On the top of our list was this charming city in Andalucia. We had wanted to spend a weekend in Seville, Spain so when we saw some great flights with Vueling, we hopped on the opportunity.
Simply put, we fell in love with this city. It’s charming, it’s lively, and it’s one of the prettiest places I have seen. It was our first time down in this part of Spain, so we wanted to take full advantage of our time there.
One lesson learned the hard way in Seville was that everything needs to be booked in advance. For late October, we figured that we wouldn’t need to pre-book reservations or tickets, but you definitely need to do. We lucked out and showed up early for the Alcazar, so we only waited 45 minutes (better compared to the 1.5+ hrs.)
After spending a weekend in Seville, Spain, I wanted to share a few of our favorite eats and sights we saw along the way. Hitting the basics, it’s an ultimate first-timer’s guide for those looking to see the highlights and immerse in the local culture.
The First-Timer’s Guide to A Weekend in Seville, Spain
Tips Before Traveling to Seville, Spain
- You could spend 3-4 nights here and get a great feel for the city.
- I’d recommend booking all tickets in advance for the cathedral, alcazar, and Casa de Pilatos.
- If you’re coming from other areas of Spain or Europe, Seville has a great airport and it’s only 15 minutes away from town.
- Once in town, everything is walkable.
- For dinners, I’d recommend booking a tables 1-2 nights out.
Where to Stay in Seville, Spain
We opted for an Airbnb in the Santa Cruz neighborhood. It was the best location not only because of proximity, but it’s a stunning area as well. (Use this link for $40 off your first Airbnb stay).
Here are a few of the hotels that caught our eye:
Where to Eat in Seville, Spain
- Petit Comité Sevilla: This was our saving grace for the trip. We had a run of not so great meals at what were considered “top” places and the dinner here was redeeming. It’s incredible, a modern take and yet playful at the same time on tapas. I’d recommend booking a table at least two nights in advance.
- Bar Alfalfa: We popped in to this corner bar for a light breakfast (coffee + toast) and it was so delicious yet simple. Also the prices are great.
- El Rinconcillo: It’s a classic, the food is fine, and the drinks are good. We went by here for a light lunch as it’s one of the oldest tapas bars in all of Seville.
- Tradevo Centro: Ironically I had wrote off this restaurant when we walked by, chalking it up to a tourist trap. We later found out the chef was trained at El Bulli and was serving up some Japanese style dishes, which felt like a reprieve from the tapas we had. It was delicious — the tuna on crispy rice, the whole fish, and boquerones were amazing.
- El Pinton: For a high-end take on tapas in a beautiful space, come here.
- Torch Coffee Roasters: For artisanal coffee and an Aussie-style breakfast, this spot was amazing.
- Virgin Coffee: We loved the coffee here. It’s a small little shop with coffee to go.
- Las Teresas: The food here is great for local tapas, it can be lively at night and always packed with people.
- Bodega Santa Cruz: Come here for a drink and a snack in a lively space.
What to Do in Seville, Spain
- Explore the Santa Cruz neighborhood.
- See the incredible Casa de Pilatos (our favorite place!!)
- Peruse tiles to bring home at Coco Sevilla. (kitty corner from Casa de Pilatos)
- Head up to the Metropol Parasol for beautiful architecture and views.
- Wake up for sunrise and walk an empty Plaza de Espana and afterwards, explore the gardens.
- Spend a few hours in the Real Alcázar de Sevilla. *book tickets in advance
- Walk along the Canal de Alfonso XIII.
- See the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, Catedral de Sevilla. *book tickets in advance and the audio tour is worth it.
- See a classic Flamenco show. We went to La Casa del Flamenco.