Looking to spend 3 days in Seville? Follow our personally curated 3-day Seville itinerary and have an unforgettable visit in Andalucia's capital!
By Liza S. | Updated 18 Jan 2024 | Seville | Cities | Login to add to YOUR Favourites or Read LaterThis article has been visited 86 times
Seville Cathedral in Santa Cruz
Short on time but eager to uncover the magic of Seville? Our personally curated 3-day Seville itinerary is designed to make the most of your visit, ensuring you explore the finest attractions, engage in memorable activities, savour delectable dining experiences, and discover hidden gems.
From the historical marvels of the Royal Alcazar to the modern allure of Plaza de España and the lively streets of Triana, this 3-day Seville itinerary, based on my personal experiences, will lead you through Seville's highlights from majestic sites like the Royal Alcázar to the hidden gems tucked away in the labyrinth of the old Jewish quarter, Barrio Santa Cruz.
You'll get practical advice to move around efficiently, insider tips on where to dine, and the cultural dos and don'ts to help you blend in with the locals. By the end of your visit, you'll have a personal snapshot of Seville, filled with diverse experiences from dawn till dusk.
Let's dive into the vibrant heart of Andalucia and discover the best of Seville in 3 days.
Before we dive into our suggested Seville 3-day itinerary, I bet you’re wondering if 3 days is enough time to visit Seville.
If you have enough space in your broader Andalucia itinerary, my personal recommendation is stay 4 days in Seville.
That said, 3 days in Seville can be enough to experience the highlights and essence of the city, especially if your itinerary is well-planned. In this time frame, you can visit key historic sites like the Royal Alcázar, Seville Cathedral, and Barrio Santa Cruz, immerse yourself in the local culture through flamenco shows and tapas tastings, and explore unique attractions like Plaza de España and Metropol Parasol.
In our 3-day Seville itinerary, I’ve included the city’s top sites and cultural experiences and planned the days to allow you to enjoy each place or activity at a relaxed pace.
However, like any city rich in history and culture, Seville offers much more to those who have the luxury of extra time. With more days, you could delve deeper into its art scene, discover lesser-known neighbourhoods, relax in its many parks, or enjoy more leisurely meals and evening strolls. Additionally, Seville serves as a great base for exploring nearby areas in Andalucia, such as Córdoba or the white villages.
While three days is sufficient for a fulfilling visit that covers many of Seville's major attractions, extending your stay will allow you to explore the city more thoroughly and at a more relaxed pace.
Now, let’s get into the details of the 3-day Seville itinerary!
Real Alcázar of Seville
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Kick off your Seville adventure at the Royal Alcázar, an emblematic symbol of the city's layered history. Gates open at 9:30 am, and it's wise to be there shortly before to avoid the later crowds. It’s also a good idea to buy your tickets in advance as this is the top attraction in the city!
This palace complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a tapestry of cultural influences, from Islamic artistry to Christian King Peter of Castile's palace. As you explore, take in the intricate tile work, the whispering arches of the Patio de las Doncellas, and the tranquil baths.
The gardens are not to be missed; they offer a serene escape with their fountains and meticulously kept horticulture, providing a green oasis in the heart of the city.
While you can certainly enjoy a visit to the Seville Alcazar on your own, I recommend going on a guided tour. With a local guide, you’ll learn much more about the history and architecture of the palace. And with all the context provided, you’ll definitely have a deeper appreciation of the palace!
Seville Cathedral and La Giralda
Once you’re done taking in the Real Alcazar, a short walk brings you to the Seville Cathedral, a testament to Seville's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. Entering when it opens at 11:00 am allows you to experience its vastness and artistic heritage more personally.
The cathedral stands on the site of a grand Almohad Mosque, and its Gothic architecture is a spectacle to behold. Inside, you'll find works by Goya and Murillo, among others. The main altar, a masterpiece of craftsmanship, narrates the life of Christ in carved scenes. Plus, don’t miss the tomb of Christoper Columbus!
