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 spent 5 days in Seville, 3 full days and a half day coming and leaving Seville. We were in Seville in December. You might ask how many days in Seville is enough? We believe 3 days in Seville is a perfect amount of time to see everything.
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 3 days in Seville for sure. There is a Seville itinerary for everyone.
Our ideal 3 days in Seville itinerary would look like this:
One day in Seville Spain
- Seville Cathedral
- Real Alcazar – Seville Royal Palace
- Mirasol Parasol – Las Setas de la Encarnación
2 days in Seville Spain
- Trip to Italica
- Plaza Espana
- Seville Aquarium
- Plaza Del Torres
Day 3 in Seville
- Isla Magica theme park for the kids and adults (if kids are not involved spread out the first 2 days and check out some of the Seville Museums. There are many things to do in Seville)
This is just an outline, adjust your Seville Itinerary to suit your needs, take your time to stroll the streets and you will find many places to visit in Seville.
Let your 3 days in Seville begin!
Visit Ancient Italica
Italica is located just 10km from the centre of Seville Spain. Italica Spain was a Roman settlement from the 2nd-century BC through to the 4th century AD. It was a settlement of some note and today it’s considered to be the best Roman ruins in Spain.
We absolutely loved Italica, it was amazing wandering around the Roman Ruins and the beautiful gardens just inside the entrance. The 3rd biggest Colosseum in the Roman Empire was built in Italica and in its prime, it could hold 25,000 people! We walked the well worn Roman path towards the Italica Colosseum.
You walk through the entrance to the Italica Arena and it opens up in all its glory in front of your eyes. There you are standing on the arena floor as the only people there. To be alone in this once great arena that Gladiators fought was a thrill beyond words for that Italica should be included on any to be seen list when visiting Seville.
The site also contains floor mosaics still in excellent condition and some statues. There was enough adventure about this place to keep the kids intrigued. 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.
ADMISSION to Italica:
EU citizens with proof of nationality: free.
Other nationalities: 1.50 €uro
Italica Seville Opening Hours:
1 Jan – 31 March and 16 September – 31 December:
Tuesday to Saturday: 09.00-17.30 hrs
Sunday and public holidays: 09.00-15.30.
Monday (excluding bank holidays): closed
1 April – 15 June:
Tuesday to Saturday: 09.00-19.30
Sunday and public holidays: 10.00-15.30
Monday (excluding bank holidays): closed
16 June – 15 September:
Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays: 09.00-15.30
Monday (excluding bank holidays): closed
Do you know what to see in Seville – Las Setas de la Encarnación
One of the truly amazing modern architecture designs anywhere in the world is as locals call it the Seville Mushrooms. This modern masterpiece claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world. Las Setas de la Encarnación (Metropol Parasol Building) is made out of Scandinavian birch wood picked for its strength and durability.
The budget was to be 50 million Euros. Opened to the public in 2011, it had cost 100 million Euros to build going 50 million euros over budget. Las setas have four levels. 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. These are the two areas of the wooden parasol, affording one of 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 unparallel 360-degree view of Sevilla in all its glory. Our kids enjoyed the lookout walkways. They had fun running back and forth. The kids looked like they were on a floating cloud but then who wouldn’t be spending 3 days in Seville!
Monumentos de Sevilla – Metropol Parasol opening hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 9.30 – 23.00
Friday – Saturday: 9.30 – 23.30
* Access to the viewpoint is on the underground floor next to the access to the Antiquarium
Entry Price to Les Setas:
For just 3 Euros you can go to the top of the building for your amazing views of Seville. As a bonus, you get a voucher for a free drink from the cafe. Enjoy a beer, wine or soft drink for the kids while you take in the views of Seville.
Where to eat and drink in Seville
Plaza del Salvador Sevilla is located in the old town district of Seville. Plaza del Salvador Sevilla is popular with Seville locals. The lifeblood of the plaza are the bars and they are also the best places to watch flamenco in Seville.
