This blog post was originally posted on April 14, 2015, and was updated on February 14, 2017.
One of the most important things to choose when you are visiting a city is your hotel. The right area (or the wrong one) can make or break your vacation – but don’t worry, we’re here to help!
Planning a trip to a new city is always an exciting, and potentially stressful, experience. Choosing the right part of the city is important – after all, you want to stay in the best location! However, your idea of what’s “best” depends on why you’re visiting. Here’s a rundown of the different neighborhoods to help you plan the best place to stay – for you!
El Arenal is the best choice if you want somewhere central. If you only have a short time to visit the city, all the main tourist attractions are nearby. You’re right by the Cathedral, steps away from the Bull Ring, and dangerously close to the shopping area of Calle Sierpes. You can’t get much more central than that!
You can find great tapas if you wander off the beaten track, and at night there are some amazing roof top terraces and places for a cocktail. But be warned – being so close to all the action means that, at times, your hotel may be noisy! We are not known for leaving the fiesta early in Spain.
Barrio Santa Cruz
When thinking about where to stay in Seville, it is important to keep the most historic part of the city in mind. Barrio Santa Cruz is filled with cobblestone streets, classic Andalusian balconies, and hidden patios. If you are looking for a true Andalusian feel in one of the area’s many interesting boutique hotels, or if you want to be close to the historic sites, then this is the best location to stay in Seville for you!
This neighborhood is best known for the Seville Expo of 1992 and you can still visit the interesting buildings constructed for the event. The other interesting thing about La Cartuja is that it’s technically an island in the middle of the Guadalquivir river. As you might imagine, there are many large green spaces here, including the Jardín Americano where you can take a walk and enjoy nature.
La Cartuja is also home to theaters and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, where they often hold events and concerts. Staying here is a particularly good option if you’re attending a conference, as this is where many university buildings and convention centers are found.
If you don’t mind being a little bit of a walk from the center and want a true taste of neighborhood life in Seville, then this is the neighborhood for you. While it’s a bit of a walk from the Cathedral, La Macarena gets its name from the Basilica of the Virgin of the Macarena, a beautiful church which is well loved among locals in Seville and also worth a visit!
It’s perfectly reasonable to spend the day in the center sightseeing, then return to your barrio at night. There is always lots going on around this area – all you need to do is head down to the lively Alameda de Hercules to find a whole host of bars to stop for tapas.
Across the Isabel II bridge, you will find the neighborhood of Triana. The area has a village feel, due to originally being outside the city limits. Triana has lots of little shops, local markets, and great tapas bars. Don’t miss having an evening drink on Calle Betis, the street running along the riverfront. This is the best location to stay in Seville if you are looking for an authentic experience, or if you are hooked on tapas! (Or both…)
Now you need to know where to find the best food! Why not join us on our Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Seville tour? We’ll explore some of the central neighborhoods together while trying some delicious local food along the way!
Since 2005, Cyra has lived in the UK, Portugal and Spain working as a professional tour guide. But it was Seville’s charm that captured her heart, and she hasn’t looked back since moving to her favorite city for food, wine and quality of life.