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Seville 4-Day Itinerary: The Ultimate Visit to Andalucia's Capital

Fall in love with the magic of Seville with our epic Seville 4-day itinerary where you'll discover different sides of the Andalucian capital.

By Liza S. | Updated 9 Apr 2024 | Seville | Cities | Login to add to YOUR Favourites Favourites Icon or Read Later

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Get ready to fall in love with Seville, the heart of Andalucia, where history, culture, and vibrant daily life merge into a captivating experience. In this Seville 4-day itinerary, we're taking you on an adventure through Seville's cobbled lanes, majestic landmarks, and hidden corners that ooze charm.

Whether you're marvelling at the grandeur of the Seville Cathedral, getting lost in the quaint streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, or indulging in the rich flavours of local tapas, Seville promises a diverse array of experiences.

Our carefully crafted Seville 4-day itinerary (based on personal experience!) ensures you explore the essential sights, uncover hidden gems, and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of Seville. You'll also find practical tips on accommodation, transportation, and dining, making your travel planning seamless and enjoyable.

So, grab your walking shoes and a sense of wonder – let’s discover the very best of Seville in just four days!

How Many Days in Seville is Enough?

When talking about a Seville itinerary, the question that always comes up is “how many days in Seville should I spend?”.

A lot of it depends on your travel style and travel pace. Some people may have limited vacation time, some may prefer to just see the city’s highlights and tick it off the list, while others like to take their time and really soak up the atmosphere of a place.

There’s no right or wrong answers - and if you have less time in Seville, you can still see and experience the top attractions. You can check our other Seville itineraries here:

In my personal opinion, four days in Seville is the magic number for most travellers.

Here's the thing: four days in Seville isn't just about checking off those famous landmarks like the Seville Cathedral or the Alcázar. It's about really getting under the skin of the city. You can meander through the winding streets of Barrio Santa Cruz without constantly watching the clock, and who knows what delightful little café or hidden courtyard you might find?

And hey, let's not forget one of the best parts – with four days, you've got time for a day trip! Imagine a quick jaunt to Cordoba or Carmona, exploring places that are just as rich in history and beauty but are often overlooked in whirlwind itineraries. It's like the cherry on top of your Seville adventure.

In a nutshell, four days gives you the perfect blend of in-depth exploration in Seville plus a taste of the wider province of Seville. It's not just about seeing the sights; it's about living them, tasting them, and maybe even dancing through them!

So, four days? It's not just enough; it's ideal to experience the heart and soul of Seville.

Seville 4-Day Itinerary: What to Do and See

Now, let’s get into how you’ll spend your 4 days in Seville.

The daily itinerary laid out below has been designed for walking as it’s the definitely the best way to experience Seville. That said, I don’t want to be totally exhausted so you’ll be focusing on one or two areas each day and now running around all over the city.

And, of course, with any suggested itinerary, do feel free to adjust things, swap things around, or freestyle as you prefer - after all, this is your vacation!

Day 1 in Seville: The City’s Top Attractions

Sevilel Cathedral and La Giralda Sevilel Cathedral and La Giralda

Sevilel Cathedral and La Giralda

Seville Cathedral and La Giralda

Let's kick off your first day by visiting one of the most iconic landmarks in the city - the Seville Cathedral, also known as Catedral de Santa María de la Sede. This majestic cathedral is not only a masterpiece of Gothic architecture but also holds the title of being one of the largest cathedrals in the world.

Adjacent to the Cathedral, you'll find La Giralda, the bell tower that offers breathtaking views of the city. Climbing to the top might be a bit of a workout, but trust me, the panoramic views are more than worth it. The tower's unique design, a blend of Moorish and Renaissance styles, tells the story of Seville's rich and diverse history.

