48 Hours in Seville
Seville, a beautiful city located in the South of Spain is one that I am in total awe with. Its endless Spanish tiles and stunning architecture surrounds you as you wander through the narrow streets watching the horses trot through and the locals happily waving at one another. One cafe after the next, we struggled to choose where to grab our next coffee of the day. Every single cafe and restaurant is modern, clean and serves amazing food. Though the locals didn’t speak much English; every effort was made to communicate with us and get things just right!
So, here is a little 48 hour guide to Seville, featuring LOADS of photos, things to do and the best places to eat in Seville. Enjoy!
This guide is based on a 48 hour visit to Seville in the first week of March 2019. The sun was out and shining every single day, with highs of 25℃, perfect for shorts and t-shirts. In my opinion, this is one of the best times of year to visit Seville. Even though this trip was out of peak season, the main areas of Seville were still full of tourists and the queues for the main attractions were fairly long. My recommendation if you visit Seville, is to wake up early and spend some time roaming around before all the tourists wake up, and get to the queues in time for when the attractions first open. We did this, and managed to enjoy the pretty streets, beautiful attractions and empty cafes before the tourists woke up. The only issue is; if you’re doing this on a week day, the metro is very very busy with commuters, so bear this in mind when using public transport. On the weekends however, the metro is virtually empty. There are also multiple busses around Seville every day, we tend to use Google Map routes to plan our journey – we love it because it tells us exactly where to go and at what times to expect transport. Taxis are always available in Seville, although this will cost more than using the metro or bus, so with all of these options, getting around Seville is very accessible and easy to do!
Unfortunately, whilst we were visiting Seville, we didn’t get to experience any festivals. I have read a lot about it, and they are something I’d love to experience one day; if you have experienced one yourself, tell me about it in the comments! There is said to be many festivals and events over the year so if you plan your trip around one, it would be an experience never to forget! Nevertheless, Seville is an unforgettable city anyway, and it’s charm will leave you wanting to come back again and again. Going during late February and early March, as we did, is the best time to see the oranges blossom and almost every street lit up in colour. These oranges look amazing and are a signature mark of Seville, they are used to make wine, sweets and the marmalade we all love. The oranges were originally brought over to Spain by the Moors in the 10th century, and ever since have been popular, with a count of over 30,000 orange trees in the city.
Things To Do
Seville has plenty of things to do to keep you occupied. There are beautiful sites to visit for a very small price. In comparison to other European cities, (London, Rome, Milan, Paris etc.), Seville was very reasonably priced and you were always guaranteed very good value for money. Admissions to attractions were the cheapest we have ever paid, most places ranging from €2 – €12 per adult, with tickets usually slightly cheaper for children. There are also lots free things to do in Seville, which makes the city accessible to everyone.
Las Setas De Sevilla
One of my favourite attractions in Seville is Las Setas De Sevilla; also known as the giant mushroom of Seville. Las Setas is a huge wooden structure which stands about 26 meters high, with two concrete columns with lifts that allow you to get to the top of the structure and enjoy an amazing view of Seville. On one of the levels (around 22 meters high) there is a tapas restaurant so you can enjoy a lovely meal in this structure, or hire the space out for an event. The view from the top is amazing, and the walkway went all around the structure, allowing you to move around and not be squashed with all the other tourists. Admission to Las Setas is only €3 each which is the cheapest ticket price I have ever paid for anything! If you are born in Seville or a resident in Seville, admission is free of charge. It opens everyday from 10:00 until very late 22:30/23:00 so I’d recommend getting there for opening time, or waiting until the crowds have died down.
Cathedral, Giralda Tower and Real Alcazar
Another amazing place I’d recommend when visiting Seville is the Giralda and Cathedral which is absolutely beautiful. The Cathedral is beautiful and the details are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The interior is full of beautiful paintings and there is a magical feel to the atmosphere and high ceilings. It is the largest gothic Cathedral in the world; it was originally a mosque built in 1184-1198 but then went under reconstruction and was converted to a Cathedral in 1248. During the reconstruction; two parts of the mosque were kept preserved which was the Moor entrance and the Giralda Tower also known as the Bell Tower. You can actually walk up to the top of the Bell Tower and experience an amazing view over Seville and see all the details of the amazing Cathedral which is just stunning. Right next to the Cathedral and Giralda Tower is the Real Alcazar; which we didn’t have time to visit. Again, I’d highly recommend getting there for opening time which is 09:30am, as the queues for entry build up very quickly.
Plaza De Espana
One of my favourite things we did whilst in Spain was visiting Plaza De Espana; which was definitely worth waking up early for a visit before it gets busy. Just be prepared for lots of university students commuting on your way though, if you’re going on a weekday. The canal that runs through the Plaza is 515 meters long and you can experience it by boat in the sunshine – bliss! It’s amazing features like the bridge, towers and arches are designed beautifully and give you such a Spanish feel. The colours are stunning and makes a perfect photo backdrop.
What to Eat
Seville is absolutely filled with tapas restaurants, cute cafes and fine dining. We enjoyed so many meals and drinks out in the sunshine and everywhere you go is clean, well-presented and delicious. My go-to drink during the whole trip was Sangria and I literally couldn’t get enough; it was the perfect mix of wine, and fruits and was fairly cheap to drink in comparison to drinking in most European Cities. Of course, we also had about 100 coffees a day seeing as there are so many beautiful cafes. Looking back, considering we were only in Seville for 48 hours, we ate out A LOT! At any given cafe or restaurant that serves breakfast, you can expect toast and/or churros for breakfast! Many places also serve donuts and a range of fresh pastries in the morning. Coffees in Seville are sooooo good and cheap compared to many European city prices. Toast for breakfast often comes with options for jam, eggs and ham.
There are so many tapas restaurants to try during your visit too, so you can order a range of small dishes and share with your family/ friends! Of course when in Spain you HAVE to try paella which usually comes with seafood; however there are many other choices such a chicken, chorizo or vegetarian.
Here is a list of some places we visited to eat/drink:
-Genova (near the Cathedral)
-Giolattio Ice Cream (near Puente de Triana Bridge)
-Baco (Andalusian restaurant near Las Setas)
-Algrano (cafe near Las Setas)
-La Tagliatella (Italian restaurant near Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium)
-La Bartola (Tapas restaurant in the Centre)
As always, love Elise x