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10 of the best things to do in Seville in 2024

Simon Calder’s Travel

Continental Europe’s warmest city, Seville is a destination that has been on tourists’ radar for some time.

Year-round excellent weather, renowned attractions and a way of life that is exceedingly relaxed and enjoyable have made it popular with Brits, Europeans and Spaniards alike.

And unlike other cities in Spain, visitors only need to spend three days in Seville to experience its best bits; a long weekend break gives you enough time to see the headline sights, and you won’t leave feeling exhausted (unless you’ve come during the sweltering summer months).

The pre-eminent landmarks include Unesco-listed monuments, one of the world’s largest cathedrals and palaces that date back over a millennium.

A vibrant park and the banks of the Guadalquivir give the city some beautiful natural sites, while a slew of lesser-seen neighbourhoods and an abundance of cultural flair are visible in its festivals and traditions such as flamenco dancing. To help you make the most of your stay, we’ve rounded up the best things to do in the Pearl of Andalusia.

Tour the Alcazar

The Alcazar fuses Islamic and Christian influences

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Despite its impressive cathedral, most will agree that Seville’s premier tourist attraction is the Real Alcazar. This palace complex, a fusion of Islamic and Christian architecture, traces its roots back to the 10th century, with several additions giving it its different Moorish, Mudejar, Gothic, Renaissance and even Romanesque features.

The complex contains several different palaces, each linked by large courtyards and extensive gardens filled with typically Andalusian plants and trees. Different palaces have different features – the Cuarto Real Alto still hosts members of the royal family when they visit Seville, while the Palacio Gotico has vaulted halls adorned with large tapestries – but the highlight is the Palacio de Don Pedro, replete with intricate tile work, beautiful arches, magnificent domes, plaster work brought from the Alhambra and even gold ceilings.

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Visit the Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de Espana

The land that the park stands on was donated to the city in the 19th century

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The 84-acre Maria Luisa park is more than just a verdant oasis that locals use to escape the summer heat (or go for runs and picnics in spring). Itself a mix of Iberian and…

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