fun things to do in Seville, Spain

Rarely welcoming a day of rain, Seville is a sunkissed paradise that blends exotic culture with Andalusian flair. Stunning, sun-washed plazas and shady alcoves of orange trees line the streets alongside energetic courtyards filled with cafes, bars, historic buildings and performers, inviting tourists and locals alike to rejoice in an air of vibrant community.

Whether you’re into sport (the football culture is mad), nature (check out the Caminito del Rey hiking trail), history, architecture (you can’t go past the colossal Gothic cathedral), food, or prefer a party-centric vacation, the Pearl of Andalusia dishes up entertainment in spades.

As both the capital and largest city of awe-inspiring Andalusia, as you’ll quickly realize, there’s no shortage of wonderful things to do in Seville. So, without further ado, let’s check them out!

1 – Visit the famous Real Alcázar of Seville

Real Alcázar of Seville

Arguably the most postcard landmark city-wide, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed stunning palace dates back to the early Middle Ages (circa 11th century), boasting a history rich in Moorish and Christian influences.

Despite its coveted past and being Europe’s oldest palace in use, it’s the Real Alcázar’s undisputed beauty which draws in millions of visitors every year: after centuries worth of building and retouching, the landmark displays a melting pot of Muslim, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic style — still, though, it’s its lush and immaculately decorated gardens which steal the show.

2 – Explore the city on two wheels with a bike tour!

bike tours in Seville

A wonderful way to escape the foot traffic, get off the beaten track, and explore the city’s winding streets, bike tours are a fantastic way to discover Seville from a local’s point of view.

With so many options available in terms of time, areas, and difficulty levels (as well as the option for traditional or electric bikes), it all comes down to personal preferences.

While each tour is a little different, most will scoot past must-see cultural and historic landmarks like the El Arenal neighborhood, Plaza de España and Seville Cathedral, with plenty to be learned along the way!

3 – Tour the postcard-worthy Seville Cathedral (& La Giralda)

Seville Cathedral & La Giralda

An undisputed Seville icon, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, and another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this wondrous landmark soars over 100 meters above the city streets and is steeped in a storied 500-plus-year-history.

Arguably its crown jewel, the Moorish style La Giralda bell tower, was originally built as a minaret for the adjacent Mosque, and now acts as an observation deck with panoramic views of Seville.

While you’re there, don’t miss the Tomb of Christopher Columbus, the resting place of the famed navigator.

4 – See it all with a hop-on hop-off bus!

bus tours in Seville

Short on time or can’t be bothered walking between landmarks? Well, you’re in luck! City-wide hop-on, hop-off bus tours are a great way to get your bearings and see the city at your own pace without having to plan a thing.

As you roam around the city on the open-aired, double-decker, big red busses, you’ll pass by — and be able to stop at — notable landmarks and tourist hubs like the Tower of Gold, Plaza de España, Maria Luisa Park and Cathedral, just to name a few.

Plus, with an audio narration included, you’re sure to learn a thing or two about the city with every stop along your route!

5 – Tantalize the tastebuds on a tapas food tour

food tours in Seville

Foodies, listen up. Savor the sweet life in Seville with a dedicated gastronomy tour, where you’ll be able to sample everything from traditional tapas and wine to classic Andalusian dishes that explode with flavor with every bite.

Take your pick between three-, four- or five-hour tours which will lead you through busy city streets, hidden alleyways, as well as local marketplaces, all while allowing for plenty of pit stops to taste your way through the local delicacies!

Depending on your including for a drink (or five), consider opting for a dedicated wine tour or wine tasting experience.

Hot tip: even if you don’t sign up for a tour (you should), make sure to pop into El Rinconcillo, one of the region’s oldest tapas bars where the atmosphere is constantly bubbling.

6 – Ride the coasters at Isla Magica

Isla Magica, Seville

Found on Isla de La Cartuja, Seville’s very own amusement park, Isla Magica provides fun in the sun for all ages, with heart-in-your-mouth roller coasters, family-friendly attractions, and dozens of live shows that the kids will love.

Thoughtfully laid out, the park is spread into themed zones, each with its own unique rides and attractions: ancient Sevilla, the Amazonía, and El Dorado, just to name a few.

Since the sizzling Seville sun rarely relents, the array of saturating water rides is a treat; meanwhile, the dizzying 765-meter-long Jaguar coaster is heaven on earth for adrenaline junkies.

