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48 Hours in Seville – 2 Day Itinerary

aerial view of the main entrance to the Alcazar of Seville Spain

Seville is the capital of its region, Andalucia, and the largest city in southern Spain. Known for its historical buildings, authentic flamenco shows and charming orange trees, Seville has become an increasingly popular tourist destination in recent years and continues to grow in popularity.

Despite being a five-hour drive from the capital, there is a high-speed train from Madrid to Seville that takes less than three hours. It is also well-connected by train to many other incredible locations in Spain, including Granada, Cordoba, Cadiz and the Sierra Norte mountains. This makes our 48-hours in Seville the perfect stopover on a Andalusian road trip.

Seville is hailed as the birthplace of flamenco, and you can feel this within the city. Walking around the historical centre, you will find performers on the street, lavish flamenco shops, and countless trinkets and souvenirs inspired by the art. Seville is also home to Septiembre es flamenco, an annual flamenco festival held in September.

This 48-hour itinerary in Seville includes the best time to visit Seville, how to get around Seville and where to stay in Seville, and packs your days with history and culture, from stunning Moorish architecture to incredible artistic performances.

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The Best Time to Visit Seville Spain

Colloquially known as “Europe’s frying pan”, Seville is the hottest city in mainland Europe. This is thanks to its southern location, combined with the fact that it is low-altitude and hidden inland from coastal winds. It tends to mean the city is deserted during its’ hottest months of July and August, when temperatures can surpass 45 degrees celsius. You may also find a lot of shops and city sights are closed, especially during the hottest hours of the day (not that you’d want to leave the house, anyway!). For a more mild climate, try visiting just before or after the summer, during May or September.

If you like festivals, consider going during April. For a week following Semana Santa (Spain’s Easter celebration), the city is filled with a pure and joyous festival, including a fairground, dance and flamenco performances, partying and other festivities.

During the winter Seville remains a great destination. Thanks to its mild climate, there is still plenty to do outdoors, and at night the city glows with Christmas lights and decorations. You can safely walk around the busy, well-lit streets after dark, with shops open late and street vendors roasting chestnuts on practically every corner.

Marchena, SEVILLE, SPAIN - Procession of Holy Week(Semana Santa) in Marchena, SEVILLE. Holy Thursday afternoon. Procession of the Brotherhood of the Sweet Name

How To Get Around Seville Spain

As Seville is such an old city, it’s not so well thought-out when it comes to proximity. Some of Seville’s best sights are a little far to reach from the city centre. That being said, Seville is also incredibly flat, meaning you can walk for miles without coming across an unexpected incline! It also has the largest network of cycle paths in Europe, making cycling quick, easy and (more importantly) safe.

You have two main options when it comes to renting bikes in Seville: finding a local bike hire, or signing up to the Sevici city bike scheme. You can expect to spend 10-15 € per day or 40-60 € per week privately renting a decent quality bike, but don’t forget to factor in your helmet and a place to keep it locked up. The Sevici scheme offers city bike rentals (which you can pick up and put down in 263 locations around the city) for 2.59 € per day or 13.33 € per week. Despite their convenience, do note that these bikes are functional, but heavy and low-quality.

The roads in Seville are complicated and winding, and drivers can be a little erratic. For moving around the city, taxis or Ubers are a better way to get around Seville.

Where To Stay in Seville Spain

Two of the main central neighbourhoods in Seville are the historical centre (Centro), and Alameda, where the majority of bars and restaurants are. A little further out of the city you can also stay along Calle Feria, which is home to some of the more hipster restaurants and independent shops. The main shopping district outside of the city centre is Nervion, which has a huge plaza, with a large shopping centre and cinema, home to Seville’s annual film festival.

Alfalfa, on the edge of the city centre, is known for trendy tapas bars and small wine shops, whereas across the Guadalquivir River in Los Remedios and Triana you will find peace and quiet. Barrio Santa Cruz is also an ideal place to stay in Seville, just south of the city centre and framed by the famous Royal Alcazar of Seville.

Salvador Hostel Seville – One of the most popular hostels in Seville, Salvador Hostel is particularly well-rated for security, location and friendliness. They serve breakfast, and have a bar-cum-restaurant serving lunch and dinner, which is perfect if you want to stop in and replenish half way through a busy day! It is modern, airy, and located right in the city centre. Single beds here start at just 20 € per night.