Climbing the adjacent Giralda tower (built as a minaret) is a must — the journey up the ramps is unique as most bell towers have stairs, and the view from the top is unparalleled, offering sweeping vistas of Seville.
Like the Seville Alcazar, Seville Cathedral is also hugely popular so I recommend getting your ticket in advance. Allocate about 1.5 hours for the Cathedral and La Giralda.
For an easy way to visit both monuments, consider taking a guided tour of the Alcazar and Cathedral which includes skip-the-line tickets plus lots of interesting information about the history and significance of Seville’s most famous attractions.
Don’t forget: Modest dress is required for entry into the cathedral; shoulders and knees should be covered.
Barrio Santa Cruz
Barrio Santa Cruz
After a morning steeped in history and culture, it's time to indulge in the culinary delights of Seville. Barrio Santa Cruz, with its narrow alleys and hidden plazas, offers an array of dining options where you can enjoy authentic Andalucian cuisine.
Lunchtime in Seville typically starts around 2:00 pm and can extend until 4:00 pm. Keep in mind that some restaurants may close in the afternoon for a few hours after lunch service.
Here are three hand-picked restaurants for a delicious lunch in Seville:
Following a delightful lunch, continue your exploration of the atmospheric streets of Santa Cruz. This neighbourhood, once Seville's Jewish quarter, is a picturesque maze of narrow lanes, whitewashed houses, and hidden courtyards, all whispering tales of the past.
This neighbourhood is best explored without a plan, simply strolling through the winding streets is a delight. Discover hidden plazas like Plaza de Doña Elvira, known for its beautiful tiles and orange trees. Take a moment to appreciate the intricate balconies and flower-filled patios that adorn the buildings.
Plaza de España and Parque de María Luisa
A short walk south from Barrio Santa Cruz, through the Jardines de Murillo, will lead you to the magnificent Plaza de España, a stunning example of Renaissance Revival architecture in Spain.
Built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, this semi-circular plaza is adorned with bridges, a canal, and tiled alcoves representing different provinces of Spain. Renting a rowboat to glide along the canal is a relaxing way to enjoy the ambiance.
Adjacent to Plaza de España is the Parque de María Luisa, Seville's principal green space. It's a perfect spot to wander and enjoy the shade, with its lush gardens, fountains, and exotic birds.
Flamenco Show & Dinner in Seville
As the sun begins to set, Seville transforms, offering a different kind of magic.
Begin your evening with an authentic flamenco performance, a must-do in Seville, the birthplace of this passionate art form. Casa de la Memoria and Tablao Flamenco El Arenal are two highly-rated venues for flamenco shows. Book in advance to secure a seat and be prepared to be captivated by the stirring dance, guitar, and song of Flamenco. Shows usually start around 7:00 or 8:30pm and last for about an hour.
After the show, head to the Arenal neighbourhood, known for its vibrant dining scene. Here are a few recommendations for dinner:
Recommended: For a memorable evening that combines flamenco and local cuisine, I highly recommend this Tapas & Flamenco Tour. I’ve personally taken this tour and thoroughly enjoyed myself! It’s a wonderful way to learn more about Seville’s food culture, the art of flamenco, and meet other fellow travellers.
Stroll Along the River Guadalquivir
Post-dinner, take a leisurely walk along the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
The riverside walkway is lively in the evening, with stunning views of illuminated landmarks like Torre del Oro and Triana Bridge. It's the perfect way to end your first day in Seville, taking in the sights and sounds of the city at night.
If you’re still up for more after your walk, Seville's nightlife offers plenty of options, from quiet bars to lively nightclubs.
Museo de Bellas Artes
Start your day at the Museo de Bellas Artes, located in the former Convent of the Merced Calzada.
Opening at 9:00 am, this museum is one of Spain's premier art galleries, boasting an impressive collection of Spanish fine arts, with a strong focus on Seville’s Golden Age painters such as Murillo, Zurbarán, and Valdés Leal. The serene cloistered courtyard provides a peaceful start to your morning.
