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How to Make the Most of One Day in Seville

If you only have one day in Seville and are unsure of what to do, you’re in the right place. Unfortunately for you, the Andalusian capital is brimming with far more attractions and activities than you could possibly hope to fit into one day. However, by following this itinerary, you’ll at least see the most iconic landmarks in Seville, as well as have an authentic experience or two!

The itinerary includes a number of free activities, but if you want to enter attractions rather than just go sightseeing, you’ll need to pay for admission. As Seville is a popular tourist destination, we recommend you book in advance if you plan to visit during peak season (June-August). You can use secure booking platforms like Get Your Guide and Tiqets.

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Morning

To start your day in Seville, you should head to the Plaza de España. The stunning semi-circular brick structure with tall towers on each end is a mix of architectural styles and dominates the massive plaza. You can stroll around the square, admire the colourful ceramic tiles, and take in the views of the canal and bridges.

If you’re worried we forgot breakfast, don’t be; the Plaza has a fantastic market, open every day except Sunday. It’s a great place to pick up fresh fruit, pastries, local snacks and a café con leche (coffee with milk) or freshly squeezed orange juice to start your day. You can either enjoy them in the Plaza, or in the neighbouring Maria Luisa Park.

After exploring the Plaza de España, you should take a river cruise along the Guadalquivir River. Cruises provide a unique perspective on Seville’s history and landmarks, and provide some of the best views.

Various cruise options include drinks and cold tapas, as well as audio guides that provide live commentary as you sail past some of the city’s most iconic sights. If you’d rather be active, you can rent a kayak or paddle board to travel along the river.

Following your exploration of the Guadalquivir River, you should check out the famous Torro del Oro, or Tower of Gold in English. The historic tower located on the riverbank once guarded the city’s port. Nowadays, you can climb to the top for panoramic views of Seville, as well as learn about its maritime history.

Lunch

For lunch, you should join a guided tapas tour to explore Seville’s culinary scene. Tapas tours are a great way to learn about tapas etiquette and discover hidden local gems. Here are some popular dishes:

  1. Tortilla de Patatas: A Spanish omelette made with eggs, potatoes, and sometimes onions.
  2. Pan con Tomate: Rustic bread rubbed with ripe tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt.
  3. Spanish Olives: A bowl of marinated olives, often stuffed with anchovies or pimientos.
  4. Spanish Cheese & Cured Meats: Local cheeses such as Manchego alongside thinly sliced cured meats like jamón ibérico (Iberian ham).
  5. Croquetas de Jamón: Creamy croquettes filled with ham.
  6. Pimientos de Padrón: Blistered green peppers sprinkled with sea salt.
  7. Patatas Bravas: Crispy fried potatoes served with a spicy tomato-based sauce.
  8. Chorizo al Vino Tinto: Chorizo simmered in red wine.
  9. Champiñones al Ajillo con Chorizo: Garlic mushrooms with chorizo.
  10. Albóndigas: Spanish meatballs in tomato sauce.
  11. Gambas al Ajillo: Garlic shrimp sautéed in olive oil.
  12. Calamares Fritos: Fried calamari rings.

There are a range of options for tapas tours in Seville. Some tours include the famous Triana Market, which others pair tapas tastings with wine, sangria and local history tours. You could also join a tapas cooking class so you can bring Seville home to your own kitchen!

Afternoon

After lunch, you should try to fit in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The Royal Alcázar, Seville Cathedral and Giralda, and the Archivo de Indias are all part of the Seville UNESCO World Heritage Site in the city centre.

  • Royal Alcázar: First, visit the Royal Alcázar, a stunning palace complex with beautiful gardens. Explore its intricate architecture, lush courtyards, and historic rooms- but make sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid long queues.
  • Seville Cathedral and Giralda: Next, head to the Seville Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See. The largest Gothic cathedral in the world is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the resting place of Christopher Columbus. You can also climb the Giralda Tower for breathtaking views of the city.
  • Archivo de Indias: If time permits, visit the Archivo de Indias, an archive housing historical documents and artifacts related to the Spanish colonies. It’s located right next to the cathedral, and is open until the late afternoon.

You can book tickets to individual attractions on Tiqets and Get Your Guide, and you can also bundle attractions. The Royal Alcázar, Seville Cathedral and Giralda is a popular combination, with guided tours and skip the line tickets costing forty to sixty euros depending on the time of year.

Evening

As afternoon turns to evening, you should head to the Metropol Parasol, or Las Setas in Spanish. This huge wooden structure (which looks slightly like giant mushrooms) offers rooftop views and a vibrant atmosphere, and is a great place to catch the sunset.

As well as walking along the rooftop paths, you could have a pre-dinner drink, sangria being a popular option. You should then start to think about entertainment for the night ahead- and what better entertainment than a live flamenco performance!

Flamenco is deeply rooted in Andalusian culture, with expressive dance, soulful music, and intricate guitar playing. Seeing as dinner is a late affair in Spain (usually people eat at around 10pm) you should attend the flamenco show first. Plenty of local venues put on shows, but if you’re already at the Metropol Parasol and are tired from a day of sightseeing, you can catch one at the famous Tablao Flamenco Las Setas.

Dinner

Following the flamenco show you’ll surely be hungry, so you should head straight to dinner. Seeing as you had tapas for lunch, dinner is another opportunity to try local cuisine. We recommend paella, a traditional rice dish with chicken, chorizo and seafood, but you can also get vegetarian versions.

There are plenty of restaurants and bars around Metropol Parasol, so you won’t be short of options. However, if you’re really tired or have to be up early the next morning, it might be a good idea to attend a flamenco show that includes dinner.

After dinner you’ll probably be pretty tired and ready for bed. Nevertheless, you should make sure to get some photos of Seville lit up at night as you head back to your accommodation!

There’s obviously much more to Seville than you could possible cover in one day, but this itinerary does a pretty good job of including the city’s most iconic sights. If you’d like more information on Seville, read Top Reasons to Visit Seville, Spain and feel free to mix and match activities.

If you have more than one day in Seville, consider a day trip to a nearby town or city, such as Huelva, Ronda or Marbella. Andalusia is full of must-visit destinations, and Seville is a great base from which to explore.

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