What to see in Seville in 4 days
The Andalusian capital welcomes travellers as a city where fun is merely a question of attitude. Four days in Seville is enough to enjoy simple yet pleasant experiences, such as strolling leisurely along its streets, taking in the breathtaking beauty of the Alcázar, riding a boat through the canal at Plaza de España and sitting in the cathedral courtyard to breathe the scent of its orange blossoms.
This hospital city will make you feel like a local as you savour its delicious cuisine and experience its passion for flamenco, Holy Week and the Feria de Abril (Seville Fair in April). Mark these dates on your calendar because they are when Seville exudes the most feeling.
Four days to dream and feel like a local.
Itinerary day 1
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
This fortress—a royal residence during medieval times—features palace quarters, courtyards and gardens. The architecture is a combination of Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic, Mudejar and Moorish styles. It has served as a filming location for the popular series Game of Thrones.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
The traditional shopping district, and the one with the most shops, is the area around Calle Sierpes. Here you will find dozens of establishments where you can buy the first souvenirs of your trip to Seville.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
As one of the most traditional tapas bars in Seville, it will feel like you have travelled back in time the moment you walk through the door. Enjoy its authentic feel and traditional tapas. In addition to being very unpretentious, the prices are very reasonable.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
This gorgeous palace, built between the 15th and 16th centuries, belongs to the House of Alba and has welcomed the most renowned figures of European nobility. Treat yourself to a visit and explore the many halls, courtyards and gorgeous gardens.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Plaza de la Encarnación is the location of Metropol Parasol, a wooden structure designed by Jürgen Mayer and popularly known as Las Setas. It is claimed to be the largest wooden structure in the world. The views of the city from the top are incredible.
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Opened in 1966, this is one of the most traditional tablaos in Seville and features daily performances by several artists. Since this small and cosy venue has excellent acoustics, microphones and speakers are not used.
10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Popularly known as Bodega Las Columnas, this is one of the most traditional restaurants in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood. It is one of those places where staff keep track of what diners consume by jotting it on the bar in chalk. Be sure to order a ‘pringá’ montadito, which tastes like heaven.
Itinerary day 2
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This magnificent building originally housed all the documents about overseas territories and colonies, which explains its name. It is interesting to visit and view the files, archives and thousands of maps. This structure and its contents have been registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The Tower of Gold, a recurrent theme in popular songs, is also worth visiting. Originally connected to the Royal Alcázar, its purpose was to defend the city against raids from the river. It currently houses the Maritime Museum.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The boats depart from the docks adjacent to the Tower of Gold. From the deck of one of these boats, you can sit back and admire the bullring, the Triana neighbourhood, and the former pavilions of the Expo '92 and of the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition.
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
A meal at this restaurant is the treat you deserve to top off the experience of visiting Seville. Located in a 19th century palace with gorgeous dining rooms, it serves seasonal products using quality ingredients.
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Housed in what was originally the convent of the Order of the Merced Calzada de la Asunción, this museum is known as Spain’s second art gallery. Its permanent collection includes works by Zurbarán, Murillo, Valdés Leal and other artists trained in Seville.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Enjoying the hydrotherapy circuit and a massage in the stunning setting of these Arab baths is the perfect way to end an incredible day in Seville. Dare to try its Wine Bath Experience, a unique way of making the most of wine.
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Mediterranean cuisine in a cosy establishment located in the heart of the city. Its success lies in chef Nacho Dargallo’s use of quality ingredients to make his simple yet creative recipes.
Itinerary day 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
María Luisa Park, Seville’s vast green area, is home to this 50,000 m2 palace-square where visitors can stroll or take a boat ride along the 500-metre canal. It was designed by Aníbal González as a pavilion for the 1929 Expo.
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The Seville cathedral is known for its size and beautiful altarpiece, and because it is the resting place of Christopher Columbus. Adjacent to the cathedral is the Giralda, and we encourage you to visit the top of this minaret-belfry, that stands at over 100 metres, and enjoy the panoramic views.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
This family-owned tavern is just a short walk from the Alcázar. Opened in 1850, it is the second oldest establishment in Seville. Although it was originally a wine shop, it now serves tapas, montaditos (small sandwiches), cured meats and delicious home-made stews.
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
A stroll through Seville’s old Jewish quarter is filled with countless surprises: squares, palaces and tapas bars that emit the smell of home-made food. Continue along Callejón del Agua to explore the beautiful Jardines de Murillo gardens.
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Taking a walk by the Guadalquivir River is always a pleasant experience as you feel the breeze from the river and gaze at the bridges that cross this waterway with so much history. Be sure to stop by the terraces at the Muelle de Nueva York for a snack.
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Built as the Seville pavilion for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition, this Neo-Baroque theatre exudes luxury and glamour. Its extensive programme includes jazz concerts, theatre and flamenco shows.
10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Located in the San Lorenzo district, this is one of Seville’s top restaurants for signature tapas. Although it serves a wide array of food, the honey ribs are always a hit. It has a casual, modern atmosphere.
Itinerary day 4
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
This Carthusian monastery, where it is said that Christopher Columbus planned his second trip to America, is famous for having housed the Pickman ceramics factory. It is now the Centro Andaluz de Arte Moderno (Andalusian Centre for Modern Art), which has interesting exhibitions.
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
This pedestrian square in the Alfalfa district is home to the lovely Salvador Church. The open-air terraces at this location are the perfect way to start off the evening with a glass of wine or to relax during the day.
10:00 PM - 12:00 AM
The excellent work of Genoveva and Juan Manuel García is conveyed in the menu and modern décor of this restaurant. Based on quality ingredients, the creative cuisine includes delicious salads and tatakis.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
As the only one of its kind in the world, this museum helps visitors understand every aspect of flamenco: dancing, singing and music. Created by Cristina Hoyos (a famous dancer), there are daily performances every afternoon-evening.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
On an architectural level, this landmark is definitely a worthwhile stop. The outer façade is just as impressive as the inside, and the museum houses valuable pieces from the world of bullfighting. The tour also includes the stables for the rejoneador horses.
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Separated from the historic quarter by the Guadalquivir River, this neighbourhood has its own identity. Cross the Triana Bridge and take in the district’s streets, pottery and flamenco. Be sure to visit the Mercado de Abastos market and its gourmet areas.
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
This is one of the most traditional establishments in Triana for beers and tapas. For more than 50 years, diners have enjoyed its delicious food and excellent service. There are now two locations, Las Golondrinas I and II. The most popular tapa served is tenderloin tips.