Planning to Visit Seville? Here’s THE Travel Guide.
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Seville, Spain

The capital of Andalusia in southwest Spain gets more than 300 days of sun per year and is (arguably) the eternal resting place of Christopher Columbus. You’ve probably seen bits of it yourself on the Game of Thrones, Star Wars Episode II, Lawrence of Arabia, and more, but let’s take a closer look. Let’s visit Seville!
Visiting Seville? Explore the Beautiful Plazas and Parks

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Plaza Nueva

This plaza located in the Arenal district just west of the city center dates back to 1854. Called ‘The Main Entrance to the City’, this plaza is surrounded by amazing architecture and is where you can find the giant monument to Fernando III of Castile.


Plaza de Espana and Maria Luisa Park
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This park and plaza serve up a good ‘ole one, two punch when it comes to awesome things to see in Seville. One can easily spend an entire afternoon just walking and wandering through the 100 acres Maria Luisa Park, stocked to the hilt with fountains and monuments. Even better is the stunning Plaza de Espana. This jaw-dropping plaza built in 1929 for the Worlds Fair is part Art Deco, part Mudejar, and a 100% don’t miss.

Visiting Seville? Admire the City’s Churches and History
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Catedral de Sevilla and the La Giralda Tower

Also known as Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, this stunning structure is the largest Gothic-style cathedral and the third largest Roman Catholic cathedral in the world. On the northeast corner of the complex, you’ll find La Giralda tower. Soaring 343 feet into the sky, this bell tower can be climbed for amazing views of the city below. Both the Catedral and Tower are proud members of UNESCO and are must-sees when visiting Seville.


Real Alcazar of Seville

Dating back to 913, the Real Alcazar is the oldest palace still in use in all of Europe. Today, the stunning gardens and grounds will transport you to another time and have even been featured as “The Kingdom of Dorne” in the popular Game of Thrones TV series.


Iglesia de Omnium Sanctorum
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North of the city center this Gothic-Mudejar style Catholic Church dating back to 1249. This is one of the city’s oldest and best-preserved religious buildings.

Visiting Seville? Find the Very Best View!

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Espacio Metropol Parasol

Located just north of the city center, this observation deck is one of the largest wooden structures in the world. Resembling a group of mushrooms, this 85-foot oddity gives visitors amazing views of Seville below.

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Visiting Seville? Eat Something Delicious!
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Boasting some of the best and most reasonably priced food in Europe, Seville is packed with tons of options for dining out. We genuinely did not have a bad meal while visiting. Here are some of our favorites:

Sidonia

Fantastic tapas, phenomenal wine list, and very reasonable prices… What else do you need? Oh wait, friendly staff? Yep, that too!


Nikkei Bar/Zero
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This newly renovated and renamed (was Nikkei now is Zero) restaurant is seriously good. Serving up quality food and a cool, homey vibe, think tapas with an Asian twist. You will eat here more than once.


Matsuri

While this is certainly a splurge, we’d say it’s worth it. This authentic Japanese restaurant located north of the city center serves up some fantastic sushi.

Visiting Seville? Bonus!

We’ve teamed up with GPSmyCity and converted our Seville travel guide into a downloadable application that comes complete with a GPS map of our recommendations and operates offline without any need of data plan or Internet connection. You can check it out here.


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Getting to Seville

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TRAIN

Trains throughout Spain are a great option. You’ll avoid lines at the airport, enjoy beautiful scenery, and they can be very comfortable. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling through Spain make sure to look into the Spain Pass, only available to non-residents. Fares & Schedules

Bus

Buses are not our favorite mode of travel.. The seats are generally cramped, the ride is bumpy, and departure/arrival times can be unpredictable. This said bus travel is generally the least expensive. In particular, the route from Madrid, Spain is only $25 but takes 6 hours.


FLY

If planned in advance, you can find reasonable, direct flights to Seville from many cities in Spain for less than $40, including Barcelona, Ibiza, and Madrid. Fly from neighboring cities like Paris for $20, Milan for $20, and Berlin for $25 with our favorite flight search site, Skyscanner.

Seville Flight Deals


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Airport to Seville City Center

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Bus

For roughly $5 you can take a 30-minute bus ride to the city center. Keep an eye out for the Especial Aeropuerto bus line and buy your ticket on board from the driver.

