If you’re planning a trip through Southern Spain, you might feel overwhelmed by all the amazing destinations. Seville, one of the Andalusian region’s most famous cities, offers endless magical experiences, but if you are short on time, you can take a one-day trip that will yield memories to last a lifetime.
The night before, decide on your game plan for the next day. When you wake up in balmy Andalusia, it can be tempting to sleep in and start the day slowly. But if you want to get the most out of your one day in Seville, set an alarm and get up early. Once you get out the door, you’ll be glad you made time for an authentic Spanish breakfast, such as a tortilla and bread with tomato. Unlike the Mexican tortilla used for burritos, Spanish tortilla is a hearty egg omelette similar to a quiche. After fueling your body, you’ll feel ready for your adventurous day.
Any visit to Seville in 1 day should start with a tour through the breathtaking Real Alcázar, a royal palace built by Moorish Muslim rulers designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since it was featured on the hit television series, Game of Thrones, to portray the luxurious water gardens of Dorne, all adventure-seekers to Seville will have the Alcázar on their list. Make sure you pre-book your tickets online; otherwise, especially in high season, you might spend half your day waiting in line for this must-see attraction. You can expect to spend one hour in the palace and another in the gardens on this experience.
After you enjoy the Real Alcázar, take a quick jaunt across the bustling square to Seville’s Cathedral, another UNESCO World Heritage Site just a few minutes away by foot. As the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Cathedral attracts plenty of visitors, so you should also pre-book your tickets. From the outside, take in the radiant Giralda Tower outside the cathedral with its stunning fusion of Moorish Muslim and European Renaissance architecture.
Now that you’ve taken in two of Seville’s top attractions, it’s lunchtime: the perfect opportunity to rest those weary feet and treat yourself again to some Andalusian cuisine. Ideally, choose a place in between the Cathedral and the Plaza de España, which will be your next stop. For instance, Bodega Santa Cruz and Mama Bistro are great choices, not far from the Cathedral. Especially in summer, you may want to linger until after 2 p.m., when the temperature will be more comfortable. After a satisfying lunch, move on to the Plaza de España, one of the most photogenic spots in Seville. Star Wars fans will be thrilled to experience a location that was filmed in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Don’t miss this opportunity to snap some memories to last a lifetime.
With three of the city’s classic attractions behind you, set your sights on Seville’s modern public masterpiece: the Metropol Parasol. From this massive mushroom-like structure, you can sip a drink while enjoying a panoramic sunset view of the Seville skyline. If you have time to kill, you can take a leisurely thirty-minute stroll along the river on your way from the Plaza to the Metropol. Otherwise, taking a taxi will save you precious time without breaking the bank.
After all this excitement, you will undoubtedly jump at the opportunity to sit down to dinner and enjoy the local tapas culture. Not far from the Metropol Parasol, El Rinconcillo and La Huerta Mediterránea are two excellent tapas places tucked away from the busy tourist areas. In the opposite direction, Blanco Cerrillo is another great choice, and if you’re still feeling energetic afterwards, you can experience an intimate, authentic flamenco dancing performance at the nearby Centro Cultural Flamenco, or “Casa de la Memoria.” If you want to see flamenco in this cozy venue, be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time.
With breathtaking architecture, fascinating history and balmy weather, one day in Seville will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale. But never fear–the picturesque Seville also has its share of big city excitement: earlier this year, five people were arrested undertaking an “orange heist”; they could not explain to Seville police why their cars were packed to the brim with the luscious local fruit. Could there be a more fitting Andalusian crime? For a truly memorable weekend getaway in Spain, look no further than Seville in 1 day.