Seville, Spain

Seville is an artistic, filled with culture, and a beautiful city in southern Spain.  The city is full of beautiful architecture, history, and vibrant life.  Many famous movies, like Star Wars, were filmed here.  There are many famous churches, winding streets, and great flamenco dancers.  This is my favorite city in Spain and it is a must go to place while visiting.

MUST GO TO PLACES

Activities – Seville is famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood.  Major landmarks include the Alcázar castle, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giraldo.  Seville is beautiful and exploring this city will never get old.

Transportation – The orange or red painted city buses cost 1.30 EUR per journey.  If you buy a Bonobus pass it costs 6.40 EUR for 10 rides, saving you almost 7 EUR.  The best way to see the city is walking or renting a bike, which will cost around 1-2 EUR per hour (after paying a 12.30 EUR registration fee).

  • Casa de Pilatos – Built in 1500 AD, this palace is the center of tourism in Seville.  It houses a collection of 16th and 19th century paintings, and across from the palace you can find sculptures of Greek mythological figures.  Admission is around 6-8 EUR depending how much of the palace you want to explore.
  • Iglesia de San IsidoroTake a walking tour to see his 14th century church.  The artwork and architecture is beautiful.  Admission is 5 EUR and includes a guide.
  • Parque de Maria LuisaEscape the busy part of Seville by exploring thus park where you can spend time exploring the gardens, patios,, and admire the sculptures.   
  • Plaza de EspañaThis is filled with government offices, statues, and opportunities to learn about some of Seville’s history.  Murals were painted to show the different regions of Spain.  For the Star Wars fans: this location was used to film Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones – in which it featured in exterior shots of the City of Theed on the Planet Naboo.
  • Cathedral of SevilleThe views are impressive, the architecture is beautiful.  Christopher Columbus us buried here.  The bell tower also offers a panoramic view of the city.
  • Jewish Quarter – This area of town is located around the old Cathedral.  It is filled with small winding streets and is generally regarded as the most charming part of the city, but it is also fairly touristy.
  • AlcázarEurope’s oldest residential palace.  It serves as a royal residence when the monarchs of Spain come to visit Seville.  The palace is a beautiful example of Moorish architecture.  Admission is 9.50 EUR for adults, and 2 EUR for students and seniors.
  • El Monasterio la Cartuja – This monastery is also known as the Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas.  Founded in the 15th century as a Franciscan monastery.  It  now houses a collection of contemporary and ceramic art.
  • The Museo de Bellas ArtesThe fine arts museum in the city, and houses a collection that dates back to the Gothic period.  The museum lies in the Macarena neighborhood, and only costs 1.50 EUR to enter, or free if you’re an EU citizen.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hostel style dorms range from 10-20 EUR per night.  Prices do increase in the summer months.  Free WiFi is standard at all the hostels and free breakfast is available and a handful throughout the city.

  • La Banda Rooftop HostelFunky lodging with mixed-sex dorms, plus free breakfast, rooftop communal dinners & a kitchen.  23 EUR per night.
  • Hostel TrotamundosLaid-back hostel with a traditional Andalusian interior courtyard, a kitchen & a common room.  13 EUR per night.
  • Grand Luxe HostelSimple quarters in an informal lodging with free Wi-Fi & breakfast, plus a rooftop terrace.  15 EUR per night.
  • Black Swan HostelFeatures a communal rooftop terrace with city views. The modern hostel offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi.  13 EUR per night.

BARS & RESTAURANTS

Food is very affordable here.  A typical meal will cost around 12-20 EUR and that includes a drink!  Buying your own groceries will help save some money.  Buy your own alcohol at a grocery store to save more money.  Domestic beer and wine can be bought for about 50% less than at bars/restaurants.

  • Bar AlfalfaBreakfast is a nightmere in Europe, but not here.  They offer gluten-free bread for the traditional Spanish tostadas at no extra cost.
  • Bar SacramentoThey don’t market themselves as gluten-free, but most of their dishes are naturally gluten-free.  Gluten free options are clearly marked on the menu and they also serve bottles of gluten free beer.  
  • PanaceaA bakery on Calle Regina that has a section dedicated entirely to gluten free products. With sweet pastries and a wide selection of bread, this is definitely the place to come for high-quality gluten free baked goods! (the magdalenas is very delicious.)
  • ZarabandaIt is a great little restaurant tucked in a back street in the center of Seville.  They too don’t market their GF options, but the menu ensures that gluten free guests are well looked after.  Gluten free bread is available upon request, nearly all of the tapas are gluten free friendly, and even the desserts are almost entirely gluten free! Not only that, the owner and staff are friendly, the wine list has been carefully curated, and the food is amazing.
  • Calle ReginaIt’s not a restaurant but s street in Seville.  It’s right behind the infamous parasol and we found it purely by chance. There are several small specialty groceries and shops selling a range of organic, whole food, gluten free and other specialty diet foods.  Go early for a better selection.
  • Orfeo Cafe BarOwned by the same people of Zarabanda, they have a lot of baked goods that are nearly all gluten free.  They also have a nice coffee bar, chill atmosphere and WIFI.  Try the cafe bonbon – coffee made with condensed milk.
  • El RinconcilloThe most historic bar in Seville is a little bar on the outskirts of the town center.  Its claim fame is that it’s the oldest bar in Seville, dating back to 1670!
  • Casa Ricardo A little spot hidden in the back streets near La Alameda. This place dates back to 1898.  
  • Casa Morales – This little family run bar was founded in 1850, and this is a great place to enjoy some Spanish wine!
  • La GoletaThe first bar to introduce to the city vino de naranja – a sweet fortified wine produced in the nearby province of Huelva.

MONEY SAVING TIPS

  • Get Bonobus passIf you plan on using the bus often, get this pass.  You will get 10 rides and save around 7 EUR – which that leaves you more room to afford more sangria!
  • Visit the Seville CathedralOn Sunday, the cathedral is free admission until 2:30pm.  If you arrive early, you’ll skip out on the crowds.
  • CouchsurfThis is the best way to see the city; stay with a local and see the city like a local.  
  • Buy your own alcoholDrinks are not that expensive at bars in Seville, but you can save a lot of money by buying your own.

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