So you’ve got one day to see Seville. Okay! While it won’t be enough time to do it all (and trust us, you’ll want to stay longer), it is possible to get a thorough taste for city life even with a short visit. To help you make the most of your day, here’s our guide to your ultimate 24 hours in Seville.
As the sun rises over Andalusia, Sevillian cafés start their daily routine, opening up to blurry-eyed clients. Among the first places to open is El Comercio (Calle Lineros 9), any breakfast enthusiast’s favourite, ever since their first churro was dipped in oil in 1904. Fill your belly with delicious hot chocolate and crispy dough, as you’ll need plenty of energy today. If caloric content concerns you, ask for a typical Andalusian breakfast: a delicious sandwich with cured ham, fresh tomato paste, and olive oil, accompanied by a cup of coffee and a fresh orange juice. Aaaah… Always hits the spot!
Time to head to Seville’s enchanting royal palace, the Alcazar in Plaza del Triunfo. Combining Muslim and early Christian architecture, this gem will keep you exploring for about three hours. But beware, the exotic gardens, ponds with colourful fish, and exuberant Moorish soul may make everything else look shabby in the future. Because, let’s face it, if the Game of Thrones crew decided to plant a part of their world here, then there must be something special about this place!
After that, stop by El Salvador, the second largest church in the city. You can grab a cold beer right by the gate and drink it on foot while snacking and mingling, or you can visit the church itself. Don’t let the high price of the ticket scare you (EUR 9 at the time of writing this article), as it includes the visit to the cathedral as well. Buying here will save you the trouble of queuing in the sun at the cathedral’s main entrance. Just make sure you visit them both on the same day.
It’s lunchtime in most of the northern hemisphere, and although Sevillians like doing things later than anyone else, the bar/restaurant Mamarracha (Hernando Colón 1 and 3) opens right on time for a normal European lunch. Stop by on your way to the cathedral and taste some of the best fusion tapas in the city. Don’t expect the usual 300-item menu; the list of offerings is quite compact, but everything is delicious. Tip: If Mamarracha is closed, cross the road and go to Ovejas Negras (Hernando Colón 8) — similar style and also very good!
Unless it’s Monday, this would be a great time to head to the cathedral (with your pre-bought ticket) and enjoy its beauty during the hours of siesta. There shouldn’t be too many people around, and you’ll have the world’s third-largest church almost entirely to yourself. See one of the greatest altarpieces of the Christian world inside, and climb the cathedral’s Giralda tower — the tallest structure in the city centre. Tip: If it’s Monday (the cathedral closes at 3:30pm on Mondays), you can visit the cathedral at 11am and the Alcazar at 3pm.
From there, head back to your hotel for a bit of a break. Have a cold drink and rest your feet for a while — because it’s time to dress up for the night!
This is a good time to explore the Spanish Square (Plaza de España). Thousands of hand-crafted tiles and decorative elements shine as bright as they did in 1929, when this massive building welcomed the Ibero-American Exposition. Make sure you have a camera with you to capture many of the Planet Naboo’s details (yes, this was the Planet Naboo from Star Wars).
While the beauty might be distracting, don’t forget to listen to your belly’s needs! With so much to look at, you may not realise that you’re starving! So set sails for San Jacinto, Triana’s bustling main street. Here, in the old Gypsy quarter that never sleeps, you’ll find plenty of cheap and attractive eateries of all kinds. From Italian pizza to deep-fried birds, Triana has it all. Those in search of curious and experimental delicacies should check out Mercado de Triana, right by Triana’s bridge. Several minutes along San Jacinto, you’ll find another street, Pages del Corro, featuring two very popular bar/restaurants: Blanca Paloma (Pagés del Corro 86) and Las Golondrinas (Pages del Corro 76).
Fancy a flamenco show? If you aren’t afraid of crowds, Casa Anselma bar (Pagés del Corro 49) might prove to be the best catch for you. The problem is, you never know what can happen there with the rowdy crowd — but that’s exactly what flamenco is admired for, pure spontaneity! Tip: Be sure to order a drink or two, otherwise, the Anselma crowd might scold you (not kidding).