Seville- What to do and see in the Andalusian capital


With over 2000 years of fascinating history, Moorish and Gothic architecture, visiting Seville
is a feast for the senses - and never more so than during Semana Santa, or Holy Week, in the
lead up to Easter.

Wendy, our design consultant, went for Easter and shares her top picks of what to see and

We were lucky to be there for the Easter weekend when it was unusually hot (37 degrees!)
and the streets were filled with ‘pasos’ or floats and processions by various brotherhoods or
religious fraternities who are dressed as penitents and pay tribute to the passion of Jesus. It
was an incredible experience as the city celebrated the last days of Jesus’s life.
The city was packed and many roads were closed to traffic but the buzz was fantastic and
everyone was very friendly.



What To See

La Catedral de Sevilla

Is the largest gothic cathedral in the world, converted from the
mosque that pre-dated it prior to Seville’s conquest by the Catholics. It has 5 precincts and was built to demonstrate the city’s wealth. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site and dates back to the 15 th century. It’s home to countless treasures and houses part of the remains of Christopher Columbus. We booked a guide for our visit and later for the Royal Alcazar which I would highly recommend.


Wendy wearing the Belle Dress

The Torre de la Giralda

Adjoining the cathedral, la Torre acts as its bell tower. It was originally built as a minaret for the great mosque and combines various architectural styles which reflect the cultural history of the city. 100 metres high, it is truly magnificent and is topped by a weather vane that gives it its name. It’s possible to climb it – we chose not to!




La Plaza de España

Set in the Maria Luiza park, La Plaza de España was built in 1929 for the Ibero-America exhibition. Built in the Spanish renaissance style, its Spanish steps and semi-circular design are breath-taking.


Reales Alcázares de Sevilla.

The Royal Alcázar of Seville is the oldest royal palace in Europe which is still in use today by the royal family. It combines various architectural styles influenced by its Islamic heritage and includes stunning gardens and beautiful tiles. Most recently, you may have seen it in the Game of Thrones. A must see whilst in the city.

Courtesy of Casa de la Memoria


The traditional art form of Flamenco which originated in Andalusia and comes from the gypsy community, comprises music, singing and dancing. Part of the national identity of Spain and recognised by UNESCO as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage, it’s an intense and fascinating experience. We watched a performance at the Casa de la Memoria which showcases the top performers. To see Flamenco in a bar setting, try el Tablao el Arenal.


 Courtesy of Introducing Seville


Arts and Crafts

For Art Lovers, Seville has an ancient crafts industry found in artists’ studios and
workshops known as corralónes. One of the most special is the Corralón del Pelícano, with 40 or more workshops and studios – from painters to sculptors, musicians, and dancers. Sadly it was closed for Easter, but it's on the list for next time. Located just off the Plaza de Pelícano.

We walked extensively around the city during our 2 days and didn’t manage to fit in a visit to the bull ring. We got side tracked by the many beautiful streets and tons of restaurants where you can try the delicious tapas Spain is known for.


Where To Eat


Seville is one of the top 10 towns to eat tapas in Spain. We really enjoyed these restaurants
and would recommend them all:


El Favorito


If you're in the mood for traditional Andalusian dishes, head to El Favorito, a chic restaurant that offers a modern twist on classic cuisine. Centrally located, bustling and great atmosphere.

C Joaquin Guichot, 5, 41001 Sevilla

Casa Ozama


This one is a taxi ride from the centre of town but the setting is stunning, with a beautiful garden and delicious food. We had a wonderful evening soaking up the last of the sun.

C. Betis, 6, 41010 Sevilla


The following list was recommended by Lourdes, one of the Aspiga team whose family lives near Seville, but we didn’t have time to try them all:

 Bodeguita Antonio Romero

Casa Moreno


Flor de Torazno

El Rinconcillo

Casa Ricardo (specialty is croquetas)


Courtesy of El Rinconcillo

Where To Stay

Courtesy of Monte Triana


Monte Triana Hotel

We stayed at the Monte Triana hotel. It was perfectly located just outside the city centre (20 minute walk) which was great during Semana Santa when the centre was so busy. Quiet with really comfortable beds and the staff are really helpful. It also has a lovely roof terrace pool which is a must during the hotter months. I would recommend avoiding the city In July and August when the heat is intense.

Clara de Jesús Montero, 24, 41010, Sevilla


Courtesy of Pajaro Rebelde


Pajaro Rebelde

If you’re looking for a more boutique experience, try the Pajaro Rebelde in the heart of town. With a pool, stunning courtyard, roof terrace and beautiful décor, it’s hugely popular so book early.

C. Martínez Montañés, 27, 41002 Sevilla


Courtesy of Placido y Grata Hotel


The Placido y Grata Hotel Boutique

This boutique hotel was once a former Sevillian manor house and is located in the heart of the city. With a nod to its past, it has been renovated in a contemporary style and features a beautiful courtyard and thriving coffee shop, cocktail bar and restaurant.

C. Monsalves, 4, 41001 Sevilla


Wendy's Aspiga picks for Seville