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Seville Highlights

Eye-popping Moorish palaces, characterful streets, Carmen's bullring, a stroll through the park and a birds-eye view
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.3 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  Seville is filled with iconic sights, but their variety keeps visitors interested as they travel through 1300 years of the city’s... more »

Tips:  Wear comfortable shoes to make walking the stone streets less tiring
Public transport is easy in Seville, with mini buses connecting... more »

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Points of Interest

One of the three largest in the world (measured by volume it’s even bigger than St Peter’s in Rome), Seville’s cathedral is resplendent in gold and silver, all part of the riches that flowed through Seville when the city had the monopoly on trade with the New World. The high altar is nearly 120 feet tall, a tour-de-force of woodcarving with all of... More

In proclaiming this former minaret a World Heritage Site, UNESCO called it “the masterpiece of Almohad architecture.” Built 1184-96, the tower, considered the finest of the three remaining great Almohad minarets, was designed not only to call the faithful to prayer, but as an observation point to guard the city. So important was the tower to the... More

3. Archive of the Indies

Part of the ensemble of buildings that is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the archive began life as an exchange for merchants, in the 16th century when Seville was the headquarters of trade with the New World. When the port moved to Cadiz, the building was no longer needed, and became the archive for all the papers, diaries, logs ,... More

4. Real Alcázar (Royal Palace)

Begun by the Islamic rulers in 712, building was continued in the 1360s by King Pedro, who favored the Mudéjar style, a revival of the Moorish architecture and decoration. One of the oldest European royal palaces that are still in use, the Alcázar seems to flow in and out between almost overwhelming interiors and elegantly arranged... More

5. Jardines Reales Alcázar Gardens

Lovely and complex, the gardens are arranged, like the palace itself, into a series of garden rooms, through which you can stroll at leisure. And like the palace, some are intimate, some grand and soaring. Wander among them to find fountains, tall topiary arches, walls of colored tile, carefully tended beds inside perfectly trimmed hedges, and... More

Occupying one of the finest houses when the Santa Cruz neighborhood was at its 18th-century peak, Corral del Agua gives a look inside a typical house built around a patio, with balconies and exquisite colored tile work in the intimate dining rooms, as well as an outstanding private art collection. Lunch here will not be cheap, but it will be... More

7. Jardines de Catalina de Ribera

This pleasant garden with a passeo (promenade) borders the Alcazar's gardens.

The focal point of the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition, Plaza de España is the work of architect Aníbal González, who blended elements of Spanish baroque, Mudéjar revival and the Art Deco that was popular at the time. The towers were inspired by those on the great cathedral at Santiago de Compostella, and all around the ... More

When Seville hosted the 1929 Exposición Ibero-Americana, this whole southern end of Seville was transformed into the fairgrounds, and various nations hired cutting-edge architects to design eye-catching pavilions were they could showcase their arts and technology. Other pavilions were constructed to show off Spain’s on industry and... More

Overlooking the river is the Torre del Oro, which began life in the 13th century as a Moorish watchtower, part of the city walls that secured one end of a large chain that blocked off entrance to the harbor, which was at the time right in the center of Seville. When the Catholic kings regained Seville and the city was granted the monopoly on all... More

11. Plaza de Toros (Bull Ring)

The full name of Seville’s bullring, second in importance only to the one in Madrid, is Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla. All the great names have challenged the “brave bulls” here, but even those who have no interest in Spain’s national sport know this as the setting for the final scene of Bizet’s opera Carmen.... More