It doesn’t matter how old you are, what you are interested in or what your budget it because Seville has something to offer everyone.
There are so many things to do in Seville it can be hard to pick out the top Seville attractions to try first so we have put together a list of the top 10 things to do in Seville and have tried to include a mixture of attractions for families, couples, children and for all budgets.
If you are looking for some of the best things to do in Seville then why not start with our top 10!
1. Plaza de Espanha
The Plaza de Espanha is one of the top things to do in Seville and it certainly is an impressive sight.
The semi circle plaza is a perfect example of the architecture found in the region but of course on a much larger than usual scale with the 200 metres of beautiful building dominating this area of Seville.
In the centre of the Plaza there is an enormous fountain, a perfect spot for some pictures and you can even hop on a little boat to take you around the moat in style as you pass under the ornate bridges.
This is a great location for fans of architecture, history or anyone simply looking for a beautiful place for an evening stroll.
2. Seville Aquarium
Discover the secrets of the deep with a visit to the Seville Aquarium, a perfect place to spend the day and great for children.
The Seville Aquarium opened in 2014 and the modern and well designed attraction is home to more than 400 species of marine life and creatures with more than 7,000 housed in the aquarium. Learn all about conservation, marine life and much more while being able to get up close to fresh and salt water species as you tour around the 35 different tanks.
For something extra special, get together with friends and family to sleep with the sharks at the aquarium – an unforgettable experience
3. Isla Magica
A great one for families, it is hard to believe sometimes that there is a full sized theme park right in the centre of this historical city.
The amusement park is located on the original ’92 Expo site by the river, just north west from the main city centre and is easy to get to and open from mid April until the start of November.
The theme of the park is based around the adventures of 16th century Spanish colonials and there is a good choice of white knuckle rides and amusements for younger children.
The park is also open during the evening in the summer months and is a chance to see some one of the multimedia lake shows which all ages will enjoy.
4. Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral is enormous and stands at a huge 42 metres high, making it the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and gaining it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
While the cathedral itself is worth a visit on its own merit thanks to the amazing architecture and history of the building, lots of people choose to pay a special visit to Seville Cathedral because it is home to the remains of the explorer Christopher Columbus, who died in poverty in 1892.
The cathedral is open all through the year and every day of the week and while you are there it is well worth the time and the energy to climb to the top of the Giralda to take in the unforgettable views of the city from this exceptional vantage point.
5. Real Alcazar Seville
The Real Alcazar Seville is the royal palace of the city and dates back all the way to the 1360s by Moorish workmen for the Christian King, Pedro the Cruel of Castile.
Over the years the palace has seen many changes sue to rebuilds, fires and extensions but the essence of the palace remains and you can see the different sections clearly with areas of Moorish, Gothic, Mudejar and Renaissance all in the single palace.
Today it is one of the top things to do in Seville and is set to become even more popular in the future as it was used as a location for filming the cult hit television show Game of Thrones with scenes featuring the palace being shown in seasons five and six.
6. Aqua Magica
Seville may be some distance from the sea but don’t worry you can still have your very own beach experience in the heart of the city thanks to the recently opened Agua Magica.
Agua Magica is one of the top things to do in Seville for families with the water park being integrated into the main Isla Magica theme park but offering a separate area for water park fans keen to cool off from the Seville summer heat.
The water park has a whole host of rides to appeal to adrenalin junkies and to young visitors who are more than happy to splash about in the wave pool or to play on the man-made beach.
7. Enjoy local tapas
You can’t pay a visit to Seville without sampling some of the famous tapas food on offer and it doesn’t matter what your budget is, you are sure to be able to find a restaurant serving up fantastic food and wine at very reasonable prices.
It is always a good idea to look for a place that has locals eating there but remember that in Seville they don’t go out until late – so enjoy a siesta and plan to get to your table for around 10pm to begin your meal!
If there are a few of you then you have the chance to sample a number of plates of different tapas, including breads, cheeses, sausage, potatoes, sea food and a variety of different meats. Portion sizes can vary depending on the restaurant so order a few to begin with as you can always ask for more later.
8. A flamenco show
Flamenco is an iconic part of the culture of Seville and while you are in the city it is a great opportunity to watch a traditional Flamenco show with live dancers and musicians.
There is a great choice of venues to pick from for anyone wanting to watch a show with locations across the city.
Depending on your budget and what you are looking for you can choose a show to suit you, wither with or without food.
9. Horse and carriage ride
Seville is known for the horses and carriages and if you want a relaxing ride through the historical part of the city this is a great way to do it – although it is not really a tour as the guides simply point out various attractions and it is a good idea to take a tour guide book with you if you want to know more!
