Seville is one of the best city breaks in Spain. Its charming streets and squares, impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites and mouth-watering tapas make it a fantastic girlfriend’s trip. 

If you are ready to explore this Andalusian city while having fun with your best friend, we are telling you the unmissable things to do in Seville and other important things to consider before your trip. 

How to get to SevilleSeville

If you come from overseas, you will need to fly to Seville Airport. Many European cities travel directly to Seville Airport.

However, if you come from the US or another continent, you will probably need to fly to Madrid Airport and then take the train to Seville.

Another option is driving or getting the bus to Seville, although it will take longer.  

How to move around Seville 

Seville is a walkable city; you don’t need to use public transport if you are only planning to visit its main attractions. 

If you want to move outside the centre, the best way to do so is by using public transport. Renting a car isn’t worth it because of the traffic.

You might only want to rent a car if Seville is the starting point of a road trip in Andalusia, as it will make things easier.

Many small towns can’t be accessed by public transport, so you will need a car or try to find a guided tour with transport. 

Where to stay in Seville

When it comes to accommodation in Seville, you are spoilt for choice.

You can find lovely hostels and boutique hotels with typical Andalusian courtyards or top-notch hotels beautifully decorated.

My friend and I stayed at Hotel One Shot Palacio Conde de Torrejón 09. The hotel was close to Setas de Sevilla and not far from Seville’s main attractions. The rooms were modern, and the bed was very comfortable. This mid-range hotel was a good choice. 

Things to do in Seville on a girlfriend trip 

Visit Plaza de EspañaPlaza de España

Plaza de España is an unmissable place to visit in Seville. This square is full of charm, and you will see it as soon as you step in. 

The square is very lively with tourists, live flamenco shows and street vendors.

One of the most unique things about Plaza de España is its tiled benches representing different Spanish cities. 

Although Plaza de España is beautiful at any time of the day, if you prefer a quiet atmosphere, head there at sunset.

While in Plaza de Sevilla, you don’t want to miss walking around Maria Luisa Park. It is one of the most beautiful parks in the city. 

Discover Seville CathedralSeville Cathedral

History lovers must add Seville Cathedral to their lists. It’s one of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Spain. 

The cathedral is beautiful inside and outside, so take your time to explore it.

While in the cathedral, you can climb up to the top of the Giralda Tower. The panoramic city views from the tower are incredible; however, I don’t recommend doing this if you have vertigo or don’t like narrow places. Buy tickets in advance and skip the lines!

Explore Seville AlcazarAlcazar

Seville Alcazar is an unmissable attraction. This Moorish complex is rich in history, architecture and nature, and it is considered one of the oldest royal palaces in use in Europe.

Spend time learning about the history behind this building and explore its charming gardens, home to lovely fountains and peacocks.

When you buy tickets to Seville Alcazar, you can also enter Metropol Parasol, Seville’s Antiquarium and Triana Ceramic Museum for free.

Indulge in the local cuisine Feria-abril-seville

Seville is home to many traditional bars and restaurants where you can taste Andalusian cuisine. 

Some of the specialities are chickpeas with spinach, oxtail stew, snails and pork with tomato sauce. However, you can also find other popular Spanish tapas like ham croquettes or the Spanish potato omelette. 

My friend and I enjoyed tapas at Bar Antojo. They were delicious and super affordable too. 

Another great way to try the local cuisine is by taking a food tour in which you’ll go to the most popular Seville tapa bars and markets. 

If you have a sweet tooth, try tortas de aceite, olive oil biscuits, and cortadillos de sidra, a small cake made with pasty and pumpkin jam. You will find these delicacies in any local pastry shop across the city.

Watch a flamenco showWoman dancing flamenco with musician in the background in a dark room.

One of the best activities to do in Seville is watching a flamenco show. It is a unique experience that will immerse you in the Andalusian culture. Although you can do this in other cities in Southern Spain, Seville is one of the best places because it is where flamenco originated.

There are many places hosting flamenco concerts, like La Casa de la Guitarra and La Casa del Flamenco. However, you can also book it via Get Your Guide. For example, you can do this highly-rated flamenco show with an optional dinner. 

If you don’t have time for a flamenco show, or you simply would love to learn more about this traditional dance, I suggest visiting Museo del Baile Flamenco. This museum is the best way to learn about the history of flamenco and how it became such an important aspect of the Andalusian culture. 

Go on a sunset river cruise 

Seville doesn’t have a beach, but it has one of the most important rivers in Southern Spain. 

You can go on a cruise in the Guadalquivir River. Most of them include snacks and a drink, so you can enjoy the views of Seville while having some nibbles like ham and cheese.  

My friend and I went on this river cruise, and we loved watching the sunset while listening to flamenco and sipping rebujito, an alcoholic drink typical of Seville. 

If cruises aren’t your thing, you can opt for visiting a rooftop terrace. 

Plan an excursion to Ronda

If you spend more than three days in Seville, you might want to explore some traditional Andalusian whitewashed towns. 

One of the most popular day trips from Seville is Ronda. It is a lovely town located in the province of Malaga. 

There are many fantastic things to do in Ronda. Its main attraction is Puente Nuevo, a bridge that divides the old and new town. It is very impressive. 

Within the old town, you can visit numerous museums, like the local archaeological museum or Casa Don Bosco, wander the picturesque cobblestone streets and eat tapas.

Another reason to visit Ronda is its wineries, where you and your friends can enjoy a wine tasting and admire the beautiful natural surroundings. One of the most typical wines in the Ronda region is the sweet wine (vino dulce).

 

Other fun things to do in SevilleSetas de Sevilla

  • Discover the General Archive of the Indies located in Plaza de España.
  • Visit Plaza del Cabildo. It is a picturesque square to take photos.
  • Wander the Santa Cruz neighbourhood and buy a souvenir.
  • Take a guided segway tour. It is a different way to see the city.
  • Visit Casa de Pilatos, another lovely Moorish building similar to the Alcazar but smaller. 
  • Enjoy the sunset at Setas de Sevilla, also known as Metropol Parasol. The views from this viewpoint are incredible and probably one of the best in the city.
  • Go to the vibrant Mercado de Triana. 
  • Spend the day at a fun theme park like Isla Mágica.

 

Tips for visiting Seville 

If you would love to make the most of your girlfriend’s trip to Seville, here are some of the things to know before visiting the city.

  • Seville is generally a safe city for travellers, but you need to be aware of pickpocketing near tourist attractions like the cathedral. 
  • Visit Seville off-season. You will save money on flights and accommodation and find fewer crowds.
  • Avoid travelling to Seville in the summer. It is one of the hottest places in southern Spain, with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius (104 °F) during the day. 
  • Spend at least two days in Seville. The city is packed with many interesting places to see and visit. Also, the longer you stay, the more you can see and explore its surroundings.
  • Save money on attractions. If you and your friend want to visit most of the main historical buildings and museums, check out The Seville Pass. Also, some attractions are free on specific days and times, and you can check this on each attraction’s website.  

Conclusion 

Seville is a fantastic getaway for friends as there is a combination of activities – from visiting museums and historical buildings to tasting the local cuisine and immersing yourself in the culture. 

On top of this, it is safe and walkable, so you don’t need to worry about transportation.

Other good destinations for a girlfriend’s getaway in southern Spain you might want to consider are Marbella, Malaga and Granada. Malaga and Granada are better for a cultural visit, whilst Marbella is better for a beach holiday.

Guest Bio: Cristina Reina is the founder of My Little World of Travelling, a blog that helps travellers discover Southern Spain and its hidden gems. She is passionate about sharing local tips about her hometown, Malaga, and beyond.

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