Where to Stay in Seville: A Neighborhood Guide

This blog post was originally posted on April 14, 2015, and was updated on March 25, 2019. 

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 in Seville – for you!

Working out the best location to stay in a city is always a tough one, so we've put together a neighborhood guide to help you work out where to stay in Seville.

El Arenal

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 five minutes from 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 amazing rooftop terraces and places for cocktails. 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.

Our favorite hotels in El Arenal:

We recommend Santa Cruz as one of the Seville neighborhoods to stay in!
A pretty square in the Santa Cruz neighborhood – Photo Credit: Sandra Vallaure

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. Plus, you’re mere minutes from the Cathedral and Royal Alcazar Palace. If you are looking for a hotel with true Andalusian feel in the heart of the historic center, Santa Cruz is the best location for your stay in Seville!

Our favorite hotels in Santa Cruz:

Torre del Oro is a cool landmark to stay near in Seville!
The Torre del Oro, located next to Seville’s river

El Porvenir / Viapol

Looking to stay outside the city center, but just a hop, skip and a jump away from it all? Nestled in the southeastern end of the city and right next to Maria Luisa Mark, El Porvenir is the perfect location to take advantage of Seville’s public transportation. In the area you’ll find the city’s second-largest train station, San Bernardo, with connections to nearby cities as well as bus and tram line stops and even a metro station. Get to wherever you’re going in a heartbeat!

Our favorite hotels in El Porvenir:

Basilica de la Macarena is La Macarena's namesake, a great spot to stay in on a trip to Seville.
Basilica of the Macarena, Seville

La Macarena

If you don’t mind a bit of walking and want a true taste of local life in Seville, this northern area of the city is the place for you. The neighboorhood gets its name from the Macarena Virgin, housed in a beautiful chapel that sits right next to an ancient city gate and restored portions of the old city walls. A thirty-minute walk or ten-minute taxi ride will get you to the historic center, where you can spend the day sightseeing then return to the barrio at night. Use your evenings to explore Seville’s favorite social scene – the lively Alameda de Hercules with a whole host of restaurants and bars for tapas, cocktails and fun.

Our Favorite Hotels in La Macarena:

Triana neighborhood is a good place to stay in Seville.
View of Triana in Seville

Triana

Just across the iconic Isabel II bridge, you will find the neighborhood of Triana. The area has a village feel with lots of little shops, local markets, and great tapas bars. This is the best location to stay in Seville if you are looking for an authentic experience and want to make the most of your evenings by exploring the area’s ¡family-run tapas bars! From Triana, you can get to the historic center on foot. It’ll take about twenty minutes, but is well worth the walk, which boasts postcard worthy views of Seville’s skyline!

Our favorite hotels in Triana:

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63 Comment

  1. Sharon Jackson says
    October 2, 2017 at 10:50 am

    We would like to know where a quiet area of Seville is so we can get the action in the other areas but have a good nights sleep. Can you recommend an area. They all look nice.
    We don’t mind a walk 🙂

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    1. Jaimie Keating says
      October 3, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Hi, Sharon. There are a number of great areas to relax in Seville, but perhaps the best places to be near the action without all the noise would be Macarena or Triana (as long as you go a bit further in, by the river can still be noisy). Both places are a bit of a walk, but also have great foodie spots to enjoy and local establishments for when you return to the neighborhood in the evening. Hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions!

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  2. Brittany says
    November 29, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Calling all Seville experts – If you were to spend two weeks in the off season (two adults and a 7 month old baby) where would you stay? We plan to do day trips, but also quite a bit of chilling and working remotely from our vrbo.

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    1. Jaimie Keating says
      November 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Hi, Brittany. I think the best area for your family would be near the Museo de Bellas Artes. This specific area is pretty quiet, full of Airbnb rentals you could look into and near both the major monuments and also the bus station which is really convenient for day trips and you can get a bus from nearby to the train station if you are planning on taking the train elsewhere in Andalucia. I hope this helps and let me know if you have any more questions.

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      1. Trish says
        January 31, 2018 at 10:38 am

        Hi. That sounds like it would suit us too. I can’t work out what area it is from the map, only that is on the opposite side of the river from Triana.