7 – Cruise down the Guadalquivir on a boat tour

boat tours in Seville

For a different perspective on Seville’s historic and postcard-worthy riverfront, boats and cruises are a great way to get your bearings while you enjoy some fresh air and some of the best scenery in town.

Whether it’s an afternoon lunch tour, romantic dinner cruise, high-octane party boat, or even your typical tourist boat, there are plenty of ways to explore Seville from the glistening Guadalquivir!

Want to explore the water but aren’t in the mood for a giant boat? Consider renting a stand-up paddleboard or kayak instead!

8 – Walk through the historic Santa Cruz district

walking tours in Seville

The famous, historic, and charming Jewish quarter of Seville, Santa Cruz is a labyrinth of narrow passages and quaint plazas just waiting to be explored.

Once home to the city’s thriving Jewish community, Santa Cruz has retained its cultural heritage with an intriguing mix of synagogues, alleyways lined with bars and restaurants, and quirky pieces of street art.

The neighborhood, however, is much more than just a Jewish quarter; it’s also home to some of the city’s main shopping strips market and several important architectural gems — all of which are best appreciated under the tutelage of a local guide on a (free) walking tour!

9 – Snap a selfie at the Plaza de España

Plaza de España in Seville

A postcard-worthy example of the grandeur and glory of Spanish architecture, Plaza de España is an over-the-top piece of opulence that stuns with each step.

Sitting inside the Parque de María Luisa and built for Seville’s Iberoamerican Exposition in 1929 (and now a UNESCO World Heritage site), this fantastical square is teeming with ornate details, with a central canal that will no doubt catch your eye — and, on which, you can take a spin on a hired rowboat!

Take a seat at one of the many bars and cafes, join a walking tour, or simply spend an hour or two people watching — either way, it’s one of the non-negotiable things to do in Seville.

10 – Take the kids to the Aquarium of Seville

Aquarium of Seville

A fun-filled must for any family trip to Seville, the Aquarium of Seville is home to over 400 different species of colorful fish and sea creatures of all different shapes and sizes — over 7,000 all up!

While the 35+ different tanks each boast their own unique combination of creatures, it’s bull shark-infested tunnel tank that steals the show!

Throw in regular live feedings, touch tanks, and educational workshops and talks, and you’ve got yourself one of the best family-friendly attractions in Seville.

11 – Sit front row for a romantic, energetic flamenco show

flamenco shows in Seville

Simply put, no trip to Seville is complete without witnessing its world-famous flamenco show.

The passionate, soulful dance form is not just for tourists; it’s an important part of the city’s cultural identity and has been passed down through generations since Seville was first colonized centuries ago by Spanish conquistadors.

Choose from dinner shows — one of the very best of which is held at Tablao el Arenal, with traditional tapas or gourmet 3-course meal options — or a more formal theater setting like the Triana Flamenco Theater. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

And, to top it all off, make sure to stop into the Flamenco Dance Museum to learn all about what you’ve just experienced!

12 – Feel the energy at the Plaza de Toros

Plaza de Toros, Seville

One of the most iconic sights in Seville, it’s well worth taking a tour to explore the intricacies and hidden details that make up Plaza de Toros — the bullfighting equivalent of soccer’s Old Trafford.

Built in 1881, this 12,000-capacity neoclassical structure is rife with historic detail — from Roman-inspired architectural elements to stunning Moorish-influenced carvings and sculptures.

The plaza has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, making it one of the most important landmarks in Seville to see on a tour, especially during the annual Seville Fair.

13 – Check out the peculiar Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol, Seville

A massive, mushroom-shaped structure (well, six mushrooms, in fact) that sits right in the heart of Seville’s old quarter, the Metropol Parasol (also referred to as the Setas de Sevilla) is a unique piece of architecture that since its construction in 2011 has quickly become one of the city’s most photographed attractions.

Besides boasting the claim to fame of being the largest wooden structure in the world, the 22-meter-high landmark offers a special walkway and terrace called “El Mirador” on the upper level, as well as an esteemed tapas bar with panoramic views to boot.

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14 – Spend a day (in a jeep) at the Doñana National Park

Doñana National Park day trip from Seville

The Spanish countryside is a must-see when in Andalusia, and visiting nearby Doñana National Park — one of the most diverse wildlife habitats on earth — is the perfect way to explore it.