Ritual Sevilla Suites – Suites and small apartments are becoming more and more popular in Europe, especially in large cities. Alongside all the benefits of a hotel room, you get a small kitchen area, living area, and in the case of Ritual Sevilla Suites, a balcony. Located right in the city centre for less than 100 € per night, no expense is spared, and you will even benefit from the small amenities you would expect from a hotel such as free toiletries and linen.

Eurostars Torre Sevilla – Although a few minutes from the city centre, Eurostars Torre Sevilla is one of the most well-known luxury hotels in Seville, and that would happen to be because it is inside Seville Tower. An icon of Seville’s modest skyline, you can watch the city from floor-to-ceiling windows in your hotel room, or admire the view from their rooftop bar. Rooms here start from 150€ per night.

Seville, Spain - street flea market with unidentified people in Seville. Seville is the capital of Andalusia and the 4th largest city in Spain

Things To Do in Seville Spain

Take a walk along Guadalquivir River

The Guadalquivir River is the only major navigable river in Spain, and runs all the way from its mouth in Cadiz to its origin in Sierra Mágina National Park on the other side of Andalucia. You wouldn’t expect so much from looking at the tranquil Guadalquivir running through Seville. It moves so slowly that it looks still, and there isn’t a wave in sight. You can walk the length of the Guadalquivir River from the north to south of Seville, along a well-used but peaceful foot and bike path. This stretch gets sun for most of the day, and is well-connected to the city. There is no better place in Seville to watch the sunset than walking along the Guadaquivir river.

Seville embankment of Guadalquivir river in Spain

Try Seville’s Famous Cuisine

Okay, maybe Seville’s cuisine isn’t world-famous, but it is certainly well known within Spain. Espinacas con Garbanzos (literally: spinach with chickpeas) is Seville’s most famous dish, and you’d be hard pressed to find this bizarre but delicious combination anywhere else, even within Andalucia. You’ll also find Salmorejo (Andalucia’s creamier version of Gazpacho), and Berenjenas con Miel, which are slices of fried eggplant covered in honey. 

Sliced jamon on cutting board with figs, grapes and red wine. Parma ham, hamon on wooden background with copy space, top view. Jamon Serrano, Iberico. Traditional Spanish ham

Places to Visit in Seville Spain

Plaza de España

Plaza de España has to be one of the most impressive sights in Seville, if not the whole of Spain. It was built in 1928 for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo, held to celebrate the peaceful relationships between Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and the Americas. The building itself is built into a semi-circle, filled with an impressive plaza where you can find a fountain, a small moat (on which you can sail a rowboat for 4 €!), daily flamenco performances and much, much more. Trust me when I say this sight is not to be missed.

Seville Sevilla Plaza de Espana in Andalusia Spain square exterior image shot from public floor

Setas de Sevilla

Setas de Sevilla, also known as Las Setas (“The Mushrooms”) or the Metropol Parasol, is a huge wooden structure smack-bang in the city centre. If there’s anywhere you wouldn’t expect a gigantic, man-made viewpoint, this would be it! But not only does it provide a jaw-dropping view over the entire city, it also provides some much needed shade to the shoppers below during the excruciating summer months. They also give a modern beauty to the city when they light up at night.

Seville Spain - Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located at La Encarnacion square in the old quarter of Seville Spain. It was designed by the German architect Jurgen Mayer and completed in April 2011.

Maria Luisa Park

Maria Luisa Park is the formal location of Plaza de España, but it is so incredible it deserves its own mention. It spans 34 hectares, and is filled with endless sights to explore, including waterfalls, pavilions, fountains and bridges. It is full of trees, meaning it can provide some well deserved shade, and there are several bars and restaurants dotted around. You can also take a horse and carriage or four-person bike to explore if you’re in need of a sit down!

The Plaza de Espana ("Spain Square" in English) is a plaza in the Maria Luisa Park in Seville, Spain

 

Seville Tower

Seville Tower, or Torre Sevilla as I mentioned earlier, is another great spot to see a sunset view of the city. If you are staying in the Eurostars Torre Sevilla Hotel you can visit their rooftop bar for free; otherwise, you pay 8 € to enter. After 7pm this rises to 16 €, but you get a cocktail on the house. By far the tallest building in Seville, some do think it ruins the skyline – but that’s not possible when you’re at the top!

