Five Free Things to do in Seville

This blog post was originally posted on May 5, 2015, and was updated on April 25, 2017.

We are the first to admit that travel (especially when it is international travel) can be expensive – but it doesn’t have to be!

You don’t have to limit your visit to one or two museums and eat only cheap fast food. In fact, Seville is famous for its tapas which are often incredible value for money. However, there is so much more to our beautiful city than tapas (even though the tapas are one of our favorite parts!), so we’ve put together a list of five free things to do in Seville. We even threw in a bonus for good measure!

We are the first to admit that travel (especially when it is international travel) can be expensive - but it doesn't have to be! You don't have to limit your visit to one or two museums and eat only fast food. In fact, Seville is famous for its tapas which are often incredible value for money. However, a man cannot travel on tapas alone, so we’ve put together a list of five free things to do in Seville. We are the first to admit that travel (especially when it is international travel) can be expensive - but it doesn't have to be! You don't have to limit your visit to one or two museums and eat only fast food. In fact, Seville is famous for its tapas which are often incredible value for money. However, a man cannot travel on tapas alone, so we’ve put together a list of five free things to do in Seville. We even threw in a bonus for good measure!Photo Credit: CameliaTWU

1. Go to church on Sunday

While not everyone is religious, Seville’s churches and chapels show a lot of the city’s history. Some of them have extremely ornate decorations and really are works of art in themselves. The most impressive of them all, which is Seville’s Cathedral, normally charges an entrance fee but is free on Sundays!

This is the perfect time to get a bird’s eye view from the top of the Giralda (the church tower), explore the inside this popular tourist attraction and even find out which famous figures are buried inside. Going on a Sunday and taking advantage of this wonderful offer makes it one of the best free things to do in Seville!

This one of Seville's most famous buildings, the Cathedral, and while it usually costs a pretty price to enter, on Sunday's it is free, making it one of the best free things to do in Seville!
The Cathedral of Seville

2. Forget your map and get lost

One of the most beautiful parts of Seville is the neighborhood of Santa Cruz. It is full of narrow, winding streets with hidden plazas and interior patios that you might be lucky enough to see through an open door. And the best bit of all? Walking around this beautiful neighborhood costs absolutely nothing – although we can’t guarantee that you won’t be tempted to stop and have a coffee or even a glass of local wine in one of the squares.

Spend your time wandering the cobblestone streets, snapping photos and enjoying the afternoon. It might be free, but this neighborhood is effectively a monument in itself which will steal your heart – it did ours!

Wandering the streets of Seville costs nothing! The Santa Cruz neighborhood of Seville is definitely one of the most picturesque and is an excellent free thing to do in Seville.
The beautiful streets of the Santa Cruz neighborhood in Seville – Photo Credit: José Manuel Azcona

3. Visit the Park

If you are looking for things to do for free in Seville, you can’t look past Parque Maria Luisa, with its beautiful park containing the stunning (and very famous) Plaza de España. During the hot spring and summer months,  all the beautiful greenery and plants provide welcome relief from the strong Andalusian sun, and during the winter, it makes a beautiful spot to bask in the beautiful winter sun that we often are so lucky to have. This is a place that the whole family can enjoy, as there are also lots of places for kids to play and get some energy out!

If you are looking for free things to in Seville, don't forget to visit this park, the Maria Luisa Park.
Take a Stroll in Maria Luisa Park – Photo Credit: Son of Groucho

4. Step into the world of Carmen

Did you know that Bizet’s “Carmen” was set in the Tobacco Factory in Seville? The Real Fabrica de Tabacos is now the main building for the University of Seville, but in the 18th century, it was one of the largest industrial buildings in Europe. It has moats, fountains, a chapel and a prison inside! It’s a pretty amazing building (or at least we think so!) and the best thing is that you can just wander in among the students and professors, and have a look inside!

These are the tiles out the front of what is today the university, but was once upon a time the Old Tobacco Factory. This is a great free thing to do in Seville as you can just enter the grounds and take a walk around.
The Old Tobacco Factory is today used as a university building, but still has the original tiles out the front showing its former use! – Photo Credit: Beth

5. Mondays are Golden!

On Mondays you can visit one of Seville’s most well-known towers for free, the Torre del Oro – literally translated, it is the Tower of Gold. The tower is currently a little naval museum, but we think it’s fun to go inside, check out the views, and imagine what it was like when the Moors were looking out trying to keep watch for the Christian invaders, or thinking back to when the explorers returned from the Americas bringing with them all kinds of stories and treasures from far away. This monument really is a little piece of history in Seville, and worth seeing even just from the outside!

This is the stunning Torre del Oro (Golden Tower) which is alongside the river. On Mondays it is free to enter, making it a great free thing to do in Seville, but the rest of the time there is a modest entrance fee charged of 1.50€
The stunning Torre del Oro (Golden Tower) alongside the river in Seville – Photo Credit: Malcolm Browne

6. And a bonus with a view

Okay, we admit that this last one is not free, but it is quite cheap! It only costs a few euros to take a lift to the top of the Metropol Parasol (commonly known as the Mushrooms or “Las Setas”). You get a great view and you can appreciate the unique architecture of this interesting building.

While many Sevillanos criticized the structure as it was being built, it really has turned into a landmark in Seville and the city’s most modern one at that. Now it’s just simply a part of our city’s landscape, so it’s up to you to decide if you love or loathe the design. If you are traveling with the whole family, don’t forget that for kids under the age of 12, it is free!

Okay, so it's not free, but this view from the top of Las Setas (Metropol Parasol) makes it totally worth paying to go up the top of the escalator and check it out!
The view from the top of Seville’s most modern monument, the Metropol Parasol, or Las Setas as it’s known to locals – Photo Credit: pepasaera

What are your favorite things to do for free in Seville? Leave us a comment and let us know. Feeling a bit hungry after all those free activities? Why not book a Food Tour or Tapas Tour with us!

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