Even with just a whirlwind 48 hour trip to Seville, it’s enough time to get a good idea of the city and what there is to see and do.
While just 24 hours in the city gives you a taste of the wonders of Seville, the more time you have the better! Here is our guide as to how you can make the best use of 48 hours in Seville. We will make sure you experience the best of the best and get a true taste of southern Spanish culture while you are here. From food to flamenco, we’ve got it covered!
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10:30am – Go on a walking tour
The best way to get orientated in a new city is to get shown around by a local, as getting a feel for the city is essential to making the most out of your limited time in place. There are several different walking tours in Seville, even some very unique ones with themes ranging from rooftops, to legends, and of course, food, so no matter what your interests are, there is something for everyone.
2:30pm – See the Cathedral and Plaza de España
Seville has some “not to miss” monuments, and the Cathedral is up there at the top of the list. The 13th-century gothic Cathedral is the third largest Church in the world — just walking around the outside will give you a feel for how big it really is. After you are done in the Cathedral, it is worth walking over to the stunning Parque Maria Luisa to check out Plaza de España, one of the pavilions built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition that was held in Seville. This building is nothing short of impressive, and it is perhaps one of our favorite buildings in the whole of Spain!
6pm – Evening drink on the roof top of Hotel Doña Maria
It’s been a busy afternoon, so reward yourself with a drink — and even better, one with a view! Seville has several roof top bars around the city, but the bar at the Hotel Doña Maria (Calle Don Remondo, 19) is the oldest roof terrace bar in Seville. Not only that, it has amazing views — possibly one of the best views of the Cathedral that you can get!
7.30pm – See a flamenco show
Seville wouldn’t be Seville without experiencing flamenco, and there are flamenco shows on around the city on any given night of the week. A really great option is the nightly show at Casa del Flamenco (Calle Ximénez de Enciso, 28), a venue committed to preserving the Andalusian arts. The intimate show happens twice every evening, and space is limited, so it is a good idea to book in advance.
For more info on this establishment and how to find an amazing flamenco venue, check out this great video from our flamenco expert, Sara.
9pm – Modern tapas for dinner
After experiencing Seville’s traditional food and tapas during the day, why not try one of Seville’s many modern tapas bars in the evening? There are so many great options to choose from, but some of our favorites that happen to be near the flamenco venue is Sal Gorda (Calle Alcaicería de la Loza, 17), a tiny little spot serving tasty and creative tapas in the Alfalfa neighborhood.
10 am – Visit the Alcazar Palace and explore Santa Cruz
The Alcazar Palace is another one of Seville’s must-see sights. This is the oldest Royal residence still in use in Europe, and if you go in the morning you can also visit the Upper Royal Quarter, where the Royal Family still stay today when they visit Seville. The building consists of many different parts which have been built between the 10th and 19th centuries, so it really is an example of the evolution of Seville’s architecture over the years.
With the Jewish Quarter right next door, why not make the most of the best Seville has to offer by joining us on a guided tour of the Alcázar Palace (where we will glide past the queue) before diving into the Barrio Santa Cruz neighborhood to explore the city’s complex tapas scene. You’ll come out with a better understanding of the complex history of the Alcazar, as well as all the knowledge and tools you need to take on the tapas scene in Seville!
2pm – Explore Triana and have lunch
We think that a trip to Triana is essential for any Seville itinerary. This is a very local neighborhood and gives you a taste of “real” Seville. Visit the Mercado de Triana to soak up the atmosphere of day to day life, grab something to eat at one of the eateries down the back of the market, then check out some ceramics, for which Triana is famous for. Ceramica Ruiz (Calle San Jorge, 27) is a great shop to buy some souvenirs, or visit the Centro Ceramica Triana (Calle Antillano Campos 14), the ceramic museum which is located in the old Ceramica Santa Ana.
4pm – Visit one of Seville’s smaller monuments
While it’s important to see Seville’s “must see” sights, Seville also has a whole host of museums, small churches and art galleries, as well as smaller monuments that are worth checking out. We love the Casa de Pilatos, which is the best example of a 16th century Andalusian palace. Although it’s not as famous as other monuments in Seville, it’s definitely worth a visit and is normally crowd free!
8pm – Grab a drink and bite to eat in the Alameda neighborhood
Seville’s Alameda district was a no-go zone only a matter of years ago, but it has now been transformed into a hub of social action in the city. The long boulevard is lined with bars, and there are plenty of good eats to be found in the surrounding neighborhood. Pick an outdoor terrace and reward yourself with a nice cold cerveza, then move on to a bar for some tasty tapas. We recommend checking out the options on nearby Calle Calatrava — our favorite on this street is Bar Antojo (Calle Calatrava, 44).
10:30pm – Go to the top of Las Setas
Las Setas (official name: Metropol Parasol) is the most modern monument to be found in the city, and is the perfect finish to a busy couple of days. The design of the monument makes it interesting to see from the outside, but the best bit is taking the lift to the top. From there you walk around a pathway with great views out over the city, showing off the best of Seville from above.