Don’t miss:

  • The Tomb of Christopher Columbus: One of the most significant historical features inside the Cathedral is the monumental tomb of Christopher Columbus. The tomb itself is an impressive work of art, held aloft by four figures representing the kingdoms of Castile, León, Aragon, and Navarra. It's a must-see for history enthusiasts and a poignant reminder of Spain's complex past.
  • The Altarpiece of the Capilla Mayor (Main Chapel): This awe-inspiring altarpiece is a staggering piece of craftsmanship and one of the finest examples of Gothic woodcarving in the world. The intricate detailing and sheer size of the altarpiece are absolutely breathtaking. It tells various biblical stories through its numerous panels, making it a captivating sight for art and religious history lovers.
  • The Giralda Bell Tower: Formerly a minaret of the mosque that stood on the site, the Giralda Tower is a harmonious blend of Islamic and Christian architectural styles. Climbing to the top of this iconic tower is a highlight for many visitors, offering panoramic views of Seville. The journey up is unique as well, as you ascend via ramps rather than stairs - a design originally intended to accommodate riders on horseback.

The Seville Cathedral is a very popular attraction and there can sometimes be long queues to enter, especially during peak tourist season. To save time, I recommend buying your ticket in advance. Allocate about 1.5 to 2 hours for a thorough exploration.

Prefer a guided experience? Taking a tour with a local guide is an excellent way to learn more about the cathedral’s interesting history and discover more of its architectural highlights. This tour of the Cathedral is highly rated and includes entrance to La Giralda for a full experience.

Barrio Santa Cruz and Local Lunch Spots

After your morning exploration of the Seville Cathedral, it's time to meander through the charming streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville's old Jewish quarter. This area is a picturesque maze of narrow lanes, vibrant courtyards, and whitewashed houses, each turn offering something new to discover.

Don’t miss:

  • Uncover hidden gems like Plaza de Doña Elvira, with its beautiful tiles and fragrant orange trees.
  • Stroll down Callejón del Agua, a quaint street alongside the Alcázar walls, offering peaceful views.
  • Admire Hospital de los Venerables, a stunning Baroque building now hosting art exhibitions.

Ready for lunch?

You can stay within Santa Cruz and find a nice spot to try the local cuisine. Calle Mateos Gago is lined with restaurants so you can wander down the street and see what catches your eye. I like Bodega Santa Cruz and its lively atmosphere. A hit with locals, this spot offers tasty tapas and montaditos (little sandwiches), perfect for a casual, authentic dining experience.

You can also head to the neighbouring El Arenal. For generous portions of traditional Andalucian dishes, Taberna Coloniales is your go-to. Their carrillada (pork cheek) is a crowd-pleaser. It's often busy, but the wait adds to the anticipation!

Casa Morales is another highly-rated establishment, steeped in history and beloved for its traditional tapas and local wines. The ambiance, combining old-world charm with a lively buzz, makes for a memorable dining experience.

Post-lunch, you might want to indulge in a brief siesta or enjoy a leisurely coffee in one of the quaint cafés nearby. It's the perfect way to relax and soak in the local atmosphere before embarking on the afternoon's adventures.

Royal Alcázar of Seville

Ready for an afternoon of awe? The Royal Alcázar of Seville is not just a palace; it's a living narrative of Seville's history, a remarkable blend of cultural influences spanning centuries.

Originally founded as a Moorish fort, the Real Alcázar evolved over time, with each ruling power leaving its mark, resulting in a stunning complex that embodies Islamic, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles.

Today, the Seville Alcázar is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and for good reason. It's one of the most beautiful examples of Mudéjar architecture in Spain. This style, unique to the Iberian Peninsula, emerged as Christians adapted Islamic art and architecture following the Reconquista.

Don’t miss:

  • Patio de las Doncellas, the heart of the palace with its elegant arches and reflective pool, is a testament to the sophistication of Islamic artistry.
  • Salón de Embajadores (The Ambassador's Hall), with its stunning dome, exemplifies the grandeur of Islamic craftsmanship blended with Christian symbolism.
  • The palace gardens are a lush escape, blending Moorish, Renaissance, and modern landscaping styles, perfect for a serene stroll.

