Seville Travel | Best Guide to the Sultry City

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Seville Travel | Best Guide to the Sultry City

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If you are planning a visit to Seville and wondering when and where to go, what to see and do, places to eat or stay, then this Seville Travel is the perfect guide for you. I have you covered on each of the categories mentioned.

I have written several articles on Seville, with each encompassing a detail guide to specific cultural interests or activities. References are given in this article, so you could learn more.

In this article on Seville Travel there are suggestions on the very best things to do in Seville, as well as tips and recommendations that adds value to your visit in Seville. Read along on Seville Travel, as we begin with an overview of the charming city followed by the best time to travel, how to get to Seville, highlights on places to stay and the very best things to do in Seville including suggestions on the off the beaten track palaces, museums and churches.

This article has everything you need for timeless experiences of Seville. So, ensure you read along till the end, but if you are short on time, you could always bookmark the page or pin on Pinterest to revisit later.

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SEVILLE, ANDALUSIA

While Seville’s resplendent and glorious past is all around you, the enchanting city celebrates the here and now just as much. It is about joining the locals at the hole-in-the-wall bars, sip cañas of beer, eating tapas in a crowded bar and wander the medieval alleyways and get lost, but you never really get lost in this compact city.

Explore the historic neighbourhood with the orange trees dotted around and grab a shady spot on a tiled bench, just to savour those moments from the steamy-rays of November sun. Afterwards, when dusk, head to the rooftops of a terrace bar and admire the famous Gothic cathedral in the world glow as the sun sets over Sevilla while seeing out the end of day over a drink. If you prefer, head out to Guadalquivir River to watch the tranquil and gorgeous golden glows of the dipping sun. Better still, go across the ancient river to the cradle of flamenco to marvel at the passionate artform. Sultry Seville, well-known as the romantic city of Southern Spain does not disappoint.

Yes! It was November when we visited and Seville does not bother with winter. The temperature at the end of November is a pleasant 18° Celsius. When it drops, it is only a touch to a gentle 15° Celsius. December to February is 16° Celsius making Seville, the Andalusian marvel a perfect winter-sun European destination.

Though Fall was a perfect time for our visit, this Andalusian jewel is an ideal destination at any time of the year.

BEST TIME FOR SEVILLE TRAVEL

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Many travellers would consider the best time to visit Seville is during the spring months, between March and May. The weather is mild and fresh, when orange trees blossom, and they may witness two of Seville’s popular celebrations, the Semana Santa and Feria de Abril. Just a note though, the weeks of Semana Santa (Holy Week – the days before Easter) and Feria de Abril (two weeks after Easter) are extremely busy and hotels may be booked up, something to bear in mind if you are considering visiting.

Summer comes along from the months of June to August but it tends to slip into September as well. Seville is one of the hottest cities in Europe. Days are long and the scorching temperatures drive the Sevillanos to the coast for their annual holidays. As a result some bars and restaurants may be closed for a few weeks in August and September. The summer months are a high season for tourists who can brave the sultry weather in Seville. Attractions stay open during this time.

The autumn months in the sultry city are brief and are typically from October to November. The temperature begins to drop around October and it is the start when the summer tourist crowd lessen. Sevillanos return from their coastal holidays and the city is alive again. Though it begins to feel a little chilly, it is still warm than the rest of Europe.

Winter, from December to February is considered a low season for Seville travel and tourism. The weather is mild with plenty of sunshine but it may rain at times also. December is a busy month for the locals, with winter lights and festivities along with open-air chestnut roasting.

WHERE TO STAY IN SEVILLE

Our specific guide on the neighbourhoods in Seville gives a good selection of accommodations to select from. However, here are four quick links for you to peruse for Seville travel:

1 | EME Catedral Hotel, Seville for luxury and modern feel, housed in a 16th century building. Located within 50 yards of Seville Cathedral.

2 | Hotel Mercer Sevilla. Rated as superb, Hotel Mercer boasts all the modern amenities along with an outdoor pool and a sun terrace. Nearest airport is less than 6 miles.

3 | Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana, Seville is a travel sustainable property and a modern boutique hotel housed in 19th century building. Less than five minutes to Seville Cathedral.

4 | Hotel Casa 1800 Seville is a converted 19th century mansion, located only steps away from Seville Cathedral.

HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU NEED FOR SEVILLE TRAVEL?

An ideal time frame for Seville travel would be a minimum of three days for first-time visitors but if you have more time, add an extra day. Four days to begin with will be a great start at a city where you are sure to return in a heartbeat to explore more. Some neighbourhoods are best explored a little at a time while some others offer so much, that you can’t ignore but return everyday during your Seville travel.

That said, travellers spend a lot more time in this sultry city, from a week to longer. The warm weather is a major attraction. It’s cool vibes, slow-paced yet vibrant nightlife together with a reasonable cost of living , makes Seville a great destination for longer vacation as well as for nomadic travellers.

Moreover, Seville is a great base from whence you could explore the nearby cities such as Cadiz, Cordoba, Ronda and Granada. Accommodations range from budget to highend five-star hotels and you could easily pick and choose to meet your budget and duration of stay.

HOW TO GET TO SEVILLE, ANDALUSIA

Seville can be reached by air, rail, road and by sea (Guadalquivir River).

By Air

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If you are travelling by air, Seville’s nearest airport is Seville Airport (SVQ) located about 7.9 kilometres away. It is the primary international airport serving western Andalusia and nearby provinces. SVQ is well connected to 42 destinations in Europe and North Africa. Therefore, if you are flying in from the USA, Asian countries or South American countries, you will have to fly into Madrid or Barcelona and get a connecting flight to Seville. You could also fly into any of the 42 destinations in Europe and then take a connecting flight to Seville.

UK travellers to Seville can fly direct from seven airports: Gatwick, Stansted, Heathrow, Luton, Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh. Depending on the airline you fly with, Ryanair and EasyJet offer cheap flights to Seville all year round.

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Opt for an all-in-one package holiday offered by EasyJet and enjoy the protection offered by package holidays.

By Road

There is good network of motorways connecting Seville in Andalusia to the rest of Spain and Europe. Driving is on the right and the minimum age is 18. Visitors to Spain are required to have a valid driving licence, and third party insurance if you wish to drive in Seville.

Coach services are available through ALSA coach company. It connects all major cities in Spain and travel across Europe in partnership with Eurolines.

By Train

Spain’s modern high-speed network AVE, connects a number of the major cities including Seville. Seville’s main train station is located in the north of the city, Estacion de Santa Justa on Avenida Kansas City.

Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips on getting to Seville by Train

The following two tips are useful if you intend to travel by train to Seville:

1 | Plan ahead and book in advance to secure the best fare – view train options from Madrid to Seville and from Barcelona to Seville.

2 | If you plan to explore Europe by train, consider and peruse options on an Eurail Card.


WHERE TO GO IN SEVILLE | GUIDE TO NEIGHBOURHOODS

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Seville’s neighbourhoods are really cool! You don’t have to go too far before you are met with a jaw-dropping monument, quaint and colourful streets, the tranquil parks or the romantic evening scenes of the tapas bars. We share our top three neighbourhoods in Seville. Each individual post is a complete guide to where to stay, eat and things to do along with landmarks not to miss for your Seville travel.

1 | The Santa Cruz Neighbourhood

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Often known as the charming Old Jewish Quarter of Seville, the Santa Cruz neighbourhood is the busiest and most popular of areas for tourists. Full of character, colours, narrow cobbled streets and romantic squares, barrio Santa Cruz has not lost its centuries old small town aura. Sitting amongst the orange trees, ancient squares, and a maze of alleyways, are breathtaking monuments, bodegas and some of the best flamenco joints. Wandering around the neighbourhood is an experience in itself.

Read along our complete and best guide to the Santa Cruz neighbourhood. The post details some of the best places to stay, 14 highlights of things to do in and around the heart of Seville along with top places to try some of the very best in Sevillano’s food. All brought together for you to make an informed Seville travel itinerary.

Read: Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville | The Best Guide to Where to Stay, Eat & Things to do.


Unsure how to fit-in all the sights on your trip in one day?

Opt for a guided tour – hear the history, see all the great monuments and walk around Santa Cruz in a little over half a day. Then, in the evening, go on a tapas hopping tour and visit some of the iconic bodegas and taste Southern Spain’s traditional dishes.

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2 | The Bohemian Neighbourhood

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The Bohemian neighbourhood in Seville has great spontaneity along with vibrant nightlife. The neighbourhood is sprinkled with charming little squares, several narrow cobbled alleys around Calle Feria, whitewashed walls with terracotta roofs, colourful markets that are alive as well as ancient monuments. In the midst of these bohemian ambience, you shall find some of the very best tapas bars. Read along our complete guide to the bohemia barrios (4 small neighbourhoods, all within 10 minutes of each other) in Seville.

Read: A Complete Guide to the 4 cool neighbourhoods that make-up the hive of this city. This guide suggests places to stay and food to try.

3 | Triana Neighbourhood

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There is something about Triana that stokes curiosities and its not just because it is on the other side of the river, reputed to be the ‘other city’ in Seville. The history of Triana goes back to Tartessian times, where a small settlement was used by the Romans to set up their position right opposite the Hispalis. When the Almohads came along, they built a bridge, connecting both sides of the river. This bridge made way for something more permanent as the maritime expeditions got underway. The present Triana bridge was built in 1852.

