Seville, the magic of a city


Seville and the Guadalquivir

Seville currently has about 700,000 inhabitants or 1.5 million if we consider its metropolitan area. The city enjoyed its heyday in the XVI and XVII centuries when it became the "Gateway to the Indies" and the only trading port with the New World. The Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferdinand, chose it due to its port on the river Guadalquivir. Its decline began in the XVIII century, when the commercial activities were moved to Cadiz because of the progressive silting of the river bed. Seville succeeded, however, in rising from the ashes to become a city full of charm, passion, art, history and traditions, and one that will be held forever in your heart.  


Plaza De España

 

 

 Emblem of the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, this spectacular semicircular square will seduce you with its ceramic tiles and transport you to famous film sets, including Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars and The Dictator.

 

 

 

 

 

 Useful information

 

 Opening hours:

Every day from 8:00 to 22:00 (from November to March)

Every day from 8:00 to 24:00 (from April to October)

 

Free entrance 


The Cathedral

 

 

 

 

"Let us build a church so magnificent that posterity itself will consider us mad", wrote the Cathedral Canons in 1401 before starting the construction of the site which is today the largest Gothic cathedral in the world.

 

 

 

Useful information

 

Opening hours:

Monday: from 11:00 to 15:30

From Tuesday to Saturday: from 11:00 to 17:00

Sunday: from 14:30 to 18:00

 

July and August (except July 17th and 25th)

Monday: from 10:30 to 15:30

From Tuesday to Saturday: from 10:30 to 17:00

Sunday: from 14:00 to 18:00

 

Prices:

Full ticket: €10                                         

Concessionary ticket*: €5 (over 65 / students up to 25)

Free ticket*: those born or resident in the Diocese of Seville / children under 14 accompanied by

an adult / disabled people with a disability rate higher than 65% (free ticket

for their carer) / unemployed people

 

* This condition must be confirmed by means of an official document

 

 


The Giralda Tower

 

  

Former minaret of the Almohad mosque built in the XII century, the Giralda tower stands proud and elegant, crowned by the bronze statue, known as Giraldillo, which is a symbol of faith. Climbing up the 35 ramps, you will reach a viewpoint from which you will enjoy a wonderful view across the city.

 

 

 

 

Useful information

 

Access to the Giralda Tower is only permitted if you hold the ticket for the Cathedral.


Alcázar Palace

 Walking through the halls and gardens of

Seville´s Royal Palace is a unique experience. Step by step, the precious tiles

or "azulejos", the magnificent stucco works and the excellent

carpentry will tell you a century-long history, from the late XI century to date.

It was in this building that Magellan designed the first circumnavigation of

the earth and Juan de la Cosa drew the first map of the world indicating the existence of the new continent.

 

 Useful information

 

Opening hours:

From Monday to Sunday: from 9.30 to 17.00 (from October to March)

From Monday to Sunday: from  9.30 to 19.00 (from April to September)

Closed on 1 and 6 January, Good Friday and 25 December

 

Prices:

Full ticket: €11,50

Concessionary ticket*: €3 (over 65 / students from 17 up to 25)

Free ticket: under 17 / disabled people / those born or resident in Seville

Minors must be accompanied by an adult

 

*This condition must be confirmed by means of an official document


The Bullring

 

 The Bullring of Seville, built in the XVIII century, is one of the most prestigious places in the world of bullfighting. After its counterpart in Ronda, Malaga province, it is the world's oldest bullring and also one of the largest with its 12,000 seats. The building houses a museum that traces the bullfighting history of the city. The bullfighting season begins on Easter Sunday and ends in October.