This UNESCO World Heritage Center (yes, another one!) boasts dozens of different types of mammals, birds, and fauna throughout its wetlands. You might come across flamingos, wild horses, big cats, and more as you explore the natural beauty of its lush forests or one of its many trails.

With a range of pre-organized options to choose from that take the hassle out of arranging a day trip — such as jeep tours, hiking trips, and village-hopping excursions — there’s something for every kind of traveler.

15 – Marvel inside Iglesia Colegial del Divino Salvador

Iglesia Colegial del Divino Salvador, Seville

The most significant church in the city (after the Cathedral, of course), Iglesia Colegial del Divino Salvador (translating to the Church of the Divine Saviour) is a sight to behold for any architecture enthusiast.

Built at the turn of the 18th century, this wide-spanning church boasts towering columns and beautifully decorated ceilings that have been restored with painstaking attention to detail — well worth a visit if you’re keen on checking out some of Seville’s finest architectural gems.

If you’d like to venture inside, the church is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 till 2:30, with youngsters under 15 granted free entry!

16 – Get your art fix at the Museo de Bellas Artes

Museo de Bellas Artes, Seville

One for the art lovers, the Museo de Bellas Artes (or Fine Arts Museum) showcases a huge display of (mostly) Spanish art, spanning the medieval era all the way up to the early 20th century.

Even the building itself is a work of art; you’ll find the expansive collection spread across two stories in a 17th-century palace.

Hot tip: for an in-depth look at the stories behind the pieces, consider booking a guided tour led by an art expert

17 – Whizz around town with a segway tour

segway tours in Seville

If you can’t stand slow-paced walking tours and would rather get around the city at a faster pace, why not try an electric segway tour?

As you roll around on two wheels, led by an in-the-know local who’ll wax lyrical about the city’s history and culture, you’ll be able to get a thorough feel for all of Seville’s best sites.

Most of the time the tours take place around the city center, lasting roughly two hours with stops at some of its most iconic monuments along the way, including Plaza de Espana.

18 – Admire the Torre del Oro

Torre del Oro, Seville

Translating to “The Tower of Gold,” Torre del Oro is a military watchtower that sits on the shore of the Guadalquivir River right next to the Real Maestranza bullring, dishing up gorgeous views over Seville from its viewing deck.

Sure, it towers some 36 meters high, but with a rich history dating back to the 13th century, it’s as much about the past as it is the present.

And, to top it all off, you’ll find a small yet fascinating naval museum inside its walls.

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19 – Head to Granada for a day!

Granada day trips from Seville

If you’re itching to get away from Seville for a day and experience more of what southern Spain has to offer (which, admittedly, is a heck of a lot), why not consider heading to Granada for the day?

This ancient Islamic city is steeped in history and culture, with its many monuments — including Alhambra Palace (which you can’t miss)  — attracting scores of visitors every year.

While the Monasterio de San Jerónimo and Nasrid Palaces are must-visits, make sure to leave time aside to wander around the city’s atmospheric cobbled streets, packed with shops and cafes that’ll make you feel like a local in no time.

20 – Spend a day in nearby Carmona

Carmona day trip from Seville

Historic and beautiful, Carmona is an ancient town perched atop a dramatic ridge, found about 33 km northeast of Seville — an easy day trip option.

As one of the oldest towns in Europe, it boasts a wide selection of centuries-old landmarks: don’t miss the Necropolis, said to date back to the 1st and 2nd centuries, as well as the Alcazar de la Puerta Nueva de Sevilla, a towering fortress gate that separates the new and old sections of the city.

21 – Have a picnic in Maria Luisa Park

Maria Luisa Park, Seville

This expansive green space is the perfect place to relax as you take in Seville’s fresh air and soak up some Andalucian sun. Open to the public for over 100 years, the area welcomes families to spend their weekends picnicking on grassy knolls or cycling around its 100 acres.

Far more than just a lawn though, the Maria Luisa Park‘s gardens are home to an impressive selection of fountains, sculptures and architectural pieces that’ll fascinate even the most seasoned traveler, with the enormous Plaza de Espana building on one side and Guadalquivir River on the other.

22 – Join a horse-drawn carriage tour

horse-drawn carriage tour in Seville

Picture this: you’re sitting alongside a friendly local, as he or she takes you around Seville’s most iconic sites, authentic old-school style.

As the horse-drawn carriage weaves through narrow streets and past hidden corners of the city, your guide will point out all sorts of fascinating details about both the city and its people.