The Real Alcázar is a must-see on any Seville itinerary and there are typically long lines to enter (I’ve been caught in that line and it wasn’t fun!). The best way to visit is to buy your ticket in advance so that you can breeze through and enter immediately (there can be a line to enter but it moves much more quickly than the ticket line).

While you can certainly enjoy seeing the monument on your own, you may want to consider taking a guided tour of the royal palace to get more historical context. This way, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty and significance of this top historical site in Andalucia.

Want to kill two birds with one stone? Opt for a combined tour of the Seville Cathedral, La Giralda, and the Alcazar. This is a fantastic way to visit all three monuments and learn more about their history along the way.

Flamenco in Seville

As evening descends upon Seville, the city's heartbeat syncs with the rhythms of flamenco, an art form deeply rooted in Andalucian culture.

Flamenco originated in the diverse cultural melting pot of Andalucia, influenced by the Romani, Moorish, Jewish, and Spanish cultures. It's a poignant blend of passionate dance, soulful singing (cante), and skilled guitar playing (toque), often accompanied by rhythmic hand claps (palmas) and finger snapping (pitos).

Each performance is unique, driven by the improvisation and emotion of the moment, making it a deeply personal and moving experience. Flamenco, more than just a dance or musical genre, is an expression of life itself, encapsulating emotions, stories, and a rich cultural heritage.

Seville, with its vibrant history and strong flamenco traditions, is arguably the best place in the world to experience this mesmerising art form.

Seville is not just a city where flamenco is performed; it's where flamenco lives and breathes. The intimate tablaos (flamenco venues), the spontaneous street performances, and the dedicated flamenco bars all offer a glimpse into the soul of this art.

Seeing flamenco here connects you to a tradition that is integral to the Andalucian way of life, offering an experience that's as authentic as it is unforgettable. I’ve seen flamenco twice in Seville and each time, it was a rousing and emotional experience - I love it!

Here are my recommendations for the top flamenco shows in Seville:

  • Casa de la Guitarra: A cozy and authentic setting in Barrio Santa Cruz, showcasing some of the finest local talents.
  • Tablao Flamenco El Arenal: A lavish venue known for its high-quality performances and dinner packages, providing a full evening of entertainment.
  • Museo del Baile Flamenco Show: A unique combination of performance and education, housed in the Flamenco Dance Museum, for those looking to understand the art form's history and evolution (museum ticket optional). I’ve seen this show and really enjoyed it!
  • Casa de la Memoria: This venue is celebrated for its intimate shows that capture the raw emotion and traditional essence of flamenco.
  • Tablao Pure Esencia Triana: A small intimate venue in Triana that will have you up-close and personal with the flamenco artists. I’ve been here and it’s definitely really cool to be close enough to see the intricacies of the footwork and their emotional expressions.

Most shows last about an hour, perfect for an evening outing. The venues are typically quite small so it’s best to secure your spot and buy your show tickets in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons!

Day 2 in Seville: Exploring Seville’s Artistic and Cultural Side

Plaza de Espana Plaza de Espana

Plaza de Espana

Plaza de España

Good morning! Let's begin Day 2 with a visit to one of Seville's most impressive landmarks, the Plaza de España.

Built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, this semi-circular plaza is a stunning example of Renaissance Revival style in Spanish architecture. It's a sight that's as grand as it is detailed, with its lavish tile work, ornate bridges, and a vast central fountain.

Don’t miss:

  • Each alcove around the plaza represents a different province of Spain, showcasing beautifully detailed ceramic tiles (azulejos) that tell the story of each region.
  • Rent a rowboat to enjoy a unique perspective of the plaza along the small canal that runs through it.
  • The building itself, with its impressive towers and intricate details, makes for an excellent backdrop for photos.

Parque de María Luisa

Just a stone's throw from Plaza de España lies Parque de María Luisa, Seville's most famous park. This green oasis offers a peaceful retreat with its lush gardens, shaded pathways, and charming fountains.

