Seville, Spain is the stunning capital of the Andalusia region, the birthplace of tapas, and the sunniest city in Europe. It goes without saying that this city is one of the most remarkable destinations on earth, and this ultimate 3 days in Seville itinerary will show you all the reasons why.
In this city guide, we’ll not only explore what to do in Seville in 3 days, but also where to eat, where to stay, all the delicious tapas and drinks you should try here, and more. You’ll also find photography tips + other helpful insider tips in this article to help you prepare for your trip!
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🇪🇸 The Perfect 3 Days in Seville Itinerary
Seville has a lot to offer, so I recommend spending at least 3 days here as it’ll give you an ample amount of time to do all the most exciting things without having to rush from place to place. Seeing Seville in 3 days will allow you to fully relax and enjoy your experience here.
🗓 Day 1 in Seville
1. Visit the Magnificent Plaza de España
Start your day by taking a stroll at Plaza de España, a beautiful square built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. One of the main sights here is a gigantic semi-circular building that showcases a mixture of the neo-Renaissance and neo-Moorish architectural styles. Today, it houses government offices.
There’s also a row of 48 stunning alcoves in this square decorated with intricate azulejos (traditional ceramic tiles used in Spain and Portugal). Each alcove depicts a different Spanish province, with a relevant fresco and a map. You’ll also see two beautiful towers at this square, and they’re both so tall that you can see them from all over the city!
Plaza de España is also known as “the Venice of Seville” because in the middle of the square, there’s a picturesque canal in which you can rent a boat and gently row around. You’ll also see four charming bridges curving over the canal. Each of them represents an ancient Spanish kingdom and is adorned with gorgeous ceramic tiles.
If you’re into photography, then you’d love this place even more because there are thousands of spectacular angles all around the square! I recommend taking your time in Plaza de España and spending half a day here to truly soak in its beauty.
📸 Photography Tip: This square usually starts to fill up starting around 8:30 am, so if you want to take photos without anyone around, get here around 7 or 7:30 am! (The square is open 24/7)
2. Stroll the Colorful Streets of Barrio Santa Cruz
From Plaza de España, cut through Maria Luisa Park and walk to the charming neighborhood of Santa Cruz. This should take you around 15-20 mins. Back in the 13th century, Santa Cruz was the Jewish quarter of Seville. Sadly, things turned sour in the 14th century when many Jews were kicked out of the city for not wanting to convert to Christianity.
Today, this neighborhood is filled with restaurants, secret squares, and old palaces. It’s the perfect place to wander aimlessly because you might just find the best places by getting lost in its colorful maze of alleys!
3. Have Lunch at a Historic Tapas Bar
As I mentioned before, there are plenty of restaurants and tapas bars in the Santa Cruz neighborhood, so I definitely recommend grabbing a bite here. However, there are tons of tourist traps in this area, so be careful when selecting a place to eat. Here are some reasonably priced traditional tapas bars that I highly recommend:
- Tabernas Peregil — Try their delicious orange wine (vino de naranja)
- La Azotea — This stylish restaurant serves traditional Andalusian tapas in a modern way; make sure to try their croquettes and salmon tartare!
- La Bartola — This modern tapas bar has lots of traditional vegetarian dishes; make sure to try their zucchini ravioli!
- El Pasaje Tapas — Try their award-winning dish called torta naranja de Inés Rosales!
4. Explore the Hidden Casa de Pilatos
One of the hidden gems of the Santa Cruz neighborhood is Casa de Pilatos, a beautiful 16th-century civil palace. Here, you can see how aristocrats used to live back in the days and also admire some incredible architecture. In fact, this place was constructed with a unique blend of the Renaissance, Mudéjar, and Gothic architectural styles!
Today, Casa de Pilatos is considered to be the prototype of Andalusian palaces. Walking around, you can see 150 different ceramic tiles (azulejos) on the walls, and it’s truly an impressive sight.