SEVILLE, SPAIN - Torre del Oro, historical limestone Tower of Gold in Seville, a big tourist centre in Spain

Royal Alcazar of Seville

The Royal Alcazar of Seville was the palace of King Peter of Castile, who took over the former muslim fortress after the city was conquered by Christians in the 13th century. It is a beautiful palace found in Barrio Santa Cruz with many rooms filled with extravagant ornaments and luscious green gardens. You can buy tickets in advance online or queue to buy them on the day, although the queue can get long!

SEVILLE SPAIN - : People visit Royal Alcazar in Seville Spain. Seville is a major tourism destination in Spain with 4.8 million hotel-nights.

Tours To Do in Seville Spain

Seville Food Tour

There are plenty of food tours around Seville that take you to lesser-known tapas bars, old wine bars and let you experience the history of Seville real-time. Not only do you get to taste some authentic Sevillian tapas, you will also learn about the city’s history as you walk the old Moorish streets.

Appetizers table with italian antipasti snacks and wine in glasses. Brushetta or authentic traditional spanish tapas set cheese variety board over grey concrete background. Top view flat lay

 

Seville Bike Tour

As previously mentioned, biking is a great way to get around Seville, and taking a guided tour is one of the most time-efficient ways to do it. Tours will include your bike and helmet hire, meaning that’s one less thing to worry about on arrival. You’ll ride through some of the most popular neighbourhoods in Seville and see the Royal Alcazar, Torre del Oro and the Giralda (bell tower), before crossing the bridge to explore Triana.

On your way back into the city you’ll see Santa Ana church, Plaza de España and Maria Luisa Park. See Maria Luisa Park and Torre del Oro before crossing the river into Triana. Then you’ll head back to see the Seville Cathedral and the Royal Alcazar in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood.

Seville Sevilla Plaza de Espana bike Andalusia Spain square

Authentic Flamenco Show

Although you’re likely to see flamenco around the city, nothing compares to a sit-down performance. The best way to ensure a seat is to book a flamenco show in advance. This tour at Seville’s Flamenco Dance Museum will treat you to an intimate flamenco performance and allow you to explore their museum afterwards.

SEVILLE, SPAIN - Young women dance flamenco on Plaza de Espana during famous Feria festival

48 Hours in Seville Spain

Day 1 in Seville

Following breakfast either at your accommodation or with a tostada at one of Seville’s thousands of independent cafes, start your 2 nights in Seville with a bike tour. You’ll pack so many amazing sights into this tour that you’ll practically check off half your to-do list in one go! You’ll start in the city centre by Setas de Sevilla, and see the Royal Alcazar, Torre del Oro, the Giralda, Triana, Santa Ana Church, Plaza de España and Maria Luisa Park. You’ll finish back in the city centre where you can grab tapas for lunch at one of many restaurants beneath Las Setas de Sevilla.

After an exhausting morning, you have some time in the afternoon to explore Alfalfa, take a walk by the Guadalquivir River, and stop for a coffee in Alameda, the city’s open-plan restaurant district. In the evening you’ll head to your flamenco show at Seville’s Flamenco Dance Museum, then head back into the city centre for a well-deserved glass of wine at Lama La Uva right beneath Las Setas.

SEVILLE, SPAIN - View of the Cathedral of Seville with the Giralda in Seville, a big tourist centre in Spain

Day 2 in Seville

You’ll start the second day of your 48 hours in Seville much like the first – with a well-prepared breakfast! After your bike tour yesterday, it’s time to go and explore some of the amazing buildings you were introduced to. I’d recommend going inside the Alcazar, leaving plenty of your two-hour slot to explore the gardens, and then heading to the top of the Giralda for an amazing view. Both of these are close to the city centre, meaning you won’t have to go far to find another spot for lunch.

If you need a break in the afternoon, you can stop in at La Mala Brunch for coffee, or head up to the rooftop bar in El Corte Inglés before heading up Las Setas de Sevilla for another gorgeous view. If you’re travelling in the winter, you may be able to catch golden hour casting amber rays across the city before you head back down to land for your evening food tour. You’ll explore some of Seville’s history through food, filling up on tapas and tasting wine as you’re guided around the cobbled streets. Finish your evening off by taking an Uber or a long stroll down the river to Torre Sevilla, where you can visit their rooftop bar and see yet another breathtaking view (and maybe catch the late sunset if you’re travelling in the summer).

Seville, Spain -sightseeing walk on top of the Metopol Parasol in Seville

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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious! With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!