There are so many Seville attractions to see that the city deserves at least three days to do it justice. If you have more time available then you won’t be disappointed. Below we’ve listed the most important attractions in Seville.
Seville’s immense cathedral is one of the biggest in the world with only St Peter’s in Rome and St Paul’s in London being larger. It was built on the site of Muslim Seville’s main Mosque between 1401 and 1507. One highlight of the cathedral’s lavish interior is Christopher Columbus’ supposed tomb inside the south door. It is also home to a priceless art collection including famous works by Goya, Murillo and Zurbarán. [See Seville Cathedral]
The tower which adjoins the Cathedral is called La Giralda. It was the Mosque’s minaret and dates from the 12th century. Under Christian rule a belltower was added to the top as well as a famous weather vane called El Giraldillo which is a well known symbol of Seville. You can climb the 97 metres to the top of the tower for great views over the city.
Real Alcazar of Seville
This was a fortress from the Muslim-era (dates from AD 913) which served as a hideout of Muslim and Christian royalty for many centuries. If you’ll also be visiting the Alhambra in Granada then Seville’s Alcazar is a good place to see first as it is a fine introduction to Moorish architecture. [See Seville Alcazar]
Plaza de España
This is probably Spain’s most spectacular Plaza de España which was the centrepiece of the 1929 Spanish-Americas Fair. It contains fountains and mini-canals and is surrounded by a display of tile work representing all the provinces of Spain. The adjacent Parque de María Luisa is an ideal spot in the shade where you can take a well earned break from sightseeing.
Antigua Fábrica de Tabacos
On the way to the Plaza de España you will pass Seville’s enormous old tobacco factory which was the setting for Bizet’s Carmen. Today it is a part of Seville University and is open to the public during daylight hours.
Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza – Seville’s Bullring
It’s well worth a visit to Seville’s bullring which is one of the oldest (1758) and most famous in Spain. A short but uninspired guided tour is compulsory for visitors.
There are some great city tours available by bus or on foot led by knowledgeable local guides. In addition, there’s a very handy hop-on, hop-off bus service and river cruises along the Guadalquivir. Check them all out at:
Archivo de Indias
Located just next to the Cathedral this recently renovated building holds millions of documents dating back to the discovery of the Americas through to the end of the Spanish Empire.
Torre de Oro
On the banks of the River Guadalquivir stands the Torre de Oro which today represents one of Seville’s major landmarks. It was originally built as a watchtower by the Moors who could close access to the harbour by attaching a chain to it and to the opposite bank of the river. It is now used as a naval museum.
La Casa de Pilatos
This is an impressive 16th century mansion where the founding Medinaceli family still reside. The areas open to the public are impressive for the architectural styles including Mudejar works.
Hotel Alfonso XIII
This is Seville’s grandest hotel which was constructed by King Alfonso XIII for the 1929 Spanish-Americas Fair. Visitors can step inside admire the beautifully decorated entrance areas and dining room. The restaurant is open to the public if you’re celebrating a special occasion.
Hospital de los Venerables
The Hospital de los Venerables is housed in a 17th century Baroque palace which initially served as a home for retired clergy. Today it is open to visitors keen to see its lovely courtyard and impressive art collection.
Hospital de la Caridad
Filled with art from Seville’s golden age, this beautiful Baroque church was the brainchild of an aristocratic playboy, Miguel de Mañara. He dedicated much of his later life to building this charity hospital after he apparently had a vision of his own funeral.
After the 1992 Expo in Seville this site located on the Isla de Cartuja was converted into a giant amusement park with adjoining business park. It lies just across the river from the northern part of the city providing great fun for children on the many rides which follow a general theme based on the Spanish colonial history.
This listing has now moved to an individual page of Seville museums listing all the main ones of interest to visitors together with opening times.
The Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena is Seville’s most loved saint. Her statue stands in this church next to the Puerta de la Macarena all year round until she is carried through the streets during the Semana Santa processions.
Jesus del Gran Poder
Standing on the Plaza San Lorenzo this church is where the statue of ‘Jesus of the Great Power’ lives until the Holy Week celebrations when it is paraded around the streets of Seville.
Iglesia San Salvador
This is one of Spain’s finest Baroque churches with an equally impressive interior which was recently renovated.