A Perfect Two-Day Itinerary in Seville, Spain
April 9, 2019
by Monica Horak
With its yellow-accented buildings, painted tiles, and balconies full of flowers, Seville is one of the most colourfully romantic cities in Europe. This southern Spanish city is a beautiful blend of Moorish style and classic Spanish character. Because Seville is a relatively small city, it is possible to see most of the main sites in 2 days and still have time to enjoy the unique atmosphere.
Visitors to Seville will notice the abundance of orange trees found in the city and the enchanting aroma which they produce. The citrus trees keep their leaves year-round and cast much-needed shade during the hot summer weather in Seville. If you’re wondering whether you can eat the Seville oranges, the answer is… not really. While it’s not technically forbidden to eat them, the fruit is extremely bitter and only used in a locally prepared marmalade.
Before you travel to Seville
When choosing where to stay, the obvious option is near the Cathedral where you’ll be a short walking distance to all the main sights. Another great option is the area around Alameda de Hercules. Here you’ll find more of a neighbourhood feel with small food markets, modern fusion tapas bars, and live music. Plus, it’s only a 20-minute walk to the Cathedral and main sights.
No matter where you choose to stay, we highly recommend finding accommodation with a terrace or rooftop access.
Before arriving in Seville, be sure to make reservations for the Real Alcazar de Sevilla online. You can choose a specific timeslot to enter at no extra charge. Without a reservation, the wait times can be up to two and a half hours in the hot sun.
Now that we’ve covered some logistics, let’s get into our suggested itinerary for things to do in Seville.
Day 1 – Plaza de España, Plaza de Toros, & tapas
The best way to start your day is with a free walking tour. We have always had a great experience with Sandeman’s. In 2-3 hours you’ll get an overview of the city’s history as well as an introduction to some of the major sights.
Your tour will likely end at Plaza de España, the jewel of Seville. With its ornate mosaic seats, water canals, and colonnade, the Plaza de España is southern Spanish architecture at its finest. Spend some time wandering. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch an impromptu flamenco performance.
Walk through the Parque de Maria Luisa towards the river and head in the direction of the Plaza de Toros. The walking path along the water has a few bars and restaurants where you can take a break to enjoy the riverfront surroundings.
The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla has as long a history as it does a name. It is possible to get reservations to see a bullfighting show, or you can simply visit the museum. You’ll see the onsite emergency clinic for injured matadors, other backstage rooms, and a small museum covering the history of this tradition.
Visit the Mercado Lonja del Barranco – an indoor market with an impressive selection of tapas, international fusion dishes, wine and beer. Don’t miss the traditional tapas from Seville like Salmorejo, Solomillo al Whisky (Pork Loin with Whisky Sauce), or Jamon Iberico de Bellota (Acorn Fed Iberian Ham). Open 10am-Midnight on weekdays and until 2 am on Friday and Saturday night.
Day 2 – Seville Cathedral, Alcazar, Santa Cruz, & more tapas
Start your second day by visiting the interior of the Catedral de Sevilla, the largest gothic cathedral in the world. Your general admission ticket includes access to the Giralda tower, which is a must. Make a stop at Christopher Columbus’s tomb, admire the central choir stalls and the carvings of biblical scenes with gold leafed detail.
Exit the Cathedral to the Orange Blossom Patio, where you’ll see evidence of the original mosque. Head through the old mosque archways to Calle Argote de Molina street. Grab a table at one of the many tapas restaurants.
If you’ve booked online ahead of time, you can walk right into the Alcazar during your timeslot. It’s worth spending at least a few hours here to admire the Moorish style rooms and courtyards. Don’t forget to visit the impressive gardens in the back, one of the best examples of Andalucian garden design.
Meander the streets of the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, the old Jewish quarter. The narrow alleyways were built to maximise shade and you should find some hidden shops and corners along the way.
Enjoy the pedestrian shopping streets of Calle Sierpes or Calle Tetuan. If you still have some time, head to the Mercado Encarnation viewpoint. Visit the Roman ruins in the basement and climb to the top of the wooden structure for a great view of central Seville. Open 8am-3pm.
Seville Nightlife & Flamenco
Save some energy to enjoy the vibrant Seville nightlife. A popular nightlife scene for locals is the area around the Alameda de Hercules with its pubs, live music bars, and some clubs. Above all, it’s an absolute must to see a Flamenco show while in Seville. Our favourite Flamenco show is at Qandil Teteria on Saturday nights. It’s a small intimate space in a hookah restaurant, which complements the Moorish roots of the dance.
So there you have it, 2 days in Seville. We hope you’ll enjoy this beautiful city in Southern Spain!
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April 9, 2019
agreed. so worth the visit, who knew Sevilla was such a charming place. def. go up the Giralda tower, also try to see an underground Flamenco show :)
April 12, 2019
Thank you for this well-written article. It brought back memories of my time in Seville and made we want to return to see some things I missed!