You can find the horses and carriages lined up in the Plaza del Triunfo and around the cathedral area of the city and if you want to hire one you simply approach the driver who will give you a price for the ride which usually lasts about 40 minutes.
The carriages can take up to four people and this is an especially lovely activity if you are looking for something romantic while in Seville.
Top things to do in Seville at Christmas
Seville may not be covered in snow at Christmas time but that does not mean that there is not plenty of Christmas spirit around this beautiful city over the festive period.
The strong traditions and religious connection remains in Seville, so if you are looking for a taste of Christmas past, then head over to Seville to enjoy Christmas as it used to be. That being said, Seville still has all of the sparkle and cheer that you expect at this time of year, making Seville a beautiful place to visit at Christmas.
1. Christmas lights in Seville
The Christmas lights in Seville are truly wonderful and give the city a really festive feel. The majority of the Christmas lights in Seville are located along more than 80 streets located in the centre of the city.
Lots of the shops and department stores in Seville are now increasingly embracing Christmas and have impressive decorations too with the most notable being the famous El Corte Inglés department store located in Magdalena – so it is also well worth taking a look at shopping areas to see the decorations that they have put up for this special time of the year in Seville.
2. Christmas markets in Seville
A traditional Christmas market in Seville is an opportunity to not only buy some unique gifts for family and friends, it is also a chance to soak up some of the local culture and traditions of this time of the year in Spain.
There are lots of local markets that take place in Seville and also a couple of Christmas markets that take place every year and are very popular with residents and visitors alike. One of the most popular is the Feria del Belén de Sevilla, which takes place either at the Archivo de Indias or in the Plaza de San Francisco and is a place to buy all you need to make your own nativity scene – a very popular tradition in Spain.
There is also the Feira del Libro Antiguo which runs from mid November until early December and is the best place to pick up rare and antique books in the Plaza Nueva which is then replaced by the Mercado Artesanía in the same location where you can buy handicrafts and uniquely Spanish gifts at good prices.
Finally, you can indulge your sweet tooth with the Exposición y Vento de Dulces during the first week of December at the Real Alcazar and pick up homemade sweets from the local convents – but be prepared to get there early as this is hugely popular and you can be left queuing for some time, especially on the Saturday.
3. Christmas concerts in Seville
The people of Seville are keen on celebrating Christmas for quite a long time with the official festive period extending all the way until January 6th – Kings Day. During this time many concerts are held with traditional and seasonal songs being performed by various groups and choirs.
There is a huge choice of concerts that you can attend in Seville over Christmas and if you don’t fancy a formal concert then you can always look out for singers performing in the historical centre of the city on the streets, with groups often moving from plaza to plaza singing the holiday songs known as villancicos.
Dates of concerts change slightly each year but generally you will find that the Christmas concert held at the cathedral takes place between December 15 and 22 and includes a selection of organ music. The Royal Orchestra of Seville holds a special Christmas concert around December 20 at the teatro de la Maestranza while there is also a Christmas concert held at the beginning of December in the Iglesia los Terceros.
4. Nativity scenes in Seville
Nativity scenes, known as belén or nacimiento, are very popular in Seville and across Spain and it not just in churches or in schools that you will see scenes and displays.
A nativity scene can range from life sized to miniature and can also range in cost from a very modest budget while others cost thousands to put together.
You can find nativity scenes almost everywhere in Seville and during the festive period there are signs posted around the centre of the city pointing you in the direction of the next scene. Some of the nativity scenes are small and only take a few moments to have a look at but other more famous ones are large scale and people queue up to take a look at them as part of a Christmas tradition in the city.
Not only are nativity scenes in Seville made by institutions and groups, they are also put together by commercial businesses – the one at El Corte Inglés is usually worth visiting while other local shops and especially bakeries, make a big effort to put together a nativity scene for their shop windows at this time of the year.
5. Christmas parades in Seville
The Christmas season in Seville lasts until January 6th and between the start of December and early January there are many bank holidays and religious occasions celebrated in the city with parades that are a joy to watch at this time of the year in the city.
December 8th is Day of the Immaculate Conception and is celebrated in the streets the night before with students dressing up and then heading to La Purisima where flowers are left and people serenade the statue of the Virgin Mary. While this is not exactly a parade many people gather here to watch this tradition.
