This amazing massive building is the most impressive sight along with the cathedral and is a must-see when visiting Seville. It is located in the stunning Maria Luisa Park and was built for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929, held in Seville. The style of this amazing building is inspired by the Renaissance with characteristic elements from the city: exposed brick and ceramics. Fun fact to know if you are a Star Wars fan: Plaza de España has been used for some of the scenes of episode II of George Lucas' Star Wars saga "Attack of the clones".
The singing, dancing and flamenco guitar are captivating; you have not experienced the true spirit and soul of Seville if you have not seen a flamenco show. Los Gallos Flamenco Show has been entertaining guests since 1966 and offers outstanding shows with top class artists, making it the most recognized and respected Flamenco show in town.
It is easy to mistake this for a Moorish palace, for it was built in the 1360’s by Moorish Muslim kings, with the lush gardens complementing the buildings perfectly. The upper levels of this spectacular palace are still used by the royal family, making it the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe.
Stroll around in the heart of Seville and enjoy the charm of the quarter of Santa Cruz, with its winding alleys, its picturesque houses and its small squares. It is located in the old part of the city and is without a doubt the most popular and crowded quarter in Seville. This is also where you can see important tourist attractions like the Cathedral, the Giralda, the Royal Alcázar, the Murillo gardens and the Archivo de Indias.
Maria Luisa Park is designed in a mix of 1920's Art Deco and mock Mudejar and is one of the largest parks in Seville. This park is beautifully decorated with plenty of ceramic-tiled benches, fountains, pools, statues and monuments. However, travellers often head straight to the star attraction of the park, Plaza de España.
To learn more about the fascinating world of flamenco dancing, head to the Museo del Baile Flamenco. This is a must for all the tourists who would like to experience and understand this amazing bit of Andalusian culture. In this 18th-century building you can stroll around the exhibition hall, the basement and the dance studio.
When visiting the Basílica de la Macarena, you will see one of the dearest treasures of Seville, the statue of la Virgen de la Esperanza (the Virgen of Hope), known as la Macarena, the same name as the quarter where the church is located. The statue is a 17th-century wooden sculpture of Christ's mother mourning his death, covered in tears. It is a modern church in the Neo-Baroque style, built between 1936 and 1941 by architect Gómez Millán.
The Archeological Museum is said to be one of the best museums of its kind in Spain and it is located in the Maria Luisa Park. There is so much to see in this museum, including artifacts dating back to the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age, but be sure not to miss the Carambolo Treasure which is located in the section of the Phoenician colonisation.
Isla Mágica is an exciting and modern amusement park with seven different themed areas representing different episodes in 16th-century Spanish history. This is a place where the whole family can enjoy themselves, ride the roller coaster, play miniature golf, try one of the four different water rides or explore the pirate ship.
Take the chance to see a panoramic, 360 degree view of Seville. From the top of the Tower of Perdigones you will get the best view of the city, and the Camera Obscura technology at the top allows visitors to see it in all directions. The wonderful guides provide explanations about the technology and a great tour of the city from above.
This is the equivalent of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen in London. A place where wayward youths learn to become master chefs and professional waiters. The menu is Neoclassical with ingredients from feudal days. For example, the Cordoba soup is served with both quail eggs and jabugo ham.
The tower, 45 meters high, gives a great view of the city. From the beginning this tower was part of an ammunition factory. In the 1950’s the factory was closed down and in 2007 the Camera Obscura was built on the Tower of Perdigones, which also has an adjacent cafe where you can have a rest before or after your visit.
Enrique Becerra is an old family-owned Andalusian restaurant complete with a tiled bar. The kitchen creates refined versions of traditional home cooking, including the pez espada al amontillado (swordfish with dark sherry) and exquisite side dishes such as espinaca con garbanzos (spinach with chick-peas).
The Andalusian region, where Seville is located, is the birthplace of tapas and there are plenty of great places in the city to enjoy them—both in terms of atmosphere and for the food itself. Visit Calle Mateo Gago and try several tapas bars. La Fresquita is a hole-in-the-wall type place serving mini toasts with morcilla (blood sausage), and The Bodega Santa Cruz has a tasty tortilla. Bar Giralda in a former Moorish bathhouse is also worth a visit.
This seafood restaurant is situated just a few meters from the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Seville and specialises in Mediterranean and Andalusian cuisine. All dishes are prepared according to traditional recipes. You should try the sea bass or the roast shoulder of lamb (Paletilla de Cordero).
