Spending 2 days in Seville will help you experience the city’s magic and charm. One of the most enchanting cities in Spain, Seville is known for its abundant sunshine, stunning Mudejar architecture, orange trees, tapas, and flamenco. A 2 day Seville itinerary will help you experience just enough to help you fall in love!
I first put Seville on my bucket list after seeing photos of the magnificent Plaza de Espana, and moved it further up my list after seeing the Royal Alcazar featured on Game of Thrones. And upon finally seeing it in person, I can say that it’s one of the most beautiful and charming cities that I’ve ever visited.
The capital of Andalucia, Seville is a must on any Spain itinerary, as it is one of the most vibrant and alluring cities in the country. There’s much to love about Seville, from its photogenic landmarks, quaint streets, authentic culture, and fascinating history.
It’s hard not to fall under Seville’s spell, and this Seville 2 day itinerary will help you discover the city’s magic. From the best things to do, where to eat, and plenty of helpful tips to help you plan the perfect trip, this guide includes it all.
I guarantee that you, too, will fall in love with this incredible city after following this 2 days in Seville itinerary!
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Things to Know Before your 2 Days in Seville
How many days in Seville – is 2 days enough?
I thought 2 days was the perfect amount of time to visit Seville! You can see all of the highlights of Seville in 2 days, including the Royal Alcazar, Seville Cathedral, and Plaza de Espana. You can even see a few of its hidden gems, such as Casa de los Pilatos and Palacio de las Duenas…and still have plenty of time left over for tapas and some sangria breaks!
However, this Seville 2 day itinerary definitely packs a lot in as I tend to enjoy being on the go. If you tend to prefer exploring at a slower, more relaxed pace, I would add an extra day.
When to visit Seville
Seville is located in the Andalucia region of Spain, known for its sunny days and warm weather year round. However, it does experience hot summers.
Here is a breakdown of what to expect when visiting Seville at different times of the year:
Summer is considered to be the peak tourist season in Seville (and Spain in general), and June through early September are the most popular times to visit. This is when crowds and accommodation prices also are at their highest.
Personally, I would avoid visiting during the summer as not only is it crowded and expensive, it is HOT. Andalucia experiences the hottest summers in all of Europe (and is even home to the only desert on the continent), and highs are often above 40 degrees Celsius – that’s 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you still do decide to visit in the summer, be sure to book all your hotels, flights/trains, and attraction tickets as early as possible (especially the Royal Alcazar), as things do tend to sell out!
Spring/Fall (Shoulder Season)
Spring (March-May) and Fall (mid-September-November) are Seville’s shoulder season, and also the best time to visit. You’ll find that the crowds thin out a bit and the temperatures are still warm but MUCH more comfortable!
We visited in October and found that it was the perfect time to go! The weather was still warm and we didn’t feel like it was crowded at all. However, I do suggest booking some of the most popular attractions (i.e. the Royal Alcazar) in advance as they do sometimes sell out.
While we did experience overcast skies and a little bit of rain, the weather was overall pleasant and it was a wonderful time to visit.
If you want to experience the least amount of crowds, consider visiting in the winter. December, January, and February are considered to be Seville’s low season, but it’s not necessarily a bad time to visit.
Temperatures still stay pretty mild, with highs in the mid-60s Fahrenheit. However, do note that it does get pretty chilly at night (bring a warm jacket!), and this is when the region sees the most rain.
Getting to Seville
As the capital of Andaluica and one of Spain’s top destinations, you’ll find that Seville is extremely well-connected, making it a worthwhile stop on your Spain itinerary. There are several ways to get to Seville, and you can easily get to it from many major cities across Spain and Europe.
Seville’s airport (SVQ) is located 9 kilometers east of the city, offering flights to a number of domestic and European destinations.
From here, you can easily reach the city center via the EA bus, which offers service to the Plaza de Armas bus station in downtown Seville. The buses run every 15-30 minutes, depending on time of day, and the trip takes about 35 minutes. The fare is €4 one way, or €6 return.
You can also take a taxi – this takes about 15 minutes and costs around €30.
Another option is to fly into Malaga, which is a larger international hub. From here, it is about 2 hours via train to get to Seville.
