Custom Seville Spain Travel Itinerary:
It may be surprising, but to actually experience traditional Spain, the number one place to visit is landlocked, beach-less, Seville. It's pronounced (Se-Vee-Yah) in Spanish, and I'll spell it that way going forward; mostly because it pains me to do otherwise.
The buzzing capital of Andalucía is filled with plazas outlined with orange trees and tapas bars and of course bullfighting rings and flamenco shows. Sevilla is guaranteed to charm all that visit! Part of Sevilla`s appeal, aside from the constant sunshine and slow pace, is its architecture which blends its history between the Phoenicians, the Moors and modern Spain.
Best Time to Visit Sevilla
Due to the extreme summer weather (40°C/104°F) it is best to avoid the city from July to September, however, this is when prices are at their lowest. To enjoy the Sevilla comfortably the best times to visit are March – May and October- November.
As a religious city, Easter and Christmas are usually very busy times, therefore it is a good idea to avoid visiting unless you want to celebrate in the catholic festivities.
Day 1 in Sevilla
Hit the first day hard and tick off the major highlights. Today will focus on the city’s history, which has passed between Muslims and Christians.
The highlight of the city is Real Alcázar, a royal palace and garden dating back to 913. Pre-book your ticket ahead of time and choose your entry time. You'll most likely want to spend a 2-4 hours here walking the grounds, admiring the tiles and taking photos of elegant rooms, colorful flowers and the animals that call it home.
Entry Fee: Children under 13 are free and €14.50 for adults.
Sevilla Cathedral and La Giralda Bell Tower
In addition, to being a magnificently designed cathedral, Sevilla Cathedral is famous for the Giralda, a bell tower, which provides a 360° view of the city. Don’t miss the burial place of renowned explorer Christopher Columbus.
You can expect to spend approximately 2 hours here. Again, my advice is to prebook your tickets as this is a popular attraction and tickets can sell out.
Entry Fee: General adult ticket with an audio guide is €16, for children up to 13 years it is €5.
Plaza de España
This gigantic Plaza de España, located within Parque de María Luisa, is simply breath-taking and is totally free to experience. Built in 1929, the building overlooks the semi-elliptical plaza, a lake and a canal. Along its base are benches and paintings dedicated to each province of Spain.
The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to midnight.
An absolute must is to see a flamenco show, for your evening entertainment. The neighborhood of Triana, across the river Guadalquivir, is the birthplace of Flamenco, so this is the place to be. Choices of shows are between authentic bars with a stage or a formal sit-down theatre. Prices vary depending on the venue.
Day 2 in Sevilla
Combine modernity and tradition throughout the day with trips to the following attractions.
As the largest wooden structure in the world, it is a very memorable building. Inside you can explore it levels which house an Antiquarium, a market and a public plaza, often used for exhibitions and restaurants. Most noteworthy is the Mirador on the top floor, which is a platform offering spectacular city views.
Entry Fee: Free to enter and explore, however it costs €5 to enter “El Mirador”.
It is an interesting and unique stop during your vacation to Sevilla. However, it is increasingly less popular within Spain, but the Bullfighting Museum is the oldest bullring in all of Spain.
In addition to experiencing the grandeur of the stadium, you can learn how bullfighters are admired, what techniques they use, and discover what equipment is involved.
Entry Fee: €7 for adults and €3 for children aged 7-13.
Torre del Oro
Guarding the city from a marine invasion is the Torre del Oro. It is fun to climb the 36 meters to the top and see neighboring Triana, as well as views up and down the river, which offer floating museums and other experiences to indulge in.
Entry Fee: €3 for adults and €1.50 for children.
Extended your time in Sevilla
Sevilla has a lot more to offer its visitors, to extend your stay check out these attractions to add to your personalized travel itinerary:
City Bus Tour
Royal Tobacco Factory
Watch a live soccer game, choose between rivals Sevilla FC and Real Betis Balompié.
Where To Stay in Sevilla
As the 4th largest city in Spain, Sevilla has plenty of hotels for every budget. While it has 11 districts, to have everything on your doorstep it’s best to stay as central as possible, stay in the old town, or in Triana, which is a short walk to the major sites.
The prices in Sevilla hotels change greatly depending on the month. Here are 3 hotels that are clean, comfortable and well located, without breaking the bank.
Melia Sevilla - located a short walk to Plaza de España and has a pool ideal for cooling down in the Spanish heat and resting.
Hotel Sevilla – located in the old town close to the cathedral and has a cute traditional courtyard.
Hotel Murillo – a historical building, in the old town, with a rooftop terrace and lots of it original features.
Sevilla is a vibrant city that will forever be with you, regardless of how long you plan your vacation for. To have Jess plan your personal, custom trip to Sevilla or anywhere in Spain, click here.