Known for flamingo dancing, tapas and endless sunshine, Seville is one of Spain’s top destinations. Capital of the Andulucia region of Spain, Seville is dripping with Moorish history and architectural influences which at times will make you wonder whether you are still in Spain or have some how been transported to Northern Africa. With so much to see and do, Seville makes the perfect destination for any kind of travel.
Here's my travel girl's guide to Seville:
Location: Southern Spain
Weather: Hot and Sunny in the summer, Winter can be cool at night and rainy on occasion. The weather is mostly mild.
Plane: If flying by plane you will likely arrive in to Seville airport. A taxi to the historic city centre should be 25-30 euros. The EA bus will also take you downtown in about 35 minutes for 4 Euros and you can take a taxi from there.
Bus: There are two bus stations in Seville: Prado de San Sebastian and Plaza de Armas. Double check your ticket to be sure you head to the right one!
Train: Spain has an efficient high speed train system and is well worth the money if traveling around Spain. Seville Santa Justa train station is the main one and likely the one you will be traveling through. It is very busy, so head here early if you’ve never been before
What to Do:
Famous long before it was known as” Dorn” from the popular television show “Game of Thrones,” the Alcazar is an impressive royal palace with expansive architecture and gardens that highlight its dramatic history from the Arabac period until the 19th C.
The largest Cathedral in Europe is definitely something to see. However, I was a little disappointed by the way the building had been changed to accommodate tourism. I found many of the signs and bulletins took away from the building itself.
You can’t do Spain without at least trying Tapas. Not only is the food amazing, but it’s a way to truly experience the culture and meet local people.
See a Flamenco Show
What better place to see this soulful dance than the place where it was born? There are many options to see a great flaminco show, but I would avoid any shows that serve a meal as quality of dance is generally not as good.
I have to admit, I had not planned on going here. The idea of a giant wooden sculpture just didn’t appeal to me, but I was so happy that I did. A mere 3 euros will bring you to the top of this structure and provides some of the best views of the city. Try to time your visit for sunset if possible!
Originally built for the Ibero-American Expo in 1929, the romantic and moorish revival architecture of the plaza creates an idealized version of what Spain would be like in a fairy tale and feels just as magical. The buildings are now used as government buildings, so it’s the perfect place to snap some pictures and explore, but don’t expect any shops or resteraunts. Combine with the Maria Luisa Park for a scenic afternoon stroll.
What to Eat:
This melt in your mouth local delicacy is Spain’s answer to Prosscuto; A cured style of ham that is completely addictive.
Small plates of food. Every eatery has it’s own specialty, so look around to see what the locals are eating. Click here to learn more about ordering Tapas in Seville.
These delicious deep fried sticks are the perfect pair for a warm cup of chocolate. Read more about where to find the best Churros in Seville.
A mixture of wine, liquir and fruit that pairs perfectly with the hot heat in Europes ” frying pan.”
No one does coffee quite like the Spanish do! Coffee is a must here. Check out my guide to ordering coffee in Sevile if you’re not sure where to start.
Get on Spanish time! With the heat of middays, the Spanish usually take a break from 12-3 or 4 and the streets don’t come alive again until afte 8 when the sun goes down.
The sun is extremelly hot, especially during the summer months, which can lead to dangerous heat stroke or exhaustion. Wear cool clothing a hat and plenty of sun block. Try to avoid being outside in the hottest part of the day if possible and stay hydrated.
Petty scams are common many places, but I had a few personal experiences here despite precautions. The cost to centre town should be between 20-30 euros, and although it was posted several taxi drivers claimed it to be much higher price. Be sure to ask the price before getting into a taxi and you’ll be fine.
Learn Basis Spanish Phrases
There is very limited English in Spain, plus it’s only polite when visiting another country to at least try to learn a few local phrases!
Go out at Night
People in Spain don’t eat dinner until 10 or 11 PM, which means the streets at this time are busier than any other time of the day. Just walking around at night can be an exciting adventure as you people watch. With so many people walking the streets, it felt very safe being out this late.