You can easily get to Seville via train, and I highly recommend it! We took a train from Barcelona to Seville and found the trains to be fairly efficient and super relaxing – it’s also a fantastic way to see the Spanish countryside!
Rail service in Spain is operated by Renfe, which operates the country’s regional trains, as well as the high-speed AVE trains. While the AVE trains are a bit more expensive, I highly recommend taking them as they will save you time!
The Renfe site is notoriously difficult to figure out, especially if you are using a foreign credit card and don’t speak Spanish. We booked our train tickets through Omio and recommend you do the same – it was so easy to use and book, streamlined the booking process for us, and has all your tickets in one place. You pay a few Euros extra, but it was soooo worth it to save the hassle and headache!
Here are some of the travel times to Seville via train:
- Cordoba: 45 minutes
- Malaga: 2 hours
- Granada: 2.5 hours
- Madrid: 2.5 hours
- Barcelona: 5.5 hours
Do note that similar to many high-speed rail systems in Europe, AVE trains rely on a dynamic pricing model. This means that you need to book your train tickets as early as possible! When we first started planning our trip, the fare was €60, but since we procrastinated, we ended up paying almost €100 by the time we actually went to book. So, basically – don’t be us!
Trains arrive into Seville’s Santa Justa train station, located about 4 kilometers from the city center. From here, it’s about a 25-30 minute walk into downtown. You can also take a bus (the aforementioned EA bus stops here, as well as lines 28, 32, C1, or C2). You can also take a taxi, which cost us less than €10.
Coach buses are another way to travel to Seville. Alsa bus offers service from Seville to many destinations in Andalucia and Spain, and even Portugal.
Buses arrive at the Plaza de Armas station in central Seville. From here, you can easily walk, take a taxi, or other public transportation to your accommodations.
Seville is a popular starting point for a road trip through Andalucia.
You don’t really need a car while actually in Seville though, so I’d suggest skipping the car while actually in the city and then renting one on the way out.
I recommend renting a vehicle through rentalcars.com, which allows you to compare prices and find deals from many of the major car rental agencies. They also have flexible cancellation policies and offer a price match guarantee.
Getting around during your 2 day Seville itinerary
Seville is a *very* walkable city. Most of Seville’s top sights are located within its historic center, which is fairly compact – you can get from one end to the other in about 30 minutes.
This is a city best explored on foot, as you’ll be able to appreciate how picturesque it is and discover its hidden corners. Seville’s streets are insanely charming and the best way to explore them is by walking during your 2 day Seville itinerary!
If you want to use public transportation on your Seville 2 day itinerary, Seville has an extensive bus system, which will get you to everywhere you need to go. The city’s buses are operated by Tussam, and most visitors will rely on bus lines C1, C2, C3 and C4, which run in, through, and around the city center.
There is also a tram that starts from Plaza Nueva and makes four stops along a 1.4 kilometer route.
Seville does also have a metro line, but it is mostly used as a means for residents to travel to and from the city from the suburbs.
Hop-on, Hop-off Bus
Taking a hop-on, hop-off bus is a fun way to see the city when trying to see Seville in 2 days.
The bus route starts from Torre del Oro and makes 14 stops throughout the city, including Plaza de Espana, Triana, and Plaza de Armas. You’ll get to take in the sights from a double decker bus and hear audio commentary about the city’s history and culture.
There is no ride share service in Seville, but regular taxis are available. There are taxi stands around the city, or you can hail one from the street; however, I recommend downloading either the Cabify or FreeNow apps as they work similarly to Uber but for taxis.
Language in Seville
The official language of Spain is Spanish.
It will be VERY helpful if you learn some basic Spanish phrases before you travel to Seville. While there is some English spoken in the tourist areas, I found that it was pretty limited and not nearly as much as in, say, Barcelona.
For me, it was a perfect chance to practice my Spanish, and I enjoyed being able to converse a bit in Spanish, however basic it may be.
I highly recommend practicing your Spanish on Duolingo before you go to Seville! Also download Google Translate for those times you find yourself stuck.
Spain, like many countries in Europe, uses the Euro as its official currency.
