Food, fun and fiestas – the best things to do in Seville, Spain

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Southern Spain has it all if you ask me – flamenco, tapas, history and architecture! And there’s no better place to experience it than in wonderful Seville, the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region. 

If you’re wondering about things to do in Seville, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article we share the city’s main sights, food and cultural experiences that you can try when you visit. The biggest challenge will be fitting it all into your itinerary.

The main sights of Seville

Real Alcázar – the Royal Palace

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In a region known for stunning Moorish architecture and beautiful gardens, the Real Alcázar or Royal Palace is a shining jewel. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built over 700 years ago and is still in operation as the Spanish royal family’s official residence in Seville.

The palace is known for its majolica tiled Ambassadors’ Hall (Salón de Embajadores), Mudjedar, Baroque and Renaissance architecture and vast estate of ornate ponds and gardens. As you wander the grounds, the palace seems so familiar. The Alcázar was the location for many scenes in television epic Game of Thrones and movies Lawrence of Arabia and Kingdom of Heaven

The magnificent Alcázar should top any list of what to see in Seville. 

  • Time to visit: 2-3 hours
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 09:30 to 17:00 (until 19:00 Apr – Oct). Night openings in summer.
  • Cost: €18.50 (adults)
  • Recommended tour: small group tour (< 20 people); private tour
  • Website

Seville Cathedral


  • Time to visit: 1 hour
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 09:30 to 17:00 (until 19:00 Apr – Oct). Night openings in summer.
  • Cost: €18.50 (adults)
  • Recommended tour: small group tour (< 20 people); private tour
  • Website

La Giralda

Plaza Espana

Maria Luisa Park

Metropol Parasol

Plaza de Toros

Torre del Oro


Neighborhoods of Seville

Santa Cruz




Eating and drinking

Tapas tour

Food is central to life in Seville. From the 

If you want to know about the food culture in Seville, check out our guide to the best foodie experiences there in this guide.


Street food


Flamenco show 

Semana Santa

Feria de Abril


Museums and galleries

Flamenco museum

Museo de Bellas Artes

Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes

Archivo de Indias


Day trips from Seville




Ronda and the white villages

Practical information

We spent a week in Seville and the surrounding region and it was simply not enough. To make the most of your time, restrict your activities to a couple of places or make sure you are there for at least two weeks. 

When to go

Where to stay 

How to get around

Adios Sevilla! Until next time

I can’t wait to revisit Seville. I feel like it’s the kind of place you can relax into and peel back the layers over time. From the magnificent Alcazar to the fun of flamenco street performances and of course the tapas, there are so many enticing things to do in Seville. I wonder what will be your favorite?

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