Seville is one of those great cities full of history, attractions and enough sites to keep the whole family entertained. How many days in Seville should you spend? We believe 3 days in Seville is a perfect amount of time to see everything. We spent 3 full days in Seville and a half-day coming and leaving Seville. We were in Seville in December.
- Our ideal 3 days in Seville itinerary
- Day 1 Seville activities
- What food should we try on day 1 in Seville?
- Day 2 things to do in Seville
- Day 3 Seville Itinerary
- Day trips from Seville
- Frequently asked questions about Seville
- How to get to Seville by plane
- How to get to Seville by car
- How to get to Seville by train
- How to get to Seville by bus
- Where to stay in Seville Spain
- Is public transport in Seville easy to use?
- Weather in Seville
By giving yourself 3 days in Seville there is no need to rush any one thing. Some things you will stay at for hours and other things not so long. Theme parks may require a whole day while visiting the Roman ruins Italica Seville that is located just out of town will account for half a day of your three days in Seville for sure. There is a Seville itinerary for everyone.
Our ideal 3 days in Seville itinerary
We have tried to incorporate so many of the things that we loved when we had our 3 days in Seville vacation.
Day 1 Seville activities
It’s time to hit the ground running and get your Seville sightseeing underway!
Top on the list any visit to Seville should be the Seville Cathedral. Built on the site of what was previously a mosque between 1402 and 1506. The Seville Cathedral is the largest of its type in the world. The building is 135 meters (443 feet) long and 100 meters (328 feet) wide and has a ceiling height of 42 meters (138 feet). The La Giralda Tower, which was originally built as a minaret in the 1100s today provides amazing views of the city. You can access this tower from inside the cathedral.
The Seville Cathedral dominates Seville like no other building. The cathedral was added in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the adjoining Alcázar palace complex and the General Archive of the Indies.
The tomb of the famous explorer Christopher Columbus sits inside the cathedral. The tomb of Colombus is elevated off the ground as Columbus once stated: “over his dead body would he be buried in Spain”. Columbus had a falling out with the Spanish royalty when they would not fund another of his explorations.
The Giralda is the bell tower of Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain. It was built as the minaret for the Great Mosque of Seville in the 11th century. The Bell Tower requires you to walk up a series of ramps and stairs to reach the top. The tomb of Christopher Columbus sits proudly in the Cathedral.
It was incorporated into the design of the Seville Cathedral by Catholics after the expulsion of the Muslims from the area. The awe-inspiring size and design of the Seville Cathedral will long last in your mind. It truly is at the top of any things to see in Seville list.
Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Monday: from 11:00 to 15:30
Tuesday to Saturday: from 11:00 to 17:00
Sundays: from 14:30 to 18:00
Students up to twenty five €5
Children up to 14 Free
The Alcazar of Seville
The Seville Alcazar is a building of historic importance. The Alcazar has taken elements from all the rulers of Seville to be the building you see today. It shows a great mix of Christian and Morrish designed mashed into one building. The building you see today was built by Fernando III of Castile, the Christian King, who captured the city in 1248.
The Real Alcazar is divided into sections for visitors. The sections date from the different succession of eras: Moorish (11th-12th century), Gothic (13th century), Mudejar (14th century), and the Renaissance (15th-16th century).
Alcazar is the oldest Royal Palace still in use in the world. When the Spanish Royals come to town they still stay in the UNESCO World Heritage site Alcázar of Seville,
Alcazar is the oldest Royal Palace still in use in the world. When the Spanish Royal family come to town they still stay in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alcazar. The Gardens of the Alcazar are an attraction in themselves and have a part in today’s popular culture. You see Game of Thrones filmed there for seasons 5 and 6 where the gardens were set for Water Gardens of Dorne. It can be worth taking a guided tour to get the best out of this site.
Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
The hours vary during the season and certain days. It is best to Check the website for details
Admission to the ground floor: €11.50
17 to 25 years: €3.00
Admission to the Royal Bedroom: €4.50
Kids under 16 years old are free
Setas de Sevilla
One of the truly amazing modern architecture designs anywhere in the world is located in a traditional Seville neighborhood. This modern masterpiece claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world. Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol Building) is made out of Scandinavian birch wood, picked for its strength and durability.
The underground level features the Roman and Moorish remains discovered on-site and they are on display in a special museum room. Level 1 or the street level is the Central Seville Market. Level 1 on top of the market is an open-air public space. Levels 2 and 3 is where the views and excitement take place.
On the top two areas of the Las Setas wooden parasol, is where you get the best views of the city. From here there are an additional 250 meters of walkways that reach a height of 28 meters off the ground. It gives you an unparalleled 360-degree view of Sevilla.
There is a bar/cafe on the top floor, it is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink while taking in the amazing skyline of Seville. Locals like to call this landmark building the Seville Mushroom
Pl. de la Encarnación, s/n, 41003 Sevilla, Spain
Sunday-Thursday: 10:00 – 22:30 h.
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 h – 23:00 h
General ticket €3.
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What food should we try on day 1 in Seville?
This brings to an end day 1 of our 3 days in Seville itinerary. We recommend you find a traditional restaurant and sample some of the local food specialties. Below we have a brief description of some of the best local Seville foods
The Andalusian food in Seville is very meat-based. Pork plays a big part in the Seville Food diet. Whether it be finely sliced off the leg or grilled between bread. From Seville tapas to famous paella there will be some amazing Seville food for you to try, like and love.
- Secreto Iberico – Is widely known is the best tasting cut of Pork available
- Carrillada de Cerdo – Pork cheek cooked in a simple wine reduction, some add carrots, cloves, and garlic to the mix
- Espinacas con Garbanzos – a traditional Andalusian food. This tapas is a combination of spinach and chickpeas
- Serranito de Lomo – This Seville food sandwich is a seared pork loin is topped with salty Serrano ham and grilled green pepper.
- Solomillo al Whiskey – Grilled Pork with whisky sauce
- Torrijas – Stale bread soaked in egg, deep-fried and covered in sugar syrup, honey or sweetened milk
- Orange wine – the city is filled with orange tree’of which some get turned into a famous local wine
Day 2 things to do in Seville
We hope you have had a good nights sleep and are ready for your day 2 itinerary in Seville
Italica is unlike any other site in Seville or Spain for that matter. Italica was home to a large Roman outpost that was constructed during the war with Hannibal. Italica was at its height of powers from the 2nd to 4th century BC. Italica lies 9 km northwest of Seville in Santiponce.
It was the birthplace of Roman Emperors Trajan, Hadrian, and Theodosius. If you have been to Rome you would no doubt seen Trajan’s arch that sits outside the Colosseum.
Get ready to channel your inner Gladiator at Italica Seville as you walk into what was the 3rd largest colosseum in the Roman Empie. Stand a look, close your eyes and imagine 25,000 people sitting in the stands cheering, this was what Italica was like. The site is more than just the Colosseum, there are gardens, statues ruins and mosaics to view.
For Game of Thrones fans, this is another site in and around Seville that was used in the show. In the season finale of Game of Thrones Season 7, the ancient Dragon Pit in Kings Landing holds the meeting between Cersei, Daenerys, Jon, Tyrion was filmed at Italica.
We recommend catching a taxi to Italica as it will cost you under 10 euro each way. Alternatively, you can catch Seville Santiponce bus that stops out the front of Italica Seville. The bus leaves from the main Seville Bus Station. This is one place we absolutely recommend you must visit on your 3 days in Seville..
Avenida de Extremadura, 2 41970 Santiponce (Sevilla)
Tuesday to Saturday:From 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays and holidays: From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Citizens of the EU, with ID: free entry.
