Just an hour east of Spain’s southwestern coast sits the city of Seville, the capital and largest city within the region of Andalusia. The city, situated along the River Guadalquivir, blends old and new with intricately designed architecture spanning centuries, lasting cultural traditions, and a thriving culinary scene. From the many museums to the must-see monuments, visitors are sure to enjoy their time in this enchanting city. Below are our top five “musts” in Seville to add to your list.
- Alcázarof Seville
The Alcázar, originally a Moorish fort, is the royal palace of Seville. The structure was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and is the oldest palace still in use in Europe. Spend your time marveling at the intricate detailing and gorgeous tile throughout the Alcázar – one of the most iconic structures in Seville.
- Maria Luisa Park
Maria Luisa Park, a public park stretching along the river, was formerly the gardens of the Palace of San Telmo. In preparation for the World’s Fair in 1929, the park was redeveloped and a variety of native and exotic plant species were planted throughout the grounds. With many monuments, fountains, and ponds scattered throughout the park, it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the city.
- Plaza de España
Once you’ve spent sufficient time strolling through the park, head out to explore the Plaza de España. Conveniently located along the park’s edge, the complex forms a large half-circle with buildings representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. The Plaza was initially built during the World’s Fair, although it now consists mainly of government buildings. With beautiful buildings designed in the Renaissance Revival style, the Plaza is very much worth a visit.
- El Rinconcillo
Established in 1670, El Rinconcillo is Seville’s oldest tapas bar. The historic local eatery, located in the city’s Macarena district, serves up a variety of dishes. With classic interiors and a cozy atmosphere, it’s no surprise that this family-owned restaurant has been a favorite for so long. Be sure to make a reservation as the place tends to fill up fast!
- Metropol Parasol
Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located in Seville’s old quarter. Completed in 2011, the structure is new to the city, but has become an iconic piece of architecture. The structure is organized into four levels and houses a museum of Roman and Moorish remains, a market, a restaurant, and an open-air public plaza.