The largest city in Andalusia has some of the richest history in the country. As deep as the history may be, Seville is one Spain’s liveliest cities. Bouncing from bodega to bodega, indulging in Spanish wine and tapas, is any night well spent. The volume of cosy, cobbled streets allows you to stumble upon hidden gems. You’ll rarely run of things to do in Seville. Plus, the year-round warm and sunny weather is the perfect icing on the cake.
Here are 10 more reasons to visit Seville – as if you needed them!
10. Mercado Feria Market
The Mercado Feria Market, the oldest market in Seville, boasts an array of street food and provincial goods. Jumping right into the hustle and bustle of local sellers, city dwellers and bargain hunters is the best way to experience the market.
A trip to the market cannot go without lunch at La Cantina. The market’s most popular bar and eatery which serves the freshest fish and seafood in town.
9. Royal Alcazar and Palace Gardens
Dating back to the 10th century, the Royal Alcazar is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe today. The vast palace is a real crisscross of culture and history. Mudejar, Catholic and Gothic architecture are all found throughout the many halls within.
Contrasting the grandiose nature of the palace, the gardens provide a place for a peaceful stroll and a bit of respite. In the summer, they’re transformed into the setting for some of the city’s most unique concerts. With the Alcazar Gardens Evenings cultural programme.
8. Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
This collection of ruins is one of the best-preserved relics from one of the first Roman settlements in Spain. Dating all the way back 206 BC.
Visitors can explore the amphitheatre, traditional Roman bathhouses and cobbled streets of the ancient city. It may not host epic gladiator battles these days, but you’re sure to be knocked out by just how intact some of these age-old ruins and mosaics are.
More recently, the ancient site played host to the cast of Game of Thrones. If the arena looks a little familiar, that’s because the site was used as the ‘Dragonpit’ in the final episode of season 7.
7. El Rinconcillo
Seville’s oldest bar – opened in 1670 – may not be the best well-kept secret in Seville, but that does little to deter from its charm.
Inside, bottles upon bottles line the walls of the restaurant. The running order of things is reminiscent of older days, as the waiters chalk up their orders on a blackboard. The smell of cured ham and traditional Andalusian food wafts through the air. This is the perfect place to indulge in tapas, olives and Manzanilla sherry, the region’s favourite drink.
6. Plaza de España
Without a doubt, the Plaza de España is Seville’s centrepiece. The square is home two towers, which quite literally cannot be missed, as they are a fixture of the city’s skyline.
The semi-circular complex stands out as one of Seville’s prominent landmarks. The area is lined with buildings, canals and bridges, which is reminiscent of Venice. Although the locals would argue it’s more beautiful than the Venetian canals.
But what to do in Seville’s iconic plaza? Hire a rowing boat and glide along the canals, or stroll along the plaza on foot exploring the 58 beautifully tiled alcoves each representing one of Spain’s provinces.
There’s plenty to occupy movie-buffs too. The plaza was used as a filming location for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones as well as Lawrence of Arabia.
5. Parque de Maria Luisa
There’s no denying that the Plaza de España is the focal point of Parque de Maria Luisa, but that’s no excuse to miss out on exploring the rest of area.
The enchanting city park features leafy pathways, fountains and historical buildings galore. Some parts of the park are more like an open-air museum. As these beautiful grounds were donated to the city by the Duchess of Montpensier in 1893. They have since become known as one of the nicest parks in Spain, if not in Europe.
If you don’t fancy a stroll then why not splash out on a horse-drawn cart, or burn off some of that tapas with a tandem bike ride.
4. Bodega Santa Cruz
Upon first glance, this unimposing eatery doesn’t distinguish itself against other bodegas. Although it’s tough to resist its vibrant exterior.
Step inside though and you’ll find a truly authentic, buzzing Sevillano establishment. Serving cheap and cheerful tapas throughout the week.
It’s busy and bustling on any given night, and crowds gather outside from as early as lunchtime. Don’t be afraid to elbow your way to the chalkboard menu at the bar. The fight is worth pay off, as you can indulge in delicious €2 paella. Plus, sardines and boquerones, a.k.a anchovies. Bien provecho!
3. Metropol Parasol
Standing tall above the Sevillian skyline, the Metropol Parasol is the largest wooden structure in the world. The massive art piece is a modern hub of activity in Seville’s medieval city centre.
There’s been a market on this spot since the 19th century and the Parasol continues that tradition. Under the ‘waffle-like’ wooden panels, there is an array of farmer’s market, bars and restaurants.
It’s a popular hangout for locals while tourists often choose to spend their time on the balcony. Which, for a very reasonable €3, offers unrivalled views of the city.
2. La Azotea
This small Spanish-American family business has built up quite the reputation in the few years. Since opening its doors in 2010, the tapas bar has become one of the best spots in the city, and it’s not difficult to see why.
The decor is unassuming but it’s all about the food at La Azotea. As seasonal locally-sourced ingredients and wine, help create innovative fusion food on an ever-changing menu. There are no reservations for dinner, weekends and holidays, so arrive in plenty of time to grab a table!
1. Museo del Baile Flamenco
The museum of flamenco dancing is a list-topper of things to do in Seville. The museum is a three-floor celebration of all things flamenco. It is the brainchild of Cristina Hoyos, one of the modern era’s most prominent flamenco dancers who grew up in the area.
Visitors can learn to sing, dance, play the guitar and even study the history of flamenco here. If you’re more bull-in-a-China-shop than twinkletoes then there are nightly performances in the museum’s courtyard to spare your blushes!
These are just 10 suggestions for things to do in Seville, there’s plenty more we couldn’t fit on to our list. Did we miss anything? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below!