one week in sevilla

So you’ve made the **brilliant**decision to spend a week in glorious, sunny Sevilla. Get ready to have an amazing time gorging on tapas and visiting some of the most beautiful places in the world (I’m slightly biased, but you won’t disagree, I promise).

There are so many options for a week in Sevilla, but I’d recommend essentially stretching out my 3-day itinerary and then adding a day trip or two, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling and how much you want to see. I’m also noting six full days of activities, assuming Days 1 and 7 are both partial days due to travel.

DAY 1: SANTA CRUZ + REAL ALCAZAR
Start your time in Sevilla by orienting yourself in Barrio Santa Cruz (the center) and exploring its quaint streets. Grab some tapas, check out all of the different shops (there are some beautiful jewelry stores, tea and spice shops, etc – all local to Sevilla and very reasonably priced). I’d recommend wandering over to Plaza de la Alianza, Plaza de Dona Elvira, and heading towards Calle Pimienta. They’re very photogenic streets, so get ready photography buffs!

Next, head to the Real Alcazar for a beautiful and leisurely afternoon in the royal palace and gardens. Make sure to check out all of the rooms and gardens, including the Arabic baths and upper terrace. For more info on rates and hours for the Alcazar, check here.

DAY 2: ENCARNACION (“LAS SETAS”), LA CATEDRAL, AND LA GIRALDA
Begin your second day in Sevilla in Plaza de la Encarnacion. Spend the morning “climbing” the Metropol Parasol structure (referred to in Sevilla as “Las Setas” given its similarity in appearance to a mushroom). You’ll get a different perspective of the city than you do from the top of La Giralda, it’s relatively inexpensive to enter. If you have time, there’s also an Antiquarium in the bottom of Metropol Parasol, so I’d recommend checking that out too if you’re interested in archaeology. For more information on Las Setas, check here.

After exploring around Encarnacion, head back to the heart of old town towards the Cathedral. Start by touring the inside of the cathedral – it’s the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, so give it some time to wander around inside. You can also see the Tomb of Christopher Colombus inside the Cathedral (you can’t miss it, I promise!). Once you’ve taken in all that this expansive Cathedral has to offer, head to the back corner of the building (still inside) and look for signs for “La Giralda” (the bell tower). Climb up the 35 ramps and one staircase to the top for some breathtaking views of the city. Be sure to check out the views from all four sides! For more information on rates and hours for La Catedral, check here.

DAY 3: DAY TRIP!
I’d recommend a Day Trip if you’re looking to explore neighboring towns/cities while you’re in Sevilla. Some close options are:

Cordoba
: home of the stunning Mezquita, you can easily spend more than a day here, but it’s absolutely doable in a day trip (45 minute train ride on the Ave). If you aren’t planning to spend more time in Cordoba separate of your time in Sevilla, I’d highly recommend this day trip.

Cadiz
: Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in Europe (most claim it is THE oldest) and home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain. The train is longer, about 1 hr 45 minutes, so make sure to go early to make the most of the day!

Jerez de la Fronterra: Spain is well known for its sherry, and Jerez is the capital of it all. It also happens to be the equestrian capital of Spain, though most people go for the sherry experience. It’s an hour train ride from Sevilla (on the same line as Cadiz).

DAY 4: TRIANA AND PASEO COLON
Day four will focus on the area surrounding the Rio Qualdaquivir, specifically that to the west, in the neighborhood of Triana.

Start your day in the beautiful neighborhood of Santa Ana in Triana. To get there from the center, head towards the river and cross along any of the bridges. I prefer to take the Puente de San Telmo and then walk along Calle Betis on the water for great views of old town. You can also turn down any of the side streets to explore into the heart of the Triana district. Make your way back to the water to Calle Betis, which will loop around to the left when you get to the next bridge. Head down Calle San Jorge towards the ceramics area next. Even if you aren’t looking to buy any, it’s a unique area to walk through. And if you are looking to buy ceramics, I’d highly recommend Ceramica Santa Ana. All of their ceramics are handmade in Triana (look for the words “pintado a mano en Triana”), and the patterns are beautiful.

Head back towards Puente de Isabel II, stopping for a bit to walk through the Mercado de Triana. Head across the bridge, stopping at the Mercado Lonja del Barranco for lunch. There’s a lot to choose from inside, and the views along the water make for the perfect lunchtime setting.

After lunch, walk south along the Paseo de Colon. You’ll soon pass the Plaza de Toros on your left, and further down (just before the first bridge you crossed in the AM) you’ll pass the Torre del Oro. If you have time and want to experience a big part of Sevilla history, check the schedule for a bullfight at the Plaza de Toros. Be prepared though – they kill 7 different bulls during each “fight,” so it’s not for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure.

Head back east from the Torre del Oro towards Puerta Jerez (where the Alfonso XIII is located), and you’ll be back in the heart of Santa Cruz to relax for the evening!


DAY 5: DAY TRIP!

I’d recommend another day trip if you’re up for the adventure. Depending on where you chose earlier in the trip, check one of my other recos above. I promise you wont be disappointed, and you’ll get to experience different parts of Andalusia at the same time!

DAY 6: PLAZA DE ESPANA, PARQUE MARIA LUISA, AND PLAZA DE AMERICA
After breakfast, head over to the beautiful Plaza de España. Plan to spend about an hour walking along the provincial alcoves, enjoying a boat ride through the moat, and taking in the sight that is this beautiful monument. It’s also free to enter and open 24 hours a day!

Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll through Parque de Maria Luisa (just across from the Plaza). Let yourself explore all the different areas that the park has to offer before ending up at the far end in Plaza de America.

Plaza de America is home to two beautiful buildings: the Museo Arquelogico and the Pabellón Mudéjar (Museo de Artes y Costumbres). The latter is famous for its art deco architecture and absolutely worth seeing.


For housing recommendations in Sevilla, check this out.
For food recos, head here!

LOOKING FOR NIGHT ACTIVITIES? Check out a flamenco show or two. My favorites are Casa de la Guitarra, Casa del Flamenco, and Casa de la Memoria. if you’re in Sevilla over a weekend, check out the bars around Plaza del Salvador. There’s a beautiful church across the plaza and tons of bars with outdoor areas, making for a lively scene. Otherwise, I’d recommend heading over to Plaza de la Alfalfa no matter what the day! There are tons of bars in the area, both in the Plaza itself and on the neighboring streets (Cuesta del Rosario and Calle Perez). If you’re a mojito fan, La Rebotica Bar on Calle Perez used to make a mean (aka massive) €5 mojito. For a little bit of a nicer setting, check out the outdoor bar at the Alfonso XIII hotel, or head over to Le XIX, a quaint cocktail bar nearby on Calle Plaza Ministro Indalecio Prieto.

FUTBOL FAN? Check the FC Sevilla schedule and catch a game while you’re in town. I’ve been to several games at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, and it’s an awesome experience. Make sure you wear red and white, and if you want to seem extra loyal, check out the hymn they sing after wins here.

WANT TO SPLIT YOUR TIME BETWEEN MULTIPLE CITIES? If you have a week total to spend in Andalusia, I’d split your time between Sevilla and Granada. More to come on Granada later, but you can follow my 3-day Sevilla Itinerary for your time there, and then you can catch the train or bus to Granada for the second half of your trip.

Questions? Let me know! I’d love to help you figure out which day trip option might be right for you or make recommendations on where to spend more/less time if your schedule doesn’t allow for the full week.

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