Ultimate Seville Vacation Guide

Seville (Sevilla in Spanish) is the capital of Spain’s Andalusia province, in the Southwest of Spain. The city is a masterpiece to explore, with monuments and sites all over the city. To help you out, we curated our favorite must-dos on a trip to Seville.

Plaza de España

The Plaza de España is located in the heart of Seville, and it truly is the center of this beautiful city. We recommend you put this at the top of your must-dos in Seville.

The plaza is ENORMOUS, so you’ll want to give yourself at least an hour or two to explore the grounds. When we were there, we saw an impromptu Flamenco show, a guy making HUGE bubbles near the fountain, and a bunch of tourists struggling to steer their boats around the moat surrounding the plaza. There will be no shortage of things to do!

What’s more? The plaza walls show a history of Seville and Spain as a whole, and the building is still in use by the government. The plaza has historical significance that is still in the making!

Real Alcazar

The Real Alcazar has been featured on Game of Thrones, which had Zach hook-line-and-sinker from the start. Here’s a mistake we made that you should not make: we underestimated the SIZE of this place.

The Real Alcazar will command an entire day to see it all, and you’d better wear some walking shoes. Let’s just say you’ll meet your steps goal for the week.

And bring a camera. Bring the best one you have. Around every corner is a wonderful world that is just as breathtaking as the last.

If you have engagement pictures, wedding pictures, heck even Christmas Card pictures at ANY TIME near your trip to the Real Alcazar, you should SERIOUSLY consider making this the location of the photo shoot. Infinite options and backdrops you will not find anywhere else on earth!

Pro tip: get to the Alcazar as early in the day as possible. Not only is this good because you’ll spend more time there, but there can be quite a line that forms throughout the mid-morning. Double win if you get there early!

Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza

To be honest, we weren’t planning on going to the Maestranza on our trip to Seville, but once we walked by we knew we had to go in. The Plaza de Toros is a stunning piece of Spanish architecture, both outside and inside.

And not only was the building beautiful, we got a guided tour that taught us about the history of bull fighting in Spain and Seville. It was a fascinating tour, but we’re not sure we could stomach seeing an actual bull fight. Unless it is something like this one:

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Zach being the big bull he is couldn’t help but put his horns on and scuff the dirt at the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. Lol he wishes. He’s Ferdinand the bull in real life… would rather sit under a tree and sniff flowers than fight a matador. Maybe we should have switched positions for this picture 😈😈. It was super interesting to learn about the history of bull fighting in Sevilla but we have mixed feelings on if we could actually attend. On one hand it sounds cool to witness part history in real life and immerse ourselves in Spanish culture… But on the other hand we’re not sure we could watch a bull die. We’d probably be cheering for the bull! . Would you go??

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Walk Through the City

The Real Alcazar, Maestranza, and Plaza de Espana are only separated by about a mile or two. Pair that with beautiful cobblestone streets pockmarked with beautiful cafes and restaurants and what do you get? A city that is perfect for walking! Here is the route we took to all 3:

We must have taken 20,000 steps per day in Seville, and we enjoyed every single one. We especially loved strolling down the Canal de Alfonso XIII that cuts through the heart of the city.

Tip: We found that most of the beautiful monuments and sights were on the East side of the Canal, so do your best to stay on that side.

Flamenco Dances

Seville is known as being one of the birthplaces of Flamenco, and oh boy does it live up to its billing. Flamenco is EVERYWHERE in the city, whether an impromptu show or some fantastic dinner entertainment.

We  stumbled across a few Flamenco performances in progress on our walks and were fascinated. We would love to learn so we can jump in on the show next time!

If you are more into seeing a planned performance over an impromptu show, here is a ranking of the top 12 Seville Flamenco bars from Not Just A Tourist:

When you hear people talk about flamenco, you will often hear the word duende thrown about. This is a word with no exact translation, but what they are referring to is the spirit of the performance; the passion on display. No one knows for sure where flamenco was born, but it was certainly in southern Spain, between Seville, Cadíz and Granada. Seville however is the most important pillar nowadays to see some of the best flamenco in the world

  1. T de Triana (Esencia)
  2. Casa de Flamenco
  3. Mantoncillo (Usually Thurs-Sun)
  4. Casa de la Memoria
  5. Los Gallos
  6. La Carboneria
  7. Casa de la Guitarra
  8. Museo Del Baile Flamenco
  9. El Arenal
  10. El Palacio Andaluz
  11. Auditorio Alvarez Quintero
  12. El Patio Sevillano


Seville, like Granada, is known for Tapas, and they live up to the billing. Our strategy was to explore the city on foot, and if we found a restaurant that looked good, we’d stop and take a peek at the menu. If it looked good and was priced right, we’d either keep it in mind for later or have a quick bite right then and there!

Another strategy we used in Seville was to make a picnic and eat in the park. The city has a variety of stunning parks, including the Plaza de Espana, which offer a beautiful setting for a picnic.

We picked up some bread, sliced meat, and cheese from a local deli (my GOODNESS the fresh baked bread makes these sandwiches SO delicious) and had a feast! What is the best part? The sandwiches were delicious and only cost around $5 total! Great way to cut costs while traveling.

Where We Stayed

We found an Airbnb in the center of town that was fantastic, and to be honest there were a few other options that seemed to be just as great. We basically used our place as a bed, shower, and as a place to keep our bags, so we didn’t need anything special. We had too much fun exploring the city to splurge on an expensive hotel!

And there you have it, all of our recommendations on how to experience Seville in all its glory. We hope you enjoyed reading about our 4 must-dos in Seville!

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