Looking for a one day Seville itinerary? In this curated article, I’ve listed the best things to do in Seville in 24 hours.
Seville is one of the most charming cities in Spain. In just one day, you can experience Game of Thrones and Star Wars film locations, the largest cathedral in Spain, and savour delicious tapas.
Obviously, one day in Seville isn’t enough to see everything the city has to offer. It is the fourth-largest city in Spain after all. This one day Seville itinerary is great for first-time visitors, though, because it gives you a list of the must-see sights.
Let’s get to it!
💃🏽 Do you have more time in Seville? Check out how to spend 2 days in Seville.
One day Seville itinerary
Even if one day is a short visit, you’ll still have time to experience the rich culture, taste the local cuisine and have a good time in one of the world’s great cities.
Visiting Seville in 1 day gives you time to explore the top attractions:
💃🏽 One day Seville itinerary:
- Alcazar Royal Palace
- Seville Cathedral
- Metropol Parasol
- Torre del Oro
- Santa Cruz neighbourhood
- Plaza de Espana
- Triana market and neighbourhood
Where to stay in Seville
Spending the night in Seville? It’s a very hot city during the summer, so you’ll want a hotel with air conditioning and swimming pool. Also, I recommend staying in the old town because it’s in walking distance of most major sights.
Hotel Bécquer (⭐ 8.9) comes with a lovely pool, view and location. The hotel is located in the old town, the heart of Seville and has nice rooms. Click here to get the latest prices.
Map of Seville
Below is a map of Seville with the tourist attractions in this post. I’ve numbered them in the same order as they appear here. Simply start by clicking number 1 to see the attraction.
Click the + and – in the corner to zoom in or out.
When to visit Seville
Seville is the hottest city in Spain. In fact, it’s the warmest city in Continental Europe with summer average high temperatures of 35 °C (95 °F).
So if you can, avoid visiting in July and August, which are the hottest months.
The best time to visit Seville is from April to June and between September and October. Here’s a quick overview of the weather in Seville:
- Hottest month: July (35 degrees Celsius)
- Coldest month: January (11 degrees Celsius)
- Wettest month: November / December
- Windiest month: February
How to get around Seville in one day
The best way to get around Seville is to walk. Although Seville is the largest city in Andalusia and 4th largest in Spain, you can still walk across the city centre in 45 minutes. You can also take the tram, metro or buses around town.
🚌 Save time & hop on a sightseeing bus
The Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour in Seville is a great way to save time getting around. You’ll get a 24-hour ticket to the open-top double-decker bus that includes audio commentary, free entrees to several sights and complimentary soft drinks.
Simply hop on and off as you wish at any of the 14 stops around Seville.
One day Seville guide
💃🏽 Things to do in Seville in 1 day
Your 1 day Seville itinerary includes the best things to do in Seville. You’ll be walking a lot (unless you take the hop on hop off bus), so I recommend wearing comfortable shoes or sneakers. Also, make sure to start early so you have time to see it all.
1. Alcazar palace
Begin your day at the most important landmark in Seville: The Alcazar.
The Real Alcázar was the highlight of my trip to Seville. It’s both a UNESCO World Heritage site and the film location for Game of Thrones and trust me: it’s easy to see why!
Alcazar is incredibly beautiful and you feel like you’re in a different world. You know, like Dorne.
The palace dates back to 913 when it was under Moorish control, so you’ll find artistic styles such as ceramic tiles, gold ceilings, and charming colonnaded patios from the Arabic period all the way to the Renaissance and Baroque.
- Opening hours: 9.30-6pm (until 7pm in summer)
- Entrance fee: €13.50
- Guided tour with Viator (1.15 hour)
2. Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower
Walk just two minutes from the Royal Alcázar and you’ll reach the Cathedral of Seville: a UNESCO World Heritage Site designated in 1987.
Seville Cathedral is the third largest cathedral in the world and the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, plus, it is also the final resting place of no other than the adventurous Christopher Columbus! So, this is a top attraction in Seville you shouldn’t miss!
Make sure to also visit La Giralda, the bell tower of the cathedral. When you reach the top, you’re rewarded with panoramic views of Seville from all angles.
Exploring the cathedral and La Giralda is one of the best things to do in Seville in a day!
- Entrance fee: 9 EUR (includes the cathedral)
- Small guided tour of Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower: Book here.
- Opening hours: 9.30-3.30 pm. On Sundays: 2.30-6 pm. Check current hours here.
3. Metropol Parasol (las Setas)
The Metropol Parasol is a large wooden structure designed by Jurgen Mayer, a notable German architect. It looks like mushrooms so in Spanish it’s called “Las Setas”, meaning “the mushrooms”.
You can take the elevator to the upper for panoramic views of Seville.
This attraction is definitely worth a visit, and there are some fun photo ops both from below and from the top level.
- Entrance fee: daytime € 5 and evening € 10 (free to watch from the outside of course)
- Opening hours: 9.30 am to midnight
4. Torre del Oro
Next up is Torre del Oro, a 13th-century military watchtower located on the banks of the Guadalquivir river in Seville. Its name, which means “Golden Tower,” comes from the golden reflections that the tower used to cast on the river.
The tower was part of the city’s defensive walls and was built during the Almohad period. Nowadays, the tower houses the Naval Museum of Seville, which showcases the city’s rich maritime history.
