Wondering how to spend 2 days in Seville? The flamboyant city of Seville on the Guadalquivir River is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in Spain.
It has a rich history – once serving as a gateway to the New World in the 16th and 17th centuries. Its affluence at the time is evidenced today by its grand cathedral – the largest Gothic cathedral in the world.
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It also holds fast to its traditions, with flamenco and bullfighting at the very heart of its culture.
And yet Seville has a distinctly modern vibe, too, with trendy bars and restaurants serving the finest Andalusian cuisine. It also has excellent weather all year round, with mild winters and sun-drenched summers.
If you’re planning to spend 2 days in Seville, you may wonder how to make the most of your time and see the best of its attractions. This guide is designed to help!
We have created the perfect itinerary for a weekend in Seville, with suggestions for what to do each morning and afternoon of your visit. We’ve also recommended some of our favorite places in the city for experiencing the local food, and some of the best places to stay.
You’ll spend the first of your two days in Seville exploring its most important monuments, then visiting its tranquil park and most popular plaza.
There is no better place to begin your 2 days in Seville than at the Real Alcázar. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1987, this medieval palace is one of Spain’s best examples of Moorish and Christian architecture.
It remains a royal residence to this day and is every bit as extravagant as you might imagine. The vast complex shows elaborately decorated rooms, beautiful ceramic tiling, decorative arches, and photogenic sunken courtyards.
Game of Thrones fans will recognize the ornate gardens used as a setting for one of the worlds. Opening times vary according to the season, with general entry costing 14.5 euros (although it is free to visit on Mondays!).
Make sure you book online in advance – the queues can be truly massive!
Your next stop is the nearby Seville cathedral, built during the 15th and 16th centuries on the site of a mosque.
To really appreciate the cathedral, you must view its interior, filled with beautiful works by Spanish artists and a magnificent altar and choir. You’ll also find the tomb of Christopher Columbus here along with a 42m (138ft) nave – the longest central nave in Spain!
Book your tickets online in advance. General admission is 11 euros.
After visiting the cathedral, stop for a while in the lovely Patio de los Naranjos. This courtyard filled with orange trees is the perfect place to soak up the ambiance of this historic site.
Attached to the cathedral is a 97.5m (320 ft) high bell tower – La Giralda. While it is pretty to admire from the street, we recommend climbing it for the panoramic views at the top (the cost of this is included in your ticket for the cathedral).
Fortunately, you won’t need to climb many steps – the route to the top comprises many gently sloping ramps.
To begin your afternoon, take a short walk to the Santa Cruz neighborhood.
Made up of a network of quaint, narrow streets dotted with orange trees, this former Jewish quarter has lots of lovely little souvenir shops, bars, and restaurants. It’s a great place to stop for lunch; if you’re lucky, you might even catch one of the many impromptu dance performances here!
Once you’ve eaten, take the 20-minute stroll down to the Parque de María Luisa. After a morning spent contending with the crowds at the city’s major attractions, visiting this tranquil green space is like a breath of fresh air!
Once the private gardens of the San Telmo Palace, the park features Moorish-style fountains, a variety of sculptures, the pavilion of Alfonso XII, and Monte Gurugu – a charming rocky hill with its own waterfall.
Adjacent to the park is the splendid Plaza de Espana, one of the most popular attractions in the city and a great spot for some memorable photos!
This huge space is surrounded by a moat crossed by four ornate bridges and features an elaborately tiled pavilion. Originally created for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair, it may not be quite as old as it seems but is nonetheless impressive to visit!
Seville is filled with tapas bars and restaurants, so you will be spoiled for choice when deciding where to dine! We recommend El Rinconcillo.
Dating back to 1670 and the oldest tapas bar in the city, it serves divine local food and has an extensive wine list.
Once you’ve eaten, head to one of Seville’s many rooftop bars, where you can enjoy lovely views along with your cocktails. La Terraza de EME is one of the most popular and gives you great views of La Giralda tower.
The second of your two days in Seville will combine a little of everything, visiting shops, galleries, and natural attractions, along with one of its most captivating districts.
