Where to Stay in Seville: A Neighborhood Guide

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!

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 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.

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. 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!

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

La Cartuja

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.

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 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.

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

Triana

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.

49 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. 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!

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  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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