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Best Places To Visit in Seville

Take a hold of those credit cards – There’s a new tour operator in town! easyJet has launched its own holiday business and become a member of ABTA. Famed for its low-cost approach to air travel easyJet holidays is all about the detail and taking the hassle out of booking holidays.

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No longer just for flights – The new website will allow customers to easily combine any of their popular European routes with a choice of the best 5,000 handpicked hotels in over 100 destinations.

Each booking includes the now elusive 23kg hold baggage per passenger – music to every air travellers’ ears. Along with free transfers for beach holidays, flexibility is the linchpin to their holidays. Customers can tailor the number of nights, type of accommodation, and be offered more weekend flying options than anyone else along with peak-time holiday availability.

Things To Do In Seville, Spain

One of the first few to enjoy a trip with easyJet holidays, I decided to chase the heat in November – Seville was the destination. Here are some of the best places to visit in Seville:

BEST TAPAS

El Rinconcillo

Seville is home to some truly charming tapas bars, the most iconic of all is located in the old town. El Rinconcillo is Seville’s oldest tavern and dates back to 1670. Enter and step back in time.

There is a restaurant upstairs decorated in typical Andalusian style. Stay downstairs to enjoy the tapas and all the action. Surrounded by dusty bottles of wine on the walls, jamón legs hanging from the ceiling, whiskey barrel tables to huddle around, and waiters in bow ties and waistcoats spinning around serving the never-ending hungry masses.

Veggies will love the must-try Andalusian dish espinacas con garbanzos (spinach with chickpeas). The traditional tapas dish is like a comforting homemade stew bursting with earthy spices, garlic, and cumin. When you’ve eaten and drunk as much as you’d like find the bill scribbled in chalk on the bar.

Best RooftOP

la terazza de EME

There is no better place to admire the spectacular views of one of Spain’s prettiest cities with a drink in hand than on a rooftop.

On top of the beautiful EME Catedral Hotel is a chic and stylish roof terrace and one of the closest to the 500-year-old Cathedral. The close-up view of the Giralda is nothing short of magnificent, paired with the 360-degree view of the Seville skyline it’s the perfect place to be at sunset.

Set over two floors you can also dine on a four-course set menu whilst the DJ spins the tracks. Drinks are more pricey than other rooftop bars, but worth it for the views and atmosphere.

BEST PALACE

Royal Alcázar of Seville

Found in the heart of Seville and with a history that spans thousands of years, this is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. The UNESCO World Heritage Site practically holds the evolution of the city in its walls, from the Arabic period and Middle Ages to the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

The palace is huge and the beautifully carved ceilings will have you looking up forever. Don’t forget the magnificent gardens full of fountains, water jets, and beautiful flower beds.

Lines are always wrapped around the palace. Reserve entry tickets in advance or a personalised skip-the-line tour.

BEST cathedral and bell tower

seville cathedral and giralda

The Cathedral is the most visited monument in the city. It’s the largest Gothic cathedral in the world with an impressive 80 chapels and took over 100 years to construct.

Built on the foundations of an ancient Almohad mosque the bell tower is one of its highlights. Originally built as a minaret, it’s all that remains of the Great Mosque.

Climb all the way to the top not by stairs but via 34 inclined ramps to enjoy incredible views of the city. Legend has it that they designed it so the Imam could ride his horse up to the top for the call to prayer.

Best Place to get lost

Barrio santa cruz

The city’s old Jewish quarter is one of Andalusia’s most iconic barrios and where you’ll see and feel the real Spain. Once you’ve visited the Cathedral and Alcázar allow yourself to get lost stopping off at tapas bars along the way.

Wander the maze of narrow cobbled streets lined with orange trees and colourful buildings stumbling upon secret fountain-filled courtyards every so often. A walking tour is a great idea to discover all the stories behind this fascinating neighbourhood.

Best Modern Architecture

Metropol Parasol (las Setas)

Love spectacular views over a city? Then this unique and rather cool structure won’t disappoint. The Metropol Parasol known locally as Las Setas (the mushrooms), it’s the world’s largest wooden structure.

Essentially a giant art piece designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer, it was completed in 2011. Made up of six connected parasols it’s around 150 metres long and about 30 metres high. The winding walkway on the roof provides the most amazing views over Seville, especially at sunset.

