capital of the province of Seville and the autonomous community of Andalusia in Spain
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Seville (Spanish: Sevilla) is Andalusia's capital. With more than 700,000 inhabitants, and 1.6 million in the metropolitan area, it is Spain's fourth-largest city, dominating southern Spain. With heritage from the Arabs and from the Age of Discovery, as well as the flamenco scene, Seville is a diverse destination.
View of the Gothic cathedral and the Moorish bell-tower La Giralda
The smooth, slow Guadalquivir River flows through Seville, known as Betis by the Romans and as Betik Wahd-Al-Khabir by the Arabs. Since it is hard to navigate upstream from Seville, the cereal-producing region starts here, and Seville has been a busy port from Roman times, under Muslim rule, and exploding during the Age of Discovery. As the monopoly was broken and Cádiz largely took Seville's place, the city entered a period of relative decline.
In the 19th century Seville gained a reputation for its architecture and culture and was a stop along the Romantic "Grand Tour" of Europe. Seville has built on its tourism industry since, playing host to the International Exposition in 1992, which spurred the construction of a new airport, a new train station, a bullet train link to Madrid, new bridges and improvements to the main boulevards. Tourist facilities are top-notch and the city is buzzing with festivals, color and a thriving nightlife scene.
Visitor information
Turismo de la Provincia de Sevilla. (updated Jul 2021)
Get in
By plane
Sevilla Airport (SVQ IATA) (10 km northeast of city centre on A-4). Ryanair flies from some 50 destinations (some seasonal) within Spain, across Europe (especially from Italy, Germany, UK and Ireland), and from Morocco. Iberia, Vueling and other carriers fly from Madrid, Mallorca, Asturias, Bilbao, Barcelona, Valencia, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Melilla in Spanish North Africa, and other European cities. It's only worth flying here from Madrid if you have a connecting flight, as the trains from the capital are so fast. The airport is a single terminal with Arrivals downstairs, with car hire desks and not much else. There are more groundside cafes and other facilities upstairs in the check-in hall. From there you pass through security and U-turn into the long airside mall. The first gates 1 & 2 have passport control for non-Schengen destinations, but don't enter these until an hour before your flight as they have no facilities except toilets. Cafes and shops line the first half of the mall. (updated Oct 2020)
Getting there/away:
Tussam Bus EA (for "Especial Aeropuerto") runs daily every 15 min from 05:00 to 00:30, fare €4. At the airport tickets are sold from a booth just before the exit (for the return journey just pay the driver). It runs from outside Arrivals, down Av de Kansas City to the main railway station, then loops with four stops around the south edge of city centre to the main bus station at Plaza de Armas. Total journey 40 min.
Taxis to the town centre really shouldn't cost more than €25 for two of you, though they'll make out it's more today for the fiesta of St Strabismus and because your luggage is left-handed.

Jerez de la Frontera Airport (XRY IATA) is 100 km south of Seville and has fewer flights, so you'd seldom consider it.
By train
Seville Santa Justa Station (on Av de Kansas City 1 km east of city centre). The airport bus stops here. It's a modern, roomy building with luggage lockers, cafés and a TIC. (updated Oct 2020)
AVE trains blur across Spain hourly from Madrid Puerta de Atocha, taking 2 hr 40 min to Seville via Ciudad Real, Puertollano and Cordoba. Travel from Malaga, Jaen, Granada and Algeciras (for Morocco) usually means a change. Travel time from Cordoba is normally under 50 min, but an occasional slow train takes 1 hr 40 min and continues to Jerez de la Frontera and Cadiz. There are no trains across the nearby border with Portugal.
By car
Driving is also always an option for long distance travel in Spain, but isn't as convenient or as useful once in town. Public transportation works fine in the city, and most of the main tourist points are walking distance, so it is recommended finding a lodging with a garage or else researching the area for parking places before the trip.
Driving in the old city is tricky but possible. There is a 45-minute limit on cars entering the old city M-Sa 08:00 and 22:00. It is enforced by licence plate scanners placed at entrances to the old city. There is a €200 fine for exceeding this limit. Your rental company will be sure to tack on its €50 processing charge, not to mention the late fees that will accumulate due to the time it till take to receive the citation in your home country.
There is very cheap parking available across the street from Av. de Málaga, 12. The lot is unguarded and if there is not agent in the booth then the entrance to the lot is free of charge. Do not give money to the panhandlers loitering outside pretending they are lot attendants. If they have not receipt to give you then its a scam. Be sure leave absolutely nothing in the car. Seville in general is known for car break-ins.
Another very common option is using carpooling such as BlaBlaCar, a safe transportation method used by many locals.
By bus
Puerta de la Macarena, with Basilica de la Macarena to its right
Buses may also run to (or call at) the railway station. The airport bus calls at all three stations.
