Seville is one of those cities where you should put your map down and instead of following a specific path, you just have to walk it and enjoy it. Picturesque, romantic, with its mix of styles, this city from Andalusia will leave you breathless in more than one corner.
To move around Seville is easy, everything is at walking distance and the city is super friendly. And I know I just said to not follow any guide or map, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check in which direction to head out so you don’t miss any of the must see places of Seville, right? That’s why you will find here a guide, based on my 2 days in this beautiful city, to help you out…
How to get there:
Like I told you on my last post about Valencia, you can travel to Seville by plane, car or train. In our case, we decided to use the Renfe trains that go all over Spain and head to San Bernardo Station. A tip here: The Renfe trains in Seville have 2 different stations. There aren’t (or at least I did not find) any differences among them when purchasing your ticket, we used the San Bernardo station as it was nearer to our hotel. The other station, Santa Justa, is on the other side of town. You can just go to Google Maps and find the one that is closer to where you want to go.
Where to stay:
All the main touristic attractions of Seville are at walking distance from each other, so any hotel or airbnb apartment in the city centre will leave you a few steps away from everything there is to discover. In our case, we picked the Sevilla Center hotel. I have to be honest here, there was a key factor in our decision, and that was the pool! We knew that June in Seville was pool season and I personally didn’t want to miss that out, at least to relax a while after all the walking and sightseeing.
What to do:
First and foremost, no trip to Seville would be complete unless you visit the Real Alcazar. Declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, the Alcazar is a complex of palaces and one of the most representative monuments in the city. Today is owned by the Spanish monarchy. But the Alcazar survived many owners in its history, and you can easily tell that by paying attention to the many architectural styles in it. From Islamic influence, to renaissance, baroque, mudejar and gothic, the Alcazar is just beautiful.
The visit will take you a couple of hours. It will all depend on if you are a meticulous like me and can’t stop looking for every little detail on its architecture, or not. The ticket is affordable, and free if you go on Mondays, at the last opened hour.
Side note: you may have seen the Alcanzar before… Is there any Game of Thrones fan in the house? If so… Welcome to the Water Gardens of Dorne!!!
After dreaming for a while with fairytales full of princesses and charming princes, you might want to move on. There is a still a lot to see in Seville…
The Cathedral of Saint Mary was also declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Considered the biggest Christian gothic cathedral in the world, we could say its history began a little like the cathedral in Valencia: a mosque was demolished to build the cathedral instead. Luckily for us, some memories from Islamism’s times can still be found in this beautiful place, like the mosque’s old minaret (La Giralda) and in El Patio de Los Naranjos.
There is a fee to enter the Seville Cathedral, but once you are inside and take a look at the cathedral’s grandness you will see that the price was totally worthy.
To rest for a while from all that walking and visiting, close to the Cathedral and the Alcazar, you can find the Maria Luisa Park and the Plaza España (this square is actually part of the Maria Luisa Park, and its located inside of it). Full of historical symbolisms and a heaven on earth for any tile’s lover, let me confess I fell in love with this place. It is gorgeous. And believe me when I say you can stay wandering and sighing for hours at its lovely architecture.
As Plaza España couldn’t be less in Seville, she also had her cinematographic appearance… Among others, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones was filmed there.
Our second day started by heading out to Basilica de la Macarena. Recommended by my grandmother as a must see place, this beautiful church is a little off route, but please do not let that disappoint you. On the contrary, it is the perfect excuse to walk Seville’s neighborhoods and less touristic streets.
And yes, I declare myself an addict on taking photos at buildings, facades, doors, objects… all those little details enchant me and I know I have a tendency for snapping way too much. And Seville has so much material to snap from!
Regarding the Basilica, it is a small church and house of “La Esperanza Macarena” Sisterhood. With an extremely baroque style, is full of details, paintings and colors. Unfortunately, when we got there it was mass time so, out of respect, I couldn’t take any photos inside.
Our next stop wasn’t planned. True story here: we were walking and I saw a place opened to the public. It turned out to be the Palace of the Algaba Marquis, an historic building in Seville considered being one of the best examples of the civil mudejar style. Is free of charge and it takes less than an hour to visit.
Lastly, do not forget to look for the Metropol Parasol. Designed by the german architect Jürgen Mayer, is one of the newest attractions in town.
The Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located at Plaza de La Encarnación, in the old quarter of Seville. Inside it you can find a traditional market, restaurants, an archeological museum and a place for shows. Obviously, do not have to see it all, although it is kind of mandatory to walk by when visiting Seville. At the top of this structure, there is a square that makes a perfect spot for a break while admiring the beautiful city views.