Sevilla Travel Guide

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Sevilla Things to Do

  • Alcazar

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The oldest Royal Palace still in use in Europe, the Alcazar is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Seville. Its origins go as far back as the 11th century and it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987. It is similar in many ways to the Alhambra of Granada, but considerably less crowded, so it is far more atmospheric, or at least that is...

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  • Cathedral

    The first building on the site now occupied by the world’s largest Gothic cathedral was a brick-built mosque, dating from the 12th century. The only parts of this which can be seen today are the courtyard, now known as the Orange Tree Courtyard, and the minaret, which forms the lower part of the Giralda bell tower. In 1248, following the...

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  • Plaza de España

    The Plaza de Espana, on the edge of the Maria Luisa park, was built for the Ibero-American Exposition, a world fair which was held in Seville in 1929. A semi-circular brick building fills one side of the square. Along the exterior are alcoves which represent each province of Spain in coloured tiles, with a map and relevant picture. It's fun to...

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Sevilla Restaurants

  • Delicious tapas

    We stopped here for some lunchtime tapas just before heading back to the airport. There isn't a great view or anything, as the outside seating area is down an alley, but the food was delicious. Not the cheapest tapas we had in Seville, but certainly the tastiest.I think this bar/restaurant is under the same management as the adjacent Confiteria La...

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  • To Die For

    I admit it now. My Northern European stomach and body clock cannot cope with late Spanish dining hours. This leaves two options: eat tapas, or eat at a restaurant that caters to tourists.On our first night in Seville we went for option one, but the following night we found Dona Elvira. It's situated in a quiet square in the Santa Cruz district. The...

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  • Tapas on Calle Betis

    T de Triana is a tapa bar/restaurant on Calle Betis. The interior is quite large and looks old-fashioned, though you can sit on the terrace if you prefer. The service is good and the food is yummy! You can order cold, hot, fish, and/or meat tapas (they are separated on the menu). They don't always have every single tapa available every single day,...

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Sevilla Nightlife

  • Concerts and flamenco

    This is a theatre where I went to see a flamenco show by La Lupi - a major superstar in the flamenco world. The theatre is not huge, but nice and more high-end than many flamenco venues in town. For shows and concerts there, it's possible to buy tickets online (I bought mine through ticketmaster and picked it up at the Fnac store downtown). The...

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  • Café de Casino

    The old Seville pavillion in 1929 Latin American Exposition became a Casino, and, later on, a theatre. In its selected restaurant "Café de Casino" there is sometimes live entertainment.

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  • Illuminated Cathedral views

    The hotel EME is opposite the cathedral and has the most wonderful views of it. In the summer the have 'misters' spraying a cooling of water over the seating areas (as do many places in Sevilla). I like to go and sit on the comfy sofa outside the EME, and enjoy a glass os fino. Now the service is generally appalling, so you can have a lovely...

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Sevilla Transportation

  • San Pablo Airport

    The Seville EA bus between Plaza de Armas, in the city centre, and the airport, stops at many tourist points, including the Santa Justa rail and AVE station. It takes about 35 minutes. The service runs 365 days a year One-way ticket: €.4. Return ticket: €6. Valid on the day of purchase. Journey with rechargeable pass: €4. Monthly pass: €41. buy...

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  • City Bus

    A few VTers have said they have no problem taking a subway or metro but they find buses too difficult. While I can understand their concerns, Sevilla's bus system is well laid out and inexpensive. Sevilla's bus system is run by Tussam, a local company. Tussam operates about 40 daily bus routes and a tram line. Once we learned how they worked it...

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  • Santa Justa station

    Santa Justa is the train station in Seville, and it's in the Nervion district. There are trains connecting Seville to many cities and towns in Andalusia and beyond. It's possible to buy tickets online (either the Renfe website or the Rail Europe site), or at the station (either at a booth with an agent, or at the electronic ticket machine). In...

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Sevilla Shopping

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  • The Asian stores - The Chinos

    There are lots of little stores all over Seville where you can buy cheap clothes and goods. They are the equivalent of the Dollar store, and most are run by Asian immigrants so many people call them "the Chinos" or "the Asian stores". Though the stuff they sell isn't usually top quality, it's still nice to shop there if you're on a budget. Also,...

