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Seville, Spain is a fabulous city, offering you everything you could possibly dream of when you picture the perfect trip to Spain. Epic attractions? Check. The best tapas you’ll ever eat in your life? Seville’s got that in droves! Endlessly sunny weather? You bet.
As a general rule, I’m the type of traveller who rockets from attraction to attraction, museum to gallery, trying to check as much as possible off my bucket list. But in Seville, I just couldn’t help myself!
This city is made for letting go and taking your time, whether that be spending two or three hours at lunch, Spanish-style, stopping for coffee mid-museum visit, or simply lounging by the river reading a good book.
The pace of life is slower in Seville, and it’s one of the things I loved most about the city.
In this two days in Seville itinerary, you can rest assured that we’re going to cover all of the best attractions and experiences in the city! But there’s also going to be plenty of time to sit back, relax, and soak it all up. Believe it or not, that’s one of the best things to do in Seville!
So, grab a glass of wine (it’s almost like you’re in Seville already), and let’s plan your two days in Seville itinerary!
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Where Is Seville?
You’ll find Seville in southwestern Spain, in the beloved Andalucia region. Seville is not on the coast, but it’s possible to reach the sea on a day trip from Seville – by either going to Cadiz or Malaga.
Seville is around 470 km from Madrid, the capital of Spain, and around 830 km from Barcelona. It’s the largest city in Andalucia, and a hugely popular destination for travellers from across the globe thanks to its iconic Moorish landmarks and world-class flamenco.
How Many Days in Seville is Enough?
Two days in Seville is enough time to see Seville’s top attractions, linger over long tapas lunches, Spanish-style, and check out a flamenco show.
If you want to embark on day trips from Seville you’ll need to add a few more days to your itinerary, but in terms of the city of Seville itself, two days in Seville is the right amount of time.
The Perfect 2 Days in Seville Itinerary
Day 1: Seville Cathedral and Flamenco
Stop 1: Andalusian Breakfast at El Portón
Start your day in sunny Seville with a traditional Andalusian-style breakfast at El Portón. This authentic cafe has outdoor tables just off Plaza de San Francisco.
There’s no breakfast menu here – it’s just a matter of ordering a coffee (black or with milk – they keep things simple) and a crusty bread roll with olive oil, ham and cheese. Yummy!
I stumbled across this place completely by accident but ended up going back the very next day. It’s the perfect place to soak up the sun for a while over your morning coffee and a delicious sandwich. Plus, it was cheap! The coffee costs €2 and the sandwich €3.50.
Stop 2: Plaza de San Francisco
After breakfast at El Portón, take a stroll around the neighbouring Plaza de San Francisco, to snap a few photos of its beautiful buildings and witness the town waking up in the morning.
Sevillians tend to rise late, so even if you’ve already had breakfast you’ll still be here in time to feel the town waking up, with locals coming together to meet in the plaza and catch up with one another.
Stop 3: Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, so it’s the ideal thing to do on your first day in Seville.
The ticket queue here is insane (something you’ll soon learn about Seville attractions if you make the mistake of not buying your tickets in advance). For this reason, you should definitely buy your ticket online before visiting, as you’ll get to go straight into the cathedral.
Seville Cathedral was completed in 1528. It’s the largest gothic church in the world and the third-largest church in Europe!
Along with the nearby Alcazar of Seville, the cathedral was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. We’ll cover both UNESCO sites on this 2 days in Seville itinerary.
Since the cathedral is so huge it’ll take you a while to explore its many sights and historical pieces. Keep your eye on the clock, though – your ticket will have a timed entry slot for La Giralda, the Cathedral’s bell tower.
Stop 4: La Giralda
When your time slot is up, head to the La Giralda entry point inside the cathedral and get ready to climb! At 103 metres tall, it’s a long way to the top of La Giralda.
From the top, though, you’ll get epic views of the Seville skyline, and awesome views of the intricately-detailed roof of the cathedral itself. I promise it’s worth the climb!
Stop 5: Lunch at El Sanedrín
After so much climbing, you’ll have probably worked up an appetite, so it’s time to head over to one of the outdoor tables at El Sanedrín restaurant. Bask in the sun as you order yourself a glass of wine and a few authentic Sevillian dishes. If you’re not sure what to order, just ask your waiter.
I ended up ordering a plate of cod with cranberries, coated in a garlic sauce. It was certainly different, but the waiter assured me that it was a local speciality. And it was delicious!
Stop 6: Setas de Sevilla
If you’ve ever seen photos of Seville, chances are you’ve seen the strange Setas de Sevilla monument, which is made of wood. It gets even stranger when you find out that Setas de Sevilla translates to “Mushrooms of Seville”. Huh??
The structure is made up of six large parasols that supposedly look like six giant mushrooms. The structure was revealed in 2011 and is 26 metres tall, making it the largest wooden structure in the world!
You can climb up to the viewing point for excellent views over Seville, or just admire its strangeness from the ground.
At Setas de Sevilla you’ll also find the I Heart Sevilla sign, which is fun to pose with for a quick photo.
Stop 7: Wander along the Guadalquivir
By now, you’ll probably be feeling ready to slow down slightly. After all, day one of this Seville itinerary is quite busy! The perfect way to relax after all that sightseeing is by taking a walk along the Guadalquivir, the river that runs through Seville.
This is one of the most peaceful places in Seville, and from its banks you’ll get to admire the river’s natural beauty and watch locals practise their rowing and kayaking on the water.
There are also plenty of green spaces and pretty parks on the banks of the river. It’s the perfect place to settle down with a book for a while, or just watch the world go by. Chilling by the Guadalquivir is one of the best free things to do in Seville!
Stop 8: Flamenco Show at the Flamenco Museum
When it comes to flamenco, nowhere does it quite like Seville. Seville is one of the main centres of flamenco in Spain and, since flamenco originated in this region, you can guarantee that what you see is as authentic as it gets.
You can’t go wrong with any of the flamenco shows in Seville, but I recommend going to the performance that I went to for an intimate performance that will teach you about the different styles of flamenco.
As well as the flamenco performance, your ticket includes entry to the Seville Flamenco Museum. Although the museum is small, I did appreciate being able to learn about the different styles of flamenco at the museum before watching the performance.
There are a couple of different performance spaces here, but both are intimate and atmospheric. I attended the 5pm performance and was one of probably only 30 audience members, meaning we got to watch the flamenco in the tiny basement stage, where the dancers were so close you could see every tiny detail.
It was absolutely magical, and I can’t recommend watching flamenco here highly enough!
Stop 9: Dinner at Casa la Viuda
After the flamenco show you have time to head back to your accommodation to rest for a while, or simply head out for drinks, before dinner time. In Seville, most people don’t eat dinner until at least 8.30pm. In fact, many restaurants don’t even open before that time!
It can be overwhelming when trying to choose which restaurant to go to in Seville. There are just so many! For somewhere that’s affordable, has huge portions of traditional food, and is well-reviewed, head to Casa la Viuda.
I dined here on my first night in Seville and had a great experience! Each dish comes in two sizes – media racion (half portion), or racion (full portion). But let me tell you – even the half portions here are massive! If you’re travelling in a group, order a few different media racion dishes to share, so you can sample more incredible Sevillian food!
A media racion dish here costs around €6.50, and there are tonnes to choose from.
Day 2: Seville Alcazar, Plaza de España and Authentic Spanish Cooking
Stop 1: Breakfast & Coffee at Syra Coffee
It’s time to hit the ground running on the second day of this two days in Seville itinerary, and, of course, it’s impossible to do this without coffee!
Syra Coffee sells some of the best artisan coffee in Seville, and its baked goods are to die for! I opted for their Banana Bread, which I was yummy, but their Cinnamon Rolls look downright delicious too!
A latte here costs just €2, with a pastry costing between €3 and €4.50.
Stop 2: Seville Alcazar
Caffeine consumed, it’s time to head to the star attraction of any Seville itinerary, the Seville Alcazar!
Once again, the ticket queues here are absolutely bonkers (we’re talking queueing for over an hour), so it’s essential to get your tickets in advance to avoid wasting precious time.
The Alcazar of Seville is a Moorish royal palace with huge and impressive gardens. It is, hands down, the best place to visit in Seville, so it’s always busy.
It took almost 500 years to fully build and complete the palace, with construction beginning in the 14th century. Because it took so long to complete, you’ll find a blend of architectural styles at the palace, including gothic, romanesque, renaissance and baroque.
To explore all of the palace and gardens at a leisurely pace, I recommend spending around three hours at the Seville Alcazar. It’s quite a long time, but the Seville Alcazar is definitely worth visiting whilst you’re in Seville!
Stop 3: Lunch at La Parihuela
Another day in Seville, another long, leisurely lunch sitting outside in the sun!
This time, I recommend snagging an outdoor table at the lovely La Parihuela, where you’ll find tapas dishes for around €4 each.
I opted for small plates of patatas bravas, local cheese and Spanish meatballs, which were excellent. This restaurant’s position on a busy cobbled street in the Old Town makes it the perfect setting for people-watching as you dine.
Stop 4: Plaza de España
It’ll take you 15 minutes to walk from La Parihuela to the next stop on this Seville itinerary, the iconic Plaza de España. The journey is more than worth it, though. Plaza de España is one of the most beautiful places in Seville.
This huge town square was built in 1928 for the World’s Fair, which was held in Seville in 1929. Complete with viewing balconies, a moat, and four intricately designed bridges, the Plaza de España is nothing short of a spectacle.
If you need even more convincing to add the Plaza de España to your Seville must visit list, you’ll find free flamenco performances here all day, every day – just follow the music, and you’ll find them! The performances here are actually pretty good, too!
Stop 5: Spanish Cooking Class
The best way to round off your two days in Seville itinerary is with this authentic Andalusian cooking class, where you’ll learn how to make the famous Andalusian dish, spinach with chickpeas, as well as gazpacho, Spanish omelette, and huevos a la flamenca.
During your three-hour class, you’ll get free sangria and olives to enjoy as you cook, tuition from a local chef, and two free glasses of wine to enjoy at dinner when you get to eat everything you cooked. There’s no better (or more delicious) way to end your time in Seville!
Extra Information for Your 2 Days in Seville
Where to Stay in Seville
Seville is a popular stop for backpackers in Spain, so the city has no shortage of great hostels to choose from. Even if you’re not a backpacker, but are travelling solo or on a tight budget, staying in a hostel is the perfect way to meet other travellers to hang out with whilst keeping your travel costs low.
I stayed at this affordable hostel in Seville and I enjoyed my stay there. It was very clean and ran social events every night of the week (including a free flamenco show!). It was also, despite probably being the most attractive hostel in Seville, the cheapest hostel for my dates. I paid €14.50 per night – what a deal!
Stay in the heart of Seville on a budget at these incredible apartments! The great thing about staying in an apartment is that you get so much more space than a traditional hotel. Plus, you’ll have a kitchen to prepare your own food, which will save you money!
These apartments are one of the top-rated accommodation options in Seville, and at just €64 per night, it’s impossible to get a better bang for your buck.
The perfect hotel for mid-range travellers to Seville is undoubtedly this newly-opened, modern hotel. Since this hotel only opened in September 2022, you’re guaranteed a sparkling-clean room, fitted with the latest technology and a huge comfy bed, as well as a powerful shower.
Oh, and let’s not forget the outdoor swimming pool you can cool off in during those hot Seville days!
Double rooms start at around €84 per night.
Airport and Transportation Tips for Seville
Does Seville Have an Airport?
Seville has its own airport, Seville Airport (airport code SVQ). Seville airport has direct flights to over 42 cities, and you can fly here directly from the UK, Germany, France, and other countries.
What’s more, many of Europe’s budget airlines fly to Seville, so you’ll probably be able to find reasonably-priced flights here.
Seville Airport is only around 10 km from Seville city centre, making it quick and easy to get into town from the airport.
How to Get to Seville City Centre From Seville Airport
Aside from taxis and Ubers, which charge around €20 for the 25-minute drive, the best way to get from Seville Airport to the city centre is with the airport bus. There is no train station at Seville Airport.
In the airport’s arrivals hall, and next to the bus stop, you’ll see ticket machines for the airport bus, the “EA”. You’ll need to buy a ticket before boarding. Tickets cost €4 each way, and the journey takes around 35 minutes.
Buses are frequent, so even though there might be a long queue you don’t usually have to wait too long.
How to Get to Seville City Centre From Seville Santa Justa Train Station
The main train station in Seville is Seville Santa Justa, which is, irritatingly, around a 30-minute walk away from Seville city centre. You can, of course, walk this journey, but if you’d prefer to get into the city quickly I recommend taking the bus.
You can catch either the 21 or the 32 bus directly in front of Santa Justa train station. One-way tickets cost €1.40, and you can buy tickets from the driver by paying in cash. The bus journey takes around 15 minutes.
How to Get to Seville City Centre From Seville Plaza de Armas Bus Station
The main bus station in Seville is Seville Plaza de Armas. It’s a 10-minute walk away from the city centre of Seville.
FAQs About Spending 2 Days in Seville
When is the Best Time to Visit Seville?
It’s probably easier to start this answer by telling you when the worst time to visit Seville is – and that’s the summer months of June, July, August and September.
During these months, temperatures regularly exceed 40°C (104°F)! As is to be expected, the city becomes a ghost town in summer, with nobody even stepping outside until night falls, bringing lower temperatures.
The best time to visit Seville is pretty much every other month, when you’ll get pleasant, mild weather perfect for wandering around and sightseeing. I actually visited Seville in January, and it was amazing!
Seville is one of the few places in Europe that maintains pleasant temperatures in winter, so I highly recommend visiting Seville on a winter city break!
Is Seville Safe to Visit?
Seville is overall a really safe city to visit and has a rating of “low” on the Numbeo crime index. As a solo female traveller, I felt completely safe in Seville, and really enjoyed myself!
Seville is even safe at night. I strolled around Seville by myself in the dark and I didn’t have any concerns.
Seville (and most of Spain) has a “late night” culture. Some people do not even sit down for dinner until 10pm! This means you’ll find the city busy with plenty of other people around until the early hours of the morning, which adds to the feeling of safety.
Of course, though, you should follow basic safety precautions in Seville, since bad luck can happen anywhere! For example, keep your belongings secure and close to you to avoid pickpocketing, and don’t go out and get wasted and then walk home by yourself. Just use simple common sense, and you’ll be fine!
Is Seville Cheap?
Seville is quite affordable to visit for travellers from countries like the UK, the US, and Australia. It’s also slightly cheaper than the other major “tourist” cities in Spain like Barcelona and Madrid.
If you do as the locals do, the cost of a trip to Seville can be very low indeed. If you eat at local taverns, enjoy cheap €3 plates of tapas at dinner time, spend plenty of time lounging at the park or in sunny plazas, and drink beer or wine rather than cocktails, you’ll manage to keep your daily budget in Seville quite low.
Is Seville Worth Visiting?
Seville is absolutely worth visiting! With world-class attractions, drool-worthy food, and fiery flamenco, Seville is the perfect bite-sized city in Spain to visit for two days!
If you have a few more days to spare, I recommend extending your time in Seville. Since it’s the largest city in Andalusia, Seville is the perfect place to base yourself for day trips around Andalusia, such as Cadiz, Granada and Cordoba!
Have an incredible 2 days in Seville – you deserve it!