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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Ronda | Seville travel

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.

bohemian Seville

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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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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An Enticing Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazars Seville

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An Enticing Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazars Seville

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Exuding a serene feeling, Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazars is captivating. Entwined with myths and legends, this enticing patio features simplicity with intricate and tasteful design. A perfect embodiment of Mudéjar architecture and an unmissable courtyard at the outstanding Royal Palace of Seville.

BOOK YOUR VISIT IN ADVANCE

To visit the Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazar Seville, you must book your tickets in advance of your visit. The Royal Palace operate a maximum capacity policy and there is no guarantee that you will get to enter. Imagine queuing up for hours and not being able to enter! Avoid a disappointing experience and book in advance of your visit.

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1 | Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazars

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Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazars, Seville

Set within the magnificent and one of the most splendid royal palaces in the world, Courtyard of the Maidens or El Patio de las Doncellas is attributed to the Castilian King Pedro I (Peter the Cruel) of the 13th century. Inscriptions found here refer to him as the reigning sultan.

1.1 | Legend associated with the Maidens’ Courtyard

This serene courtyard is unfortunately associated with a legend. Apparently, the Muslim Emirate of Cordoba at the time demanded one hundred virgins from the Christian rulers of Andalusia as an annual tribute. Built in memory of the virgins, one can imagine the profound effect this degraded legend had on the psyche of the people living at the time and those building the courtyard.

Though fictional, I can’t help but feel that the patio laments the sorrow of all those who may have lost their daughters, with each piece of its intricate work representing a poetic rhythm in their memory.

1.2 | The Maidens’ Courtyard today

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Courtyard of the Maidens featuring the sunken garden, the long central pool, the upper floors and beautifully curated arches.

Today, Patio of the Maidens is a tranquil haven. It has a beautifully laid out sunken garden, with an elegant long pool in the centre. Surrounded by twenty-four arches supported by white marble columns, assiduous plaster work and tiling. There are sculptures of knights, coats of arms, hands and masks which were added during the Renaissance period in the 16th century.

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an angle of the lower and upper levels of Courtyard of the Maidens, Alcazar Seville

The lower courtyard is bewitching with ceramic tiles in lattice patterns with vibrant colours of turquoise, royal blue and orange. Handmade and painstakingly crafted with coloured pieces inserted into them. The designs feature stars and linked by ribbons to represent divine infinity. The plaster works feature motifs such as flowers and shells linked to fertility while the lion and castle stucco are associated with Spanish monarchy.

The upper floors were added during the reign of Charles V and includes Renaissance and Mudéjar decorations. It took about thirty-two years to complete (1540 to 1572).

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

2 | Recent discovery of the sunken garden at the Maidens’ Courtyard

When the Castilian King Pedro I died in 1369, the sunken garden was paved over with marble coverings in 1570s and a fountain was placed in the centre. It was recently uncovered by archaeologists in 2004, and the original layout was restored.

However, the sunken garden was temporarily paved over again with marble as it was needed as a set for the movie, Kingdom of Heaven. The Maidens’ Courtyard was reconverted after the filming was completed.


3 | Tip: Visiting Courtyard of the Maidens

When you visit Courtyard of the Maidens, do so unhurriedly. Take your time to walk around, enjoy the tranquility and the beautiful architecture of the building. Look up and admire the wooden carved ceilings.

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as you walk around the patio, don’t forget to look-up – some amazing craftmanship, wouldn’t you say?

just I, Georgina – couldn’t stop clicking away…

Around the patio, are royal rooms such as the Infant Room, Philip II Ceiling Room, Charles V Ceiling Room and access to another grand room, the Ambassadors’ Hall.

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The Hall of Ambassadors (Salón de Embajadores) is the most resplendent room in Real Alcazar palace complex. By far the most captivating sight is when you look up! A gold mirrored cupola.

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… ensure you book your tickets to the Royal Alcazar of Seville well in advance. Our trusted partners have a long-standing reputation in the travel industry and these are partners we use in our travels also. We have no hesitation in recommending them. With the convenience of mobile ticketing along with last-minute cancellation option should your plans change, you really have the best of all worlds by booking early. If you decide to do so, we may earn a commission for qualifying booking/s. While this helps to keep the blog going, you may wish to support Timeless Travel Steps in other ways also. As always, we appreciate your continued custom.