Taxi

You’ll find the taxi stand just outside the airport and get to the city center in about 15 minutes for around $25.

Getting around in Seville

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Walk

Walkscore.com gives Seville a score of 98, calling it a walker’s paradise. We also found this to be true. Walking around Seville is highly recommended.

Uber

Uber is slowly navigating their way into Spain, although currently only available in Madrid. As for now, Seville does not offer Uber.


Metro

Seville has all neighborhoods covered with their extensive bus network, running from 6 in the morning to 11:30 at night. Tickets cost 1.4Euro (about $1.55USD) and can be purchased onboard. If you plan on riding the bus or tram often, look into the rechargeable Tarjeta Multiviaje card, which allows unlimited one-day travel for 5 euros or three-day travel for 10 euros.

Where To Stay in Seville:
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HOTELS

Seville offers a wide range of hotels to choose from. High-end hotels like Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza Hotel or EME Catedral Hotel run about $450 a night, while reasonably-priced hotels like Casona de San Andres or Montecarlo go for about $70 a night. When it comes to hotels, we recommend shopping Agoda.com, the most competitive resource when searching for hotels in San Sebastian.

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HOSTELS

With over 60 hostels in Seville, you’re likely to find one that suits your needs. Prices generally range from $16-$25 a night for a dorm room, while private rooms cost a bit more at about $50-$70 per night. Hostelworld is our recommended resource when searching for hostels in Seville.

Seville Hostel Deals


AIRBNB

We love Airbnb! From private rooms to entire homes, there are plenty of choices when visiting Seville. If you’re a first-timer with Airbnb, use this coupon and enjoy $35 off of your stay.


NEIGHBORHOODS

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Choosing a neighborhood is an important part of trip planning that should not be overlooked! Here are some areas worth considering when deciding where to stay in Seville.


El Centro

Located on the East bank of the Guadalquivir River, this bustling neighborhood is where you can find the amazing Alcazar palace, Plaza Nueva, and tons of shopping.

Santa Cruz

This old Jewish quarter is the tourist hub of the city with charming cobblestone streets, the Cathedral of Seville, and plenty of overpriced food.


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El Arenal

Home to the city’s famous bullring, this riverside neighborhood was once used as the Port of Seville. If you’re into lively nightlife then this is the neighborhood for you.

La Macarena

Located to the north of the city center, thisworking-classs neighborhood is just far enough away from the touristy center. La Macerana is full of fun boutiques, fantastic restaurants, and hip bars.

Seville Travel Tips:

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Seville travel tips: Tipping

A general rule for tipping in Spain is the 10%. While tipping in bars is not expected, a common tip for great service is 10% to restaurant servers and taxi drivers.

Seville travel tips: Money

Spain’s national currency is the Euro, and is currently exchanging at 0.9EUR to $1USD. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are readily available.


Seville travel tips: Insurance

Traveling through Seville is exciting and safe, but you never know when some good travel insurance could come in handy. World Nomads offers the best coverage in the business, is affordable, and is quick to act should something go wrong. For more info, check out our recent World Nomads blog post.


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5 Responses to “Planning to Visit Seville? Here’s THE Travel Guide.”

  1. Melody

    Seville looks amazing! I will definitely be adding Seville to my list of places I must go to! Your pictures were amazing and gave such a great essence of the city!

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  2. john Currie

    Hi guys we loved going to Seville in 2015 but we only managed a one day visit so we will definitely be back for more and will take your advice on restaurants and bars. Don’t know what time of year you guys went but we were there late July and the mercury hit 47c so not too comfortable for walking around in.

    John

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    • Josh Sedivy

      Wow! That’s why they call it the “Frying Pan.” We were there October and the temps were actually very comfortable. How were the crowds in July?

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  3. Mark

    I agree with many of you. Though the summers may be unbearably hot, as soon as it’s over the October weather is quite cozy. Definitely still beach weather. I’ve tried both, and the latter was a million times better. Although, the first time I stayed in a low-cost hotel and the second time around I decided to do things right and found this great apartment on http://www.genteel-home.com so that absolutely contributed to the overall better experience.

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