One Day in Seville, Spain: Itinerary & Best Things to See in 2022

Seville is one of the must-see destinations in Spain.

Boasting a labyrinth of flower-filled narrow streets and orange-scented squares, its Old Town is bewitching. The city’s UNESCO-listed buildings speak of its rich history and there are ample opportunities for tapas tasting and cultural activities.

But what should you see if you only have one day in Seville? You will need to make some tough choices.

This is where I can help you.

Based on my experiences as a two-time visitor to this city, I have put together a 1-day Seville itinerary to help you make the most of your time there. Whether this is your first time in Seville or you are a return visitor, it will allow you to explore the city’s main sights as well its historical and cultural legacy.

delicate stone carvings on faces of seville cathedral and bell tower framed by orange tress

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Step Into Seville’s Past

Much of Seville’s appeal is thanks to its rich history.

Iberian tribes made Seville their home as early as the first millennium BC. The city flourished under the Romans, and then the Moors, until it was conquered by Spanish Christians under Ferdinand III in 1248.  

The Spanish discovery of the Americas brought new prosperity to Seville at the turn of the 15th Century, and it became the centre of the exploration and exploitation of America.

kayaker on river and riverbank with brightly coloured houses
The mighty Guadalquivir River in Seville was the main route for goods from the newly discovered Americas

What to See in Seville in One Day

Seville 1-Day itinerary overview

This itinerary will allow you to cover the best things to do in Seville in 24 hours. It is jam-packed with wonderful things to see so wear your most comfortable shoes.

Do you have two or three days in Seville (or longer)? If so, take a look at my 3-Day Seville itinerary.

Map of Seville’s sights (+ free walking tour!)

To help you picture your visit and to navigate the city, here’s a map of the places included in this Seville itinerary.

map of best things to see in one day in seville itinerary
Best things to see in Seville in a day. Map data @ Google 2022 (click on image for interactive map)

If it helps, you can use this as a self-guided walking tour of Seville. From start to finish, you will cover a distance of about four miles (6 km).

SEVILLE CATHEDRAL

Start your day in Seville at its monumental cathedral.

majestic seville cathedral seen through an arched gateway

Built over the remains of a former mosque, Seville Cathedral is the third-largest church in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London

Don’t risk getting stuck in an epic queue for tickets. As this UNESCO-listed building attracts visitors in their droves, do the smart thing and buy your ticket in advance.

>>> CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR SKIP-THE-LINE TICKET

This Gothic cathedral claims to be the last resting place of Christopher Columbus and houses Spain’s third most important collection of artworks after the Prado in Madrid and Seville’s Museo de Bellas Artes.

suculpture of men holding tomb of colon seen when visiting seville cathedral
Tomb of Christopher Columbus, Seville Cathedral

To make the most of your visit, bring a decent guidebook, buy an audio guide at the entrance or book a guided tour of the Cathedral.

>>> BOOK YOUR GUIDED TOUR WITH A SKIP-THE-LINE TICKET HERE

READ THIS NEXT: 10 Things to Know Before Visiting Seville Cathedral

LA GIRALDA

Your ticket for Seville Cathedral includes admission to La Giralda, its bell tower. From the viewing platform, the views across Seville are sensational.

panoramic view of the streets of seville from the giralda tower
view of cathedral seen through latticed arched window
VISITING SEVILLE CATHEDRAL & LA GIRALDA

Address: Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla. The main entrance to Seville Cathedral is through Puerta del Lagarto. If you need to buy a ticket, the ticket office is at Puerta del Príncipe.

Opening hours: Open daily. Check opening hours here.

Ticket price: Entrance fee applies.

WALK AROUND BARRIO SANTA CRUZ

Along with many of Seville’s other best-known sights, the Cathedral is located in Barrio Santa Cruz.

Before you visit the Royal Alcázar, take half an hour or so to explore this historic Jewish quarter. This maze of narrow cobblestone streets and hidden patios oozes charm.

Just add the scent of oranges.

pretty piazza with fountain and woman
seville man walking on street 2
person walking along a narrow street in seville

ROYAL ALCÁZAR OF SEVILLE

Built for the Christian king Peter of Castille, the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Real Alcázar of Seville is one of the most stunning royal palaces in Europe.

The exquisite Patio de las Doncellas, featuring elaborate stucco workazulejos (tiles) and wooden doors was the hub of palace life. Nearby the Salon de Embajadores is renowned for its domed cedarwood ceiling, its horseshoe arcades and Mudéjar tiles.

ornate horseshoe arch looking into courtyard
Patio de las Doncellas, Real Alcázar of Seville

If that’s not enough, the rambling and eclectic gardens of the Real Alcázar boast tinkling fountains, still ponds, Renaissance arches and lots of orange and palm trees.

pond with founrtain and alcoves in wall with elaborate paintings

>>> CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR SKIP-THE-LINE ADMISSION TICKET OR HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKET WITH A GUIDED TOUR OF THE REAL ALCÁZAR

VISITING THE REAL ALCÁZAR OF SEVILLE

Address: Patio de Banderas, 41004 Seville

Opening hours: Open daily with the exception of January 1st, January 6th, Good Friday and Christmas Day. Opening hours are seasonal.

