Wondering how to spend 3 days in Seville, Spain? This Seville itinerary and guide will detail what to see and what order to do it in as well as tips on the best restaurants and places to stay.
Seville is honestly one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s one of those places that brings a feeling of excitement and contentment the moment I arrive. The mix of cultures, friendliness of the locals, walkability, mouthwatering tapas and sangria, and affordability make Seville a gem.
Most people would say you can see Seville in 2 days. I strongly suggest spending no less than 3 days in Seville, Spain. I could easily spend weeks in this city and still not want to leave…perhaps I should consider moving here. Below you will find my full detailed Seville itinerary listing top sights and attractions and how to best map out your time.
Seville is Spain’s fourth largest city and thrums with character and soul. Much of the city center’s main boulevards are pedestrianized, making it very walkable. Out of all the cities in Spain, this is where I would bake in extra time to linger and revisit your favorite spots.
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3 DAYS IN SEVILLE – A detailed Seville itinerary and guide
SEVILLE ITINERARY - DAY 1
- Bike tour or walking tour - One of my favorite ways to get the lay of the land is to do a bike tour. Seville is perfect for biking as the traffic is not a problem and the sights are close enough together that you’ll get to see pretty much everything. We did this 3 hour bike tour and loved it. If you aren’t comfortable on a bike go for a walking tour. Seville has so much history there are many walking tours to choose from. I highly recommend this 2 hour tour. Joining a walking or bike tour is the perfect way to start your 3 days in Seville in order to get acquainted with the city.
- Lunch at Mercado Lonja del Barranco - After your tour, visit the recently renovated gourmet food hall. What used to be an old fish market is now a glamorous lunch and dinner spot for locals and tourists. There is a large patio in the front and on the side if the weather is nice. You will find regional cuisine like paella and croquettes as well as sushi and gelato. Take a stroll along the river and make your way back to the center to get to the Catedral de Sevilla.
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- Cathedral and Giralda Bell Tower - The 3rd largest church in Europe and home to the tomb of Christopher Columbus. It’s a wonder to behold from the outside and one of the highlights of Spain. Get tickets in advance to save yourself some time waiting in line. Do a self-guided walking tour or pick up an audio guide. We used Rick Steve’s self-guided tour. There are plenty of paid tours to choose from if you want an in-depth look at the Cathedral and its history. Seville Walking Tours, the same tour company that does the walking tour mentioned above, offers a nice 70 minute Cathedral tour. Here is another good option. Don’t leave without climbing the Giralda Tower, a former Moorish minaret used to call Muslims to prayer. The spiral ramp, once used to accommodate horseback riders five times a day to signal the call to prayer, takes you up 330 feet to see gorgeous views of the city.
- El Torno Pasteleria de Conventos - After exiting the Cathedral, Stop by El Torno Pasteleria de Conventos for nun baked cookies…the best in the city.
- Santa Cruz - Wander the charming barrio of Santa Cruz. This neighborhood was once Seville’s Jewish quarter and is a wonder to get lost in. Two streets to note are Calle Agua and Calle Mateos Gago. Following along these main streets should get you started in the right direction to lose yourself in the maze of shops, tapas bars, and colorful pathways.
- Casa de Pilatos - This 16thcentury Renaissance mansion is one of the best examples of a civil, as opposed to royal, palace in Seville. Part of the palace is open to tour while a separate wing still serves as the residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli. It’s not on many tourist’s radar so you won’t have to deal with crowds of people like the Cathedral or Alcazar. It's well worth a visit even on the quickest of trips. The palace closes at 6:00pm in the winter and 7:00pm in the summer. If you have time to tour Casa de Pilatos squeeze it in while wandering the Santa Cruz area, otherwise, save it for day 2 or 3. You can buy tickets for the ground floor only or both the lower and upper levels. The lower level is the most stunning. The upper level focuses more on décor and furnishing and has less memorable architecture.
- Tapas crawl - The Santa Cruz barrio is filled with plenty of options. Pick a lively area or street and stop into whatever tapas bar grabs your interest. Have a glass of sangria and a tapas or two before moving on to the next spot. If you want to do as the locals do, start later in the evening around 9:00pm or so. Some of my favorites are La Bartola, Vineria San Telmo, and Bodega Santa Cruz Las Columnas. I will admit that Las Columnas doesn’t have the most memorable food but the atmosphere and prices are worth the trip.
