6 Best Things To Do in Seville, Spain

Seville in Spain is the passionate heart of Andalucia. The biggest city and the center of Andalusia is the city of Seville. Being the largest city and the capital, it definitely has a lot of things to offer you and it will take a few days if you really want to see all of them.

The main (and probably the most famous sights) are the Seville Cathedral, Placa España and the Alcazar of Seville - of course, there are other attractions as well. Some other things to see in Seville are the Giralda (bell tower), Maria Luisa Park, Torre del Oro (a watchtower), Puente de Isabel II, Palace of San Telmo, Barrio de Santa Cruz (Jewish quarter) and Casa de Murillo.

The fourth largest city in Spain which is known for its history and various art forms. It is the oldest city in Europe which was once an Iberian town ruled under Romans in the 2nd century BC. Seville was the richest city in Spain with striking amounts of gold and silver which was also deported off to America.

This city has been the home for many famous artists, which becomes a must visit spot for art lovers. Your craving for tapas ends here! Dig your hands into the plates and order limitless tapas variations to get the most out of its flavors. The April fair in Seville is worth anything which usually begins after two weeks of easter, the fair tunes in for a week programme.

These days are filled with fun activities and a retreat to tourists. Seville cathedral is the biggest in the world. If you keep your eyes active you will find the code ‘NO8DO’ which means ‘it has not abandoned me’ given by King Alfonso X. Don’t waste your time anymore and get your shoes running!

A city filled with history, beauty and character, a last-minute trip here will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised and desperate to return. Visit Seville and discover its magnificent Gothic cathedral.

If you are interested in visiting Europe, consider Spain as it is said to be one of the warmer countries, with average temperatures of around 10 degree celsius.

There's plenty you can do in Spain too, from visiting architectural masterpieces by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona and Christmas markets in Madrid, to enjoying seasonal delicacies like Turrón and Mazapán.

Pheasant Island is situated in a river that marks the border between France and Spain. Since they could not decide who it belonged to, they decided to share it and now it changes nationality every sixth months.

Fall in love with the beauty and the charm of Sevilla thanks to its gastronomy, its orange trees, its patios where time seems to stop and, above all, the kindness and joy of its people. They enjoy life in its streets with a good cold beer and lots of laughs. The city of light and color awaits you on the banks of the Guadalquivir so you can discover its hidden corners and its sunrises next to the Giralda.

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Here are some things to see in Seville and insider tips to make the most of this unique destination.

1. Wake up and smell the oranges along Paseo de las Delicias

Seville is famous for its oranges. The city streets are lined with them and their orange fruit are like baubles adorning the trees. However, the best time is before the fruit arrives.

Plan a trip from mid February to mid March and your senses will be greeted with something quite strange: a perfumed city! The orange blossom scent is just a delight to smell and as the trees blossom, their fragrance permeates every corner of the city. It is quite unforgettable. It cannot be captured in a selfie making it a truly personal experience.

2. Up on the roof of La Giralda

Sevilla has great views, especially from above. Because of its incredible climate, every season offers the chance to relax on a rooftop. Here, you’ll get incredible views of the city with its distinctive buildings and churches. It’s easy and affordable to access a terrace.

Many apartments offered will have access to one. It might be the place where the locals simply hang out their washing. But fight through their sheets and you will be rewarded with a great view.

If you have not got access, do not despair. Head to Santa Cruz and the EME hotel. Whilst your budget might not stretch to the cost of the accommodation here, you can certainly take their state of the art elevator to the rooftop bar. Here the view of the Giralda is unrivalled. In an evening, chill out music adds to the ambiance.

Another rooftop moment is from the Metropol Parasol, or as it is known throughout Seville, the Setas or mushrooms. This weird and wonderful wooden construction is a love or hate of modernism but the views from the top are brilliant. It allows you to get a panoramic vision of the city.

Seville is consistently one of the hottest places in Europe in summer. Temperatures reach the mid 40s on a daily basis. Sounds too daunting? Well, it need not be.

For a last-minute trip, the months of July and August can offer some real bargains, if you know where to look. Where can you find these bargain deals? Well, one of the most popular ways is to research on our phones. With 48% of US smartphone users continue with this process by making bookings on their phones, perhaps you should join them? Seville’s sizzling summer bargains should be easy to access.