There are direct buses from Madrid (six daily, 6 hr), Valencia (two daily, 12 hr), Córdoba (six daily, 2 hr), Granada (hourly, 3 hr), Malaga (six daily, 3 hr), Cádiz and Jerez de la Frontera (hourly, 2 hr, as part of longer TGM lines to Cartagena, Almeria and Granada), and from Portugal four daily from Faro (2 hr 15 min) and Lisbon (7 hr).
Buy in advance (online or at the station) especially at busy times, as buses can sell out. Bus companies:
Get around
Map of Seville
Sevici bicycles
Horse drawn carriage sightseeing in Seville
On foot
Walking is the best option for sight-seeing: Seville is a large city but the points of interest are in the compact old centre. Strolling and coming across fine old churches, charming cafes and hidden plazas is part of the experience of being here.
By bus
Buses run frequently and cover the majority of the city in their routes. You can purchase bus cards at many news stands. Trips cost 60c or 70c, and it costs €1.50 to buy a refillable bus card (which can be topped up at many newsstands).
By scooter
Scooters are available for rent for €30 for the day and €120 for the week. These are a cost-efficient way of getting around and a driver's license is not necessary.
By tram
Trams run from Prado de San Sebastian at the south end of the centre, up Av de la Constitución past the cathedral, to end at Plaza Nueva. So it's barely 2 km of track, through an area that you'll probably prefer to walk. Extension west to Triana and north to the railway station may happen in some indefinite mañana.
By metro
You are unlikely to use it as it does not run near the old town, or other sights or accommodation. Its sole line follows an arch, from the southwest burbs to south end of city centre stopping at Plaza de Cuba, Prado de San Sebastian and San Bernardo, then out to the southeast burbs. It runs Su-Th 06:30-23:00, until 02:00 on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are €1.30 for a single zone or €4.50 for all 3 zones unlimited trips.
By taxi
Taxis are easily accessible throughout the city. Many offer decent rates, but some cabbies are crooked.
By bicycle
Sevici bikes are a system of automated bike rentals with stations all over town. You pay €10 for the week, and can use any bike that's available. You drop it off at the station nearest to where you're going. Once you're registered, trips of 30 minutes or less are free. If you go over 30 minutes, it's €1 for the 1st hour, €2 for each additional hour. Seville is building many bike paths: one pleasant route covers most of the east bank of the river.
Centerbici, C/ Espronceda, 5, ☏ +34 954 211044, ✉​. 09:00 - 20:00. Bike rental and guided tours. €20. (updated Feb 2019)
Torre de la Plata, built by the Almohads c. 1220
The Sevilla Card is designed to aid city exploration and save you money. The card includes free admission to most Seville museums and monuments, unlimited use of public transportation (TUSSAM Buslines, but only for Cards with Public Transport), a guided visit of the Real Alcazar of Seville, unlimited use of sightseeing buses, boat rides on the Guadalquivir river and admission to the Isla Mágica Theme Park. The card also allows access to significant discounts in shops, restaurants, shows and leisure centres for adults and children. The Sevilla Card is accompanied by a guide and city map. However, the Sevilla Card cannot be used for trams and buses.
The Sevilla card comes in three denominations of 1, 2 or 3 days’ duration in blocks of 24 hours from the time of first activation when inserted into the electronic validation terminal of the suppliers associated with the Sevilla Card Programme (be careful not to activate too soon).
Prices: 1 day €50 (with transport €53), 2 days €60 (with transport €66), 3 days €65 (with transport €72). The 2- and 3-day options attract a discount of €3 per card when purchased on the website.
The Sevilla Card can be purchased by the following means: online ticketbar; by ☏ +34 91 600 21 21, +34 902 088 908; and, once in Seville, at tourism offices, the airport, the train station, travel agencies and through national and international tour operators (check the website for addresses).
A less expensive version, the Sevilla Card Cultura, is valid only for museums (1 day €28, 2 days €32, 3 days €36). 5% less if purchased online.
If you are want to use the local buses tussam, you can get either pay the €1.40 single fare price or you can purchase a bonobus, a 10-trip travel card. Bonobuses are found at most kiosks and tabacarias (tobacco shops). Regular times are kept until around 23:30, after which night buses run, with different routes, on the hour until 02:00.
Mudejar Pavilion in the Parque María Luisa
Statue Adolfo Gustave Becquer
Main courtyard, Las Dueñas Palace
Plaza de España
Metropol Parasol
Museums and galleries
Museo de Bellas Artes
Flamenco performance at the Museo del Baile Flamenco
Semana Santa
Feria de Abril
Bull fight at the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza
Flamenco is very popular in Spain and is not just for tourists; however finding the right place is hard. Poke around the neighbourhood of El Arenal, following the sounds of flamenco music to find a place.
Sport and outdoor activities
Take some Spanish classes or do activities in Spanish to get in touch with the locals.
