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. I love this city’s architecture and youthful vibe. It’s not one of my favorite cities in the country but I would never skip it and would always return to visit if given the chance! It’s a solid destination.
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Seville
1. Tour Casa de Pilatos
2. Explore Parque de Maria Luisa
3. Visit the Alcázar
4. Walk through the historic Jewish Quarter
5. Take a bike tour
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Visit the Iglesia de San Isidoro
Take a walking tour of this 14th century church. The artwork and architecture of Jimenez Bonilla and the temple’s intricate design is worth the trip alone. Admission is 5 EUR and includes a guide.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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. Admission is free.
6. 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. Admission is 10 EUR for adults, 8 EUR for students.
7. 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 1.50 EUR to enter, or free if you’re an EU citizen.