It’s a perfect way to get your bearings in the city, as well as learn more about Andalucian culture from someone who knows it best!

23 – Stop by the General Archive of the Indies

General Archive of the Indies, Seville

As you can probably guess from the name, General Archive of the Indies is a place full of records and documents — all kinds of insights into Seville and Spain’s fascinating past.

The building itself — famous for its sprawling courtyard — dates back to the turn of the 17th century, while its contents total 43,000 volumes and some 80 million pages spanning administrative documents from the 16th to 19th centuries.

24 – Watch a football game!

football game in Seville

In a nation that goes wild for The World Game, Seville is home to two of the nation’s top-ranked teams: Real Betis Balompié and Sevilla FC.

The former plays regularly at Benito Villamarín Stadium, while Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium serves as the stomping ground for the latter.

Regardless of which team you watch, if you’ve never been to a European soccer (football) match, thanks to its roaring crowds and unmatched energy, you’re in for a real treat!

25 – Marvel at the White Villages on a day trip

White Villages day trip from Seville

Easily accessible from Seville by bus, train or car, there are several tiny white villages nestled in the hills of Andalucia that make for a perfect day trip.

With their stunning architecture and traditional culture largely intact, these places will give you an intimate insight into life as it was hundreds of years ago — all within reach.

Ronda, whose two halves lie separated by the dramatic El Tajo gorge, is actually the third most-visited destination in southern Spain (and for good reason). Zahara de la sierra, built upon the site of a former border fortress, sits atop a hill with spectacular valley views. And, last but not least, Setenil de las Bodegas is a tiny whitewashed town that’s been hewn into the rock face — a truly unique environment!

While all individually accessible, for the best bang for your buck, consider a tour that stops at multiple White Villages and includes transport and lunch!

26 – Saddle up for some horseback riding

horseback riding in Seville

Looking for something a little more fast-paced than a carriage ride? There’s plenty of horseriding lessons and adventures to choose from too!

Whether you’re an amateur or a pro, the Andalucian countryside is one of Spain’s best spots to get up close and personal with horses and immersed within nature.

For a more remote adventure, Doñana National Park is a solid place to start; while a range of horseriding trips remain closer to Seville itself.

Hot tip: if it’s romance you’re after, look no further than a sunset ride along the El Rocio beaches.

27 – Go kayaking down the Guadalquivir river

kayaking in Seville

A wonderful spend of sightseeing, relaxation and exercise, kayaking is a brilliant way to see Seville when the sun’s shining (which, let’s be honest, is basically all the time).

A tour of the Guadalquivir river or a ride along one of Seville’s canals will show you an almost entirely different side to this vibrant and historic city, with plenty to be learned from knowledgeable local guides along the way.

Prefer to go at your own pace? Kayak rentals are available too at various spots along the river.

28 – Meet the animals at MundoPark Zoo

MundoPark Zoo, Seville

Always a popular choice with vacationing families, MundoPark Zoo is a great way to get up close and personal with all the animals you’d normally only see on TV.

A fun day out for kids of any age, this zoo has plenty going on year-round; from live feedings to special events and shows, and, of course, more than 200 different species to check out (don’t miss the white lions).

Thanks to its secluded location about 30 minutes from the city, you’ll also get to appreciate the Spanish countryside along the way!

29 – Join a bull-breeding farm tour

Bull Breeding Farm tour from Seville

Very quintessentially Spanish, a visit to a Bull Breeding Farm is a unique way to experience Andalucia’s proud ranching tradition.

A chance for visitors to truly understand the commitment and skill that goes into breeding some of Spain’s finest bulls, this is an interesting insight into a world that has otherwise never been exposed on such a large scale before.

The pre-organized tours typically last 4-5 hours, with pickup and drop-off conveniently provided from Seville hotels.

30 – Visit Plaza del Cabildo by day (and again by night)

Plaza del Cabildo, Seville

Located in the heart of Seville’s historic city center in the Arenal neighborhood, right next to the famed Cathedral, Plaza del Cabildo is one of Spain’s largest squares — albeit, not technically square, rather semicircular.

As well as being a popular spot for locals to meet and relax with friends or family, this plaza also plays an important part in Seville history (which you can hear all about on downtown walking tours) and plays host to an array of lip-smacking restaurants and quirky souvenir shops.