Away from the bundle of energy in the Old Jewish Quarter, Triana welcomes you to a different heartbeat – a rhythm of soulfulness, buzzing nightlife and the dreamy colours of the Azulejos ceramics. Read along our guide on this fabulous barrio in Seville.

Read: Triana Seville – Where to Stay Eat & Explore

VERY BEST THINGS TO DO IN SEVILLE

Where to go, what to see and do depends very much on how much time you have when you Seville travel.

Though Seville is regarded a small city but it is the largest city and the capital of the autonomous region Andalusia of Spain in the southwest of the Iberian peninsula. The city sits ideally on both sides of the lower reaches of the ancient Guadalquivir River, and offers a huge number of possibilities for water activities and cruises. With history stretching back centuries, you shall find the city is sprinkled with ancient monuments, delightful architecture and secret alleyways, along with an array of streets lined with cute little shops and restaurants that serve the best Iberico ham and seafood pasta.

Some may say there are certain monuments that you quite simply Must See and some activities which you Must do. We have compiled a selection of the unmissable experiences when you Seville travel for you to consider in your itinerary.

1 | Plaza de Espana

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The Plaza Espana or Spain Square is one of Seville’s famous monument and a cultural meeting place. Built for the Ibero-American Convention in 1929, the Plaza Espana is located within the Maria Luisa Park. The main building houses the offices of the central government but the rest of the plaza is pretty much open to the public 7-days a week. Highlights include:

i | The sensational alcoves with a bench each, decorated with colourful painted ceramics representing the fifty-two provinces of Spain;

ii | A huge fountain in the middle of the square makes a great photo op;

iii | and you may want to experience the Venice of Seville by taking a canal ride.

iv | The four bridges representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain.

If you are lucky, you may get to witness a flamenco performance by street artists.

A must-see for Star Wars fans as Plaza Espana was used in one of the filming locations for “Attack of the Clones” series.

Give yourself at least an hour, longer if possible.

Open to the general public all year round and it is free. Charges apply for the canal ride.

Address: Av. Isabel la Católica, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

Hours: From 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Read: Plaza Espana Seville – An absurdly wondrous square.


2 | Stroll through the Maria Luisa Park

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After enjoying the splendour of Plaza Espana in your Seville travel, stroll through the Maria Luisa Park. A shady paradise. Take a refreshing walk through the shaded alleys where you shall come across some fountains, lakes and ponds. Highlights include:

i | Plaza America also known as “Pigeon Square”

ii | Look out for the Frog Fountain, and the Lion Fountain;

iii | Seville Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions.

One can easily spend about 2 hours here.

Address: P.º de las Delicias, s/n, 41013 Sevilla, Spain

Hours: From 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. All-year-round.


An exceptional testament to the civilisation of the city of Seville are the three monumental complexes in the heart of the city’s Jewish Quarter. The Catedral de Santa María de la Sede and the Royal Alcázar of Seville along with the Archivo General de Indias de Sevilla. The first two are hugely popular attractions while the third, not so much but it is said to worth a quick visit.

3 | The Royal Alcazar of Seville

Visit the world renowned Royal Palace of Seville and be blown away with its Mudejar art of mesmerising poetry in colours, water features, frescoes and ceramics. Deeply rooted in history, legends and secrets, this is an experience that will take you back to a whole different world. When at the Alcazar while you Seville travel, take your time to appreciate the details, the colours and the serenity that surrounds each pond, fountain along with the simplicity of some of the Almohad’s creations. Highlights include:

i | Courtyard of the Maidens;

ii | The Hall of Ambassadors;

iii | The hidden baths of Maria de Padilla;

iv | The Enchanting Mercury Pond at the Alcazar.

Read our complete guide to this magical palace and best ticket options. The guide comes with plenty of photos and clear step-by-step plan to view twenty-two highlights in the palace.

Visiting the Alcazar in your Seville travel may take anything from 2 to 4.5 hours. Practical tips are included in the article also. Click on the link below to read.

Read: The magical palace of Real Alcazar of Seville

Watch a snippet of the Alcazar on our YouTube channel.

Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips on The Alcazar, Seville

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The following 5 tips will be useful for your visit:

1 | If it is only the Alcazar that you wish to visit, and you wish to do so at your own pace, you are strongly advised to purchase the skip-the-line ticket to the Alcazar beforehand and online. You will save a lot time!

2 | On the other hand, if you prefer a guided tour, you could conveniently book one. You are advised to do so as early as possible as these tours are done in small groups and gets filled quickly.

3 | If you are visiting Seville Cathedral as well, the best option is for you to buy a combo ticket, as part of a tour group.

4 | Top tip for Seville travel: Enjoy free admission every Monday. In winter, it is between 5 pm to 6 pm and in the summer, it is 6 pm to 7 pm.

5 | Please know that this attraction operate on maximum capacity level. Only 750 visitors allowed each day.


4 | Catedral de Santa María de la Sede | Things to do in Seville

Just next to the Alcazar of Seville, sits a magnificent monument. The most visited in Seville is the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Seville Cathedral). Built upon the foundations of a mosque that existed here since the Almohad’s rule, the Seville Cathedral is huge, and sumptuous! When visiting, you should not miss:

i | The Capilla Mayor;

ii| The tomb of Christopher Columbus;

iii | Capilla Real;

iv | Sacristy and Treasury.

v | The Giralda Tower.

Read along our comprehensive guide to Seville Cathedral for visitors so you don’t miss anything.

To get a sense of its majestic interior, watch our YouTube channel.

Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips on Seville Cathedral:

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Tickets to the Cathedral includes access to the Giralda tower.

The following 4 tips will be useful for your Seville travel visit:

1 | To avoid waiting in line, and if you prefer, book ahead online. You can breeze through via a dedicated entrance by showing your online ticket. It is simple, easy and so hassle free. You can book your visit directly.

2 | If you wish to purchase the tickets to Seville Cathedral on the day of your visit from the ticket windows, but you see a long queue, you may want to skip this queue and walk to Iglesia Colegial del Divino Salvador located about 10 minutes away from the Cathedral. There is usually no queue at the Salvador Roman Catholic Church. Ticket prices are the same as that if you were to purchase from the Cathedral and it entitles you to a free entry to this nice little church, added to your Seville travel.

3 | Mass is said daily at the Seville Cathedral. Entry is free during this time. This is a great way to get a preview before purchasing your ticket.

4 | Finally, if you are planning on visiting the Seville Cathedral, and the Alcazar, it is best to get the combo ticket options and save some money. The ticket gives you skip-the-line access to both attractions along with a professional tour guide who will share with you all there is on the history of Seville plus point out the best of the monuments as well with many photo opportunities. You can find all the information on the combo ticket where you could book directly.


5 | General Archive of the Indies in Seville

An important historic monument that sits alongside the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede and the Royal Alcázar of Seville is the Archivo General de Indias de Sevilla. This attraction is less touristy and the visit is free.

Like most visitors, we gave this monument a miss but only because we were running late for another item on our itinerary. It is definitely on the list for our next visit.

Apparently, and understandably the ‘storage files’ are empty but the architecture is said to be remarkable. You may want to add this to your Seville travel itinerary.


6 | The Bullring of Seville | Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla

Yes, you can do away with the full name – Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla and just call it The Bullring of Seville. This majestic arena is worth visiting on your Seville travel itinerary.

A visit here is only by a guided tour. The entry ticket allows for a visit to the museum and ample time in the arena.

Whether you are for or against bullfighting, you will note that the bullfighting tradition is very strong in the Southern capital. The Plaza de toros still hosts events between April and October. One of their annual major event is the Feria de Abril, held at two weeks after Easter.

Address: P.º de Cristóbal Colón, 12, 41001 Sevilla, Spain

Hours: 9:00 or 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Visit: Guided tours only

Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips on The Bull Ring of Seville:

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The following 3 tips is useful for your visit:

1 | Book your ticket to the Bullring of Seville in advance and online. Enjoy skip-the-line access with a professional guide. This tour features:

i | One hour guided tour where you will learn the history and tradition of bullfighting;

ii | Includes a headset;

iii | Access to the museum, the chapel and the arena.

Book a skip-the-line guided tour of Plaza de toros now.

2 | Combine a visit to Seville’s Bullring and a walking tour of the Santa Cruz neighbourhood.

i | Entry to Plaza de Toros and marvel at one of the largest Bullring in Spain while learning of its history from a knowledgeable guide;

ii | Enjoy a guided walking tour of the atmospheric barrio Santa Cruz.

Book a visit to the Plaza de Toros and a walking tour of the Santa Cruz Neighbourhood.

3 | Opt for a guided tour of the Bullring and the Seville Cathedral + Giralda. This tour includes:

i | All entry tickets – the Bullring and Seville Cathedral

ii | 2.5 hours;

Learn more about this visit to two of Seville’s best monuments and check availability


7 | Torre del Oro Seville

Within minutes of the Bullring of Seville and situated along the Guadalquivir River, is the historic Torre del Oro, known as the Tower of Gold in English. Built to defend the city against enemy invasion, the tower is presently home to the Maritime Museum. It has a terrace offering panoramic views of the city and Triana across the river.