While most places in Seville accept credit cards, I always like to have a little bit of cash on hand for smaller transactions.
I recommend withdrawing cash at an ATM over a currency exchange counter, as the rates are much more favorable. I usually withdraw some cash at the airport upon landing so I don’t have to worry about it later, but there are ATMs all over the city.
Tipping is not customary in Spain, although some establishments may add a service charge. You can leave 10% or a few Euro coins for exceptional service, but it is not expected.
What to pack for your 2 days in Seville
- Comfortable shoes: You’ll likely be doing a LOT of walking during your 2 days in Seville, so pack some comfy shoes! Also note that there’s lots of cobblestone streets, so leave the heels at home. I LOVE my Allbirds sneakers (like walking on clouds!) and flats (so cute AND comfy), as well as these Crocs sandals which are comfy and super stylish, I swear!
- Power adapter: Spain (and the rest of Europe) use 230 V Type E plugs, so you’ll need a power adapter if you’re coming from the United States.
- Power bank: Keep all of your devices charged as you explore Seville in 2 days – all that navigating and taking photos can drain your battery super quick!
- Reusable water bottle: Free tap water isn’t really a thing in Spain (or in Europe for that matter), and you’ll have to pay for bottled water in restaurants! Save your money for sangria and carry your own water with you so you can stay hydrated. I usually buy a giant bottle at a store and then fill up my bottle each day.
- Sunscreen: The sun gets pretty intense in this part of Spain, so don’t forget the SPF! Also, here’s my favorite face sunscreen (and a top off).
More Seville Travel Tips
- Siesta is kinda a thing here: Many businesses close for a midday break, usually between 3-7pm. I also found that most attractions close by 5pm, so we struggled to find things to do between 5-7. Just take the time to take your own midday break – take a nap, hang out at the pool, or enjoy a drink at the hotel.
- Dinner is late: Most people in Spain eat dinner around 9pm. Many restaurants don’t even open for dinner until 8pm! Since we were still eating around our normal dinner time (7-8pm or so), we were able to avoid the dinner rush and were able to get into even the most popular restaurants without waiting.
- Buy tickets in advance: Particularly train tickets, which experience dynamic pricing, and for popular attractions (like the Real Alcazar), which sometimes sell out.
Where to stay in Seville
It is *highly* recommended that you stay in the historic center of Seville – as long as you do that, it will be very easy to get around to everywhere you need to go on your 2 day Seville itinerary. Within this area, you can’t go wrong, but Barrio Santa Cruz and Centro are especially awesome neighborhoods to base yourself in.
Here are some suggestions for where to stay during your 2 days in Seville:
- Hotel Giralda Center: This is where we stayed, and I specifically chose it for its proximity to Plaza de Espana, Real Alcazar, and Cathedral (less than a 10 minute walk to all of the above). It’s a newer hotel – it had just opened when we stayed – so everything is super clean, new, and modern! The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the whole property has an elegant, boutique feel. There’s also a rooftop pool, but we never got the chance to make it up there. Also a good choice if you have a car, as there is on-site parking available.
- Hotel Doña María: This hotel is set in a former palace in the heart of the old town, with spacious, elegant rooms. The property boasts some incredible views of the Cathedral and Giralda – it even has a rooftop terrace that’s perfect for hanging out in and grabbing a drink. You also can’t beat the location, super close to everywhere you need to go.
- Hotel Casa del Poeta: Housed in a former 17th century mansion, this boutique hotel still retains its grandeur, with traditional, ornate decorative details. It’s absolutely stunning inside, with a beautiful courtyard and elegant rooms. It has an ideal location as well, right in the heart of Barrio Santa Cruz and just a few minutes’ walk from the Cathedral.
- Hotel Alfonso XIII: If you’re looking for a bit of luxury, then you really can’t go wrong with Hotel Alfonso XIII. Commissioned by King Alfonso XIII, this luxury boutique hotel will make you feel like you’re royalty! From the extravagantly decorated rooms, to the impeccable service, to the central location, staying here is an experience.
The Perfect 2 Days in Seville Itinerary
Seville itinerary: DAY 1
Plaza de España
You’re in for a treat as you kick off your Seville 2 day itinerary at Plaza de Espana, one of the most iconic and stunning attractions in the city!
