City of Seville

PAGE MENU >> InformationTransportLinksAll articles
Seville

Seville (map) is Andalusia’s capital. With heritage from the Arabs and from the Age of Discovery, as well as the flamenco scene, Seville is a diverse destination.

Its old town, with an area of 4 square kilometres (2 sq mi), contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar palace complex (map), the Catedral de Sevilla (map) and the *General Archive of the Indies (map).

Seville became one of largest cities in Western Europe in the 16th century. Coinciding with the Baroque period, the 17th century in Seville represented the most brilliant flowering of the city’s culture.

+ More information > WikipediaWikivoyage
Official tourism website
Attractions & Sightseeing • Name link • Name link
GOVERNMENT WEBSITE
+ TOURIST INFORMATION > SPAIN

Seville is approximately 2,200 years old. The passage of the various civilizations instrumental in its growth has left the city with a distinct personality, and a large and well-preserved historical centre. In the 19th century Seville gained a reputation for its architecture and culture and was a stop along the Romantic “Grand Tour” of Europe.

Barrio Santa Cruz (map) is the old Jewish Quarter, the winding narrow lanes just east of the cathedral and north of Alcázar. It’s the most charming part of the city, with lots of bars and eating places, but it’s also the most touristy.

Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla, map). Huge 15th-century church on the site of the former great mosque; richly decorated with the central nave rising to 37 m. An ornate canopy and statue marks the final resting place of Christopher Columbus.

Real Alcázar (map), Enter from Plaza del Triunfo. A beautiful palace in Mudéjar (Moorish) style, built in the 14th century. With its myriad rooms, extravagant architecture, lavish gardens with many courtyards, ponds and secrets to be explored, it is a fascinating place to visit. The room where Christopher Columbus’s journey across the Atlantic was planned has his coat of arms embroidered on the wall along with those of royalty.

Museo de Bellas Artes (map). Considered by some as the second most important fine arts museum in Spain after the Prado in Madrid. The museum building is a former mercy convent renewed in the 17th century and the 15 exhibition rooms show a comprehensive picture of Sevillian art from the Gothic period to the early trends of the 20th century. The square just outside hosts an open-air art market on Sundays until around 13:30.

Museo Arqueológico de Sevilla (Seville Archeology Museum, map). It has one of the best collection of Roman-era artifacts in Spain, brought from nearby Italica.

Parque María Luisa (map). Built for the 1929 Iber-Americano World’s Fair and now landscaped with attractive monuments and museums.

Palacio de Las Dueñas (Las Duenas Palace, map) is a palace belonging to the House of Alba. It was built in the 15th century, with Renaissance architecture style and Gothic-Mudejar influences. The palace is one of the major historic homes in the city. The Palace has a great collection of paintings, ceramics, antique furniture and other decorative arts, sculptures of Ancient Rome and contemporary, Flemish tapestries, mosaics, and many other pieces of art. An important site for understanding Andalusian customs and history.

Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija (Palace of the Countess of Lebrija, map). The palace is considered the ‘best paved house-palace in Europe’ owing to its collection of Roman mosaics, which paved practically the whole of the ground floor. There is also a collection of well parapets, vases, amphora, columns and sculptures of incalculable worth.

Archivo General de Indias (*General Archive of the Indies, map). This Renaissance building houses extensive archives relating to the Spanish conquest of the Americas, and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Included in the collection are the diaries of Columbus. The archive hosts rotating special exhibits.

Feria de Abril (Seville Fair). Also known as “Feria de Sevilla” – a release after the somberness of Semana Santa. To say this is a huge party would be an understatement. Most if not all of Seville takes a week’s holiday and they plan for the fair months in advance. The fair is close to the river.

This must be one of the best funfairs in Europe – it takes weeks to assemble and pack up. Experience traditional dress, flamenco dancing (and the “sevillanas”, the traditional dance of the region of Seville), guitars, fino, great tapas and participants who dance with gusto and eat and drink the day and night away.

 !  Sevillanos are famous for their nightlife so if you don’t plan to be out at all hours yourself, then seek accommodation on a street without lots of bars and restaurants, or ask for a room set back from the street.

Public transport

PAGE MENU >> InformationTransportLinksAll articles

MetroBus

Seville Transport, Metro & Airport (sevillecityguide.com) • Getting around Spain (spain.info)

Always check whether the bus or the train is more convenient. The least expensive way to get around most parts of Spain is by bus.

 BUS >   Virtually all companies operating Intercity buses in France including Ouibus and even German players Flixbus offer buses to/from Spanish destinations. ALSAGrupo AvanzaSocibus and Secorbus. You can also see what is all available on Movelia.es.

 RAIL >   AVE trains blur across Spain hourly from Madrid Puerta de Atocha, taking 2 hr 40 min to Seville via Ciudad Real, Puertollano and Cordoba. Travel from Malaga, Jaen, Granada and Algeciras (for Morocco) usually means a change.

The main train operator is RENFE, including AVE (Spanish high speed train) or Talgo intercity services. (*Rail travel in Europe)

 AIRPORTS >   Sevilla Airport. Tussam Bus EA (for “Especial Aeropuerto”) runs daily every 15 min. Information about Spanish airports > aena.es.

 WATERWAYS >   Baleària • Grimaldi LinesTrasmediterranea. Spain’s main sea connections (spain.info)

Useful links

PAGE MENU >> InformationTransportLinksAll articles

All articles of the country

PAGE MENU >> InformationTransportLinksAll articles