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Valerie Chan, City Break Specialist

"Seville claims to be the sunniest city in Europe. True or not, it’s picturesque beauty and incredible landmarks are certain to inspire you. Get a true taste of the city by wandering down the colourful, old streets of Santa Cruz or by visiting the royal Alcázar palace, which boasts fantastic 14th century architecture and is one of the current residences of the Spanish royal family."

Seville at a glance

A gem of Andalusia, Seville is located by the Guadalquivir River and is one of Europe’s major historical centres famed for its diverse, historic architecture, plentiful museums and its unforgettable tapas culture. Acting as the region’s capital, Seville is steeped in a rich tradition that is still very much a part of its cosmopolitan style, making it an attractive city break destination. 

In the 19th century, the city was considered an important stop on the Romantic Grand Tour of Europe and today continues to preserve a sense of authentic heritage with a diverse cityscape of medieval streets and sun soaked plazas lined with fragrant orange trees. 

Home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Seville’s Old Town is among the largest in Europe, complete with a 16th century cathedral, an ancient merchants exchange and the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. 

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Stunning architecture
  • Amazing tapas
  • Cultural attractions 

Getting around

Seville is easy to navigate by foot, but there are also a number of public transportation options including bus, metro, tram and bicycle.

Nightlife

Seville’s nightlife is fun-loving, diverse and unequivocally vibrant. Whether you choose to pursue a popular tapas bar and learn some traditional Sevillanas dance steps, be entertained by the beguiling sensuality of flamenco or visit a popular discotech, there are a host of venues and attractions to suit every taste.

Shopping in Seville

Seville has a main shopping street featuring top high street brands and also boutiques selling flamenco attire and shops selling spices and teas are dotted around the city. There is a larger shopping mall Nervion Plaza which makes for a good shopping trip. 

Dining in Seville

Seville’s cuisine is both simple in ingredients and exquisite in taste. Popular tapas bars, some dating back to the 1600s, make it easy to try a wide variety of flavourful and creative dishes in an authentic atmosphere. There is also a rise in more contemporary tapas bars, offering traditional tapas dishes with a modern twist. With citrus trees in abundance, many dining outlets serve fresh orange juice and it is the perfect refreshment under the Sevillian sun. 

Must-try local dishes

  • Iberian Pork Cheeks - featured on the menu of many of Seville's tapas bars, Iberian Pork Cheeks are the softest and cooked with a variety of different ingredients. 
  • Gazpacho – a cold soup consisting of tomato, cucumber, onion, garlic and seasoning
  • Churros with Chocolate Sauce Dip- a street food favourite, the traditional way sees the churros batter fried in a coil shape and then cut into pieces served with a pot of dark chocolate sauce. 

Osprey Holidays top tips

The Real Alcazar of Seville tops the must-see list for visitors coming to Seville, so why not take a visit on a Monday for free entry (times vary in different seasons) or prebook so you're not disappointed. 

For something more contemporary, head to the Metropol Parasol, an impressive wooden structure in the middle of the city, with a small fee, take the lift up to the winding rooftop and gaze at the magnificent city views. 

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Seville designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Seville hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 702,355
Languages Castillian
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

'Chocolate con churros' is a must-do breakfast in Seville. Plan an active day of sightseeing to work off this hearty start to the day!

Distance from airports
Seville 10 km
Railway stations
Santa Justa

Things to do in Seville

  • Cathedral and La Giralda: One of the largest gothic cathedrals - visitors can climb the belfry tower for stunning views of the city.
  • Real Alcazar of Seville: The oldest European royal residence, featuring buildings from different time periods, each with a different architectural style.
  • Maria Luísa Park and Plaza de Espana: Walk along one of the most beautiful parks in Europe with a very interesting history and an expansive plaza in the middle with a man-made river stretched along it. 
  • Calle de Las Sierpes: Seville’s main shopping promenade.

Tours and Excursions

Alcazar de Sevilla Tour

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Spain’s most impressive monuments with influences ranging from the Arabic and Mudejar periods, right through to the Renaissance, Baroque and 19th century. On this skip the line tour you will learn about the evolution of the city and its importance as a religious, historical and cultural place.

Guadalquivir River Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely cruise while taking in the key sights along the bank of the Guadalquivir river, including Torre del Oro, La Giralda and La Maestranza Bullring. Admire the varied architecture of its bridges and monuments while your audio commentary points out the major points of interest.

Jerez and Cádiz Day Trip

This full day tour will take you to nearby Jerez where you will visit one of its historic sherry bodegas for a tour and tasting before continuing on to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art for a stunning Spanish equestrian show. You will then take a ferry to beautiful Cádiz to enjoy some free time, a tour of the medieval centre and a visit to the camera obscura at Tower Tavira.

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.