How to spend a day in Seville

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Want to visit Saville but only have 1 day?  How can you possibly explore this wonderful city in so little time? It’s not easy but I have just 8 hours to cram as much in as I could. So here’s my 8 hours in Seville.


We arrived by train from Malaga into the main station, it took us 2 hours and cost €55 for a round trip. We didn’t have a clue where we were going and ended up getting so lost! So when you come out of the station walk straight, cross over the road and head to the left-hand side of the bridge walk down the steps and walk straight, you will have to turn and it will take you 20 minutes.

If you need a landmark to head for then the Cathedral is a good starting point. 


Seville Torre del Ore (Gold’s Tower)
Torre del Ore (Gold’s Tower)

Take a walk through the town centre

Walk past the cathedral and keep going towards the river and the Torre del Ore (Gold’s Tower). This is where most of the bus tours start from.

Get on one of the city’s hop on hop off bus tours.

I would recommend just sitting on the tour the whole way round, takes 90 minutes, and then going back to the places you liked the look of after as everywhere is easily walked.

You can get the bus tickets on Viator, they have lots of tours all around the world and always have great discounts. They also have a handy app so you can check out tours on the go.

The places I liked the most that we explored by foot were:

Plaza de Espana (Spain Square) 

It is in the middle of a huge public park so it’s worth taking your lunch with you if you are on a budget then you can eat it in the park admiring the view. The Plaza really is stunning, its size makes taking a good photograph that captures is all tricky.

You can also take a boat ride around its moat for €6


Giralda (Cathedral)

If you take a walk through the city centre you can’t miss it.

Seville Cathedral in Spain

Where to eat

We ate by Macarena and although the food was incredible it was very expensive (which we didn’t realise until after we ordered). If you want to eat I’d recommend the Alameda de Hercules area as we went past this on the bus and there looked to be some really nice places to eat in this area with reasonable prices.

Black Paella for my very expensive lunch!
Black Paella for my very expensive lunch!

Don’t forget to take your time

With such little time in Seville, I didn’t want to spend the 8 hours running from one tourist attraction to the next. Instead, I wanted to people watch while eating paella and wander the streets admiring the architecture and taking photos. I wish I’d dedicated more time for this as the walk back to the train station way my favourite part. Every time I turned a corner I was faced with another beautiful building, a coffee shop I wanted to sit and drink coffee at, or flamenco dancers I wanted to watch.

Was it worth it for 8 hours?

Even though I spent a short amount of time in Seville and didn’t have time to really explore the city one thing I do know is that I want to go back, and next time I’ll be staying for a lot longer that 8 hours! Seville is bursting with culture. It has a bubbling art scene that I know I want to soak up. The history of this city is fascinating and it’s seen as the gateway to the Americas.

If you only have one day then make the most of it, but my advice is take a week, you won’t regret it!

Want to visit Saville but only have 1 day? How can you possibly explore this wonderful city in so little time? It’s not easy but I have just 8 hours to cram as much in as I could. So here’s my 8 hours in Seville.

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16 Replies to “How to spend a day in Seville”

  1. a lovely trip you hv ini Seville Claire 😀

  2. Seville looks so serene. Id love to visit it once in my life 🙂

    1. Yes it is a beautiful place!

  3. I want to go to Seville just for that cathedral! Lovely pictures. Definitely looks like a place that needs more that a day. There must definitely be some cafes where one can spend a day watching people!

    1. I could easily live there!

  4. We’re heading to Spain for three weeks in January, and I was just looking at trying to do some day trips! I’m glad to see you were able to get a lot out of Seville even with only having 8 hours there. That’s about the amount of time we’d have in Seville too, so this is great inspiration!

    1. Ah so glad to be of help. Have a wonderful time on your trip 🙂

  5. I have always loved all the buildings in the historic European cities. I could just wander around spotting cool buildings and taking pictures of them. Love the cathedral, it looks beautiful! Black paella is something I have never seen or tasted before, very interesting!

    1. I had never heard of it either but it was amazing! If you go be sure to try it 🙂

  6. In an era where time is luxury, day trip itineraries like this is gold! Very informative, interesting and one for the books! 😀

    1. Thank you so much! Happy travels 🙂

  7. Seville is one of my favourite cities in Spain, if not in Europe. The mixture of Arabic and European history and architecture is just incredible!
    My favourite place is the Alcazar, I could’ve spent days looking at the incredible ceiling and decorations! Did you get the chance to go there?

    1. That’s one of the things I loved too! Such an incredible mix. No, I didn’t sadly. But Seville is one of those places I know I’ll go back to for a long visit if not to live. So that will be on the top of my list of places to see there!

  8. It all looks so beautiful, you had wonderful weather 🙂 I think I might go in spring so you just made me more excited 🙂

    1. You so should! It would be even more beautiful in Spring I’m sure!

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