Hot tip: make sure to visit at night, when the area’s magically lit up and the locals come out to play.

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31 – Explore the Casa de Pilatos

Casa de Pilatos, Seville

One of Seville’s most historic buildings, Casa de Pilatos is an ornately-decorated multi-storied civil palace (read: not your typical royal palace) just outside the city center.

Originally built in the 16th century with renovations along the way giving it a rare combination of architectural styles, this underappreciated building now acts as a museum to showcase its original beauty and heritage.

The classical statues, colorful tiles and 3D carved wood ceilings are highly appreciated, but it’s the history-focused audio tour which most visitors love most.

32 – Browse the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions

Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, Seville

A great place to learn more about the cultural and historical heritage of Andalucia, the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions features a huge collection of traditional dress costumes, handicrafts and other items relating to key events in Seville’s past.

Throw in the diverse collections of oriental porcelain and ivory, blacksmiths’ gear, household utensils, musical instruments, and vibrantly decorated tiles, and it’s easy to see time can fly by within its walls.

Plus, thanks to its location inside beautiful María Luisa Park, it’s a simple (and essential) addition to any day of walkabout.

33 – Soar 1500 feet above the city in a hot air balloon

hot air balloon ride in Seville

A very popular Seville pastime that continues to draw tourists year after year, hot air ballooning is both a relaxing and exhilarating way to get an unforgettable bird’s-eye view not just of the city, but of wider Andalucia, the Iberian Peninsula, and the surrounding countryside.

As well as being a great way to kick off your day (trust us, the early wake up is worth it!), it’s also the perfect activity for romantic couples looking for something different!

34 – Explore the ancient Roman structures of Itálica

Itálica day trip from Seville

Home to the remains of what was once one of the Romans’ most impressive amphitheaters, Itálica is a must-see for history lovers — especially since it dates back to 206 BCE, was one of the earliest Spanish Roman settlements, and is supposedly the birthplace of three different Roman emperors (Trajan, Hadrian, and Theodosius).

Easily accessible on a day (or even half-day) adventure, there’s a lot to see and do, from the arena itself (which you can actually walk around!) to the quaint village of Santiponce near which it sits.

35 – Admire the beauty of the Hospital de los Venerables

Hospital de los Venerables, Seville

For a unique slice of Spanish history, make time to visit Hospital de los Venerables — the former home (and workplace) of five ‘venerable’ priests.

Located in an atmospheric 17th-century convent building with plenty of original features intact including stone archways, religious frescoes, and a chapel with stunning stucco work — not to mention the antique furniture and large collection of paintings — it’s an under-the-radar highlight for those looking to discover something new.

These days, it also houses the Velázquez Center, a wonderful homage to famous painter Diego Velázquez.

36 – Check out the Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas

Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas, Seville

Another historic site that’s different from the usual Seville attractions, Santa María de las Cuevas is home to a monastery founded back in the 15th century.

Sitting on the Isla de La Cartuja — therefore explaining its nickname, the “Monastery of La Cartuja” — completely surrounded by water on both sides, this centuries-old building offers visitors not only an insight into monastic life but also incredible views out across the river.

As the oldest of its kind in the city, it’s well worth considering a private tour to hear about the ancient stories.

37 – Stop by the Palacio de Lebrija

Palacio de Lebrija, Seville

An opulent Andalucian home set around an enchanting Renaissance-style courtyard, Palacio de Lebrija was built in the 16th century and displays what is widely considered as one of the best mosaic collections in Europe.

Open to visitors on guided tours, it boasts charming frescoes, ornate ceilings and columns, a beautiful garden with palm trees and fountains, an impressive chapel decorated in gold leaf, plus more than enough historical intrigue and artifacts to keep you fascinated for hours.

38 – Head to the Game of Thrones filming locations

Game of Thrones tours in Seville

Any diehard GOT fans out there? While Croatia receives the bulk of the attention when it comes to filming locations (Dubrovnik is the home of King’s Landing), Spain is actually home to quite a few too.

From the Alcázar de Sevilla — which was used as the Water Gardens of Dorne — to Andalucian sites like Itálica and Almodóvar del Río (home of Highgarden), there’s plenty of GoT history to explore in the south.

Not to be forgotten is Osuna, a quaint town whose bullring — Plaza de Toros — featured in crucial scenes in season 5.

