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From Moorish influences, which brought light to Andalucia when the rest of Europe languished in the Dark Ages, to the height of Spain's colonial era and the riches the Americas yielded, a stroll through Seville takes you on a tour of its golden ages.

Alcázar of Seville
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Alcázar of Seville

Established as a fort in 930 AD, a royal residence of the Moorish kings developed over the centuries. Complete with lush gardens, it's an exquisite example of mudéjar architecture.

Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral

The world's third largest church stands on the site of the former, 12th-century Almohad Mosque. It's also been the final resting place for Christopher Columbus since 1898.

The Giralda

The Giralda

Soaring 341 feet, the cathedral's bell tower was the original minaret of the mosque. The bronze weather vane at the top has represented "faith" since the 16th century.

Torre del Oro

Torre del Oro

Once decked in golden tiles, this robust "Tower of Gold" on the banks of the Guadalquivir River houses the Naval Museum that reflects Spain's colonial expansion in the Americas.

María Luisa Park
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María Luisa Park

Verdant and tranquil, the sprawling park along the city's river was the heart of the 1929 Ibero-American Expo. It's the perfect place to seek respite on a warm summer's day.

Plaza de España

Plaza de España

Built on the edge of María Luisa Park for the 1929 Expo, the grand, half-circle complex, with tiled alcoves representing Spain's provinces, boasts fountains and small canals.

General Archive of the Indies

General Archive of the Indies

Located in the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes, the archive dates from 1785 and holds 43,000 records that document three hundred years of Spanish colonialism in the Americas.

Teatro de la Maestranza

Teatro de la Maestranza

Constructed as a cultural venue for the 1992 Expo, the theater primarily hosts opera and musical performances, including Spanish operettas known as Zarzuelas.

Museum of Fine Arts of Seville

Feast your eyes on masterpieces by famed artists, such as Zurbarán, Murillo and Goya. Founded in 1839, the museum features artwork from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Metropol Parasol

Controversial at first, the waffle-like structure invigorated a tired neighborhood. The view from the top offers a city panorama, while underground houses Roman and Moorish ruins.

Planning Your Seville Visit

How many days to spend in Seville?

A full four days will allow you to appreciate Seville's attractions without rushing. If you plan to come in spring for the Feria de Abril, then tack on another day or two for this major cultural and colorful event. For a week you'll never forget, consider experiencing Semana Santa (Holy Week of Easter) in the city.

Getting around

The city has a bus and metro system, and taxis are everywhere. Seville's main sights are also within easy walking distance. If you stay in Triana or simply want to explore the neighborhood, you'll find that metro and bus lines service that area, too.

Where to stay in Seville

The district of Santa Cruz is pretty central, and you'll have all there is to see in Seville at your fingertips. The district of Arenal is also a great option, as well as the former Jewish quarter of Triana across the river. Please keep in mind that if you are planning to arrive for Semana Santa, some hotels may require a week's stay.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    From March to May, the city enjoys warm, comfortable temperatures, the crowds are yet to arrive, and there are some great festivals to experience.

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What people are saying about Seville

Lorena was lovely and the attractions fantastic

Informative and Lorena was a guide who was easy to connect with. The three hour tour went quickly

What a pleasant change from our arrival journey

Arrival review relates to 2019-02-24. This review relates to 2019-02-28. Our driver arrived fifteen minutes early and was extremely helpful and friendly throughout our time with him. Our journey to the airport was in a smooth and steady manner and also included information about sights we passed which we had been unable to visit. Five star service.

Seville: Transfer to Seville Airport Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/14/2019

Long enough to cover everything and short enough to be interesting.

Jesus our guide was knowledgeable and interesting. The cathedral was absolutely awe inspiring and there were no large crowds to make it difficult to hear the guide or to prevent us from seeing everything of interest.

Well organised small group tour in comfortable 19 seater van.

Our guide, Catherine, was excellent in all respects and VERY good at providing interesting information. Our guide in the Alahambra, Beatrix, was also excellent and spoke clear English, as did Catherine. There was a problem when entering the Nasrid Palace because some people had bought entry tickets independently of the tour company and this caused a bank-up at of following groups whilst it was sorted out. It was then difficult to keep with your own group going through the absolutely amazing palace. I would suggest tour operator check ticket situation with customers prior to start of the otherwise great tour. Overall this tour is one to definitely not miss !!!!!!! It is the second time I have been to the Alahambra and it was equally pleasing again.

From Seville: Granada and Alhambra Full-Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/04/2019

Brilliant! Guide was superb, courteous, helpful, informative, on time

Real Alcazar was amongst the most interesting and enjoyable places we have visited. Warning, though: thousands of visitors, so go early in the morning, as the buildings get crowded. Then allow enough time to enjoy the gardens afterward, which are more spacious.

Seville: Alcazar Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Tickets Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/04/2019