Seville in One Day

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The city's top sights to see in one day

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Seville has a great deal to offer the first time visitor and you need far more than just a day to cover it. But if you want to get a really great taste of some of the top sights, attractions and food, here’s my busy Seville in One Day itinerary.

Start your day with a visit to the city’s most iconic site the cathedral. It’s a trove of wonderful works of art and vast gothic columns and windows. You can also climb the famous bell tower – the Giralda – for great views of the city. It makes sense to get here early as it gets busy later in the day. It opens at 11am.

You’ll probably be feeling hungry by the time you’ve finished visiting the cathedral, so head for a traditional local tapas bar to lunch the Sevillian way. Las Colomnas or Casa Morales would be my places of choice. Both are wonderfully atmospheric, friendly to tourists and offer good tapas.

If the weather is hot, after lunch go back to your hotel for a rest – following the tradition of siesta in this part of Spain. Or else go for a stroll around the tourist neighborhood Santa Cruz and browse the pretty courtyards and souvenir shops.

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Mid-afternoon visit the wonderful royal palace, the Alcazar. This ornate palace is Seville at its most romantic and beguiling, a feast of pretty patios and rooms decorated with wonderfully complex stucco crenelations and ceilings dripping with gold leaf and complex carvings. Spend a while relaxing in the cool of the fragrant gardens here too.

Next take an early evening carriage ride. Clip-clopping around Seville’s cobbled streets and through its gardens is one of the most charming ways to enjoy the city.

Finish your sightseeing with a sundowner cocktail or a cold beer on the roof terrace of the Eurostars Sevilla hotel. The views of the cathedral are wonderful.

If you’re feeling really energetic head out around 9pm for tapas at Bar Europa or Bar Estrella – or any of the other great places on my tapas tour.

Then, if you’re still standing, round off your day with some beers and flamenco at boisterous but brilliant La Carboneria.

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