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We only had two full days in Seville, Spain but we quickly got ourselves acquainted with the atmospheric town. In addition to seeking out the 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 cafes. Once we got our bearings (with the help of a Seville map!), the maze of narrow, cobblestone streets was easy to navigate and traveling on foot made it easy for us to soak up the charm.
Neighborhoods in Seville
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! Seville, Spain map below.
#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 pricey wine with a grand view of the soaring cathedral spires.
Note: Central is technically part of Barrio Santa Cruz (see #2 on this list), but we listed it separately since it is a Seville must-see area.
#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, upper class neighborhood with tucked away 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 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 neighborhood – 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 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 facade 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.
Plaza de Espana Tips: Wander down nearby charming, narrow streets to explore more of lovely, local Seville.
Seville Neighborhood Map
Link to Seville Map in Google Maps.
Top tips for your trip to Seville, Spain
Where To Stay in Seville
During our visit to Seville, we stayed in this awesome Airbnb Apartment. (Not already a member of Airbnb? Use this link to create an account and save money on your first stay!) 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. Spain holiday apartments can also be searched on FlipKey (which is part of TripAdvisor) or on VRBO – Vacation Rentals By Owner.
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.
The Best Tapas in Seville
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
- Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes. I (Sarah) have traveled with 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. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight – and the new models are wifi enabled so you can share your trip pics to social media in real time!).
- It’s easy to get turned around or lost in any new city! Be sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook prior to arriving.
- We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel 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 my packing list and many other travel resources!
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