Casa de Pilatos consists of a Summer Palace (the ground floor area) and a Winter Palace (the upstairs area). Today, part of the upper floor is still partially inhabited by the Dukes of Medinaceli. You can tour the ground floor with a personal audio guide, but to visit the upper floor, you’d have to join a guided tour for which you can purchase at the entrance.
This palace also has a gorgeous garden with 24 sculptures of Greek gods and Roman emperors. I recommend spending 1-2 hours here to explore the entire complex.
⏰ Opening hours: November to March: 9 am - 6 pm daily | April to October: 9 am - 7 pm daily 🎫 Entrance fees: Whole house: €12 (includes free audioguide) | Ground floor only: €10 🌟 Free entrance: Mondays from 3 pm onwards
5. Relax at Metropol Parasol (Las Setas De Sevilla)
Just an 8-minute walk from Casa de Pilatos is Metropol Parasol, a big wooden structure designed in 2011 by architect Jürgen Mayer after he won a contest to revitalize the square.
This monument is also known as “Seville’s mushrooms” (Las Setas de la Encarnación), and with dimensions of 150 x 70 m (492 x 229 ft) and a height of 26 m (85 ft), it is the largest wooden structure in the world.
You can take an elevator to the top of the platform and get a fantastic view of the city. Right beneath the structure, you can also find an archaeological museum, tapas bars, restaurants, cafes, and a lovely food market.
⏰ Opening hours: Sunday - Thursday: 9:30 am - 10:30 pm | Friday - Saturday: 9:30 am - 11 pm 🎫 Entrance fees: €3 (includes a drink) | Residents of Seville, people with disabilities & children <12 years - free
6. Have Dinner at El Rinconcillo
A mere 5-minute walk from Metropol Parasol is El Rinconcillo — the oldest bar in Seville. Established in 1670, it’s very popular among both tourists and locals, and it’s an iconic place that absolutely lives up to its hype.
The atmosphere inside the bar is very historic and takes you back decades in time. The cuisine is also as traditional as it gets — get ready to taste some classic tapas that are a big part of the Andalusian heritage! You can find their menu here.
⏰ El Rinconcillo opening hours: 1 pm - 1:30 am daily
🗓 Day 2 in Seville
1. Get a History Lesson at the Royal Alcázar
I recommend starting off your second day in Seville with a visit to the Royal Alcázar, the oldest royal palace that’s still in use in Europe today. This palace has an astounding history of over 1,000 years, and it’s evolved tremendously over the course of time.
Back in the 10th century, the Cordoban governors of Seville used it as a fort. It was then enlarged and rebuilt in the 11th century under the city’s Abbadid (Arab Muslim) rulers. More palaces were subsequently added to the complex in the centuries following that, by different kings that have conquered the region.
Walking around the Alcázar, you can admire the magnificent Mudéjar architecture there blended with elements from the Renaissance, Gothic, and Romanesque styles. The upper floors of the complex are the official residence of the Spanish royal family today — the king’s sister even held her wedding celebrations there.
One of the highlights of the Alcázar that you can’t miss is the stunning Patio de las Doncellas courtyard, which has a long pool in the center. You can also take a stroll in the lush gardens.
🔥 Top Tip: There are two lines to enter the Alcázar – one for those buying tickets at the entrance, and another one for those who already bought them online. Both queues are very long, but the latter is always shorter. Book your tickets online in advance so that you can get in the shorter queue, but make sure to arrive 30-45 mins before opening hours regardless because even that queue is really long!
⏰ Opening hours: October to March: 9:30 am to 5 pm daily | April to September: 9:30 am - 7 pm daily 🎫 Entrance fees: Regular ticket - €11.50 | Students <25 years & retirees - €3 | Audio-guide - €4.10 | Residents of Seville, people with disabilities & children <16 years - free 🌟 Free entrance: Every Monday from 4 - 5 pm in the winter & from 6 - 7 pm in the summer
2. Have Lunch at Taberna del Arenal
The Alcázar will most likely take you at least half a day to explore, so by the time you’re done, you’ll probably be hungry.
