Embark on a colourful journey in the city, the heartland of Flamenco dance. Here, all your senses will be pampered, and you’ll be enchanted by the sweet smell of oranges, beautiful river views and the most delicious food from all over Spain. Seville is nicknamed La Hispalense after its old Roman name.
This city is located in the southwestern part of Spain, in the Andalusia region. It lies on the coast of the Guadalquivir River. Although it is not one of the largest cities in Spain, it offers as many attractions as Madrid and Barcelona, with a unique Andalusian charm.
Our full guide covers:
- Basic Introduction
- Where to stay in Seville
- How to get around
- What to see in Seville
- Things to do in Seville
- Tickets you have to buy before – must read
- Food and Restaurants
- Day Trips from Seville
- Itinerary for Seville
- Packing List
- City Map
Here, you have a mix of historical sites, cultural experiences and modern attractions such as Metropol Parasol. Speaking of celebrations, here you will witness Semana Santa, a wonderful week in Seville filled with religious celebration, local socialising and nurturing tradition. Another tradition is the Feria de Abril, a festival that marks the beginning of spring.
To sum up all the impressions, climb the Torre del Oro, the most beautiful viewpoint and see Seville from a different perspective. But, enough of the introduction- let’s have a look at my detailed guide for one week in Seville:
1. Basic Introduction
We want to start with a simple intro to the things you need to know before planning your 1 week in Seville.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Language Spoken: Spanish
Known for: Architecture and Flamenco Dancing
Accommodation: Hotels, Hostels, Apartments and Vacation Rentals, Boutique Hotels
Find more details in our where to stay in Seville section below.
Public Transport: Metro, Bus, Tram
More under how to get around.
Safety: Safety conditions can vary, and it’s a good idea to stay informed about any changes or specific safety considerations for the time of your visit
Electricity: Type F and C with 230V/50 Hz (European plug).
2. Where to stay in Seville
2.1 Where to stay in Santa Cruz
This part of the city is the historic heart of Seville, which makes it a must-include in your Seville itinerary. It is even better known as Old Town or City Center, so you can understand why it is visited by so many tourists. Barrio Santa Cruz is the heartbeat of Seville, and it hides the old Jewish Quarter, Cathedral of Seville, La Giralda, Real Alcazar and many luxury hotels for accommodation. All the houses are whitewashed, and the locals are peeking out from them perched on a charming Andalusian balcony.
This district is large enough to offer accommodation for everyone’s pocket, so check out the hotel offers:
Alcazar Pool Villa by Valcambre
Alcazar Pool Villa by Valcambre has a charming terrace and a private outdoor pool. It is ideal for groups of 8 to 9 people, offering 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Another advantage is the proximity to many sightseeing points.
2.2 Where to stay in Triana
Where can you find the latest Isabel II Bridge, cute local markets and designer gems? Well, I present Triana as a must-visit during your 1 week in Seville. It stretches on the west bank of the Guadalquivir River. For curious travellers, it tells about the long-standing tradition of making ceramics and pottery. Do not leave here without a handmade decorative souvenir.
Who is Triana the best match for? This district will attract designer travellers with its sophisticated sophistication and keep solo travellers by offering them a long list of activities during their one week in Seville.
If you think this fits your travel requirements, let’s see which hotels I have prepared for you:
Habitación tranquila Triana
This apartment is intended for solo travellers, with 1 bed in a non-smoking room with a beautiful city view and a lush garden.
Cavalta Boutique Hotel
Suppose you are staying with your partner here during your one week in Seville. In that case, this hotel is an excellent opportunity to experience luxury for a reasonable price! It is only 1 kilometre from the famous bridge, and the road is full of exciting shops and parks. The staff in the hotel has been rated as incredible by previous guests. All rooms have an elegant decor, and in some, the bathroom is dominated by sumptuous black wallpaper.
This 5-star hotel also offers an outdoor pool that is open only in the summer. The complex also has 2 top restaurants with Spanish specialities such as paella, seafood dishes and delicious Spanish cakes.
