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Seville. A unique and colorful city in the south of Spain, it is utterly captivating, with its diverse, breathtaking architecture, Mediterranean weather, and vibrant atmosphere. As corny as it sounds, Seville has great vibes, and there’s no better way to experience these good vibrations than through a Seville walking tour.
But maybe I’m a bit biased, because I love to explore new cities on foot. Walking around cities on your own gives you the ultimate freedom to go wherever you want to go. It also gives you the opportunity to find hidden gems, and save money on transportation; so, it’s great for budget travelers!
And Seville truly is an amazing city to explore on foot. There are so many things to see in Seville, and they are all within easy walking distance of each other. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to wander around the streets and observe the Moorish and Gothic architecture, all the while absorbing the vibrancy of this beautiful city.
So today, I am going to outline the ultimate self-guided Seville walking tour, so you can wander around the lively streets yourself, while visiting Seville’s top sights. Enjoy!
The Ultimate Self-Guided Seville Walking Tour
Before we get started on this self-guided Seville walking tour, I just wanted to add that you can edit your own walking tour however you want! You can start in Maria Luisa Park like I do, or you can go backwards, or you can just pick and choose which attractions you want to stop by. The best thing about walking around a new destination is that you have complete and utter freedom 🙂
Maria Luisa Park
First, let’s start in Maria Luisa Park, or the Parque de María Luisa. A gorgeous park close to the Guadalquivir river, it is filled with lush, green trees, tiled benches, and delightful fountains.
I definitely recommend wandering around this park, and basking in the nature and enchanting architecture. And I’m not only saying this because I adore strolling through parks; the charming Parque Maria Luisa is a Seville must see!
- Cost: Free
- Hours: Open everyday, 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
- Website: https://www.marialuisapark.com/
Plaza de España
Next on our walking tour of Seville, head towards the Plaza de España. One of the biggest tourist attractions in Seville, it is well-known for being a Star Wars Episode II filming location.
But it offers a lot more than a Star Wars throwback. While some see the Plaza de España as a bit over-the-top, it is nevertheless a great place to take fabulous pictures, and to people watch!
Built for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo, the plaza is definitely lavish, with a total area of 50,000 square meters. The plaza is also commonly referred to as “the Venice of Seville”, as you are able to take boat rides around the canal (for a fee).
Overall, whether you walk away thinking it’s marvelous or ostentatious, visiting the Plaza de España is a must do in Seville.
- Cost: Free
- Hours: Open all day
- Website: https://www.visitasevilla.es/en/history/plaza-de-espana
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Now, head over to the Real Alcazar de Sevilla. Even if you only had one day in Seville, I would still recommend checking this place out; if you love architecture, history, or pop culture, you’ll absolutely love visiting the Alcazar de Seville!
A Seville castle, the Royal Alcázar of Seville is one of the world’s oldest palaces still in use, and combines a plethora of different cultural and stylistic influences, including Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance, and Romanesque design.
The architecture is truly outstanding, and additionally, (for all the history enthusiasts), this palace is ancient, dating back to the 8th century. And it’s a Game of Thrones filming location!
So, if you’re wondering what to see in Seville, Spain, the Alcazar is definitely it.
- Cost: €11.50
- Hours: From September 15 to March 31: Everyday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. From April 1 to September 14: Everyday from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm.
- Website: https://realalcazarsevilla.sacatuentrada.es/en
Torre del Oro
Next, we’ll head over to La Torre del Oro, or the Golden Tower Seville. Housed next to the Guadalquivir river, this 36-meter high defensive tower dates back to the 13th century. It is definitely worth checking out, as you get to admire the surrounding views while learning more about Seville’s history!
- Cost: €3
- Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30 am to 6:45 pm. Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 am to 6:45 pm.
- Website: https://www.visitasevilla.es/en/monuments-and-culture/torre-del-oro
Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla
Walking along the Guadalquivir river, head over to La Maestranza de Sevilla. This portion of the Seville walking tour is one of my favorites, as the stroll along the river is super serene and picturesque; so, I definitely recommend taking your time!
La Maestranza Sevilla is Seville’s bullring, and is considered one of the most important bullrings in Spain. Built in 1733, it is the first bullring to have an oval shape.
Now, I am in no way endorsing bullfighting. However, visiting the Maestranza bullring teaches you about its history and influence in Spain.
However, if you still don’t feel comfortable touring it, it is still a delightful building to admire from the outside, and a worthwhile stop on your Sevilla tour.
- Cost: €7
- Hours: From November 1 to March 31: Everyday from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm. From April 1 to October 31: Everyday from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm.
- Website: https://visitasevilla.es/en/more-see/sede-real-maestranza-caballeria
General Archive of the Indies
The next stop on our walking tour of Seville is the General Archive of the Indies, or the Archivo General de Indias.
