If you only have one day in Sevilla, you will have a hard time choosing what to see and what to skip. Sevilla has a lot to offer. Behind every corner you will find Andalusian gems, covered in colorful tiles. Most of the must see places are situated around the cathedral, but also the Plaza de España is definitely worth your time. Here you’ll find how I spend 8 hours in this beautiful Spanish city.
One day in Sevilla: one of the most beautiful cities in the world
I visited Sevilla by train during my one week stay in Malaga. I heard a lot about this city and it was still on my bucket list. When I discovered it was only a two hour train ride away from Malaga, I didn’t hesitate to book my train ticket a few months in advance because I didn’t want to miss this.
High speed trains to Sevilla can be booked via the Renfe website (or at the train station if you don’t want to book in advance). The seats are very comfortable and spacious. The price for the fastest train is 68,60€ per person for a round trip. I booked the 9.15 am train and the 7.35 pm, to have quite some time to explore Sevilla.
After arriving in Sevilla I was a little frustrated by the fact that no street maps and no information desk were to be found at the train station. (maybe I just missed it?) I had to ask a local for the right directions to the city center and I was annoyed that I didn’t know which monuments were already close by, so I could already see something on the way to the cathedral. Thankfully I had a small map I found on the internet that helped me out a little.
After a 20 minute walk from the train station I arrived at the Jardines de Murillo. A nice city park that once was part of the Jardines del Alcazar. I walked down the Paseo de Catalina de Ribera, which leads through the park, until I reached the Calle San Fernando. From there on I was in total awe. Sevilla looks like an open air museum. Everywhere you go you’ll find gorgeous buildings in different styles, from Mudéjar to Gothic. On my way to the Real Alcazar, I passed the university, the hotel Alfonso XIII, the Puerta de Jerez and eventually I arrived at the impressive cathedral Maria de la Sede with its bell tower “la Giralda”. It is the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world and absolutely stunning!
Next to the cathedral you find the Real Alcazar. A must see when going to Sevilla. The entrance costs 9,5€ and is totally worth it. This gorgeous palace makes you feel like a princess while you walk from room to room with all the amazing Moorish influences and visit the dazzling elegant gardens. You’ll find a lot of architectural styles in the palace; Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance, Moorish… due to all the different dynasties and kings that lived there. My visit took about 2,5 hours. I’ll give more details and pictures of the Alcazar in a later post.
Another fabulous place worth exploring is the Plaza de España, situated a little outside the old city center. If you want to fully explore this massive square, you’ll probably need 2 to 3 hours. There are so many details like the 52 frescoes consisting of the typical azulejos that symbolize all the Spanish provinces. The bridges are decorated with beautiful mosaics and if you’re a romantic you can rent a small boat to row in the canal. Plaza de España is probably one of the most gorgeous cultural places I’ve ever seen.
On my way back to the train station I walked down the Avenida de Constitucion, passed the Plaza San Francisco, continued my route through some shopping streets and passed the Convento San Leandro. On my way I ran into various lovely buildings and squares, which made me realize that Sevilla has to offer a lot more. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to see everything. So I’ll definitely book a citytrip to return in the future and discover more of the city, because one day in Sevilla is not enough!