39 – See the inside of a royal home: Casa de Salinas

Casa de Salinas, Seville

Another historic home that stands out from the typical tourist haunts, Casa de Salinas is a 16th-century palace with an ornate courtyard that acts as a smaller (and therefore less crowded) version of the infamous Alcázar.

Since the palace is privately owned, the only way to get inside is to book on one of the regular guided tours, but it’s well worth doing — not just for its beautiful interiors and intriguing historic features (including a whimsical garden), but also to see a rare example of an authentic noble family’s home.

40 – Get your balance on a stand-up paddleboard

paddleboarding in Seville

A relaxing outdoor activity that’s risen to popularity all over the world in recent years (although comes from a much more established tradition), stand up paddle offers a unique way to explore the city’s numerous riverways — and is one of those experiences that can be as active or relaxed as you like.

There are plenty of ways to get involved: from hiring boards independently for solo sessions, joining guided group tours, or even tagging along on 5-person board trips!

41 – Mix history with food at the San Jorge Castle

San Jorge Castle, Seville

Straddling the west bank of the river, this imposing castle sits in a prime location overlooking Sevilla Cathedral and plays a crucial role in local history: the medieval fortress was used as both a headquarters and prison during the Spanish Inquisition.

You can learn all about its historical significance in its small, underground museum. These days, however, it’s been demolished and rebuilt, attracting most tourists with its food market (Mercado de Abastos de Triana).

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42 – Get your dowse of science at Casa de la Ciencia

Casa de la Ciencia, Seville
credit to Casa de la Ciencia

The perfect way to spend a rainy day (after you’ve exhausted all the museums), this interactive science center is both fun and informative, with plenty of hands-on exhibits for kids.

Complementing its permanent collection, Casa de la Ciencia also often hosts special themed exhibitions — together exploring fascinating areas like astronomy, geology, animals and insects, natural history, the human body, and a whole lot more.

Make sure to catch a show at the planetarium while you’re there!

43 – Take a day trip to historic Córdoba

Córdoba day trip from Seville

One of the most important cities in Spanish history, Córdoba’s historic center is packed with sights that are well worth exploring.

As what was once a thriving Islamic city, its stunning Mezquita — a former mosque-turned cathedral — still stands today as an example of Islamic architecture as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In addition to the Mezquita, Córdoba’s Jewish Quarter, an atmospheric maze of narrow streets and colorful buildings is worth exploring, likewise the wide selection of excellent restaurants and bars.

44 – Navigate your way to the Pabellón de la Navegación

Pabellón de la Navegación, Seville

Located on Isla de la Cartuja along the shores of the sparkling Guadalquivir River, Pabellón de la Navegación is an incredibly modern building (built for the Seville Expo in 1992 but recently renovated with modern touches) that explores the world and history of seaborne navigation.

Throughout its rooms, you’ll find a range of interesting exhibits — from scale models of ships and navigation tools to insightful multimedia presentations.

45 – Sample local treats at the Mercado de Triana

Mercado de Triana, Seville

An iconic feature of Seville that has to be visited at least once, the city’s main market (and one of its most photogenic) is a hive of activity and color.

Open daily from around 9 am until mid-afternoon (with restaurants open much later), Mercado de Triana offers both fresh produce and souvenirs from an array of vibrant, friendly locals.

Thanks to its location at the Plaza del Altozano on the site of the former San Jorge Castle, next to the Triana Bridge, there’s no shortage of nice walks to burn off the calories after browsing the market.

46 – Visit the Palacio de las Dueñas

Palacio de las Dueñas, Seville

A magnificent example of Gothic architecture with Mudéjar influence, this perfectly preserved palace is one of the most unusual and beautiful sights in Seville — especially when the flowers bloom on its facade.

Exterior beauty aside, as you step inside the 15th-century castle you’ll come across all kinds of historical treasures that are well worth exploring, including bullfighting and football memorabilia that belonged to the late Duchess de Alba (a well-known aristocrat).

47 – Head to Cádiz and Jerez on a day trip

Cádiz and Jerez day trip from Seville

Two of the most popular day trips from Seville, Cádiz and Jerez each have a lot to offer — whether it’s flamenco or sherry!

A lively university town with a wealth of history and culture, the ancient port city of Cádiz is perhaps best known for its flamenco heritage and base of the Spanish Navy; while Jerez de la Frontera (home to the famous sherry bodegas) surrounds a stunning 11th-century Moorish fortress.