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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

More ticket options >>



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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Mystical Secret Baths of Maria de Padilla at the Royal Alcazar in Seville

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Mystical Secret Baths of Maria de Padilla at the Royal Alcazar in Seville

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

The mystical, infinite arches, the alluring reflections in the waters and the fresh air in its atmosphere at the secluded Baths of Maria de Padilla is an obligatory stop to seek out when visiting the Alcazar complex in Seville.

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This post aims to give you an overview of the famous serene and secluded Baths of Maria de Padilla at the Royal Alcazar, who Lady Maria was and the love between the King and her. After reading this post, I sincerely hope you will visit the famous Baths.

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1 | Baths of Maria de Padilla | Baños de Doña María de Padilla

Baths of Maria de Padilla | Baños de Doña María de Padilla

The Baths of Maria de Padilla ( Baños de Doña María de Padilla) were made famous by a legend associated with Lady Maria de Padilla, a noble lady and mistress to the King of Castile, Pedro I the Cruel.

Located within the grounds and in a secluded basement at the Royal Alcazar in Seville, Andalusia is the famous Baths of Maria de Padilla. The Baths of Maria de Padilla is no regal baths at all. They are stone water cisterns built in the 12th century by the Moors to collect rain water which was supplied to the palace as drinking water. It was an area to shy away from the summer heat and served as a food storage area also.

1.1 | Legend of the Baths of Maria de Padilla

Legend has it that the beautiful Lady Maria de Padilla, walked naked through the palace and bathed in the water cisterns to cool off from the scorching heat. The stone cisterns were coated in lime. Thereafter, King Pedro I the Cruel is said to offer the palace water in which Maria de Padilla bathed as a drink to his guests. Visitors drank the water for an audience with the King.

1.2 | The mystical secret baths of Maria de Padilla

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the famous Baths of Maria de Padilla, the Royal Alcazar, Seville

The secret Baths of Maria de Padilla is an alluring sight and one of the most picturesque places within the Mudejar palace complex.

A spacious ‘room’ located below the Patio del Crucero are stone water cisterns which were originally built during the Almohads reign in the 12th century. The stone walls were coated with lime and rain water were collected here before it was used as drinking water by the palace residents. Later additions were made to the ‘room’ by King Alfonso X in the 13th century. He added Gothic rib vaults during the latter part of 13th century. It was accessed by a barrel vault that led to the Garden of the Dance.

Following the Lisbon Earthquake in 1755, it became necessary for the Mudejar palace to undergo further modifications. The cisterns which were open to the gardens became an underground vault along with lateral corridors. The corridors were decorated with Renaissance paintings from the 16th century. As a result of its ‘underground’ location, the crypt is said to have a temperature of 15 degree Celsius lower than the outside and goes with the reputation of being the coolest place in Seville!

1.3 | The Baths of Maria de Padilla is an unmissable experience

Visiting the Baths of Maria de Padilla today is an experience not to miss. The tranquility it bestows as soon as you venture through the corridors is augmented with the fresh air in the atmosphere. The beautiful vaulted Gothic arches seems endless. This vaulted crypt is divided into three naves with noticeable lateral ones being smaller than the central. The reflection of the arches off the water and the gentle natural light seeping through the sides makes this stop somewhat dreamlike and surreal.

The Baths of Maria de Padilla is kind of hidden within the Royal Alcazar complex. You can access it via the Gothic Palace, or the Mercury Pond when visiting the Royal Alcazar. If you are at the Mercury Pond, go down some stairs to the Garden of Dance and the Baths are on your right.

Georgina suggests: For many, the Baths of Maria de Padilla is a quick photo-stop but I encourage you to spend a few moments here to appreciate the ingenuous architecture and experience the mystical and serene atmosphere that is characteristic of this medieval hidden gem.

2 | The Love between King Pedro I and Lady Maria de Padilla

The King of Castile, Pedro I the Cruel was madly in love with the dazzling Lady Maria de Padilla but the irony is that they were never married.

