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We only had two full days in Seville, Spain but we quickly got ourselves acquainted with the atmospheric Andalusian city. In addition to seeking out the best Seville sights – we made time to enjoy the ambiance of the time-worn neighborhoods in Seville.
Each of the Seville, Spain neighborhoods has their distinct vibe – and, of course, at least one church and square filled with buzzing cafes. Once we got our bearings (with the help of a Seville map!), the maze of narrow, cobblestone streets was simple to navigate and traveling on foot made it easy for us to soak up the Spanish charm.
Best Neighborhoods in Seville, Spain
We’ve outlined the best neighborhoods in Seville for visitors to see while staying in the city. While Seville sightseeing does include must-see attractions, we think wandering the lanes of these picturesque districts is one of the best things to do in Seville! See Seville, Spain map below.
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#1 Seville Centre
Dominated by the world’s largest Gothic cathedral and other Seville top attractions, the Central Seville district has the most touristy feel to it. Restaurants with English menus and a long line of horse drawn carriages are a mainstay in Seville Central. For a bird’s eye view, we found seats at the posh EME Cathedral Hotel and sipped on tasty Spanish wine with a grand view of the soaring Sevilla Cathedral spires.
Note: Central is technically part of Barrio Santa Cruz (next on our list), but we listed it separately since it is a Seville must-see area all on its own!
#2 Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville
Deep in the lanes of the Barrio Santa Cruz neighborhood is the former Jewish Quarter Seville. The district dates to Medieval times and is more compact than other Seville neighborhoods. Some streets are so narrow that we had to walk single file through them. Although the area is a hotspot for tourists, it felt genuinely like a local (and posh) neighborhood with cozy squares and lovely gardens.
Sightseeing in Seville, Spain Santa Cruz: Aimlessly wandering through the Santa Cruz District Seville is the best way to experience the neighborhood. Turn down lanes and just see where they lead!
#3 Triana, Seville
The Triana District Seville isn’t home to any major Seville, Spain landmarks, yet it ranks as one of the top districts of Seville to visit. The quieter Triana neighborhood – traditionally a working class area – lies to the west of the city center, across the Guadalquivir River. Colorful buildings line the pedestrian-only lanes, making the Triana neighborhood Seville one of the best for sunny, afternoon strolls.
#4 Macarena, Seville
The Macarena neighborhood to the north of the Seville Center might not be as quaint as Triana or Barrio Santa Cruz, but it definitely has a more local vibe. Portions of the 12th century Sevilla Old City walls stand intact as new buildings rise around it.
Macarena District Seville Sights: The Basilica de la Macarena is one of the must-see places in Seville that visitors often miss. The rather plain façade hides the shimmering interior. Tip: Don’t miss the Weeping Virgin.
#5 Plaza de Espana, Seville
The large Plaza de Espana is another hub of tourist activity, which was the intent of the neighborhood when it was built for the 1929 International Fair. It’s also one of the best neighborhoods in Seville, Spain for green space. Maria Luisa is a large park just to the south of Plaza de Espana and is another lovely place in Seville for strolling and relaxing.
Plaza de Espana Tips: Wander down the nearby charming, narrow streets to explore more of lovely, local Seville, Spain.
Seville Neighborhood Map
Use this link to Google Maps to find all our recommended things to do in Seville, Spain!
Top Tips For Your Trip to Seville, Spain
We have a few last travel tips and packing hacks for your trip to Spain!
Where To Stay in Seville, Spain
During our visit to Seville, we stayed in a great Airbnb Apartment. We have found that staying in apartments is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space.
However, for those who prefer staying in traditional accommodations, there are many Seville hotels to choose from in – or close to – the city center. Check out these top-rated hotels (based on guest reviews) for your upcoming trip: Hotel Casa Del Poeta | Hotel Amadeus & La Musica | Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla
How Many Days in Seville?
We recommend spending at least a couple of days in Seville, but more time could easily be spent in the city. The top things to see in Seville in 2 days are the sights of the Seville historic district (Cathedral and Alcazar) and the surrounding Seville neighborhoods, listed above.
Best Tapas in Seville, Spain
Looking to indulge in the best tapas in Seville? Use our Seville Tapas Guide to find the best tapas in the city!
If you would rather a guide lead you to the city’s best tapas spots, join a Seville Tapas Tour!
Before You Go To Sevilla, Spain
- Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable travel shoes. I (Sarah) have always packed these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
- We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip to Spain. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for high quality photos. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures and is a slim and lightweight budget camera).
- Whether you travel with a backpack or a suitcase, you’ll want to have a great day bag to organize and secure all your essential everyday travel items!
- It’s easy to get turned around or lost in any new city! Be sure to have a good guidebook prior to arriving in Spain.
- Trip insurance may help when things don’t go to plan (lost luggage, canceled flights, getting sick). If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, consider traveling protected with World Nomads.
Want more travel planning tips for Spain? Head over to our Travel Planning Page for our complete guides to Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastian as well as a Complete Spain Itinerary! Also check out our packing list and many other travel destination resources!
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