Time needed is at least half-an hour unless you need more time on the terrace.

The Tower of Gold is an important meeting point for city cruises.

Address: Paseo Cristobal Colon s/n41001, Seville

Hours:

Monday to Friday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 am to 7:00 pm

A voluntary contribution of €3.00 is recommended.

Read about the Noble Torre del Oro in Seville

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If your itinerary allows it, visit on a Monday when it is free.

Book a city cruise on the Guadalquivir River for afterwards so you could save time.

You can find a selection of the best on River boat trips, cruises and water activities so you could book one easily.


8 | Metropol Parasol | Things to do in Seville

A large wooden structure at the La Encarnación square is affectionately known as the ‘mushroom’ or Las Setas in Spanish. Though an unusual architecture when compared to the traditional Andalusian style, this modern addition to the city has become the meeting point for the young Sevillanos and for musical gigs. An unmissable item for your Seville travel itinerary and the following are some of the highlights for you to consider:

i | Take the lift to the top of the Metropol Parasol and walk along the walkway for an unparalleled 360-degree view of Seville city;

ii | If you can, visit in the evening for an amazing sunset view as well as a magical display of lights;

iii | Visit the Antiquarium Room in the basement;

iv | Visit the La Encarnación Market on the first floor for some authentic Spanish food and local sandwiches.

Address: Plaza. de la Encarnación Seville

Hours:

Sunday to Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Costs: from €5.00 (2022)

Read: Metropol Parasol Seville | A Gigantic Cozy Oasis

Read: The remarkable Antiquarium Room in Old Seville

Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips on the Metropol Parasol:

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1 | Live a unique experience and take a glimpse into the past of Seville through a virtual tour. Includes a skip-the-line ticket to the Metropol Parasol with access to the top two panoramic terraces and smart glasses plus head phones.

Learn more about this unique activity at the Metropol Parasol and book your experience.


9 | The Old Jewish Quarter | Seville travel

The Old Jewish Quarter of Seville is the heart of the city of Seville. Though there is an unshakable feeling in the air of the city’s dark moments in history, the Jewish Quarter is a delightful area to wander, wonder, and explore. Pretty little squares, cute shops, white-washed buildings, cobbled streets and the many alleyways exudes a defining quaint charm that is unique to this area. An unmissable item for your Seville travel schedule.

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While you can explore the Jewish Quarter on your own, the best way to get the most of your Seville travel visit to this city is to opt for a guided tour of the Jewish Quarter neighbourhood.

i | Discover the best kept secrets, traditions and legends of this picturesque neighbourhood;

ii | Learn about the history of Seville from a knowledgable guide;

iii | 1.5 hours walking tour.

Check availability on Walking tour of the Jewish Quarter in Seville


10 | Top Museums in Seville

Seville’s rich art and history from the Neolithic age to contemporary modern art is beautifully represented and housed in buildings previously owned by Andalusian ancestors. Visiting any of the museums adds to the cultural adventure when visiting the sultry city.

There are well over twenty museums in Seville and the following is by no means an exhaustive list for your Seville travel itinerary. Here are our selection of the top three which you may like to visit:

10.1 | Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts)

A former convent founded during the reign of King Ferdinand III of Castille, the building is now an art gallery. The Museum of Fine Arts in Seville is an important art museum in Spain. It has built a unique collection of Renaissance and Baroque Sevillian paintings , in particular the 17th century “Golden Age” works by some of the city’s best painters and sculptors, notably Murillo, Zurbarán, and Francisco de Herrera.

Address: Pl. del Museo, 9, 41001 Sevilla, Spain | +34 954 78 64 98

Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips on the Museum of Fine Arts:
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Opt for a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville and learn about the history and the everyday life depicted behind each painting

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10.2 | Museo de Arte Andaluz Contemporaneo (CAAC) | Andalusian Museum of Contemporary Art

Housed in a former monastery at Santa Maria de las Cuevas (also known as La Cartuja) the Andalusian Museum of Contemporary Art has a grand collection of 3,200 works of art. Well-known not just for its art collection but also for its ancient and modern architecture along with the rotating nature of its exhibits. There are also events such as jazz and flamenco hosted on some days.

Address: Avenida de Américo Vespucio, 2. Camino de los Descubrimientos, s/n.41092  Sevilla, Seville  (Andalusia)

Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips on the Andalusian Museum of Contemporary Art:

La Cartuja is located a little out of the city and you may wish to take either the C1 or C2 bus.

10.3 | Museo del Baile Flamenco | Museum of Flamenco Dance

When you visit the city that introduced flamenco to the world, it seems almost inevitable that a visit to the Flamenco Museum of Seville is on the Seville travel itinerary. The Museum of Dance in Seville takes you through a journey that begins in the 18th century through a series of interactive exhibits along with photos and traditional garments.

The building itself is quite special. Built on a former Roman temple, this 18th century building is surrounded by orange trees. A popular venue for visitors as well as for the locals. A visit to the Flamenco Musem is a must – book in advance to secure your place. Explore the museum before grabbing yourself a front row seat to experience an electrifying performance.

Address: Calle Manuel Rojas Marcos, 3, 41004

Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips on the Museo del Baile Flamenco:
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Experience a true spirit of flamenco by professional dancers in the best venue in Seville.

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11 | Other Palaces, Museums and Churches to Visit in Seville

1 | Palacio de las Dueñas

Palacio de las Dueñas is a historic home belonging to the House of Alba. Built in the 15th century, the palace is a combination of Renaissance, Gothic and Mudejar styles. You can visit the ground floor of the palace and areas renowned for its quintessential patios and lemon garden.

You can book a Visit to Palacio de las Dueñas + Audioguide directly here

2 | Hospital de los Venerables

Once a hospital and a textile factory, Hospital de los Venerables is a 17th century Baroque building that houses the works of the famous Spanish painter, Diego Velázquez. Take a guided tour of this amazing museum and learn of its interesting history while admiring the stunning frescoes in the church and sacristy.

Visit the Hospital de los Venerables with a tour guide.

3 | Centro Cerámica Triana

You will learn everything there is about the ceramic tradition and its art.

4 | Iglesia Colegial del Divino Salvador (Church of the Divine Saviour) Seville

Built on the site of a former mosque between 1674 and 1712, the Iglesia Colegial del Divino Salvador overlooks the delightful Plaza del Salvador. It has a soaring dome, magnificent altar and extravagant gold altarpieces. Worth visiting.

5 | La Casa de Pilatos, (Pilate’s House) Seville

After the Alcazar, Casa de Pilatos is the most beautiful palaca in Seville. Encompassing Gothic, Mudejar and Renaissance, this palace was built by Don Pedro Enriquez and, continued on by his son Fadrique Enriques de Ribera who was inspired by the house of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem.

Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips on Other Palaces, Museums and Churches to Visit in Seville:

Combine a visit to the La Casa de Pilatos, Iglesia Colegial del Divino Salvador and Metropol at La Encanacion in one walking tour with a local, knowledgeable guide. This tour includes skip-the-line tickets and lasts over 2.5 hours.

Book Tour of Salvador Church, Casa Pilatos, and Metropol with a tour guide.

Visit also:

i | Iglesia de Santa Ana in Triana neighbourhood.

ii | Basilica de la Macarena in the Bohemian neighbourhood.

iii | Santa María Magdalena de Sevilla


12 | Seville Travel with Children

The city of Seville is a fun destination for travel with kids and we recommend the following two:

12.1 | Acuaria de Sevilla (Aquarium of Seville)

The Aquarium of Seville is a great place for children to totally immerse in the exotic fish, sharks, turtles, starfishes and so much more. You could book your tickets for Seville Aquarium now.

12.2 | La Isla Magica

La Isla Magica is a theme park with rides and it also has a water park with slides. Ideally requiring almost a complete day, La Isla Magica is suitable for all ages but as with all theme parks there is height restrictions. It is better to buy your tickets before your day of visit to avoid waiting in a long queue. Book your tickets for La Isla Magica now.


13 | Awesome Day Trips from Seville

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When you have discovered the best things to do in Seville city, and if your itinerary allows, it would be great if you could make time to see the nearby cities also. The following cities have been highly rated for its historical and cultural values.

13.1 | Cordoba

Cordoba was an important Islamic centre in the Middle Ages and is best admired for La Mezquita, the colossal mosque dating from 784 AD. This historic city is full of little streets and courtyards filled with flowers.

You can reach Cordoba by train in 40 minutes from Seville. If you prefer, the better option is to opt for a guided tour from Seville to Cordoba. This guided tour comes with everything included – transportation, live guide and entrance to the La Mezquita.

13.2 | Ronda

Built on a rocky hill, Ronda is one of the most beautiful villages in Southern Spain offering beautiful panoramic views over its valleys. Unmissable is the Puente Nuevo built in the 18th century that links two parts of the town.

You can reach Ronda by car or by bus in about 2 hours. If you are not up to driving in Andalusia, then best to opt for a day trip guided tour from Seville to Ronda. You get so much more on this guided tour as it includes visits to other typical white villages in Andalusia such as picturesque white village of Zahara de la Sierra.