King Pedro I met Lady Maria de Padilla in the summer of 1352. Their affair began almost immediately even though the King was betrothed to Blanche de Bourbon, the daughter of Duke Pierre I of Bourbon. The King was very much in love with Lady Maria and he abandoned his wife three days after his wedding. He took Lady Maria as his mistress and brought her to live at the royal palace. The King also found out that his wife had an affair with his stepbrother, Fadrique Alfonso and he sent her off to be imprisoned at his mother’s palace, the royal fortress in Toledo.

2.1 | Who was Lady Maria de Padilla

Lady Maria de Padilla was the daughter of the Castilian nobles Juan Garcia de Padilla and Marie Gonzalez de Hinestrosa. She held her own court at the palace. King Pedro I and Lady Maris had four children, three daughters and a son.

Beatrice (1353-1369), Constance (1354-1394), Isabella (1355-1392) and Alfonso (1359-1362)

Sadly, Lady Maria born in 1335, died in the summer of 1361.

Following the death of Lady Maria de Padilla, King Pedro I asked the Arcbishop of Toledo to annul his previous marriages and declare that Maria was his first and only wife, thereby officially pronouncing Maria as queen posthumously. With this decree, it allowed the King to legitimise all of his four children with Maria. Lady Maria is buried at the Royal Chapel in Seville Cathedral. King Pedro I was buried alongside Lady Maria in 1369.

3 | The Mudejar Royal Alcazar in Seville

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the resplendent Pedro’s Palace, Seville

The Baths of Maria de Padilla is only one of the very many interesting stops to seek out when visiting the breathtaking Mudejar palace complex in the heart of Seville. The Royal Alcazar is the oldest royal palace in Europe in use and offers a walk through history and unmissable architectural marvels.

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Courtyard of the Maidens, Royal Alcazar, Seville Spain

King Pedro I built an impressive addition to the Alcázar palace complex — Pedro’s Palace between 1364 and 1366. An incredibly outstanding architecture of Mudejar style, the Alcazar is one of three monuments jointly made the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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

3.1 | Just for fun …

If you are a passionate fan of the HBO series, Game of Thrones, you will instantly recognise that the Royal Alcazar of Seville was the backdrop to many scenes. In particular, the Baths of Maria de Padilla was featured as House Martell in the 6th season of the series.

4 | How to Visit the Baths of Maria de Padilla

You could visit the Baths of Maria de Padilla when you visit the Mudejar palace complex. Tickets to the Royal Alcazar is available as part of a guided tour or if you wish to visit independently. The following information may be of value and in support of your plans to visit the Baths of Maria de Padilla in Sevilla

4.1 | Spain Travel Advice

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

4.2 | 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


4.3 | 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

More ticket options >>


Spain Travel Advice

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

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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The Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville

The Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville

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The Salón de Embajadores or Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville has its origin in the 11th century during the reign of Abbad III. The room was remodelled extensively during the reign of Castilian King Pedro I in the 14th century to become the most resplendent room in the palace.

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BOOK YOUR VISIT IN ADVANCE

To visit the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville, you must book your tickets in advance of your visit. The Royal Palace operate a maximum capacity policy and there is no guarantee that you will get to enter. Imagine queuing up for hours and not being able to enter! Avoid a disappointing experience and book in advance of your visit.

1 | The Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville – the most resplendent room in the Mudéjar royal palace

During the reign of the Castilian King Pedro I (1350 to 1369), the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville became known as the “Throne Room“, the most important and centrepiece of the Mudéjar royal palace. The Hall was used to receive important visitors and dignitaries of the time. The King wanted the Hall to be the most resplendent room in the entire palace complex, and it is! A complete mind-blowing experience!

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every inch of space in the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville is covered with rich, exquisite plaster work

The room is square and its four walls are completely (every inch of space) covered with rich, elaborate ornamentation, and exquisite ceramic and plaster work depicting Gothic and Renaissance elements. There are images of birds in the calligraphic design. The lower walls are covered with ceramic tiles from Triana, Seville’s famous neighbourhood well-known for its distinctive azulejos since Roman times. On three sides of the room are triple arches and on one, a semi-circular arch lead to Courtyard of the Maidens.

