Are you looking for an amazing 3 day Seville itinerary? Then I got you covered!
So, you’re heading to Seville for a few days and want to see the sights, have an authentic experience and get the best out of the city. All of that, without exhausting yourself on what is meant to be a relaxing break?
Seville is a beautiful city, full of culture, life and happy people. The atmosphere in this city is great, and you could easily spend 3 days just soaking in the ambiance and getting lost in the streets.
With a huge choice of things to do in Seville, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. That being said, I think there are some sights that you just need to see. Some others are overrated and can be skipped.
My friends from Sightseekr are true Seville experts – and they have spilled all their insider info for me for this post.
In this post, I aim to help you explore all the highlights of Seville, whilst still having time to unwind, relax and have an authentic experience.
Keep reading to find our detailed itinerary on what to do, where to eat, and things you need to know in this amazing city.
Let’s get to it!
Table of Contents
- 3 Days in Seville Itinerary – at a Glance
- Where to Stay in Seville for 3 Days
- Day 1 in Seville
- Day 2 in Seville
- Day 3 in Seville
- Alternative Activities: 3 Days in Seville Itinerary
- Is Seville Safe?
- Conclusion: 3 Day Seville Itinerary
- FAQ: 3 Days Seville Itinerary
- About the Author
3 Days in Seville Itinerary – at a Glance
☀️ Day 1: Las Setas – Catedral de Sevilla – Real Alcazar de Sevilla – Traditional Tapas Dinner
☀️ Day 2: Plaza de Espana – Traditional Lunch – Shopping and Parks – Rooftop Bar – Flamenco Show
☀️ Day 3: Triana Neighborhood and Market – Sunset at the River – Tapas with a View
Where to Stay in Seville for 3 Days
Day 1 in Seville
Start the day with a wander towards Las Setas. Las Setas is also called the “Metropolitain Parasol”.
It is a huge, mushroom shaped structure that houses a small market. You can find it in the Plaza de la Encarnación.
Here, you can explore the market, the surrounding streets, local bars and restaurants, and cute little shops.
If you’re interested, you can head up to the top of Las Setas and walk around on the top of the structure. This will give you great views of the city.
However, it does come with a pretty high price tag, at € 15 EUR per person.
If you don’t feel like it, relax in the stunning plaza and grab yourself something to eat or drink.
Insider Tip: We highly recommend La Mala Brunch. This restaurant is situated right under Las Setas, so you can relax here and really just watch the world go by. They offer a huge range of breakfast and brunch options, from healthy and organic dishes to pancakes loaded with toppings!
Catedral de Sevilla
Once you’ve polished off your delicious brunch, head over to the Catedral de Sevilla. It is the 4th largest cathedral in the world.
Marvel at the exterior, enjoy the atmosphere of the square, and relax surrounded by lush palm trees and horses & carriages wandering by.
The Seville Cathedral is a big deal, not just ’cause it’s huge, but it’s got a ton of history. It was built in the 15th century, and it sits on the site of a former mosque.
They even kept the mosque’s minaret, which is now the Giralda bell tower. Super cool to climb for some awesome views, by the way!
The cathedral is also famous for having Christopher Columbus’s tomb, so that is super cool as well.
In the 40 ℃ heat, on our visit we decided to give that one a miss. However, the interior of the cathedral is said to be stunning. So it may be worth a visit on a cooler day!
You can pay to enter the cathedral. Just be aware that women must ensure their shoulders and legs are completely covered.
Real Alcazar de Sevilla
Once you’re done staring at the cathedral in awe, head around the corner to the Real Alcazar de Sevilla.
The Real Alcazar de Sevilla is the Royal Palace of Seville. This is an absolute must-see in Seville, and a completely unique place to visit.
This place completely took our breath away when we visited. The palace is absolutely stunning, and with every turn you find a new room to admire!
Make sure to check out the Patio de las Doncellas with the stunning pool in the middle.
But to us, the gardens exceeded our expectations even more. Peacocks wander freely amongst the greenery and ornate fountains.