13.3 | Cádiz and Jerez de la Frontera

The ancient port city of Cádiz in Andalusia is almost entirely surrounded by water and has more than 100 watchtowers. Home to the remarkable Cádiz Cathedral, Roman Theatre and the Castle of San Sebastian makes this Andalusian city a worthwhile visit.

You can either drive or take a train to Cádiz in under two hours. If you opt for the train, you can check train schedules and prices here.

For a perfect day trip from Seville, combine a visit to Cádiz with Jerez de la Frontera, simply known as Jerez that is home to an ancient Moorish fortress built in the 11th century.


WHERE TO EAT IN SEVILLE

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For an authentic experience, explore the bars, cafes and bodegas that are dotted around Seville, or you may want to opt for a guided tapas tour. On the other hand, if after a long day of walking and exploring, you wish to have a relaxed evening in a nice atmospheric restaurant, look no further than SEIS. Service was good, food was good and we enjoyed our experience. It is a popular restaurant and getting a last-minute dinner slot might be challenging. Always best to pre-book and cancel later if plans change.

Try Flores Gourmet for best Jamón ibérico and Lobo Lopez for a cool and contemporary setting.


As a minimum for your Seville travel itinerary, we recommend that you visit the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral, experience the mesmerising poetry in stone at the oldest palace in Europe, the rich exotic flamenco dancing and the Sevillanos quintessential eating ritual.

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BEST SIGHTSEEING TIPS FOR SEVILLE TRAVEL

1 | For an all-round experience of the sultry city, opt for a food walking tour

2 | Buy a combo ticket to visit the Royal Alcazar, Seville Cathedral + Giralda.

3 | Enjoy timeless experiences on the Guadalquivir River.

4 | Tapas hopping tours

5 | Flamenco & Tapas Experience in Triana


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The Serene Patio de los Naranjos in Seville

Seville Cathedral, the fountain in Patio de los Naranjos

The Serene Patio de los Naranjos in Seville

In the midst of the sultry city of fun and historic Seville, there is an oasis of serenity, perfectly ideal for relaxation, prayer and to while away some time.

The quaint garden grounds of Patio de los Naranjos is one of the oldest spaces in Spain and is located within the distinguished grounds of Catedral de Santa María de la Sede. The rectangular space of tranquility was inherited from the Almohad mosque that once stood here in the 12th century.

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An overview of Patio de los Naranjos in Seville

Seville Cathedral, the fountain in Patio de los Naranjos
the fountain in the centre of Patio de los Naranjos | Image:  © TTS photographer

The present Patio de los Naranjos has its origin in Muslim. It was an area that was built between 1172 and 1186 with seven arches in the centre which was the original entrance to the Almohad mosque. Many changes took place over the centuries, and the only remains of the Islamic era is the rectangular shape that measures 80 metres long by 43 metres wide.

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view of the arches at Patio de los Naranjos Seville

Although it is a small courtyard, there is a fountain in modern design, located in the centre, surrounded by orange trees. The fountain occupies the site of the old Sabil, (a public source where the Muslims would perform ritual ablutions before entering the mosque).

The “orange tree courtyard”

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the orange tree courtyard

The name, Patio de los Naranjos means “orange tree courtyard” and originates from a 16th century reference made by Rodrigo Caro who said:

“There are orange trees from many centuries ago there, with some palms and cypresses”

Rodrigo Caro (1573 – 1647) is a celebrated Spanish priest,  historian, archaeologist, lawyer, poet and writer.

There are six rows of orange trees planted here that exudes a subtle aroma of marmalade. It is worth visiting


*The Patio de los Naranjos is now used by visitors to the Seville Cathedral to relax before and/or after the tour of the Cathedral.


How to experience the Patio de los Naranjos

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Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower | Seville

You can experience the Patio de los Naranjos by visiting the Seville Cathedral, officially known as the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede.

Seville Cathedral is an architectural masterpiece, completion of which spanned well over a century! A majestic jaw-dropping sight, it is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and will have you speechless when you see the opulent High Altar gilded in 30 tons of pure gold, a legacy of Spain’s wealth during the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus.

Read the article on the majestic Seville Cathedral in its entirety.

Your fast-track ticket to visit Seville Cathedral starts from £9.26


Where to Stay in Seville, Andalusia

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Santa Cruz neighbourhood Seville

Seville is the capital city of Andalusia in Southern Spain. A bustling historic city and a favourite European destination, Seville has some of the hottest temperatures as the city is located away from the cooling influence of the coast.

With plenty of clear blue skies, scorching sunshine in summer and pleasantly warm in winter, Seville makes a popular tourist destination throughout the year. The city offers a wide range of accommodations from 2-stars to 5-stars that suits all budgets and interests. You can even book apartments and visit the local markets for fresh produce and experience life as a Sevillano.

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There are several neighbourhoods where you could stay. Selecting where to stay depends very much on what you intend to do and how long you are visiting. Undoubtedly the Centro Seville is most popular but we would suggest that other barrios are equally interesting and convenient to stay at.

The following articles provide a comprehensive guide to the neighbourhoods in Seville – where to stay, things to do and where to eat.

Read the best guide on Seville’s neighbourhoods:

Santa Cruz

Bohemian Seville

Triana


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1 | For an all-round experience of the sultry city, opt for a food walking tour

2 | Buy a combo ticket to visit the Royal Alcazar, Seville Cathedral + Giralda.

3 | Enjoy timeless experiences on the Guadalquivir River.

4 | Tapas hopping tours

5 | Flamenco & Tapas Experience in Triana

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The majestic Seville Cathedral | A Visitor’s Guide to the largest Gothic Cathedral in the World

The majestic Seville Cathedral | A Visitor’s Guide to the largest Gothic Cathedral in the World

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Welcome to The majestic Seville Cathedral | A Visitor’s Guide to the largest Gothic Cathedral in the World. This unmissable guide is specially curated for you to provide historical context as well as practical tips so that you can make the most of your visit to this grandiose sanctuary. You could easily spend a few hours discovering this heritage and in this guide, you will find all the best listed.

Learn about the story of the majestic Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla), the highlights of the glorious interior, things to do and places to stay nearby.

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I | Story of the majestic Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla)

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Seville Cathedral, Seville City | Image: © TTS photograper

The official name of Seville Cathedral is Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede in Spanish) but is better known as Seville Cathedral or Catedral de Sevilla in Spanish.

Nothing prepares visitors for the monumental and glorious sight of the majestic Seville Cathedral in the heart of Seville city, the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia. This Roman Catholic Cathedral is the world’s largest in Gothic architecture and is registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1987, along with the Alcázar and General Archive of the Indies.

Construction of the majestic Seville Cathedral was long and ardous, about 106 years to complete.

Here is how it all began …

1 | The history — Good to Know before you go

We know from ancient history, temples and places of worship had been adapted to new spiritual purposes to reflect the spirituality and beliefs of new dominant rulers when a region is conquered. For example the Pantheon of Rome was converted into a church when Christianity became the official religion of the Empire. Similarly, the Hagia Sophia was built in 537 as a cathedral and was the largest cathedral during the Byzantine era in the imperial capital of Constantinople. In 1453, following the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque. A number of minarets were added over the years and is now officially known as The Holy Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque.

2 | When Seville Cathedral was a Mosque

It is generally recorded that the Moors ruled parts of the Iberian Peninsula for 800 years, from early 8th to late 15th centuries. Although they were expelled from Seville in 1248 and finally from the entire Western Europe by 1492, the Moors had left a distinct legacy and a mark on Andalusian culture which are richly noticeable today. One such legacy was the Almohad mosque, construction of which began in 1172 and completed in 1198.

The Almohads were Berber Muslims with origins in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The Almohad Caliph, Abu Yaqub Yusuf who ruled Seville in the 12th century ordered a construction of a new great mosque, aimed at making Seville the capital of Al-Andalus.

The mosque was designed by the well-known Ahmad ben Basso. His design encompassed a rectangular building space of 113 metres by 135 metres. It consisted of 17 prayer halls, a minaret and an ablutions courtyard.

The Moors also brought the distinctive orange trees (bitter oranges!) to Seville and the fragrance of oranges can be experienced in Patio de los Naranjos even today.

3 | When the mosque in Seville became the Cathedral in Seville

With the conquest of Seville by Ferdinand III of Castille in December 1248, the great mosque of the Almohad’s was converted to a cathedral. The spaces were partitioned and chapels created.

After half a century of maintenance and repairs, it was decided that a bigger cathedral was built to reflect the city’s wealth as the city was a major thriving trading centre after the reconquest. Accordingly, it was decided in 1401 by the church elders that they would:

“… build a church so beautiful and so grand that those who see it finished will take us for crazy.”

True to their words, the Seville Cathedral is one of the largest places of worship in Christendom and the largest in Gothic style in the world today built on the very site of the Almohad’s great mosque.

Construction began in 1401 and took over a hundred years to build this landmark in the centre of Seville, when it was completed in 1506. Almost half of the eastern side of the cathedral is occupied by the royal chapel, containing the royal tombs.

Seville Cathedral is also the final resting place for Christopher Columbus and his son Ferdinand (Diego) Columbus.

The belfry that towers over the cathedral and the city has its origin in the 12th century. The origin of base of the Giralda is from the Almohad reign and is the oldest part of this monument.

