Travels

Catedral & Giralda (Cathedral and Giralda Tower)

The third largest cathedral in the world, behind only St. Peters in Rome and St. Paul's in England.
The Cathedral does hold the record as the largest gothic building in the world, which you're sure to see when visiting. This is the most visited site in Seville. Construction began in 1401 on the grounds of the center mosque constructed during Arab occupation. The Patio de Naranjos and the main section of the Giralda are the only structures remaining from the mosque. The climb up the Giralda, approximately 70 meters, is made easier with the absence of stairs. Instead a series of ramps leads you to the top for a perfect view of the city. Inside are works of by Murillo, Goya, Pedro de Campaña and Luis de Vargas. Sculpture includes works by Martinez Montañés. The tomb of Columbus is said to be located here as well, a disputed claim which may soon be known as fact when the FBI finishes DNA analysis of the remains.
Address: Avda. Constitución (Santa Cruz)
Price: 7 €
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 17:00, Sun 14:30 -18:00 (FREE)

Reales Alcazares - (Royal Palace)

Located between the Jardines de Murillo and the Cathedral, the Alcazar or Royal Palace in Seville is still a vacation spot for the King and Queen. Construction first began under Abd Al Ramán III in the early 10th century it is one of the best examples of mudéjar architecture in all of Spain. Later additions included those by Pedro the Cruel with the aid of Moorish craftsmen. The grounds and gardens around the building are an important part of the visit. If you're not able to make it to Granada to see the Alhambra make sure you stop here.
Address: Patio de Banderas s/n
price: 5 €
Tue - Sat: 9:30 - 17:00, Sun, Holidays: 9:30 - 13:30.

Torre del Oro (Golden Tower)

Located on the Guadalquivir River and dating back to the 13th century (Almohade period), the top of the Torre del Oro was once covered in gold tiles which reflected in the sunlight, making the tower a visible fixture in Seville. During the Arab occupation it served as main point of defense and control of the river. The tower was connected to the city walls, and a large linked chain ran from the building to the other side of the river to control maritime traffic into the city. The Torre del Oro now houses the local maritime museum.
Address: Paseo Colon (Arenal)
price: 1 € (Tuesday Free)
Tue - Fri: 10:00 - 14:00, Sat, Sun, Holidays: 11:00 - 14:00

Hospital de la Caridad (Charity Hospital)

The church dates back to the 17th century and the building still serves it's purpose as a refuge for the ill and less fortunate. The house was provided by the wife of don Miguel de Mañara, a wealthy Sevillano, after his death. Works inside include two paintings from Juan de Valdés Leal as well as the intricate altarpiece work by Pedro Roldán.
Address: C/ Temprado, 3 (Arenal)
price: 4 €
schedule: Mon - Sat: 9:00 - 13:30; 15:30 - 19:30, Sun, Holidays: 9:00 - 13:00

Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza (Bullring / Museum)

The Plaza de Toros was constructed over several decades during the 18th century and is one of the most famous venues in all of Spain to take in a bullfight. The season typically begins with the Feria de Abril, during which there is a corrida every day, and runs through September. When buying tickets take your choice of sol (cheaper), sombra (expensive) and sol y sombra (middle range) seats. The museum includes statues of famous bullfighters, posters and other memorabilia as well as a gift shop.
Address: Paseo Colon (Arenal)
price: 4 €
Mon - Sun 9:30 - 19:00, Bullfights: 9:30 - 15:00

Casa de los Pilatos (Pilates House)

Currently owned by the Dukes of Medinaceli, the palace was built in the 16th century by a wealth aristocrat after returning from a voyage to Jerusalem. The architectural styles of Baroque, Renaissance and Mudéjar blend together almost seamlessly. The complete tour includes the upstairs rooms with an impressive collection of Roman antiquities. And in keeping with the architectural styles, Baroque and Renaissance paintings. Tuesdays between 13:00 - 17:00 is free entrance for EU citizens, but they often waive anyone through.
Address: Plaza Pilatos - C/ San Esteban (Puerta Carmona)
price: 5 € lower floor, 8 € complete tour
Mon - Sun: 9:00 - 18:00, Tue: 13:00 - 17:00 Free

Reales Atarazanas (Royal Shipyards)

