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The Real Alcázar, the cathedral, the Palacio de las Dueñas… Sevillian cultural heritage may seem overwhelming. However, if you organize yourself well, spending 5 days in Seville is enough to get to know its best tourist attractions.
Despite having an impressive monumental legacy and all kinds of tourist activities, you can get to know the Andalusian capital in less than a week. The City Council itself demonstrates this in a Seville travel guide that lists its main places of interest.
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Seville Travel Guide in 5 days: What You can’t miss
Navigating the Guadalquivir by boat, having fun at the attractions of the Isla Mágica theme park, strolling through the old Jewish quarter… The truth is that the capital of Seville is capable of offering unsurpassed experiences to the traveler. And all of them have a place in our Seville travel guide!
Day 1- The Jewels of Seville’s Cultural Heritage Seville
Seville has three monuments declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Of course, visiting them on the first day is the best way to start this Seville travel guide.
- The Cathedral of Santa María de la Sede was built on the mayor aljama of Seville. Important vestiges of the old mosque are preserved, such as the Giralda and the Patio de los Naranjos. In addition, it is the largest Gothic temple in the world.
- The Real Alcázar is a group of palaces from the 10th century used as the residence of royalty. Special mention deserves its spectacular gardens. Did you know that episodes of the “Game of Thrones” series have been filmed here?
- The Archivo General de Indias is a beautiful Renaissance building that contains 43,000 files documenting the discovery of America. In addition, it usually hosts interesting themed events.
Our Seville travel guide could not miss either a comforting walk through the Santa Cruz neighborhood: the old Sevillian Jewish quarter. Here, in addition to admiring the beauty of squares such as Plaza de Doña Elvira, you can discover the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes (where the Diego Velázquez Center is located).
The afternoon is a good time to relax in the famous María Luisa Park, where you will find beautiful roundabouts and fountains. You can even tour it in a horse-drawn carriage!
In this guide we could not forget about family tourism. Thus, if you visit Seville with children. We recommend you visit the aquarium, where, in addition to contemplating hundreds of species You can sleep among sharks. You can’t miss the Casa de la Ciencia either, as it has a fascinating planetarium and a cultural agenda full of activities.
Day 2- Trip to Palatial Seville
Visit the 14 rooms of the Museum of Fine Arts (an old Mannerist-style convent) will allow you to admire paintings by famous painters as distinguished as El Greco, Zurbarán or Murillo. It also houses sculptures of great value, such as the Penitent Saint Jerome by Torrigiano or the Dolorosa by Pedro de Mena.
The next thing you can visit is the Collegiate Church of Divino Salvador (former Roman forum and mosque). Inside you will find valuable sculptural works (such as the Cristo del Amor by Martínez Montañés).
After trying some delicious tapas on an outdoor table, you can spend the afternoon discovering some of the main manor houses in Seville. Thus, both the Casa de Pilatos and the Palacio de las Dueñas stand out both for their architectural beauty and for their magnificent art collections. For its part, the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija still preserves the mosaics of the Roman town of Italica. And don’t even think about missing the beautiful central patio of Salina’s house!
If you want to contemplate a spectacular panoramic view of the city, go to “Las Setas”: the largest wooden architectural structure in the world. For their part, archeology lovers have an unmissable date with the Antiquarium museum, which is located on the ground floor of this curious building.
Day 3- Guadalquivir river and Triana neighborhood: Essential in all Seville Travel Guides
The Guadalquivir cannot be missing from any Seville travel guide. Not surprisingly, thanks to this river, Seville became the gateway to America and one of the most important European ports in the 16th century.
The surroundings of the Guadalquivir river will be the protagonists of your third day in Seville. Here is the Torre del Oro and the Naval Museum. It is also worth visiting the Hospital de la Santa Caridad, whose church preserves paintings by Murillo and sculptures by Pedro Roldán.
Whether or not you are a fan of bullfighting, you can learn a lot about it by visiting the museum in the Maestranza bullring: one of the oldest in the country. After all, nothing better than trying the typical fried fish to replenish energy.
We advise you to spend the afternoon in the Triana neighborhood, where some of the most beautiful churches in Seville are located (such as the parish of Santa Ana). Especially recommendable are its ceramics center and the Castillo de San Jorge (seat of the Spanish Holy Inquisition).
One of the things you have to do when you decide to spend 5 days in Seville is to familiarize yourself with its folklore. To this end, it will be very good to receive some flamenco classes. There is no better way to end the day!
Day 4- The fascinating North of Seville
The next thing we suggest in this Seville travel guide is to dedicate your fourth day of your stay to the northern part of the city. In it you can admire some of the best examples of religious architecture in the capital.
- The convent of Santa Paula is enjoyed both with the eyes and the palate. This is due, on the one hand, to its numerous works of art and, on the other, to the handmade sweets that are made here.
- The church of San Luis de los Franceses It is a baroque temple considered the masterpiece of Leonardo de Figueroa. To highlight its set of altarpieces and the paintings of the dome.
- In the basilica of the Macarena is one of the most iconic symbols of Seville: the Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena. In addition, in its museum you can learn a lot about Holy Week in Seville.
- The remains of the wall that surrounded Seville in the Almoravid era (11th-12th centuries) are next to the Macarena basilica. This fortification remained intact until the 19th century.
- Opposite the Macarena temple is the Hospital de las Cinco Llagas: a magnificent Renaissance building that is now the seat of the Andalusian Parliament.
- The Palace of the Marquises of Algaba It houses the Mudéjar Interpretation Center, whose extensive archaeological collection will allow you to discover the secrets of this art.
Day 5- Isla de la Cartuja
Of course, it would be a serious mistake not to spend any of these 5 days in Seville to visit the famous Isla de la Cartuja, where Expo 92 took place. Moreover, its impressive facilities are capable of exciting children and adults.
- The navigation pavilion It will allow you to empathize with all those who crossed the Atlantic to find a better life.
- CaixaForum is the third most important cultural center in Spain. Its 7,500 m2 house exhibition halls, an auditorium, workshops, a bookstore, a cafeteria and multipurpose spaces.
- The Seville tower is the tallest skyscraper in all of Andalusia and has an attractive glass and steel façade protected with aluminum slats.
- The Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation is an institution that promotes dialogue and tolerance through various cultural activities.
- The Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art It is an old Carthusian monastery from the year 1400 converted into a ceramics factory. It served as the Royal Pavilion at Expo 92.
How to get around during your trip to Seville?
Any experienced traveler knows that the means of locomotion plays a very important role when it comes to enjoying a tourist destination. Thus, a bicycle is by far the best way to get around the Andalusian capital. Think about it: it’s very affordable, it makes you fit, you take care of the environment and you have a great time. Everything are advantages!
Truly, we can’t think of anything better than combining a bicycle and this Seville travel guide. What’s more, cycling allows you to explore this city at your own pace while you discover in depth each of its captivating corners.
Pedaling through the capital of Seville is a real joy. Not in vain, this beautiful city converges to a pleasant climate, a flat terrain and an absolutely great cycle-lane network. What more could you want?
Renting a bicycle in Seville is the easiest and most comfortable way to cycle in the Andalusian capital. In addition, you can book a bike tour so as not to miss any of its numerous tourist charms. Test it!
Definitely, you just have to follow our Seville travel guide to discover this magical city in just 5 days. Download the official document in PDF to plan your stay in depth. You will have a great time!