Look out for the Royal Postmen (Reales Carteros) between December 27th and January 3rd as they march through the streets accompanied by a band with the letters from the children to the Three Kings and then on 5th January there is the Cabalgata de Reyes parade which involves children with the Three Kings on floats that pass through the streets throwing sweets at passers-by. The biggest of these parades can be found in the centre of the city but smaller ones are held in other areas of the city too.
Real Alcazar Seville – The Royal Place
The Real Alcazar Seville is easy to find in Seville and is located near to the famous Jewish Quarter of the city. It can be lovely to walk to this attraction because the streets are filled with quaint buildings and amazing architecture at every turn that you miss out on if you are travelling on the main roads by car.
There are not many place in Seville or probably in the world that have managed to withstand the test of time as successfully as the Real Alcazar and testament to this is that the fortress was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1987, letting the rest of the world know just how unique this palace really is and making it one of the top things to do in Seville.
Not only is the Real Alcazar Seville a top visitor attraction in the city, it has also proven to be very popular with film and television producers, looking for the perfect backdrop for historical dramas. In the past the Real Alcazar Seville has been a backdrop for the film Lawrence of Arabia while more recently it has been featured in the hit TV series Game of Thrones.
On a visit to the Real Alcazar Seville be aware that you need to make time to be able to view both the interior and the exterior of the building. Inside the Real Alcazar Seville you will find exceptional examples of Renaissance, Baroque and XIX century styles, while out in the gardens you can explore the maze of orange trees and enjoy the fresh air and cool areas of this magical area of this attraction.
A building as old as the Real Alcazar Seville has a long and varied history. The palace is the oldest European palace that is still in use and was originally built as a Moorish fortress but as the years have passed there have been many changes and alterations made to it leaving the Real Alcazar Seville with a distinctive blend of many styles and reflecting its passage through history.
If you are a fan of architecture and history then you will be in your element at the Real Alcazar Seville because you will be able to see examples of Renaissance, Gothic, Moorish and Mudejar (the mix of Christian and Moorish techniques) architecture.
When you first arrive at the Real Alcazar Seville you go in to the building through the Lion’s Gate. The Real Alcazar Seville is a large building but this gate is easy to find thanks to the tiles around the gate with the lion on it – so you shouldn’t get lost!
After entering the Real Alcazar Seville you then pass through the various courtyards of the palace and pick up a map at this point – this is a really good idea if you are not familiar with the palace as it can help you to navigate the different areas and to pinpoint things that may be of special interest to you.
One thing not to be missed when visiting the Real Alcazar Seville is the Patio de las Doncellas. This area used to be the focal point of social life in Seville and is very beautiful and leads off to a number of different halls that area all well worth exploring further. Another spectacular area of the Real Alcazar Seville is the hall of Salones de Carlos V with its wonderful tapestries.
While it is great fun to have a look around the palace it is also a good idea to take the time to read about all of the different areas as you pass by, this way you will get a much deeper understanding of what it is you are looking at exactly and it makes many of the areas even more special when you know the history behind them.
The inside of the Real Alcazar Seville is undoubtedly inspiring but the gardens of the palace are equally impressive so make sure to leave plenty of time to have a look here.
The gardens are each separated into different sections with various terraces, pond, statues and little stairways and are really beautiful. Try to time your tours around the gardens to not being during the hottest part of the day and perhaps consider starting in the garden in the morning when the Real Alcazar Seville opens and then seeking the cool of the palace when the temperatures rise.
The Real Alcazar Seville is open almost every day of the year and only closes from January 1 until January 6 as well as on Good Friday and Christmas Day. Opening times vary from winter to summer so it is a good idea to check first what time the Real Alcazar Seville opens while you are in the city.
Real Alcazar Seville is one of the top things to do in Seville so make sure to leave a minimum of three hours to be able to have a good look around or spend the entire day there to get the very best from this historic attraction.
Top things to do in Seville with kids
With so much choice in Seville for children we have chosen some of our favourite things to do with kids in Seville and have tried to include something to appeal to different ages of the children you are with, their interests and you budget.
1. Isla Magica
No list of top things to do in Seville with kids would be complete without including the Isla Magica amusement park – a fantastic day out for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages.
The Isla Magica amusement park is located right in the heart of the city which means that you don’t have to spend lots of money getting to it if you are already in the city.
The park is only open during peak times of the year and the opening times vary a lot so it is a good idea to check first what time the park opens as during the peak of summer you can stay there long after dark to make the most of all of the rides on offer.
A trip to Isla Magica is perhaps more suited to older children and teens because while there are lots of things for younger children to enjoy, including live shows and activities, it is of course the big rides that are the big attraction here and height restrictions do apply.