[dead link] LaCasa Sevilla, ☏ +34 666 882 981, ✉​. A fun way to learn and practice some Spanish while doing activities and exploring the city. 
Seville is home to many beautiful artifacts, some of the more popularly known are plates and Spanish tiles. Triana offers many ceramic factories where one can buy various tiles from authentic craftsmen. There are stores that custom design plates and tiles near the cathedral, especially in Calle Sierpes, but across the river in Triana are other worthwhile pottery stores. Depending on the time of year, but especially leading up to Christmas, there are a number of artisan fairs throughout the city.
Wander through an open-air market. Vendors in many parts of the city sell on the streets, but on Sunday, when everything else is closed, a few spots really fill up. One market is behind the Alcampo shopping centre at Ronda del Tamarguillo on Avenida de la Paz (Bus lines 30, 36 from Prado de San Sebastian), but it is easily outdone by a large flea market, selling clothes, furniture, trash, books, shoes, CDs, food, tools, and probably everything else just northwest of Triana near Avenida Carlos III (off of the left-hand side of most tourist maps).
Alianzas Breda, Calle Balbino Marrón 3, ☏+34 954 04 21 60, ✉​​. (updated Feb 2020)
Seville offers a wide variety of retail clothing, although generally at high prices. The main shopping district is home to all the big international and Spanish clothing lines (such as Zara who has at least 4 separate stores in Seville). The winding streets and alleyways of the Santa Cruz area (around the Cathedral) do a roaring trade in Spanish- and Andalusian-themed T-shirts and inexpensive flamenco dresses for little girls. The Corte Ingles (translated literally to "The English Cut") is a large chain of department stores throughout Spain selling clothes in the "American style".
White wine and jamón (ham)
Seville, like most Andalusian destinations, is known for its tapas. "Tapa", while it is associated with certain dishes, is actually a size and many restaurants or bars will offer a tapa, ½ ración (half serving, although sometimes enough to make a meal) and ración (serving) of the same dish. There are many great tapas places around the foot of the cathedral in the centre of town. You can't go wrong, simply order one of everything to find your favourite! Some typical tapas include tortilla española (potato omelet), pulpo gallego (Galician octopus), aceitunas (olives), patatas bravas (spicy potatoes), and queso manchego (sheep's milk cheese from the region of La Mancha in central Spain). Also be sure to try the jamón (ham), which you often see hanging above the bar. Most of the restaurants kitchens do not open before 20:30 in the evening. Though usually some easy to prepare meals are available before that time.
As the quality of food is considered of a great importance in Seville, most local bars will have very good food at a low price. For a authentic and interesting meal, stop at one of the many bars, especially one which doesn't offer English menus (the prices are likely to be lower!).
Some bars near the river, such as Pedalquivir and El Faro de Triana, offer a nice view but aren't as good of a deal in terms of the quality of the food. Another would be El Patio San Eloy (San Eloy 9, Sevilla) where the tapas can be a little hit and miss, but where the cool staggered seating steps, fabulous décor and fruity sangria; provide a wonderful respite from the heat of the day.
A good deal can more easily be had at less characteristic places such as Sloppy Joe's Pizza Inn and Papasá.
If you would like to purchase your own food, head down to one of the markets close to the centre of the city, such as in Plaza Encarnación. El Corte Inglés is a larger more popular department store that you can go to for almost every need.
Don't eat the oranges from the trees on the street, they have been sprayed to repel birds and taste awful.
If you're vegetarian, make sure you specify that you eat no fish or tuna as vegetarian only implies no flesh here.
The nightlife of Seville is fantastic; no other European city has so many bars per inhabitant than Seville. In summer go to Isla Cartuja and find out why the Spanish night doesn't stop before 07:00. There you can find plenty of open-air discothèques. Other nightlife spots include Calle Betis in Triana, La Alamede de Hércules, and Plaza Alfalfa.
Most places have air conditioning but be sure to ask in summer, you'll need it. You will probably pass the siesta (early afternoon) in your room to escape the heat.
Sevillanos are famous for their nightlife so if you don't plan to be out at all hours yourself, then seek accommodation on a street without lots of bars and restaurants, or ask for a room set back from the street.
As of Sept 2021, Seville has 5G from Orange and Vodafone, and 4G from Masmovil / Yoigo and Movistar.
Local administration runs a free (1 hr) internet cafe right next to the tourist office in the centre. Alternatively, most coffee places and certain bars will have Internet connection free for customers. If the Internet connection is a priority, make sure you ask about it before sitting. Also, chains like McDonalds, Starbucks or Cafe de Indias offer Internet access.
Internet can also be accessed in cyber-cafes or "locutorios". In these businesses, you can have access to a computer and an Internet connection, paying by the minute or hour. They are not so prevalent nowadays, due to the pervasiveness of hand-held devices with Internet access, but they can be still found in some locations:
There are also consulates in the city for Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Morocco, Portugal and Sweden.
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Routes through Seville
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