It's the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the natural beauty of Seville.

Don’t miss:

  • Wander through the Mudéjar Pavilionand the lush Island of the Birds.
  • Discover statues and fountains dotted throughout the park, each with its own history and charm.
  • Garden of the Lions is a must-visit within the park, known for its beautiful landscaping and serene atmosphere.

Both Plaza de España and Parque de María Luisa are best explored on foot, so wear comfortable shoes.

Need a morning break? There are several cafes in and around the park where you can grab a coffee or a light snack.

Guadalquivir River and Torre del Oro

As we make our way to the next stop on this Seville 4-day itinerary, you’ll walk along the riverbank to see a different side of the city.

The Guadalquivir River is more than just a body of water; it's a vital part of Seville's identity and history. Flowing through the city, it has been a witness to centuries of change, from the times of the Romans to the era of New World explorations.

A walk along its banks offers a unique perspective of Seville, where history, nature, and modern life beautifully converge.

Standing proudly along the riverbank is the Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold), an iconic symbol of Seville. This dodecagonal military watchtower was built in the 13th century by the Almohads and has served various purposes over the years, including as a prison and a safekeeping place for precious metals.

There are several bridges where you can cross to the other side including Puente de S. Telmo which is right by Torre del Oro. However, I suggest we continue walking a bit more to the next bridge, the beautiful Puente de Isabel II which is also known as Puente de Triana.

Triana

It's time to cross the Guadalquivir River and explore the spirited Triana neighbourhood. Known for its rich flamenco heritage, Triana is a colourful and lively area, brimming with history, art, and local charm. Strolling through its streets, you'll encounter a more authentic side of Seville, away from the typical tourist paths.

Don’t miss:

  • Visit the famous Cerámica Santa Ana for a glimpse of the traditional ceramics Triana is renowned for.
  • Explore the Mercado de Triana, a local market set in a historic building where you can find everything from fresh produce to artisanal goods.
  • Calle Betis is a vibrant street along the river, perfect for a leisurely stroll with great views of Seville.

While you’re on this side of the river, let’s stay in Triana for lunch. Here are some restaurants to check out:
  • Las Golondrinas: A favourite among locals, Las Golondrinas offers delicious tapas with a Triana twist. Try their signature dish, 'montadito de pringá', a flavour-packed mini sandwich.
  • Casa Cuesta: Established in 1880, Casa Cuesta is a classic Triana establishment. With a charming ambiance and a menu full of traditional Andalusian dishes, it's an ideal spot for a hearty lunch.
  • Blanca Paloma: Known for its cosy atmosphere and excellent seafood, Blanca Paloma is a favourite in Triana. Their fried fish and homemade croquettes are local favourites.

Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla OR Guadalquivir River Cruise

After exploring Triana, it's time to immerse yourself in the artistic soul of Seville.

The Museo de Bellas Artes, housed in a beautiful former convent, is a treasure trove of Spanish art. It's considered one of the most important fine arts museums in Spain, boasting an impressive collection that spans from the mediaeval period to the early 20th century.

The museum is particularly renowned for its Baroque art, including works by Seville's own Diego Velázquez and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. It boasts a vast array of art media: paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. The building itself, with its serene courtyards and elegant architecture, is a work of art.

The museum is closed on Mondays. There's a small entry fee (€1.50) and it’s free to enter for EU nationals. You can also opt for a guided tour of the museum to see its highlights and learn more about art history.

Museums not your thing?

Then I recommend staying along the riverside. You can pass the time, relaxing and people-watching at one of the cafes along the banks. Or join a river cruise and enjoy the city of Seville from a different vantage point!

Tapas, Wine, History, and Traditions

As the day transitions into evening, get ready to indulge in one of Seville's most enjoyable experiences – a tapas tour! A Seville food tour offers a blend of delicious food, rich history, and local traditions, making it the perfect evening activity to explore the city's vibrant gastronomic scene.

