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How to Spend 3 Days in Seville for the Best Weekend Trip Away

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Spend just 3 days in Seville and you’ll be able to confidently strike it from your travel bucket list. It’s easy to spend too much or too little time in a city and Seville is no different. If you want to truly the make the most of your Seville city break, I recommend a total of 3 days or a long weekend in Seville. Read on for some ideas on how to create your own Seville itinerary today. 

Now that I’ve told you that you’ll need at least 3 days in Seville, you probably want to know why. After all, you might be planning a trip around Spain with other beautiful cities like Cordoba, Valencia, and Barcelona all vying for your time and attention.

Let’s start with some information about the city and why you should definitely visit Seville.

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What is Seville like?

Before I dive into the attractions and best places to eat in Seville, let me give you a brief overview of the city. I’ve lived here for the majority of my 20s so I can answer some of the more pressing questions you may have before traveling here.

Weather in Seville

Seville is blessed with year-round sunshine. However, as lovely as this is in typically colder months around Europe like December, January, and February, the heat can be a nightmare during the summer months in Seville. Temperatures in June, July, and particularly August usually soar past 40°C (104°F and upwards), there’s very little wind, and lots of humidity.

In short, you should avoid booking a weekend in Seville in August: it’s extremely hot and a lot of places also close down for the month making it much quieter, which also negatively affects the atmosphere that many people come here for in the first place.

Instead, visit during springtime or fall when the sun is still shining and temperatures are pleasant. Here’s a list of my favorite months to spend 3 days in Seville if you want cooler temperatures and clear skies (ranked):

  1. April
  2. May
  3. September
  4. October
  5. June
  6. November
  7. December
  8. July
  9. March
  10. February
  11. January
  12. August

Of course this is just my personal opinion but April, May, September, and October are the months I would recommend for tourists that want to visit when the weather is at its best. You won’t get as much sunshine in September and October but you won’t suffer from the heat either.

How big is Seville?

When it comes to size, Seville doesn’t quite compare to the likes of Madrid and Barcelona. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t find things to do. In fact, there’s even some hidden gems in Seville that I talk about in this post that you could add to your itinerary. I dare say that Seville has the “perfect” size for a weekend away and because it’s completely flat you can easily walk everywhere.

Depending on where your accommodation or hotel in Seville is located, you could consider hiring bikes or scooters to get around faster. Seville is a very bicycle friendly city and its bike lanes also accommodate electric scooters if you prefer this to walking. Just make sure you do your research before booking accommodation so that you know how far you’ll be from the attractions you want to visit.

And if you find that you’d like to see more of the region itself, there are some incredible places to visit around Seville that you can get to in no more than an hour’s journey. Check out my article on the 6 best day trips from Seville here.

Do people speak English in Seville?

Yes, people speak English in Seville to quite a good level. The city sees tourists coming in and out every day and most of the workers in restaurants and on walking tours will speak English. However, it wouldn’t hurt to brush up on your Spanish just in case.

There’s also places in the center where you’ll probably have to speak Spanish, especially when ordering food and drink. In some of the more traditional bars and restaurants in Seville you might have a hard time ordering in English so bear this in mind before planning your weekend in Seville.

Now that you have a basic idea of what to expect during your 3 days in Seville, let’s look at some of the city’s finest attractions and best value-for-money restaurants so that you can create your own Seville itinerary.



What to do in Seville for 3 days

Real Alcázar during 3 days in Seville

Before you start putting together an itinerary and begin planning your weekend in Seville, some ideas to get the most out of your time here are in order. And no this isn’t just another list of flamenco shows and the main attractions in Seville, which you can find just about anywhere on the internet. Here’s what I would recommend as a twenty-something that’s experienced just about everything there is to do here:

Go kayaking on the Rio Guadalquivir

You can appreciate the city’s beautiful tranquility by hiring kayaks or paddle boards for a few hours on the Guadalquivir River. You’ll pass through historic bridges like the Puente de Triana and see other famous landmarks such as the Torre del Oro from a unique perspective too.

While you’re not technically allowed to swim in the river, kayaking or paddle surfing on the Guadalquivir is one way to cool down on warmer days and enjoy the sunshine with friends or family. Kayaking here is easy for beginners too and the only “chop” you’ll experience is from larger tour boats passing by, which do so very slowly and quite infrequently.

On the subject of tour boats, my advice would be to avoid paying for them and instead go kayaking or paddle surfing if you want to enjoy yourself. You will have more fun in your own kayak and can explore the river and its surroundings as quickly or slowly as you like. If it’s historical facts about the city that you want, look into bus tours instead before planning your weekend in Seville.