Just when you think you’ve explored every area, you find a whole new section with new sights to see. Especially in the Summer heat, you feel as though you’re in a tropical destination, surrounded by palm trees, flowers and topiary.
It takes about half a day to see everything in this place.
Btw: Fans of “Game of Thrones” might recognize it as the Water Gardens of Dorne.
Insider Tip: We recommend booking directly online to avoid the ticket queue. Make sure to book a time slot for the afternoon.
Traditional Seville Dinner
From all that exploring, you’ll probably be getting tired and have worked up an appetite.
Head for a siesta (small nap) or a drink before going out for the evening.
There are so many options to choose from in Seville when it comes to dinner. For a traditional tapas dinner we would definitely recommend Bodeguita Reyes de Antonio Romero.
Try the carrillada – it’s a Sevillian specialty and very traditional in the city. It’s braised pork cheek cooked slowly in a thick gravy. I thought it was absolutely delicious.
Good to know: You have to remember that in Seville (especially in Summer) most restaurants close between 4 pm and 7 pm for siesta. The Sevillian lifestyle is definitely more focused on evenings than mornings. Often, the streets are quiet until 10 am or 11 am, and restaurants don’t get busy until around 8 pm or 9 pm for the evening meal! So at around 8 pm, head out into the winding streets of the city and find a small tapas bar to enjoy true, authentic Spanish cuisine among the locals.
Day 2 in Seville
Plaza de España
Start off your second day in Seville with a walk to Plaza de España.
This is one of the main landmarks of Seville, and another completely unique attraction to visit. It was built for a world fair in 1929.
Good news: this one is completely free to visit!
Not only does Plaza de España look incredible, but it also shows off the amazing culture of both Seville and Spain as a whole.
The square starts filling up pretty quickly in the day. If you want pictures without crowds, be there before 08:00 a.m.
Insider Tip: Plaza de Espana is home to some amazing performers as well. There is a free flamenco show every day, and often several buskers playing traditional music. Don’t miss it!
After your morning in the Plaza de España, wander back towards the cathedral. Enjoythe ambience of the city.
By this time, you’ll be ready to eat. You can grab some lunch from one of the many bars and restaurants you’ll see on your route.
Even better – head over to Donaire Azbache for a traditional meal right by the cathedral.
Explore the Streets of Barrio Santa Cruz and Parks of Seville
After lunch, spend your afternoon wandering the streets of Seville. Barrio Santa Cruz is the perfect place for this.
This used to be the Jewish quarter of the city, back in the 13th century. They have colorful houses and cute little alleys – perfect to explore.
You could check out the local shops, relax and play cards outside a bar in the sun, or just take a slow walk and enjoy the atmosphere!
There are also lots of parks in Seville where you can take a walk, or find a bench to sit and read or watch the world go by.
The largest park is called Maria Luisa and it is also nearby. But you can find gorgeous green spaces dotted all around the city.
Drinks at a Rooftop Bar
Rooftop bars are a great option for a sunny afternoon or early evening in Seville. Put on a summer dress and head out for an ice-cold pitcher of Sangria.
Insider Tip: We recommend Pura Vida, Seville’s best-kept secret rooftop bar. The entrance is tucked away next to the reception entrance of the Los Seises Sevilla Hotel. Drinks aren’t cheap here, but it’s worth the price for the amazing view of the cathedral and the ambiance in the bar itself. We could’ve spent an entire day here!!
Watch a Flamenco Performance
When in Seville, one thing you absolutely need to do is catch a flamenco.
Of course, you saw a few minutes of the free show in Plaza de España, but there is much more to discover.
We recommend either booking a table in a flamenco bar or to go and see a show.
We booked a fabulous flamenco show with GetYourGuide and loved it. We can totally recommend this experience.
So, spend your second evening either at the theater, or in a flamenco bar, experiencing one of Andalusia’s most interesting traditions!
Day 3 in Seville
For your final day on this 3 day Seville itinerary, head over the river and explore Triana. Triana is a traditional, authentic neighborhood in the city.