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  3. Kaj says
    January 14, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    My wife and i with our 21 yr daughter and 24 yr old son will be there in june 2018 for 3 days. Looking for a central area preferably near river and all the night life and restaurants. Please advice

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    1. Jaimie Keating says
      January 17, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      Hi, Kaj. I think the Arenal area would be a good option for you and your family. Located right by the river, you have some amazing restaurants nearby, both modern and super traditional, iconic monuments and it is also a great place to enjoy some rooftop bars or drinks by the river – so it really has a bit of everything! Hope this helps and we look forward to seeing you in Seville in June.

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      1. Kaj says
        January 17, 2018 at 2:38 pm

        Thanks Jaimie.
        Is that area walking distance to restaurants, nightlife, siteseein etc. Ie os it a central location.
        Thanks again

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        1. Jaimie Keating says
          January 18, 2018 at 12:14 pm

          Hi, Kaj. Absolutely, there is great nightlife down by the river and the sights and some of the city’s best restaurants are within walking distance – you’ll love it I’m sure!

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  4. Trish says
    January 31, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Near the Museo de Bella Artes sounds good. What area is that for me to narrow my Airbnb search? I can see it’s opposite Triana.

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    1. Jaimie Keating says
      February 2, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Hi Trish, the area is most commonly referred to as San Vicente, try using this search word and see how you get on!

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  5. Tinyfroggie says
    February 15, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Hi there, we are planning a visit during the Holy Week to experience the Seville Semana Santa. Which place should we stay if we want to see the parade? Regarding the parade, what route does it go through?

    Thank you for your kind advise.

    Gracias!

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    1. Jaimie Keating says
      February 20, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Hi there! Semana Santa is an amazing thing to see, so exciting that you are coming that week. The processions go through all areas of the city, with the Arenal area probably being one of the busiest for processions, while Alfalfa and Santa Cruz are also procession hotspots. The tricky thing is the availability of accommodation at this time, but the good news is that regardless of where you stay, you won’t have far to go in order to see processions that week – they are everywhere in the city!

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  6. Stephanie says
    April 24, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    We will be in Seville with my 17 and 21 yr old children over the Christmas holidays – looking for something quiet for sleeping yet accessible to the restaurants etc — any suggestions on neighborhood to focus on? Do not mind a walk….Probably and Air BNB or HomeAway rental.

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    1. Devour Tours says
      April 27, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      As long as you look for a side street and stay off the main pedestrian thoroughfares, any neighborhood will be great! There are quiet streets even in the center. We love Triana, but still: side streets! Calle Betis, Calle San Jacinto and Pagés del Corro are loud so avoid them.

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  7. Valerie Sedor says
    April 28, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    We are looking to come to Seville for 3-4 days this June with 2-18 year olds, 1 – 16 year old and 1-12 year old. We want to be close enough to walk to places, immerse ourselves in the culture and visit some site. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    1. Devour Tours says
      May 7, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Valerie! If you want to be right in the heart of things, then Santa Cruz and El Arenal are close to the sights and would be perfect. If you’re looking for something with a more off-the-beaten path feel, then Triana would be great.

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  8. Mike Gottlieb says
    May 1, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    We are trying to find a 2 month place to stay in Triana. Everything seems to be on the east side of the river. Advice?

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    1. Devour Tours says
      May 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Mike! Where are you searching? Try searching for “Triana” instead of “Sevilla.” We just did a quick search on Airbnb for whole apartments that are available for all of June and July in Triana and there were 72 results.

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  9. Kaz says
    May 30, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Hi were a couple 50 plus and will be staying in Seville for a week towards the end of September. Were looking for a safe area with a bit of cafe culture. Which area would you recommend.

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    1. Devour Tours says
      June 4, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      Hey Kaz! The area around Calle Féria would be good for you guys! Make sure to check out Otto, La Cacharerria, Virgin Coffee and Caótica.

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  10. Robin says
    June 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Hi!
    I am a student looking for a peacefull place to live with other students from september-januari. My university is on Loyola andalucia (so in the very south of the center). I was thinking about still living in triana and biking to the campus (30min) every day.
    Would you recommend this or would you pick a place that is closer by a metro station?
    And which areas would you guys recommend?

    Thanks in advance!

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    1. Devour Tours says
      June 20, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Hey Robin! We’re sure you’re going to have an amazing semester in Seville! If you’re planning on using the Sevici bikes, one thing to keep in mind is that you can only take them out for 30 minutes at a time, so you’d have to switch bikes halfway through if you don’t want to be double charged. Also know that the winter can be rainy which would make for a not-very-fun bike ride. Do try to find a place close to a bike station, if you’re planning on using those. We do love Triana, so if you really want to live there, you can make it worth it, just know that it’s a longer commute than it needs to be. If you prefer a closer neighborhood, Porvenir is an up and coming area, that would actually be much closer to the campus. It’s as close to the center as Triana is, but much closer to campus. Best wishes!!