The good news is there are plenty of places to eat nearby, and the one I recommend is Taberna del Arenal — a cozy and well-priced tapas bar with an outdoor seating area, large portions, and great service. From the Alcázar, it takes around 5 minutes to reach this place on foot.
⏰ Opening hours: 1 pm - 4 pm | 8:15 pm - 12 am daily
3. Admire the Majestic Seville Cathedral
Now that you’re recharged, it’s time to visit the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Seville Cathedral is only a 5-minute walk from the Alcázar / Taberna del Arenal, and it was originally built in the 12th century as a mosque in Moorish Spain.
When Christians conquered the city in the 13th century, it was converted to a cathedral, only for it to be destroyed by an earthquake in 1356. The reconstruction of the current cathedral took 73 years, and today, it’s also the burial place of Christopher Columbus.
Visiting the Seville Cathedral & Royal Alcázar With a Tour Guide:
If you prefer to visit the Royal Alcázar and the Seville Cathedral with someone who can explain the history and significance of these ancient sights, here are some top tours I recommend:
4. Climb up the Giralda Tower
After you’ve explored the cathedral, it’s time to climb its bell tower — the iconic Giralda. This tower has been a symbol of Seville since the Middle Ages. When the Seville Cathedral was still a mosque, this tower was originally built as its minaret in 1171.
Today, the Giralda is one of the only two parts of the original mosque that’s been preserved in the reconstruction (the other one being the Moorish entrance). At 104 meters high, the Giralda was the tallest building in Seville for over 800 years, and you can see it from all over the city today.
To get to the top, you have to walk up 35 inclining ramps. Back in the days, muezzins and guards would walk up these same ramps with their horses and donkeys! The view from the top of the tower is well worth the climb — you get a splendid bird’s-eye view of the cathedral and the city.
⏰ Opening hours for Seville Cathedral + Giralda: Monday: 11 am – 3:30 pm | Tuesday - Satuday: 11 am - 5 pm | Sunday: 2:30 pm – 6 pm 🎫 Entrance fees: Regular ticket - €9 | Students <25 years & retirees - €4 | Audio-guide - €3 | Residents of Seville, people with disabilities & children <14 years - free
5. Enjoy a Flamenco Show
Did you know that Seville is the birthplace of flamenco? A trip to this city would be incomplete without watching a performance of this traditional folk art. While there are countless tablaos (flamenco venues) in the city, here are two I recommend the most:
- Casa de la Memoria — This 18th-century venue is an 8-minute walk from the cathedral and unlike the previous venue, it doesn’t offer food services, but instead, there’s a fantastic view of its beautiful patio from the theatre. So if you’d like to pair your show with a scenic environment, then you can book it here. Prices start at €18 per person.
- Tablao El Arenal — Just a 5-minute walk from the cathedral and the Giralda, this historic venue lets you pair your flamenco experience with either drinks, tapas, or a full meal. They’re regarded as “the best place in the world to enjoy flamenco” according to the New York Times. You can book your show here. Prices start at €40 per person.
🗓 Day 3 in Seville
1. Climb up Torre del Oro
Start your final day of this Seville 3 days itinerary with a visit to Torre del Oro (“Tower of Gold”), where you can learn even more about the history of Seville.
At 36 m (118 ft) high, this tower was built in the 12th century by the Almohad Caliphate (a North African Muslim empire) and was part of the Moorish city wall, which extended from the Alcázar to the rest of Seville.
The tower is located right next to the Guadalquivir River, and was in fact built to protect shipping and control access to Seville via the river.
Torre del Oro got its name from the golden gleam it projected on the river thanks to its construction materials (a mixture of lime, mortar, and pressed hay). You can climb up to the roof terrace of the tower to get a cool view of the river and the surrounding neighborhoods.
There’s also a Naval Museum on the top floor which showcases shipping instruments, flags, scale models, sea maps, and diving equipment used back in the days. From this museum, you also get a nice view of the Guadalquivir River!
