City Breaks in Seville
Enjoy the romantic sights and sounds of Seville. Explore the historical city centre by day, and make your way to the many bustling tapas restaurants, cafes and late-night bars at night. If you're brave, do as the locals do and try your hand at flamenco.
Spending a weekend in Seville is right for you if you are a lover of culture, tradition and partying. Holy Week in Seville is hugely popular: every year from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, Seville takes on a festive spirit with its religious processions.
Be like a Seville local and take your life onto the streets! At nightfall, people fill up the streets around Plaza de la Alfalfa or rub shoulders in hip bars and charming old-fashioned establishments where you can feast on Spanish specialities.
Heading out from your hotel on foot is a great way to get a real feel for everything Seville has to offer. Lose yourself among the winding alleys of the Santa Cruz quarter, home to the Cathedral of Seville and a number of the city's oldest churches. Formerly part of a mosque, La Giralda tower now forms part of the cathedral and is the place to go if you want to enjoy outstanding views across the city.
Spend time browsing in the shops around Plaza Nueva and Plaza Duque de la Victoria, the heart of the city's shopping and commercial district. Of course, when you're ready to take the weight off, simply drop into one of the many bars and restaurants in the surrounding area to enjoy some delicious tapas.
You'll find a host of exciting attractions to keep you busy during a short break in Seville. Start off by discovering all about the city's rich Moorish heritage with a visit to the Alcázar. Complete with breathtaking architecture, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is regarded as one of the best architectural gems in Seville.
When you're ready to escape the noise and hubbub of the city, head for María Luisa Park. This beautiful public space in the heart of Seville stretches alongside the east bank of the Guadalquivir River and is an ideal spot for a picnic, a quiet stroll or perhaps even a short afternoon nap.
While in the park, take time to visit Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares, with its exhibitions of folk art, or Museo Arqueológico Plaza de América where you'll find the Treasure of El Carambolo on display. The hoard contains items of jewellery dating back to the 8th century BC that were discovered three kilometres to the west of the city back in 1958.
While Seville is regarded as a vibrant city all year round, it really comes to life during the two main annual festivals. Semana Santa de Seville, or Holy Week in Seville, takes place in the week prior to Easter. Expect floats, parades and church services aplenty.
Time your visit a few weeks later to coincide with Feria de Abril and you'll get to experience Andalucía at play. Colour, dancing, drinking, horses and flamenco dresses are what this week-long festival in April is all about.
If you’re visiting the city’s main attractions, like the Giralda or Torre del Oro, you’re bound to be surrounded by hordes of tourists. To escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful getaway in Seville, cross the river and stroll through the old gypsy neighbourhood of Triana, the birthplace of flamenco and the oldest tapas bars in Seville. This is where you will find the “duende”, the soul of flamenco, embodied by a feisty brunette accompanied by a flamenco guitar.
The shops on Calle Sierpes are fortunately protected from the sun and the relentless heat, but the shops around Plaza del Salvador are also worth a visit.
Excursion: during your weekend in Seville, take the time to visit the picturesque little mountain village of Ronda. Built on both sides of an impressive precipice, it will enchant you with its breathtakingly beautiful views.
The view: climb to the top of the Giralda tower to enjoy Seville’s most beautiful view and take in the Moorish gardens and the resplendent bullring.
Often considered the little sister of the Alhambra of Granada, the Alcázar is an impressive and original palace in Seville. This royal residence is listed as a UNESCO heritage site.
For coffee: nestled in the opulent Alcázar gardens, in the shade of the orange and jasmine trees, is a cafe where you can laze around for hours.
Not to be missed: wander around the maze of streets in the old Santa Cruz district, Seville’s historic centre and discover its hidden nooks and crannies, its squares and its cafes in a timeless atmosphere.
El Arenal, the district behind the bullring, is a sought-after foodie haven, much acclaimed by the Spanish, where you will often see the traditional dish of oxtail proudly displayed on the menu after a good match, or corrida.
For breakfast: Tomato toast – fresh bread brushed with olive oil and topped with tomatoes – shouldn’t set you back more than a few euros. Enjoy an authentic café in the Triana district, with a view of Isabel II bridge.
The midnight snack: late at night in Seville, the “churros” stalls near Triana bridge offer you delicious delicacies if you like these donut-style fritters.
A good idea for your Seville city break: the Sevilla Card! Thanks to this tourist card valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours, discover the city by saving on access to museums and public transport, and enjoy other interesting reductions.
Seville is known to be one of Europe’s hottest cities. If you want to escape the summer heat, plan to take your short break to Seville in spring or autumn.