“The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” - Marcel Proust
Who doesn’t love going on holiday?
Great views, sandy beaches, great weather, etc.
Have you thought about visiting Spain?
Seville (or Sevilla in Spanish) is an excellent destination for a romantic getaway or a weekend with some good friends. In 2019, it became Spain’s third most popular tourist destination.
It’s also not far from the Costa del Sol. So before you start enjoying flamenco, tapas, and everything Seville has to offer, how can you plan your trip?
Whether you’re going as a family or with some friends, here’s how to organise a trip to Seville. ¡Olé!
Why Visit Seville?
Whether you go to the Canary Islands, Barcelona, Madrid, or the Balearics, Spain is a country full of things to see and do. Seville is no exception and there are plenty of good reasons to visit Seville.
You can visit it on a budget, enjoy many wonderful cultural sites, party, or relax.
Here are some of the most convincing reasons to visit Seville:
- The weather. Seville enjoys 310 sunny days each year!
- The history. Seville is filled with wonderful museums and monuments like the Alcazar, a fine example of Moorish architecture.
- The architecture. This includes both the historical and the modern.
- The price. Seville is comparatively cheap and you can get to the region via low-cost airlines.
- The lifestyle. There are charming tapas bars, breathtaking flamenco shows, and charming hotels for you to stay in.
- Getting away from it all. Seville is a great city to just walk around and forget the stresses of daily life. It’s also incredibly colourful.
- The local cuisine. Seville is tapas paradise! Day or night, you can find restaurants and tapas bars.
- And many others.
As you can see, there are plenty of great reasons to visit Seville. Whether you’re renting a holiday flat, staying in a hotel, or leaving your backpack in a youth hostel, Seville is ready for you.
So what type of accommodation should you opt for in Seville?
Choosing Accommodation in Seville
“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. ” - Agnes Repplier
Like with other destinations, you’ll want to carefully choose where you stay in Seville. Seville has many options for tourists in terms of accommodation. You just need to know how to find the right places.
You might want to stay in a particular neighbourhood. From the touristy parts of the old town to partying in Arenal, there’s a lot to think about.
Your budget will also affect what kind of accommodation you can get. Spain’s fourth-largest city comes with a lot of choices in terms of accommodation and it’s no stranger to tourists, either.
So while you can find youth hostels for as little as £10 a night, you can also find luxury hotels for hundreds so you’ll also want to think about what you want to do once you get there.
Would you like to visit Seville’s unmissable sights? Would you rather just relax? Do you just want to hang out and live as the Spanish do?
You can do this all and more in Spain and Seville, in particular.
You might also want to choose your accommodation based on recommendations.
Friends and family who’ve already visited Seville might have a recommendation for you and if they don’t, you can always look to social networks, blogs, YouTube videos, or travel websites, which will also give you a better idea of what’s available.
How Much Does It Cost to Visit Seville?
So how much money do you need to visit Seville?
This will depend on the type of trip you want and what you can afford. Even getting away from the city to enjoy some quiet comes at a cost.
With so many different options for accommodation and activities, it can be difficult to say exactly how much a trip would cost. We’ve tried to come up with a few options, but everyone’s budget will be different depending on what they decide to do. Here are a few examples:
|Cost||Around £100 per person (less with low-cost airlines)||Around £70 a night for two people||£15 per person for a typical meal.|
£2 for a beer.
|€1.40 for a bus ticket (day ticket €5)|
€1.35 for a metro ticket
€13.30 for city bikes (€1.03 and then €2.04 every hour)
€40 for a 30-minute horse and carriage ride
|€1.50 - Fine Arts Museum |
€9 - Seville Cathedral
€11.50 - Alcazar
€3 - Torre del Oro
€1.50 - Archaeology Museum
€8 - The Bullring
€2.10 - the Ceramics Centre
€10 - Palacio de la Dueñas
€18 - Casa Murillo
The cost of living in Seville is pretty similar to that of Spain. In a lot of ways, Seville is also much cheaper than Europe’s other major cities and you can easily have a weekend there for £250 per person.
Of course, you can go for even less or spend much more. The best way to work out your budget is to consider exactly what you’ll want to do, see, eat, and drink. Tourist attractions can be a big part of your budget.
Things to See in Seville
Like Europe’s other major cities, Seville is full of wonderful monuments and attractions to visit. There’s a good number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and excellent historical monuments to visit.
There are certain things that you have to see in Seville. Once you’ve been, you’ll just want to see more of Spain. Some of Seville’s most popular attractions include:
- The Alcazar, a 9th-century fort with wonderful examples of Moorish, Renaissance, and Gothic architecture. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The Santa Cruz area of the city where you can see Christopher Columbus’ tomb and Seville’s most popular attraction, the cathedral. Not only is the cathedral one of the best in Andalusia, but it's also arguably one of the most beautiful in the world. As it's essentially joint to the Alcazar, it's often recommended that you visit both at the same time and most tours will include both.
- The Metropol Parasol or the “mushrooms”, Europe’s largest wooden structure with includes a market, stores, and some really interesting architecture.
- Plaza de España, an incredible plaza which was built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. The plaza includes four beautiful bridges (representing the kingdoms of Spain) and tiled alcoves that represent every one of Spain's provinces. It's opposite Maria Luisa Park, which we also recommend visiting.
- The Seville Museum of Fine Arts where you can find works from the 15th to the 20th century from Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, Cranach, and Torrigiano. Great for art lovers!
- Maria Luisa Park. A great place for relaxing in the city. It covers 40 hectares and has many different areas to visit.
- Torre del Oro. A military watchtower with a museum and excellent views over the city.
- The Triana Neighbourhood. This part of the city is the place to go for flamenco shows, tapas bars, and typical Spanish streets.
As you can see, Seville is an excellent destination for travellers no matter what they’re interested in doing. Beautiful, accessible, charming, and festive, Seville is for everyone!
With so much to see and do, we highly recommend carefully planning your trip to ensure you get to do everything you’d be interested in. Fortunately, you can also manage this without breaking the bank.
Once you get to Seville, you can also easily visit many of the other popular cities in Andalusia. You can get buses to cities like Cordoba and Granada from the city's Plaza de Armas bus station and tickets are often very affordable.
So are you tempted?
Seville is waiting for you.
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