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 29 Jan 2024 | Seville | Cities | Login to add to YOUR Favourites or Read LaterThis article has been visited 55 times
Royal Alcazar of Seville
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!
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.
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!
Sevilel 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
Plaza de Espana
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Check out our other articles on Seville to help plan your visit:
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