In Sevilla, Spain

3 Day Sevilla Itinerary

The first time I stepped foot in this city I instantly experienced a feeling of “home.”

Maybe because it’s where my maternal ancestors are from or maybe simply because this city has a magical charm that completely envelops anyone who visits it.

Whichever it may be, we keep coming back to our favorite city in Spain any time we have the chance.

Here is a quick glance at a 3 day itinerary for Sevilla:

Day 1:

Day 2

Day 3

Detailed 3 day itinerary for Sevilla

Day 1

We arrived in Sevilla by car this time. I am a big proponent of taking the trains in Europe, but my dad really wanted to drive through the Spanish countryside so we rented a car in Madrid and drove the 5 hours from Madrid to Sevilla. I will say, I am glad we did this. We got to see a lot of the country that on a speed train we would have never seen. It also allows for stops in different small towns that makes the whole trip feel more relaxed and “homey.”

Driving from Madrid to Sevilla
  • We rented the car through Enterprise in Madrid and it was a very smooth process (we returned it later in the Malaga airport).

I will link below my two favorite airbnb’s in Sevilla. Both are very central and if you do have a car there is public parking very close to both!

After arriving at our Airbnb and dropping off our bags, we headed to Plaza de España. In this enormous plaza you can find tiled alcoves for each Spanish province around the half circle structure. You can also rent small boats to row around the central canal.

(For Star Wars fans: this is the filming location for the city of Naboo).

From there, you can walk right on to Parque María Luisa for a beautiful stroll along the Guadalquivir River.

This will connect you to Paseo de Las Delicias, which will later become Paseo de Cristóbal Colón. The walk is gorgeous and so serene! Along the way, you will hit landmarks such as Torre de Oro and Plaza de Toros de Sevilla (10€/pp). Tickets for Plaza de Toros can be bought in person or online here: Plaza de Toros Tickets.

From there, we continued our walk towards Sevilla’s main shopping, food, and entertainment street: Calle Sierpes. You can find ANYTHING on this street, from souvenirs to high-end department stores. It’s especially busy during soccer games where you will see fans pouring out of bars and restaurants onto the street (we were here during the UEFA Europa League Championship).

We walked over to Plaza Encarnacion and then to see the famous Setas de Sevilla.

Part of the charm in Sevilla is the sharp contrast from old moorish architecture to modern architecture such as seen here at the Setas.

It was now time for dinner, my favorite time of the day.

We had dinner right by the Setas at a restaurant called “Perro Viejo“. The food was all very tasty and the tinto de verano was especially delicious! See slideshow below of what we had:

Patatas Bravas
Pollo Yakitori

The Catedral de Sevilla leaves you breathless the first time you see it. It is just as impressive by night as it is by day so make sure to catch it in both daylight and moonlight for a full experience!

Our airbnb had a very nice rooftop so to end the night we stopped by a little market on our street and bought some wine (with my last name haha) and enjoyed it while admiring the beautiful cathedral and moon.

Day 2

Two of Sevilla’s top sites are the Catedral de Sevilla and the Royal Alcazar de Sevilla. Both, were registered in 1987 by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Depending on how much time you want to spend roaming each place (there’s a lot to see in both), this could easily take up a whole day. If it’s your first time in either site, I would definitely advise to give yourself ample time to take in both places because they’re truly one of a kind.

We had a quick breakfast at La Canasta and then headed over to Royal Alcazar to try and beat the Seville midday heat. The line is always very long as it is such a big tourist attraction (and with good reason) so make sure to book your tickets ahead online here to avoid double the time in line: Tickets for Royal Alcazar. The Alcazar was historically known as al-Qasr al-Muriq and it served as the Abbadid Muslim residential fortress. In 1248, the fortress was destroyed after the Christian conquest of Seville.

  • There is general admission and then there is an admission ticket which also includes the rooms of the Spanish royal family. Depending on what you’re interested in, book your tickets accordingly.
  • Once you’re done exploring the castle you can find a café in the gardens where you can have some drinks and snacks to rest before you continue on to see the gardens.
  • P.S. for GOT fans, this is where Dorne is filmed.

