Seville is a well-known Spanish city that has recently become very popular. A weekend in Seville can offer relaxed walks through historic sites, lazy afternoons eating tapas in the sunshine and vibrant nightlife. It’s easy to fall in love with Seville as locals are charming, accommodation options are plentiful and food and drink are reasonably priced.
It’s a great option for a short city break from the UK. There are regular low-cost flights from Luton, Stansted and Gatwick and the journey takes less than 3 hours. While it’s a relatively small city and easy to explore on foot, there are many iconic sights and things to do in Seville. To help you out a little we have put together a 2-day itinerary for visiting the city of Seville.
Seville two day city break itinerary
This guide will highlight the best things to see and do in Seville during a weekend or two day city break but feel free to also add your own plans. We like to explore a city at a relaxed pace, on foot after a good breakfast. There is time to stop for lunch and dinner or stay awhile in the places you enjoy most.
It’s a self-guided tour and we have added a map to give you a rough idea of which direction to go. But please either use google maps or pick up a local map so you don’t get lost.
*RELATED article: To learn more about the region of Andalucía where Seville is located or the other regions Spain read – A quick guide to the regions of Spain
A weekend in Seville – Day 1 itinerary:
Seville’s huge gothic cathedral is a great starting point for your city tour. It’s one of Spains many UNESCO World Heritage sites and very impressive to view from both the outside and inside. The attached Giralda bell tower offers a wonderful view over the city and has an easy to climb cobbled ramps to the top.
Tip: It’s a popular attraction and there can be long queues to enter. Buy your ticket in advance, on the official website to pay the same price but queue jump.
Across Plaza Virgin los Reyes you will find the boundary walls and gated entrance the magnificent Alcazar. You need to enter the old royal palace to enjoy its hidden beauty. The gardens are particularly tranquil and pretty. You may recognise this area as the backdrop used for Dorne scenes in Game of Thrones.
Tip: Again, pre-purchase tickets to avoid waiting. Plus, there are plenty of information boards, so the private or audio guides are not really necessary unless you’d like to learn more in-depth history.
Plaza de España
Take a walk past the old tabaco building at the back of the Alcazar gardens and head towards Plaza de Espana. The iconic half-moon plaza with amazing tile work and detail. You will see colourful shrines dedicated to each province of Spain. With beautifully painted bridges, a river for rowing boats and a central fountain.
Tip: It gets very hot here on sunny days, so take a bottle of water and hat. If the heat gets too much, seek the shade of the trees in nearby Parque de Maria Luisa.
*RELATED article: If you have time to explore some of the coastal area of Andalucía read our guide to the Costa del Sol
A weekend in Seville – Day 2 itinerary:
Start the second day exploring at Las Setas, a tall wooden structure also known as the Metrosol Parasol. From ground level you can see the mushroom-like shape as the structure appears to grow out of the ground and up into the sky. Head up the lift to walk along the pathways, enjoy city views and see the wooden lattice work up close.
Tip: There is a café bar at the top which is great for a coffee with a view.
Shopping and tapas
Along Calle Sierpes and the surrounding streets you will find lots of shops. All the Spanish high street fashion stores are here. As well as designer brands and independent shops selling unique products. Browse some stores and buy some gifts to take home and don’t forget to stop for a bite or two in the many tapas bars tucked down the side streets.
Tip: Try a glass of vermouth or sherry as a pre-dinner aperitif like the locals do.
Walk along the river beside the bull ring, then cross at the Puente de Isabel II bridge into Triana neighbourhood. This is the area where historically the Flamenco scene started. It’s full of character and there are many bars and restaurants to try some authentic dishes cooked by local residents. It’s also famous for the ceramics produced here using traditional methods.
Tip: Wander through the Mercado to pick up some snacks and see the locals doing their shopping.
End your trip with an evening flamenco show. There are many options available in Seville and you can often see a taste of flamenco in the street or in bars around Triana. You can book dinner and show tickets to see a full on stage performance or go to the small cultural centres where they aim to preserve the intimacy. Casa de la Memoria and Casa del Flamenco offer great shows plus information on the art form.
Tip: It’s best to pop in and purchase your tickets from the box office on the day you arrive to ensure you get the date and time you want.
I hope this article for a weekend in Seville has been useful and given you lots of ideas for what to see and do in the city. Have you been to Seville? Share your experience in the comments box below ↓↓
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