It was seeing photos of the Plaza de Espana that initially put Seville on my bucket list in the first place, with its grand architectural details and intricate azujelo tiles. And after finally visiting it, I have to say that this is one of those places that takes your breath away and is even better in person!
Originally built for the 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition, Plaza de Espana features a gigantic building built in a half-circle, built in a mix of neo-Renaissance and neo-Moorish architectural styles. The building is home to a number of government offices.
There is much to take in as you walk through the perimeter of the square – every single inch is an absolute feast for the eyes. One of the highlights is the row of 48 alcoves, each adorned with an ornate display of azujelo tiles (yes, like the ones you see in Lisbon) and dedicated to the 48 provinces of Spain.
In the center of the square is a fountain, along with a picturesque canal that is punctuated by four colorful bridges that symbolize the four medieval kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula. You can even rent a boat and row through the canals.
The square is also flanked by two tall towers, which you can see from many points in the city. You can even go up the stairs to the balconies to admire a panoramic view of the entire square.
Be sure to come early in the morning to fully admire Plaza de Espana’s beauty! You can’t go wrong with the early morning light, as well as the peace and quiet as you take in all of the details here. Take your time here, even if you’re trying to see Seville in 2 days – there is so much detail and beauty to soak in and photograph here!
Maria Luisa Park
After visiting Plaza de Espana, head over to the adjacent Maria Luisa park. The park is a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city, with immense beauty.
Once palatial gardens, the park was donated for public use in 1893. Much of the park was redesigned as part of the Ibero-American Exposition, with new buildings being built, including the Plaza de Espana and Teatro Lope de Vega.
The park is huge – it’s about 100 acres – so you won’t get to see it all, but it’s worth a stroll through to admire the manicured gardens, pretty walking paths, ornate fountains, ponds, gazebos, and greenery.
Also inside Maria Luisa Park is the Plaza de America, flanked by three palatial buildings in varying architectural styles. These buildings house two of the city’s top museum, including the Archaeological Museum of Seville and Popular Arts and Customs, along with the Royal Pavilion.
Wander around Barrio Santa Cruz
Barrio Santa Cruz is one of Seville’s most charming neighborhoods, filled with a colorful maze of cobblestone streets, quaint squares, and old churches.
Dating back to the 13th century, Barrio Santa Cruz was once home to a thriving Jewish population. Sadly, the Jews were ousted when Seville was conquered by Catholic monarchs and forced everyone to convert to Christianity.
Today, Barrio Santa Cruz is one of Seville’s most touristic neighborhoods, home to a number of attractions, tapas bars, and souvenir shops hidden within its quaint streets.
It is fun to wander around the neighborhood and take in its charm. You’ll probably snap tons of photos here, as it’s truly one of the most photogenic areas in the city (I know I certainly did!). However, I also recommend taking a walking tour, as you’ll get a bit of historical context.
Casa de los Pilatos
While in Barrio Santa Cruz, do not skip Casa de los Pilatos, a beautiful 16th century palace. Featuring a mix of Renaissance, Mudejar, and Gothic architectural styles, Casa de los Pilatos is considered to be one of the shining examples of an Andaluisian palace.
The ground floor is the summer palace, and available for self-guided visits. The upper floor is the winter palace, but you will need to reserve a guided tour to see it.
The courtyard is especially gorgeous at Casa de los Pilatos. Every inch here is covered in intricate latticework, elaborate archways, and gorgeous tilework everywhere you look. Be sure to take some time to soak in all of the details, and they are completely magnificent and was one of the highlights of my Seville 2 day itinerary!
Also do not miss the pretty garden, which also features a collection of Greek and Roman sculptures.
Lunch at El Rinconcillo
For lunch, stop in at El Rinconcillo, which is Seville’s oldest tapas bar. El Rinconcillo has been around since 1670, and is one of the most iconic restaurants in the city. Both tourists and locals line up for the tapas here, and they are definitely worth the hype!
You’ll find a menu full of traditional Andalusian tapas here. This is an awesome spots to try some of the dishes that are unique to this area of Spain, including Salmorejo (kinda like a cross between gazpacho and tomato bisque soup), and Espinacas con Garbanzos (a spinach and chickpea stew that almost reminded me of palak paneer).