Work hours are shortened in the summer sizzle. This means that you might be able to bag a real bargain in one of the many luxury hotels dotted across the city. A good area to focus on is Nervion, home to Seville football and where there is a concentration of big name hotels.

These have the advantage of pools and air conditioning throughout. It is a chance to enjoy luxury at a fraction of the normal cost. With 30% of workers saying they would accept a lower salary in exchange for more opportunities to travel, cost effectiveness is definitely something to consider.

3. Live like the locals in La Alameda

If you do venture to Seville in summer, follow the life path of the locals. Shopping, walking and business need to be conducted before 1 pm. After which, find somewhere air conditioned for lunch. Enjoy a Menu Del Dia for around 10€! Then head back to your accommodation to sleep. Don't even think about going out until the sun has set.

By sunset, the city comes alive. In summer, Sevilla is nocturnal. By midnight the streets are thronged with families, couples and groups having tapas, socialising and loving life. It’s an experience not to be missed. The Alameda is one of the central hubs to enjoy the night.

If it all gets too hot, do as the Sevillanos do, head to the beach! Coaches frequently leave the city from the two bus stations taking you to the coast. A day trip is affordable and easy. The last bus arrives back just before midnight allowing you to still enjoy the nightlife.

4. Amphitheatre of Italica

Santiponce was the very first Roman city with citizenship outside of Italy and it is located in southern Spain. The city's name was precisely rooted in the fact that the city was founded by the Italic armies of Publius Cornelius Scipio when taking Spain from the Carthaginian Hasdrubal, cousin of Hannibal.

The city evolved to become one of the main cities in Roman Spain as others migrated to Italica because of its privileged position. Along with Hispalis (Seville), Corduba (Córdoba) and Gades (Cádiz), Italica was one of the main cities in Baetica (southern Spain). The city gave birth to two Roman Emperors as well, and not any emperors, two of the Good Five: Trajan and Hadrian.

Having such a relevant position within Roman Spain, being from Italica was a big advantage in the political landscape of the province. Trajan of course built Alcántara bridge to cross the Guadiana river in south-west Spain, but Hadrian built a temple in Italica in honour of Trajan. Being both from the city, and Hadrian having more than once referenced Spain along depictions of himself (in his coins for example), he built a temple to his predecessor in their shared hometown when Trajan died.

Apart from the Labour Temple that there was there as well. The ruins are the entire Roman city, a city which was big, it has plenty of buildings to visit, among them the amphitheatre is actually where Game of Thrones filmed the Craddle of Dragons of the Targaryens in King's Landing. The Roman ruins are right outside the modern town of Santiponce, which is a surburb of Seville.

5. Plaza de España

In Seville there is a square called Spain Square (the largest square in the city in fact), the place is designed to represent Spain in a square. There is a central part of the square empty, around it goes a big pool with boats, this pool has railings made of traditional azulejos.

Over this pool cross four bridges, each bridge represents one of the 4 medieval kingdoms forming Spain and each bridge is decorated accordingly to embody each kingdom. There is a bridge for Castile, a bridge for Aragon, a bridge for León and a bridge for Navarra. Surrounding the square on one side there is a half-circle building in Golden Age late Renaissance and Baroque styles, styles from the peak in Spain's power.

On the building there are faces of histoircal Spanish figures. Well, right at the floor level by the walls of this building there are small benches also made of azulejos, there are 50 of them, one for each Spanish province. Each of the benches embodies a province, the colours used represent each province, there is a coat of arms of the province and a painting on the back, representing an important event in the history of the entire country taking place in each province.

6. Royal Alcázar of Seville

This royal palace is situated near the astounding Seville Cathedral, one of the most evocative areas of Spain. Game of Thrones season 5 introduced one of the city’s most beloved monuments with its elegant plasterwork, intricate ceramic tiles, golden high raised ceilings, and a fairytale world to a whole new international audience. The palace is also located in one of Spain's most romantic cities, Seville.

Apart from its architectural framework, the elements that breathe life to the Alcazar of Seville are new uses of its spaces, the wonderful gardens, and the endless water gushing forth from every corner amazes everyone who visits it. It is registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The best time to visit Spain is in the spring (March to May) or during the fall (September to November). At these times, you'll likely find fewer crowds, cheaper accommodations, and the best weather.

Buen viaje!
Kalyan Panja