This neighborhood is full of life and really allows you to experience how the locals live. We would definitely recommend checking out the market.
Mercado de Triana houses a brilliant variety of stalls. You can find fresh fruit and vegetables, butchers’ stands, and even bars and restaurants, all under one roof!
The bars are very authentically Spanish, serving traditional drinks such as Spanish sherries, orange wine and local beers.
The bakery stalls also have a great selection of treats to make your mouth water!!
Have a relaxed afternoon sampling the foods you pick up from the market, testing out Triana’s bars or walking through the streets and seeing the locals live their daily lives.
We’d recommend getting a late lunch in Triana, either from a restaurant in the market or one of the many traditional tapas bars in this neighborhood. You’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice!
Sunset at Puente de Triana
Spend your final evening in total serenity watching the sunset.
About 30 minutes to an hour before sunset, head down to the river. Pick out a spot with a view of one of the ornate bridges, such as Puente de Triana.
As it gets closer to sunset, this area will become busier. It is a beloved activity for locals and tourists alike.
Enjoy watching the sky transition and experience the atmosphere. This might be a completely free activity in Seville, and it’s nothing luxurious.
But our evening spent sitting by the river, enjoying the busker’s music and watching different people relaxing together was actually our favorite night of the entire trip.
Tapas Dinner With a View
After watching the sunset and you can move on for one final night of authentic tapas.
Tapas is one of the most authentic things you can eat in Spain. It’s basically finger-food sized portions of hot and cold snacks. Super yummy.
Insider Tip: We’d recommend checking out Bar Casa de la Moneda, it has a great view of the cathedral, the food is stunning and the service is brilliant too.
Good to know: Don’t be afraid to just order one or two tapas at a time. See how you feel, find out what you enjoy, and just order more later on if you would like to. Many locals do this, and the servers won’t be surprised or upset in the slightest, even if they have to come back several times to take your order again.
After dinner, enjoy the warmth of your final evening and grab an ice cream or frozen yogurt on your walk back to your accommodation.
There are lots of amazing fro-yo spots. You can head to a chain shop such as the Häagen-dasz shop or llao llao, they are open until midnight!
A sweet way to end your final evening in this gorgeous city.
Alternative Activities: 3 Days in Seville Itinerary
If you have some time left over or want to do a little more on your trip to Seville, don’t worry. I have compiled a list with some alternative activities in Seville, that you can add to your itinerary as you please.
Casa de Pilatos
Casa de Pilatos is another hidden gem in Seville!
It’s a mix of different styles: Renaissance, Gothic, and Mudejar. That’s why it is so unique.
The place is often called a “mini Alhambra” because of its detailed tile work and beautiful gardens. It has up to 150 different sorts of tiles – cool right?
The main courtyard is a showstopper with a fountain in the middle. You’ll see some statues and colorful tiles all around. This is the perfect place for some pictures.
The rooms and halls have their own character. You can see beautiful antique furniture and artwork – and learn about the tradition and culture in Andalusia.
Climb Up Giralda Tower
The Giralda Tower is one of Seville’s most iconic spots.
As mentioned before, it was originally a minaret for the mosque that used to be where the Seville Cathedral now stands. It’s super tall and offers some amazing views of the city.
To get up there, you don’t have to climb stairs like in most towers. Instead, it’s got these 34 ramps. They were designed so people could ride horses up. So, it’s a pretty easy walk up, but make sure to wear good shoes (no heels at least).
Once you reach the top, you’ll be greeted by bells and an amazing panorama of Seville. It’s totally worth the climb, especially if you’re into snapping some stunning photos.
Climb the Torre del Oro
The Torre del Oro, or “Tower of Gold,” is another cool spot you can put on your 3 days in Seville itinerary.
It’s a dodecagonal (that means 12-sided!) military watchtower. It was built in the 13th century. It’s right by the Guadalquivir River, so you get some nice water views, too.
The tower was originally part of the city’s defense system. It was even coated with golden tiles at one point. That’s also how it got its name.
