Last updated on September 13th, 2023
📷 Seville in five days
Seville is an important tourist city with countless attractions for the visitor. It is advisable to spend several days in order to get to know and understand it. Five days is enough time to get to know it in depth and without rushing.
The aim of this article is to recommend how to make a quick visit to Seville, what to see and what to do in five days in Seville. We also have a shorter plan for 3 days: a weekend in Seville, and we even have a 1-day express option.
We should take a walk around the monumental area of the city, which would include the area around the Alcázar, Archivo de Indias, the outside of the Cathedral and especially the Barrio de Santa Cruz, continuing through the Murillo and Catalina Ribera Gardens that border the Alcázar and the University.
The visit can be done in just a few hours unless you book a guided tour, which would require you to sacrifice some points. As it is an extensive visit, we will only be able to enter one of the two most characteristic monuments of the city: the Alcazar of Seville. Tickets must be purchased in advance, as there are often long queues.
At lunchtime, we will eat in a restaurant in this area or have tapas in the neighbourhoods close to the Monumental area, such as Santa Cruz, Arenal, Alfalfa or around the Cathedral, such as Avenida de la Constitución and Plaza Nueva. There are countless options, you can see some of them in our recommendations for eating out in the centre of Seville.
If the weather is nice, which it almost always is, in the early afternoon we recommend enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride through Seville, which will allow you to visit less central places such as María Luisa Park and the banks of the Guadalquivir River, of great scenic interest.
You can then go shopping in the commercial area, mainly in the streets of the centre, Tetuán, Velázquez, O’donnell, Rioja, Sierpes, Cuna, Puente y Pellón and the Duque Salvador and Encarnación squares, where you will find the Monumento de las Setas with its Mirador, which is highly recommended and at its best at night.
This shopping tour will bring you closer to the real, living Seville and its most popular streets. Another alternative is to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, a magnificent art gallery with the best masterpieces of the Sevillian Baroque.
Visit the monumental area, especially the religious heritage, the neighbourhoods of Santa Cruz, San Bartolomé, Alfalfa, Santa Catalina and San Pedro. Including the cultural space and church of Hospital de los Venerables, Focus Foundation, churches of Santa Cruz, Santa María la Blanca, San Bartolomé, San Nicolás, Santa Catalina and San Pedro.
Finish the morning with a visit to the Cathedral and the Giralda, for which it is necessary to get tickets in advance, as there are often long queues. At lunchtime, we will eat in a restaurant in this area or have tapas along the banks of the Guadalquivir or in Triana, Betis or San Jacinto streets. Alternatively, head for the island of La Cartuja where the modern shopping centre and the Torre Sevilla are located beside the river.
Stroll through the neighbourhood of Triana, visit the church of Santa Ana, Chapels of Hope and Star, walk the streets of San Jacinto, Alfarería, Pureza, Betis, Paseo de la Virgen de la O and finish at the Basilica del Cachorro.
Alternatively, visit the great religious devotions of Seville, Basilica of the Gran Poder, Church of the Savior, with the Christ of Passion, San Antonio Abad with the Christ of Silence, Mother House of Santa Angela de la Cruz and the basilicas of the Gypsies and the Macarena, ending at the Moorish Walls.
We will visit Santiponce with the Roman ruins of Itálica, and the Roman theatre and the Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo.
At lunchtime, eat in a restaurant in this area or have tapas in the centre of the city. There are countless options, you can see some of them in our recommendations for eating out in the centre of Seville.
In the afternoon, take a walk through the central neighbourhoods of San Lorenzo, San Vicente, el Museo, la Magdalena, San Juan de la Palma, San Luis and Feria. Visit the churches, convents and tourist sites, finish up in the Monumental area for dinner and visit the Santa Cruz neighbourhood at night.
Alternatively, attend the flamenco shows that are scheduled daily in the city. See flamenco in Seville.
Walk through the Maria Luisa Park and its surroundings, with the buildings of the Ibero-American Exhibition, especially the Plazas de España y América, and its Military, Archaeological and Popular Customs Museums.
Continue along the Muelle de las Delicias towards the Aquarium and finish with a boat trip on the river or by visiting the Museums of the Plaza de la Maestranza and the Torre del Oro.
Eat in the area of the Triana Bridge or Paseo Colón.
Tour the Isla de la Cartuja to see the Navigation Pavilion, the Monastery and the modern pavilions of the Universal Exhibition of 1992, ending in the great Alamillo Park, to return along the other bank, Juan Carlos I promenade, which runs along the river from the Alamillo Bridge to the Triana Bridge.
At night, attend typical flamenco shows.
Visit the town of Carmona during the morning and part of the afternoon.Alternatively, we can visit the towns of Écija, Marchena or Osuna, all of which have a great artistic and cultural heritage. Another option is Doñana, or a day trip to Cordoba or Granada.