Seville Sights & Attractions
What to See and Do in Seville
The landmark bell tower of Seville's huge Gothic CATHEDRAL was actually a minaret when it was built in 1198. That's because the building on this site was a mosque before it was converted into Europe's largest cathedral in the 15th century.
Still Moorish is the 13th century TORE DEL ORO, a tower standing by the Guadalquivir River, built to protect the city's port. It now houses a small maritime museum.
Also by the riverfront is the MAESTRANZA BULLRING, built in the 18th century with a white and ochre Baroque façade.
Nearby is the HOSPITAL DE LOS VENERABLES, a home for elderly priests in the 17th century and now a cultural center which you may visit for its splendid Baroque church.
ALAMILLO BRIDGE was designed by Santiago Calatrava and completed in 1992 for the World Fair that took place in Seville in 1992. It was made to appear as if it's balancing, with a leaning central mast and a design said to resemble a harp.
The Real Alcazar is a royal palace with exquisite Moorish architecture. It's the city's must-see attraction, and part of the grandiose interior is a series of patios and landscaped gardens.
Shop down CALLE SIERPES or simply take a look at its local items for sale, from the traditional lace headdresses ("mantillas"), to fans and hats.
Other traditional local experiences include a flamenco show in TRIANA (once the city's Gypsy neighborhood) or going for a meal of tapas in the backstreets of the EL ARENAL quarter.
You may also choose to go on a romantic horse and carriage ride in PLAZA DE ESPAÑA, a monumental square that in reality is a half-circle. It was built in 1929 for the Spanish-American Exhibition, and there is a series of tile panels representing Spain's different provinces.
TOURS & DAYTRIPS
Go on a tour of Seville to experience all of the different sides of the city, and you can also take daytrips to all of Andalusia's historic cities nearby.
When in Seville you should also not miss one of Europe's most enchanting landmarks, the famous Alhambra fortress-palace in Granada. The dazzling Moorish architecure of the Great Mosque (now a church but once the second biggest mosque in the world) in Cordoba is another must-see.