Recommended read: The Giralda Tower in Seville

With this nutshell history, let’s dive in to the highlights of the majestic Seville Cathedral.

II | Highlights of the glorious interior of the majestic Seville Cathedral

Here are some of the glorious highlights to take note of when visiting the largest Gothic cathedral in the world:

1 | Gothic interior of the majestic Seville Cathedral

Gothic interior of the majestic Seville Cathedral
The towering, massive and slender pillars emphasize the height of the extravagant vaulting, while elegantly arch over to support the ribbed vaults | Image: © georgina_daniel

The astounding sight of this sumptuous Gothic haven is a jaw-dropping experience. With a length of 126 metres by 83 metres wide along with a soaring 37 metres in height at the transept and central nave, this colossal cathedral is extremely spacious, airy and exudes an overall sense of harmony. The towering, massive and slender pillars emphasize the height of the extravagant vaulting, while elegantly arch over to support the ribbed vaults. Much of the vaulting is simple and modest, with some uniquely designed geometrical patterns on the ceiling.

There are five aisles laid out in this rectangular floor plan. Much of the aisles are empty and this adds to the immense space that one feels upon entering this cathedral.

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towering columns and beautiful geometrical patterns on the ceiling of Seville Cathedral | © georgina_daniel

The interior is relatively dark but illuminating the interior are the noted 81 stained glass windows which represents the very core of the grandeur of a Gothic cathedral. The oldest stained glass windows dates back to the 13th century, while it is estimated about 75 dates from the 16th to the 19th century.

2 | Silver Altar at Seville Cathedral – A mastery of Sevillian silversmithing

Silver Altar at the majestic Seville Cathedral
Silver Altar at Seville Cathedral showcasing a mastery of Sevillian silversmithing | © georgina_daniel

At the northern arm of the transept, is the magnificent Silver Altar, named after the abundant use of silver by the famous silversmiths of Seville.

The centrepiece is the statue of the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus with the sculptures of San Isidoro and San Leandro on the sides.

Standing testament to the incredible mastery of Sevillian silversmithing are the large, exquisitely crafted sun-like shaped silver monstrance at the rear of the centrepiece which is topped with an intricately designed silver crown.

Just above the Silver Altar is a fine painting of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary. Above this painting, sits a lovely stained-glass window depicting the Ascension of Jesus, by Carlos de Brujas in 1588.

3 | High Altar Main Chapel (Capilla Mayor) at Seville Cathedral

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The High Altar is a dazzling showpiece-the largest Gothic altar in the world | © georgina_daniel

In the centre of the Cathedral is the magnificent High Altar. A masterpiece.

The High Altar is an opulent showpiece of Gothic woodcarving measuring 20 metre high and 23 metre wide – the largest Gothic altar in the world. Given its height, the sculptures higher up are larger, just so to keep the perspective when viewed from floor level. The centre piece features the Virgen de la Sede and is surrounded by 45 wood panels of carvings depicting the Life of Christ and His Apostles along with the Life of the Virgin.

The design of the High Altar was initiated by Pieter Dancart, a Flemish artist in 1482. The 45 panels of intricate work of art which include over 200 figures of saints took some 80 years to complete.

The exquisite masterpiece is lavishly gilded with 3 tons of pure gold brought back from the Americas during the Age of Discovery, pioneered by Christopher Columbus.

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beautiful geometrical patterns cover the vaulted ceiling | Image: © georgina_daniel

The vaulted ceiling above is covered with beautiful, geometrical patterns that are aesthetically pleasing. The vaulted ceiling rests on slender, tall and massive columns that are lined up along the naves. Just below the vaulted ceiling are some stained glass windows.

4 | Tomb of Christopher Columbus at Seville Cathedral

Tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville Cathedral, Seville

One of the last additions to the majestic Seville Cathedral is the monument to Christopher Columbus in 1899. The tomb of Christopher Columbus is one of the famous attractions at Seville Cathedral. His sarcophagus is held aloft by four life-sized statues who symbolically represent the four kingdoms of Spain during his time — Castile, Aragon, Navara and Leon. The bronze plate rectangular bottom of the coffin is inscribed with the coat-of-arms of Spain along with words in Spanish which reads:

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The inscriptions: Aqui jacen los restos de Cristobal Colon desde 1796 los guardo la Habana y este sepulcro por R.D.to de 26 de febrero de 1891 | Seville Cathedral | Image: © georgina_daniel

Aqui jacen los restos de Cristobal Colon desde 1796 los guardo la Habana y este sepulcro por R.D.to de 26 de febrero de 1891

Translated to read in English:

(Here lies the remains of Cristobal Colon kept in Havana since 1796 and this sepulchre by R.D.to of February 26, 1891)

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viewed from rear of Christopher Columbus’ monument Seville Cathedral | Image: © TTS photographer

The four kingdoms were united into one nation, (modern Spain) by Queen Isabella I and her husband Ferdinand who also funded the explorer’s journey to the New World in 1492.

4.1 | A little about Christopher Columbus

Born in Genoa, Italy, in 1451, Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon in Spanish) was the famous explorer and navigator who completed four voyages across the Atlantic. He believed that he ‘discovered’ the New World of the Americas, although he never really discovered North America. His exploration brought much trade and wealth to Seville. He was revered a local hero. He died in 1506 at Valladolid, Spain.

Columbus was buried in Valladolid but was moved to Seville in 1509. He was subsequently moved to Santa Domingo in 1537 but he was moved again in 1778 to Cuba.

It is believed that following Cuba’s independence, the remains of Christopher Columbus were returned to Seville in 1898 and was finally laid to rest in Seville Cathedral. It is guaranteed, according to a DNA test in 2006, that the bones in the coffin at Seville Cathedral is that of Christopher Columbus. Sadly, the coffin only has a fifth or less of his bones.

His sarcophagus that is seen at the Seville Cathedral today was designed by sculptor Arturo Melida and was initially installed in Havana, Cuba before being moved to Seville.

4.2 | Ferdinand Columbus – Second son of Christopher Columbus

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Ferdinand Columbus’ tombstone is etched on the floor below the central nave near the west entrance in Seville Cathedral | Image: © georgina_daniel

Ferdinand Columbus also known as Fernando Colón, or Hernando Colon was the second son to Christopher Columbus. Ferdinand was a bibliographer and a cosmographer. He wrote a biography of his father entitled, The Life of the Admiral Christopher Columbus by his son, Ferdinand.

Ferdinand also started a private collection of books and created a library called, La Bibliotheca Colombina. This library is now located on the north side of Patio de los Naranjos.

Ferdinand Columbus is buried in Seville Cathedral. His tombstone is etched on the floor below the central nave near the west entrance.

5 | Royal Chapel (Capilla Real)

The Royal Chapel is a lavish Renaissance styled chapel and is the final resting place of King Ferdinand III of Castille, who reconquered Seville, his wife and Alfonso the Wise, along with their descendant King Peter the Just. King Ferdinand was canonised in 1671 and his tomb is inscribed in Arabic, Hebrew, Latin and Castilian.

Much of the Royal Chapel was completed during the reign of Charles V, King of Spain (Castile and Aragon) from 1516 1556. The chapel is surrounded by an 18th century grille. Steps lead to the crypt below.

6 | Side Chapels and Art in Seville Cathedral

Along with statues and tombs, Seville Cathedral is host to some exquisite works of art.

The side chapels are home to some opulent tombs – the Gothic monument of Juan de Cervantes in the Capilla de San Hermenegildo and the tomb of Arcbishop Mendoza in the Capilla de la Antigua are worth seeing.

7 | Sacristy and Treasury

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The dome is sculpted with the Final Judgement in three rings | Image: © georgina_daniel

The architectural details of the Main Sacristy (Sacristia Mayor) are an exquisite Renaissance style addition to the Gothic Cathedral. The Greek cross-shaped structure is adorned with columns, richly decorated with plateresque details and crowned by a circular dome. The dome is sculpted with the Final Judgement in three rings (the fiery hell is the lowest ring) and a beautiful roof lantern designed to provide daylight to the hall below.

Preserved within these walls of the sacristy are art treasures that highlight the glorious era of when Christianity was core and religious art flourished in Seville. Finely crafted liturgical items, custodias and crosses made of gold and silver are on display, while the walls are adorned with masterpieces by Goya, Murillo, Campaña (1503 – 1586) and Zurbarán (1598 – 1664).

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The Main Sacristy, Seville Cathedral, Seville

8 | La Giralda of the majestic Seville Cathedral (Bell Tower)

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Giralda Tower and Seville Cathedral | Image: © TTS photographer

The Giralda is the Bell Tower at Seville Cathedral and stands as a symbol of the city of Sevilla’s multicultural heritage. The tower was originally a minaret to the 12th century Almohad mosque but was converted to a church tower after the reconquest. The base of the tower is a testament to the Almohads influence while later additions were made during the Renaissance years. The tower was topped in the 16th century with a four metre high bronze statue, nicknamed Giraldillo, for its function as a weather vane. A full size copy of this weather vane can be seen at the main entrance to the Cathedral (Door of the Prince).

The Giralda Tower is accessible via ramps. Visitors walk up the 35 ramps and there is a short flight of stairs at the top.