This is an innovative restaurant with an intimate and unique style, one of those places that you should not miss. A restaurant where you can enjoy well prepared food made from fresh products in a friendly and laid-back ambience, Contenedor is a small place that blends the best of Andalusia with a twist of metropolitan spirit.
At Meson Guadalquivir you can experience tasty cuisine made from the best products and drink good wine from the carefully selected wine list. The restaurant is located in the popular area of Viapol, very close to the metro and tram station San Bernardo. Among the specialities of the house are dishes such as tuna with tomatoes or shrimp ravioli and other culinary delights such as roast beef cheek, grilled baby squid with rice and aioli.
La Piamontesa is an Italian restaurant situated in the very heart of Seville, a very characteristic restaurant that offers high quality dishes. You know you have found a good restaurant when you see more locals than tourists, and that is definitely the case here. Portion sizes are also quite generous.
Even if Andalusian cuisine is quite the treat, you might desire more culinary variety during your stay in Seville. If you have a craving for Italian food, consider this charming restaurant in the Barrio Santa Cruz, offering homemade salads, pastas, crostones and pizzas. This place fills up quickly in the evening so you might need to make a reservation. With the attentive staff and the high quality food, you will not be disappointed.
This family company was set up in Seville back in 1986 and is one of the best Chinese restaurants in town. When stepping into this restaurant you will notice the friendly service and you might need some help to decide which delicacy to eat among the 120 dishes on the menu.
Great coffee, good sandwiches and a wide choice of smoothies for all tastes: if you're looking for a healthy breakfast, at Jester you won't be disappointed. Here everything is cooked with fresh ingredients right in front of you, and the friendly staff will be pleased to serve you some of the specialities, such as the granola with yogurt and fruit.
Escape the hot Spanish sun and spoil yourself with some of the best muffins you will find in Seville, or choose from a wide variety of coffees and teas. This eatery is a great place to have breakfast and even a quick lunch - the menu includes a selection of crepes and cakes along with sandwiches and toasts.
El Tremendo is a famous cervecería in Santa Catalina that specialises in one thing, and one thing only: beer. Cold brews and large glasses attract huge crowds for after-work or to get the night started. There are no chairs, so come and mingle with other people at the tables set up along the street.
Terraza Alfonso is one of the most famous night venues in Seville, located in the Parque de Maria Luisa. The pleasant daytime cafe turns into an outdoor nightclub after dark, an ideal place to enjoy summer nights and dance until the wee hours of the morning. They even provide free salsa lessons every evening.
The peculiar decor of this bar might slightly shock you once you walk in: candelabras, a statue of the Virgin Mary looking down on you and flower arrangements suitable for a funeral are just some of the oddities you will find here. Keep in mind that they they only serve beer, shots and cocktails.
It is hard to say if Bodega Santa Cruz is favoured most by locals, foreign students or tourists, but one thing is for sure: its popularity is indisputable. If there is no place to sit inside, then have a look outside for a table to stand at. Here you can expect proper old-school tapas.
Anselma is not only the name of this place, but also that of the owner, who works, dances and sings here along with the customers. This renowned venue is a genuine Spanish bar with a traditional decor and a large clientele coming from all over Spain to enjoy their flamenco parties and some good beer.
Spain’s department store colossus is both loved and hated, but it successfully performs its main task, that is, to offer most things to most people. Designer fashion, enormous perfumery and make-up departments, leather goods, toys, art materials, food and delicatessen, home furnishing devices, garden furniture, a tobacco department with humidors, here you will find all this and much more.
Spain can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are not sure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend you to contact the embassy or consulate in your country. In order to enter the Schengen zone, international (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip. Citizens from Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but they must bring with them a valid ID during their stay.
The best time to visit Seville is either spring or fall, when days are sunny and temperatures are mild. The city's biggest events, Semana Santa and Feria de Abril, take place in the springtime, usually at the end of March or during April; bear in mind that Seville can get really crowded and prices are generally higher during these weeks. Sevillan summers are some of the warmest in all of Europe and the heat could become unbearable, so try to avoid this period of the year.
Seville’s airport is located ten kilometres northeast of the city. Several bus companies run between the city centre and the airport and the ride takes about 30 minutes. There is also a taxi stand just outside the terminal. A taxi ride to the city takes about 15 minutes and costs about 20 Euros. Car rental: Enterprises rent-a-car www.enterprise.es
Seville’s local transport is managed by TUSSAM. The main bus routes run 6:00 - 23:45 (including several circular routes), and there are also six night buses. There is one tram line that runs south from Plaza Nueva to San Bernardo train station. Single tickets can be bought on board and travel cards ranging from one day to one month are also available.