With its bright blue skies, historic architecture and love for dancing, it’s fair to say that Seville is unbeatable.
If you’ve only got 48 hours in the city then it’s definitely going to be a squeeze, but we’ve put together the ultimate guide to make sure you get the most out of your visit to Seville.
We know that a weekend can be very short if we want to fully discover a city like Seville. But don’t worry, because we’ve crammed in enough activities to ensure you’ve seen the essentials, fallen in love with the city and booked your next trip back!
Early breakfast is a must if you want to make the most of our experience in Seville. And to gather enough strength for a full day out, we’d recommend breakfast at the one and only La Cacharrería (c / Regina, 14), Here, the menu is varied, copious and healthy enough to start the day on the right foot. It’s also perfectly located: Calle Regina empties into the Plaza de la Encarnación, or Plaza de las Setas, which is exactly where we’re going to start our day.
After you’re suitably full from breakfast, stroll through the Alfalfa neighbourhood until you reach the cathedral for unparalleled views. The road reveals one of the most beautiful squares in Seville, that of the Savior, presided over by the church of the same name.
The visit to the cathedral and the Giralda are an essential next stop, so stand in line and get ready for an unprecedented view. When you’re all cultured out (at least, for now) there’s nothing better to do than walk through the Barrio de Santa Cruz and Seville’s Jewish quarter; listen to the waiter’s wisdom and have a drink in the tavern Álvaro Peregil (c / Mateos Gago, 22).
After recharging your batteries, head to the old tobacco factory, a striking building that’s become part of the University of Seville. Walk through its courtyards and embrace the studious environment within the walls of Hogwarts (as many students would say in Sevillian!)
Where to eat
Continue down San Fernando street to the legendary Hotel Alfonso XIII until you reach the Jérez door, and then travel down the Avenue of the Constitution to Sierpes. Here, you’ll find your next gastronomic stop: Lobo Lopez.
Seville in the afternoon
In the afternoon, if you can handle the heat, we recommend visiting the Alcázar Real. But if you prefer, you can arrange a night visit: the Alcazar is beautiful regardless whether the sun’s shining or not.
To round off an afternoon of photo snapping, there’s nothing better than enjoying a digestif in a terrace with the best views of Seville (without the scary price tag), at the Hotel Fontecruz Seises (c / Segovia, 6).
Where to dine
The old dog is our favorite choice for dinner – no, really: noted tapas bar Perro Viejo literally translates as ‘Old Dog’!
After dinner, take a look at the shows offered by the Flamenco Dance Museum (c / Manuel Rojas Marcos, 3). Last entry is usually at 22:15 but if that doesn’t fit your schedule, you can wander over to Casa Anselma (c / Pagés del Corro, 49) in the Triana neighborhood, where admission is free.
We know that the first 24 hours have been pretty fast-paced, and that’s going to continue once again! So it’s important that you feast upon a breakfast with multiple options, for instance at La Senora Pop. Although, if you love alfresco breakfasts, GIANT Bar has a very good variety of bread-based options with an impressive lineup of cakes.
If you’ve followed our steps so far, at this point you’re already familiar with the Alameda district. After breakfast, you can stroll down Calle Calatrava or Calle Lumbreras to reach the river. From there you can take bus C4, which will take you directly to your first destination of the day: Plaza de España.
This square was built and designed by Aníbal González for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, and is known for appearing in famous films like Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. Wander through its provinces and see the busts, shields, and medallions, and finally walk through the park of María Luisa.
The next stop is the Torre del Oro, which you’ll discover after a walk along the river. The views of Calle Betis makes for an iconic Sevillan photograph, we think you’ll find.
Where to eat
It’s now the perfect occasion to visit Blanca Paloma restaurant (c / San Jacinto, 49), back in the neighborhood of Triana. Alternatively, cross the bridge of Isabel II for plenty of other picks – we’ll let you discover all of the other options to eat in this picturesque neighbourhood.
If you want a delicious dessert (and we bet you do!), go back along San Jacinto street and head to the pastry shop in Manu Jara, where the choices are almost overwhelming.
Seville in the afternoon
Get lost in the neighborhood of Alameda, walk the streets from end to end, discover the vintage shops, second-hand bookstores or antique shops that give life to the most famous trail in the city every Thursday.
You should round off your trip to the Seville in style. As such, we consider this final step an essential one. Climb the roofs of the cathedral to see the sunset, and pretend it’s the dramatic ending to a movie for the most picturesque end to your holiday. Make sure you buy the combined ticket when you visit the cathedral on your first day to save a bit of money here, too.
Where to dine
Seville is full of dinners that’ll simultaneously surprise you and impress you, and the Nike kitchen (a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian food) is always a good choice. In Chifa (c / Barco, 2) meanwhile, you’ll end your visit to Seville with a delicious taste in your mouth.
Spending longer in Seville or just want some more recommendations on the city? Head on over to our sister site, Seville Secreta!
Still suffering from wanderlust? Check out our guides to Barcelona, Paris, and Lisbon!
Also published on Medium.