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      1. Robin says
        June 21, 2018 at 4:08 pm

        Thank you for the amazing help! I think I will try to buy a bike online for a half semester if possible… I don’t know if that is a good plan! Anyways, I am from now on also looking at places in Porvenir! Thank you very much!

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  11. Dave says
    June 26, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Hi im staying at santiago 13 calle is this close by to sant cruz

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    1. Devour Tours says
      June 27, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      Looks like about a 10 minute walk! Santa Cruz is the area around the cathedral. You’re in what we would “el centro.”

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  12. Tori says
    June 27, 2018 at 4:53 am

    Hi! I’m thinking of Teaching English Abroad in the region of Andalucia and am requesting to stay in Seville (I think this would be the best city to stay for 5 months total (from January to May) but if you have other suggestions of cities in Andalucia, I’d love to hear them). I was wondering what neighborhood you think would be best? I’m trying to find a neighborhood that’s close to having the best of everything; from nightlife and close-ish to the city center, to places that are rich in history and culture. I am a female and will be 22 years old. Thank you!

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    1. Devour Tours says
      June 27, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      You can’t go wrong with Triana! It’s ideal for a longer stay in the city.

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  13. Meg says
    July 5, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    hi, i will fly to seville from barcelona around end of september, stay 2 nights then head off to cordoba by train. which area is better for single female traveller? Please advise.

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    1. Devour Tours says
      July 6, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      Hi Meg! Seville is super safe, so you can’t go wrong anywhere! El Arenal and Santa Cruz are great if you want to be right in the middle of the action and close to the sights. Keep in mind though that Spain experiences a lot of tourism in September, so if you prefer to be more off-the-beaten path, check out Triana.

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      1. meg chan says
        July 7, 2018 at 10:42 am

        Thanks a lot for your comment, I’ve booked a place in Triana. Again, thank you very much!

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        1. Devour Tours says
          July 9, 2018 at 4:26 pm

          Awesome, Meg, so happy to hear it! You’re going to love it!

          Reply
  14. Janet Golding says
    July 23, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Hello – I am planning to visit Seville at Christmas, staying for approx. 1 week. I will be joined by my adult son & possibly some friends from the UK. The age range will be from 32 -late 50’s & we are all keen on good food, music, good bars, & the usual sight seeing – especially historic sites. We are not looking for quiet necessarily but having somewhere were we can combine enjoying the food & night life but still get a good nights sleep.
    Have researched areas have ticked Arenal & especially Santa Cruz. I’ll probably look at Air BnB – any advice on the best areas for us?
    Thank you

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    1. Devour Tours says
      July 23, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      Hi Janet! Agreed that Arenal and Santa Cruz are going to be the best areas for you! If you’re looking to stay closer to good eats then Arenal is better, but Santa Cruz is in the literal heart of the city and a very short walk to all of the main sights. Hope to see you while you’re in town 🙂

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      1. Janet says
        August 18, 2018 at 10:01 am

        Hi – I have booked to stay in the historic centre (Casio antiguo) but in Museo not Santa Cruz or arenal. I think it’s the right decision as I’m told you get a more authentic feel in this residential area by the museum of fine arts (so still in the historic part. I’m told the restaurants are, in general, less touristy & more authentic. We would also like access to Macarena so 1/2 way between the main sights & there makes sense too. Thanks

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        1. Devour Tours says
          August 20, 2018 at 7:07 pm

          That sounds like a wonderful choice, Janet! We’re sure you guys are going to have a wonderful time. Seville at Christmas is really something special!

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  15. Vinz says
    August 3, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Hi i am visiting seville third week august with my 21 yr old daughter. Wanted to stay at a boutique oroperty closer to the main area with enogh sightseeing and a good night life. Pls recommend a good hotel , also would u recommend having a train station nearby making it easy coming into and getting out of srville to other destination. I am planning to stay for two nights . Awaiting to hear.

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    1. Katie Stearns says
      August 3, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      Hi There! Palacio De Villapanes (Calle Santiago, 31) and Casa del Poeta (Calle Don Carlos Alonso Chaparro, 3) are two great boutique hotels right in the center of the city. Restaurants, bars, shops and markets are all within a 15 minute walking radius from both! Seville’s train station is located a bit away from all of the action, so we’d recommend taking a bus or taxi in from the station when you arrive!

