoramic view of the city.
Walk through the historic Jewish Quarter – This area of town is located around the old Cathedral. (Ironic!) It is filled with small winding streets and is generally regarded as the most charming part of the city, but it is also fairly touristy. You’ll find a lot of crowds here but you can still escape them by trying to get lost in this maze of streets.
Visit Europe’s oldest Residential Palace – The Alcázar is the oldest residential palace in Europe that is still in use. It serves as a royal residence when the monarchs of Spain come to visit Seville. The palace is a beautiful example of Moorish architecture, and is a recognized UNESCO site.
Explore El Monasterio la Cartuja – This monastery is also known as the Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas. It was founded as a Franciscan monastery in the 15th century, and now houses a collection of contemporary and ceramic art.
Learn about Spain’s colonial history – The General Archives of the Indies is a 16th century building that contains an incredibly valuable collection of documents and artifacts related to Spain’s colonization of the New World. Highlights include the personal diary of Columbus and the Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the New World between Spain and Portugal.
Visit the Flamenco Museum – Flamenco music and dance is such an important aspect of southern Spanish culture, and the Flamenco Museum in Seville is a great way to learn more about it. The museum features many intricately-designed flamenco dresses, among other material objects and information.
Admire fine art – The Museo de Bellas Artes is the fine arts museum in the city, and houses a collection that dates back to the Gothic period. The museum lies in the Macarena neighborhood, and only costs $2.25 to enter.