• Kristina Costalos

Seville: 10 Things To Do

I had high hopes for Seville given it was voted Lonely Planet's top 10 'Best in Travel' destinations and to be completely honest with you... it DIDN'T disappoint.

To help you plan your next itinerary, here are our favourite things to do and see in Seville.

1. Metropol Parasol

This large eye-catching wooden sculpture, built in 2011, is located in the quirky Old Quarter of Seville. After you purchase your ticket, there's an elevator and a few steps to climb before you pop out at the top of the sculpture which has spanning 360 degree views of the city.

Cost: € 3

2. Seville Cathedral

The Roman Catholic Cathedral was completed in the early 16th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the fourth-largest church in the world, and it is the largest Gothic church with a huge Giralda Bell Tower.

Cost: € 9

3. The Royal Alcázar

This is by far one of Seville's most visited attractions.

The Royal palace was originally built for the Christian king Peter of Castile and took 500 years to construct. To this day, the Alcázar is still occupied by the royal family when they're in town.

TIP: To skip the queue, purchase your tickets in advance.

There are several websites claiming to sell tickets.. but this is the official site.

Cost: € 12.5

4. Plaza de España

Translation: Spain Square

This was personally my favourite spot in Seville.

The stunning complex built in 1928, comprises of a huge half-circle and glorious Vicente Traver fountain.

Under enormous arches, buskers play mesmerising Spanish tunes on guitars. While we were there, dancers were also performing a Flamenco show which you'd usually pay big bucks for at a theatre!

And if you've always wanted to be serenaded on a gondola, now's your chance to be rowed along the manmade moat, featuring four bridges, which represent the ancient kingdoms of Spain. For more info, watch our YouTube travel guide.

Cost: Free

(Gondola rides are not free)

5. Parque de María Luisa

Across the road you'll spot a huge park.

The perfect spot to retreat from the harsh summer sun or have a picnic.

Within the grounds you'll find the Museum of Popular Arts, Archaeological Museum and the Royal Pavilion.

For more information WATCH OUR TRAVEL GUIDE below.

6. Torre del Oro

This is an outer defensive tower built around 1220. This is also a nice area to explore as you stroll along the Canal de Alfonso XIII.

7. Santa Cruz

This is a really cool district to visit and should be high on your list. It is the former Jewish quarter of Seville. The colourful neighbourhood consists of a maze of narrow streets and alleys. It's incredibly picturesque.

8. Bullfighting Ring

While we personally don't condone cruelty to animals, Bullfighting is a traditional sport in Spain and has been for hundreds of years.

In Seville, there is an operating bull ring called Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería. The schedule runs from March/April until October.

9. Flamenco Show

One of the top rated shows on Trip Advisor is Casa de la Guitarra which is known for its 1 hour authentic performances in a small house from the XVIII century with limited seating. It runs two shows daily, 7:30pm and 9pm.

Cost: € 18

When to visit?

Summer. But it gets hot!

The average temperature between July and August is 35 - 36C or 95 - 97F.

To help you on your way, I've pin pointed the locations featured in this Travel Guide in the Google Map below: