Seville Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Seville

Seville is a city full of sun and romance. The home of Flamenco and bullfighters, and of Andalusian culture in general, Seville has an authentic Spanish flavor. The next self-guided tour takes you through some of the most popular attractions of the city. Enjoy!
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Seville Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Seville Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Seville (See other walking tours in Seville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: emma
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Plaza Nueva
  • Iglesia de la Magdalena
  • San Jose Chapel
  • Iglesia del Divino Salvador
  • Calle Sierpes
  • Casa de la Memoria / Centro Cultural Flamenco
  • Palacio de Lebrija
  • Metropol Parasol
  • Casa de Pilatos
  • Aire de Sevilla
  • Iglesia de Santa Cruz
  • Convento de la Encarnación
  • Palacio Arzobispal
  • Catedral de Sevilla & Giralda
  • Archivo General de Indias
  • Real Alcázar
Plaza Nueva

1) Plaza Nueva

Like any other city in Spain, Seville also has a central city square called Plaza Nueva (The New Square). It is the kind of place that represents the specific character of the city, is surrounded by palm trees and historical buildings. Notice the massive building that overlooks the square - the city council, and the equestrian statue of the King San Fernando.
Iglesia de la Magdalena

2) Iglesia de la Magdalena

Iglesia de la Magdalena is a Catholic Church located on Bailen-San Pablo street. It is an architectural monument built in 1709 by the Spanish architect Leonardo de Figueroa and is considered one of the best examples of Sevillian Baroque. Pay attention to the beautifully decorated facade and the famous sculpture "Madonna and Child" inside.
San Jose Chapel

3) San Jose Chapel

This chapel is one of the most beautiful masterpieces of Sevillian Baroque. It is located in a narrow street and features a gloriously decorated facade. Pay attention to the front doors ornamented with baroque sculptures by Lucas Valdés. The interiors showcase famous Flemish mural paintings and baroque altarpieces.
Iglesia del Divino Salvador

4) Iglesia del Divino Salvador (must see)

Iglesia del Divino Salvador stands on the square of the same name, in the central district of Seville. It is a good example of typical Sevillian Baroque architecture, standing on a site previously occupied by a mosque and before that, by a Roman temple. It is quite spectacular, not as much for its large size as for its decorative details. Admission is joint for this church and the Seville Cathedral so you save one of the two fees if you visit the same day; alternatively, after 7:30pm, you can enter for free although the interior is not lit.

Purchase the "combined" ticket here and you'll be able to skip the long line at the Cathedral and Giralda.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11am-6pm; Sun: 3-7:30pm
Calle Sierpes

5) Calle Sierpes

Calle Sierpes is the most famous street in Seville. It is a car free zone and it is crowded all day long. The area features a variety of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants.
Casa de la Memoria / Centro Cultural Flamenco

6) Casa de la Memoria / Centro Cultural Flamenco (must see)

Casa de la Memoria is a cultural facility established to promote and preserve authentic Andalusian traditions. Located on the famous CalIe Cuna, it is the best place to go for an authentic Flamenco show presented by recognized artists. The shows are held in a sophisticated atmosphere.

The building itself is worth a visit, as part of the old stables of the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija, a wonderful architectural jewel of the 16th century, and you can also take the opportunity to shop for Andalusian souvenirs and crafts on the 2nd floor.

Why You Should Visit:
You MUST see a live, authentic Flamenco show while you're in Spain!
The venue is small and therefore you get to see the performers up close.
The performers are intense and mean 100% when they are performing.

Don't buy on the night – get advance tickets, as it's a very popular show.
Arrive early and stand in line to get seats closest to the stage.

Show Hours:
Daily: 7:30-8:30pm / 9-10pm
Palacio de Lebrija

7) Palacio de Lebrija (must see)

Recognized as one of the most precious heritage sites of Andalusia, the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija has been turned into a museum since 1999. Dating to the 16th century and remodeled between the 18th and 20th centuries, the palace is characterised by its collection of art, including Roman mosaics and other antiquities as well as Asian art, paintings by European masters and European decorative arts.

The interior of the palace is decorated in a palette of architectural styles, with elements such as Moorish arches, Plateresque decoration, tilework retrieved from ruined convent, a coffered ceiling from a 16th-century palace and a Renaissance frieze, while its façade and layout reflect the typical Andalusian style.