Other nationalities: €1.50
As the song goes ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet’. Plaza de España is special, very special. Plaza de España is a semi-circular horseshoe-shaped brick building. It has towers at either end that can be seen from all around the city. A major feature is a canal that follows the shape of the building in a circular design.
The canals are used by families, couples and lovers who hire boats and row around in the warm sun of Seville. if you have been to Venice you will see the resemblance and why Plaza Espana is sometimes called the ‘Venice of Seville’.
Horse and cart ride around the city start and finishes there routes at Plaza Espana.
In the adjacent parkland, you will find the Seville Ferris wheel which provides great views of the city. Plaza Espana was also a Seville movie site when it appeared in Star Wars Episode 2 Attack of Clones. It was the building the Senate meet in and you absolutely should not miss seeing Plaza Espana on your 3 days in Seville trip.
Av de Isabel la Católica, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Opened 24 hours a day
It is free to wander the plaza.
Acuario de Sevilla
Seville’s Aquarium opened its doors to the public in September 2014. Nearly every major city across Europe has an aquarium these days. The aquarium is located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River that cuts through the centre of Sevilla. This is a great stop if your visiting Seville with kids
Acuario de Sevilla has 35 tanks, around 7000 sea creatures and reptiles and over 400 species. A lot of the aquariums are themed these days and Seville is no exception. The aquarium is themed around the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan, a famous Spanish explorer.
Magellan which was the first-ever circumnavigation of the globe was between 1519-1522. Your journey will take you from the Guadalquivir River, across the Atlantic Ocean, up the Amazon and over to the Pacific encompassing areas from all around the world.
Our kids gave Acuario de Sevilla the thumbs up and we are so glad we had time to go there on our 3 days in Seville.
Muelle de las Delicias, s/n, 41012 Sevilla, Spain
SEPTEMBER TO JUNE – Monday to Friday 10:00 – 19:00 Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 20:00
JULY AND AUGUST Monday – Thursday 11:00 – 20:00 Friday – Sunday 11:00 – 21:00
Adult €18 Child (Child 4 to 14 years) €13 Child (under 4 years) Free
Plaza de Torres
This is a controversial choice for many when visiting Seville. Should our Seville itinerary include visiting the Seville Bullring? We certainly don’t recommend watching a bullfight, but that’s our choice, what we do recommend is learning about the bullfighting culture of Andalusia at Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla
Plaza del Torres offers tours in both Spanish and English language. The ring dates from 1762 and can hold 14,000 people.
There is a 45-minute tour that takes you into the depths of the stadium. A tour of the Plaza del Torres includes the amazing museum.
The museum showcases paintings of the earliest matadors, the history of the sport in Seville, capes and cloaks worn and information on how the stadium was built.
The tour ends in the stands of the Bull Ring. It is an impressive sight to see even when empty. We recommend learning about this before it disappears. Year on year the number of bullfighting events and people attending them is growing smaller and smaller.
Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, 12, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
1 November – 31 March – 9:30 – 19:00
1 April – 31 October – 9:30 – 21:00
Adults €8 Over 65 and pensioners €5
Students €5 Children 0 to 6 free
Children 7 to 11 €3
This brings us to the end of 2 days in Seville. We have ticked off some of the big locations and attractions in Seville. This day will be a full day depending on how many hours you spend visiting Italica and what time of the morning you start your Seville sightseeing. You can easily walk between Plaza Espana and the Seville Aquarium.
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Day 3 Seville Itinerary
Your time in Seville is coming to an end so it is now or never to get the rest of what you would like to see done today. You can fit these in and we have a few extra amazing things to do in Seville if you have the time on your Spanish vacation.
Isla Mágica is a theme park close to the city centre in Seville, Spain. The park was constructed on the former grounds of the Expo ’92 World’s Fair. Isla Magica follows the tried and true formula of many of today’s theme parks by developing different worlds with the park.
