Seville is an incredible city to visit, no matter what the time of the year. As well known for its bright and mild winters as it is for its hot and steamy summers, there simply isn’t a bad month to spend in Seville.
Visitors can enjoy a unique blend of historical exploration, deliciously delightful cuisine, and cultural pursuits a-plenty. In fact, there’s so much to see and do that it will feel impossible to squeeze it all into just one weekend!
So, what should you focus on if you’re spending the weekend in Seville? Here are our favourite things to do in the sun soaked cultural capital of Southern Spain:
Five Things to Do in Seville
- 1. Visit the Alcázar
The Alcázar is the most well-known historical attractions in Southern Spain: an ancient palace that has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll want to put aside a couple of hours to truly appreciate everything that the palace has to offer: from its ornate architecture and décor to its lush gardens and serene pools. The Alcázar was recently featured in the hit show Game of Thrones, lending it another level of pop cultural interest, and also meaning that fans will be able to spot the statement-making locations from their favourite show.
If you decide to visit the Alcázar during your trip then it is recommended that you book your tickets before you arrive otherwise you will waste your precious time queing instead of enjoying the attraction.
- 2. Appreciate the Architecture of the Cathedral
Seville Cathedral is a site of incredible Spanish architectural beauty: an iconic structure that dominates the skyline of the city. The Cathedral is a hodge podge of different architectural styles that have been added and extended over the years, and the only parts of the Cathedral that are true to its original build include the minaret, Abluciones courtyard, and the Puerta del Perdón door. Both the tomb of Christopher Colombus and his remains can also be found in the cathedral.
The Cathedral is officially the most popular attraction in Seville, and for that reason the queues to enter can be incredibly long, particularly during the summer months. Save yourself the wait and the hassle by booking your tickets before you arrive.
- 3. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
Seville is well known for its high-quality tapas, which is be served at every bar and restaurant you’ll stumble across. From hole-in-the-wall bars to decadent five-star restaurants, you’ll find these little plates of tasty morsels with robust flavours waiting for you. Don’t shy away from pairing your tapas with a jug of local sangria or a glass of red Spanish wine or two.
For a truly authentic experience, follow the locals to boho Macarena or tile-and-gypsy quarter Triana. It would be more than possible to spend the whole weekend doing nothing but drinking and eating, exploring the city as you move from bar to bar, and embracing the heart of Seville one dish at a time.
- 4. Shop Under the Parasol
Although Seville is well-known for its ancient architecture, it is also home to some stunning examples of modern architecture. One of the best of these is the Parasol: a quirky mushroom shaped building that has to be seen to be believed. Visitors can travel to the top of its structures: a wonderful place to enjoy a panoramic view of the city, or to watch the sunset at the end of a long day of sightseeing.
Love to shop, mingle with the locals, or be at the heart of the action? Then the farmers market that is located underneath the Parasol is the place to be. The 2,200 square meter market contains 40 stalls and a bar, making it the perfect place to take a break and people watch at the same time.
- 5. Take a Walk in the Park
Finally, if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then talk a walk in the Maria Luisa park. The park is located next to the plaza of Seville’s Plaza de Espana, and The park’s gardens were designed by a French landscape architect, meaning that their quiet beauty has been carefully considered. You can enjoy the park by foot, or hire a bike and explore the well-worn cycle paths.
The park is also situated wonderfully close to many of the city’s finest museums, meaning that you can combine some relaxing down time with a little extra cultural enlightenment.
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