Guide of the best routes of 2 and 3 days to know Seville
The Andalusian capital is one of the most visited cities in Spain. Its gastronomy and culture make it a very complete city where two or three days pass. So if you are thinking of coming to visit Seville, we leave you the best routes to know Seville with essential places that you have to visit. Also, if it is the first time you come to the city, we give you some advice that will help you save the long queues of the Alcázar and the Giralda.
We have also included spatial plans for each day in case you want to know Seville through the senses. We start?
Routes to know Seville
1. How to get to Sevilla
If you arrive to Seville by AVE or train, Santa Justa station is about 25 minutes walk from the historic city center. We advise you to rent a tourist flat in the center of Seville to be closer to the main places of interest. Here we leave our list of holiday apartments in Seville, which are very well located and have a very good value for money.
If you are carrying suitcases, we advise you to take public transport to get to the accommodation. Or if you prefer more comfort, you can book a transfer to the apartment and you will have a driver waiting for you. Here you can book transfers to the AVE station or to the airport.
If your arrival in Seville is by car, you may have to park in a paid parking lot since in the center it is usually quite difficult to find a place.
Day 1 of route to know Seville: Seville Cathedral, Giralda, Real Alcázar and Archivo de Indias.
When the traveler arrives at the beautiful Giralda, he knows that there begins the journey of his routes to know Seville. Access to the Cathedral of Seville is at the foot of the bell tower. Inside are the Royal Chapel, which dates from 1951, and the cupola of Hernán Cortés II, where the current patron saint of Seville rests, the Virgin of the Kings, crowned canonically in the year 1904.
In the Cathedral of Seville also rest the remains of Christopher Columbus, located in a tomb designed by Arturo Mélida in 1891.
During the visit, you can also see numerous canvases of Spanish and foreign artists, which are part of the different historical stages that host these two hectares of culture and tradition.
We also recommend that you stop at the Chalices Sacristy. Here Christian relics of important cult value are kept. For Christians it awakens a feeling of deep devotion and for those who are not, a broad satisfaction of historical and artistic curiosity. Once finished the visit to the Cathedral, cross the Patio de los Naranjos and then go to the door that will lead you to the Giralda, the old tower of the mosque on which the Cathedral was built.
The Giralda is the name given to the bell tower of the Cathedral. Its lower two thirds correspond to the minaret of the old mosque of the city and date from the end of the 12th century, in the Almohad period, while its upper third is a construction superimposed in Christian times to house the bells. At its top is a ball called tinaja, on which rises the famous Giraldillo. Its 101 meters high, offers visitors magnificent views of the city. As a curious fact, the Giralda does not have stairs, but 35 ramps. The reason was so that the sultan could go up with his horse to contemplate the city.
The entrance of the Cathedral, with which you also access the Giralda, has a cost of € 9 (€ 4 if you are a student under 25 or pensioner). The hours are from 11.00 to 15.30 on Mondays, and from 11.00 to 17.00 from Tuesday to Saturday. On Sundays it is from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM.
Just a few steps from the Giralda and the Cathedral are the gardens of the Real Alcázar, a place where peace and nature come together to make your visit unique. The Real Alcázar is the oldest palace in Europe, a fact that made it, last year, the sixth most visited monument in Spain. The architectural ensemble built in the high Middle Ages includes different palaces and buildings, among which you can not miss the Mudéjar Palace, the Casa de la Contratación and the Parque del Alcázar.
General admission costs € 9.5 and the hours are from 9.30 to 17.00 from October to March and from 9.30 to 19.00 from April to September.
And here we leave the trick to save you the immense queues of the Cathedral and the Alcázar: book a guided tour in Spanish that includes the price of tickets. You can buy them here and, in addition to visiting the three most important buildings in Seville without queues, it also includes a tour of Seville's Jewish quarter. Can you ask for more?
The last stop of this route to get to Seville It is the most important documentation center of the period of colonization, the Archivo de Indias, built on what used to be the old merchants' house. Here the most important documents related to the conquest of America are preserved. Although it is not possible to visit its interior because it is not open to the public, you can admire its beauty and immensity from the outside.
Day 2 of the route to get to know Seville: Plaza de España, Maria Luisa Park, San Telmo Palace and Church of El Salvador
The second day of route to get to Seville empieza en la plaza de España, la cual fue construida por Aníbal González para la Exposición Iberoamericana de 1929. Diviértete buscando tu provincia por los diferentes bancos de la plaza para poder hacerte una foto con ella, y presume de poder pasear por donde Padme, Anakin y R2D2 caminaron en la película «Episodio VII: El Despertar de la Fuerza» de la famosa saga de Star Wars.
Right next to the Plaza de España you will find María Luisa Park, an ideal place to relax before continuing with the route. Its extensive green areas invite you to breathe fresh air and charge batteries to continue getting to know Seville.
The third stop on this second day of route to get to Seville is the San Telmo Palace, a Baroque building built between the 17th and 18th centuries to be the seat of a sailors' school. If you are very interested in visiting it inside, you have to previously book the time and day of the visit by sending an email to the palace. The days of visit are only on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
And to finish with our route to get to Seville, head towards the Church of El Salvador, the second most important church to see in Seville after the Cathedral. Its construction dates from the eighteenth century. Inside, the main altarpiece stands out, one of the most representative works of the Sevillian baroque, and the altarpiece on the cover of the sacramental chapel. Both are works of the architect Cayetano de Acosta. If you keep the entrance of the Cathedral the day before, you will have free admission to the Church of El Salvador. You can visit it in the months of September to June, from Monday to Saturday from 11.00 to 18.00, Sundays from 3.00 to 7.30, and in July and August from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 18.00, Sundays from 3.00 to 7.30.
We hope that this guide routes to know Seville has been used to prepare your ideal trip to the Andalusian capital. Then we leave you a map where you can see the location of the monuments we have mentioned in our routes to know Seville.
Map of the main monuments included in the routes to get to know Seville
And if you plan to visit Seville in the summer, we advise you to take good note of these ten plans that will help you to know and enjoy Seville at this time of year.