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- Flamenco show - Finish the first day of your Seville itinerary in true Spanish style with a Flamenco show. La Casa del Flamenco is a great option for a formal show. If you want something a little more authentic and casual, try La Carboneria Bar. Admission is free, there’s always a crowd, guitarists strum while impromptu singing and Flamenco dancing ensues.
Seville Itinerary - Day 2
- Bar el Comercio – Start your morning true Seville style with some of the best churros con chocolate.
- Plaza de la Encarnacion – Walk 4 minutes to the Plaza de la Encarnacion to see the iconic Setas de Seville. This once empty square is now home to a very eye-catching waffle patterned wooden structure forming a mushroom shaped canapy. Below you will find vendors selling everything from trinkets and jewelry to baklava and candies.
- Feria Barrio – Walk down Calle Regina as you leave the mushroom canapy. This street and area has some of my favorite coffee spots including Virgin Coffee and La Cacharreria de Sevilla. La Cacharreria has wonderful homemade cakes, salads, and acai bowls. Continue walking straight until you hit Feria street. This street will take you through the heart of the Feria Barrio which is known for being hipster and artsy. Calle Feria also hosts Sevile’s best flea market on Thursdays. Come back at night if you want to hit the most popular bar scene.
- Plaza Nueva – Work your way back towards the city center to get to Plaza Nueva. This is the perfect place to start an afternoon shopping tour. Some good streets to start at are Plaza Bueva, Calle Tetuan, Calle Sierpes, and Calle Velázquez.
- Alcazar Palace and Gardens - Get tickets in advance as it’s not uncommon for tickets to sell out days ahead and the line for non-tickets holders to be 4+ hours long. Choose your ticket time for later in the day. Tour groups crowd Alcazar in the mornings. This Islamic styled palace also happens to be the filming site for scenes from Game of Thrones, Dorne specifically. Plan to spend a minimum of 2 to 3 hours. This is one of my favorite Seville attractions and should be included on every Seville itinerary.
- Tapas – End day 2 of your Seville itinerary with another tapas crawl. Revisit the Santa Cruz barrio for any spots you didn’t get to try the first night or go back to the Feria barrio. Duo Tapas, Antojo, and Eslava are some popular options in Feria.
Seville Itinerary - Day 3
I’ve left the last day of your Seville 3 day itinerary more open so you can revisit favorite spots or just relax and enjoy life in Seville.
- Maria Louisa Park and Plaza de Espana – First stop on the morning agenda for day 3 of your Seville itinerary is to visit the breathtaking Maria Louisa park. I happened upon the majestic Plaza de Espana by accident during a morning jog on my first trip to Seville. Can you imagine my surprise when I found it! The Spanish pavilion showcases maps and historic scenes from each province of Spain in colorful tilework. Try to come at sunrise or close to it while the plaza is empty. It gets extremely crowded with tourists during the day and in the evening. Morning is my favorite time to come here to have it all to yourself.
- Triana neighborhood – Walk North along the river from the Maria Louisa Park until you get to the Puente de Triana bridge. Cross the bridge to enter the Triana neighborhood. A popular spot for an evening paseo or walk. Once you cross the bridge you will walk right by the Mercado de Triana. A small indoor market filled with stalls selling fruits, vegetables, meats, etc. This is a good option for a cheap lunch or to buy picnic supplies. Stroll through the Triana neighborhood which has quiet and more residential feel to it.
- Spend the rest of your day revisiting some of your favorite spots, getting a last bit of shopping in, enjoying a long lunch under the fragrant orange trees, and wandering the streets to take it all in or...visit Cordoba.
- ½ day trip to Cordoba – The highspeed Renfe train can get you to the charming town of Cordoba in less than 45 minutes. This makes for a wonderful half to full day trip from Seville. The Mezquita, aka the Great Mosque of Cordoba, is why most people visit. Buy your tickets in advance here. If you just want to see the Mezquita plan on 2 hours. You could spend more time exploring the Old Town and Jewish Quarter, but personally I prefer Seville for exploring. Trains are frequent, typically 2 or 3 each hour so stay as long as you like and book the first train back to Seville when you’ve gotten your fill. If you decide to visit Cordoba I suggest leaving right after you visit Maria Louisa Park and save exploring the Triana neighborhood for your evening paseo.
Seville in 3 days is absolutely managable with this Seville itinerary. You'll have plenty of time to see the top sights without being rushed and be able to enjoy the parks, slowly wander the streets, and linger over your meal of tapas and sangria. If you're like me, this city will find a special place in your heart and you will be itching to return soon. Enjoy your 3 days in Seville!
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