During one week in Seville, you’ll start to feel like less of a tourist and more of a local.
Besides just visiting all of the Andalusian capital’s iconic sights, you’ll start to discover off-the-beaten-path hidden gems and local favorites tucked away in the backstreets. You’ll mingle with both born-and-bred sevillanos at tapas bars and fellow tourists at the must-see attractions. Here’s how to make the most of 7 days in Seville and experience the best of both worlds.
Day 1: Settle in & food tour
Welcome to Seville! Once you arrive, start off your 7 days in Seville at a leisurely pace. Take some time to explore your neighborhood, simply wandering around and getting a feel for your whereabouts. Make a note of bus stops, bars and restaurants that look good, and more. Getting a feel for your barrio will help you settle in and get a sense of the local ambiance.
In the evening, head to the center (if you’re not there already) and join us on our Tapas, Taverns & History Tour! This experience will give you an insider’s look at some of Seville’s most storied tapas bars, including the oldest two in the city! Plus, you’ll get your first glimpse at some of Seville’s most iconic sights, such as the cathedral and the Alcázar.
Day 2: Alcázar, Cathedral, Plaza de España
Start the second of your 7 days in Seville by exploring two of the must-see monuments in the heart of the city. For a true royal experience, head to the Alcázar first (Patio de Banderas, s/n). This historic compound is the official residence of Spain’s royal family during their visits to Seville, but is open to the public when they’re not there! The breathtaking details in the architecture, colorful tiles, and lush green gardens will leave you breathless.
Insider’s Tip: The Alcázar was featured on a recent season of Game of Thrones (fans of the show may recognize it as Dorne). As a result, its popularity has exploded. Book your tickets online in advance to avoid huge lines once you arrive!
After the Alcázar, head just across the way to Seville’s stunning cathedral (Avenida de la Constitución, s/n). As home to the tomb of Christopher Columbus, jaw-dropping views from the Giralda tower and so much more, you can’t spend 7 days in Seville without dedicating an hour or two to this majestic church.
From there, head to Parque María Luisa and take some time to stroll through the beautiful gardens. Enjoy the peace and tranquility after several hours in the heart of touristy Seville. Once you’ve relaxed a bit, end your day by catching the stunning sunset at Plaza de España. This gorgeous square is worth a visit any time of day, but takes on a special kind of magic as evening settles over Seville. From there, be sure to head to one of the nearby bars or restaurants for dinner!
Day 3: Plaza Nueva, Salvador Church, Alfalfa, Flamenco Museum & flamenco show
Start the third of your 7 days in Seville at sprawling, pristine Plaza Nueva. As home of Seville’s city hall and a towering statue of Fernando III, it’s a great place for a photo op! Don’t miss the nearby Adriática building, either—with its unique round façade, it’s one of the city’s emblematic buildings.
Hold onto your ticket from the cathedral, because it will also get you into the lesser-known yet equally lovely Church of El Salvador (Plaza del Salvador, 3). If you’re not religious, you may not want to spend your entire time visiting churches, but hear us out. The building alone makes this one worth a visit. Its architecture features remains of civilizations past that have called Seville home over the centuries. The Romans, Visigoths, Moors and more all constructed buildings on this site!
After the church, take some time to explore the vibrant Alfalfa neighborhood. An integral part of the city since Phoenician times (2,000 years ago!), today the neighborhood boasts one of the best tapas scenes in Seville. Grab a bite here for lunch before you continue exploring.
From there, head to the Museo del Baile Flamenco (Calle Manuel Rojas Marcos, 3) to learn about Spain’s most iconic and passionate art form. Learn about the history of this beautiful art as well as some of the people who have left their mark on it. It’ll give you plenty of context to be able to go and enjoy a show at one of Seville’s best flamenco venues later in the evening!
Not sure how to spot an authentic flamenco show? Let Devour Seville expert guide Sara show you how!