2.3 Where to stay in El Arenal
Translated, “El Arenal” means sand, which immediately associates to the wonderful maritime atmosphere of the neighbourhood. This is a neighbourhood that is dedicated to culture. The Teatro de la Maestranza opera house and the historic Golden Tower or Torre del Oro are located here. Speaking of nurturing Spanish tradition and culture, you can go to a bullfight in the ring in the famous Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. And when you finish all these activities, it’s time to enjoy the gastronomic delights this place offers. So, for your Sevile travel itinerary, don’t forget to head to one of the local tapas bars.
To make this possible, first book accommodation in one of these hotels:
Casas De Adriano
It is only 1 kilometre away from the Alcazar Palace. Casas De Adriano offers family rooms or an entire apartment for a group. If you are coming as a couple, book the Penthouse apartment and enjoy the intimacy and peace.
Sleepin Sevilla Arenal
This accommodation is within walking distance of all tourist locations and 5 minutes to the cathedral. Despite that, the apartment is quiet and peaceful. Larger families or groups can also be accommodated here. In addition to the fact that the apartment is quite spacious, it also offers a lovely balcony for group gatherings or drinking morning coffee.
2.4 Where to stay in Alameda de Hercules
Welcome to the tree-lined avenue and popular gathering place with a beautiful garden dating back to the 16th century. Ideal to visit during your Seville travel, the modern infrastructure of Metropol Parasol is also nearby. Here, you will also get a chance to explore the Roman columns as evidence that a temple was once dedicated to Hercules.
The neighbourhood has a modern and artsy vibe with lots of street art and murals, so it’s a tempting place for young people.
Apartment Alacas Sevilla
The apartment is in a buzzing area and offers a private bathroom, kitchen and bedroom for two adults. The garden is beautiful and full of blooming cacti. The host is very accommodating and gives a clear introduction about the location, getting to the apartment, and its use.
The Corner House
The Corner House, a charming old property is covered in a hotel with a fabulous rooftop restaurant. The rooms are constantly clean and have daily housekeeping. The hotel has two bars and a restaurant in vibrant colours, making for the perfect stay during your one week in Seville.
2.5 Where to stay in Nervion
This is the eastern residential area along the river Nervion, better known as a business hub and buildings with modern infrastructure. You will not have any difficulties with transportation, because the central railway station, Santa Justa, is quite close. Here, you will immediately feel the youthful student energy and buzz, and that is because Nervion is home to the largest university campus, Cuidad Universitaria Ramon y Cajal.
If you are a football fan, you surely know that this part of the city is also home to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez, where Sevilla FC play their home matches. In terms of accommodations, here are a few suggestions:
Larra Nervión is managed by a superhost and offers a family-friendly atmosphere. You are even allowed to bring your pet. The apartment consists of bedrooms for 4 people, a bathroom, a living area and a kitchen with all the necessary elements.
Hotel Novotel Sevilla
Hotel Novotel Sevilla is located next to the stadium. If you are a ana active person, you may like the fact that the hotel also offers a fitness centre, helping you keep track of your fitness goals even during your one week in Seville. Still, no one will remain indifferent to the outdoor swimming pool on the rooftop. The food in the restaurant is from Mediterranean cuisine and offers beautifully prepared specialities.
2.6 Where to stay in Macarena
If you have already read about Semana Santa and the beautiful Basilica where it is celebrated, then you know that both are located in Macarena, a neighbourhood of religious and historical importance. Moreover, this is also home to the famous Virgin Statue which adds to the religious value.
On the other hand, the Parliament is also one of the noteworthy city landmarks situated here.
In addition to the traditional Andalusian architecture, this place will allow you to enjoy local restaurants and culinary delights during your 1 week in Seville.
Habitaciones Individuales En Apartamento Compartido
The accommodation is intended for 2 people. In addition to a bedroom and a bathroom, it offers a kitchen with a kettle, fridge and microwave. Some rooms have a shared bathroom, and the apartment accommodates up to 8 people.