This Seville food tour is not just about tasting fantastic food and wine; it's a journey through Seville's culinary history and culture. Led by passionate local guides, you'll visit several traditional tapas bars and bistros, each with its own unique ambiance and specialties.

It’s also a fun way to different dishes, discover local spots you might not have otherwise known about, and meet other fellow foodie travellers!

Tapas tour highlights:

  • From classic tapas to modern fusion bites, the tour showcases a wide range of flavours and dishes. Expect to taste local favourites like jamón ibérico, gazpacho, and montaditos.
  • Each dish is paired with the perfect Spanish wine, enhancing the flavours and giving you a taste of Spain's rich wine culture.
  • Your guide will share fascinating stories about Seville's history, its food traditions, and the hidden gems of the city.

The tour typically lasts about 3 to 4 hours, making for an engaging and fulfilling evening. Reserve your spot on the tour in advance as these tours are popular and spaces are limited.

I've taken this tour before and can personally recommend it. You can read my review of the experience here.

Day 3 in Seville: A Charming Mix of Old and New

Casa de Pilatos OR Palacio de las Dueñas

Start your Day 3 in Seville with a glimpse into the lush life of Spanish nobility. Choose between two gorgeous palaces; Casa de Pilatos or Palacio de las Dueñas.

A visit to Casa de Pilatos, a stunning 16th-century palace that exemplifies the fusion of Mudéjar, Gothic, and Renaissance styles. This hidden gem offers tranquil courtyards, exquisite tile work, and lush gardens, providing a serene start to your day.

Discovering Casa de Pilatos:

  • The palace's main courtyard, with intricate tiling and a beautiful fountain, is a captivating sight.
  • Each room and passage reveals a blend of cultural influences, a testament to Seville's diverse history.
  • The upper floor, still in use by the Medinaceli family, is accessible through a guided tour, offering a glimpse into aristocratic life.

You can book your Casa de Pilatos tickets here.

Alternatively, explore Palacio de las Dueñas, a lesser-known but equally fascinating palace.

Built in the late 15th century, it showcases a striking combination of Renaissance and Mudéjar architecture. The palace is famous for its beautiful gardens and was the birthplace of the renowned poet Antonio Machado.

Highlights of Palacio de las Dueñas:

  • Wander through the palace’s lush gardens, filled with vibrant flowers and fragrant orange trees.
  • The interiors are adorned with tapestries, antiques, and artworks, offering insight into the lifestyle of Spanish nobility.
  • Learn about the palace's history and its connection to various prominent figures, including the Alba family.

Book your Palacio de las Dueñas tickets here.

Whether you choose the Casa de Pilatos or Palacio de las Dueñas, your morning will be an enchanting exploration of Seville's rich architectural and historical heritage. These palaces are not just beautiful structures; they are storytellers of the city's past, giving us a look into what life was like for the elite of Spanish society.

Tip: Can’t decide which palace to visit? I’ve been to both and I recommend going to Casa de Pilatos first as its architecture is impressive.

Lunch in Seville

After a morning filled with historical grandeur, it's time to indulge in Seville's culinary delights. Midday in Seville offers a chance to relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch, soaking in the atmosphere of this vibrant city.

Whether you're looking for traditional Andalucian cuisine or something a bit more modern, Seville's gastronomic scene won't disappoint.

Some restaurants to consider:

  • El Rinconcillo: Established in 1670, El Rinconcillo is Seville's oldest bar and a culinary institution. Here, you can enjoy classic tapas in an atmosphere that's rich in history. Try their espinacas con garbanzos (spinach with chickpeas) or the mouth-watering jamón ibérico.
  • La Brunilda Tapas: For a contemporary twist on traditional dishes, La Brunilda is a local favourite. Known for its creative tapas and friendly service, this spot offers a delightful dining experience. Be sure to try their bacalao (cod) or risotto dishes.
  • Eslava: Renowned for its innovative tapas and cozy ambiance, Eslava is a must-visit for food enthusiasts. Their honey ribs and slow-cooked egg on boletus cake are standout dishes that beautifully blend traditional flavours with modern culinary techniques.