Spend the morning in the Real Alcázar de Sevilla

The Royal Alcazar is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places to visit in Seville and you absolutely need to include it in your itinerary even if you’re only considering short breaks to Seville. The palace is an architectural phenomenon and has even appeared in the Game of Thrones series where it was used to depict the home of Dorne.

If you’re planning a long weekend in Seville, try and get tickets to visit the place early in the morning and you’ll be able to avoid the busier afternoon crowds and much higher temperatures. You also have amazing photo opportunities at every turn here and the lighting during the earlier hours will help you capture higher quality photographs. Avoid long queues by purchasing your tickets to the palace Real Alacázar de Seville here.

See the city from the top of Torre Sevilla

The Torre Sevilla is the only skyscraper in Seville and at the very top you’ll find a bar called Terraza Atalaya, which is more than 180 meters from the ground. As the tower isn’t slap bang in the middle of the city, it’s not the “usual” destination for most tourists that spend a weekend away in Seville. However, if you want to end your 3 days in Seville with a bang, visit Terraza Atalaya for cocktails with friends and family and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city.

Entry to the top of the tower is 8€ per person during the day until 19:00. After 19:00, it’s 16€ per person but a cocktail is included in the price. If you’re looking for romantic things to do in Seville, I highly recommend an evening here with your partner.

I also recommend walking to the tower from Triana so that you can see another famous part of the city during your stay. Visit Manu Jara in El Mercado de Triana (Triana Food Market) for a selection of Seville’s finest cakes and coffee.


Visit Plaza de España and Parque de María Luisa

Another must-see destination, the Plaza de España is undeniably one of the most beautiful places in Spain. If it’s your first time in Seville and your first time seeing the plaza, you’re in for a treat. Most people are left speechless when they first see it but it’s at its best when the sun is shining on it so try and visit when the weather is nice.

And if that wasn’t enough, the Parque de María Luisa sits on the plaza’s doorstep where you can explore lavish green gardens, dazzling water features, and so much more. After you’ve spent some time in the plaza, wander through the park with friends and family, buy an ice cream, and have a breather while you enjoy your surroundings.

Enjoy more wonderful views from Las Setas de la Encarnación

Also known as Metropol Parasol, Las Setas de la Encarnación or the “Mushrooms” structure of Seville sits in the heart of the city. It is in fact the largest wooden structure in the world so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding it. As a hub for different activities and spectacles in the city, Las Setas is an iconic part of Seville where you can enjoy more of the best views of the city by going to the top.

At night the structure lights up with different colors, illuminating the surrounding area filled with vibrant restaurants and bars. There’s even a large food market and museum beneath the structure and the Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija is just around the corner.

If you really want to take advantage of the views, book your tickets so you’re there just before sunset and why not see an unforgettable flamenco show while you’re there? Las Setas is home to one of the best flamenco venues in Seville, which you can find more information on here.

Check out the Seville Cathedral and Avenida de la Constitución

A weekend in Seville wouldn’t be complete without a lazy stroll down the famous Avenida de la Constitución. Lined with artisan stores, tapas bars, and impressive architecture, this avenue is the highlight of the Casco Antiguo district in Seville.

And the avenue’s crown jewel is the Seville Cathedral, the biggest gothic cathedral in the world. It’s a masterpiece of gothic architecture and its adjoining bell tower, La Giralda, can be seen for miles in the city.

Once you’ve spent some time inside the Cathedral, test your legs even further and climb to the top of the bell tower where you have more views of the city and incredible photo opportunities. If you do want to climb the the bell tower, try and do so in the morning and avoid the blistering afternoon temperatures.


Three best restaurants to visit in 3 days in Seville

With so many places to see, you’ll need to know the top restaurants in Seville where you can relax with some of the city’s finest cuisine. Fortunately for you, the following three restaurants have been tried and tested by myself and many others who all agree that they are absolutely three of the best restaurants in Seville.

You also don’t need to break the bank in order to eat well in Seville and the following restaurants are also very affordable:

Manducare (Calle San Esteban 30, 41003)

During your 3 days in Seville you’re going to have many chances to enjoy classic Spanish tapas. Unfortunately Seville does have its fair share of disappointing tapas bars and you would be wise to do your research before choosing a place.

Manducare is a vibrant little tapas bar near Las Setas where you won’t be disappointed. Grab a table outside in the sunshine and soak up the atmosphere as you enjoy some of the most delicious tapas in Seville. After you’ve finished, you can wander around the surrounding area which is usually fairly quiet and nice to explore with some food and wine in the belly.

Buga Ramen (Calle Méndez Núñez 16, 41001)

Located just off the popular Plaza Nueva, Buga Ramen is the perfect place to eat after you’ve spent your morning or afternoon exploring the Avenida de la Constitución that stretches from Puerta Jerez to Plaza Nueva. After you’ve seen the Cathedral, head in that direction and stop off at this hidden gem for a memorable Japanese dining experience in Seville.

