When you plan your trip to the south of Spain, I highly recommend spending at least two days in Seville. Use this 2 Day Seville Itinerary for guidance as it includes most of the main sights and some off-the-beaten-path spots as well!
When people tend to imagine a Spanish city, it often has the same characteristics in it - an authentic, colorful, and warm place where you can hear guitars playing on every corner. A town where you can wander on cozy streets, under orange trees - which Seville actually is!
Seville is the capital city of Andalusia and is a very trendy tourist spot to visit these days. More and more people come here to explore its magical landmarks, such as the Arabic Palace, the Real Alcazar, and the breathtaking Plaza de Espana.
People usually visit Seville as part of an Andalusian road trip, which can include the towns of Ronda, Cadiz, Malaga, Granada or Cordoba. Seville is also the perfect city-break destination for those coming from nearby countries.
If you're looking for a real Sevillan experience, it's great to visit here during the Semana Santa (Holy Week), or the Feria of Seville (Feria de Abril, which usually lasts for ten days).
Continue to read on to find out how to spend 2 days in Seville, Spain!
The route on the first day leads from the south edge of the historic center to the most popular northern landmark in Seville.
The best way to start your day is at the Plaza de España in the morning, as later on, it gets very crowded. However, if you’re trying to spot some flamenco artists, the afternoon is the best time to go to try to see them.
The Metropol Parasol will be the last stop for the day, which is where you will see a beautiful sunset and an unforgettable panorama of Seville.
Plaza de España can be found in Maria Luisa Park, on the southern edge of the historical center of Seville. This fantastic landmark is a mix of Moorish, Art Deco and Renaissance styles combined all into one. The building complex was built as part of the Ibero-American Exposition in 1928.
At the front of the building, you can walk by the tiled alcoves, which represent all the individual Spanish regions.
It’s good to allocate about 1-2 hours to just walk through the whole plaza complex. Another perk of this place is that it’s completely free to explore! You can also rent a boat, listen to street musicians or maybe catch a flamenco show if you’re lucky.
The Real Alcazar is one of the most important landmarks in Seville. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also known as the Royal Alcazar of Seville.
The entrance is near the Cathedral of Seville, about a 15-minute walk from Plaza de Espana. I would suggest getting your tickets ahead of time online. Otherwise, you might get stuck in a queue for hours. This can be really painful, especially if you're visiting in the summer when it's about 40°C outside...
The palace was built by the Christian king Peter of Castille, but it gained most of its current outlook from the Almohad caliphate. There are plenty of rooms and gardens to explore, which have the most enchanting architecture style!
The entrance fee is €18.00 onsite, and you'll need about 2 hours to venture around, maybe even more depending on your interests.
Another highlight of the Real Alcazar is the Game of Thrones! As some of you might already know, this place served as The Water Gardens and Sunspear - the seat of House Martell - in Dorne.
Santa Cruz is a neighborhood right near the Real Alcazar and the Cathedral of Seville. This area is where you can find all the things that I mentioned above in the introduction of this Seville 2 day itinerary. These things include enchanting, colorful buildings, tiny streets, orange trees, guitars playing, and the best tapas you could ever wish for!
And thanks to the small streets, there isn't much traffic here! It's actually quite lovely to walk around as you don't hear other noise, just street musicians and the every-day hustle and bustle of Sevillians moving around.
In Santa Cruz, there are pretty authentic bars, cafes, and restaurants to explore. There are also some hidden little squares to see, such as Plaza de Doña Elvira and Plaza de la Alianza. In these squares, you will usually find a couple of restaurants with outside tables where you can sit and enjoy tapas with a view.
For example, Antigua Taberna de Las Escobas is an excellent spot for breakfast and dinner. It is a real Spanish place with great food and fresh orange juice and has a lovely design. It's located on Calle Álvarez Quintero. If you sit outside, you'll also get the chance to share your meal with one of the most well-known writers in history (look for the table prints).
If you want to see one of the most incredible sunsets of your life, then the top of the Metropol Parasol can’t be left off your Seville itinerary! The Metropol Parasol is a magnificent wooden structure, with a size of 150 by 70 meters. It’s the largest wooden structure in the world actually!
The Las Setas - Metropol Parasol was designed and completed by Jurgen Mayer in 2011. It is truly a masterpiece! You can walk around on its “rooftop” and see the whole city around you.
To access the top, you’ll need to pay a fee of €2.00. If you want to catch the sunset, consider going ahead of time as sometimes the queue can take 30 minutes or more.
In need of more inspiration? Check out my photo gallery of Seville!
On the second and final day of this 2 day Seville guide, you'll once again start in the historic center of the city, but eventually head to the other side of the Guadalquivir River.
The itinerary for today is a bit more flexible, considering that one stop is a neighborhood again. Some alternatives have also been added to a few of the stops as well in case you'd like to modify your route.
The tower of La Giralda is a must-see in Seville! It is visible from almost everywhere in the city as it's one of the tallest buildings in Seville. The Giralda is also the bell tower of the Seville Cathedral. If you'd like to go up to the top for a bird eye's view of Seville, you can do just that for a fee!
I would really recommend also visiting the inside of the Cathedral as it's quite an architectural masterpiece! The Cathedral of Seville was built in between the 15th-16th centuries and is the world's largest gothic cathedral.
The entrance fee to enter the church is €9.00 for adults. I suggest setting aside at least an hour and a half if you're visiting both the tower and the Cathedral as they are pretty big sites to cover!
The second stop of the day is the street where the cathedral above is located - Avenida de la Constitucion.
Avenida de la Constitucion is the most famous street in Seville. There are plenty of beautiful buildings to check out here, such as La Adriática, Casa Álvaro Davila, and Banco de España.
The street is filled with stores, restaurants, bakeries, and fantastic ice cream shops, so grab some delicious snacks for the road.
Plaza del Cabildo is a place off the beaten path that isn't usually found on typical Seville itineraries as these guides often just include the most famous landmarks and tourist hotspots in the city. This lovely yard is right near the Cathedral, and it is indeed a bit hidden. It’s beautifully designed with very typical Spanish architecture!
The Triana neighborhood might be a bit of a distance away from stop 2, but if you have the opportunity, it's a really great walk (about 1 km) from Avenida de la Constitucion to here. This way you can see even more beautiful streets and buildings on the way, too!
If you'd like, you can even visit Torre del Oro (the next stop) before coming here. Whichever way works best for you!
The Triana neighborhood is probably the most authentic Sevillan neighborhood in town. Once here, you can get some churros, fantastic tapas and see real Sevillan life.
Usually, when I come this way, I tend to head to Ponte Isabela II Bridge first. The reason being the view. You get an incredible vista of the colorful neighborhood of Triana here!
After crossing the bridge, on the righthand side, is Triana market right near the bridge. This market is another excellent place to explore and try some local products.
If you'd like to walk to the next stop by the river as well, walk on Calle Betis. This street links the Ponte Isabela II and San Telmo bridges. The road runs parallel with the river, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to stop at along the way.
As the official last stop for day 2, after crossing the San Telmo Bridge, you will arrive at the Torre del Oro right away. This tower is located on the lefthand side near the bridge and the Guadalquivir River. It was built in the 13th century as a military watchtower to control river access.
The Torre del Oro is one of Seville’s most famous landmarks. It is surrounded by flowers and palm trees, which offers a charming panorama and a great spot to enjoy the city.
The famous Sevillian bull ring is on the riverside as well about a 10-minute walk north of here. You can include this on the way to the Ponte Isabella II Bridge, as for some, this makes the route easier.
Here are a few more essential things to consider when planning your trip to Seville:
This article was edited by Loredana Elena.
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