Seville in 3 days is absolutely doable. This detailed Seville itinerary will take you through the best things to do, how to plan your time, tips on the best restaurants, top hotels, and more!
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.
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.
Below you will find my detailed Seville itinerary listing top sights and attractions and how to best map out your time.
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Seville in 3 days – A detailed itinerary and guide
Seville Itinerary - Day 1
Get to know Seville with a Tour
I've always believed joining a tour is a great way to introduce yourself to a new city. You'll get the lay of the land, learn the history of the city, and have the opportunity to ask your guide for recommendations after the tour.
Seville is perfect for a bike tour as the city center is pedestrianized. You won't run into any crazy traffic...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, book a walking tour. It's a fun way to learn about the history, traditions, and culture of Seville. I highly recommend this 3 hour tour as you'll get to see both the highlights and hidden gems. It's a private tour so you'll have flexibility on start time and can customize the tour to your preferences.
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.
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.
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. This 1.5 hour tour includes skip-the-line tickets.
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.
Wander the Santa Cruz Barrio
Casa de Pilatos
It's well worth a visit even on the quickest of trips. The palace closes at 6:00 pm in the winter and 7:00 pm 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.
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 9:00 pm.
Some of my favorites are La Bartola, Vineria San Telmo, and Bodega Santa Cruz Las Columnas. I'll 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.
Finish the first day of your 3 days in 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
Churros con Chocolate at Bar el Comercio
Start your morning in true Seville style with some of the best churros con chocolate. Contrary to what you may think, churros and chocolate are not a dessert in Spain. They are typically eaten for breakfast or as early afternoon snack.
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.
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.
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 Calle Tetuan, Calle Sierpes, and Calle Velázquez.
Alcazar Palace and Gardens
The Alcazar Palace will be a highlight of your 3 days in Seville. 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.
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 3 days in Seville a bit more flexible and will give you a few options.
Option #1 for Day 3
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 tile work.
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.
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...squeeze in Cordoba with option #2.
Option #2 - Half or Full Day in Cordoba
Another option to end your 3 days in Seville is to add a half day or full day trip to Cordoba.
Visit Maria Louisa Park and Plaza de Espana first thing in the morning, then head to Cordoba.
There are plenty of tours you could join, but in all honestly, a day trip to Cordoba is an easy one to do on your own as you can get there by train.
The high-speed Renfe train will take you to the charming town of Cordoba in less than 45 minutes.
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.
Option #3 - day trip to Granada
Granada is a stunning city and a joy to visit. The history is fascinating as it was the last Moorish stronghold in Spain.
I recommend spending at least 1 to 2 days in Granada, but if that's not in the cards, you may want to consider a day trip.
It will be a very long, but worthwhile, day. You could easily do this day trip on your own and take the Renfe train (about 2.5 hours each way). A private tour to Granada is a good option if you want someone to do all the planning.
A visit to the Alhambra will be the highlight of your trip. It's an enchanting hilltop complex of palaces, castles, and gardens.
What about the White Villages, Ronda, Cadiz, and Jerez?
Two other popular day trips from Seville are the White Villages paired with Ronda and Cadiz and Jerez. Personally, I would rather spend a little longer in the car/bus/train and do Granada.
If you're going to do either of these tours, then I highly recommend renting a car and doing it on your own or booking a private tour. I was not impressed with either group tour.
Seville in 3 days is absolutely manageable 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!
Seville Hotel Recommendations
- Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Marriott)
- Hotel Casa 1800
- Hotel Casa del Poeta
- Gran Melia Colón