Do note that it does get busy here, as it is one of the most popular restaurants in Seville. You can make a reservation, but you’ll be seated in the upper floor, which only serves full-sized portions instead of tapas.
Palacio de las Dueñas
Seville is a city full of stunning palaces, so it can be a bit easy to overlook Palacio de las Duenas on your 2 day Seville itinerary. However, I highly recommend making a stop here as it is one of the prettiest places in Seville!
Built in the 15th century, Palacio de las Duenas was designed in the Renaissance style but also features a mix of the Gothic and Mudéjar styles. It was once home to the late Duchess de Alba, one of Spain’s most prominent aristocrats.
The highlights here are the lush gardens and the arcaded courtyard, filled with beautiful details. The inside of the estate features an extensive collection of tapestries, paintings, and memorabilia that are interesting to look at as well.
It’s a bit of a hidden gem, and you’ll find a bit of peace and tranquility as you explore the grounds here, a nice change of pace from some of the busier attractions in the city.
Metropol Parasol (Las Setas de Sevilla)
Metropol Parasol is one of the most unique sights in Seville. The towering wooden structure features a modern architectural design, which stands in contrast to all the historic landmarks that surround it.
Also referred to as Las Setas, or “the mushrooms” of Seville because of its mushroom-like shape, Metropol Parasol stands 26 meters (85 feet) tall and is the largest wooden structure in the world. It was designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer who won a contest to revitalize the area.
You can take an elevator to the top of the structure, from where you can admire some incredible panoramic views over the entire city. It’s supposed to be especially beautiful at sunset, although we didn’t go up because it was pretty overcast when we were there.
There’s also a fantastic market, tapas bars, and restaurants beneath the square. Also here is an archaeological museum, which displays a collection of Roman and Al-Andalus artifacts that were uncovered here during the construction of the structure.
Dinner at Espacio Eslava
You cannot visit Seville and NOT eat at Espacio Eslava. It has some of the city’s best tapas, and we loved it so much that we ended up coming twice!
Espacio Eslava has an extensive menu of modern, creative tapas. You can’t go wrong with anything you order here, and you’ll find some unique items here. The presentation here is top notch as well, and the dishes look like something that came off a Michelin tasting menu – yet, the tapas are very affordable!
We loved everything we tried here, but absolutely do not miss the egg yolk on boletus (mushroom) cake and the squid ink “cigar.”
Seville Itinerary: DAY 2
Bar el Comercio
Start the second day of your 2 day Seville itinerary at Bar el Comercio, one of the oldest bars in the city. I know you’re thinking why am I starting the day off at a bar? (or some may be thinking I like your style, I guess), but you’re coming for the churros here.
In Spain, churros are considered to be a breakfast item rather than a dessert. The churros here are a bit different than what you might be used to (certainly different than the ones I’ve had at Disneyland and even Mexico City), and don’t come encrusted with sugar and are much less sweet.
Be sure to order the chocolate sauce as well, for dipping!
If you find yourself in need of a caffeine fix to start the day, the coffee here is fantastic as well.
Royal Alcazar of Seville
The Royal Alcazar of Seville is an absolute must on your 2 days in Seville itinerary, and I guarantee that it will be one of its absolute highlights! Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Royal Alcazar is one of the finest examples of Mudejar architecture in the world.
It is the oldest royal palace in the world and is still technically still an official residence of the royal family (although they hardly spend any time here).
Dating back to the 10th century, the Royal Alcazar is one of the most significant historical landmarks in Andalucia. You cannot go to Seville and NOT visit the Royal Alcazar – it’s not only one of the most breathtaking sights in the city, it’s also a huge part of the city’s history and story.
The Royal Alcazar was initially built as a fortress, but was turned into a palace under the city’s Arab Muslim leaders. The palace was pretty simple initially, but over the years, the Royal Alcazar has been expanded and rebuilt as different parties have come into rule and put their own extravagant touches on it.