Entry to Giralda Tower is included in all ticket types to Seville Cathedral.

Recommended read: The Bell Tower at Seville Cathedral

9 | Patio de los Naranjos

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the fountain in the centre of Patio de los Naranjos, Seville Cathedral | Image: © TTS photographer

Finally, exiting the Seville Cathedral is via Door of the Conception into a pleasant courtyard full of orange trees, Patio de los Naranjos, located on the northern facade of the Catedral de Sevilla.

Patio de los Naranjos has its origins in the Almohad era. There is a fountain in the centre of the courtyard that once was the spot that served as an ablution area for the Almohad mosque.

This nice little courtyard is perfect to relax in, both before and after visiting Seville Cathedral.

II | Seville Cathedral’s Exterior Highlights

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view over the exterior of Seville Cathedral as you climb up the ramps to the bell tower

The majestic Seville Cathedral has an exterior encompassing magnificent Gothic characteristics. With tall structures, flying buttresses and beautifully adorned doors makes this gigantic structure strikingly pleasing.

There are a total of 15 doors (puertas). Most of the these doors are kept inaccessible and only three primary entrances/exits are often in use. Here are some of the Cathedral’s exterior highlights in addition to the Patio de los Naranjos.

1 | The Door of Assumption or Main Door

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The Door of Assumption Seville Cathedral | Image: © TTS photographer

This elaborately decorated entrance is located on the west of the cathedral. This remain closed at most times and is open only during festivals.

2 | Door of the Conception | Puerta de la Concepción, Catedral de Sevilla

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Door of the Conception (Puerta de la Concepción) is a Gothic style door at the entrance to the north facade of the cathedral. This ornate door was crafted by Demetrio de los Rios and the work was completed in 1895 by Fernandez Casanova.

Visitors exit through this door through to Patio de los Naranjos.

3 | Door of the Prince | Puerta del Príncipe

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Door of the Prince at Seville Cathedral | Image: ©TTS photographer

Door of the Prince also known as Puerta de San Cristobal and is the entrance to the south of the cathedral. It was built by the same architect, Fernandez Casanova between 1887 and 1895.

Standing in front of Puerta del Príncipe is a bronze statute of a young woman dressed in traditional Roman attire, holding a shield and a cross. She is a symbol of victory of Christian Faith. This sculpture is a replica of El Giraldillo, atop the Giralda Tower. However, this sculpture does not rotate.

4 | The Door of Forgiveness (Puerta del Perdón)

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Door of Forgiveness Sevile Cathedral Spain | Image: ©TTS photographer

The Door of Forgiveness or Puerta del Perdón in Spanish was the main entrance to the Almohad mosque during their reign. These days, the Door of Forgiveness acts as one of the visitors’ entrance to the Cathedral. The name originates from the believe of the faithfuls that only sinners entered through this door to seek forgiveness.

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a closer look at the fusion of architecture on the Door of Forgiveness at the majestic Seville Cathedral | Image: ©TTS photographer

The Door of Forgiveness at the majestic Seville Cathedral tells the story of fusion of Christian and Islamic art. The horseshoe shaped arch is the heritage of the Almohad era while the surrounding plasterwork is from the 16th century. Flanking the arch are four beautiful statues. On the left are Archangels Gabriel and St Peter and on the right are Virgin Mary and St Paul. Above the arch is a depiction of Jesus expelling merchants from the temple.


Recommended read: The Complete Guides to two popular neighbourhoods in Seville – Santa Cruz and Bohemian Seville.

III | Practical tips to support your visit to Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral is located in Barrio Santa Cruz, the heart of the historic city of Seville. The neighbourhood’s maze of winding streets and hidden corners offer a multitude of varied dining options, vibrant nightlife and widest range of accommodations ranging from 5-star to budget. You may also wish to stay a little out of the city and take the inexpensive tram, metro or taxis to and from your accommodation.

The heart of Seville is compact and easily walkable. Many of the city’s attractions are close together and only minutes away on foot. It is perfectly feasible to explore several attractions in a day and explore the tapas bars and the night scene, feeling perfectly refreshed!

1 | Where to Stay near Seville Cathedral for Sightseeing

Anywhere in the vicinity and/or within a short walk of Catedral de Sevilla is ideal for visitors to stay.

Luxury Hotels

1 | Hotel Alfonso XIII

One of the most prestigious hotels in Spain, Hotel Alfonso XIII is located within minutes of the Reales Alcazares of Seville and the Catedral de Sevilla. Elegantly designed and include Arabic style arches and beautiful colourful ceramic tiles. Guests also enjoy casual al fresco dining as well as breakfast, lunch or dinner.

2 | Eurostars Sevilla Boutique

Within a short walking distance of Seville Cathedral is the Eurostars Sevilla Boutique. This accommodation provides amazing overview from its rooftop terrace and features an outdoor swimming pool and cafe. Includes complimentary breakfast buffet.

3 | Hotel Palacio De Villapanés

Hotel Palacio De Villapanés is a converted 18th century palace and is located just outside of Bario Santa Cruz. Spacious rooms and modern furniture along with rooftop sun terrace and a small plunge pool makes this accommodation ideal for two travellers.

Other luxury hotels to checkout are:

Hotel Colón Gran Meliá – A Travel Sustainable Property

Radisson Collection Hotel, Magdalena Plaza Sevilla


Mid-range Hotels

1 | Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla

Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla is a charming boutique hotel located just steps away from the majestic Seville Cathedral and the Royal Alcazar. The property is a renovated 19th century mansion with a traditional Andalusian central courtyard. Features spacious rooms where some are ideal for 3 person family stay, rooftop terrace and breakfast buffet.

2 | Hotel Amadeus Sevilla

Located within yards of Seville Cathedral in the heart of Barrio Santa Cruz, Hotel Amadeus Sevilla features a roof terrace with views over the city and the Giralda Tower. The property is based on a classical music theme and instruments are available if guests wish to have a go. Guests are welcomed with a complimentary drink in the 18th century interior patio.

3 | Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana – Travel Sustainable Property

A restored 19th century building, Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana is a boutique hotel with wooden floors and stylish modern furnishings. The property features a rooftop terrace with views over the city. Located less than two minutes walk to Seville Cathedral! Continental breakfast is served every day.

**Georgina: We stayed here on our recent visit in November 2021 and couldn’t have been more pleased with its location, cleanliness and helpful staff.

Other mid-range properties to peruse:

Casa 95 Sevilla

Puerta del Principe


4 | Budget Accommodation

1 | La Bella Sevilla

La Bella Sevilla is a small hotel of only 11 rooms located in a quiet pedestrian street within close proximity of Seville Cathedral, Giralda Tower and the Royal Alcazar. Highly rated for its location as guests can visit all the monuments, landmarks and cultural centres without the need for public transport.

2 | Itaca Sevilla

Hotel Itaca Sevilla is a converted mansion house and is located just 800 metres from the Catedral de Sevilla. Features a seasonal swimming pool and free WiFi. Rooms are soundproofed, air-conditioned and has a minibar and flat screen TV.


Recommended: The rich Gothic Palace at Royal Alcazar


2 | Tips and Tours: How to make the best of your visit to Seville Cathedral

1 | Best time to Visit:

Early morning is best as soon as the Cathedral doors open to beat the crowds.

Monday through to Friday: 10:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 2:30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

** The ticket office closes one hour before the Cathedral and sometimes earlier.

2 | Experience a Mass:

Mass is said daily throughout the day and is free to attend. Check schedule on the official website here.

3 | Tickets to Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower

If its just the Seville Cathedral you wish to visit, and you do not wish to be in a guided tour, buy the fast-track ticket which gives you access to Catedral de Sevilla and the Giralda Tower. This ticket is valid for the whole day, you do not have to wait in queue and you can explore at your own pace. Peruse and buy your ticket to Seville Cathedral >>

4 | Timing

Allow ample time to explore, at least a couple of hours and a little more if climbing up to the top of the Giralda Tower. Last entry to the Giralda tour is one hour before closing time.

5 | Experience a Journey through Time – A Guided tour of the Roofs of the Cathedral

A tour of the Roofs of Seville Cathedral is offered by the Cathedral at specific times of day. The tour is a journey through time, between 15th and 16 centuries when the Cathedral was built. Tickets for this tour are available directly from the Cathedral’s ticket office. It is not included in the Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower admission ticket.

6 | Guided Tours

Guided tours of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower are available throughout the week. There are several options to suit visitors’ preferred language also.

Giralda Tower

This tour gives you skip-the-line access with a guided tour of the Cathedral and Giralda. Check availability >>

Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda

A perfect option if you wish to explore more in a day. Visit Seville Cathedral along with the iconic Real Alcazar with a tour guide who will ensure you know all there is about these two monuments. Check availability >>


3 | What’s Nearby / Nearby attractions

1 | Visit the Royal Alcazar

Visit one of the most important palace complexes in the world for an experience you will never forget.

The Royal Alcazar has captivated one and all with its Mudejar architecture spanning hundreds of years across civilisation, cultures and dynasties. Walk in the footsteps of the Spanish kings and be transported to a different era. Truly an unmissable experience.

Read >> The Real Alcázar of Seville | A Guide to the BEST 22 Unmissable Highlights in the Alcázar Complex

2 | Shopping at Calle de las Sierpes

Take a break from sightseeing and visit one of the best and fun places for shopping in Seville.