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two of the three triple arches in the Ambassadors Hall at Royal Alcazars of Seville are pictured here
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Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazars of Seville

By far the most captivating sight in the Ambassadors’ Hall is when you look up! A gold mirrored cupola.

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the wooden dome in the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars Seville

The fabulous wooden dome, about nine metres in diameter, with multiple star patterns in gold and mirrors which represents the heavens, and God above all men.

1.1 | Islamic influences in the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville

The dome in the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars originated in the 11th century, and remodelled during the Castilian rule. In this Hall, one can see the influences of both the Islam and Christian religions as well as their cultures.

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The Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville

It is a squared room, similar to a Muslim “Qubba”. The square symbolises the earth and the dome above, the universe. Remarkable decorations of muqarnas forming a star joins the circle to the square, upholding the Mudéjar aesthetic delights. When visiting here, don’t forget to look up (pictured above).

The magnificent dome was remodelled in 1427. The dome’s shape gives the Ambassadors’ Hall its alternate name – Sala de la Media Naranja (Hall of the Half Orange).

The orientation of the room was also changed. From it facing Mecca, it was changed to face northeast. The doorway now leads to the Maidens’ Courtyard.

1.2 | The Hall of Ambassadors at the Royal Alcazars of Seville was designed to exhibit dominance but …

The Hall of Ambassadors at the Royal Alcazars of Seville was designed to exhibit domination. This was the most resplendent room where dignitaries were received and royal gatherings held. The marriage of Charles V to Isabella of Portugal was celebrated in this Hall of Ambassadors in 1526.

… but there is also a ‘mystical’ feel about this room. Look above – the blue, gold and white colours with splendid balconies supported by golden dragons along with Arabic calligraphy. Can’t help but feel you are looking up at the ‘universe’!

Best tip: Use the angled mirror in the room for a closer look at the designs.


**All photos on the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars and Courtyard of the Maidens are © timelesstravelsteps.com


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finally …

The Royal Alcazars of Seville is an embodiment of rich architectural and historical legacy. In particular, the Hall of Ambassadors at the Royal Alcazars is a journey of different eras, civilisation and a marriage of Christian and Islam religions. There are some Gothic and Renaissance elements too, in this room. A diverse and historical room worth visiting.

Plan ahead

I sincerely hope this article has all the valuable information you were looking for on the Hall of Ambassadors at the Royal Alcazars. You may find the following articles helpful also as you plan your trip to Seville:

Plan ahead and book your tickets to view the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville well in advance. Our trusted partners are reputable providers of tours and these are partners we use in our travels also. We have no hesitation in recommending them. With the convenience of mobile ticketing along with last-minute cancellation option should your plans change, you really have the best of all worlds by booking early. If you decide to do so, we may earn a commission for qualifying booking/s. While this helps to keep the blog going, you may wish to support Timeless Travel Steps in other ways also. As always, we appreciate your continued custom.

Enjoy and have a splendid time in Seville, xoxo

Spain Travel Advice

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

Essential Information on the Royal 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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The noble Torre del Oro Seville

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The noble Torre del Oro, Seville

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Standing gallantly along the Guadalquivir River in Seville, Southern Spain is a simple-looking twelve sided tower called Torre del Oro. This incredibly deceptive tower once stood watch over the city, ready to defend against enemy invasion by the river. Built in the 13th century by the Almohad rulers, Torre del Oro was recognised as a historic symbol of the city of Seville in 1931. The tower is presently a maritime museum. The panoramic terrace offers great views over the city.

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1 | The history of Torre del Oro | Tower of Gold in Seville

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the noble Torre del Oro on the left bank of the Guadalquivir River Seville

Located on the left bank of the River Guadalquivir, the noble Torre del Oro or the Tower of Gold was constructed between 1220 and 1221 by then rulers of Seville, the Almohad Caliphate. Its purpose was a military watchtower to protect the city of Seville from the Castilian fleet during the Reconquista. As a watchtower, it also served as one of the two anchor points for a large chain that would have blocked any on-coming enemy ships in the River.