Shopping and Strolling in Seville

With your culinary cravings satisfied, the afternoon is perfect for indulging in a bit of shopping and exploring Seville's lively streets. Head over to Calle Sierpes and Tetuán, two of the city's most famous shopping streets, bustling with a mix of traditional shops and modern boutiques.

These streets are home to many local artisans. Look out for shops selling handcrafted fans, flamenco dresses, and traditional ceramics – perfect for unique souvenirs. Alongside local crafts, you'll find a range of fashion boutiques offering both Spanish and international brands.

Take a break in one of the many cafés and enjoy a coffee or a sweet treat, perfect for people-watching and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere.

While Calle Sierpes and Tetuán offer a wonderful shopping experience, don't hesitate to wander off the beaten path. The surrounding alleyways and smaller streets are filled with hidden gems, from quaint bookstores to specialty food shops.

Tip: Be mindful of the siesta time, as some shops may close for a few hours in the afternoon.

Las Setas (Metropol Parasol)

There's no better way to transition into evening than by witnessing a spectacular sunset from one of Seville's most unique viewpoints. Head to Las Setas de la Encarnación, a modern architectural wonder also known as Metropol Parasol.

For a small fee, head to the top of the structure. Its winding walkways offer an unparalleled panoramic view of the city, making it an ideal spot to watch the sun dip below the horizon.

Aim to arrive about an hour before sunset for the best experience.

Even if you opt not to head to the Las Setas walkways, it’s still worth it to admire this interesting structure and take in the lively atmosphere in this area of town.

Dinner in Alameda de Hércules

After the sunset, make your way to the Alameda de Hércules, a vibrant area known for its lively atmosphere and diverse range of bars and eateries. This is the perfect place to experience Seville's nightlife and enjoy a dinner that reflects the city's culinary diversity.

Some ideas for dinner:

  • Al Aljibe is a popular spot in Alameda de Hércules, known for its Andalucian cuisine and lively ambiance.
  • Duo Tapas offers a modern twist on traditional tapas, great for those looking to explore contemporary Spanish flavours.
  • A short walk from Alameda, La Azotea offers an upscale tapas experience with a focus on high-quality, innovative dishes. Their fusion of traditional and modern flavours is a delight for the palate.

Day 4 in Seville: Day Trip

For your fourth and final day in Seville, my suggestion is to take a day trip. Below, I offer two favourite day trip options: Cordoba and Carmona. Both are lovely in their own right but if you haven’t been and don’t already have Cordoba on your Andalucia itinerary, then definitely do Cordoba!

If you prefer to stay in Seville, I suggest checking out our list of top things to do and picking out sites and activities that most appeal to you.

Option 1: Cordoba

Embark on a day trip to Cordoba, a city steeped in history and culture.

Located just a high-speed train ride away from Seville (45 minutes away), Cordoba offers a fascinating blend of Roman, Islamic, and Christian influences, evident in its architecture, streets, and atmosphere.

Visiting Cordoba is an awesome accompaniment to seeing Seville as it gives you another facet of the region’s Moorish heritage. Plus, with the high-speed train connection, getting there is fast, easy, and comfortable - perfect for a day trip!

Must-Visit Sites in Cordoba:

  • >The Mezquita: Cordoba's crown jewel, the Mezquita, is a stunning mosque-cathedral known for its forest of columns and striking red-and-white arches. A symbol of the Islamic period in Spain, it's a masterpiece of Moorish architecture with a Renaissance cathedral at its heart.
  • Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos: This fortress-palace boasts beautiful gardens and historical significance. It was once the residence of Christian monarchs and offers a glimpse into Spain's varied history.
  • Roman Bridge and Calahorra Tower: Walk across the ancient Roman Bridge, offering picturesque views of the city and the Guadalquivir River. The Calahorra Tower at the end of the bridge houses a museum dedicated to the city's history.
  • Jewish Quarter: Stroll through the narrow, winding streets of the Jewish Quarter, a charming area filled with shops, cafes, and historic sites like the ancient Synagogue.