Calle de las Sierpes is lined with quaint shops, inviting little boutiques and atmospheric cafes.

3 | Stop for a snack or lunch

Stop-by at Confiteria La Campana for a little treat of candied oranges or figs. Try some Spanish pastries and fuel up to explore more of the city. La Campana has been serving sweet toothed’s since 1885.

On the other hand, if you are peckish and wish to try some delicious tapas, Restaurante Baco is a great place to relax and enjoy a delicious selection of tapas. Great service and friendly staff.

Baco Restaurante Seville
Georgina: “great experience – food was amazing so was the setting and service”

Address: C. Francos, 42, 41004 Sevilla, Spain


Finally … the lasting legacy of the majestic Seville Cathedral

An iconic landmark of Seville the majestic Seville Cathedral is exquisite, immense and a sight to behold. It stands robust after 600 years with a legacy that continues to draw millions of visitors each year. You can gaze from the outside, be blown away when viewing from the top and absolutely marvel at the grandiose and opulence inside from the moment you step in. This is one majestic cathedral not to miss.

Watch this youtube video, a sneak peek into the majestic Seville Cathedral.

the awesomeness of the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world just as you step in …

Our trip to Seville was undertaken in late November, 2021. All travel and safety protocols were adhered to. It was fully self-funded and no part of our trip was sponsored in any way.

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SEVILLE TRAVEL

Spain Travel Advice

Seville Spain 37.3891° N, 5.9845° W
Seville Spain
37.3891° N, 5.9845° W

UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Royal Alcazar along with Seville Cathedral, & General Archive of the Indies.


Essential Information:

Seville Cathedral

Add: Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

Hours: 10:45 – 5:00 pm


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The Giralda Tower in Seville | 5 master features across civilisations to look out for

The Giralda Tower in Seville | 5 master features across civilisations to look out for when you visit

Written by: Georgina | We may earn a commission from affiliate links

Presiding over the city of Seville for almost a millennium is the Giralda, a monument that stands as testament to the fusion of architecture, reflecting the cultures and civilisations that has enriched this historic city.

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Many define it as special while some say it is just built of stone. The Giralda Tower in Seville is indeed unique. It gives a sense of permanence, and perspective on the passage of time across civilisations as well as the union of cultures that is emblematic of the passionate and mysterious Andalusian capital in Southern Spain. Perhaps also, because the iconic Giralda Tower in Seville was born of the Almohad dynasty, a minaret to the then famous mosque and now, is a Renaissance style bell tower for Cathedral Santa Maria de la Sede (simply known as Seville Cathedral) today. The Giralda Tower remain as one of the most iconic symbols of Seville since the Middle Ages.

The Tower offer charming views over the bijou city — Patio de los Naranjos, sounds of guitar music, close-up of the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world and the exotic flamenco rhythms that never fail to seduce and charm you.

Giralda’ means “one that turns” in Spanish and takes its name from the weather vane at the top of the tower (the bronze sculpture).

The Giralda Tower or La Giralda (in Spanish) of Seville Cathedral is recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1987, along with the Real Alcázar and the General Archive of the Indies. It is a popular attraction, accessed from within Seville Cathedral. We highly recommend that you go. La Giralda will not disappoint. Access to Giralda Tower is included in the Tour to the Seville Cathedral.

This guide shares a brief history of the Giralda Tower, features on what makes the tower unique and ways on how to explore the monument.

Planning a short trip to Seville?

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Best Guide to Barrio Santa Cruz – Stay, Eat & Explore

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I | History of the Giralda Tower in Seville

The Giralda Tower was born in 1184 as a minaret to the mosque that was built in 1176. The base of the minaret was in cut stone and the main body of the minaret was built in brick, with a later addition of a small secondary shaft at the top of the tower. Crowning the minaret were four golden balls and metal spheres to top the tower. In addition to bricks sourced locally, recycled marble were used from old Umayyad masterpieces. It was the biggest mosque in the Andalusian territory and the pride of the Almohads during their reign.

1 | The design of the minaret

The mosque had a rectangular floor measuring 113 by 135 metres decorated in Cordoban style with stucco and wood, embellished with sandalwood, ivory, ebony, gold and silver. Its base was a square at street level. The foundation was built with solid stones and the tower consisted of two sections, the main shaft and a smaller shaft with a series of ramps so a horse or donkey could carry the Islamic leader to the top of the tower five times a day so he could call for prayers.

2 | From a minaret to a bell tower

However, when Seville was reconquered in 1248 by the Castillian Christians, the mosque was converted to a cathedral. In doing so, some exits and archways were closed off and a number of small chapels were created. The minaret was used as a bell tower.

3 | Rebuilding of the mosque/cathedral

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Giralda Tower and Seville Cathedral, Seville as it is today, 2021 | Image: © TTS photographer

Following the earthquake, rebuilding of the Cathedral commenced. The construction project brought together the best artisans in the trade from all over the Castilian empire, as far as the Netherlands and Germany. Work was entrusted to the famous architect of the time, Hernan Ruiz II. The Cathedral was completed in 1506, after some 106 years.

Known simply as Seville Cathedral, it is the largest Catholic Cathedral of Gothic style in the world.

Recommended read: Seville Cathedral

II | What makes the Giralda Tower in Seville unique | 5 features to lookout for when you visit

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the Renaissance belfry tower at the La Giralda in Seville

There are no great ornaments that adorn La Giralda but its uniqueness lies in its marriage of architecture between a fine example of Arab design of the time and the 16th century Renaissance additions, along with its famous bells in the belfry.

Here are some features across civilisations to look out for when you visit:

1 | Design of the Giralda Tower in Seville

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The Giralda Tower in Seville, Andalusia, Spain | Imaga: © TTS photographer
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close view of the Giralda Tower in Seville, Andalusia, Spain

When Seville Cathedral was constructed in the 16th century, the architect, Hernan Ruiz II also constructed an extension to the solid stone tower of two shafts and winding ramps. The Christian Renaissance style belfry was added to the top of the tower to house the bells. The belfry was constructed between 1458 and 1568. With the addition of the belfry, the tower stood at 96 metres.

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2 | The Bells at the Giralda Tower in Seville

3 | Giraldillo Seville — a symbol of victory

The Giraldillo was originally called the Triumph of the Victorious Faith, to symbolise the victory of Christianity over the Muslim world. It was regarded as the largest sculpture of European Renaissance, weighing at more than 1000 kilograms. It embodies a sculpture of a woman about 4 metres high and 4 metres wide carrying a flag pole and a cross, symbolising the victory of Faith. She is made of bronze and is held together with metal bars, while being supported on a vertical metal axis. The vertical axis allows the statue to rotate around like a weather vane.

The unique design of the Giralda Tower in Seville appears to have inspired some countries or states to replicate their very own towers. More on this, below.

4 | The 35 ramps at the Giralda in Seville

Visitors can visit the belfry and reach the top of the tower via a series of ramps and a short flight of stairs.

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information on the three sections of the architecture visitors shall encounter | © TTS photographer
ramps at the Giralda Tower in Seville | timeless travel steps
ramps wide enough to walk up | © TTS photographer
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windows for light & views | © TTS photographer

There are 35 ramps, wide enough and gently inclining, winding around the perimeter of its core to the top of the tower. You get to walk in the footsteps of history as these are the very same ramps that were placed instead of stairs to ease the journey of a horse that carried the Islamic leader to the top of the tower five times a day so he could call for prayers back in the 12th century.

There is a short flight of stairs to reach the top for spectacular vistas over the historic city of Seville.

5 | The Views over Seville from the Giralda Tower

For a 360 view of the historic city of Seville, you need to reach the belfry. As you climb to the belfry, up the 35 ramps, you can stop at each ramp and look out the windows to view the surroundings. At the belfry, you can walk around the four sides for spectacular views of Seville.

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panoramic view from the belfry of the Giralda Tower Seville eastern end of Saville Cathedral
View of Patio de los Naranjos-Courtyard of the Orange Trees
View of Patio de los Naranjos-Courtyard of the Orange Trees from the belfry of the Giralda Tower Seville. Image shows the garden of orange trees, enclosed by buildings of the Seville Cathedral complex.

III | The Giralda Tower in Seville has inspired other buildings

There are some towers across the world that appear to have borrowed their design from the La Giralda. Here are just a few as examples.


IV | How to visit the Giralda Tower

There are so many ways with a good selection of ticket options to visit the Giralda Tower for best experience. You could select from either to visit on your own by pre purchasing your ticket online or select to join a guided tour. Both options are available by pre purchasing your ticket online and both include priority access. Your experience will be significantly enhanced if you opt for a guided tour as you will learn of the history from a knowledgeable guide.

TTS recommends the following three best ways to experience the La Giralda to suit your interests:

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1 | Explore independently by pre purchasing a ticket online that gives you skip-the-line access.

Check availability here >>

Giralda Tower tours

2 | Join a small group guided tour with priority access to Seville Cathedral and La Giralda.

Learn more about this option and check availability here >>

Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda

3 | Explore all three monuments in half a day with a guide and priority access. Learn all there is to know about these iconic landmarks from your expert guide.

