No trip to Spain is complete without a visit to the magical city of Seville, the heart and soul of Andalusia. This enchanting city is sure to make you feel as if you are living in a fairytale. Seville is the best place in Spain to truly feel “Spanish”, whether that be while you’re enjoying a riveting flamenco show, learning about the fascinating culture of bullfighting, or savoring the world’s best tapas. Seville is only a short train ride away from Madrid and Granada, making it the ideal spot to spend a weekend on your next trip to Spain. Here’s how to make the most out of 48 hours in Seville:
Seville: like Disneyland for adults
Start your day at the Real Alcázar de Sevilla, the city’s stunning royal palace that was originally a Moorish fort. Explore the fortress and admire the palace’s unique Mudéjar architecture, then stroll through the lush gardens brimming with exotic plants and flourishing orange trees.
The Courtyard of the Maidens inside the Alcázar
Next, walk to the grandiose Cathedral next to the Alcázar. Asserting itself as the third largest church in Europe, this breathtaking gothic cathedral boasts an incredible crown jewel collection and Colombus’ tomb. If you’re not afraid of heights, climb up the Giralda Bell Tower to admire the best views of the city!
Seville Cathedral – Not your average chapel
Head towards the picturesque Barrio Santa Cruz, the city’s former Jewish Quarter. Refuel with some traditional tapas at Bodega Santa Cruz, then spend the rest of the afternoon wandering through the maze of narrow, colorful streets.
Many of the winding streets in Barrio Santa Cruz are known as “kissing lanes”, named after their notoriously close quarters!
For dinner, indulge on a variety of mouthwatering tapas at one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Taberna Coloniales. Seville is known to have the finest tapas in all of Spain, so relish all of the delectable dishes accordingly!
For a taste of Seville’s nightlife, hit the bars on Calle Alfalfa or dance until dawn at Antique.
Taking strolls, or “paseos”, around the city is the best way to discover picture-perfect plazas
Start your day at the Bullfight Museum, where you can take a guided tour of the Maestranza Bullring and immerse yourself in Spain’s controversial yet enthralling history of bullfighting. Seville’s Plaza de Toros is one of the most distinguished bullrings in all of Spain, making it the perfect spot to discover Andalusia’s enthusiasm for bullfighting.
After learning about one of Seville’s most cherished pastimes at the Bullfight Museum, escape the masses of tourists and join the locals for lunch over at Casa Paco. Be sure to try the bacon wrapped dates and the eggplant with goat cheese and honey!
Casa Paco – By now, you’ll surely be convinced that Seville indeed has the best tapas in the world
Act like a local and take a quick siesta after your decadent lunch, or wander over to Plaza de España to bask in the sun while admiring the stunning tile work, breathtaking architecture and unparalleled people watching.
In the evening, attend a flamenco show and experience Seville’s rich history of music and dance. Catch a budget friendly performance at Casa de la Memoria de Al-Andalus, or splurge on a dinner show at Tablao El Arenal.
Particularly passionate flamenco performers are said to have “duende”, or soul
Start planning your trip to Seville today!
All Photos © Courtney Likkel
Author Bio: Courtney is a Seattle native living in Madrid, Spain and working as an assistant English teacher. Besides venturing around Europe, she likes drinking tinto de verano in the sunshine, embarrassing herself by trying to speak the local language, and attempting to seek out the best brunch in Madrid. You can follow along with her adventures on her blog Adelante, as well as on Instagram and Twitter.