Best Plaza

Plaza de España 

The cultural and visual feast built for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929 is one of Seville’s most beautiful and iconic landmarks.

Part of the Parque de María Luisa, 50,000 square metres is awash with beautiful fountains, canals, and Venetian-style bridges. The dazzling mix of Mudéjar and Renaissance styles, with hints of Art Deco, is encapsulated in the colourful façades. Vibrant mosaic-tiled alcoves line the semi-circle structure representing the 48 different regions of Spain.

Take a stroll, row a boat down the canal, or ride on a horse-drawn carriage to enjoy the splendour of this Plaza.

Best Secret Palace

Casa de Pilatos

Seville’s best-kept secret is a 16th-century Andalusian palace. Don’t be fooled by the unattractive facade. The residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli is arranged around a stunning marble courtyard. Much smaller in scale than Alcázar combined with the fact it’s not the palace people immediately swarm, making the visit less crowded and more enjoyable.

At every turn, you’ll be enchanted by the intricate mosaics, carvings, and beautiful ceilings. A fusion of Italian Renaissance, Gothic and Mudejar architecture.

Best NIGHTLIFE

Alameda de Hércules

The vibrant area of Alameda centres around the pedestrianised Alameda de Hércules plaza. Considered Seville’s hippest, an alternative neighbourhood with funky art gallery cafés, chic bars, restaurants, and vintage boutiques

Al Aljibe is one of the best tapas bars in the area full of locals and tourists. A terrace on the first floor overlooks the Alameda, as well as an exclusive rooftop patio.

Best Place for SOuvenirs

triana

On the left bank of the Guadalquivir River is the old gypsy quarter of Triana. Best known for its ceramics and flamenco taverns with plenty of places to buy souvenirs.

It’s also home to Seville’s most lively and characteristic market, Mercado de Triana. Over 150 years old it’s a great place to discover produce bought by locals with a wide range of fruit and vegetable stalls, authentic cured meats, cheese, and fresh fish. Find restaurants and even a cooking school to try your hand at Spanish cuisine, and lots to keep you entertained.

And Finally…

Another great thing about Seville is its proximity to other great cities which can be visited on day trips. Once you have seen all the sights, venture to historic cities like Córdoba and Cádiz.

Or how about heading for the mountains to Ronda and the white villages of Pueblos Blancos.

You could even explore Granada and venture down the narrow streets of the medieval Moorish Albaicin quarter and visit the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Have you been to Seville? Love to know your recommendations for my next visit. Let me know in the comments box below.

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40 Comments

  • Dani 16th January 2020 at 1:22 pm

    I’m a literal beached whale when it comes to travel so have rarely ventured beyond beaches & sun loungers in Spain but this has opened my eyes. What a gorgeous please to make memories!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 16th January 2020 at 2:38 pm

      Dani highly recommend Seville. So much to do, see and eat!

  • Sim @ Sim's Life 16th January 2020 at 4:02 pm

    I don’t have the greatest track record with EasyJet flights, there is always a problem or delay, so tend to stay away from them. However love the fact they are now combining hotels etc on their site, makes book a full holiday (not just flights) much easier – and is easier for spontaneous getaways! Free transfers are always great too – one thing less to sort out! Sim x

    • Sima Sthanakiya 16th January 2020 at 4:14 pm

      This new way of travel with them certainly make things easy and the 23kg baggage was a real winner for me.

  • Cherry @cherylene.co 16th January 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Love this! It looks amazing. Also love the tapas! This will be definitely in my travelling bucket list.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 16th January 2020 at 5:31 pm

      The food is amazing in Seville. Makes for a great weekend break if you’re short on time.

  • Rebecca Smith 16th January 2020 at 10:04 pm

    I am so glad that Easyjet have started doing holidays too! Seville looks like a wonderful city to explore.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 16th January 2020 at 10:37 pm

      It’s great! Everything in one place. And yes Seville makes for a fantastic city break.

  • Paulina 17th January 2020 at 6:00 am

    Seville looks lovely… Lemon trees, food and beautiful architecture makes me want to go there right now. I will definitely add this place to my travel bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 17th January 2020 at 5:34 pm

      I know want to go back, such a beautiful city.

