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The Best places to Visit in Seville presented below describe the most popular tourist attractions of the city that is the capital of both Andalusia and the province of Seville. Our coverage focuses on the Barrio de la Santa Cruz, which is the old quarter of the city.  Although there is much to see and do in Seville, the major tourist attractions are close to each other and can be viewed in a day.

Some areas of
Seville have a relatively high crime rate and you should exercise caution during your visit.

Pickpockets
frequent most tourist areas, even during the day.

 

  Plaza de la Virgen de Los Reyes in Barrio Santa Cruz    
The picturesque plaza shown above is across the street from the Seville Cathedral and the Giralda. The Reales Alcázares is only a block away. Sitting on the edge of the fountain is a good way to take a break between visiting the attractions.  Better yet, wander the attractive but narrow streets and find a restaurant or bar serving cool drinks and tapas, which, it is claimed, were invented in Seville.  In addition, if you have time, take a carriage ride to see the beautiful facades in this area of Seville.

        

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Barrio de la Santa Cruz

  • In this Barrio (the Old Jewish Quarter) of Seville, you will find the city's three leading attractions in close proximity.

  •   All three of the attractions, the Cathedral, the Alcazar and the Archive of the Indies, are listed as a  combined UNESCO World Heritage Site. The amount and quality of history in this small section of the city is amazing

  • The Seville Cathedral and the Giralda

    • Built on the site of former mosque, the Seville Cathedral dates from the 15th century. It is noted for its enormous size (it is the largest Gothic building in Europe, ornate decorations, numerous chapels and the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

    • The interior is stunning with gilt covering naves (it has five), chapels, altars and numerous works of art. Fabulous art can be found in the Sacristy and other sections of the Cathedral

    • Remnants of the old mosque can be found in the Patio de los Naranjos (Patio of the Orange Trees).

  • The Seville Cathedral has a majestic look and feel.

     

  • The Giralda

    • La Giralda is the bell tower of the cathedral and its history also dates to the time of the Moors when it was used as a minaret and it is still regarded as a masterpiece of Almohad architecture.  The upper portions of the Giralda sit on the original 12th century masonry that is topped with a new spire and other additions to polish of its adaption to use in a Catholic cathedral
    • The Giralda is accessible to those who can walk the ramp to the top.  The feat is rewarding as the observation area provides spectacular views of the city. 
      • The ramp inside the Giralda was built incorporating a ramp wide enough to allow mounted guards to ride horses to the top.

           The garden area of the Alcazares

     

  • The Reales Alcázares

    • The Alcazar (a royal palace) is yet another amalgam mixing the capabilities of the Moors and the Andalusians after the Reconquest.  Although parts of the complex were constructed at different times and are decorated with different styles, the Alcazar is a visual treat and parts are a fine example of Mudéjar architecture.
    • There is much to see at the Alcazar and you should budget at least two hours, if you want to examine the structures in detail.
    • Be sure to spend some time in the gardens, as they can provide a refreshing end to your tour.
    • Visitor information about the Reales Alcázares can be found at its official website.
      • From October to March, the Alcazar is open from 09:30 to 17:00 from Monday through Sunday.   Last ticket sales are usually an hour before closing.
      • From April to September, the Alcazar is open Monday through Sunday from 09:30 to 19:00 with ticket sales ending an hour before closing.

  • Archive of the Indies

    • Located next to the Cathedral and the Alcazar is the noted Archive of the Indies in the Casa Lonja, also known as the Meradres de Sevilla (Consulate of the merchants of Seville). 
    • Although it is not a popular tourist attraction, this building was originally a mercantile center responsible for administering Spain's trade activities in the New World.  Later, it was converted into the foremost repository of historical information about the activities of Spain in the Americas and it contains numerous documents of great historical importance. 
    • The building has a pleasant architecture dating from the late 16th century.  The main staircases and wooden bookshelves were built with wood imported from the West Indies.

  • Museo del Baile Flamenco
    • The Museo del Baile Flamenco opened to the public in April 2006. Situated in the heart of Seville, it is a museum that connects to the cultural heritage of Andalusia's Flamenco dance.
      • Its objective is to introduce, in a sensitive and meaningful way, the magic of Flamenco to visitors of Andalusia and Seville.  Click this link for the website of the Flamenco Museum.    
    • If you are interested in purchasing a shawl similar to those worn by the Flamenco dancers, you can find them at various shops around Seville.  Of course, the Museo has its own shop featuring Flamenco dancewear, accessories, jewelry and more.

        

El Arenal

  • The El Arenal district is just west of Santa Cruz and Torre del Oro is on the river, just a few blocks southwest of the Cathedral.

 

  • Torre del Oro

    • Although one of the central attractions in this section of the city is the city's Plaza de Toros and its bullfights, the main draw for many tourists is the Torre del Oro, part of the walled fortifications developed by the Moors to defend the city.  No one is quite sure why it was named Tower of Gold, as this reason has been lost to history.
      • The Torre del Oro tower was linked with another tower on the far bank of the Guadalquivir River.  The two towers were connected by a massive chain that could deny entrance to Seville by any ship designated unfriendly by the town guards..  Today the building houses a maritime museum that contains a few interesting exhibits.

  • Plaza de España/Maria Luisa Park

    • One of the popular stops on most tours of Seville is the Plaza de España, a plaza built for an exhibition of industry and technology held in 1929.  Although the exterior architecture and tile work are striking, there is little else to see or do here. The buildings are currently government offices and not open to the public. One popular pastime is renting a boat and paddling around the Plaza's extensive canal.

Additional Resources

For more details on visiting Seville, the  official tourism website for Seville is TourismoSevilla.  The site provides additional details on our recommended best places to visit, as well as information on attractions that did not make our list.

For country facts on Spain, as well as information of value to travelers (visas, traffic safety and road conditions, medical facilities and health information), see the U.S. State Department's page on Spain.

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The Giralda, the landmark of Seville was originally built by the Moors.

 

 

 

 

Interior arches and mosaics in the Reales Alcazares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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The Torre de Oro, a fortification built on the river by the Moors

 

Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

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