Lonely Planet voted Seville the top city to visit in 2018, and there’s good reason. A heady mix of Gothic cathedral, Baroque churches, narrow medieval lanes and Moorish palaces makes Andalucia’s capital a seductive option. If you’re staying at one of CLC World’s Costa del Sol resorts, then why not take our Seville Excursion and take in some of the attractions on offer.
We’ve pulled together 5 of the best attractions for sightseeing in Seville, where only the heat of the summer sun is hotter than the passion of the city’s Flamenco clubs.
As with many of Spain’s cathedrals built in the 15th and 16th centuries, the cathedral of Seville was built over the remains of the city’s mosque.
The largest Gothic cathedral in the world, it dominates the plaza it sits in. The impressive bell tower, Giralda, incorporates the mosque’s original minaret. Inside is the tomb of Christopher Columbus and the Capilla Mayor with its gold altarpiece.
A number of sacristies hold the cathedral’s masterpieces, including Francisco de Goya’s Santas Justa y Rufina and Francisco de Zurbarán’s Santa Teresa.
Outside is equally worth the time examining, with all its Gothic embellishments making for interesting photographs.
In the heart of the city, the Real Alcázar is one of the oldest palaces still in use in the world. Commissioned by Abd Al Raman III, it was founded in 913AD and is the perfect combination of magnificent gardens and ornately decorated buildings.
The Mudejar highlights are the Patio de las Doncellas and Patio de las Muñecas courtyards with their decorated columns and plinths. The rooms of Carlos V are in the upper storey of the Gothic Palace and will be recognisable to any Game of Thrones fans – many scenes were filmed here.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the royal palace is a wonderful building that traces in its stones the history of the city.
As the Alcázar palace is within a stone’s throw of the cathedral, it makes sense to see both these sights on the same day.
Plaza de España
Located in the centre of Maria Luisa Park is the Plaza de España.
The imposing semi-circular building, built in 1929 for the Iberoamerican Exposition, is fronted by a fountain, which is surrounded by a boating lake.
Entry to the building is free and inside you will find 48 stands, each picturing one of the provinces of Spain.
If you wish you can also hire a boat and glide around the lake – you’ll be glad of the chance to trail your hand in the cool water if you’re there in the heat of the summer.
And now to something very modern. Opened in 2011, the Metropol Parasol (known locally as las setas – mushrooms) is one of the world’s largest wooden structures.
The honeycombed roof with walkways offers incredible views of the city. They can be accessed via lifts in the basement. Close the Jewish Quarter, the monument has given life to what was previously a ‘dead zone’.
Roman ruins were discovered during construction and incorporated into the foundations is the Museo Antiquarium showcasing those ruins.
The local market, concert space and café share the space, making it a multi-functional monument.
Museo del Baile Flamenco
If you want to find out about the history and evolution of Flamenco as well as see a performance, then the Museo del Baile Flamenco should be your first stop.
The museum has interactive exhibits that show the origins and evolution of Flamenco, covering the different styles of music and dance. Alongside are music, video and costume displays as well as exhibits of paintings, drawings and photography.
Follow up the museum tour with a show. An hour long, the best Flamenco performers in Spain will wow you with an authentic show. The performance is held in the patio of the building and the style of dance changes every day.
It is advisable to book. A combined show & museum ticket is cheaper than the two elements separately.
If you visit Seville during the months of March and April then the city’s great festivals – Semana Santa and Feria de Abril – will show you just how the sevillanos (Seville locals) love to party. During the less frenetic months, you can enjoy a nibble or two in one of the many tapas bars or stroll through the city in the shade of the orange trees. Whenever you go, you can be sure of an amazing experience.