As soon as you step into Isla Magica it feels like you are a million miles away from the rest of the city and it is a fantastic day out for all the family and definitely one of the top tings to do with kids in Seville.
Located down by the river near to the la Noira de Sevilla Ferris wheel, the Seville Aquarium is the perfect place to spend the day at any time of the year in the city.
This recently opened aquarium is home to 35 enormous tanks with more than 400 different species of marine life living happily in the well cared for and welcoming aquarium.
The Seville aquarium manages to balance out the entertainment side of the attraction, keeping kids amused for hours as they gasp at the sharks or feel the wildlife in the “toca toca” tanks, while also giving enough information and environmental messages for older children who may want to learn more or have a special interest in marine biology.
The Seville aquarium is open all year and on a very hot summers day it is lovely to take a break from the heat in the cool of the space, while on a wet day, you can keep warm and dry while entertaining the kids!
If you are part of a group then you can make a trip to Seville Aquarium even more memorable by arranging a private sleep with the sharks experience which involves bedding down in the glass tunnel below the shark tank for the night to be able to observe these amazing creatures as they glide through the waters.
3. Plaza de España and Maria Luisa Park
Some of the best things to do in Seville with kids don’t cost much at all and a trip to the Plaza de España and Maria Luisa Park is one that children of all ages will enjoy – especially if you do some marketing first to them!
While the architecture at the Plaza de Espana is enough for most adults to feel inspired, it can be more difficult to rouse interest in kids so if you want to spend time here without the moaning it would be a great idea to encourage a viewing Star Wars, where the Plaza is featured in full view and the kids will instantly recognise it as the set of this great movie.
If the adults are keen to browse around the plaza at a leisurely pace but the kids are more interested in running about then you can set them off to go and look for the benches around the plaza with the names of all the autonomous communities of Spain on them – if you are organised then make a list first for them to check them off.
After the plaza then head into the Maria Luisa park for the kids to blow off more steam and to play amongst the pigeons, in the various different playpark areas or to explore this park that really looks far more like a jungle at most of the times of the year.
4. Agua Magica
Seville is a long way from the beach but when you are looking to cool down on a hot day in the city perhaps the best place to go, and certainly one of the best things to do with kids in Seville, is to head to Agua Magica – the waterpark element of the Isla Magica amusement park.
The team at the park have literally brought the beach to Seville at Agua Magica and this is always one of the favourites for children of all ages as well as being a wonderful place to cool off in the summer heat.
Agua Magica is a recent addition to the rest of the Isla Magica waterpark and has been designed to offer more variety for all ages of children. So older kids and teens will enjoy the fast, adrenalin filled slides while younger children and those looking to relax for the day can sit back in the beach area and in the shallow waters and play safely.
Combine a trip to Agua Magica with Isla Magica for a day out that the kids (and the adults) are unlikely to forget!
Top things to do in Seville at night
We have put together a list of some of our favourite things to do in Seville at night to suit all budgets, ages and interests.
1. La Noira de Sevilla
Bring out your romantic side and create the perfect setting for a moment with a loved one on the La Noira de Sevilla ferris wheel.
The La Noira de Seville ferris wheel is a great thing to do at night in Seville because while you travel in one of the pods you are able to look out across the city at the fantastic cultural and historical landmarks, lit up across the night sky.
A trip on this big wheel doesn’t have to be romantic but if you are aiming for something special then you can book a flight on the VIP cabin, complete with transparent floor, and you can even arrange for a bottle of Champagne to be enjoyed as you take in the sights of the city from up above.
Be sure to take your camera to capture some of the impressive vistas at the La Noira de Sevilla big wheel located down by the river near to the Seville Aquarium.
2. Sleep with the sharks
Do something unusual at night in Seville and get together with a group of friends or family for a night sleeping with the sharks at the Seville Aquarium.
When you think of nightlife in Seville you may think about music, tapas and dancing but there are other things to do at night and sleeping with the sharks is a great alternative for things to do at night in Seville with children and teens.
Pre-book this unique experience and head down to the glass tunnel beneath the shark tank in the aquarium to watch the sharks as they swim through the night, while you learn more about these amazing creatures of the deep.
2. Flamenco show
Flamenco is an iconic part of Spanish culture and if you are spending the night in Seville then you can take the opportunity to watch some live Flamenco in the heart of the city.
There are lots of different options for Flamenco fans in Seville, depending on exactly what you are looking for. You can choose to go to an intimate show in a small venue where you may have one dancer accompanied by a musician or you can go all out and book yourself in to one of the bigger shows that take place in the city and can include food and drinks for the evening.