Experience a taste of modern Seville at The Metropol Parasol, a unique wooden installation incorporating the ruins of a Roman colony. The structure is also known as the ‘mushrooms of Seville’, with a design that somehow resembles their filaments.
After paying a small entrance fee, you can use the walkway along the parasols, from which you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the city.
Your next stop is the Museum of Fine Arts, just a 10-minute walk away. Housing one of Spain’s most valuable art collections, the museum is located in the old Merced Calzada Convent, a 17th-century building with a stunning courtyard worth seeing in its own right!
Exhibits in the museum include works from Spanish artists from Medieval times up to the 19th century.
You’ll finish the morning with some good old retail therapy! Head to the main shopping streets of Calle Tetuán, Plaza Nueva, or Calle Sierpes, and you’ll find some major international brands.
It’s time to escape the hustle and bustle once again – and when you see the best of Seville in 2 days, it’s definitely worth exploring its river.
The riverfront itself is very peaceful and ideal for a quiet stroll, with lots of palm trees and a scenic boulevard. The views are picturesque, whether you are looking along the river towards the Sevilla Tower or across it to the pretty district of Triana.
Book tickets for a river cruise if you are tired of walking – or simply want to see Seville’s buildings and monuments from a new perspective. You’ll pass under the old bridges of the city, with views of the towers of Plaza de Espana and the places where gold-filled ships would dock on their return to the city.
Further along, the river is the Toro del Oro, a twelve-sided tower that once served as the city’s watchtower. Dating back to the 1200s, it currently houses a naval museum and offers unbeatable river views from its roof!
To end the second day of your weekend in Seville, head across the river to Triana.
Famed for its traditions of flamenco and azulejo tiles, this colorful neighborhood is the place to buy beautiful handmade ceramics as souvenirs of your stay.
Be sure to stop in at the market next to Triana Bridge where you can try the local produce and see the remains of the Castle of San Jorge.
Flamenco is an art form integral to Seville’s culture, with its origins in 18th-century Andalusia. It is believed to have its roots in the fusion of music that developed from the region’s diverse population, encompassing Gypsies, Jews, Africans, and Arabs.
When thinking about what to do in Seville in 2 days, watching one of these fast-paced, passionate performances is an absolute must!
One of the best places to experience authentic flamenco is right here in Triana, and there are lots of bars (or tablaos) to try throughout the neighborhood. For the very best experience, we recommend picking a smaller venue that allows you to be very close to the performers.
Are 2 Days In Seville Enough?
You might wonder if two days in Seville are enough to see all of its highlights and soak up its atmosphere.
While it would be easy to spend longer in this incredible city, 2 days are certainly enough to visit its main attractions and get a real taste of its history and culture.
Something to bear in mind, however, is that this itinerary for a weekend in Seville is based on spending 2 full days in the city. If you arrive late on your first day – or leave early on your last – we recommend adding an extra night to your stay.
You can learn more by reading our guide on how many days in Seville is enough.
Where To Stay In Seville
There is lots of good accommodation available throughout Seville. Here are some of our favorite places to stay.
Best Budget Accommodation
A basic but spacious and comfortable hotel in the Santa Cruz District, the Hotel Alcántara is within easy walking distance of all the main attractions.
Offering a range of single, double, and family rooms, it features a charming and traditional central patio and serves a delicious continental-style buffet breakfast.
Best Mid-Range Accommodation
The beautiful Catalonia Giralda hotel in Seville’s old town has bright, air-conditioned rooms in contemporary style. A delicious buffet breakfast is available daily, and an onsite restaurant serves traditional Andalusian cuisine.
You can also enjoy a heated indoor swimming pool here, which features a waterfall and jets.
Best Luxury Accommodation
The Hotel Alfonso XIII – a Luxury Collection Hotel – is located right beside the Royal Alcazar, from which it borrows much of its fabulous architecture and design.
It is one of the most prestigious hotels in the city, with elaborately decorated rooms and al fresco dining in its Pool Restaurant. It offers a selection of single rooms, double rooms, and suites.
Final Thoughts On This Itinerary For Two Days In Seville
We hope you enjoy every moment of your 2 days in Seville. Seville has everything you need for a truly memorable city break with its spectacular weather, beautiful buildings, and fascinating culture.
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