The restaurant has a fun and relaxed atmosphere and the overall design and furnishings make it one of the most unique restaurants in Seville. Bear in mind though that you will probably have to book ahead to guarantee a table.

La Chalá (Plaza Puerta Real 6, 41002)

Finally we come to La Chalá and perhaps the busiest of the three restaurants, this wonderful tapas bar offers inside and outside seating and is close to the river if you feel like walking that way. La Chalá has become more popular in recent years thanks to a range of mouth-watering dishes and its lively atmosphere.

Like all of the restaurants on this list, La Chalá is not an especially “touristy” tapas bar and instead offers a more authentic tapas experience in Seville. You might find that many of the restaurants in the typical tourist spots in town are nicely designed inside but actually leave a lot to be desired when it comes to the food.

Weekends in Seville can be a tricky time to find tables and La Chalá is usually very busy so make sure you book at least a day before if you want to ensure a table in one of Seville’s best restaurants.



A local’s 3 day Seville itinerary

As a local who has lived in this glorious city for more than five years, here’s how I would spend a 3 day weekend in Seville. This Seville itinerary is also suitable for couples and families alike.

Friday

Let’s say you’re arriving in the afternoon around 2 or 3pm… here’s what I would do on your first day:

  • Plaza de España + Parque María Luisa: Once you’ve had a bite to eat somewhere, I would start the weekend off by visiting the plaza. You’ll probably be tired from traveling to the city so this is the perfect place to start. After you’ve seen the plaza, you can relax in the beautiful gardens of Parque Maria Luisa.
  • Go to the top of Las Setas: Just before sundown, the viewpoint on the top of Las Setas is the perfect place to begin your first night in Seville. As night falls you’ll start to get a feel for the vibrant atmosphere surrounding this famous mushroom structure in the city center.
  • Eat at Manducare: From Las Setas, Manducare is only a 5 or 10 minute walk away and one of the best authentic tapas bars nearby. After you’ve enjoyed some tapas and cañas here, there’s plenty of bars in the area where you can continue the night.

Saturday

Don’t drink too much on Friday because Saturday will be a big day for sightseeing if you want to get the most out of your weekend getaway here:

  • A morning in the Real Alcázar de Sevilla: Book your tickets online in advance and visit during the morning hours when the palace won’t be quite as busy. You’ll also have much better light for any photos or videos you want to take during your visit. El Barrio Santa Cruz is just around the corner and one of Seville’s most visited neighborhoods which you should also try and squeeze into your morning.
  • An afternoon in the Cathedral: Once you’ve regained your strength, visit the Cathedral and take a stroll up the Avenida de la Constitución. I would start from Puerta Jerez and walk in the direction of Plaza Nueva. After you’ve seen the Cathedral and La Giralda, keep walking towards Plaza Nueva where you’ll be close to your next destination.
  • Dinner in 4 Almas: After a long day exploring the main avenue in Seville and climbing to the top of the Giralda, you’ll be wanting a cold beverage and some delicious tapas to reward yourself with. Cap off a great day at one of the best restaurants in the Plaza Nueva area. If you feel like staying out after, head to Hotel Inglaterra’s terrace bar where you can enjoy a glass of wine with magnificent views of the Cathedral.

Sunday

Sunday in Seville is the perfect day to see the city from a different angle:

  • Kayaking on Rio Guadalquivir: There’s no better way to spend a Sunday morning than kayaking or padel surfing up and down Seville’s famous river. Perfect for romantic or family fun in the sun, kayaking on the river is massively enjoyable as you can go at your own pace and see the city from an exciting new perspective.
  • Lunch at La Chalá: Make sure you book ahead and you won’t regret it. A lunch date at La Chalá is the only way you should be spending your last afternoon in Seville. Once you’re done there, you’re only a short walk from the last stop in this Seville itinerary.
  • Visit the top of Torre Sevilla: What better way to say goodbye to Andalusia’s capital city than seeing it from the city’s tallest building? Take an elevator to the top of the tower and enjoy the views from the Terraza Atalaya bar where you can have one final cocktail before you say adiós to the city before heading home or to your next destination.

Final thoughts

Weekend getaways in Seville will be more enjoyable if you make an itinerary beforehand and plan your trip ahead of time. You might be thinking, “where’s the fun in that?” But trust me when I say that there’s nothing more frustrating than standing in queues and being turned away from restaurants on an empty stomach because you didn’t book. This leads me to my final piece of advice: book your all of your restaurants and tickets before you arrive and try to avoid visiting in August!

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