Insider Tip: Admission is free for EU citizens and inexpensive for others, making it a great value visit. To learn more about the building and the artwork, take a guided tour of the museum.
Guadalquivir River and Torre del Oro
After immersing yourself in art, head towards the Guadalquivir River for a scenic walk. The river, which has played a crucial role in Seville’s history, offers a picturesque pathway leading to the iconic Torre del Oro.
The Torre del Oro, or "Tower of Gold," is a 13th-century watchtower. It now houses a small maritime museum and provides panoramic views of the river and city from its top. It’s a perfect spot for photos and to appreciate Seville from a different perspective.
Need a break or just want to take it easy? Along the riverbank, there are numerous cafes and kiosks where you can grab a mid-morning snack. A local favourite is churros with chocolate, a delicious treat to energise you for the rest of your day.
Another fantastic way to enjoy the Guadalquivir River is by going on a cruise.
As noon approaches, cross the iconic Triana Bridge to reach the lively neighbourhood of Triana, known for its ceramics, flamenco, and a distinct character that sets it apart from the rest of Seville.
Here are three lunch spots in Triana where you can savour the local flavour:
After lunch, spend your afternoon exploring the vibrant spirit of Triana, a district with a strong sense of identity and tradition.
Head to Castillo de San Jorge, once the seat of the Spanish Inquisition, now housing a museum that tells a poignant part of Seville's history. If you haven’t popped by it yet, the adjacent Triana Market sits above the castle's ruins, offering an intriguing mix of history and local life. It's a great place to pick up local produce or handmade goods.
Triana is famous for its ceramics. So if you’re into art and pottery, visit one of the local workshops, such as Cerámica Santa Ana, to see artisans at work and perhaps purchase a unique piece of handcrafted pottery. Some workshops even offer short classes or demonstrations.
End your afternoon with a walk along Calle Betis, a street known for its colourful buildings and stunning views of the Seville skyline across the river. It's lined with bars and cafes, making it a perfect spot for an afternoon break.
Insider Tip: Want a sweet treat? Pop by Dulceria Manu Jara on Calle Pureza (the street behind Calle Betis) for some mouthwatering cakes and pastries!
For dinner, stay in the heart of Triana to immerse yourself in its lively atmosphere. Here are a few recommendations:
After dinner, consider catching a live music performance or another flamenco show at a local tablao in Triana, where the art form is deeply rooted in the community's culture. I’ve personally seen a flamenco show in Pure Essencia in Triana, a small venue that offers an intimate atmosphere.
Alternatively, end your evening with a leisurely stroll through the streets of Triana. The Calle Betis and the area around the Triana Bridge are particularly beautiful at night, with the reflections of the city lights dancing on the Guadalquivir River.
Las Setas in Seville
Metropol ParasolBegin your day at the Metropol Parasol, locally known as Las Setas (The Mushrooms) due to its unique design.
This striking wooden structure in La Encarnación square is one of the world's largest wooden buildings. A visit here offers an intriguing contrast to the traditional architecture you’ve seen so far.
The rooftop walkway opens at 9:30 am and provides panoramic views of the city. There's a small fee to access the walkway, but it's worth it for the views. It's a perfect spot for early morning photos when the light is soft and the city is waking up.
Need a bite to start your day? Head to the Encarnación Market, located below Las Setas to get a taste of local life. There are some restaurants here too where you can get a coffee and a quick bite. If you prefer a sit-down breakfast, there are also many cafes around Metropol Parasol where you can enjoy your coffee and admire the Mushrooms.
Palacio de las Dueñas
Next, head to the Palacio de las Dueñas, a short walk from Metropol Parasol.
This 15th-century palace, belonging to the House of Alba, is a beautiful example of Seville's aristocratic heritage. The palace combines Gothic and Renaissance elements, and its gardens are a peaceful retreat. The intricate tiling and ornamental details throughout the palace are a feast for the eyes.
This palacio is a bit of a hidden gem in Seville and it’s less-visited by tourists but if you want, you can get your tickets in advance.