Gardenia Flat: Typical Neighbourhood of Macarena
This apartment is intended for 6 people, distributed in 3 bedrooms. In addition, there is also a well-equipped kitchen and a washing machine. There is only one bathroom. The distance from the airport is 4.6 km.
3. How to get around Seville
Transportation in Seville is on a higher level than getting from point A to point B. Here, public transportation is the stamp of the city and a real affordable opportunity to feel the natural energy and enjoy the attractions, especially if you come in the winter months. Before you plan your one week in Seville, don’t forget to research carefully which type of transport operates in the neighbourhoods you are interested in and download applications for buying tickets and sending maps.
Walking: And why would wandering through charming neighbourhoods not be a good idea? Many of the tourist attractions are accessible on foot, and this way, you have a greater chance to come across quite a few hidden gems. For example, the labyrinthine Barrio Santa Cruz is best explored on foot.
Public bicycles: It is an attractive, eco-friendly option, which is also very efficient. Renting the wheels is quite simple. You only need to download the Sevici application and get a ride from the many stations around the city.
Metro: This convenient option connects multiple neighbourhoods, making the maps easy to navigate. The city centre and Cartuja district metro lines are crucial to clearing the crowds and making the city breathe easier.
Tram: For those passengers who are located in the neighbourhood where the subway does not operate, I would consider the tram. There are tram lines even to places with panoramic views, such as Alcala San Guadaira and San Bernardo.
Buses: And finally, iconic double-deckers or the small buses that you can choose. Focus on the options above and leave bus transportation for intercity rides.
4. What to see in Seville – The Must-Do’s
Let’s discover the timeless charm that makes this must-do an integral part of the Sevillian tapestry.
The Must Do’s are:
- Visit the Cathedral of Seville
- Explore the stunning Real Alcázar
- Plaza de España
- Barrio Santa Cruz
More great sights to see in Seville are:
- Flamenco Show
- Visit the Metropol Parasol
- Tapas Tour
5. Things to do in Seville
Seville beckons with a multitude of things to do. Join me as I navigate the one week in Seville guide and unveil what activities to take here:
Visit the Flamenco Museum
This museum is a must-visit if you want to know the city’s true soul. It is located in the city’s heart, so you can only imagine how important a segment is if the location is so central. The museum was founded by a former famous Flamenco dancer and choreographer in 2006.
The idea of the foundation was to celebrate and preserve the beauty, roots, and duration of this traditional Spanish dance. You can find costume collections, props, exhibitions, and Flamenco performances on the museum’s premises. The standard daily allowance costs 10 euros.
Take a Boat Cruise on the Guadalquivir River
Is there a better way to experience your 1 week in Seville than by sailing through the history of Seville if not with a boat cruise on the river? Explore it in detail from a slightly different angle, whether a day sailing or an evening romantic ride on the waves. Pass under the famous Triana Bridge and take breathtaking pictures.
Explore the Triana District
After crossing the Triana Bridge, you are already in the Triana District, a historically significant part of Seville that was also important during the city’s development. This quarter dates back to Roman times, and today, it is the capital of the best tapas bars in all of Seville. Castillio de San Telmo now houses the Andalusian Autonomous Government. If you want to enjoy the magic of Flamenco a little more, many traditional and historical venues glorify Flamenco culture.
Attend a Bullfight or Visit the Bullring
And here is another segment of Spanish culture to experience during your one week in Seville. Head to the Plaza de Toros, an iconic bullfight arena. The act is divided into several tercios, and the matador, the leading actor, the assistants and the mute assistant picador participate. Watching these spectacles has been a part of Spanish culture since ancient times.
Climb the Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol) at Sunset
This famous modern building is reminiscent of mushrooms, so the meaning of the word “setas” is actually mushrooms. The construction is made of timber and is considered one of the most giant wooden constructions in the world. This is a modern architectural landmark built in 2011. Over the years, it has become popular as a shelter from the intense Spanish sun and a popular meeting point for many locals. It is located in the old part of the city, and the terrace offers an excellent panoramic view. Book a ticket to watch the sunset from the panoramic balcony.