Whatever you choose, you can be sure that a night of Flamenco is certainly one of the top things to do in Seville at night.
3. Food and drink
Spain is known for having fantastic food and one of the best places to sample the huge choice of tapas available in the country is at night in Seville.
It may be hard to get into the swing of things in Seville at first because during the heat of the day there is siesta time which means that people actually only start to come out and enjoy the city from after 10pm so be prepared for a late meal!
When you are looking for a tapas restaurant it is always a good idea to try and find one where there are lots of locals eating – as this is a good indication of price and quality and try not to be put off by the enormous size of the menus.
Tapas dishes are small and are designed for sharing so pick off a few that you like the sound of and then you can always order more of your favourites.
After enjoying tapas in the city you can then sit out long into the night at one of the many bars and cafes around the city. Lots can be found near to the riverside and the atmosphere is very relaxed and inclusive, making everyone feel welcome.
If you like to party then you are in the right place in Seville because there is a vibrant nightlife that goes on through the night and into the very early hours of the morning in this city!
The biggest nightclubs in the city are dotted along the river front areas, with some even being open air to make the most of the balmy evenings.
Most of the nightclubs don’t even open their doors until around 2am with the majority of people heading over after 4am to dance until dawn and clubs generally closing at around 6am.
All ages go to nightclubs in Seville so don’t worry but be aware that some clubs have a very loose dress code and it is a good idea to find out about it before you queue up at the door!
Top things to do in Seville in one day
You could of course pack in far more to your one day in Seville but if you truly want to enjoy your time in the city then take it easy – like the locals do – and savour all that this incredible city has to offer.
1. Seville Cathedral
You don’t have to be religious, you don’t even have to be particularly interested in art or culture and you certainly don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy Seville Cathedral.
Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and also takes the title of being the third largest Cathedral on earth – which makes it pretty impressive to begin with.
The cathedral is a great place to start in Seville if you want to get an idea about the size and geography of the city because if you make the climb up to the top you will be rewarded with incredible views across the city and beyond.
You could explore the Cathedral for hours of you like or just take a quick look around depending on how much it interests you – but it is a must see in Seville in one day.
2. Horse and carriage
You can find the famous horse and carriages of Seville near to the cathedral and hire one for yourself to take you around the city for a quick tour with some real horse power!
The horse and carriages can be seen travelling along the quaint little streets, past major attractions in Seville and even around the odd round about and are a great way to see a lot of the city in one go.
Up to four people can go in each carriage and the tours typically take about 40 minutes and cost about €40. You pay your driver directly for the trip and just walk up if you want to get on – it is all pretty informal.
Don’t expect a guided tour on this though as the drivers rarely give any information further than shouting the name of the building you are passing – take a guide book with you instead to have a clue what is going on.
3. Plaza de España
If you have been on a horse and carriage then you will have already passed the Plaza de Espana on your trip but this place is well worth the 15 minute walk from the old part of Seville to take a closer look at.
This impressive building and plaza was original built for an exposition in 1928 and is now less impressively home to some government offices but it still maintains a magical quality to it.
There are some amazing examples of tiling and architecture here and it even has its own moat with boats you can take a trip in for the full experience of the plaza!
Be sure to take your camera because this really is a place you have to see to believe and it is truly beautiful – especially at sunset time.
Siesta is not just taking a short nap in Seville it is an integral part of everyday life – and anyone who has been to Seville in the summer months will know it is more than necessary for anyone looking to escape the heat of the day.
Head back to your hotel and bed down for a couple of hours – especially if you want the energy later in the evening to be able to keep up with the locals as they party until dawn!
5. Tapas & Caña
If you want to look like you know what you are doing in Seville and live like the locals do then during the evening head out for Tapas & Caña!
Everyone starts to come out for the night at around 10pm and instead of sitting at a table the local residents will stand at the bar in a tapas place and order and eat right there while enjoying a small glass of beer known as una caña.
If you are unsure what to pick from the vast tapas menu then make sure you at least include some jamon bellota – cured, acorn fed ham which is very thinly sliced. It is not a cheap option but it is delicious and if you try one food while in Seville, then make it this.
6. Finish with drinks and dancing
Seville has a bustling café culture with people sitting outside on the streets enjoying a beer and chatting with friends until the early hours. It is not uncommon to see children playing outside until at least midnight and staying up late is simply part of the culture – thanks to the Siesta!
If you still have the energy then you can dance until 6am in one of the various nightclubs along the riverside to finish of a very full 24 hours in Seville.