Day 4: Day trip to Córdoba
Seville’s prime location in Andalusia makes it easy to get to some of the other beautiful cities in southern Spain. On the fourth of your 7 days in Seville, take the 45-minute Renfe train to nearby Córdoba and spend the day there. Often likened to “Seville’s sister city,” Córdoba offers the same vibrant, passionate Andalusian culture as the capital, but with a more small-town Spanish feel.
Start the day at Córdoba’s iconic thousand-year-old Mezquita (Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1), a stunningly preserved mosque left over from the Moorish period. From there, enjoy amazing views from the towers of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos (Plaza Campo Santo de los Mártires, s/n) and stroll through the gardens. Enjoy tapas in Plaza de las Tendillas and check out the nearby Roman temple, too!
Day 5: Macarena, Alameda, Las Setas
Spend the fifth of your 7 days in Seville exploring some of the city’s lesser-known neighborhoods! First, visit the Basilica of the Macarena (Calle Bécquer, 1-3) in the neighborhood of the same name. Even if you’re not in town during Semana Santa, this is a great way to get a peek at one of the stars of the annual Holy Week processions. The gorgeously detailed Virgen de la Macarena statue is one that locals and visitors alike clamor to see during the processions. Be sure to check out the small museum in the church dedicated to her as well.
Head further south to the Alameda neighborhood and grab lunch at one of the dozens of incredible tapas bars and restaurants in the area. This revitalized area is home to some of the most unique food in Seville thanks to its influx of hip gastrobars and experimental restaurants. Walk off your lunch by strolling the Alameda de Hércules. It makes for a great spot for people watching as well!
As evening falls, head to Seville’s famous mushrooms—yes, they’re really called that! The Metropol Parasol sculpture in Plaza de la Encarnacíon is locally known as “las setas.” Though its construction caused controversy due to the sheer amount of money it cost, it is now the largest wooden structure in the world and as much a symbol of Seville as the Giralda tower.
Head downstairs first to check out the fascinating Roman ruins in the Antiquarium. Then, take the elevator up to the very top of the setas. Make your way along the winding pathways, drinking in the unbeatable views of Seville from the top. As a bonus, your entrance ticket comes with a free drink at the rooftop bar!
Day 6: Day trip to the beach
The heat in Seville can be especially brutal, especially if you’re visiting in the heart of summer. One of our favorite ways to beat the heat is to simply escape to the beach for a day! Seville itself is landlocked, but well connected to coastal cities like Málaga and Cádiz. You can enjoy a leisurely breakfast in Seville and be relaxing on the shore by midday.
Even if you’re not in town during the summer, an escape to the coast can make for a nice change of scenery. Large coastal cities like Málaga have plenty to do during the cooler months as well.
Day 7: Triana
Can you believe your 7 days in Seville are just about up? Make the most of your final day by spending it in Seville’s most emblematic neighborhood. Many tourists may be quick to pass up Triana due to its location on the other side of the river. However, don’t let that deter you! It’s easily accessible from the city center and a true gem in its own right.
The strong local identity makes for a good enough reason to visit Triana. In fact, most people in this barrio refer to themselves as being from Triana, rather than from Seville! As a result, this colorful, lively area takes on a special kind of character you won’t find anywhere else in the city.
Triana is packed with off-the-beaten-path hidden gems many tourists overlook. From the lovely Santa Ana Church (Calle Vázquez de Leca, 1) to the eerie Calle de la Inquisición to the gorgeous views of the city from Calle Betis along the river, Triana offers plenty of fascinating sights most tourists will never discover.
Can’t get enough of Triana? Join us on our Tapas Like a Local Tour in the neighborhood and learn how to feel like a born-and-bred trianero! You’ll taste your way through several of Triana’s best-loved tapas bars and restaurants as you marvel at the best hidden sights tucked away in its backstreets. There’s no better place in Seville to learn the art of the tapeo!
Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.