Visitors may explore the ground floor at will. There are also guided tours (English/Spanish) of the upper floor throughout the day. The richly appointed rooms on this floor have been left as the family lived in them; they include sitting rooms, a private chapel, dining room and library, all of which contain a multitude of ornaments and major works of art.

Why You Should Visit:
The Countess filled her homes with a shocking array of archaeological finds!
If you don't speak Spanish, you might not be able to understand what everything is because the signs are only in Spanish.
However, the more spectacular items in the collection – namely the impressive Roman mosaics – require no labels to understand.
The building itself is also a sight worth seeing on its own, although it's very easy to become lost among the meandering rooms.

If you do visit, make sure you do both floors, as you need to do the upstairs tour to really understand the place.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10:30am-7:30pm; Sat: 10am-2pm / 4-6pm; Sun: 10am-2pm (Sep-Jun); Mon-Fri: 10am-3pm; Sat: 10am-2pm (Jul, Aug)
Metropol Parasol

8) Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located at La Encarnación square, in the old quarter of Seville. It was designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer and completed in April 2011. It has dimensions of 150 by 70 meters (490 by 230 ft) and an approximate height of 26 meters (85 ft) and claims to be the largest wooden self-sustaining structure in the world,.

The structure consists of six parasols in the form of giant mushrooms ("Las setas" in Spanish), whose design is inspired by the vaults of the Cathedral of Seville and the ficus trees in the nearby Plaza de Cristo de Burgos. Metropol Parasol is organized in four levels. The underground level houses the Antiquarium, where Roman and Moorish remains discovered on site are displayed in a museum. Level 1 (street level) is the Central Market. The roof of Level 1 is the surface of the open-air public plaza, shaded by the wooden parasols above and designed for public events. Levels 2 and 3 are the two stages of the panoramic terraces (including a restaurant), offering one of the best views of the city center.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Casa de Pilatos

9) Casa de Pilatos (must see)

Casa de Pilatos is one of the finest architectural monuments of Seville. It is a 16th-century palace built by the Marquis of Tarifa, who, after traveling in Europe, decided to incorporate High Renaissance elements in his residence. The complex features a Mudejar style courtyard, Roman sculptures, and several Gothic components. The palace is said to have a structure similar to Pontius Pilato's home in Jerusalem, hence the name. The most significant aspect of the courtyard is the central fountain and the 24 busts of Roman emperors that surround it. The entry fee allows one to freely visit the ground floor and the courtyard; however, to visit the top floor, the halls, and the painting exhibition, one must pay for a guided tour.

Why You Should Visit:
To see Andalusian design, without the crowds at the Royal Alcázar. The tile work, ceilings, wood, plaster carvings, and colorful gardens are very much worthwhile.

Don't miss the cute ceramics shop just outside the Casa; it's an especially good one with some traditional and some original items... better than the regular souvenir shop.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-7pm (Apr-Oct); 9am-6pm (Nov-Mar)
Free on Mondays from 3pm for EU members (remember to bring official ID)
Aire de Sevilla

10) Aire de Sevilla

Aire de Sevilla is a bath establishment in Seville. Housed in a Mudejar style building, the Aire de Sevilla company offers to each visitor a delightful experience in the Arabian-themed baths. The baths consist of a spa area, tea room and a sauna. The interiors feature a mixture of Arabic and Roman style, creating an exclusive and relaxing atmosphere for visitors.
Iglesia de Santa Cruz

11) Iglesia de Santa Cruz (must see)

Housed in an 18th-century building, the Church of Santa Cruz is another beautiful place of worship in Seville. Located between narrow streets, the church displays different facades in different places. So, check out a more recently renovated facade on Mateos Gago Street or get a glimpse of an older face of the building on Ximénez de Enciso Street. The interior is fairly restrained, with an elegant feel, not overwhelmed by gilding. Free to visit!
Convento de la Encarnación

12) Convento de la Encarnación

Convent of the Incarnation is another major religious site of Seville. It is to be found on the same square as the Seville cathedral and its Giralda. The Convent of the Incarnation is a 14th century monument whose Mudejar style facade has been preserved. If interested in exploring more thoroughly the architectural details, don't hesitate to enter the Convent and look closely at the nice chapel and tower inside.
Palacio Arzobispal

13) Palacio Arzobispal (must see)

The Archbishop's Palace or El Palacio Arzobispal in Seville has served as the residence of bishops and archbishops of the episcopal sees and numerous nobleman and military figures to the present time. Of Spanish Baroque architectural style, it is impressive both for its architectural beauty as for its colorful character and has had the status of National Monument since 1969.

After many years of very restricted access, you can visit the interior of this artistic gem of Seville. The palace has an important artistic heritage consisting of paintings and sculptures from the Seville Baroque period, spread through the palace, surpassed only in Seville by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Seville Cathedral, becoming the third gallery of the city. The palace contains works by painters such as Francisco Herrera el Viejo, Francisco Pacheco, Zurbarán, Murillo, Antonio Palomino, and Juan de Espinal. There are also collections from the Italian and Dutch baroque schools.

Why You Should Visit:
A visit is worthwhile not only for the certainly impressive facade but also for the value of the palace's treasured pictorial works; however, note that all visits must be guided and are somewhat fast-paced.
Catedral de Sevilla & Giralda

14) Catedral de Sevilla & Giralda (must see)

Famous as a landmark of Sevilla, the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede is also the largest religious site in Spain. An outstanding architectural monument, it was completed in the 16th century. Its architecture is obviously Gothic and it is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. The Cathedral is guarded by La Giralda – an ancient minaret of a demolished mosque that today serves as the Cathedral's bell-tower. The Giralda embodies two architectural influences in its structure: Spanish Renaissance and Moorish.

Why You Should Visit:
Along with those of Granada and Toledo, this Cathedral is surely one of the most impressive and beautiful in Spain.
From each one of Giralda's ramps, you have small windows from which you can take photos of the amazing details of the Cathedral's roofs and spikes.

Come early or go online to book the rooftop tour! You can also climb up the Giralda tower (free on Mondays) to get an eagle's eye view of Sevilla.
Don't miss the tomb of Columbus right off the altar, and consider buying the combined ticket with Iglesia Divino Salvador, which is a marvel by itself.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 11am-3:30pm; Tue-Sat: 11am-5pm; Sun: 2:30-6pm (Sep-Jun); Mon: 10:30am-4:00pm; Tue-Sat: 10:30am-6pm; Sun: 2-7pm (Jul-Aug)
This schedule can be seen modified without notice by the celebration of liturgies inside the enclosure
Archivo General de Indias

15) Archivo General de Indias (must see)

The Archive of the Indies is a World Heritage Site located close to the Seville Cathedral. Besides being a unique piece of architecture, it serves as a repository that includes as many as 43,000 historical documents, such as maps and books about the Conquistadors and the discovery of the Americas. The building is designed by the famous Juan de Herrera in the Renaissance style.

Why You Should Visit:
Not only is this an amazing building and a work of remarkable architecture, but also a place that calls for reflection.
On the walls, you can see plaques and reminders of everything that the Spanish Crown extracted from Latin America.
The story of the so-called New World is presented as an open book on the walls of this archive. Very interesting.

One of the most interesting exhibits is on the ground floor – the 1616 cannon from the "Nuestra Señora de Atocha" which was a treasure-laden ship that sank in a storm on the way back to Spain from Havana. This one exhibit is enough to make the visit memorable – don't miss it!

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9:30am-4:45pm; Sun: 10am-2pm
Free admission
Real Alcázar

16) Real Alcázar (must see)

Seville has, like many other Spanish cities, a royal palace still used as a residence by the Spanish Royal Family. The Alcázar was originally a Moorish structure and is today one of the best examples of the Mudejar style. If you take it slowly you can appreciate Arab, Jewish and Christian craftsmanship in a harmony that makes you reflect on tolerance and respect between different cultures and religions. In particular, the Patio de las Doncellas (Courtyard of the Maidens) is a gem to discover. Also worth visiting is the Hall of Ambassadors and the historic gardens around it, and if you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you should not miss a visit to the "Water Gardens of Dorne".

If you want to visit the high rooms, make sure you purchase tickets well in advance online (this will also enable you to skip the queue).
It’s worth paying an extra €6 for the audio guide as you get to listen to all the history.

Opening Hours:
During the months of October and March, tours begin at: 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm
From 1st April to 30th September, tours begin at: 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 10:30pm
Monday from 6 to 7pm (Apr-Sep), and from 4 to 5pm (Oct-Mar): Free admission

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