⏰ Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 6:45 pm | Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 am - 6:45 pm 🎫 Entrance fees: Regular ticket - €3 | Students, children 6-14 years & pensioners >65 - €1.50 | People with disabilities & children <6 years - free 🌟 Free entrance: Mondays
2. Stroll the Riverfront to Mercado de Triana
Now it’s time to get an insight into local life in Seville. From Torre del Oro, take a walk along the riverfront to the neighborhood of Triana. In about 15 minutes, you will reach Mercado de Triana (Triana Market).
This place is filled with friendly vibes and provides a great opportunity to meet locals and make some new friends. There are also tons of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and drinks around, all at a very reasonable price.
If you’re feeling even more snacky, you can also check out the little tapas bars there, but don’t eat too much because the next stop on your itinerary is the most important food stop of your trip…
⏰ Mercado de Triana opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am - midnight | Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm
3. Have a Tasty Lunch at Espacio Eslava
If there’s one restaurant you have to eat at during your time in Seville, it’s definitely Espacio Eslava. This place is one of the most famous tapas restaurants in Seville among both locals and tourists — for a great reason too. The tapas here are very unique; you can’t find many of them anywhere else.
One of my favorite dishes of theirs is a mushroom cake with a slow-cooked egg on top, dipped in caramelized wine. You absolutely have to try it! From Mercado de Triana, it’s about a 20-min walk to reach here.
🔥 Insider Tip: This place is very popular, so I recommend getting here 15 minutes before its opening time (12:30 pm) to avoid standing in line for over an hour.
⏰ Espacio Eslava opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 12:30 pm - midnight | Sunday: 12:30 pm - 5 pm | Monday: closed
4. Explore Art and Culture at the Museums
After lunch, you can explore some of the museums in Seville. There are two in particular that I recommend: the Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes) if you’re interested in artwork dating from the Gothic period to the modern days, and the Flamenco Dance Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco) if you want to learn more about the history of flamenco through interactive exhibitions.
You can also watch a flamenco show at the Flamenco Dance Museum if you didn’t get a chance to watch one the previous day. You can walk to either of these museums from Espacio Eslava; the first one will take around 10 mins to reach, and the second one 20 mins.
⏰ Opening hours for Museum of Fine Arts: Tuesday to Saturday: 9 am - 9 pm | Sunday: 9 am - 3 pm | Monday: closed 🎫 Entrance fees for Museum of Fine Arts: €1.50 | EU citizens & students - Free ⏰ Opening hours for Flamenco Dance Museum: 10 am - 7 pm daily 🎫 Entrance fees for Flamenco Dance Museum: €10 - museum | €20 - flamenco show | €24 - flamenco show + museum
5. Unwind with a Drink at a Rooftop Bar
Being the sunniest city in Europe, there’s a high chance you’ll be greeted with a scorching hot sun your entire time in Seville. If it gets too humid (and it most likely will), it’s always a good idea to cool down in one of the many spectacular rooftop bars in the city. My top recommendations are:
- Terraza Hotel Doña María — For the best closeup view of the Giralda tower and the cathedral. The atmosphere here is quite rustic and old-school. You can also book a stay with them.
- La Terraza de EME — This incredible terrace of the EME Catedral Hotel also offers an amazing closeup view of the Giralda, but unlike the previous bar, this one is more modern and fancy.
- La Terraza at Hotel Inglaterra — You can enjoy crafted cocktails at this modern and stylish rooftop bar, which also offers a 360° view of the entire city skyline! You can also book a stay with them.
6. Go on a Seville Food Tour
The last activity on your Seville itinerary will be all about enjoying the culinary delights of the city. I recommend joining an organized food tour such as the Tapas Tour Across the River in Triana (⭐️ 4.7/5).
A local guide will take you to 3-4 different tapas bars that are away from the touristy areas to really give you a local and authentic experience. You’ll also get to learn all about Spanish food, history, and culture while tasting the best local specialties.
The food you’ll be eating on this tour is the equivalent of a full meal, and it’s an experience not to miss if you want to immerse yourself more in the local culture!
