Seville is a charming city in the south of Spain nestled by the River Guadalquivir, and this beautiful city will amaze you. 3 days in Seville is more than enough time to visit everything this historic city has to offer.
Whether you are spending 3 days in Seville in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, its a great destination and the weather is amazing all year round.
With Roman, Muslim, and Christian influences, it has it all: diverse and ancient architecture, flamenco clubs, baroque churches, historic palaces, and a vibrant nightlife. It truly has something that caters to every tourist.
3 days in Seville may not seem long enough, but it is enough time to see this amazing city. You can always come back for more if you fall madly in love…
While you can definitely spend a lot of time in this historic city, 3 days is perfect if you’re hopping around Europe, as it will give you enough time to see all of the major sites and to experience Seville’s spirited nightlife.
There are also so many amazing places to eat and drink in Seville, so make sure you slow down and enjoy the cuisine.
But it may be hard planning these 3 days. I mean, you don’t want to miss out on anything incredible. So, to help you out, here is my guide to spending 3 days in Seville, Spain. Enjoy!
OVERVIEW: 3-DAY SEVILLE ITINERARY
Walk along the river Guadalquivir.
Head to the Torre del Oro
Head to the Plaza de España
Wander around the Parque de Maria Luisa.
Go for tapas at dinner.
Head to the Barrio Santa Cruz
Visit the Royal Alcázar of Seville
Visit the Seville Cathedral
The Giralda Tower
Wander around the Murallas de Sevilla
Admire art at the Museo de Bellas Artes.
Head to the Metropol Parasol
Enjoy a flamenco show
The Best Time to Visit Seville
While Seville is a city you can visit year-round, there are definitely better times to visit. Seville has a Mediterranean climate, which means their summers are extremely hot and dry, and their winters are mild with some rainfall. But, Seville is one of the warmest cities in Continental Europe, so beware visiting Seville in the summer heat.
I will split Seville’s tourism seasons into 3 categories: the off-season, the shoulder season, and the high season.
First, the off-season is from July to August. As I said, it gets hot. Like, really hot. While this makes it harder to explore, there are some advantages to travelling in the off-season, such as the smaller crowds.
Second, September to January is the shoulder season. This is a great time to visit Seville if you’re on a budget, as the prices tend to be the cheapest, and there are fewer tourists. However, there does tend to be some mist and rainfall. And hey, if you’re planning on travelling Europe in the Fall, why not check out my packing guide? )
And finally, February to June is the high season, and it’s the absolute best time to visit Seville. The temperatures are mild, and there are two big festivals that should definitely be on your bucket list: the Semana Santa and the Feria de Abril. Prepare for lots of food, flamenco, and wine. Any time is a good time, to spend 3 days in Seville.
If you are spending longer in Spain and travelling around, check out when is the best time to visit Spain.
How to Get to Seville
For your 3 days in Seville, you can get to Seville by train, bus, or plane. Most international flights flying into Spain land in Madrid or Barcelona, so, you can take a connecting flight to Seville, or switch to train or bus.
I personally took an overnight bus from Madrid, as it saved me money in both transportation and accommodation. If you want more tips on how to travel around Europe, check out this article!
How to Get Around Seville
I personally love to explore cities by foot, however, there are many ways to get around Seville. From more expensive options like taxis to cheaper options like the city bus to the Sevici rent-a-bike system, you’ll have a variety of possibilities.
10 Things to Do During 3 days in Seville
- Visit the Royal Alcázar of Seville, and wander around its stunning gardens.
- Relax at the Plaza de España. Built-in the Parque de Maria Luisa, it is an extravagant plaza perfect for people-watching. Additionally, it was a filming location for Star Wars Episode II.
- Tour the Seville Cathedral. Officially a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the largest gothic cathedral in the world.
- Climb the Giralda Tower. As the bell tower for the Seville Cathedral, it is included in your ticket to visit the cathedral, and it offers you stunning views of Seville.
- Explore the Barrio Santa Cruz. Initially Seville’s Jewish Quarter, it is a great neighbourhood to go shopping, eating, and it includes many of the attractions listed above, such as the Seville Cathedral and the Royal Alcázar of Seville.
- Enjoy a flamenco show. Two popular locations include the Casa del Flamenco and Los Gallos.
- Marvel at the art at the Museo de Bellas Artes.
- Wander around the Murallas de Sevilla. One of the oldest sights in Seville, the Murallas de Sevilla are the defensive walls, initially built by the Romans, that encircle the city.
- Admire the Metropol Parasol (also referred as Las Setas de la Encarnación, or Incarnación’s Mushrooms) from below, or from up high on its viewpoint balcony.
- Climb the Torre del Oro. A military watchtower constructed in the 13th century, it offers incredible views of the River Guadalquivir.
3 Day Seville Itinerary
At first, I was not sure how many days I should stay in Seville so I went with 3 days to explore this beautiful city. I planned my trip in advance and wanted to pull together this brief itinerary for you to follow during your own 3 days in Seville. If you have longer you could space out some of the activities in this guide to give yourself more time to relax, and slow down, but also spend 4 days in Seville.
10:00: Go for a pleasant walk along the river Guadalquivir
12:00: Head to the Torre del Oro. Climb to the top, and admire the surrounding views of the River Guadalquivir and Seville.
13:30: Enjoy some lunch.
15:00: Head to the Plaza de España, where you can relax, people-watch, take some stunning pictures, and wander around the Parque de Maria Luisa.