Ticket price: Entrance fee applies.

READ THIS NEXT: 10 Things to Know Before Visiting the Real Alcázar of Seville

 HOTEL ALFONSO XIII

Hotel Alfonso XIII is the swankiest hotel in town and was built to house visitors to the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. The hotel’s collonaded interior patio is open to non-guests for the price of a drink.

art deco gateway with sign saying hotel
Alfonso XIII Hotel, Seville

REAL FÁBRICA DE TABACOS (UNIVERSIDAD)

Just behind Hotel Alfonso XIII is the largest building in Spain after El Escorial in Madrid.

tiled sign saying fabrica real de tabacos

Back in the day, three-quarters of Europe’s cigars were manufactured at the Real Fábrica de Tabacos. The Tobacco Factory is now part of Seville University.

PLAZA DE ESPAÑA

Plaza de España is one of Seville’s most recognisable landmarks.

This outrageously flamboyant semi-circular plaza is fronted by a collonaded building with 48 alcoves decorated with vibrant tiles. Each of these alcoves represents a Spanish province and a moment in history.

facade of semi-cricular grand colonnaded building at plaza de espana in seville spain
man walking along grand colonnaded walkway
vivid tiles showing battle scene and the word almeria

Following the curve of the building is a canal that is crossed by a series of tiled footbridges. A spectacular fountain designed by Vicente Traver takes centre stage in this massive plaza.

It can be selfie-stick hell.

PARQUE MARIA LUISA

Parque Maria Luisa is adjacent to Plaza de España.

Featuring tinkling fountains, Islamic-style pools, tree-shaded avenues and sunbathing birds this leafy retreat is Seville’s green lung.

fountain in the shape of a loin's head spouting water

CASA DE PILATOS

This 16th Century palace, built for Don Fadrique, the first Marquess of Tarifa, is unmissable.  It features a fabulous blend of Spanish Mudéjar and Renaissance architecture and is decorated with vibrant azulejos throughout.

courtyard with central fountain surrounded by dual layer collonade

Casa de Pilatos’s main patio was used as a filming location for David Lean’s epic masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

VISITING CASA DE PILATOS

Address:  Pl. de Pilatos

Opening hours: Open daily 9 am to 6 pm

Ticket price: Entrance fee applies. Scan the QR code on your phone at the entrance for a free audio guide. There is an extra charge to take a guided tour of the upper floors.

METROPOL PARASOL (LAS SETAS)

From Casa de Pilatos, it’s a ten-minute walk to a newer addition to Seville’s urban landscape: the Metropol Parasol.

Also known as Las Setas (The Mushrooms), it is built with 3,500 pieces of Finnish pine and is the largest wooden structure in the world.

Take the lift to the serpentine pathway that winds its way across the roof of the structure. Whilst it doesn’t offer the best views in town, it’s a fascinating structure.

view over rooftops of seville spain

Underneath the Metropol Parasol, you’ll find a food market and The Antiquarium, which houses the Roman, Visigoth and Islamic remains unearthed during its construction.

VISITING SEVILLE’S METROPOL PARASOL

Address: Pl. de la Encarnación, 37

Opening hours: Open daily. Check the website for seasonal opening hours.

Ticket price: Entrance fee applies.

CATCH A FLAMENCO SHOW

If you are staying in Seville for the evening, try to catch a flamenco show.

This traditional art form is one of the things that Spain is best known for and one that perfectly captures the spirit of Andalusia. I went to a flamenco performance in Granada and was utterly captivated.

There are countless tablaos (flamenco venues) in Seville, but here are two that are highly rated by other travellers.

Casa de la Memoria flamenco show

This one-hour performance is held in an intimate theatre that dates back to the 15th Century.

>>> CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKET

La Cantaora Flamenco Show with dinner

If you want to combine a flamenco show with food and drinks, book a ticket for a show at La Cantaora, which focuses on the purity and roots of gipsy flamenco.

>>> CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKET

How to Get to Seville by Train or Bus

Getting to Seville by train

Thanks to Spain’s AVE high-speed trains, arriving in Seville by rail is super easy. Book in advance for the best fares.

Seville’s Santa Justa station is located northeast of the city centre and serves most of the main routes. There is also a second station –  San Bernardo – located southeast of the city centre.

looking down on to platforms in huge railway station
Seville Santa Justa Station

Frequent trains run from Madrid (2.5 hours) and Malaga (from 2 hours), and less frequently from Barcelona (5.5 hours) and Valencia (3.5 hours). Book in advance for the best fares. 