Dating back to the 18th century, the General Archive of the Indies houses the archive of documentation of the Council of the Indies, which was the governing body of Spain’s former empire in the Americas and the Philippines.
This makes this stop an absolute must for all history-lovers. But, if you’re in a rush or not too interested, I still recommend admiring the exterior architecture of this beautiful building.
- Cost: Free
- Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Sunday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Website: https://www.visitasevilla.es/en/museum-fine-arts-and-other-places/archive-indies
Seville Cathedral and the Giralda Tower
Next stop is another must for anyone city sightseeing Seville: the Catedral de Sevilla and La Giralda.
If you want to see the best Seville church, you have to visit the Seville Cathedral (not the same thing, I know… but the point remains the same). The Seville Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the world, and is absolutely breathtaking.
Built in the 15th century over a 12th century mosque, the Seville Cathedral still contains some Muslim influences. For instance, the Giralda Tower was initially used for the call to prayer. Renovations over the years have added even more influences, including Renaissance, Baroque, and Neo-gothic styles.
Overall, I definitely recommend visiting the Cathedral and the Giralda Tower Seville. I also suggest climbing the Giralda Tower, as you’ll get some incredible panoramic views of Seville!
- Cost: €10 for both the Seville Cathedral and the Giralda Tower
- Hours: For the ticket booth: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:45 am to 4:45 pm
- Website for the Cathedral: https://www.catedraldesevilla.es/cultural-visit2/
- Website for the Giralda Tower: https://visitasevilla.es/en/monuments-and-culture/giralda
Barrio Santa Cruz
Next on our walking tour of Seville, I suggest wandering around the Barrio Santa Cruz (or the Santa Cruz District). This is the best area to stay in Seville, as it is the center for food, drinks, and shopping!
I totally recommend spending some time perusing this charming neighborhood. With lovely Seville architecture and some of the best shops in Seville, it is easy to explore. Take your time, have a bite to eat, then continue on to our next destination: the Casa de Pilatos.
Casa de Pilatos
Another Seville palace, the Casa de los Pilatos Seville is not actually a royal palace, but a civil palace. This is another destination perfect for admiring Seville’s architecture, with its combination of Italian Renaissance and Spanish Mudéjar style.
If you have the time (and the money), I suggest checking out the gardens and admiring the ceramic tiles inside the Casa de Pilatos Seville. If not, it’s still worth walking by on your way over to our next destination!
- Cost: Full tour: €10. Ground floor: €8.
- Hours: Winter: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Summer: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
- Website: https://www.visitasevilla.es/en/monuments-and-culture/casa-pilatos
Finally, the last destination on our Seville walking tour is the Metropol Parasol, or Las Setas de Sevilla. Known as the Seville mushroom, this structure showcases some of Seville’s more modern architecture.
It’s really cool (and free) to look up at, but I also recommend going onto the balcony for €3, to get some breathtaking, aerial views of Seville.
- Cost: Viewpoint: €3
- Hours: Viewpoint: Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 am to 10:30 pm. Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.
- Website: https://www.visitasevilla.es/en/more-see/las-setas
Other Things to Do in Seville
So, we’re officially done with the my recommended walking tour of Seville! However, there are so many other incredible things to do in Seville that I could not include in this itinerary. So, as a special shout out to these spectacular destinations, here are some other things to do in Seville:
- Murallas de Sevilla: I.e., the Walls of Seville. While I didn’t include the Murallas de Sevilla in my walking guide, as it’s a bit far away from the rest of the sights, it is without a doubt a must see for Seville. As the ancient, defensive walls surrounding the Old Town of Seville, it cannot be missed!
- Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla: I.e., the Seville Museum of Fine Arts. If you love art like me, then this museum should definitely be on your list of things to do; with marvelous Spanish art dating back to the medieval period, you can spend hours perusing this gallery!
- Archaeological Museum of Seville: Or the Museo Arqueológico de Sevilla. With incredible Roman, medieval, and Islamic artifacts, this museum is perfect for those fascinated by history!
- Triana District of Seville: If you love the colors and vibrancy of Seville, then I definitely suggest checking out the Triana District of Seville! On the other side of the Guadalquivir river, it’s an enchanting area with marvelous photography spots.
- Flamenco Show: Finally, a trip to Spain would be incomplete without Flamenco. While some of these shows can be overly-catered towards tourists, there are some amazing Flamenco shows in Seville, and it’s a great way to enjoy some Spanish culture and music!
Seville is an incredibly vibrant city with phenomenal architecture and a vast history. I hope this self-guided walking tour of Seville allows you to navigate Seville’s streets the best way possible: on foot!
But, if you’re simply wondering what to see in Seville with no intention of walking to each destination, then I hope this guide still helps you find the coolest places to check out. Whether you’re spending a weekend in Seville, or 3 days in Seville, its atmosphere and energy will enthrall you!
Thanks for reading the article! If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below, and if you want to see more travel and hike-related content, make sure to check out my other articles.
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