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  16. August 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Hola! My wife and I will be traveling to Seville with our then 23 month old daughter and I am concerned about not being able to find a good restaurant open around 6 or 7pm as my daughter won’t be able to stay up until 9pm or later. Don’t want to miss out on our Spanish experience by having to eat at fast food chains. Is this going to be an issue or can we find enough good places to eat that early? Thanks!

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    1. Katie Stearns says
      August 3, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Traveling with a little one is no joke and you’re right to be concerned about restaurant opening hours—most kitchens in Spain don’t rev up for dinner until 8 or even 830pm. Some of our favorite tapas bars with all-day kitchens include Bodeguita Antonio Romero on Calle Gamazo and Maestro Marcelino’s on Calle Hernando Colon. It won’t be easy, but there is good local food to be found during off-hours!

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  17. janet says
    August 17, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Thank you for your advice; I have booked an apartment close to the Museum of Fine Arts – previous reviews say it is right in the middle between the historic centre and the “trendy”neighbourhood of Alameda. Residential but still within the historic part of town & close to great restaurants and bars I’m told. I think its the right decision.

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  18. Rachel Sumrell says
    September 1, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Hola! My friend and I (two older ladies in their 60’s) are visiting Sevilla, September 18 – October 3rd. We have booked an Airbnb in Aresenal/Macarena neighborhoods. We plan to travel to Cordoba for a night and to Granada for 2 nights and back to Sevilla for La Feria de San Miguel. Any suggestions for two women traveling alone? I have found all your other comments to be very helpful.

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    1. Devour Tours says
      September 3, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Hi there Rachel! First, just get ready for a great time! Seville is super safe and we’re sure you’re going to enjoy your time here. Second, we’d love to have you join us on a Devour Seville Food Tour! Make sure and book on one of your first nights in town so you can take advantage of all of the tips and tricks we share with you for eating out in Spain during the rest of your stay. We also have some solo traveler tips that you and your friend might be able to put to use! https://madridfoodtour.com/solo-travel-in-spain/

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  19. mOhammad says
    September 12, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Hello 🙂

    We are planning to visit SEVILLA in 29th of September and visit cities next to it like Granada, Cordoba and probably Malaga … Where do you suggest to stay in SEVILLA ? Activities to do in each city?

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    1. Devour Tours says
      September 14, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Any of the neighborhoods in this post are great, depending on what you’re looking for! Here are some of our favorite things to do in Seville, Malaga and Granada:
      https://devoursevillefoodtours.com/things-to-do-in-seville/
      https://devourmalagafoodtours.com/what-to-see-in-malaga-our-top-10-picks/
      https://devourgranadafoodtours.com/things-to-see-in-granada/

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  20. cooks says
    October 8, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Hiya, I am looking to stay in nature and just chill, paint and stay in one place – , with good weather in october. Is there anywhere like this near seville or somewhere else?

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    1. Devour Tours says
      October 8, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      Hi! We think Andalucia’s famous white villages known as Pueblos Blancos are the perfect place for you! Our top picks include Olvera, Arcos de la Frontera, Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra.

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  21. Shawn says
    December 5, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Hi
    We are a family of 4 ( 1 & 5 years old boys), will be visiting Seville from 23-31. Firstly do you think that would be enough time? Also do we need to rent a car, give we have little ones with us and just easier to roam around in a car with them in it, or taxis/Uber/ public transportation is good enough?

    Also we are torn between Macarena or Triana, Any advice?

    many thanks

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    1. Devour Tours says
      December 10, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Hello! You and your family of four will love Seville and we think 8 days is plenty of time to visit the city plus day trips to other Andalusian treasures! Driving and parking in Seville can be quite tricky as many streets are off limits in the city center and there are only a handful of parking garages, which charge hefty fees by the hour. We’d definitely recommend public transport, especially taxis and buses, for getting around, or even on foot if you are traveling with a stroller! As for neighborhood, we’re partial to Triana because of its great family-friendly atmosphere, but both areas will work!

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  22. Becca says
    December 23, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Hola 🙂

    My boyfriend and I are visiting for a long weekend in March and trying to gather which area to head to. We’re both 30 from London and looking for great food, bars, music, a bit of a local buzz in a creative, ‘trendy’ (I hate that word!) part of the city. Also really drawn to the beauty of the old Jewish quarter. Is there a neighbourhood that offers both without being too touristy?!
    Thanks in advance!