While protecting the land from the river entrance, the tower also stood defence by protecting the city area of industrial activities.

The Tower of Gold was built using mortar, lime and hay. The combination of these materials projected a subtle golden shine against the river waters, hence it inherited the name, in Arabic, Borg al-Dsayeb or ‘Tower of Gold’ in English.

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Interestingly, not all of what we see today of the 36 metres tower was built in the 13th century. The Torre del Oro has three levels.

The first twelve-sided level was built in 1220 – 1221. Added to this dodecagonal structure was a further 8 metres of the same design, built by the King Pedro 1, (‘Peter the Cruel’) in the 14th century. The third and the uppermost circular level were added in 1760. This incredible tower has been honoured with the title of a historic-artistic monument since 1931.

During its very many years, the Gold tower had been a chapel, a noble prison, a gunpowder warehouse and a strategic post of Naval Command.

The Torre del Oro today is home to a small naval museum occupying two floors along with a panoramic terrace.

2 | The Maritime Museum at The Torre del Oro in Seville today

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Torre del Oro | Tower of Gold | Seville

Opened in 1944, the Tower of Gold is home to the Maritime Museum of the Torre del Oro in Seville. There are a series of exhibitions in this monument, beginning with its history, and view of the tower before the walled enclosure of 1760. A model of ‘Real Fernando‘, the first steamboat built in Spain.

You will also find ancient marine charts and documents along with compasses, nautical mechanisms, and fossilised marine debris.

A visit to the Tower of Gold also affords access to the panoramic terrace, with views of Seville city and the Guadalquivir River.

3 | Practical tips on how to visit the Maritime Museum of Seville

You can find the Tower of Gold located at:

Paseo Cristobal Colon s/n41001, Seville

Visiting times:

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.

Free entry on Mondays

Fundación Museo Naval

4 | Sightseeing tips for Seville

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Accessing and visiting the Tower of Gold is easy and it does not really take too long to enjoy what the Naval Museum of Seville has to offer. We recommend that you combine this quick visit with one of the many popular boat tours of the Guadalquivir River. Enjoy a different view of Seville from the famous waters of Guadalquivir River. Torre del Oro is ideally located and is the departure point for many of the river cruises in Seville.

The Guadalquivir River one-hour city cruise runs regularly from the Torre del Oro and starts from just £12.50 per person (Feb. 2022).


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4 Very Best Tapas Tours in Seville

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4 Very Best Tapas Tours in Seville

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These top rated and the very best guided tapas tours in Seville offer one of the best ways for you to make the best use of your time in enchanting Seville.

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Why would a visitor join tapas tours in Seville?

A guided tour offer you the comfort of knowing that you are in the best places at the best times and places you ought to skip for a non pleasant encounter.

Knowledgeable guide make a tour enjoyable and usually are experts on the local areas that they work in. They have wide knowledge about their neighbourhood and more than happy to share stories on history, people and culture.

Seville is a unique city with over 2000 years of history. Rich in architecture, passionate about their culture and proud of their heritage. This welcoming southern city of Spain has a delightful cuisine that ought to be savoured, with tapas being the most popular. Therefore, joining guided tapas tours in Seville is one activity that a visitor should look forward to experiencing.

4 of the very best tapas tours in Seville for you to select from:

1 | Tapas Crawl in Seville

The tapas crawl guided tour in Seville allows you to discover the hidden side of the city through its tapas. This gastronomical experience takes you on a journey of discovery as you visit hidden bodegas and eat authentic Sevillian tapas.

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2 | Guided tour of tapas, taverns and history of Seville

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This small group tapas tours in Seville may be more suitable if you have a busy itinerary or on a short visit to Seville.

The tour is available in the evening which means you can do sightseeing during the day. An all encompassing tour offers an introduction Seville’s history which contributes to understanding Seville’s people and culture. It begins with visiting one of the oldest bodega in Seville serving one of the best Iberian ham and covers the very best of tapas eating.

