Make the Most of a City Break in Seville
City breaks are becoming increasingly popular as more of us take advantage of long, bank holiday weekends and cheap flights yet sometimes we feel the need to pack in as much as possible if we only have a few days in the place. However, this can be exhausting and leaves very little time for relaxing and just soaking up the atmosphere.
Seville is one of the hottest (literally!) destinations around right now and it’s becoming more and more affordable to visit this dazzling, sun-drenched city.
So, do you simply lap up the glorious Spanish sunshine or take in the fabulous sights? Let us show you how to get the best of both worlds on your Andalusian adventure with the top things to see and do which you can tick off in just one day, leaving you free to recharge your batteries and top up your tan too!
Viator have a fantastic sight-seeing tour of Seville which packs in some of the city’s most famous sights and landmarks that any visitor would want to visit or expect to see such as Plaza Espana, Seville Cathedral, Royal Alcazar Palace and the Royal Maestranza bullring. It even includes a lovely cruise along the Guadalquivir River allowing you to admire the city from the water.
Another great way of taking in a city when you’re pushed for time is to go on an open top bus tour. Simply buy a 24 or 48-hour ticket, sit back, relax, watch the sights roll by and see where the journey takes you. You can also enjoy on-board audio commentary which is available in 15 languages! Your ticket also includes entry to some of Seville’s attractions. It’s so convenient being able to explore at your own pace, getting on and off whenever the notion takes you. You can also join in the walking tours which are available with these trips and enjoy strolling around, marvelling at the elaborate architecture, the sights, the sounds and smells – all of which make up the unique and exciting atmosphere of Seville.
Another rather romantic way of seeing the city is by taking a tour of Seville in a horse drawn carriage. Choose from either morning or afternoon departures and then set off with your own private tour guide. On your journey, you will see some of Seville’s best sights and attractions such as the Tower of Gold, the Palace of San Tiemo, Maria Luisa Park and Seville Cathedral – the largest Gothic cathedral in the world.
The spirit of Andalusia can truly be felt in the city of Seville. Under a blazing sun, baroque facades, white washed houses, ochre palaces make up its skyline as bougainvillea and the scent of orange trees fill the air and the strains of traditional flamenco music and song echo through the alleyways, with a hypnotic effect. Once you’ve finished the sight-seeing tour you’ll be looking for some night time entertainment as the sun goes down and there’s no better way to spend an evening in Seville than by taking in a flamenco show. In fact, we insist!
There is a brilliant four-hour evening city sight-seeing tour which allows you to see the city’s floodlit landmarks against the backdrop of the night sky then round off your evening at the famous Tablao El Arenal where you can sit back and enjoy a performance from some of the region’s finest flamenco dancers and musicians.In short, you could actually see a fair amount of the city AND experience the tradition of flamenco in this one trip. Ok, so you won’t have covered every inch of Seville in any great depth and you won’t be an expert guide overnight but you will certainly have had a real taste of where you are and it’s up to you whether you want to do more or less on your short break. Easy!
If you do decide (and you probably will) that you really want to do a bit more then consider a short walking tour such as this three-hour excursion with a local guide who will lead you through the narrow streets and alleyways of Santa Cruz, the city’s Jewish Quarter, telling you about the legends and folklore of the city. You’ll cover a fair bit of ground in three hours and still have time for a siesta!
History and culture not your thing? No problem. If you simply want to eat and drink your way round Seville, there some great wine and tapas tours available which will take you to some of the best eateries and watering holes in the city. Why not join in a fun filled and super tasty gastro tour where you can sample traditional dishes all washed down with some of Spain’s best wines and beers. You can enjoy some foodie chat as well as digging into a selection of Andalusian foods.
Or, if you’re serious about wine, why not join in an informative two hour wine tasting experience which will introduce your palate to some of the country’s tastiest red and white wines. Each tasting is also paired with local produce and charcuterie. Yum!
We love sight-seeing on city breaks but over the years, we have come to realise that as much as it’s great to cram in as many historical sights and famous spots as you can, the whole point of getting away from it all for a few days is to spend time with loved ones, enjoy a change of scene and yes, experience new cultures but it’s important to chill out and use your time wisely. With these suggestions, we hope you can jet off for a romantic break to this awesome city and manage to strike that all important balance.
There are some fantastic deals from our travel partners right now and Seville could be next on your list. Tempted? Don’t forget, we love hearing from you and so do our other members. Be sure to post your pics and tell us if you managed to pack in lots of great stuff on your break and do let us know if you found any special bars or restaurants that you think we should know about. Don’t keep them a secret! 🙂