  • Rhian westbury 17th January 2020 at 8:02 am

    That’s so good that Easyjet now do holidays as well, and you made such a good choice to chase some sunshine in November. Seville looks beautiful x

    • Sima Sthanakiya 17th January 2020 at 5:33 pm

      Yeah winter sun is always a good idea.

  • Joanna 17th January 2020 at 12:15 pm

    I have been living in Andalucia for almost two years now and didn’t make it to Sevilla yet. It’s the only place on my bucket list that is still on my bucket list here and that’s because it takes more than one day to see it. I’d love to go sometimes soon, it is such an amazing city.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 17th January 2020 at 5:33 pm

      I hope you make it there one day Joanna. Whereabouts did you live in Andalucia?

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too 17th January 2020 at 1:08 pm

    I didn’t realise that Easy Jet had started holidays alongside their ever-popular flights. Such a wonderful idea. Looks like you had an amazing time in Seville.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 17th January 2020 at 5:32 pm

      They’ve just started and I love the 23kg included in the price.

  • Shelley (Wander & Luxe) 17th January 2020 at 2:28 pm

    I have never been to Seville but your photos are totally selling it to me. Also, how great that easyjet are making it easier than ever to plan and book holidays? Safe travels x

    • Sima Sthanakiya 17th January 2020 at 5:31 pm

      I know makes things so much easier.

  • Cassie Mayers 17th January 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Looks like so many amazing places to see, I would love to go around the old towns, great places to explore

    • Sima Sthanakiya 19th January 2020 at 7:11 pm

      It’s beautiful Cassie. I love getting lost wandering around the old town streets.

  • Susan Pazera 17th January 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks for the great Seville tips! We’re headed there next May and this will come in really handy 🙂

    • Sima Sthanakiya 19th January 2020 at 7:10 pm

      So excited for you Susan. The post came at the right time then.

  • Elizabeth Williams 17th January 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Looks like a fantastic getaway. Great to know that easyJet are doing more than just flights, wil have to remember to look awmt what they offer when booking our next holiday abroad.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 19th January 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Definitely Elizabeth, well worth looking for great deals.

  • Wendy Lee 17th January 2020 at 11:48 pm

    I just love Spain! So far I’ve been to Barcelon and Madrid, but am eager to get back and see Seville. Love all your tips and photos.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 19th January 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks so much Wendy. Hope you do manage to get back soon.

  • Menna Rachel 18th January 2020 at 4:06 pm

    It looks so beautiful! So good to know about different options for finding holidays

    • Sima Sthanakiya 19th January 2020 at 7:07 pm

      It’s a gorgeous city with so much to do Menna.

  • Kara Guppy 18th January 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Seville is on our list for this year and this post has just pushed it to the top now

    • Sima Sthanakiya 19th January 2020 at 7:07 pm

      Oh how exciting! When are you thinking of going?

  • Natasha Mairs 19th January 2020 at 7:49 pm

    I have never been to Spain, but would love to visit one day. Love your photos, they are beautiful.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 20th January 2020 at 6:19 pm

      Thank you so much Natasha x

  • Angie Silver 24th January 2020 at 11:11 am

    Gosh you’re trip looked amazing. Seville is now so high on my bucket list. I’m in it for the tiles mostly!!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 28th January 2020 at 10:28 pm

      Haha! It will definitely deliver on the tiles front.

  • Emily-Ann Elliott 29th January 2020 at 7:48 pm

    This is perfect timing, as we’re planning a trip to Seville in October for a wedding. Will definitely be visiting some of these places!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 1st February 2020 at 1:57 pm

      Amazing! You’ll love it Emily. Great time to visit too.

  • Stuart Fahy 31st January 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Sevilla is one of my favourite places in Spain and I was there again just a few weeks ago. I’m not as impressed by Las Setas as most people seem to be, but Plaza España is definitely one of the best in the country. Very good guide, Sima.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 1st February 2020 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Stuart. I’m dying to return after my quick visit. Do you find Las Setas a bit of an eyesore.

  • Kathryn Burrington 1st February 2020 at 11:08 am

    What a fabulous city! I’d love to go and I’d highly recommend a day trip to Cadiz. It’s stunning! I’ve always wanted to go to Ronda, Granada and Alhambra so I should probably book 10 days so I have plenty of time for Seville too!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 1st February 2020 at 1:40 pm

      I wish I had more time Kat. Would have loved to have visited Cadiz. Next time I’ll be going with more days too.

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