Next up, the Cathedral. I mean, it’s just as impressive if not more so, on the inside as it is on the outside. The Gothic architecture here is just unbelievably detailed and grandiose. It is the 4th largest church in the world and the largest gothic church to date. You can purchase tickets here: Tickets to Catedral de Sevilla.

  • You can purchase tickets with or without the Giralda tower (I think it’s worth the view from above).
  • The total height of the Giralda tower from the ground to the weather vane is 104.5 m (about 342 ft). Keep in mind it is about 32 floor up (no stairs, just a ramp upward). Which is important to know before you take on the hike.
  • There are many small rooms that lead to other rooms and so on that you can easily spend hours in there exploring.
  • Christopher Columbus and his son are both buried in the Cathedral and you can see their tombs.

After a full day of exploring, we were starving so we stumbled upon a tapas bar that was one of the highlights of our trip! The place is called Antigüedades Bar de Tapas and it’s a must try! My mouth is watering just by looking at these photos.

Tabla de Jamon y Queso
Tortilla al Whisky
3 Tipos de Quesos de Cabra
Rabo de Toro

We walked off all this yummy food and had some ice cream for dessert in Calle Sierpes.

From there, we went back to our airbnb for a quick shower/change and headed to my favorite and most authentic flamenco experience in all of Spain! La Carboneria:

  • I went here on my first trip to Sevilla (it was recommended by our airbnb host at the time) and I haven’t stopped talking about it ever since.
  • Beware: all over Spain you will see flamenco shows being advertised. These are usually super pricey and mostly tourist traps.
  • La Carboneria is FREE and you’re just a few feet away from the performers, making it feel very intimate. It’s hidden away down a cobblestone street away from the main roads of the city. It is by no means a fancy place, and feels more like a locals dive bar. If you’re looking for a fancy dinner and a show experience this is NOT the place for you. If on the other hand, you want to feel the energy of the flamenco flow through your body then this is the place to be!
  • My biggest tip is to get here early! It is a small space and as it has become more popular through the years it does get pretty full after 8pm, the shows start around 9pm and there are multiple throughout the night.
  • Another plus: Although they have a small menu, the tapas and drinks are cheap and delicious!

Day 3

After a scrumptious breakfast at PANYPIU we headed over to Casa de Pilatos.

Casa de Pilatos is a palace that serves as the permanent residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli. The Casa de Pilatos has around 150 different 1530’s azulejos (Spanish glazed tile) designs made by the brothers Diego and Juan Pulido. It is one of the largest azulejo collections in the world. You can purchase tickets here: Casa Pilatos Tickets

Nearby, you will find the Plaza de la Alfalfa where you can find many options for lunch. We loved Los Caracoles 1955 the first time we visited Sevilla. Caracoles are a staple dish in Sevilla and although we did not like them we did try them to indulge the locals.

We spent the rest of the day exploring the Puerta de Juerez/University of Sevilla area of the city. The University is one of the most beautiful places, let alone schools I have ever seen. Fun fact, the main buildings were actually an old 18th century tobacco company and later were converted into the University in the 1950s. It was the most prominent tobacco company in Europe and a lineal descendant of Europe’s first tobacco factory, which was located nearby.

Right around the corner is the Hotel Alfonso XIII. The hotel is a Sevilla staple and even if you’re not staying here you can visit the bars and restaurants inside the hotel. Or you can just marvel at the beautiful architecture of this hotel.

This night, we had dinner at one of Sevilla’s oldest and most famous tapas bars: Bodega Santa Cruz or as it is known by all the locals “Las Columnas”. All the tapas here are perfection! Don’t be scared to walk up to the busy bar and shout your order out, somehow the waiters/bartenders will always get it right!

Bodega Santa Cruz

After 3 wondrous days of exploring all of the major sites in Sevilla, we drove off to our next stop in Spain: Ronda.

Read more on the rest of our Spanish adventures and find the itineraries to new cities in Spain here:

  1. Madrid
  2. Ronda
  3. Nerja
  4. Málaga
  5. Barcelona
  6. Granada
  7. Toledo

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