6. Tickets you have to buy before (Must Read)
When planning your one week in Seville, securing tickets in advance for certain attractions and experiences is essential to ensure a seamless and enjoyable trip. Here are three must-visit sites where purchasing tickets early is highly suggested:
7. Food & Restaurants
In this gastronomic Seville itinerary, we will explore some outstanding local delights, from the iconic tapas to the flavorful Salmorejo and Gazpacho. We will also highlight which restaurants tell the best gastronomic story.
- Espinacas con Garbanzos
- Rabo de Toro
- Bodeguita Romero (City centre)
- Abantal (La Buhaira)
- Mamarracha (City centre)
- Veganitessen (El Arenal)
8. Day Trips from Seville
How to do the day trips? There are 3 options:
- Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla): A stunning Gothic cathedral, the largest in the world.
- Giralda Tower: The bell tower of the Seville Cathedral, offering excellent panoramic views.
- Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar): A royal palace known for its Mudejar, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture.
- Triana Market (Mercado de Triana): A bustling market with fresh produce, seafood, and local products.
- Triana Bridge (Puente de Isabel II): An iconic bridge connecting Triana to the city center.
- Calle Betis: A lively street along the Guadalquivir River with numerous bars and restaurants.
- Seville Bullring (Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza): One of the oldest and most famous bullrings in Spain.
- Golden Tower (Torre del Oro): A medieval military watchtower along the Guadalquivir River.
- Maestranza Theatre (Teatro de la Maestranza): A renowned opera house and concert venue.
Alameda de Hércules
- Alameda de Hércules: A historic public square surrounded by trendy bars, cafes, and cultural venues.
- Metropol Parasol (Las Setas): A modern wooden structure offering shade and panoramic views.
- Convento de San Clemente: A former convent converted into a cultural space, sometimes hosting art exhibitions and events.
9. Itinerary for 7 days
Day 1: Arrival in Seville
Arrive at Seville San Pablo Airport (SVQ), about 10 kilometres from the city centre.
When you get some rest, head to Barrio Santa Cruz and its narrow streets and visit the iconic Seville Cathedral and La Giralda.
Day 2: Real Alcázar and Plaza de España
The second day of your one week in Seville is reserved for Real Alcázar, a stunning palace with beautiful gardens and architectural marvels.
Day 3: Flamenco Show and Tapas Bar
Don’t miss Flamenco with an evening show at a local tablao. Also, try culinary delights within your evening tapas tour.
Day 4: Day Trip to Cordoba
Take a day trip to Cordoba. Find out more about historic Mezquita, the mediaeval Jewish Quarter, and the charming streets.
Day 5: Day Trip to Ronda
It’s Ronda’s turn. When here, visit Puente Nuevo, the historic bullring, and enjoy stunning viewpoints.
Day 6: Triana District and Guadalquivir River Cruise
And lastly, the Triana district is known for its traditional ceramics. Go for a relaxing cruise on the Guadalquivir River, and try to catch the sunset.
Day 7: Departure
The last day is reserved for shopping for souvenirs. And collecting memories of an enriching one week in Seville.
10. Packing List
Remember to tailor your packing list based on your planned activities and the time of year you’ll be visiting:
- Light Clothing
- Comfortable Footwear
- Sunscreen and Hydration
- Travel Guide or Offline Map
Once you arrive, you’ll quickly realise that one week in Seville barely scratches the surface of the myriad pleasures this city has to offer. However, I tried to design this guide to include as many experiences as possible. In case you like this Seville travel itinerary and are looking for more inspiration, don’t forget to check out the rest of my blogs!
11. Printed Guides & Map
These guides are best for the ones looking for a printed version.
Once you come to Barna, you will also receive a paper map of the city.
Here is again our map of Barcelona with the recommended hotels and neighborhoods.