While both are worthy destinations in their own right, thanks to their proximity, a combination day tour is typically the best bang-for-buck!

48 – Go skydiving or paragliding!

skydiving, Seville

One of the adrenaline-fuelled ways to explore the beautiful landscapes of Andalucía, Seville is home to both skydiving schools and paragliding courses that are perfect for thrill-seekers.

If you’re planning on skydiving, choose from either 3100 or 4600 meters (the former is a little cheaper); if you go with paragliding, take your pick from simple half-day flights to multi-day courses that will teach you the ins and outs of this heart-racing activity!

Either way, thanks to the unobstructed views, they’re both considered top-tier things to do in Sevilla!

49 – Embrace local traditions with an olive oil farm tour

olive oil farm tour in Seville

For a more immersive slice of life in southern Spain, head to an olive oil farm for a range of activities that include sampling the golden liquid and seeing how it’s made. After all, the Andalucía region is the largest olive oil producer in all of Spain!

Visitors can also take a tour of the farm to learn about Spanish traditions and culture, as well as try out some hands-on activities such as pressing olives. Don’t miss this one if you have even a passing interest in food & drink.

50 – Hop between countries on a Gibraltar and Tangier day trip!

Gibraltar day trip from Seville

While neither city technically sits in Andalucía, or Spain, for that matter (Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory while Tangier is the Moroccan gateway between Africa and Europe), these two popular day trip destinations allow visitors to get a taste of Morocco, and despite their proximity, a totally different culture and atmosphere.

Gibraltar is, of course, famous for the Rock of Gibraltar as well as the Túneles de Asedio, while Tangier is known for its vibrant medina where you can get lost in winding alleyways and historic architecture. Both are ideal day trip destinations that offer something a little different!

51 – Join in the Holy Week festivities

Holy Week festivities Seville

If you have the time and your vacation dates happen to line up, attending Holy Week — which takes place in the week leading up to Easter — is a must-do for any  Andalucían traveler.

A tradition dating back to at least the 16th century, not only is the week steeped in religious significance and history, but also comes packed with celebrations: you’ll find traditional dance, delicious food, and ice-cold sherry around every corner, as well as parades that can last up to 12 hours!

52 – Hike the famous Caminito del Rey path

Caminito del Rey tour from Seville

Arguably the area’s most famous hike; the long, beautiful trek of seven kilometers that takes about three hours to walk in its entirety is one of Seville’s most popular day excursions.

Far from your typical bushwalk, Caminito skirts along a unique aerial path suspended some 100 meters in the air along the walls of a gorge — so, if you’re a bit squeamish with heights, it’ll be a mighty challenge!

Hot tip: Because the journey is one-way and begins in Ardales and finishes in El Chorro, it’s best to go with an official group that handles all of the details and transport.

53 – Grab a table at Eslava

Eslava, Seville

Foodies, rejoice. Admittedly, it’s near impossible to find a subpar restaurant in Spain, however, for one of Seville’s most notable, award-winning, Michelin-starred eateries, heat to Eslava.

Located just north of the heart of the city in the historical neighborhood of San Lorenzo, this stylish restaurant has been delighting customers for over three decades with a flavorful menu that changes depending on what’s fresh and available each day: trust us when we say you won’t want to miss out. And for those who like it by the glass, Eslava also offers an excellent wine list — no matter how fussy your taste buds are!

Sweet tooth? Take note: for dessert, make sure to sample the heavenly goat cheese ice cream.

54 – Catch a show at the theater

theater in Seville

For a taste of how this city entertains itself, consider booking tickets to the iconic Teatro Lope de Vega, a staple venue in Maria Luisa Park.

Built in 1946 and famous for its large-scale musicals that carry spectacular backdrops, it’s Seville’s premier performance space for everything from plays to performers — so if you love live shows or are traveling with someone who does, consider this a must.

Another noteworthy venue, Teatro de la Maestranza is the go-to for all things opera. Welcoming both local and international names, it’s a beautiful acoustic space and well worth the visit if you’re in town.

55 – Get a little wild on a pub crawl

pub-crawls in Seville

Ready to let your hair down? If you’re looking to mingle with fellow thirsty travelers and get a taste of Seville’s party scene — and make no mistake, the locals seriously know how to have a good time — then consider joining in on one of the city’s infamous pub crawls.

While multiple companies are offering similar tours, they all follow a similar itinerary: hop between a selection of bars (some famous, some underground) and clubs with plenty of free drinks and icebreaker games included.