The most significant of these changes were by King Pedro I, who built the Mudejar Palace in the 14th century. While you’ll see tons of examples of Mudejar architecture all around Seville and Andalucia (such as the Alhambra Palace in Granada), this palace is unique because it was built under a Christian king rather than a Muslim ruler.
Every inch of the Royal Alcazar is absolutely spectacular, from the courtyards, the lush gardens, the fusion of architectural styles, and all the intricate details. It will not fail to take your breath away. It is in-FREAKING-credible!
There’s much to see and admire at the Royal Alcazar – you can literally spend all day here. However, as you are trying to see Seville in 2 days, I recommend that you spend about three hours so you still have time to check out some other spots on your itinerary.
You may know that the Royal Alcazar was featured on HBO’s Game of Thrones as the kingdom of Dorne and I loved seeing those places that I saw on TV come to life in front of my eyes! Some of the spots that were featured on the show are the lush gardens, the Baths of Lady Maria de Padilla, the Pond of Mercury, and the opulent Hall of Ambassadors.
Also do not miss the Patio de las Doncella, featuring intricately patterned, lace-like arches and a long pool in the center. It is truly a sight to behold.
Some tips for visiting the Royal Alcazar
- Buy your tickets in advance. This is *THE* most popular attraction in the city and tickets do sell out, especially when visiting during busy times. Avoid disappointment and buy your tickets ahead of time! Also be sure to get a skip-the-line ticket to avoid the lines.
- Book the first time slot of the day: The Royal Alcazar can be a zoo midday, so come early! So, we failed at this because we also failed at the above. Since there was rain in the forecast and I was waiting to see how it played out, I waited to buy my tickets and the first time slot sold out. Some people will tell you that coming at the end of the day (1-2 hours before closing after the tour buses leave) will also be less crowded. We found this to not be true at all. It was still crowded, there were still tons of tour groups, and it stayed busy even 30 minutes before closing. Go early to encounter the least crowds!
- Consider booking a guided tour: There is soooo much interesting history behind the Royal Alcazar that I really wished I booked a guided tour for some context (especially after doing a tour at the Alhambra and finding it fascinating). Here’s a highly rated tour that gets amazing reviews. If you absolutely don’t want to do a tour, read up on the history beforehand to get more out of your visit.
- The entrance can be a bit confusing to find: We found that to be the case when using Google Maps, which will send you to a random spot behind the gardens. The actual entrance is across from the Cathedral – navigate to Puerta del Leon.
After the Royal Alcazar, walk over to the grand Seville Cathedral. You can’t help but gawk at it – it’s the largest Gothic building in the world (and the largest church in Spain, and third largest in Europe), and it has a striking exterior that immediately grabs your attention.
Originally built on the site of a mosque, it was turned into a church when the Christian rulers conquered the city in the 13th century. After the original structure was destroyed in an earthquake, construction began on a new cathedral, one so grand and extravagant to serve as a symbol of Seville’s power and wealth. It is said that the rulers stated “Let us build a church so beautiful and so magnificent that those who see it finished will think we are mad.”
The resulting church is massive, towering over the city and with extravagant details on the facade, but the interior is equally impressive. Walking through the inside of the cathedral, you’ll see exactly how large and cavernous it is, boasting 12 chapels, 80 side chapels, and a nave that rises 42 meters (138 feet) tall.
You’ll find plenty of elaborate gold leafed details, carvings of biblical figures, paintings (including those by Goya and Murrillo), stained glass, and tombs of Spanish royalty. The Seville Cathedral is also best known to be the final resting place for Christopher Columbus, although there is some debate about how much of his body is actually here.
I recommend purchasing a skip-the-line ticket ahead of time to avoid standing in long lines at the entrance.
Whatever you do, absolutely do not miss going up the Giralda tower, another highlight of your Seville 2 day itinerary. Admission to the tower is included in your ticket for the Cathedral.
La Giralda is the oldest structure in the Seville Cathedral complex, originally built as a minaret of the mosque that once stood here. It was originally used to call Muslims to prayer.
Standing over 100 meters tall (or nearly 350 feet), climbing to the top of La Giralda is an experience not to be missed. You’ll go up 35 inclining ramps to get to the top, originally used by muezzins and guards with their horses and donkeys. You’ll huff and puff a bit, but it’s not too bad (it was definitely much easier than getting to the top of the Duomo in Florence!).
