4 must-do tours in Seville to get the most out of your trip

Seville is the enchanting capital of Spain’s Andalusia region and a city full of vibrant culture, unique architecture and mouth-watering cuisine. From learning the history of the famous Catedral de Sevilla to taking part in the beauty of flamenco – discover all Seville has to offer through these unique, local experiences created for all types of explorers. 

Cathedral, Alcazár and Giralda tour

It’s a no-brainer that when you travel to Seville, Catedral de Sevilla, Alcazár and Giralda should be a top priority on your list of places to visit. With this Cathedral, Giralda & Alcazár guided tour, you’ll explore the city’s most iconic monuments with a guide who will teach you the history of each location.

The first stop on your tour is the Catedral de Sevilla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. The cathedral was built in 1507 and houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus, The Royal Chapel (Capilla Real) and original paintings from artists like Murillo, Goya, Pedro de Campaña and Luis de Vargas.

Inside the Catedral de Sevilla

Then, you’ll visit the Giralda a.k.a. the iconic bell tower of the Catedral de Sevilla and one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Journey to the top of the tower to take in breathtaking panoramic views of Seville. 

Giralda bell tower in Seville, Spain

Finally, you’ll stop at the Royal Alcázars of Seville (historically known as al-Qasr al-Muriq). It’s known as one of the country’s most significant historical and architectural sites. This palace serves as an example of the Mudéjar architectural style, where Muslim and Christian influences blend together. Today, the top floors of the building are still used by the Spanish Royal Family as their official residence in Seville. 

The outside of the Royal Alcazars of Seville, Spain.

Riverboat tour with tapas

What sounds better than an exclusive riverboat tour in Seville with traditional tapas? For this tour, you’ll devour local dishes while cruising along the Guadalquivir River. 

First, you’ll uncover the newest part of the city near La Cartuja Island. The captain will guide you throughout the trip and show you world-famous landmarks, such as the pavilions built by different countries for the 1992 Universal Exhibition Expo to commemorate the 500 year anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to the New World. 

You’ll continue along the water, passing under the Isabel Bridge II, one of the oldest iron bridges in Europe. You’ll also cruise by other landmarks, such as the Plaza de Toros de La Maestranza, Torre del Oro, Palacio de San Telmo and many more. 

During your trip, tapas are included so you’ll get to taste Jamón Ibérico (cured pork) and local cheese. You can also enjoy a complimentary glass of sangria, beer or a soft drink while you sail along. 

Riverboats on the Guadalquivir River in Seville, Spain

Food tours

Opting to go on a food tour in a new place offers you not just the sights and sounds, but also the tastes of the city. Seville is known for a variety of traditional Spanish foods and drinks, but probably the most well-known are the paella and sangria. 

If you’re looking to be fully immersed in the food culture, check out this Spanish cooking class and market tour hosted by two professional chefs, Victoria and Dome. To start, you’ll be guided through Triana Market, a unique indoor market specializing in fresh produce, meats and cheeses.

After you have procured all the necessary ingredients for your meal, you’ll explore the ins and outs of a professional Spanish kitchen. Here, you’ll work side-by-side with the chef to prepare dishes such as gazpacho, seasonal tapas and paella Valenciana. 

Person preparing paella

If cooking isn’t your forte, hop on this ugly delicious food tour. While the name might not sound that appetizing, this is one of Seville’s most unique food tours. Your guide will go above and beyond to show you the “not-so-pretty” side of Spain’s delicious and traditional cuisine. 

You’ll begin your journey at Triana Market and learn about Spanish gastronomy and its connection to Seville. Then, you’ll be taken to two different tapas bars to taste traditional foods you would have never thought to order. This tour is meant to show you foods that you may find “ugly” but learn to love after being a part of this experience. 

lots of tapas lined up on a table

Flamenco experience

Flamenco was named an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and is the most representative Andalusian art known all over the world. Triana (a famous neighborhood in Seville and the location of the Triana Market) is known as the home of flamenco and is where some of the most famous singers and dancers of the genre were born. 

For the most unique flamenco experience, take a look at this exclusive flamenco and tapas night in Seville. On this tour, you’ll begin by visiting two authentic tapas bars in Triana and learn about Spanish culture, food, music and flamenco. 

From there, you’ll be invited to one of the most intimate flamenco shows in the city where the audience consists of only 30 people. During the performance, you’ll be taught about the history and style of each song. Some nights, you may even be asked to put your dancing shoes on and be a part of the dance company. There’s no other experience to get immersed in flamenco culture like this!

flamenco dancer putting on a performance in a theater

A vacation for the books

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