The cheapest way of booking train tickets in Spain is through Renfe, their national rail operator. However, the Renfe website doesn’t always play nice (on more than one occasion it refused to recognise major destinations for me). If this happens, book via Omio. Although there’s a small booking fee attached, it’s a clear booking engine and hassle-free.

Getting to Seville by bus

Seville’s Plaza de Armas Bus Station serves routes to Huelva and Costa de la Luz in Andalucia, and to other destinations in Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Mérida, Asturias and Galicia. There are also services to Portugal and France

Prado de San Sebastian Bus Station handles long-distance routes to Barcelona, Murcia and Cartagena, as well as other destinations in Andalusia

Find more information about bus services to Seville here.

How to Get Around Seville

If you stick with this Seville itinerary, you shouldn’t need to use public transport. The city’s main attractions are scattered across a very walkable area.

But if you are feeling weary, hail a taxi or rent a bike through SEVici, the city’s bike-hire scheme. There is a reported 120 km of cycle lanes in Seville.

Seville also has an extensive bus network. The circular buses, C3 and C4, follow the ring road around the old city centre. The C5 bus takes a circular route inside the centre.

The city also has a tram and metro system. More information on Seville’s public transport here.

There is also the inevitable hop-on-hop-off (HOHO) bus service.

>>> CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR HOHO TICKET

Where to Stay in Seville

If you are staying overnight in Seville, base yourself in the Old Town area around the Cathedral and El Arenal district. You will be close to the city’s main attractions, there is plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets and there are lots of restaurants and bars from which to choose.

Here are my recommendations:

Apartment – Céntriko Apartments, Quintero 40

I stayed in this fabulous rooftop apartment tucked in a quiet side street a stone’s throw from the cathedral. It was great value for what it offered, which included a private terrace with Giralda views and laundry facilities.

Address: 40 C/ Álvarez Quintero

>>> CLICK HERE TO CHECK RATES & BOOK

Mid-range hotel – Hotel Simon

This was where I stayed on my first visit to Seville. This modest hotel is in an 18th Century mansion, a 3-minute walk from the cathedral and features a beautiful central courtyard.

Address: C/ García de Vinuesa, 19,

>>> CLICK HERE TO CHECK RATES & BOOK

Luxury hotel – Radisson Collection Hotel, Magdalena Plaza

This new 5-star hotel is a 10-minute walk north of Seville Cathedral and features a rooftop swimming pool.

Address: Plaza de la Magdalena 1

>>> CLICK HERE TO CHECK RATES & BOOK

>>> None of these places take your fancy? Find other great accommodation choices in Seville here.

Where to Eat in Seville

One thing that Seville is not short of is bars and restaurants. Here are a few places that I tried and liked.

Bodega Diaz Salazar

This traditional bodega opposite Hotel Simon serves an extensive range of wines and sherries, and possibly the largest potato tortilla in the world.

Address: C/ García de Vinuesa 20

barrels of sherry and wine bottles
Bodega Diaz Salazar, Seville

El Pinton

Grab a seat on the outside terrace of this friendly restaurant near the cathedral and Alcázar and tuck into a plate of fried fish accompanied by roasted vegetables with goat’s cheese.

Address: C/ Francos, 42

Bar El Baratillo

I’d go back here solely for the sublime langoustines wrapped in bacon.

Address: C/ Adriano, 20

Bar Agustin & Company

Another friendly Seville dining option, located close to Iglesia del Salvador. Try the hake and prawn fritters.

Address: C/ Alvarez Quintero 3 Salvador Square

Is Seville Safe for Solo Travellers?

Spain is not only one of the easiest places to travel alone in Europe, but it is also one of the best solo travel destinations in the world. This is the case even if you are travelling alone for the first time.

This Iberian country has a rich history, a vibrant cultural scene and a well-developed travel infrastructure. This is never so true when it comes to Seville.

Foremost in the minds of female solo travellers is safety when travelling alone. Seville’s Old Town is relaxed with locals and visitors enjoying its attractions, bars and restaurants. Even after dark on weekdays, it felt safe.

However, in common with other major cities, Seville has gained a reputation for pickpockets, especially in popular tourist areas and transport hubs. Remain vigilant, keep your belongings close to you and use your hotel safe to store valuables. 

Is One Day in Seville Enough?

I’ll level with you. Spending 24 hours in Seville will allow you to just scratch its surface.
 
That said, one day is enough time to visit Seville’s show-stopping attractions, including La Giralda, the Cathedral and the Real Alcázar and to dip your toe into the cultural and tapas scene for which the city is famous.
 
And as for Seville’s other attractions? You’ll have to look forward to on your next visit.