Seville is a city of incredible beauty. Its rich structures, classic road lights and horse-drawn carriages create a mystical atmosphere.
Its cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument, is a must-visit for anyone visiting Spain. But if you're looking for something more relaxing, there are several other places to visit in Seville.
1. The Alcazar
The Alcazar of Seville is a historic palace and complex that has been the center of power throughout history. You’ll find a brilliant confluence of Gothic, Mudejar, and Renaissance architecture on this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This ancient building is considered to be one of the best-preserved examples of Mudejar art and architecture. This style combines Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance architectural elements in conjunction with Islamic embellishments and techniques.
If you want to explore the Alcazar, there are several options available including a guided tour of the Palace and its gardens. You can also book a private tour.
The Alcazar is open daily from 9:30 AM to 19:00 PM. Admission is free for those under 16 years of age and disabled citizens.
2. The Cathedral
The Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, epitomizes the Spanish “Golden Age”. It blends Islamic culture, centuries of ecclesiastical power, and royal sovereignty to form a spectacular monument.
It is also home to some of Seville’s most important art. You’ll find masterpieces by masters such as Velazquez, Murillo, and Goya.
Moreover, you can also find the tombs of some of Spain’s most famous figures, including Christopher Columbus and his son Fernando. Interestingly, the mummified remains of San Fernando are still intact, nearly eight centuries after his death.
Climb to the top of the Giralda, a bell tower which was originally a mosque, and catch amazing views of the city and its surrounding Andalusian landscape. You can also relax in the patio de naranjos, which is contained within the cathedral boundaries.
3. The Triana district
One of the best places to visit in Seville is the historic Triana district. It is a lively neighbourhood with a colourful history and it has a number of interesting museums as well as several good restaurants, bars, and galleries.
A walk along the riverfront is a great way to explore Triana as it offers spectacular views of the Torre del Oro, bullring and Giralda across the water. It is also home to many of the city's best restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Another place to see in the area is the Iglesia Santa Ana. This small chapel is situated across the bridge and features a blue and yellow ceramic dome.
The Mercado de Triana is an attractive market hall in the centre of the district. This popular market is filled with food stalls, flowers, and ceramics. It is also a good place to buy Jamon Iberico (ham) and cheese.
4. The Torre del Oro
This iconic landmark dominates the banks of the Guadalquivir river and is one of Seville’s most emblematic monuments. Built just a few years after the Giralda, its shape is unmistakable and it’s worth climbing up to the roof terrace for spectacular views over the river, the Arenal and Triana.
This 12-sided 13th century construct once served as a military watchtower. Its purpose was to control access to the city’s ports by raising strategic chains across the river.
It’s also a naval museum that features models, maps, compasses and ancient documents. It’s a fascinating insight into Spanish maritime history.
The tower was constructed by Almohad dynasty in the 1220s and was covered with golden tiles. A second dodecagonal tier was added in the 14th century by Pedro I, the Cruel.
5. The Mushrooms of Seville
The Mushrooms of Seville, or Las Setas de la Encarnacion, are a unique wooden structure in the heart of the historic city centre. Designed by German architect Jurgen Mayer, it is thought to be the largest wooden structure in the world (150x 70 metres and 26 metres high).
On top you'll find a walkway/viewing point with fantastic views of the city. There's also a basement level featuring a museum with Roman and Moorish artifacts and various temporary exhibitions.
At ground level you'll find the Central Market, while levels 2 and 3 are terraces where you can soak up city views. The Mushrooms are one of the coolest things to do in Seville and are definitely worth a visit.