🏡 Where to Stay in Seville for 3 Days
The best areas to stay in Seville are the historic Old Town and Barrio Santa Cruz as they put you right in the city center, within walking distance of pretty much all the attractions to see. Here are my top hotel recommendations.
Where I Stayed: Melia Sevilla (⭐ 8.7)
I had an amazing stay at Melia Sevilla (⭐ 8.7), which is located right in the heart of the Old Town, very close to the main attractions. In fact, it even has a unique outdoor pool with a view of Plaza de España, and you can see the buildings of the square even from some of the rooms!
The rooms are very clean, modern, and equipped with WiFi and a flat-screen TV. For all the amazing amenities this hotel offers, the rates are also very reasonable. You can even book a spa treatment at an extra cost! Moreover, there’s delicious food at the hotel’s Quimera Restaurant.
Other Great Accommodations in Seville
MOST UNIQUE HOTEL: Hotel Ateneo (⭐ 9.3)
This stunning hotel is right in the Old Town and features elegant vintage décor, a traditional courtyard, and an on-site pub. Each room has its own unique décor and comes with a smart TV, free WiFi, seating area, and minibar. Some rooms even offer a balcony or city views!
BEST POOL VIEWS: Hotel Casa 1800 (⭐ 9.0)
If you want to swim on a sun terrace to a breathtaking view of the iconic Giralda tower, then look no further than this hotel. Located right in the heart of the Old Town, it’s only a few minutes walk from the main attractions and offers rooms with free WiFi.
TOP BUDGET HOTEL: Vincci La Rabida (⭐ 8.8)
Set in a charming 18th-century mansion, this hotel has an Andalusian courtyard and a stunning roof terrace overlooking the Giralda tower. All rooms come with free WiFi. There are also 2 restaurants on-site which offer a range of delicious Andalusian cuisine.
TOP LUXURY HOTEL: Hotel Alfonso XIII (⭐ 9.2)
Located right next to the Royal Alcázar, this hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, and a lovely garden courtyard. Each room is individually decorated and comes with free WiFi and drinks. There are also 2 restaurants serving traditional local dishes.
🗺️ 3 Days Seville Itinerary Map
Here’s a map of how to spend three days in Seville including all the attractions and activities mentioned in this itinerary. You can click here to see it in full on Google Maps.
🇪🇸 Seville 3-Day Itinerary Overview
Here’s a summary of what to do in Seville for 3 days, with all the activities mentioned in the itinerary above. This is the perfect trip plan for a long weekend in Seville!
Day 1: Plaza de España, Barrio Santa Cruz, Casa de Pilatos, Metropol Parasol (Las Setas De Sevilla), El Rinconcillo (dinner)
Day 2: Royal Alcázar, Taberna del Arenal (lunch), Seville Cathedral, La Giralda, flamenco show at either Taberna del Arenal or Casa de la Memoria
Day 3: Torre del Oro, Mecardo de Triana, Espacio Eslava (lunch), Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes), Flamenco Dance Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco), relax at a rooftop bar, Seville evening food tour
🚊 How to Get to Seville
- From Madrid or Barcelona: You can either fly or take the AVE high-speed train, which takes around 2.5 hours from Madrid and 5.5 hours from Barcelona. I recommend booking your tickets in advance on Renfe to find cheap deals (as low as €40).
- From Granada: You can either take the ALSA bus for 3 hours (around €22) or the AVE train for 3.5 hours (around €30). I also recommend spending 3 days in Granada.
- From Cordoba: The AVE train connects Seville and Cordoba almost every half hour and costs €20-30. Cordoba is also a great day trip idea from Seville as it’s very quick and easy to reach.
- From other European cities: Seville Airport (SVQ) has connections to 42 destinations around Europe and Northern Africa. The airport is just 15 mins by car from the city center (you can use Uber). Alternatively, the bus to the city center takes 35 mins.
🔮 Travel Insurance for Spain
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🚴🏻♀️ Getting Around Seville
Seville is a very walkable city with lots of charming and colorful neighborhoods, so I really recommend getting around on foot so that you can discover all the hidden gems tucked away in the street corners.
