5 Things You Must Do in Seville
I've been soaking up the sunny vibes in the southern part of Spain for more than four months, and let me tell you, no city has bowled me over like Seville did! I decided to check it out in the middle of winter, and boy, was it a great call. The weather was just perfect for those leisurely strolls.
Seville grabbed my attention right away – I'd even go as far as to say it was love at first sight! It's got this incredible charm, a vibrant atmosphere, and a life of its own.
Seriously, it's one of the most mesmerizing places I've ever laid eyes on. Since it was my first time around, I was all in to make the most of every moment.
After spending a sweet couple of days in Seville, I'm willing to share my insights on some must-see spots and views that'll totally steal your heart forever. In a nutshell, here are my absolute favorite spots in Seville that you need to check out.
1. Explore the Magnificent Catedral de Sevilla, the World's Largest Gothic Cathedral
When touring the notable attractions of Seville, consider securing a combined tour to bypass lines at both the Alcazar and the Cathedral. This way, after exploring the palace, you can seamlessly transition to the cathedral, given its close proximity.
Situated at the heart of the historic city, the Seville Cathedral is a true gem. Not just any cathedral, it stands as the world's largest of its kind and proudly holds UNESCO's esteemed World Heritage status.
Once you step inside, prepare for a visual extravaganza. Among the notable features that truly caught my attention was the tomb of Christopher Columbus, a genuine historical treasure that demands attention. And as you wander the cathedral, you’ll discover various chapels decorated with the most exquisite artworks.
Be sure to go up all the stairs of the Giralda Tower, known for its complex design and stunning panoramic views of the city. It’s a long way, but totally worth it.
During my visit, I opted for an audio guide that helped me understand all of the relics, making the entire experience more immersive.
2. Immerse Yourself In The Magic Of The Real Alcazar De Sevilla
Kickstart your adventure bright and early by exploring the wonders of The Alcázar of Seville. This remarkable palace, proudly designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, has a rich history dating back to the 10th century.
What sets it apart is its captivating fusion of architectural styles, embracing Mudejar, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque influences.
As you walk through its mouth-dropping chambers and verdant gardens, you'll find yourself transported to a bygone era. To ensure you get the most out of your visit, I recommend snagging your tickets in advance, as this gem welcomes visitors year-round.
And here's the scoop – don't buy into the notion that it's only a hotspot during peak tourist season. The Real Alcazar remains a top attraction in Andalucia, even during the quieter months. Trust me; this place is a year-round stunner!
3. Chasing Sunsets and Flamenco Magic at Plaza de España
When visiting Plaza de España, many people say that it’s remarkable in the morning light. However, I found it absolutely stunning as it transforms into a breathtaking canvas that truly comes alive as the sun sets. This place holds a special place in my heart, easily earning the title of my favorite spot in Seville.
It's not just a plaza; it's also a stage for impromptu flamenco shows that add an unexpected touch of magic.
Built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition, Plaza de España is like a personal sanctuary where Renaissance and Moorish Revival styles seamlessly dance together. And the lovely sounds of flamenco music only make it more fascinating.
At the heart of this plaza lies a magnificent building adorned with vibrant ceramic tiles known as azulejos.
A charming canal meanders through the surroundings, providing an opportunity to rent a boat for a leisurely cruise. You can also rent a bike and explore the beautiful gardens near the plaza.
And did I mention it's a famous movie location? Get your camera ready to play director and recreate scenes from the famous Star Wars.
4. Explore the "Mushrooms of Seville" at Metropole Parasol
Discover Seville's most Instagram-worthy spot at the Metropole Parasol. This extraordinary wooden structure, masterfully designed by architect Jürgen Mayer, is nestled in the heart of the city.
This place is more than just a building; it serves multiple purposes— the complex provides shade, houses an archaeological museum, and, my favorite part, offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Seville from its elevated walkways.
What really sets it apart is its modern and futuristic design amidst the historic surroundings, creating a captivating contrast. It's like a glimpse into a futuristic land right in the middle of the city.
During my visit, it felt like it was part of the city's heart and soul, yet refreshingly different. And let it be between me and you; the views from up there are nothing short of spectacular!
5. Don’t Pass by the oldest bar in Seville: El Rinconcillo
In this vibrant city celebrated for its architecture and flamenco dancing, tapas aren't just a culinary delight; they're a way of life.
As I stepped into El Rinconcillo, I couldn't help but feel a connection to Seville's rich history. This iconic tapas bar proudly holds the title of the oldest in the city, a legacy dating back to its humble beginnings as a tavern in 1670. Over time, it has evolved, reaching its present-day form in 1858, still owned by the same devoted De Rueda family.
Walking through its doors is like stepping into a living time capsule. The mahogany bar, marble tabletops, and Arabic brick walls narrate a story spanning more than three centuries.
The dedication to preserving the past is evident in every corner, making El Rinconcillo a unique blend of tapas bar and historical artifact.
What truly captivated me were the traditions that persist within these walls. The staff, with an air of old-world charm, continue the age-old practice of tracking orders in chalk on the mahogany bar. It felt like a genuine connection to the past, a tradition upheld with pride.
And then, of course, there's the culinary journey. El Rinconcillo seamlessly blends classic Andalusian recipes with locally-sourced ingredients, showcasing the essence of Seville on a plate. From the iconic Iberian jamon to the flavorful spinach with chickpeas and tempting croquettes, each bite was a celebration of tradition and taste.
El Rinconcillo also provides a selection of local wines, cold beers, and sherries, creating a perfect harmony for the taste buds.
If you are looking for a more intimate experience, online bookings are available for the upstairs sit-down restaurant.
However, if you prefer the lively spontaneity of a tapas bar, the ground floor operates on a first-come, first-served basis. So make sure you arrive early to get a spot; it can get pretty busy!
About the Author
Alexandra is a wanderer with a laptop and a passion for exploring new corners of the world. Her life revolves around the beautiful dance between travel and storytelling. Picture her typing away in cozy cafes, sharing the real, unfiltered tales of her adventures.