Nowadays, it houses a small naval museum. They have some cool exhibits about the city’s maritime history, I find it worth checking out.
Climbing to the top gives you another great view of Seville. It’s not as nice as from the Giralda Tower, but it’s still pretty cool for sightseeing and taking pics.
Join a Seville Food Tour or Cooking Class
Food-related experiences are my favorite thing to do when visiting new cities.
If you want to learn some new skills, a traditional cooking class is an absolute must in any city. You can learn from locals how to make authentic dishes. And usually, the group sizes are small enough, so you’ll get some hands-on experiences while having a whole lot of fun.
- Seville: 3.5-Hour Spanish Cooking Class & Triana Market Tour (5/5 Stars)
- Seville: Paella Cooking Experience on a Rooftop Terrace (4.8/5 Stars)
- Seville: Exclusive Paella Cooking Class with Cathedral Views (4.9/5 Stars)
If you don’t want to cook yourself but still want a great food experience, check out the Seville Tapas Crawl. You’ll get 10 – 12 different tapas, and about 5 drinks. And of course some dessert. All of this while discovering a new and different side of Seville.
Hit Up a Museum
Seville has got some pretty cool museums. There is something for every taste and interest.
Here are some of my favorite museums in Seville:
Flamenco Dance Museum: If you’re into dance or just want to feel the local vibe, this place is a must. It’s all about the history and art of flamenco. They even have live performances!
Museo de Bellas Artes: This is the spot for classic Spanish art. They have lots of religious paintings, but also some gems from famous artists like Murillo and Zurbarán.
Archivo de Indias: Perfect for history enthusiasts. This place has tons of old maps and documents from when Spain was exploring and settling the Americas.
Contemporary Art Center: If modern art is your thing, you’ll love this place. It’s in a cool, repurposed monastery and features edgy, contemporary works.
Is Seville Safe?
Seville is generally a safe city for travelers. It’s known for its friendly atmosphere.
it’s a good idea to avoid some of the less touristy neighborhoods at night, like La Macarena or Cerro-Amate, as they may have higher crime rates.
Stick to the well-traveled areas in the city center for a safer experience.
Do you need travel insurance in Sevilla? Yes, travel insurance in Sevilla is highly recommended. Pickpockets, lost luggage and food poisoning are only a few examples of when travel insurance could come in handy. EKTA offers worldwide travel insurance with 24/7 service and no hidden fees or restrictions.
Conclusion: 3 Day Seville Itinerary
Hopefully this 3 day Seville itinerary allows you to see the highlights that make Seville the unique city it is, whilst still having a relaxing break.
Of course, if you’re visiting Seville for longer, there is plenty more to do! Have a read of Sightseekr’s checklist for Seville for extra ideas.
Or, if you’ve completed our 3 day Seville itinerary and are ready to check out some other Spanish destinations, check out Sightseekr’s other content on Spain.
FAQ: 3 Days Seville Itinerary
Absolutely, 3 days in Seville can be fantastic! You’ll have time to explore its rich history, visit the Alcazar, admire the stunning Cathedral, and savor delicious tapas. Don’t forget to enjoy a flamenco show too. It’s a great taste of Seville’s charm and culture, but you might want more if you’re a history buff like me!
In Seville, it’s a good idea to book tickets in advance for the Alcazar and the Cathedral to skip the lines. Also, consider reserving a spot for a flamenco show since they can fill up fast. Check my 3-day Seville itinerary for more insider tips on things to book in advance.
Yes, Seville is super walkable! Most attractions in the city center are close to each other, making it easy to explore on foot. Wear comfy shoes, soak in the history and culture, and take leisurely strolls through the charming streets and plazas. It’s a great way to experience the city’s beauty!
About the Author
Sabrina is a passionate travel blogger and content creator, based in the Netherlands. She spends about half of the year traveling to various destinations together with her husband.
She provides slow-paced itineraries that focus on quality over quantity. Sabrina wants to help her readers to get more out of their travel experiences – while doing less. Read more.