Wondering how to spend 3 days in Seville, Spain? This Seville itinerary and guide will detail what to see, what order to do it in, and 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 join a bike tour. Seville is perfect for biking as the city center is pedestrianized. You won't run into any crazy traffic here...if any at all. The sights are close enough together that you’ll get to see pretty much everything. Jake and I did this 3 hour bike tour and loved it.
If you aren’t comfortable on a bike, go for a walking tour. It's a fun way to learn about the history, traditions, and culture of Seville. 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. Grab a seat on the large front patio or the side patio by the river if the weather is nice. You'll find regional cuisine like paella and croquettes as well as international options like 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 third 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. Book tickets in advance to skip 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 massive crowds.
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.
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.
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. Read all about my favorite tapas restaurants in Seville here.
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 in 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 an 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, the hipster/artsy neighborhood. Calle Feria also hosts Seville’s best flea market on Thursdays.
Plaza Nueva – Work your way back towards the city center to arrive at 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 - Reserve your spot in advance as it’s not uncommon for tickets to sell out and the line for non-ticket holders to be 4+ hours long. Choose your ticket time for later in the day. Tour groups crowd Alcazar Palace in the mornings.
If you're a Game of Thrones fan this Islamic styled palace might look familiar. It stood in for Dorne.
Plan to spend a minimum of 2 to 3 hours exploring the palace. 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 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 a bit 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. Visit at sunrise, or close to it, while the plaza is empty. It gets extremely crowded with tourists during the day and in the evening. Early morning is my favorite time to come here as you'll have it all to yourself.
Triana neighborhood – Walk north along the river from Maria Louisa Park until you arrive at 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'll walk right by 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 to see a different side of Seville. This barrio has a quiet and residential feel.
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 or...visit Cordoba.
½ day trip to Cordoba – The highspeed Renfe train will take 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 feeling rushed. Spend your time enjoying the parks, slowly wandering the streets, making a few shopping stops, and lingering over a meal of tapas and sangria. If you're like me, this city will find a special place in your heart and you'll be itching to return soon. Enjoy your 3 days in Seville!
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