Located next door to the Hospital de La Caridad the Royal Shipyards used to house munitions and artillery for the Spanish Navy. Inside it's fairly empty except for a few exhibits and explanations in the back. Worth a stop when next door at the Hospital de la Caridad, and the rows and rows of arches make for some good pictures. Concerts and special exhibits are often held in in the building, and at times are free.
Address: C/ Temprado (Arenal)
price: FREE
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 14:00, 16:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 13:00

Palacio de Lebrija

Located in the shopping district on calle Cuna, the Palacio de Lebrija is a 16th century palace which holds a very impressive collection of Roman mosaics from the nearby ruins of Italica. It is one of the few places in the world where you can actually walk on top of some of the mosaics, just as the Romans did! The excellent condition of the house is due to the extensive renovation work of Doña Regla Manjón Mergelina, the Countess of Lebrija in the early 20th century. She was a world traveler as well as a dedicated collector as the house indicates in it's displays of pieces from as far away as Mexico and the far east. Other sections of the house such as portions of the ceiling and a mahogany banister come from nearby churches and palaces in Andalucia. Thanks to her work many of the Roman mosaics discovered around Italica have been preserved.
Address: C/ Cuna (Center - Shopping district)
price: 3,60€ lower floor, 6,60€ complete tour
Mon - Fri: 10:30 - 14:00, 17:00 - 19:00, Sat: 10:00 - 13:00

Hospital de los Venerables (Venerable Hospital)

Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, construction of the building began during the early baroque period in Seville in 1676. Begun by architect Juan Domínguez, it was eventually completed in 1697 by Leonardo de Figueroa. The most impressive part is the church. entirely painted - walls and roof - with figures by Valdés Leal (and his son Lucas Valdés). Sculptures of St. Peter and St. Ferdinand by Pedro Roldán are at the foot of the nave beneath the choir, as well as altarpieces by Juan de Oviedo, and the pulpit of wood and marble by Francisco de Barahona. This is a nice Sunday afternoon visit when the entrance is free.
Address: Plaza de los Venerables
price: 4,75€ (Sundays 16:00 - 20:00 FREE)
Opening times
Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 18:00 pm.
Free entrance on Sundays from 14:00 to 18:00 pm.
Special offer: guided tour included in the general ticket on Wednesdays from 15:00 am to 16:00 pm.
The building will be closed on January 1st, Easter Friday and December 25th.

Archivo de Indias (Indian Archives)

Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, construction of the building began during the early baroque period in Seville in 1676. Begun by architect Juan Domínguez, it was eventually completed in 1697 by Leonardo de Figueroa. The most impressive part is the church. entirely painted - walls and roof - with figures by Valdés Leal (and his son Lucas Valdés). Sculptures of St. Peter and St. Ferdinand by Pedro Roldán are at the foot of the nave beneath the choir, as well as altarpieces by Juan de Oviedo, and the pulpit of wood and marble by Francisco de Barahona. This is a nice Sunday afternoon visit when the entrance is free.
Address: Avda. Constitución s/n
price: FREE
Mon - Fri: 8:00 - 15:00

Plaza de España (Plaza of Spain)

Located on the edge of Parque Maria Luisa, the Plaza de España was designed and constructed under the direction of Anibal Gonzalez, perhaps Seville's best known architect, for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo. Now used as government offices and still undergoing renovations, it is a pleasant visit during the day and at night to see the fountain illuminated. Wandering around the semi-circular grounds it is interesting to take in the paintings over ceramic tiles, representing an historical event in each province of Spain. And children will of course recognize the backdrop as being featured in one of the latest Star Wars movies.
Address: Parque Maria Luisa, Avda Isabela la Católica, s/n
FREE

Palacio de Arzobispal (Archbishop's Palace)

Located at the foot of the Giralda tower in the center of the historic district. The Archbishop's Palace is an 18th century casa-palacio which is home to the Sevillian clergy and Archbishop Carlos Amigo. While you can only get a glimpse of the patio from the main gate, if you were to venture further inside you would see important works by Murillo and other painters. If you hang around long enough you may even get to see Carlos Amigo as he leaves for an afternoon stroll. I always like to think he's heading for a beer and tapas at Las Columnas.
Address: Plaza Santa Marta
schedule: Not open to the public