The view will be worth the climb, as you’ll be rewarded with stunning views over the city, as well as the cathedral below.
The riverfront + Torre del Oro
After visiting the Cathedral and Giralda tower, walk towards the water.
The Guadalquivir River runs through the center of Seville and plays an important role in the city’s history. The river connects Seville to the ocean, which made it a strategic connection point between the Spanish Empire’s territories in the Americas with the cities of mainland Spain. After boats became too large to fit through the river, this connection point was moved elsewhere, closer to Cadiz.
One of the most significant landmarks on the waterfront is Torre de Oro, a 13th century defensive tower that served to protect Seville from possible attacks from the river. It was also used as a prison during the Middle Ages.
Today, it houses a small naval museum and has a viewing deck at the top, although I heard mixed things about whether the view was worth it and opted not to go up.
Still, it makes a striking sight along the riverfront.
Either way, spend a bit of time walking along the waterfront, as you’ll be able to see some awesome views of the colorful buildings of Triana across the river. There’s also places to sit and relax (and soak up the sun, if you happen to be there on a sunny day), along with some sculptures and art installations.
If you find yourself with extra time on your 2 day Seville itinerary, you can also take a river cruise from here, a relaxing activity from which you can enjoy some beautiful views of the city.
Wander through Triana
Next, head across the Puente Isabel II bridge to head over to the Triana neighborhood.
The lively neighborhood used to be the gypsy quarter of the city, once considered to be the “wrong side” of the river. Today, it’s the artsy, bohemian neighborhood, and considered to be the fun and funky part of the city.
I loved that Triana had a much more local vibe. We only saw a few tourists here while wandering through here, and I really enjoyed observing the authentic slice of local life.
Triana is also known for producing some famous flamenco dancers and bullfighters, and also for the production of azujelo tiles, once made using the mud from the river until it was silted down. You’ll see plenty of shops advertising ceramicas here, and it is worth popping into a few of them to pick up a unique souvenir.
If you’re in the mood for a snack, pop into the Mercado de Triana, which has plenty of stalls selling meats, produce, and cheeses, along with tapas bars, pastry shops, and cafes. You can even take a market tour that finishes with a Spanish cooking class for a fun experience.
Attend a flamenco show
Flamenco is one of Spain’s most beloved cultural expressions, and Seville is synonymous with the art of flamenco. So, it is an absolute must to experience a flamenco show on your 2 days in Seville itinerary!
A flamenco performance is an unforgettable experience. The dance is full of allure and passion, and watching a performance is absolutely mesmerizing. Flamenco is said to have originated in Seville (although there is some debate about this), specifically in Triana. So why not watch it where it all started?
There are many places to watch flamenco in Seville, and you can find a performance to suit your tastes and preferences. You can even book a performance that includes tapas or dinner. For me personally, I was looking for something a bit more intimate and I booked this flamenco show, which also comes with a free drink.
The show absolutely blew me away, from the intricate footwork of the dancers, the soulful performances by the musicians, and the display of emotion and passion by all. I absolutely could not take my eyes off the performers – it was definitely an experience to remember!
Dinner at Blanca Paloma
You’ll find the traditional tapas, such as Salmorejo and Croquetas, both of which we really enjoyed here. However, don’t miss the tapas with a more modern flair, either – the mackerel sashimi here was one of our favorites!
Blanca Paloma is super popular, so you might have to wait a bit (or eat right when they open, and then go to the flamenco show afterwards). However, it is completely worth it as everything here is super tasty!
There’s a bar area downstairs with tapas style plates, and a sit-down area upstairs as well.
Have you ever been to Seville? What would you put on your 2 days in Seville itinerary?
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Caroline is a Southern California based traveler, writer, and photographer. She travels all around California, the US, and the world in search of the most colorful places, the most delicious food, and bucket-list adventures. Her aim is to inspire other travelers discover how to add more adventure and joy to their lives. On Pictures & Words, you’ll find detailed guides + itineraries, along with vibrant photos to help you plan the the most epic trips. When she’s not traveling, Caroline also runs half marathons.