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    1. Katie Stearns says
      December 24, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Hi Becca,
      The great thing about Seville is that it’s not too big, and it’s very easy to walk around from neighborhood to neighborhood. The Jewish quarter is definitely stunning, but if you’re looking to stay somewhere with a bit more of a local feel, I’d recommend the Alameda neighborhood for its artsy shops and local cafés, or across the river to Triana, which was once the stomping grounds for the city’s most famous flamenco dancers and bull fighters. Hope you have an amazing stay!

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  23. Brad says
    January 12, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    HI there. I am a single male visiting Seville in March. I plan on taking day trips out to other cities, but also want to say in a safe area that is close to everything. I do like to walk and explore the city, so a central location would be great for me. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. Devour Tours says
      January 14, 2019 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Brad! First off, Seville is super safe, so no worries about being alone. Arenal and Santa Cruz are going to be the best areas for you! If you’re looking to stay closer to good eats then Arenal is better, but Santa Cruz is in the literal heart of the city and a very short walk to all of the main sights. Here’s our guide for solo travelers in Spain: https://madridfoodtour.com/solo-travel-in-spain/
      Hope to see you while you’re in town ?

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  24. David Rothwell says
    January 27, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Hi I’m visiting Seville in march. I’m 72 and have some walking difficulties. What’s the best area to stay for sightseeing and restaurants of course. ??David

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    1. Devour Tours says
      January 28, 2019 at 4:36 pm

      Hi David! A hotel in the Jewish Quarter would be great since it’s within walking distance of all the major monuments. Some options are Casa 1800, Hotel Murillo, and Las Casas de la Judería. Another option is the Alfonso X Hotel, just off the Jewish Quarter, which is on a main road that taxis can easily drive up to, which can be a challenge in Seville!

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  25. Nicole Hoglund says
    March 3, 2019 at 4:06 am

    Hi, we will be visiting this April. Our son is living in the Calle Bami neighborhood, but in school during the day so we would like to visit and walk and sight see. What is a good area to split the difference between the Calle Bami neighborhood and the City Center.

    Reply
    1. Devour Tours says
      March 5, 2019 at 11:46 am

      Hi Nicole! Anywhere near Maria Luisa park in the Porvenir area would be a great option that’s halfway between all of the best sightseeing and Bami. You might also consider looking for hotels near the southern part of the historic center, closer to the Jewish Quarter or Puerta de Jerez, if you’re looking to be closer to where you son is.

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  26. Sophia says
    March 27, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Hi! My husband and I are in our 30’s and visiting for 3 days in May. He will have to go to a conference at the Fibes center sometimes, and I will be on my own when he is there. We want to stay in a hip area that is walkable, but also provides easy access to public trans so he can get to the conference center. What do you recommend?

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    1. Devour Tours says
      April 3, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Hi there! Bus 27 stops at the Fibes convention center and takes between 45 min to an hour departing from the center of Seville. If you stay near the Metropol Parasol, known by locals as “Las Setas,” your husband can easily jump on the bus and you are mere minutes from the Alameda and Calle Regina, Seville’s trendy tapas and shopping scene.

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  27. Maggie says
    May 10, 2019 at 2:59 am

    I’ll be in southern Spain for about a week & I’m trying to decide if I should stay in Seville most of the time or try to spend any nights in surrounding areas. I don’t have anything scheduled but definitely want to see the ‘best of’. Any thoughts? Single female traveling alone, so definitely want to be safe. My return flight leaves out of Malaga, so I’ll have to head that way at some point, not sure if Ronda should be a stay over or day trip.

    Reply
    1. Devour Tours says
      May 17, 2019 at 7:49 am

      Hey Maggie! Seville is a great base for exploring the Andalusian capital as well as day trips to Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz and Cordoba. which are all just a short train ride away. By bus you can reach the sandy beaches of Huelva in less than 2 hours. If you’re looking to explore Andalucia’s famous white villages, Ronda is a great place to stay and will get you closer to Malaga for your flight home. Have a fantastic time!

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  28. Kiew HU says
    June 3, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    We are a family of three-husband/wife /adult daughter,First time visiting Seville sometime in Sept,where is the best place to stay?We are there for sight seeing,food and shopping.

    Reply
    1. Devour Tours says
      June 11, 2019 at 10:52 am

      Hi! Arenal or Santa Cruz would be great choices for you.

      Reply

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