When booking our trip to Spain, we knew we had to make a stop in the Andalusia region. Although not as frequented as your typical Barcelona or Madrid, we had heard such amazing things about this southern region and were excited to check it off the list.
The streets are incredibly charming and full of life, we found some of our favorite restaurants we have ever been to (Amanda fell in love with all the Gluten Free options), the historical sights are endless and we just fell in love with the friendly people. It became a much more enjoyable spot than just “checking it off the list” and we dream about the day we can head back. Below are some ideas on how to spend a couple days in this beautiful city.
WHAT TO DO
Catedral de Sevilla - You can't miss this Gothic cathedral, which is the largest in the world and the third-largest church in the world. It is arguably the burial place of Christopher Columbus, and you can see his supposed tomb inside. When walking into the Cathedral we were in awe of the size of the pillars and the beauty of the architecture. Seriously mind blowing! You can climb to the top of Torre Giralda (bell tower) for stunning views of the Cathedral and the city. We didn't end up doing this, but wish we had from all the raving reviews.
Real Alcazar - This royal palace was originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings and the upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family, as their official Seville residence. The Game of Thrones scenes for the Water Gardens of Dorne were filmed here. How cool! You could honestly spend hours wandering around this stunning palace admiring all of its beauty. See pics below. I think we bought 10 souvenirs with the RA logo on them =)
Plaza De Toros - Although we had no interest in seeing a live bull fight, it was pretty unique to tour the oldest bullring in the world. The venue has a capacity of 12,000 and is the site of one of the most well-known bull fighting festivals in the world during the annual Seville fair. We took a tour of the grounds and were very intrigued by all the historical information and all that bull fighting entails. Never would've known!
Plaza de Espana - This is a massive semi-circular plaza. It is one of the most beautiful buildings we have ever seen. After walking around the plaza we suggest having a picnic, cruising around on one of the rental bikes or just relaxing on the grounds. There is even a small canal in front where you can rent row boats. Fun fact- the plaza is a famous backdrop in "Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones".
University and Hotel Alfonso – One of the best parts of Seville is just exploring the neighborhoods and local restaurants. We happened to stumble upon the University of Seville, Hotel Alfonso and the surrounding area. Such a beautiful area to check out, that adds so much vibrancy to the city. At Hotel Alfonso, just walk inside for a tour of this elegant and luxurious iconic spot.
Aire de Sevilla - Incredible place to relax while on vacation. Such a unique spa experience, that is well worth every penny. They even have private pools/baths on the rooftop, where you can overlook the Cathedral. Can't beat it! Make sure to make a reservation in advance.
WHERE TO EAT
EME Catedral Hotel - Great spot to enjoy drinks on the rooftop with a spectacular view of the cathedral. This is in a tourist area, but the bar atmosphere is amazing and a scene that can't be missed.
Al Solito Posto - Perfect spot for people watching with outdoor seating. This place takes gluten free to another level. They put a specific place mat down so they know who is ordering gluten free and use a dome to cover the GF plates. They had a very long list of GF items to choose from. We ordered the GF Empanadas and spaghetti. We were also served warm GF bread before our meals. There are many good outdoor restaurants in this area off Alameda de Hercules.
Bar Alfalfa - Charming small corner bar close to Alfalfa Square. This was our favorite food stop on our trip. They had great gluten free options too. We chose the bruschetta on GF bread with ham, cheese, tomatoes, and some delicious sauce. There is limited seating, but we enjoyed our food on a windowsill while people watching with amazing Paella, wine and cheese.
Eslava - There is not much to say about this spot, other than this is a must when visiting Seville. Seriously some of the best tapas paired with a great atmosphere. Win / win!
El Rinconcillo - Oldest bar in Spain and they even kept some old school traditions, i.e., the bar tracks your order by writing on a chalkboard bar. Pretty cool place to make a quick stop in to grab a drink.
Hope this helps convince you to visit this beautiful region of Spain. If you’ve been, would love to hear about your experience and see if you loved it as much as we did!