Alameda de Hércules
As lunchtime approaches, make your way to the lively Alameda de Hércules area. This broad avenue lined with trees is a popular spot among locals for its eclectic mix of cafes, bars, and restaurants.
It’s an ideal place for a quick bite or a leisurely brunch. You’ll find everything from traditional tapas to international cuisine here.
Here are a few recommendations:
This area is also known for its bohemian vibe, so take some time to enjoy the street art and local shops.
Casa de Pilatos
Post-lunch, make your way to the Casa de Pilatos, an exquisite blend of Renaissance and Mudéjar architecture. This 16th-century palace is a less crowded alternative to the Alcázar but equally stunning. The blend of ornate tiles, coffered ceilings, and tranquil gardens make it a hidden gem worth exploring.
There's a fee for entry (buy your tickets here), but it's worth it for a quieter, more intimate glimpse into Seville's history.
Shopping at Calle Sierpes
For your final afternoon, head to Calle Sierpes, Seville's main shopping street.
This bustling thoroughfare is lined with a mix of traditional shops, contemporary boutiques, and charming cafes. It's the perfect place to pick up souvenirs, from hand-painted ceramics and fans to local foods and wines.
Calle Sierpes can be busy, especially on weekends. Keep an eye on your belongings and be prepared for some crowds. Don’t forget to take breaks at the many cafes dotted along Calle Sierpes, especially if you're visiting during warmer months.
Seville's Old Quarter
This evening is your opportunity to bid adieu to Seville, a city that, over the past three days, has likely nestled its way into your heart.
For your last dinner in Seville, choose a restaurant in the old quarter to enjoy traditional Andalucian cuisine in a charming setting.
Here are three options that promise a memorable dining experience:
After dinner, embark on a leisurely walk around the historic centre. Admire the lighted-up monuments and soak in the vibe of the city.
You may want to end your night at one of Seville's rooftop bars. Hotel EME's La Terraza or Terraza de Eslava are excellent choices, offering breathtaking views of the Cathedral and the city skyline. Sipping on a cocktail or a glass of local wine here is an ideal way to enjoy Seville’s night views.
While you can certainly enjoy Seville independently, sometimes taking a guided tour or activity can be a great way to learn about the city’s history, architecture, and culture.
Here are my top recommended tours for a 3-day visit to Seville:
Now that you have a better idea of how to fill your 3 days in Seville, here’s some essential information to help you plan the logistics of your visit. For more, please read our visitors’ guide to Seville.
The best way to get around Seville is by foot.
The historic centre is fairly compact and using our suggested itinerary above, you’ll be able to manage just by walking around. However, if you have mobility issues or are unable to walk longer distances, consider taking a taxi or Uber to travel between different locations.
Seville is also quite bicycle-friendly so this could be an option if you enjoy seeing a place by bike.
With just a short 3 days in Seville, I highly recommend staying in or near Seville’s historic centre as this will put you within walking distance to the city’s most important sites.
Santa Cruz, El Arenal, and even the Alameda neighbourhood (if you don’t mind more walking) are all great locations for a 3-day stay in Seville.
Here are my top picks for where to stay for 3 days in Seville:
Read our in-depth guide on where to stay in Seville for more neighbourhood tips and hotel recommendations.
Navigating the cultural nuances and ensuring your safety are important aspects of enjoying your stay in Seville. Here are some essential tips to help you have a trouble-free visit:
As you can see, you can enjoy a lot of Seville even on a short visit.
In just three days, you've walked through centuries of history, indulged in culinary delights, and soaked up the vibrant culture that makes Seville so special. Whether marvelling at the grandeur of the Royal Alcázar, getting lost in the narrow streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, or experiencing the soulful art of Flamenco, you've witnessed the multifaceted beauty of this Andalucian jewel.
I hope this 3-day Seville itinerary has provided you with a great starting point for your visit to Seville. As with any suggested itinerary, I recommend picking what meets your interests and swapping out or adding other things to do in Seville that you’re personally interested in.
You may want to read about the best things to do in Seville to see what else piques your interest.
Buen viaje and enjoy Seville!
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