Learn more about this option and check availability >>

SEVILLE TRAVEL

Spain Travel Advice

Seville Spain 37.3891° N, 5.9845° W
Seville Spain
37.3891° N, 5.9845° W

UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Royal Alcazar along with Seville Cathedral, & General Archive of the Indies.


Essential Information:

Seville Cathedral

Add: Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

Hours: 10:45 – 5:00 pm




OUR BEST SELLING ACTIVITIES FOR SEVILLE

1 | For an all-round experience of the sultry city, opt for a food walking tour

2 | Buy a combo ticket to visit the Royal Alcazar, Seville Cathedral + Giralda.

3 | Enjoy timeless experiences on the Guadalquivir River.

4 | Tapas hopping tours

5 | Flamenco & Tapas Experience in Triana


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Guided Tour of Seville Cathedral and Giralda

Guided Tour of Seville Cathedral and Giralda

Enjoy a skip-the-line access and a guided tour of Seville Cathedral and Giralda with this popular entry ticket.

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What to expect in this Guided Tour of Seville Cathedral and Giralda Ticket

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Seville Cathedral

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 for its historical, artistic and religious interest, the Seville Cathedral along with the infamous Giralda Tower is one of the most visited monument in the Andalusian capital city in Southern Spain. Visit this iconic landmark with a knowledgeable guide who will ensure you will learn everything there is about this incredible monument.

Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world and was a mosque in the Middle Ages. Stroll around the magnificent cathedral and learn about how a 12th-century Almohad mosque was transformed into the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral over a span of 100 years. Admire the altarpiece and the domed ceiling of the Chapterhouse, as well as keep an eye out for the decorative details from its years as a mosque. There are 81 stained glass windows that will completely blow you away with its intricate designs. Admire works of art by masters such as Alejo Fernández, Pedro Roelas, Murillo, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Valdés Leal and Goya.

Recommended read: Complete Guide to the Majestic Seville Cathedral

Giralda Tower Seville

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Seville Cathedral and Giralda

After exploring the world famous Cathedral, climb the 35 ramps of the Giralda Tower to the belfry for 360 view of the historic city.

Recommended read: The Giralda Tower in Seville | 6 master features across civilisation to look out for when you visit


What does the Guided Tour of Seville Cathedral and Giralda Ticket include:

1 | Skip-the-line entry;

2 | Official guide;

3 | Entrance ticket;

4 | Giralda Tower;


Know before you go

1 | Skip-the-line;

2 | Instant confirmation;

3 | Mobile ticketing;

4 | Special health and safety measures are in place.


Check availability for Guided Tour of Seville Cathedral and Giralda

Check availability and buy your ticket/s with your preferred tour operators:


Recommended read: The Real Alcázar of Seville | A Guide to the BEST 22 Unmissable Highlights in the Alcázar Complex

Tickets for Guided Tour of Seville Cathedral and Giralda


From: £25.26 per person. Check availability with your preferred tour operator:


Other BEST SELLING Tours in Seville:

Seville Cathedral and Giralda Fast-track Entry

Guided tour > Alcazar, Cathedral and Giralda

Skip-the-line Ticket to the Royal Alcazar (not a guided tour)




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Seville Cathedral and Giralda Fast-track Entry

Seville Cathedral and Giralda Fast-track Entry

Skip the long queues to one of Seville’s most popular attraction. Buy Seville Cathedral and Giralda Fast-track entry ticket to explore at your own pace. Marvel at the magnificent architecture, climb the Giralda Tower, and see the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Upgrade for an audio guide.

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Visiting tips to the Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower

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Upgrade to include an audio guide and learn how the Castillian King Fernando III captured Seville from the Almohads in the 12th century. Also, learn how the largest mosque of the time was transformed and became the largest Gothic Cathedral today.

The Seville Cathedral and Giralda Fast-track entry ticket also includes fast-track entry to the Giralda Tower. Climb all the 35 ramps to the belfry for spectacular views over Seville.

What does the Seville Cathedral and Giralda Fast-track entry ticket include:

1 | Seville Cathedral skip-the-line ticket;

2 | La Giralda Tower skip-the-line ticket;

3 | Booking fee;

4 | Audio guide (if option selected).


Know before you go:

1 | Ticket is valid for 1 day only.

2 | Skip-the-line entry.

3 | Special health and safety measures adhered to.

4 | Mobile ticketing.

5 | Ticket confirmation within 48 hours.

6 | Optional audio guide.

7 | Free cancellation.


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Best tips for the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

Visit the best of historic Seville in half-a-day — The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda Tower of Seville, Spain.

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The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville are three very popular attractions in the Andalusian capital city that commands a rich flow of visitors every year. Therefore, long queues are expected on any given day.

Visiting tips for the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville can be explored independently by purchasing individual tickets to each attraction. However, the need for a guidebook may be compelling to appreciate the mind-blowing architecture, the historic journeys, and the marriage of cultures that are evident in these UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On the other hand, the combination ticket to visit the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville is the Best Seller, offer great value and comes with a professional guide.

Note: Tickets sell-out during peak times. Avoid disappointments and guarantee your entrance by pre-booking online.


Here is a little about each of the historic sites that the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville event covers:

Seville Alcazar

Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

The Alcazar in Seville is a top visitor attraction in Andalusia, and in Spain. A rich flow of visitors every year spend hours admiring the Mudéjar architecture of beautiful rooms, magical courtyards and the lush colourful gardens to be inspired by the oasis of calm that surrounds the palace. Therefore, long queues for entry at any given time is not surprising. In addition, they have a visitor limit of 750 a day which means there is a chance you may not access the palace even if you had been in the queue for hours. The best tip to avoid disappointment is to pre-book online for a guided tour with priority entrance or skip-the-line ticket.

Recommended read: The Real Alcázar of Seville | A Guide to the BEST 22 Unmissable Highlights in the Alcázar Complex

Seville Cathedral

The Seville Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflecting its cultural and historic importance. This glorious monument is the world’s largest Roman Catholic of Gothic style and its sheer size awes visitors almost immediately as they set sight. Seville Cathedral stands as a symbol of the Christians reconquest over the Moors. It was built on the site of a 12th century Great Mosque, over a course of more than a century, from 1401 through to 1506.

There are many highlights within the Seville Cathedral. The unmissable majestic sight must surely be the thirty metre tall altarpiece that is gilded in finest gold. Gold was brought back from the New World during the age of Christopher Columbus.

Another main attraction for visitors is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus himself. The tomb is held aloft by four bearers, representing the four kingdoms of Spain during Columbus’ time — Castille, Aragon, Navara and Leon.

The Great Chapel and Charter House are also compelling sites to spend some time on.

Read about the largest Gothic Cathedral in the World before your visit.

Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

The Giralda

The Giralda is the Bell Tower of Seville Cathedral and is a World Heritage Site of Seville. This magnificent icon was built in 1195 as the minaret of Aljima Mosque. The Giralda reflect a rich fusion of Moorish, Roman Hispalis and Latin epigraphs interweaved perfectly in its architecture.

The Giralda Tower stands at 103 metres, giving sweeping views of the city of Seville from its platform. It also has 24 bells. The Tower has no stairs or lifts. There are 34 ramps, and the climb is not for the faint-hearted.

Learn more about the historic bell tower in Seville.


Enjoy a visit to three of the most popular attractions in Seville historic centre in one tour which could easily fill half a day. In this tour: The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda is likely to sell out in peak times, so pre-book online as soon as you know your travel plans.

What to expect in the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda tour

1 | Skip-the-line access to all three monuments;

2 | A professional guide;

3 | Learn the history, the many stories and inside scoop which only the locals know about the monuments and Seville city from your knowledgeable guide;

4 | Explore the Alcazar, one of oldest functioning palaces in Europe;

5 | Opt for either a small-group or private guided experience;

6 | Tour duration is 3 hours;

7 | Mobile ticketing;

8 | Safety and health measures apply.

Georgina suggests: Take a bottle of water with you. You will definitely need it at the Giralda.


Pre-book Online. Check availability for the Alcazar and Cathedral tour with your preferred tour operator:


You may find the following articles helpful also when visiting Seville:

The Best Guide to Barrio Santa Cruz: Where to Stay, Eat and Things to do

An interesting article on the Bohemian Seville : a complete guide to Where to Stay, Eat and Things to do

The Gold Tower by the River

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Seville Spain 37.3891° N, 5.9845° W
Seville Spain
37.3891° N, 5.9845° W

Essential Information on the Real Alcázar of Seville :

UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Seville Cathedral, & General Archive of the Indies.

Where: Plaza del Triunfo

Nearest Metro station is Puerta de Jerez.

Phone: 954 50 23 24

http://www.alcazarsevilla.org/

Hours: Apr-Sept: 9:30 am to 7 pm | Oct-Mar: 9:30 am to 5 pm


Essential Information you need to know before your visit:

Visitor capacity

The Palace has a maximum capacity of 750 visitors. When it is full, it is full! Waiting times can be extremely long during peak times. Avoid the queues, save time and book ahead your skip-the-line tickets.

Skip-the-Line Tickets:

Seville Alcazar Priority Entrance + Guided Tour

Guided Tour of Seville Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda

Skip the Line Ticket to the Real Alcázar of Seville


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