Torre del Oro is a must for history buffs and anyone interested in learning about Seville’s past.
- Entrance fee: 3 EUR (free on Mondays)
- Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 09:30 – 18:45 / Weekends: 10:30 – 18:45
5. Santa Cruz neighbourhood
One of the best things to do in Seville is to simply walk around town. My favourite neighborhood was Santa Cruz district, which is in the historic centre where Alcazar is located.
Barrio Santa Cruz is Seville’s historic Jewish Quarter, and it’s a maze of narrow streets and alleyways that date back to medieval times.
After Ferdinand III conquered Sevilla, the Jewish population was confined to this quarter, until they were forced out of Spain in 1492. Over the following centuries, the area fell into disrepair, but was later restored in the 1900s. Now, it’s a beautiful and vibrant neighbourhood.
Make sure to spend some time walking the narrow streets, so you can admire the coloured houses, old churches, and charming squares with statues and fountains.
6. Plaza de Espana
Another must-see destination in Seville is the Plaza de España, which lies in the Maria Luisa park!
With its beautiful brick, stone and tile work and unique blend of Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival architecture, it should top your list of the best things to do in Seville. Plaza de Espana was constructed in 1928 and has the size of five football pitches, so you can easily spend an hour wandering around the place and taking a boat ride!
Another reason to visit is Star Wars.
Remember Attack of the Clones? The scene where Anakin Skywalker and Padmé (and R2-D2) take a walk on Naboo was shot here.
- Opening hours: Always open
- Free entry
7. Eat tapas
You’ll have the best tapas in Seville. Trust me. Tapas bars are everywhere – classic and modern, cheap and delicious. You can eat tapas all day long if you want, and these are some of the best places to do just that:
- La Eslava has the best tapas in Seville – try the juicy pork cheeks or the truffle cake! You guys know how I feel about truffles ♥
- La Brunilda is another great tapas bar with classic dishes at very budget-friendly prices.
8. Experience a Flamenco show
A flamenco show and tapas crawl are must-dos when you plan your one day in Seville. You can combine the two by taking an organised tour (⭐ 5/5).
Seville is where flamenco was born, so make sure to attend a show where you can discover Spanish culture up close. The dance, the hand-clapping, the plaintive music all make flamenco an exhilarating experience.
Do you have more than 1 day in Seville?
If you have more than one day in this amazing city, check out my 2 days in Seville itinerary, which gives you enough time to see all the best places in Seville.
Two days is the perfect amount of time to spend in Seville, and you’ll have time to experience the highlights, the culture and the amazing tapas!
If you’d like to experience more of South Spain (and you totally should), make sure to check out my 7-days Andalucia road trip post.
🙋♀️ Seville one day FAQ
What is Seville best known for?
Seville is famous for its beautiful cathedral, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, as well as the Alcázar of Seville, the royal palace featuring as Dorne in Game of Thrones.
The city of Seville is also known for its flamenco dancing, which is believed to have originated in the city, and is a symbol of Spanish culture.
Other notable attractions in Seville include the Plaza de España, the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, and the Metropol Parasol, a large wooden structure that looks like mushrooms and offers great views of the city.
Is Seville worth visiting?
Yes, absolutely! Seville is worth visiting for its rich history, beautiful architecture, vibrant culture, and great food.
Whether you’re interested in history, art, or simply love tapas, Seville is the perfect destination. Some of the must-visit attractions in Seville include the stunning Gothic cathedral, the royal Alcazar of Seville, and the beautiful Plaza de España.
And, of course, no visit to Seville would be complete without experiencing the lively flamenco culture and trying the delicious tapas.
Is 1 day enough for Seville?
Yes, you can see most of Seville’s main attractions in just one day, but I would recommend staying for 2-3 days to really experience all that the city has to offer. There’s a lot to see and do here.
If you only have one day in Seville, you can still visit some of the city’s most famous landmarks such as the Alcázar, the Cathedral, and the Plaza de España, as well as explore some of the charming neighborhoods like Santa Cruz. You should also try some of the delicious local cuisine and experience the lively flamenco culture.
Is Seville or Granada better?
That’s a tough one! Seville and Granada are both beautiful cities with unique attractions, so it really depends on what you are looking for in your travel experience.
Seville is known for its stunning architecture, rich history, and lively atmosphere. Its landmarks such as the Gothic cathedral, the Alcázar, and the Plaza de España, are world-renowned.
On the other hand, Granada is famous for its Moorish heritage, including the stunning Alhambra palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city also has a rich history, beautiful architecture, and a charming old town with narrow streets and cozy squares.
🍊If you’re interested in exploring the rich Moorish heritage of Spain, experience the mountains and want to see the famous Alhambra Palace, Granada might be the better choice.
💃🏻 If you’re looking for a vibrant city with a lively atmosphere and stunning architecture, alongside history and traditions, Seville might be the place to go.
How much time do you need in Seville?
Ideally, plan to spend at least 2-3 days in Seville to fully experience and enjoy the city. However, if you have limited time, you can still see some of the main attractions in a day or two, but keep in mind that you won’t be able to fully enjoy everything that the city has to offer.
Is Seville a walkable city?
Yes, Seville is a walkable city with a well-developed network of pedestrian streets and plazas, making it easy to explore the city on foot. It only takes 45 minutes to walk from one end of the city centre to the other.
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