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  • Art Ceramica

    Ceramic work & display shop cannot be missed in Triana. pottery, cutlery and other utensils, as well as souvenirs, come in different shapes and colours, variety of styles and patterns prices are very reasonable, especially in shops around Triana

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  • Lace and other pretty things

    There are several Juan Foronda boutiques in Seville, mostly in the Barrio Santa Cruz and in the Calle Sierpes area (the shopping district). They sell lace, embroidered shawls, gold and silver jewelry, and more expensive souvenirs. So if you want something classy that you won't find in most gift shops, these boutiques are the place to find it. 2007...

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Sevilla Local Customs

  • Alcoholic Beverages

    Sangria is lovely, because it has lots of fruit in it and I am a big fan of fruit. It is however, rather hard to get hold of Sevilla, if you don`t know where to go. On Calle Mateus Gago, the bar after Las Columnas, they have one of the best Sangrias I found in Sevilla, but they do also run out of it towards the end of the night! As a super...

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  • Flamenco

    Sevillanas are a Spanish folk dance similar to flamenco and though they originated in Seville, they're popular all over Andalucia. At the Feria de Abril, they're danced everywhere (and their music is heard non-stop) - in casetas, in the streets, etc. They're also danced at other ferias in Andalucia and at the Rocio pilgrimage. They have a set...

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  • Semana Santa

    In Seville, they take Holy Week very seriously. Every day, at different times during the day, there are parades, and here is what usually happens for each parade: Groups of nazarenos in robes with pointed hoods (if you see them, don't freak out, they're not the KKK!) holding candles exit the church the parade comes from. Some of them walk barefoot...

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Sevilla Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets & Thieves

    People of Sevilla stay up late, and stay out late. We had to walk a ways to a taxi stand at 4:00 am and were wondering if we would run into mischievious types.... but what we found were a lot of people still sitting in bars (not blasted, by the way)and many couples walking around after a night out. I suddenly felt a lot safer.

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  • Gypsies & Beggars

    When we visited Sevilla, there were a few gypsies around the cathedral area. They were typically ladies, and would approach people (mostly tourists, I'd say) and offer them a small bunch of rosemary or other posy, saying that they are lucky, and should have this gift. They would then try and get the person to pay for the 'gift'. We weren't bothered...

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  • Works

    PLaza de Espanha and its surroundings were suffering strong restrictions, caused by many current works.The beautiful tiled panels in the Plaza were covered, but they reproduced the originals in the fences. A nice idea, but suggesting that the works are there to last.

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Sevilla Tourist Traps

  • Flamenco

    Even though the flamenco show is meant for tourists, it features excellent bailaores, guitarists, and cantaores. The food is acceptable. What is not acceptable is that our camera with more than 300 photos from Cordoba disappeared. My wife forgot it on the way out. Just as we arrived at the hotel, she realized she'd left it there and started to call...

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  • Cathedral and Giralda

    Giralda is an attraction for itself, in the marvel of the cathedral. It's easy to climb, because it has inclines instead of stairs, and they seem not too steep. That's right. But they are... long. Now imagine the sorrow I felt when, in my way down, we met a Japanese senior couple with him telling her, while resting a bit on his walking stick:...

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  • Gypsies and Pickpockets

    Around the touristic places there use to be people (usually gypsis) looking for tourist to read the hand or tell them any other story with the aim only of asking you for money. As everywhere, just ignore them or simply, don´t talk to them. This people don´t mind if you understand Spanish or not. The simply talk as if you could understand. Don´t...

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Sevilla What to Pack

  • Guide book(s), good shoes and lots of...

    It is definitely advisable to bring good walking shoes with you! Sevilla - especially the old quarters of Santa Cruz and Triana have lots of cobble stone streets and this can be quite hurtful on your feet without the right shoes!We were in Sevilla in September and we did encounter everything from 32°C and sunshine all the way to heavy rainshowers...