18:00: Head back to your hotel for a small break.
20:00: Head to a tapas bar for dinner. Enjoy the delicious food, vibrant ambience, and good company.
22:00: Return to your hotel to rest and relax for tomorrow.
10:00: Head to the Barrio Santa Cruz – you’ll be spending your day in this neighbourhood. Spend the morning exploring its narrow, medieval roads, and browsing several shops.
13:30: Eat some lunch.
15:00: Visit the Royal Alcázar of Seville. Spend some time wandering its premises and gardens, and note the Muslim and Christian influences on the design and architecture.
17:00: Visit the Seville Cathedral, and climb to the top of its bell tower: the Giralda Tower.
19:00: Head back to your hotel to drop off any souvenirs you purchased, and get ready to head out.
20:00: Eat dinner at a tapas bar, and stay out as long as you’d like – enjoy some of Seville’s incredible nightlife!
10:00: After a long night out, allow yourself to relax and sleep in a little.
11:00: Visit and wander around the Murallas de Sevilla.
13:30: Eat some lunch.
15:00: Admire the fine art at the Museo de Bellas Artes.
18:00: Head to the Metropol Parasol, where you can go up to the balcony and admire the breathtaking views of Seville.
20:30: Enjoy a flamenco show. Depending on where you watch the show, there may or may not be dinner involved.
22:00: Go to a tapas bar, and enjoy the rest of the night!
Where to Stay in Seville
Next, let’s talk about where to stay in Seville. One of the best things about Seville is that it’s a very walkable city. So, the neighbourhood you stay in won’t matter too much, since everything is within close walking distance. For your 3 days in Seville, there are lots of options of where to stay in this wonderful city.
However, the most central place to stay in is the Barrio Santa Cruz, which houses both the Seville Cathedral and the Royal Alcázar of Seville. Since it’s the most central neighbourhood, it provides various food options and has a vibrant nightlife. Additionally, there’s an assortment of different accommodations, ranging from low budget to high.
If you’re hoping for a high budget option, I recommend going to Hotel Alfonso XIII or Hotel Casa Del Poeta. If you have a mid-range budget, I recommend going to the Hotel Boutique Casa de Colón. And, if you’re a budget traveller, I recommend going to Hostel One Catedral.
Finally, my last piece of advice regarding accommodations is to book in advance!
Other Accommodation Options
Hotel Posada del Lucero | Monumento Nacional – £81
Elegant hotel in a 1500s property featuring refined quarters, plus a rooftop terrace with a pool.
Hotel Dona Maria – £97
14th-century palace-house offering stately rooms, a cocktail bar & a rooftop pool.
Hotel Patio de Las Cruces – £43
An 18th-century hotel offering boldly accented rooms, typical Andalusian patios & free city tours.
Hotel Las Casas de La Judería – £86
Elegant hotel in interconnected houses offering a spa, an outdoor pool & a piano bar.
Patio De La Alameda – £40
Relaxed rooms in a 19th-century palace-turned-quaint hotel offering 3 plant-filled patios.
Hotel Casa Imperial – £98
Traditionally styled quarters in a 16th-century building with courtyards, a bar & a splash pool.
Hospes Las Casas Del Rey De Baeza – £181
Chic rooms & suites in an elegant 18th-century hotel offering a rooftop pool & Andalusian dining.
Hotel Palace Sevilla – £54
Ornate rooms with free Wi-Fi, plus a rooftop terrace offering a bar & Setas de Sevilla views.
Top Places to Eat in Seville
During your 3 days in Seville, one of the best ways to learn more about a new city or country is by eating their food. And Seville has incredible food.
I recommend eating at tapas bars; not only are you able to try an assortment of different dishes, but tapas actually originated in this region. Here are a few suggestions for where to eat:
Duo Tapas is an incredible local joint that has a good mixture of traditional and modern dishes. While it can get quite crowded, it is the perfect place to sit down and relax after a long day of sightseeing. With a great ambience and an assortment of inventive, delicious food, you should definitely check this place out.
Bodega Dos de Mayo
Bodega Dos de Mayo is another popular tapas bar, commonly frequented by locals. With a large variety of traditional food at good prices, you really can’t beat it. I recommend trying out the ham croquettes, or the grilled fish and prawn skewer.
This tapas bar provides a variety of different dishes, all of which taste incredible. With a good ambience and a traditional feel, Blanca Paloma should definitely be on your list of places to eat.
Finally, while conTenedor isn’t a tapas bar, it is definitely worth the visit. A slow-food restaurant with local ingredients (a lot of which come from organic farming), this restaurant will blow your taste buds away. Remember to make a reservation in advance!
Other Places to Eat
- COCOME – Restaurant
Espacio Eslava – Tapas
- Al Wadi – Halal
- Don Juan de Alemanes Sevilla – Bar & grill
- conTenedor restaurant – Health food
- el Rincón de Beiru – Vegetarian
- Burro Canaglia Bar&Resto – Italian
- Bodega Palo Santo – Bar & grill
- Bodeguita Romero – Lunch
- LaCava.bar – Tapas
- El Rinconcillo – Tapas
- La Brunilda Tapas – Tapas
- La Cacharreria – Breakfast
- Jámatelo – Andalusian
- Arabesca – Middle Eastern
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Mia is a Canadian with a passion for hiking and exploring the world on foot. She is currently working abroad in Japan and runs the successful travel blog Walk a While with Me, where she shares her tips and guides for travelling around the world. Follow Mia adventures on Instagram too!
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