The Flamenco passionate dance that originated in the south. Each city will have its own steps and gestures and Seville flamenco is amazing
Backing onto the Iglesia del Hospital de la Paz, these popular hangouts are open from lunch till five, and then again from eight onwards. You will find many restaurants leading off Plaza del Salvador Sevilla and we are sure after 3 days in Seville you will have found a favourite
The Seville Cathedral was built between 1402 and 1506 on the site where the once Moorish mosque sat. For a cathedral and the size of Seville, this was a relatively short amount of building time in the medieval age.
Seville Cathedral is the largest cathedral 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 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. Seville Cathedral was built to demonstrate the city’s wealth, as it had become a major trading centre in the years after the Reconquista in 1248.
Seville at one stage was the home base of the new world explorers. Everything brought back from the new world passed through Seville. 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. But is it really is Christopher Columbus buried here is an ongoing question?
You see it is claimed some of Christopher Columbus is buried in Columbus Lighthouse at Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic as well. Columbus was moved at least 3 times after his death.
Monday, from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm (from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, the visit with audioguide will be free. It is available in Spanish and English).
Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Seville Cathedral Hours on a Sunday is from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
Seville in 3 days – Plaza de Torres
The Seville bullring offers tours in English and Spanish. This Seville bullring is considered to be one of the finest in Spain and is one of the oldest in the world. The ring dates from 1762 and can hold 14,000 people. In no way do we condone bullfighting and no bulls were hurt in the making of this article!
We attended the 45-minute tour that takes you into the depths of the stadium. We were first able to see the museum of bull-fighting. This area showcases the history of the sport in Seville.
In the museum are paintings from very early bullfights and some of the military history of the area. We were told how the stadium was built by the military. Unlike what popular culture tells us the colour red does not make bulls mad.
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Bulls are actually colour blind so the colour red was chosen because it stands out better to the crowd. Bullfighting is something that stirs emotion in people and most clearly sit on the side of the fence that says this is wrong.
We attended this tour because it was important for us to learn about the Andalusian culture and why bullfighting is important to this area. We were able to expose our kids to this and have a frank discussion about the sport.
We enjoyed learning about the sport after all travelling is about different cultures. Would we go to a bullfight? No, we would not. An interesting fact is that attendances for bullfighting were up 5% in the 2017 season. Make this tour apart of your Seville itinerary
The Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is located on Paseo de Colón, 12 overlooking the river Guadalquivir. Tel: 954 224 577
Take a walking tour that includes a visit to Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza it is opened daily 9.30am-7 pm, except on bullfighting days where it is open until 3 pm. Entrance by guided tour only (in English and Spanish), every 20 minutes and the tour lasts 20 minutes. Entrance: 4 Euro.
THE ALCAZAR REAL – ROYAL PALACE – SEVILLE
The Seville Alcazar is one of the most unique buildings you will find. The site was initially a Roman settlement and later home by the Visigoths. In 712 Seville was conquered by the Arabs, who transformed the building in a palace-fortress. Some 500 years later Fernando III of Castile, the Christian King, recaptures the city in 1248 and the Alcázar became the Royal Palace. On the first view, one would assume it is a Moorish Palace when in fact it is a Christian Palace.
The Christian King Pedro the Cruel of Castile was heavily influenced by the Moorish style and had a lot of the building done by Moorish craftsmen who had built the Alhambra in Granada.
The 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). There are some amazing rooms inside with some of the most beautiful architecture you will see anywhere.
The Palace has three main rooms for the thousands that flock to the UNESCO site. The Tapestry Room houses some eye-catching tapestries that are Flemish from the 16th century.
The Chapel and Gothic Room are covered in beautiful tiles. The Alcazar is the oldest Royal Palace still in use in the world. When the Spanish Royals come to town they still stay in the 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 the set for Water Gardens of Dorne. Make sure you leave enough time in your 3 days in Seville itinerary to get the most out of this beautiful Palace.
October-March, Monday-Sunday 9:30-17:00, April-September, Monday-Sunday, 9:30-19:00
Closed 1 and 6 January, 25 December, Good Friday.
9,50 euros general admission, 2 euros concession (with valid ID), Free on Mondays from 16.00 in winter and from 18.00 in summer.