You can absolutely see these 4 top sites on a day trip to Cordoba from Seville! For more practical details on this day trip, read our in-depth guide to spending one day in Cordoba.

For a hassle-free excursion, consider booking a day tour to Cordoba. You can find our Cordoba day tour recommendations here.

Option 2: Carmona

If you already have Cordoba on your broader Andalucia itinerary or if you’ve already visited it on a previous trip, then a day trip to Carmona from Seville is the best thing to do on your fourth day in Seville.

Located just a short drive from Seville, Carmona is a hidden gem, rich in history and brimming with charm. This ancient town, perched on a hilltop, offers stunning views, fascinating archaeological sites, and a glimpse into traditional Andalusian life.

Key sites to explore in Carmona:

  • Alcázar de la Puerta de Sevilla: This impressive fortress offers panoramic views of the surrounding plains. Its history spans from the Roman times through the Moorish period, encapsulating the diverse cultural influences of the region.
  • Roman Necropolis: Step into history at the Roman Necropolis, an extensive burial site with more than 300 tombs dating back to the 2nd century BC. It's a testament to Carmona's ancient past and significance in the Roman era.
  • Parador de Carmona: Located in a stunning 14th-century Moorish fortress, the Parador de Carmona is worth a visit for its architecture and the breathtaking views of the countryside (I think it’s one of the top paradors in Andalucia!). Even if you're not staying here, consider stopping for a coffee or lunch.
  • Church of Santa Maria: A beautiful example of religious architecture, this church showcases a mix of Gothic and Baroque styles. Its impressive façade and ornate interior are highlights for any visitor.

There is no train connection but Carmona is accessible by bus (1h 15 min) or car (30 min) from Seville. Be prepared for some walking, as Carmona's historic sites are best explored on foot.

Carmona provides a peaceful yet enriching day trip option. Its quiet streets, rich history, and stunning views offer a delightful contrast to the bustling energy of Seville. It's a journey that will leave you with a deeper appreciation of the region's history and beauty.

Learn more about charming Carmona here.

Tip: Want to see both Carmona and Cordoba in one day trip? This guided tour includes a short stop in Carmona to see the Puerta de Sevilla and the Parador before moving on to see Cordoba's key sites. It's the perfect way to tick off both places in one fun-filled day!

Getting to Seville: Practical Information

Seville offers excellent connectivity, making it easily accessible for travellers worldwide. Whether you're flying, taking a train, driving, or using bus services, reaching Seville is convenient and hassle-free.

By Air: Seville Airport (SVQ)

Located just 10 kilometres northeast of the city centre is Seville’s airport that welcomes a variety of domestic and international flights. The airport itself is quite small and only offers basic amenities.

The cheapest way to get to the city centre from the airport is the EA (Especial Aeropuerto) bus service (€4 one-way) and it takes about 35 minutes. You can also take a taxi or call an Uber to get to your hotel.

If you’re doing a road trip through Andalucia, the airport also offers rental car pick-ups.

By Train: Santa Justa Train Station

Centrally located in Seville, the Santa Justa station connects Seville to numerous other cities, serving high-speed AVE trains and regional lines.

Taking the train is my favourite way to explore Spain and Andalucia. It’s comfortable, fast, and stress-free. If you intend to get to Seville by train (especially the AVE trains), I suggest booking your train tickets in advance to get the best prices and secure the train timing you prefer. Routes to Seville can be quite popular especially during peak periods like Semana Santa and Feria de Abril.

From the Santa Justa station, there are buses that can take you to the city centre (it’s a short 15-min journey). If you have a lot of luggage or are travelling in a group, then a taxi or calling a Uber could be a better option for you.

Travel Tip: Renfe is the train company in Spain and you can buy tickets directly on their website. You can also book train tickets on Trainline which I find easier to use.