The tour includes the following:

Visiting a 100 year old tapas bar;

Discover Spanish wines and sherries – 4 different specials;

A minimum of eight delicious tapas;

Lots on history and local tips.

The tour is scheduled for 3.5 hours. Prices start from £74.31 per person (Jan. 2022)

This top rated guided tour of tapas, taverns and history of Seville is a popular activity. You may wish to book this activity ahead of time.


3 | Flamenco and Tapas Night – Typically a half day event

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tapas tours in Seville

Get into the rhythm, wine and dance of the Sevillian culture for a memorable, timeless experience of the historic city. In this walking tapas tours in Seville, you will experience the passion of flamenco, delicious food and wine. The walking tour covers some of the best hidden streets of Seville and you will learn about its exquisite architecture along with the city’s 2000 years of history – Romans, Arabs, Christians and the Gypsies.

Flamenco and Tapas Night experience includes:

A local walking tour;

Flamenco Show

Three tapas and three drinks

Lots of insider tips.

Duration of the Flamenco and Tapas Night experience is 4 hours and prices start from £105.62 per person.

Plan ahead, check availability and have a smashing time in Seville!


4 | Tapas and Flamenco Experience in Triana, Seville

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Triana Bridge also known as Bridge of Isabel II | tapas tours in Seville

Set off on a walking tour from Calle Betis, in the passionate barrio of Triana, located across the River Guadalquivir. On this tour you shall visit bars and charming old taverns that embodies the culture and spirit of Trianeros in this part of Seville. Learn about the historic Triana, the birthplace of flamenco and a place once home to pottery and the tile industries.

Tapas and Flamenco experience in Triana includes:

Professional guide who knows the ins and outs of this eloquent barrio;

4 tapas and 3 drinks;

Tickets for the flamenco show.

This is a small group tour and the duration is 3.5 hours.

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Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville | Best Guide to Where to Stay Eat and Things to do

Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville | Best Guide to Where to Stay Eat and Things to do

Stunning Seville, the rhythm of Andalusia celebrate a myriad of local customs, traditions, boundless energy and the marriage of spices in their salivating dishes. There is no better place to experience the Sevillanos passion than in the heartbeat of Seville, Barrio Santa Cruz.

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What to expect from this guide on Barrio Santa Cruz

Having wandered and wondered around the city for three days, exploring the thrills of the many labyrinth of alleys in the Old Jewish Quarter, in the backdrop of the flamenco dancing and the strumming of the guitar, amidst the chatter, laughter and the friendly neighbourhood vibe, I share the highly rated places to stay at Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville including the one I stayed in.

Also included in this best guide are 14 highlights of the very best things to do in this barrio Santa Cruz so you do not miss anything on the history, vibrancy and culture of this colourful city.

As the Santa Cruz neighbourhood is highly touristy, this guide offers suggestions on where to eat along with tips for enhanced experiences so you do not fall into the tourist traps.

Whether your visit is for one day, three days, a week or even longer, this best guide will help you choose where to stay at Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville, select places and things to do along with where to eat that best suits you like a breeze.

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

2 | Go for the best deal – Buy a combo ticket to visit the Royal Alcazar, Seville Cathedral + Giralda.

3 | Enjoy timeless experiences on the Guadalquivir River.

4 | Experience the culture of the Sevillanos – Tapas hopping tours

5 | Experience the passion and vibrancy of the time honoured Flamenco – Flamenco & Tapas Experience in Triana


Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville – Seville City Centre / Old Town / Old Jewish Quarter

Welcome to my guide on Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville, the best guide to where to stay, eat and the very best things to do.

Barrio Santa Cruz was the Parish of the Holy Cross and is the oldest part of the city of Seville. Located within the perimeter of the Roman city walls, the first settlement dates back to the 1st century , with a large Jewish community settling here after the Reconquista in late 1248. Thereafter, followed a period of dark history encapsulating deceit, destruction and the loss of many Jewish lives.

