Seville is Spain’s fourth-largest city and is the capital of the Andalusia. A quick 2.5 hour AVE train from Madrid, it’s the perfect place for a two day excursion. The ambience of Seville is unmatched, with flamenco shows, impressive sights, tapas, and evening vibes, it was hands down my favorite place we visited in Spain. You must add Seville to your bucket list! If you only have 2 days in Seville like we did, I have created this guide to help you make the most of your trip!
A Complete Guide to 2 Days In Seville
Getting To Seville
We spent a day in Madrid before catching a high speed AVE train down to Seville. We used the app Loco2 to book our train ticket from the Atocha station to Seville Santa Justa. I highly suggest the high speed rail! The scenery is beautiful and we arrived after just 2.5 hours. Our tickets were a little expensive- 2 standard class tickets were $129.50, but worth it for the short trip! I recommend booking your ticket at least a couple weeks in advance to avoid last minute overbooking.
If you are looking to save some money, there are also buses that can transfer you. This takes appx six hours depending on your route. You can book online at Secorbus or book in person at the Mendez Alvar bus station in Madrid.
What Not To Miss In Seville
The Real Alcazar
If you have seen Game of Thrones, you may recognize this stunning palace as the city of Dorne! I am the biggest GOT fan so this was the top priority on our visit to Seville! Dripping in Moorish detail and luxury, we spent approximately two hours here. Shane spent a lot of time taking photos, and I loved relaxing on the benches in the gardens. If I could do it again I would have done a guided tour to learn more about the Moorish history!
I enjoyed the Alcazar much more than the Alhambra in Granada because it was much calmer and had less tourists. The ceilings were filled with stunning leaves, flowers and stars – this is because Islamic art never actually depicts animals or people!
Tickets are 9.5 Euros, which you can purchase here. We visited around noon on a Monday and waited in line in the heat for about 30 minutes. If you arrive earlier in the morning you will have less of a queue.
Catedral de Sevilla (the Cathedral)
The cathedral is GORGEOUS and is the largest gothic cathedral in the world as well as the third largest church in the world. In addition, Christopher Columbus is said to be buried here! If you’re looking for a fantastic view of the city, be sure to climb the Giralda Tower, located inside of the Cathedral to the left. You can buy tickets for both the Cathedral and Giralda tower for 9 euros – hint hint it’s FREE on Sundays!
Plaza de España
This is where the Spanish-speaking countries of the world help an international fair in 1929. For a whole year they enjoyed a “mutual-admiration-fiesta.” We got here right as the sun was setting, and were blown away! There is a cute little canal running through the plaza where you can row your own boat. It was nice to just relax at the plaza after being on our feet all day.
Maria Luisa Park
This park stretches along the Guadalquivir River. It was filled with tons of exotic trees and cute little ducks! It wasn’t anything spectacular, but if you are already near Plaza De Españayou might as well continue further south to check it out!
Catch The Sunset At Metropol Parasol
Shane and I decided to rent bikes on our second night in Seville and rode them to “the Mushroom” to catch the sunset! Tickets are 3 euros and you take an elevator up to the top! We were a little confused when we first arrived because we had no idea how to get upstairs, but you just take go to the basement next to the Antiquarium. We did have to wait in line for about 10 minutes to get our tickets, so make sure you arrive ahead of time so as not to miss the sunset!
Explore the Barrio Santa Cruz
I absolutely loved wandering through this old Jewish Quarter for its beautiful balconies and allies. Grab some afternoon coffee and admire the orange trees and people watch! The best time to wander the Barrio is the early evening, when tour groups are all gone.
Catch the views from Hotel Dona Maria
Although the service was terrible and the drinks were pricey, this was spot is worth it for the views!
A Guide to Eating Tapas In Seville
One of the things I most looked forward to before my trip to Spain was heading down south to Seville for the tapas! Seville had the best tapas scene of any city in Southern Spain, and I highly suggest doing a tapas tour! We lost track of time and completely missed our tour, but I recommend booking with Devour Tours! They take you off the beaten path with a local and you get to hear fascinating stories and traditions.
The oldest tavern in Spain! This was my favorite place for tapas!
Not pictured but a must try: Tortilla de Patatas (Sevillian omelette)
Bola Ice Cream
This is the neighborhood favorite! Made with fresh, natural, innovative ingredients, this was my go to stop after spending a couple hours at the Alcazar. I was so happy for my ice cream I didn’t take any pictures!
BONUS: Free Flamenco
Shane and I didn’t catch a flamenco show in Seville BUT if you visit visit La Carbonería, you can catch a FREE one if you purchase a drink!
Where To Stay In Seville
We stayed at Hotel Alcantara because it was centrally located, had A/C, and was cheaper than most other options! This hotel also has a nightly La Casa del Flamenco show next door, which we did not attend.
Hotel Casa 1800
If you’re looking for more elegance, Hotel Casa 1800 is worth the extra euros. Located dead center in the Barrio Santa Cruz, this hotel hosts a daily free afternoon tea, a rooftop terrace, swimming pool, and amazing view of the Cathedral.
El Rey Moro
This hotel has a large, colored patio, you get a free welcome drink, loaner bikes, and has a private rooftop whirlpool bath. You can also get free breakfast if you reserve on their website. www.elreymoro.com
If you have more time in Seville, here is a list of places to see and things to do:
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