By Bus: Plaza de Armas Bus Station

Plaza de Armas, the principal bus station, offers bus connections to various Spanish cities and international destinations. Often, taking a bus to Seville is a more economical option compared to trains or flights.

The Plaza de Armas bus station is not too far from the historic centre so, depending on where your hotel is located, you may be able to walk to your accommodation. Otherwise, you can easily connect to a local bus or hop into a cab to get there.

Not yet sure what’s the best way for you to get to Seville? I like using a platform like Omio so that I can compare prices, schedules, and travel times.

Input your travel route and dates below to get started.


By Car: Convenient Road Access

Driving to Seville is easy as the city is connected to major cities via highways like the A-4 to Madrid and the A-92 to Granada and Malaga. Highways in Andalucia are well-maintained, with good signage, so it’s unlikely that you’ll get lost even without GPS.

One thing to note is that city centre parking can be challenging. The roads are often one-way and it’s tough to find parking spaces. You may want to choose a hotel or apartment that has parking access included or park slightly outside of the centre.

Travel Tip: Renting a car gives you the ultimate freedom to explore Andalucia at your own pace. Click here to compare car rental prices. (You’ll be surprised at how affordable it is in Spain!)

Getting Around Seville

Once you’re in Seville, the best way to get around is on your own two feet.

The historic centre is compact and very walkable, so be sure to pack your most comfortable walking shoes with sturdy soles (the cobblestone streets are even and can really be uncomfortable with thin-soled shoes).

Our Seville 4-day itinerary above is laid out in such a way to allow you to walk between the various areas and attractions, without having to walk from one end of the city to another all the time (I know how exhausting that can be!).

The tram system, though limited in coverage, is a convenient and quick way to travel through the city centre. The main tram line, T1, runs from the San Bernardo train station to Plaza Nueva, passing several major sights.

The bus network in Seville is extensive, covering the entire city and its outskirts. Tussam, the local bus company, operates numerous lines, making it easy to reach key attractions and neighbourhoods. Buses are frequent, usually running every 5-15 minutes, depending on the route and time of day.

Seville also has one metro line but as a visitor, you’re unlikely to need it. Consider purchasing a rechargeable Tarjeta Multiviaje card for buses and trams to save on individual fares.

Taxis in Seville are plentiful and relatively affordable. They can be hailed on the street, found at taxi stands, or booked via phone or app. Most taxis are metered, and additional charges may apply for luggage or night-time travel.

Prefer a more active way to explore?

Seville is a bike-friendly city with extensive bike lanes and a popular public bike rental service, Sevici. This service offers short-term and long-term rental options, allowing you to pick up and drop off bicycles at numerous stations throughout the city. Remember to wear a helmet when biking for your safety.

Seville in 4 Days: Where to Stay

If you’re a first-time visitor to Seville, staying in or near Seville’s historic centre is the best option as you’ll be right in the heart of the city.

Great neighbourhoods for a 4-day stay in Seville include Santa Cruz, El Arenal, and even the Alameda neighbourhood (if you don’t mind more walking).

Here are my top picks for where to stay for 3 days in Seville:

For more neighbourhood tips and recommendations, check out our full guide on where to stay in Seville.

Seville 4-Day Itinerary: Last Thoughts

That's a wrap on our four-day adventure in Seville!

We've covered a lot of ground, from the majestic Seville Cathedral to the lively streets of Triana, and hopefully, you've picked up some great tips and insights along the way. Seville is more than just its postcard-perfect spots; there’s something so enticing in the flamenco rhythms, its tapas culture, and those lazy afternoons in sun-dappled squares.

Whether you're here for the history, the food, or just to soak up the vibes, Seville never disappoints. I’ve been to the city four times and I always find something new to fall in love with.

So, when you're packing your bags and heading back home, think back on the sights, sounds, and flavours of Seville. Chances are, you'll already be planning your next visit.

Until then, buen viaje!

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Museums and Galleries in Seville