Today, Seville City Centre or Seville’s Old Town, also known as Barrio Santa Cruz was the old Jewish Quarter of Seville. This area is the heartbeat of Seville, ideally located to public transportation (not that you will need it) and is home to the most popular tourist attractions. Seville City Centre is the area around Seville’s Gothic wonder, the breathtaking spectacle of Mudejar palace, Plaza Nueva and El Arenal.

Santa Cruz is one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods, in Seville. Encompassing white-washed houses, a labyrinth of narrow alleys of cobblestone, and charming Andalusian balconies. This is an area where you can wander for hours trying to decide which bar or restaurants to go to as each has its own appeal and warmth.

Staying anywhere in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood means you are only minutes away from the city’s historic attractions, the famous Bull Ring in Seville and dangerously close to Calle Sierpes, the heart of small business and a place where you can get anything you want. If you are looking to stay in Seville at the heart of the city, barrio Santa Cruz is the place to be.

While the Santa Cruz neighbourhood is splendid for a stay, the barrio is also one of Seville’s busiest and touristy neighbourhoods. Hence, the streets can be noisy at night if you are visiting Seville during the high season such as the summer months.

I | WHERE TO STAY IN BARRIO SANTA CRUZ

Barrio Santa Cruz boasts a splendid collection of hotels and boutique accommodations, ranging from high-end to budget finds.

i | Luxury Hotels in Barrio Santa Cruz

1 | The historic and much desired Hotel Alfonso XIII

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Where to Stay in Seville | Hotel Alfonso XIII Seville
Hotel Alfonso XIII | Image: ©TTS photographer

2 | For luxury and a modern feel, stay at EME Catedral Mercer Hotel, Seville

3 | Hotel Colón Gran Meliá

Other luxury hotels to stay in Seville at Barrio Santa Cruz

Hotel Palacio De Villapanés

Radisson Collection Hotel, Magdalena Plaza Sevilla

ii | Mid-range hotels in Barrio Santa Cruz

1 | Hotel Casa 1800 Seville

2 | Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana

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Georgina: “We stayed at Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana in Seville. Ideally located to all attractions that were on our list, and a few blocks away from the tram station. It was quiet.”

3 | Hotel Las Casas de la Judería

Other mid-range accommodations in Barrio Santa Cruz

Puerta del Principe

Casa del Rey Sabio

iii | Budget accommodation at the edge of Barrio Santa Cruz

1 | Basic Hotel Puerta de Sevilla

2 | Hotel Murillo

II | WHAT TO DO IN BARRIO SANTA CRUZ

Primary attractions and places to visit in Barrio Santa Cruz are:

1 | The Royal Palace Alcázar  — a palace complex and home to the most beautiful gardens, colourful ceramics and mind-blowing architecture.

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Courtyard of the Maidens | The Royal Alcazar Seville | Image: ©TTS photographer

the majestic Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower | Image: ©TTS photographer

3 | Iglesia Colegial del Salvador — Church of the Divine Saviour at Plaza del Salvador is the second most important church in Seville following Seville Cathedral. Built on the site of a former mosque, the Salvador Church is filled with remarkable altarpieces in solid gold. Definitely worth a visit.

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Church of the Divine Saviour at Plaza del Salvador Seville | Image: ©TTS photographer

Tip: Join a guided tour of Seville Cathedral and /or the Royal Alcazar.

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4 | Casa de Pilatos — besides the Alcázar, there is more insanely beautiful architecture in this well-preserved 16th century palace.

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gardens of Casa de Pilatos

5 | Archivo de Indias — the General Archive of the Indies along with the Alcázar and Seville Cathedral are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1987.

6 | Plaza Nueva  this is the central square in Seville and has a statue of King Ferdinand III of Castile. Everyone goes here! 🙂

7 | Jardines de Murillo — a serene park with a monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus.


8 | Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes —  this building was a hospital for the priests in the 17th century. The most attractive part is the church with exquisite frescoes.

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Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes | Barrio Santa Cruz Seville

9 | Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija — Palace of Lebrija is another architecturally fascinating palace. Home to a beautiful collection of colourful mosaics ranging from ancient Greece to Roman times. An unmissable experience.