As you may recall from the itinerary, the time it takes to walk between all the suggested attractions is around 20-30 mins max, and oftentimes a lot less than that. The strolls are also really scenic!
Alternatively, you can rent a bike as the city is flat and bike lanes are everywhere. If you prefer getting around by car, I don’t recommend renting a car as the city is not car-friendly and parking is always hard to find — simply use Uber.
☀️ Best Time to Visit Seville
Seville is a dream vacation that’s sunny all year round, with an average of only 80 days of rain per year. It is also one of the warmest places in Europe in January. While you’re likely to get good weather no matter when you go, here are some things to consider:
- For great temperatures and fewer crowds: September to November (14° – 26° C / 57° – 78° F) — shoulder season
- For great temperatures and local festivities*, but more crowds: March to June (13° – 25° C / 55° – 77° F) — high season
- For least amount of crowds but very hot & humid weather: July & August (temperatures often exceed 36° C / 96° F) — low season
*The Semana Santa and Feria de Abril festival dates vary from year to year — check them here.
🥘 What to Eat in Seville: The Best Tapas to Try
As I mentioned before, Andalusia is the birthplace of tapas, so there are plenty of traditional dishes to try in Seville.
The top ones I recommend are: salmorejo (cold tomato soup), espinacas con garbanzo (spinach with chickpeas), carrillada (pork/beef cheeks), montadito de pringá (pulled pork buns), croquetas (ham & cheese wrapped in fried potato), serranito (Seville’s signature sandwich made of pork/chicken loin and Serrano ham), cazon de adobo (deep-fried marinated fish), mojama (salt-cured tuna), and torrijas (a dessert made of deep-fried stale bread and served with ice cream).
🍹 What to Drink in Seville
Seville is home to some of the best wines of Spain, and given how hot it can get there, it’s definitely a good idea to cool down with a local drink or two.
Some must-tries are: tinto de verano (a local specialty made of red wine and soda), manzanilla (a dry local sherry), rebujito (a refreshing mix of sherry & Sprite), and orange wine (a symbol of Seville; it’s dark and sweet).
🍷 Insider Tip: Do not order sangria in Seville. It’s considered a “tourist drink” and places will often overcharge you for it. The local version of sangria is tinto de verano and tastes very similar. I highly recommend giving it a try.
👩🏻 Is Seville Safe for Solo Female Travelers?
Seville is generally safe for solo female travelers. As with most destinations in Europe, you should take general precautions and watch out for any pickpockets or scams.
While the risk of getting pickpocketed in Seville is low, you should still be careful especially in popular touristy spots such as the Seville Cathedral and the Alcázar. Keep these helpful tips for solo travel in Spain in mind and you’ll have a great time!
🇪🇸 Alternative Seville in 2 Days Itinerary
If your time in Seville is limited to 2 days, don’t worry — simply follow the first two days of this itinerary because the most important things to do and see are all there!
In my opinion, Torre del Oro and Mercado de Triana (on day 3) are not essential if you’re tight on time. If you’d like to squeeze in a drink at a rooftop bar during your two days here, I’d recommend doing that instead of visiting Metropol Parasol.
One important thing though: you do not want to miss out on Espacio Eslava! It is hands down the best tapas bar in Seville, so I would definitely include that in your 2 days in Seville itinerary (you can go there for dinner on your second day).
📸 My Seville Photography Gear
This is the photography gear I used to capture the beauty of Seville. You can also see my article on the best cameras for bloggers for more options other than the ones listed below.
- Cameras: Nikon D610 + Sony A6400 (check out the best Sony lenses)
- Main lens: Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8
- Wide-angle lens: Tokina AF 16-28mm f/2.8
- Prime lens: Nikon 50mm f/1.4 G
- Tripod: Manfrotto Element Traveller Tripod (Ball Head)
I hope this 3 days in Seville itinerary has been helpful and informative!
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A big thank you to Lukáš Platinský for contributing his beautiful photography to this article!