Seville (or Sevilla depending on who you ask) is one of my favorite places in Spain. It’s truly a magical place. It’s the perfect mix of old and new. Seville’s city is full of amazing food, breathtaking architecture, and rich history. You could wander around for hours and you would be continuously amazed by what you would find. In Seville, there is never a dull moment, but it helps to know where to wander to.
1. Alcázar of Seville
Alcázar of Seville, or Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, is one of the top destinations in Seville. It is an old Moorish palace that was constructed in the 14th century. It features amazing geometric tile work from the 16th century. I am truly in love with the traditional Moorish sacred geometric patterns that are found throughout the palace. This intricate palace features Muslim influenced Mudéjar architecture and is a must-see destination.
I would give yourself multiple hours to wander through the palace, the beautiful courtyards, and exquisite gardens. Every nook and cranny is dripping in moorish detail. The beauty is in the details and around every corner. There are tons of benches and alcoves to sit and rest your feet as you take in your surroundings.
I would recommend getting your tickets ahead of time because the lines can get pretty long. My husband stood in a long line while I hid in the shade because it was so hot. There is very little relief from the scorching sun while waiting in line. Learn from our mistake and get your tickets ahead of time.
2. Plaza de España
We found this plaza by accident while wandering around and I am so glad that we came across it. This famous square was built for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929. The neo-mudéjar architecture features beautiful ceramic tiled rails and benches, a semi-circular brick building that encloses the plaza, and beautiful arched bridges that reach across the small canal that flows through the perimeter.
Intricate detail on all the tile surrounding me was captivating and was truly romantic to stroll around the plaza with my husband at sunset.
It’s gorgeous and totally worth stopping by. Give yourself at least an hour to take in all the scenery. During some parts of the day, you can rent a gondola boat or row boat to ride through the canal. It was closed when we arrived, so I can’t give you many details about what it would be like to rent one. I personally didn’t feel like the canal was large enough to make it worthwhile, but I might be wrong.
3. Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral was magnificent. This cathedral is the largest cathedral in the world and is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus himself. Love him or hate him, he is a notable explorer of his time and the Spanish people are very proud of him and his accomplishments. His coffin is hoisted in the air by large statues in the middle of the cathedral interior. The gothic architecture is typical for its time period, but the cathedral is massive.
There are many small rooms that adjoin the main sanctuary that hold many gilded artifacts. Although there are several types of guided tours available, but I’m typically the type that likes to wander through on my own. There are many spires and certain paid tour packages that allow you to walk among them.
The main tower (Giralda Bell Tower) is worth the climb. It’s a long way up the spiral staircase to the bell tower. The views on the way up are worth the hike. It affords many views of the cathedral itself and an expansive view of the sprawling city. I really enjoyed our visit and this is one of the most impressive cathedrals that I have been to.
4. Metropol Parasol
Metropol Parasol is one of the most unique architectural features I have ever seen. They remind me of umbrellas or mushrooms that are composed of a grid. You can pay to go to the top to take in the views and have a drink/snack. There is a unique walkway that lets you walk across the structures while you take in the panoramic views of the city.
5.Enjoy all the yummy food!
Seville is known for all of their amazing tapas and there are tapas restaurants all around you. And don’t forget all the gelato! I loved all the different food choices. Just be careful about all that salt from the cured ham. I definitely had more than I should have and was super bloated for most of my trip. haha
I hope you love Seville, Spain as much I do!