Seville City Guide

Seville

The best way to get around Seville is on foot but there are many alternative ways to getting around the city including the Seville Hop on Hop off Bus routes, the Guadalquivir River Tour (a boat tour around the city every hour from 10:00 to 20:00), as well as the bus routes around the city, the metro, taxi and the SEVici (public bike rental service in Seville). In terms of the weather, the city lives in sun mostly all year round and from June to September there is virtually no rain and daily highs of up to 40C.

Arrival into Seville

If you’re arriving by plane then San Pablo airport is located just 10km north-east of Seville city centre. If you chose to take a taxi to the centre then this will cost about around 25 Euros (please be aware that there are different fares for luggage, night times and public holidays) or you can take the bus. If you want to go via bus then you have the EA airport bus which leaves the airport for the city centre every 15 to 30 minutes and will cost 4 Euros. This bus runs from 05:20 to 00:45 and takes about 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic. It stops at several hotels in the city centre.  Instead of arriving into Seville by plane, you can also arrive by AVE from Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga and Cordoba as well as all over Andalucia into Santa Justa train station.

Neighbourhoods of Seville

Santa Cruz – Formerly the Jewish quarter of the city, this neighbourhood is famous for its picturesque squares and narrow streets. It is now a modern and beautiful neighbourhood full of traditional Andalucian architecture. You will find several of the main monuments in Seville including the Alcazar Royal Palace, The Archive of the Indies and the Cathedral and the Giralda tower. The Giralda tower will give you some of the most spectacular views over the city if you venture to the top. You will also find the beautiful Casa del Flamenco in this neighbourhood where a flamenco show takes place in the internal patio of the building. You should be prepared to see all sorts of dancing, singing and typical Spanish guitar. Seville is known for its flamenco and so you should definitely try to catch a show during your holiday, whether it is here or another venue.

Arenal – This neighbourhood lies between the river and the Avenida de la Constitucion. Here is where you will find the impressive sights of the famous Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, the Torre del Oro and the Atraranazas as well as being located next to the beautiful riverside. In terms of cuisine, there are some good tapas bars along the water; there are also some trendy rooftop terraces that are worth checking out.

Centre – as you can probably guess, this is the centre of the city. You will find there are many famous shopping streets where you can buy local goods as well as high street brands. In this area you will also find some historic monuments of Seville, beautifully maintained parks and various ‘plazas’. There is also the cathedral, the government buildings, ‘La Giralda’, the Alcazar Royal Palace, the Archivo de Indias and the Plaza Nueva.  Being in the centre has its benefits as you are in walking distance from everything that Seville has to offer including great shops, bars, nightlife scene and the other neighbourhoods are never far away. You won’t need to rent a car in this neighbourhood as everything you need is on your door step and parking can be a bit tricky!

Triana – This neighbourhood is located on the opposite side of the river and will have a more traditional village like feel to it. There are lots of small shops and local markets to explore as well as wandering up the Calle Betis – the street the runs along the riverside. You can also get some beautiful views of Seville from this neighbourhood.  There are some sights and points of interest in the neighbourhood including the Capilla del Carmen, the Castillo de San Jorge (once the Inquisition Castle), the Iglesia de Santa Ana  and the beautiful plaza de Altozano.

Macarena – This area is considered a place where you will find the least amount of tourists and find a more genuine and authentic neighbourhood of Seville. There are various beautiful monasteries in this area that you can explore and the famous Basilica del Gran Poder. The neighbourhood is also home to the beautiful church of ‘Basilica of the Virgin of the Macarena’, well loved by Sevillians and tourists.

Los Remedios – This is one of the biggest neighbourhoods in Seville and this is the neighbourhood where the famous Feria de Abril takes place, one of the main attractions in Seville where there are parades on horseback, flamenco dancers, fairgrounds, lots of partying on the streets! It is definitely worth a visit if you are interested in coming to Seville.

Alameda – this is a small neighbourhood located north of the centre and is full of trendy bars and sought after places. You will also find yourself in a neighbourhood where hipsters gather as well as there being a gay scene in terms of nightlife.

La Cartuga – This is an interesting neighbourhood that located on what is practically an island located in the middle of the river that runs through Seville. La Cartuga is home to Isla Magica (a theme park) as well as various stadiums and arenas for events. This neighbourhood was also home to the Seville Expo of 1992, nowadays it is mainly abandoned or the buildings have other purposes, but you can still go to visit the interesting buildings that were specially constructed for the event.   You will also find the well known monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas which is now home to the CAAC (centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo) and it holds exhibitions and events. In the summer there are open-air concerts also held here which can serve for a fun day out!

 

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