Real Alcazar tickets:
Don’t miss out as the Alcazar entry is limited to 750 people at one time. Book your Real Alcazar tickets online below.
Seville in 3 days – Plaza Espana
As the song goes ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet’. Plaza de España is special, very special. Plaza Espana was originally built as a Pavillion for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929 and it is located in Parque Maria Luisa on the edge of the city centre. 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 canal is 500-metres long and can be crossed by four bridges. The bridges themselves are a sight to behold as they are so beautifully decorated. The Plaza itself sits in the middle and you can rent small boats to row in the canal.
The kids will love going in the boats. If you have been to Venice you will see the resemblance and why Plaza Espana is sometimes called the ‘Venice of Seville’. A major tourist attraction, it is the finishing point of horse-and-carriage rides.
We walked from the Real Alcazar to Plaza Espana, stopping along the way at the parkland that had a kids playground and the Seville Ferris wheel. 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 met in and you absolutely should not miss seeing it on your 3 days in Seville trip.
Traditional Seville Food to eat
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 combination of spinach and chickpeas
- Serranito de Lomo – This Seville food sandwich is a seared pork loin is topped with salty Serrano ham and a 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
We hope you will love Seville cuisine as much as we did. Try restaurants, try street food just try the Seville food
Seville for kids
Acuario de Sevilla
When you travel with kids Aquariums are always popular. This was one of the first items the kids added to our Sevilla itinerary. A new player on the tourist scene in Seville is the Acuario de Sevilla or the Seville Aquarium.
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. 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.
Acuario de Sevilla facilities: Toilets, cafe and gift shop
Entrance: adults 15 euros, children, disabled and OAPs 10 euros.
1 January – 28 February
Mon-Thurs: 10:00 – 19:00 Fri – Sun 10:00 a 21:00
1 March – 31 August
Mon-Thurs: 10:00 – 20:00 Fri – Sun: 10:00 – 22:00
1 September – 31 October
Mon-Thurs: 10:00 – 20:00 Fri – Sun: 10:00 – 21:00
1 November – 31 December
Mon – Thurs: 10:00 – 19:00 Fri – Sun: 10:00 – 21:00
The Spanish TapasIt is believed that the traditional Spanish Tapas was born in Seville. If food is your thing Devour Seville run taste’s traditions and tapas tours around Seville and would be a perfect addition to your 3 days in Seville itinerary. We were lucky enough to join a Devour Seville tour with our kids along with us. We had wanted to add a food tour to our Seville itinerary. Amazing food was consumed and history learned. Check out a Devour Seville tour for your 3 days in Seville trip. Find more details and the latest prices right HERE
Three Days in Seville – Isla Magica
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 in Seville. 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 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
There is a fountain of youth for the kids aged up to 10 years of age, which is great something for the older tween and teens and something for the youngsters. Some of the features of The Fountain of Youth are:
Cayman Bailón Small roller coaster of water for the little ones
The jumping frog Freefall tower for children
Zum-Zum: The Beehives is an elevated monorail to that reaches up to 4.5 m in height,
Spring Wheel is a Children’s big wheel featuring flowers and ladybird
Don’t forget to bring your boardshorts, bathers and sunscreen for your 3 days in Seville trip to enjoy those warm sunny Andalucian days!
How to get to Isla Magica:
Isla Mágica is located in the centre of Seville and you can get there by urban buses (lines C1 and C2 make a stop at the park’s door), by car (we have our own large capacity car park and guarded) or by walking, going to the Isla de la Cartuja, right at the entrance by the Puente de la Barqueta. It is a top spot to visit on your 3 days in Seville trip, especially for the kids.
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.
Granada: 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.
Ronda: 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.
What are the different possibilities of Public Transport in Seville?
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
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
Where to stay in Seville:
Where can I park in downtown Seville?
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)
- Prices vary starting at a few euros per minute (2 euros per hour, 20€ per day).
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.
Summer heat in the high 30 thirties make 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.
How to get to Seville
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Mark Wyld is a father, Husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support