Looking to do your own crawl? Head to Alameda de Hércules, a plaza surrounded by new fewer than 50 different watering holes!

56 – Admire the sunset from a rooftop bar

rooftop bar in Seville

A little more low-key than a tipsy pub crawl, but equally as fun, is spending an evening on the town at one of Seville’s many rooftop bars.

Situated in some of the city’s best-kept buildings and offering gorgeous panoramic views across Seville, these bars are perfect for a night out with friends or date night.

One of the most popular spots in town, Terraza Hotel Doña María boasts spectacular views of the Cathedral as well as a rooftop pool. Nearby but a little cheaper is the Fulton Terraza at Palacio Alcazar, a no-frills rooftop bar with great views of the Alcázar towers.

If you’re still thirsty, the Pura Vida Terraza in Santa Cruz offers live music and hand-crafted cocktails, while Hotel Inglaterra’s La Terraza, right on Plaza Nueva, is all about style and sophistication.

57 – Pamper yourself at a spa!

spa in Seville

If the head’s throbbing from last night’s bar crawl, there’s n better way to soothe it than with a relaxing massage. Luckily for weary travelers (even if you’re just sore and bothered from walking around town), there’s no shortage of spas in Seville.

Whether you’re after a thermal bath, deep tissue massage, scrubbing and exfoliation or full-on aromatherapy, Seville’s got your back.

If you can’t decide where to book, the AIRE Ancient Baths are tucked away inside a 16th-century Moorish palace and deliver a large dose of beauty to complement the R&R.

58 – Don’t forget about the Archeological Museum of Seville

Archeological Museum of Seville

If you’re still itching to learn more about Seville’s history, head straight to the Archeological Museum of Seville, a three-floor, ten-room exhibition inside Pabellón del Renacimiento at Maria Luisa Park

This museum features a vast collection of pieces from the Paleolithic era up to the Middle Ages, with an exciting array of Tartessian Pottery.

Even the building itself is also worth a gander; built in 1929, the neo-Renaissance structure was designed by one of Seville’s most beloved architects, Aníbal González.

59 – Spend a night at Hotel Alfonso XIII

Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville

Feeling fancy? Then you’ll love Hotel Alfonso XIII, a luxury hotel that sits right next to Seville’s Real Alcazares inside one of the city’s landmark neo-Mudéjar buildings. Built by King Alfonso XIII back in 1929, the hotel was literally constructed for the purpose of housing royalty — and, as such, is hard to beat for a night of pampering.

Besides opulent rooms with lavish furnishings and modern amenities, the hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool, gym and enchanting garden courtyard.

Choosing your hotel:

Have you thought about your accommodation options yet? A sprawling city that can cater to every budget, Seville offers everything from luxury royal-like hotels to basic bunk-bed hostels (where breakfast is included) and everything in between.

Not sure where to start? If you’ve already considered the aforementioned Hotel Alfonso XIII, both Hotel Palacio de Villapanes and the Boutique Hotel Casa del Poeta are overflowing with opulence; Melia Sevilla boasts a stunning, enormous pool; while the Black Swan Hostel Sevilla is the go-to for penny pinchers after a no-frills bed to sleep on.

A great way to see the city:

Popular among budget-savvy travelers, free walking tours operate through all of the city’s main neighborhoods, offering a great way to get a taste of the essential attractions and culture from a local’s perspective. Typically, the guides are happy-go-lucky, charismatic, and are more than happy to share the inside tips on places to eat, underground bars, and the like.

Keep in mind, of course, that while they’re ‘free’, guests are expected to leave a tip.

Have you considered an airport transfer?

Rather than try to pick apart Seville’s public transport system or wait in line at the taxi rank, why not take the easy route? By booking a pre-arranged airport transfer, you can take all the hassle out of arrival — a friendly, local driver will meet you at the arrivals hall (holding a placard with your name on it!) and whisk you away to your hotel.

Plus, if traveling as a group, it’s often a cheaper per-person alternative compared to the regular shuttles.

Well, that’s a wrap! We hope you loved our exciting list of things to do in Seville, Spain — the Pearl of Andalusia! If you have any other must-see suggestions, drop them in the comments below.

While you’re traveling through southern Spain, consider checking out nearby Granada, Malaga, and, just across the border, the famous Portuguese party beach town of Lagos.

As always, happy travels.