We won’t feel sorry for you if you only have 24 hours to spend in the beautiful Andalusian capital of Seville. Far from it in fact. Seville is a treasure trove of rich historical gems, vibrant cultural offerings and intriguing gastronomical delights. 24 hours in Seville can actually feel like plenty of time, as long as you are savvy with your planning. Luckily, you have your 24 hours in Seville guide from Orbzii to help you every step of the way.
So, if you’re looking for the best things to do in Seville with just a day to spare, then read ahead.
Get a Moorish fix of the history of the city
Carve out a few hours to explore the glorious history of Seville. First stop is the Alcázar palace which was constructed during both Seville’s Moorish and Christian eras, affording it an utterly fascinating blend of styles. In fact, it is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of Mudéjar architecture in Spain. The Spanish Royal Family still use this palace during their visits to Seville, so if it’s good enough for the Royals, it has to make the list of things to see..
Just a stone’s throw away is the Catedral de Sevilla which is the largest gothic cathedral in the world and is a majestic sprawling compendium of buildings. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its valuable artistic heritage.
Try out Triana
Even if you only have 24 hours in Seville, you have to cross the waters of the Guadalquivir River via the Isabell II bridge. Triana was the original Gypsy quarter of Seville and is steeped in history of the traditions of both flamenco dancing and bullfighting. At both sides of the bridge you will find tributes to both forms of entertainment :a statue of famed matador Juan Belmonte and a stylish flamenco dancer.
The bridge, which was constructed in 1852, is the oldest bridge in Seville and both then and now has been a source of inspiration for artists. It also serves as a link between the most popular district and the old town. Why not while away an hour or two exploring this intriguing neighbourhood to see all that this district has to offer?
Even with only 24 hours in Seville, you still have to carve time out to eat right? Luckily Seville is a bit of a gold mine for foodies who want to eat their way around the city trying both traditional dishes and adventurous new ones.
Sharing is caring in Seville which is why tapas and the small plates ethos works so well here. In fact, there are over 300 tapas joints throughout this Andalusian city. If tapas and sherry is your thing, then Palo Cortao has your name on it, offering over 80 sherries that you can try pairing with your small plates.
If you prefer your food with a view, head over to the Taberna del Alabardero in Calle Zaragoza which offers a fantastic fusion of both innovative new cuisine coupled with traditional Andalusian fare and offers the most incredible views of the Torre Giralda Tower.
Dance the afternoon away
You can still enjoy a spot of the celebrated art of flamenco dancing even if you only have 24 hours in Seville.
At Casa de la Memoria, you can make yourself centre stage and enjoy a beginners flamenco lesson with a professional dancer. If you pop back at night, you can rest your feet and watch the experts in a live show and really embrace the spirit of flamenco.
Soak your cares away
After you have traipsed around the historical hotspots and danced like no one’s watching, we are sure you will want to relax and revitalise at the Aire de Sevilla thermal baths – a 16th-century Mudéjar-style palace where you can bathe like the Sevillians do. Glide into the selection of candlelit pools of different temperatures, the spa pools with jets and of course the hammam steam room.
Watch the sun go down
One of the best places to watch the sun go down is from one of the many rooftop bars in the city.
From the bijou Palacio Alcazar, which affords some incredible views of the cathedral and the Alcazar, to Casa Romana which has the most amazing atmosphere along with some far reaching views of Las Setas and its surrounding areas.
Of course, we can’t forget the fabulous La Terraza bar at the Hotel Doña María, which is unbelievably close to La Giralda and will provide you with the most incredible views.
Go out out!
Seville’s vibrant nightlife is famous the world over – and with good reason! From cosy bars where you can try the city’s locally-distilled gin and watch local bands perform to a bar crawl through the strip at Calle Betis and dancing the night away at one of the city’s flamenco bars.
Whether you are looking for low-key or high-end, you can finish your night out in Seville any which way you like.