Isla Magica features worlds that relate to the Sevilla history of exploring the new world. You will find Puerto de Indias, Magic Water World with its Mayan remains, the door of America welcome to the new world and more. Isla Magica has live shows running throughout the day featuring both animals and actors. The roller coasters and water slides are what really draws the people in. Some of the main rides are:
- El Jaguar – The first inverted roller coaster in Spain.
- Iguazú – A splash ride with a drop of 15 metres and goes more than 50 km/h
- Rápidos del Orinoco – A River Rapid ride with 500 metres track
Travel to Seville with kids tip:
For kids visiting Seville there is also area of the park dedicated to them with age-appropriate rides. There is a water park attached that costs extra to get into.
How to get to Isla Magica?
You can get ther easily by urban buses (lines C1 and C2)
Pabellón de España, s/n, 41092 Sevilla, Spain
The times of entry differ between seasons and change regularly. It is best to Check the website for details
Adult €35 Child/Senior €22
Isla Magica theme park may not be a choice everyone would make on there 3 days in Seville. Isla Magica is a great option if your holiday in Seville is with kids. If your Seville 3 day itinerary is as a couple we recommend something else for day 3. We recommend an award-winning tour with Devour Tours.
A Seville Food Tour with Devour Tours
All food tours are not created equal. Devour tours over the years has gained a reputation for delivering highly informative, engaging tours with great local knowledge and food to experience. We recommend the Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Seville Food Tour.
Be prepared to learn all the history and traditions of tapas. Andalucia is the home of the tapas, a place where every drink you order comes with a little snack.
You will visit establishments of history, place only locals know about. You will try the amazing cookies the nuns make and sample the orange wine at Taberna Alvaro Peregil.
You will walk away having experienced Sevillano culture. You will have food and drink at tapas bars like the local residents and supported family run business in the process.
Catch a football game in Seville
Sevilla Fútbol Club referred to as Sevilla, plays in Spanish football’s top flight, La Liga. The La Liga football season runs from September through to May each year, The Club’s home ground is the 43,883-seat Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. It is located in the neighbourhood of Nervión,
Sport and football are a part of life in Spain, Football matches in Seville are full of passionate Andulucians cheering yelling and clapping there team on. You will see people everywhere with the red and white colours of Seville FC, You can book tickets here for Seville FC matches
See the Flamenco in Seville
What is the Flamenco you may ask? A typical Flamenco includes fast-paced musical by a guitarist, hand-clapping and foot-stomping dance, with singing. Flamenco in Seville attracts large audiences of locals and tourists. Seville is considered to be the origin of the dance.
You can expect to pay around 15-20 euros to attend a Sevilla Flamenco show at places such as the Peña Cultural Flamenca Torres Macarena which has a show on Wednesdays and Fridays and Casa de la Memoria which holds a nightly intimate show.
These type of paid performances will provide you with the most culturaly authentic Flamenco experience
You can also catch one of the free Flamenco shows in Seville. They may be slightly less authentic and more touristy but will still give you a great experience. You can attend at La Carboneria in the Barrio Santa Cruz and La Taberna by the Triana River.
Day trips from Seville
Seville is well located to make a number of different day trip during your 3 days stay in the city if you so decide.
An early morning departure will have you in Granada with 2.5 hours. You will want to pre-book tickets to visit the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, take a walk around the Albaicin area and visit the Granada Cathedral. Granada is an amazing city and well worth a day trip from Seville.
1 hour and 45 minutes away by car lie Ronda. If you have seen these amazing pictures of whitewashed villages in the south of Spain chances are you are looking at Ronda. This little village sits perfectly on top of a cliff with its medieval bridge connecting the old town and the new town. Take a tour from Seville.
Frequently asked questions about Seville
At least 99.5% of all public tap water in Spain is safe to drink. For extra peace of mind buy a filtered water bottle today for your travels
You should dial 112 for emergency services
Tipping is not expected in Seville, it will be appreciated though if you receive excellent service
Spain uses plug types, types C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Spain operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. Buy your adaptor today before you leave.
