48 Hours in Seville Well Spent
There is a reason why people say “Quién no ha visto Sevilla, no ha visto maravilla”, meaning “whoever hasn’t seen Seville, hasn’t seen the beauty.” Seville, the capital of Andalusia is home to a variety of cultures, rich heritage, delicious cuisine, and beautiful landscapes. I encourage you to experience the magic for yourself. Here are some time-saving tips that will help you make the most out of your time in this incredible town. Let’s begin!
Visit El Alcazar
While you are visiting Seville you must stop by El Alcazar is a must. The amazing architecture features details inspired by Muslim, gothic, renaissance, and other styles. I strongly suggest buying your tickets ahead of time online, these tickets are 10-15€ ($12-$18 USD) and include a private tour of the Royal House. You must arrive 10-15 minutes before the tour starts so you don’t miss your group. You can also experience El Alcazar on your own or download an online guide.
The Cathedral & Church of the Savoir
Visit the Church of the Savoir in El Plaza del Salvador before you visit the Cathedral. Purchase a combo ticket for only 9€ ($11 USD) it includes admittance into the Cathedral as well. You can skip the line at the Cathedral with this combo ticket and you won’t have to wait for anything. The Cathedral of Seville, part of the World Heritage Site, is an amazing mix of Arabic and Christian culture. Indeed, the construction of this religious site was ordered by the Almohad Caliph in 1172, in 1248 the city was conquered by the Ferdinand III and the mosque was converted into a Christian cathedral.
Plaza de Espana & Sightseeing
Seville is full of history, beautiful plazas, and little side streets. The perfect thing to do while spending a few days in this city is to take a free walking tour with a local expert. Wear comfortable shoes while you learn more about Seville. My favorite site on this tour is definitely Triana’s Bridge, cross the bridge and walk around this “barrio” along the Guadalquivir River. Enjoy the outdoors and breathe in the maritime scent of Seville. This area isn’t famous for anything specific but it’s fun to walk around the little streets, Calle Betis, Calle Purezam, and Calle San Jacinto while savoring some churros or drinking a fresh Cruzcampo beer.
Seville is home to incredible solo guitar players and astonishing flamenco dancers. Watching flamenco performances is a fun and affordable activity. Experience a show for yourself by reserving seats at my favorite Tablao, La Casa de la Guitarra. As the dancers perform they speak in Spanish, English, and French. The sooner you call the better your seats will be, tickets cost around 17€ ($20 USD). I suggest buying tickets for the show at 7:30 PM, arrive an hour before the show to visit the Museum of Guitars for free. (The Museum closes at 7 PM) Pictures are allowed during the show but video recordings are not.
Flavors of Seville
Last but not least – food! In Seville, you can eat a lot of very good food on a thrifty budget. The best place to eat in my opinion is the Bodeguita Antonio Romero Reyes. This place is very popular and they do not take reservations so you might have to wait to be seated but the food is worth the wait. A few of my other favorite places to eat are Eslava, Perro Viejo, Mercado Lonja del Barranco, Mercado de Triana and Mamarracha. While you enjoy small tapas such as tortilla de patatas, pimiento de padrón, gazpacho, patatas bravas, jamón and other cold cuts or Spanish cheeses, try some fresh Tinto de Verano, a different version of sangría. A really good local specialty is the “Piripi”, a little sandwich with grilled or fried meat.
Make the most out of your stay in Seville, experience the ambiance of Seville, delicious food, and rich Spanish culture for yourself while you tour through this magical city in the Andalusia region.