Hospital de las 5 Llagas (Hospital of the 5 Wounds - Parliament Building)

by appointment only, February 28th - open to public
Located just outside the old city walls and opposite the Macarena Church, the Hospital de las 5 Llagas was in ruins some 15 years ago. Now completely renovated with a nice open garden in front, this Renaissance building constructed in the 16th century is now the home of the Andalusian Parliament. For general entrance it is open to the public only two days per year, surrounding February 28th and the official holiday of Andalucia Day (Día de Andalucia). Otherwise appointments can be made for groups or individuals in advance by calling ahead for the details. More information for visits can also be found on this page.
Address: C/ Parlamento de Andalucía s/n (opposite the Macarena Church)
price: FREE

Ayuntamiento (Town Hall)

Located in the very center of Seville between Plaza Nueva and Plaza San Francisco, the Ayuntamiento, or Town Hall, separates the historic and shopping districts in Seville. The 19th century renovation was the work of architects Demetrio de los Ríos and Balbino Marrón. This later renovation can be seen from the side of Plaza Nueva and is an excellent example of neo-classical design. The side often featured in guide books and photos is facing Plaza San Francisco and is a wonderful example of Renaissance architecture. This side of the building was the work of Diego de Riaño in the 16th century, who used an ornate style to depict the two mythic characters Hercules and Caesar, who as legend has it founded the city of Seville. The front steps of the Ayuntamiento (on the Plaza Nueva side) are also a popular meeting place for locals!
Address: Plaza Nueva
price: FREE
Tue - Thu: 17:30 - 18:00

Palacio de San Telmo

by appointment only
Located just outside the Puerta Jerez behind the Hotel Alfonso XIII, The Palacio de San Telmo was first commissioned as a university in 1685. Undergoing several changes in purpose, from Naval College to residence of a noble family, the Palacio de San Telmo, like so many others, is now home to government offices and the presidency of the Andalusian Parliament. When renovated by the Dukes of Montpensier, the northern facade of the building was erected complete with statues of famous figures in Sevillian history. We have been informed that the visits, by appointment only, have now been suspended for several years as renovations will be underway soon.
Address: Avda. de Roma, s/n
price: FREE

Murallas del Casco Antiguo (Old city walls)

Located throughout the city the best examples of the walls can be found just next to the Macarena Church. Here a large section has been preserved, complete with lighting at night which was recently added. The city walls have a long history, dating back to Roman times. It was the during the Almoravide period that the walls saw their greatest expansion and fortifications. At one time Seville was completely enclosed with the walls connecting to the Torre del Oro, the principal defensive position along the Guadalquivir River. A series of 19 gates to the city were erected, often named for their purpose (entrance or exit to a neighboring town or city - Carmona, Cordoba - or a specific product - meat, oil, trash!) The last standing gate is that of the Macarena, just out of the picture to the right of the tower in the photo above.
Address: C/ Muñoz León
price: FREE

Iglesia del Salvador (Salvador Church)

Located just around the corner from the main shopping streets of Sierpes and Tetuan, the El Salvador Church was once the site of the largest mosque in Seville, erected under the leader Abd al Rahman II, or Idn- Addabas. The only remains of the mosque on the site of El Salvador are the Patio de Naranjos, or Orange Tree Patio which is still partially preserved. The mosque was later relegated to second place with the construction of the newer and much larger mosque at the site of Seville's Cathedral. El Salvador is Seville's second largest church and an excellent example of baroque architecture. Constructed between the late 17th and early 18th centuries, many artists have contributed to the design and works inside, including: Cayetano de Acosta, Juan de Mesa and Martínez Montañés.
Address: Plaza del Salvador s/n
price: 2€ donation
Sat, Sun: 10:00 - 14:00, 16:00 - 20:00

Metropol Parasol

Check out the giant mushrooms in Plaza Encarnación, now- known as the Metropol Parasol, where one of the most modern works of architecture has gone up in the Seville city center. The new "building" holds the Encarnación food market which waited since 1974 to get apermanent home! You can't miss the project, as the towers (or mushrooms) are several stories high. Visitors can buy fresh foods, visit the ruins below the market, or have a drink at the top of the mushrooms in a bar with a view of the surrounding city.