Expats will find countless things to see and do in Seville. The main sightseeing attractions are the Cathedral – one of the largest in the world; the Alcázar, a Moorish palace; and Plaza de España, a marvellous plaza with a fountain in the centre.
Seville, as the capital of the region of Andalusia, is a traditional Spanish city and expats have many churches to explore, parks to relax in, and squares that are perfect for people watching or grabbing a coffee or some tapas. The architecture in the Jewish quarter and Triana will dazzle expats. There are a few museums with regular exhibitions, and Calle Tetuan and Sierpes are lined with the latest fashion shops.
Here is our list of the best things to see and do in Seville.
Recommended attractions in Seville
Alcázar of Seville
Originally this royal palace was a Moorish fort, and because kings and queens made it their home, expats also can marvel at the mosaic walls, wander round the well-kept gardens, and even play hide and seek in a bush maze. There’s free entry to the Royal Alcázar for residents in Seville.
Alfalfa, Alameda, and Triana barrios
These barrios (neighbourhoods) are the most popular with Sevillianos and expats for tapas and beers in the evenings. There are plenty of places to eat, dance, and practise Spanish.
Barrio Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is a barrio in the heart of the city. Also known as the Jewish quarter, it is one of the most romantic spots in Seville. Expats can wine and dine in traditional bars, wander around the quaint plazas and cobbled streets, or have churros, a fried doughy mixture, for breakfast.
Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Seville Cathedral)
Completed in the 16th century, this Gothic cathedral is the central point of Seville. Expats can see the whole city from the Giralda tower, pose for photos in the orange patio, and explore the nooks and crannies in this amazing building. The coffin of Christopher Columbus is here as well. Known in Spanish as Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see.
Expats can feel the duende – the magic of flamenco – in various tablaos, or places where flamenco is performed. One of the many popular venues with expats, mainly because the show has an authentic feel, is La Carboneria.
Stroll along Seville’s river, the Guadalquivir, stopping off for tapas or a drink, visit the Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold), or catch a ferry or pedalo. On the far side of the river, along the Canal de Alfonso XIII, is Calle Betis, a great place in the evening to meet Sevillianos or fellow expats.
Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bella Artes)
Apart from the lovely square in front of this wonderful building where you can watch tango performances on some evenings, the museum has regular exhibitions to interest expats. The museum is one of the most important in Andalusia and has exhibits from the medieval period to the 20th century.
Plaza de España
Plaza de España is one of the most picturesque public places to hang out in Seville. Each region in Spain is represented by a tiled plaque, and this spot offers views over the adjoining María Luisa Park. One of the top landmarks in the country, new arrivals often can't help but fall in love with Seville after visiting this plaza.
Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium
Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium is the home stadium of the city's football club, Sevilla FC. Perhaps not quite up there with Real Madrid or Barcelona, expats can still watch an exciting game of football at this stadium.
►For more insights into what to enjoy and where, read Lifestyle in Seville.
"My kids are still quite small, so we are quite ok with parks, walks and heading to the countryside. My four-year-old is adventurous and likes museums like the Alcázar palace, the aquarium, any nearby castles and anything with animals, like Granja Escuela Cuna in nearby Espartinas.
A great newsletter is Sevilla Con Los Peques (Spanish only), which shares weekly things to do in the area – theatre, themed days, festivals, etc." Learn more about Cat, an American expat, and her life in Seville.
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