The beating heart of Southern Spain and the melting pot of artistic expressions, Seville is the ideal destination for a culture rich getaway. This charming city, situated on the bank of river Guadalquivir, never ceases to attract visitors from all over the world with its impressive architecture, unique heritage, delicious tapas, and seducing rhythms of flamenco. Here’s a curated list of top sites to experience in 24 hours the best the “Pearl of Andalusia” has to offer.
Travel back in time and immerse yourself in Spain’s Moorish past at Real Alcázar
Real Alcázar is one of the most distinguished examples of mudéjar architecture in the region; let its majestic walls, golden ceilings, colorful tiles, and flourishing gardens guide you back to the XIV century when this originally Moorish fortress was transformed into the royal residence of King Peter I of Castile.
Explore Seville Cathedral and get to the top of Giralda Tower for an unparalleled view of the city
Seville Cathedral is the third largest Cathedral in the world; registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, together with the General Archive of the Indies and the Real Alcázar complex, this masterpiece of Gothic art is also known for supposedly containing the mortal remains of Christopher Columbus. For a bird’s eye view of the historic centre, don’t miss the chance to climb up the Giralda, the bell tower that dominates the city skyline.
Lose yourself in the ancient Jewish Quarter
Throw out the map and get lost in Barrio Santa Cruz; its labyrinth of narrow streets, dotted with picturesque buildings and endless lines of orange trees, will let you forget the hustle and bustle of modern life. Have a coffee break at one of the several outdoor cafés and watch the world go by.
Wander around Plaza de España and reconnect with nature at Parque de María Luisa
Plaza de España is Seville’s architectural gem. Built on the occasion of the Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair of 1929, this magnificent square, with its intricated tilework representing the Spanish provinces, four bridges, and even internal canals, will take your breathe away. Save some energy for a stroll through the nearby Parque de María Luisa, the green lung of the city.
Chase the sunset at Metropol Parasol
Metropol Parasol, also nicknamed “Las Setas” (the mushrooms) due to its distinctive shape, is a modern architectural marvel located in Plaza de la Encarnación. This contemporary building, which at first was given a chilly reception by the Sevillanos, turned into one of the most popular spots to admire the city from above. Take the lift up to the rooftop terrace and watch the sun go down on Seville.
End your tour by roaming the streets of Triana
No trip to Seville is complete without a walking tour of Triana District, so cross Puente de Isabel and venture deep into this lively neighbourhood. Order a platter of tasty tapas, have a couple of glasses of vino tinto (red wine), and hit the dancefloor in one of the birthplaces of flamenco!