English is widely spoken in tourist cities such as Seville. If you are concerned about communicating we recommend you buy a translator that we have used called the Langogo.
How to get to Seville by plane
San Pablo Airport or Seville Airport is the 6th busiest airport in Spain. Seville Airport is located in the south of Spain, ten kilometres north-east of the city centre. Ryanair Easyjet and Vueling service the airport multiple times a week.
How to get to Seville by car
The Highways in Spain are of good quality. Driving a car has additional costs with toll roads in Spain. Pick up your hire car from Seville Airport to explore the region. For the best prices click HERE. Airport transfers to Seville and surrounding area are available. Book your transfer today.
Car parking in Seville
Where can I park in downtown Seville? It’s important to know that the entire historic centre of Seville has some streets blocked off, has areas for pedestrians and tourist only. Parking in downtown Seville is not recommended? The problem with these old cities is that they become a labyrinth of one-way streets alleys and lanes the closer you get to the centre
All this can lead to you going the street the wrong way, running into irate locals you are holding up and generally just getting stressed out and lost. If you must park near the centre you will find a list of car parks below
- Mercado del Arenal (Calle Pastor y Landero)
- Marques de Paradas/NH Plaza de Armas hotel Plaza de Armas bus station
- Arjona/Paseo Cristóbal Colon Puerta de Jerez (next to Hotel Alfonso XIII)
- Jardines de Murillo Plaza de la Concordia (underneath main branch of El Corte Ingles)
- Plaza Nueva (Calle Albareda)
Unlimited parking is set to car parks in the city centre. Parking rates in public car parks: €1.15/hour, daily maximum €12.00-19.00.
How to get to Seville by train
Catching a train from Madrid to Seville is easy and straight forward. The average travel time between Madrid and Seville is 2h30 minutes. The first train leaving Madrid is at 07:00, the last at 20:00 with a train leaving every hour. You can search and book your Seville train tickets with Omio
How to get to Seville by bus
Many buses arrive and depart Seville Bus Station daily from all over Spain and Portugal. We arrived from Granada and departed to Albufeira Portugal from Seville Bus station. Search Bus tickets with Busbud
Where to stay in Seville Spain
Seville has accommodation for everyone, you will find hotels, apartments and hostels. Accommodation located in the old town Seville will be the most expensive. Apartments for 2 or for families a usually cheaper than hotel prices.
For some hotels may be more convenient, you have a front desk, you have tourist information, you have someone to organise airport transfers and day tours for you. We recommend searching for Seville hotels on Trip Advisor
Is public transport in Seville easy to use?
Seville’s bus system runs from 06:00 to 23:30. Perhaps the most convenient lines are the circular C1, C2, C3 & C4 lines, which take you near some of the Seville’s most iconic monuments.
A single bus ticket costs €1,40 or a Bonobus voucher allowing 10 trips costs €6. Seville has a small metro with just three lines The Seville metro runs from 06:30 to 23:00 and until 02:00 on Friday and Saturdays.
A single ticket costs €1,40 or a one day ticket including unlimited travel on the Metro is €4,50. The centre of Seville is very compact and easily traversed on foot. Other options include the Seville Card.
The Seville Card allows you to
This bus drops off and picks up at 12 different spots around Seville and also offers 4 free walking tours. Get the latest prices and booking details HERE
Weather in Seville
Seville has a Mediterranean climate. The weather in Seville features very hot summers and milder winters. Due to its inland location of Seville in the south of Spain, the city has plenty of warm weather for your 3 day Seville itinerary.
Summer heat in the high 30 thirties makes sightseeing in Seville in summer a hot and sweaty affair. The more mild temperatures of Autumn and spring offer a better experience with averages around 20°C.
Winter you will find is not bitterly cold in this region making travel to Seville possible all year round.
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to take a trip to Seville. There is so many great things to see and do in Spain For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Spain click through to our Spain Destination Page for more brilliant inspiration.
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