How to Spend 1 Day in Seville
Seville, Andalucia’s largest city, entices with its baroque churches, whitewashed villas, Mudéjar palaces, and intimate flamenco clubs. It’s a city that makes you want to linger, but even the most time-limited travelers can experience Seville’s highlights in as little as a single day. Here’s how to make the most of your 24 hours.
Morning: Seville Highlights
Start your morning with a guided exploration of Seville’s must-see sites, including Plaza de España, Santa Cruz Quarter, and Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede), the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Explore the medieval streets by bicycle, on foot, or if you prefer traveling independently, aboard a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose a tour with skip-the-line access to Alcázar of Seville to maximize your limited time. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its fountain-filled gardens.
Afternoon: River Cruise
After lunch, board a boat for a relaxing cruise down the Guadalquivir River, one of the longest in Spain. Options range from a budget-friendly sightseeing boat with commentary on the rich history of the city to an afternoon on a luxury yacht complete with Iberian snacks and sherry wine. No matter the boat, you’ll be able to see the Santa Maria de las Cuevas Monastery (La Cartuja), the pavilions of Expo 92, and the Old Bridge from the decks.
No trip to Seville is complete without a night of flamenco, and there are plenty of places to enjoy this traditional fiery art form that combines dancing, singing, and Spanish guitar. Enjoy a performance a la carte, or combine it with a traditional tapas dinner (many tablaos double as restaurants) or a flamenco lesson from your own private instructor.