10 | Plaza del Cabildo — a lovely quiet semi-circular square to just enjoy… except on a Sunday when it is not so quiet. Stamp Collectors market takes place from very early in the morning till about lunchtime.

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11 | Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza

Plaza de Toros de Sevilla is an emblematic monument of Seville. Built in the 18th century, the bullfighting arena is the most important in Spain and can accommodate 13,000 spectators. Bullfighting takes place throughout the year but there are some days when the arena is open to the public for a visit. There is a museum that tells the story of the arena’s evolution and the bullfighting scene.

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Bull Ring in Seville | Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville

Georgina: I do not support bullfighting and would never pay to watch a live bullfighting event. I respect those who do as each is to our own. As many of you may already know, I love history and I always visit monuments and landmarks that tells a story of a nation’s culture. I visited this monument to learn of its story and to see for myself what an incredible arena it is. It is an incredible arena indeed!


12 | Experience the spirit and passion of Flamenco

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street performance of flamenco in Santa Cruz neighbourhood Seville | Image: ©TTS photographer

When walking around Santa Cruz, you are sure to bump into an impromptu flamenco performance. These are pretty good to watch, in return for a small tip. Watch a short video below:

Flamenco street performance in Santa Cruz, Seville

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13 | Walk around Barrio Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz at night ©TTS photographer
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Al Arenal Seville | Image: ©TTS photographer

… explore the winding and narrow alleyways unhurriedly – the mysterious cobblestone paths are both romantic and intoxicating with its bright, bold colours along with the white-washed walls. The architecture is delightful showcasing a varied of cultures with a unifying trait – conquest, and so many conquests! You can see that the Romans were here, the Visigoths, the Moors, the Castilians and the Spanish Empire.

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While exploring the labyrinth of barrio Santa Cruz, go also in search of Calle de los Besos (Street of Kisses) – the narrowest street in the city.

Georgina: We were out late on both nights and it was kinda nice to see the Cathedral glow against the night skies, with not many people around.

14 | Horse-drawn carriage ride

This appeared to be a popular activity among tourists but we did not participate in this activity. If you wish to, learn more about a horse-drawn carriage ride and what it entails here.


III | WHERE & WHAT TO EAT IN BARRIO SANTA CRUZ

Santa Cruz neighbourhood is a great place to try any and all of Seville authentic food — seafood, tapas and drinks.

While Vineria San Telmo is highly recommended and rightly so for their exquisite dishes, Lobo López is a restaurant I would return to in a hearbeat for its natural and relaxed feel. Both were excellent.

Vineria San Telmo —  Paseo Catalina de Ribera, 4 41004 Sevilla

Lobo López — C. Rosario, 15, 41001 Seville, Spain

For traditional tapas, try Casa Morales > Garcia Vinuesa 11, Seville. Two minutes from Seville Cathedral.

While Seville’s most popular eating spots serve tapas and cañas, you must not leave town without trying Seville’s Spanish ham! This is no ordinary lunch meat ham bought off the shelf, for sure. Once you try, you will want to try again.

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Jamón Ibérico — Iberian ham

The traditional ham is the celebrated Jamón Ibérico — Iberian ham, cured to perfection over years at a time. For the best in Central Seville, go to Flores Gourmet.

Flores Gourmet: Calle San Pablo 24 | Centro, 41001 Seville, Spain

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IV | HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OF YOUR VISIT TO SANTA CRUZ, SEVILLE

Seville is a small city and compact. The best way to explore the city is by foot. I can assure you, public transport is not needed at all when visiting the barrio Santa Cruz and all you need is a good pair of walking shoes.

However, if you do wish to experience the public transport in Seville, the Tram (Metro Centro) is the best option. It is a 1.4 kilometre line that runs through the centre of Seville. The Centro Tram line connects Plaza Nueva to Seville Cathedral, with stops at Archivo de Indias, Puerta de Jerez, San Sebastian and San Bernardo.

While exploring the city centre independently is encouraged and easily done, your visit to Seville is significantly enhanced if you join a guided tour. A knowledgeable guide who knows exactly where to take you for the best tapas, best dining, best bodegas, best Jamón Ibérico and for the best stories ever told.


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