The city of Sevilla was even more beautiful than we imagined it to be. I do believe the Girona Old Town is lovely. And I found San Sebastian to be one of the most beautiful Spanish cities. But, as we started to research Seville Spain, the one thing that struck me was how beautiful the city of Seville is. I knew right away that I wanted to visit Seville, not only for the food but for some of the top Seville travel attractions.
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Seville Tourist Information
Having lived in Spain for three years, we consider ourselves knowledgeable about how to explore a city in Spain. For us, it always starts with researching what and where to eat and drink. In Seville, it also included a lot more research into the history of the city.
In this Seville travel guide, we include everything you need to know to plan the perfect trip and to see all of the top Seville sights. All while eating well along the way.
Seville Travel – Where Is Seville Spain
Sevilla is the capital city of the Spanish region of Andalusia and the fourth largest city in Spain. Situated on the Guadalquivir River, the city is most known for flamenco dancing and Semana Santa, or Holy Week, celebrations.
Although located nearly 80 miles inland, Sevilla is a major port city in Spain and the only one located on a river. Sevilla can trace its founding back to Roman times and is currently the home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
How To Book Hotels In Spain
Since leaving the US over a decade ago, we’ve traveled to Spain numerous times. We’ve even lived in Spain for over three years. During these trips to Spain, we learned a few things about booking hotels in Spain. We’ve stayed at stunning luxury hotels like the Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville and the W Barcelona. And sadly we have stayed in our fair share of not-so-great hotels in Spain.
When planning our trips to Spain, we use Booking.com for hotels in Spain. In addition to booking hotels, we’ve used them to book apartments in Spain for longer stays. When we’ve wanted something special, we’ve used Booking to find stunning villas in Spain. We’ve even found some charming and less expensive guest houses in Spain on Booking.com.
When To Go To Sevilla
Seville weather is notorious in one way: heat. Summers in Sevilla are hot and dry with average temperatures regularly exceeding 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35˚C).
It’s best to avoid July and August mainly because of the extreme heat. In August especially, travel to Sevilla is not recommended as many locals head off on their holidays greatly reducing the number of open bars, restaurants, and shops.
The best time to visit Seville based on the weather is either the Spring or Fall. Winters are generally mild, but travel to Seville might be more expensive as it is a top destination for snowbirds escaping the cold in Northern Europe.
Events In Seville
Holy Week in Seville Spain, the week surrounding Easter or Semana Santa, is one of the most expensive times to plan a Sevilla visit.
A close second is Feria de Abril, which occurs two weeks after Easter. The Feria is like a humongous Seville street fair, with streets filled with music, flamenco, and food. It sometimes is scheduled for May, despite its name, if Easter falls later in April.
What To Do In Seville Spain – Top Sevilla Tourist Attractions
From sampling tapas to taking in a flamenco show, there are a lot of fun things to do in Seville Spain. There are three must see places in Seville Spain.
They all happen to be UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Alcazar of Sevilla is a still functioning royal palace dating back to the 10th Century where it first served as a Moorish fortification.
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, or Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral and the third largest church in the World.
In the 16th Century, when it was completed, the cathedral was the largest in the world. This was a claim held by Hagia Sophia for nearly a thousand years.
Documenting the history of the Spanish Empire, the General Archive of the Indies houses some of the most important documents in Spain’s history.
Although not a UNESCO-listed site, another of the top places to see in Seville Spain is the Plaza Espana. Built for an Expo in the 1920s, the story of Spain is told through the painted tiles and artistic details, unlike anything else in Spain. And, it is impossible to tour Seville without seeing the impressive Seville Cathedral.
What To Eat In Seville Spain
Eating out in Seville has to be one of the absolute best things to do in Seville Spain. Of course, we would say that because we travel for food. But, in this city, it’s a verified fact.
The culture of tapas in Seville is part of the heart and soul of the city. Hopping from tapa bar to tapa bar and seeking the best eats in the city is a must-do.
Check out this post on How To Find The Best Tapas In Seville.
Seville Travel – How To Plan A Weekend In Seville
During our first trip, we spend a week in Seville and still didn’t find it long enough. We understand, though, that not many travelers have the flexibility to spend as much time exploring a city as we do.
It’s why we’ve created our travel guides and food guides. To help travelers be efficient in their research and planning to make the most of a destination.
Many travelers from within Europe plan for a long weekend in Seville, Spain, which is a great idea. For food and drink travelers, we will recommend a few tapas bars and restaurants that should be on a must visit list.
In between tapas eating, here are our recommendations on things to see and do in Seville during a long weekend. Luckily, the Seville tourist map is pretty compact, and all of these sites are possible to visit on foot. Seville is an entirely walkable city.
Where To Eat In Seville In A Weekend
We would recommend three Seville must-see and experience tapas bars. Check out Bodega Santa Cruz Seville. We loved the feel of this always-busy tapas bar. Try the berenjenas con miel, or eggplant with honey, and one of their montadito sandwiches, along with house vermouth.
We also really enjoyed Bodeguita Romero on Calle Harinas. Try their papas alinas, a vinegar-based potato salad, and the most amazing carrillera or pork cheek.
For a more contemporary option, try La Brunilda Seville. Their menu includes very large portions of tapas with prices ranging from €6-10, all very worth it. Try the confit de pato con crema de zanahoria especiada y pistachos, or duck confit with spiced carrots and pistachios.
Best Things To See In Seville In A Weekend
This is one of the best ways to learn about a new city. By taking a Seville food tour, you have a knowledgeable Seville guide at your fingertips.
The guide also gives insight into the history and culture of the city. I’ve learned more from my food tour guides in the past than I thought possible. Here are some recommended food tours.
Taking a Tapas Tour In Seville
People often ask us how we find great food in a city we’ve never visited. In addition to doing our own research and asking friends, we always take a food tour. Not only will you learn what to eat and where, but food tours are also a great way to learn your way around a city.
There are lots of great food tours in Seville and choosing the right one is tricky. We are big fans of Devour Tours. Not only does Devour Tours do a good job of explaining the food and drink in a city, but you also get a history lesson. We’ve easily been on a dozen Devour food tours across Spain.
You can explore all of Devour’s Sevilla food tours here.
Now, your Seville travel plans aren’t set until you book a flamenco show. Devour Tours also offers a Flamenco and Tapas Tour of Seville.
The Devour Spain Seville Food Tour With Flamenco is something unique. Not only does it include a flamenco show, but also includes a lot of history of the city as well.
It’s one thing to just book a Flamenco show, but to learn about its history and meaning is important as well. It’s such a unique performance, of both music and song, and it helps to understand the culture behind the performance.
The Devour Tours Flamenco and Food Tour lasts about 4.5-5 hours and starts at €109 per person. It includes the performance, a few tapas stops, and a tapas dinner as well.
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FAQs – How To Visit Seville Spain
100% Yes! Seville is one of the best-kept secrets in Spain if not Europe. Aside from incredible food, the city has stunning architecture and great energy. The residents of Seville love their city and welcome travelers with open arms.
3-5 days. If you only coming to Spain for Seville, stay longer. If you are exploring other parts of Spain, then 3-5 days will give you enough time to explore the city and its attractions.
Seville is the birthplace of flamenco, home to some of the biggest Easter Week parades, and bullfighting. It’s also home to amazing food, great nightlife, and a laid-back approach to life.