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  • TWO PIN ELECTRICAL PLUG

    If you happen to carry any electrical stuff like hair dryers or just a simple charger for your mobile telephone - you will have to take into account that the electrical systems admit only the 2 pin round plug as shown in the picture. If you are coming in from Britain you might want to buy an adapter to be able to use your stuff in Spain. It may...

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  • It gets very hot in summer

    Climatically, the ideal times to travel to Sevilla are April to June and September to the first half of October. This is when temperatures are manageable and it doesn't get too hot. It will start to get unpleasantly hot towards the end of June and the beginning of July, when daytime temperatures can reach a sweltering +40°C. There are quite a lot...

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Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

  • Itálica

    These Roman ruins are very special and date from the time of Augustus and Trajan.I was especially impressed with the wonderful Roman mosaics of birds and mythological figures(Venus,Mercury,Jupiter),The huge ampitheatre and the thermal baths were also very impressive.There is pertinent information in English at this site and the staff was helpful...

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  • Ronda (daytrip)

    A day trip to Ronda is perfect when you're looking to see more of Andalucia. If you plan to go on a Sunday, all the main attractions are open for tourists; the bridge, the roman baths, the museum, etc. You can take the bus from the San Sebastian station, the trip lasts just under 3 hours. The busline is called 'Los Amarillos', and does a...

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  • Iglesia de la Magdalena

    Iglesia de la Magdalena (18th century) is a small and gorgeous baroque church. Its exterior is beautifully decorated, but unfortunately this church is situated at a narrow street, so I could not take a whole picture of its façade. Of course, I will keep its image in my mind... La Iglesia de la Magdalena, del siglo XVIII, es una pequeña y hermosa...

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Sevilla Sports & Outdoors

  • Football/soccer

    Most people (especially the men) in Seville are big football/soccer fans. Whenever Seville's team is playing, there are groups of people all over the streets wearing the team colours, waving banners, getting drunk, and acting rowdy. And even if you stay home, you might hear the neighbours screaming every time the team scores. In 2014, Seville's...

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  • Estadio Benito Villamarín

    Estadio Benito Villamarín opened in 1929, but has been changed a lot since then - and is now an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 52,700 spectators. It hosted two matches in the 1982 World Cup; Brazil vs. Scotland and Brazil vs. New Zealand, but most of all the stadium is the home ground for Real Betis Balompié. A club founded in 1907, and...

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  • Palacio Municipal De Deportes San Pablo

    The main purpose for my trip to Sevilla was to follow Denmark in the World Cup in men's handball, and during my 7 days stay I ended up watching around 15 handball matches at the Palacio Municipal De Deportes San Pablo…Palacio Municipal De Deportes San Pablo was built in 1988, and has a capacity from 7,626 to 10,200 spectators. It is primarily used...

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  • Guadalquivir River and Bridges

    Along the Guadalquiver River that runs through and seperates Sevilla into two, you find many small parks where you can take a few minutes to rest from your walks through the town. We also saw this lone kayaker with his trainer. These were the ONLY things moving on the river in contrast to the Seine in Paris where the waterway is crammed with...

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  • Seeing Seville by foot

    I have no idea why narrow streets so fascinate me, I guess it could be because I grew up in a home that had distance between us and the neighbours, so I try to imagine how it would be living and growing up when you could literally put your arm out the window and touch your neighbour across the street.

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  • Plaza de Espana

    Taking walks all over Seville is what I enjoy the most. I call it a "perfect walking city" since I felt I could just go on and on, walking anywhere, and still enjoy every bit of the city. Spending a quiet afternoon in Plaza de Espana, watching the crowds go by and spending the afternoon, sitting quietly, observing every bit of this amazing plaza.

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Top 5 Cycling Cities: Seville

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

While it has always contained the world's largest gothic cathedral, Seville, the jewel of Andalucia, had little to no bicycle culture to speak of until the new millennium. In the last few years, the city has gained both 120km (75 miles) of bicycle routes throughout the city, as well as started a bicycle-sharing program. These updates make it much easier to travel from the Plaza de Espana to the Cathedral in one day. Visitors should not forget to explore the Santa Cruz neighborhood, which lies along the Alcazar, though with its narrow streets, it may be better seen on foot.

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