 

 

Useful information

  

Opening hours:

Every day: from 9:30 to 19:00 (from November to March)

Every day: from 9:30 to 21:00 (from April to October)

Good Friday: from 9:30 to 15:00

On the days of bullfights: from 9:30 to 15:00

On the days of amateur bullfights or "novilladas" with promotional offers: from 9:30 to 19:00

Closed on 25 December

 

Prices:

Full ticket: €8

Concessionary ticket*: €5 (over 65 / students)

Concessionary ticket*: €3 (children from 7 to 11)

Free ticket: children from 0 to 6, accompanied by an adult

 

*This condition must be confirmed by means of an official document 


Triana

On the right bank of the Guadalquivir river we find the Triana district, one of the most beloved in Seville. Tied for centuries to the river and the sea, this ancient neighbourhood saw the birth of the famous sailor Rodrigo de Triana, the first man who caught sight of land during the voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492.

Triana gave birth to some of the most famous bullfighters and flamenco dancers and singers of all time. Moreover it is the repository of a ceramic tradition with very ancient roots.

 


La Torre del Oro (The Golden Tower)

 This ancient watchtower, which was built by the Almohads in the XIII century to control the river traffic, is one of the most emblematic monuments of Seville. The tower is a dodecagonal building and consists of two sections; the lower part was built with stone while the upper part with brick. It currently houses the Maritime Museum.

  Useful information

 

Opening hours:

From Monday to Friday: from 9:30 to 19:00

Saturday and Sunday: from 10:30 to 19:00

Bank holidays if not on Sunday: closed

 

Prices:

Ticket: €3

 

 

Free entrance: Monday


St. Telmo Palace

 

This baroque style palace was built in the XVII century to house the Naval Academy. It later became the residence of the Dukes of Montpensier and afterwards was turned into a seminary. It is currently the seat of the Presidency of the Government of Andalusia. Its magnificent portal stands out on the main façade which shows the typical yellow and ochre red colours.

 

 

 Useful information

 

Opening hours:

From Monday to Thursday: from 9:00 to 19:00

Friday: from 9:00 to 15:00

To visit the St. Telmo Palace reservations are required. Please send an email to santelmoabierto@juntadeandalucia.es or call at the telephone number 955001010.

 

Free entrance


Maria Luisa Park

 

  

This beautiful park is a quiet oasis of calm in the city centre. Its spaces, which belonged once to the private gardens of the St. Telmo Palace, were ceded to the city by the Infanta Maria Luisa Fernanda at the end of the XIX century. Plaza de España (Spain Square) and Plaza de América (America Square), which form part of the park, are its main attractions.

 

  

 Useful information

 

Opening hours:

Every day: from 8:00 to 22:00 (from November to March)

Every day: from 8:00 to 24:00 (from April to October)

 

Free entrance


Royal Tobacco Factory

 

Constructed in the XVIII century to house the tobacco factory, this building currently houses the Rectorate of the University of Seville and some departments. The myth of the cigar rollers, which was kept alive by the famous Bizet's Carmen, the passionate and sensual gypsy girl, is closely tied to this complex where thousands of women worked in what was the first centre for cigar production in the world. 

 

 

Useful information

 

Opening hours:

Friday: from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 16:00 to 18:00

Saturday: from 9:30 to 12:30

To visit the Royal Tobacco Factory reservations are required. Please call at the telephone number: 954551000.

 

Free entrance


Plaza de América

 

 America Square is a jewel in the Maria Luisa Park. It houses 3 buildings of different styles, all designed by the architect Aníbal González for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929: the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs in Mudejar style, the Royal Pavilion in New-Gothic style and the Archaeological Museum in New-Renaissance style.

 

 

  

Useful information

 

Opening hours:

Every day: from 8:00 to 22:00 (from November to March)

Every day: from 8:00 to 24:00 (from April to October)

 

Free entrance 


La Torre de Sevilla (Seville Tower)

 

 

 

 

 Built on the Cartuja island, the Seville Tower was designed by the famous Argentine architect César Pelli. Standing 178 metres high, it is the tallest skyscraper in Andalusia. It has an elliptical shape and was constructed with glass and steel. The latter is coated with aluminium terracotta coloured plates. It has the shape of a large torch that lights up at night.

 

 

 

 

 Useful information

 

This building houses offices and a hotel


Metropol Parasol

 

The Metropol Parasol, also known as "Las Setas" (Mushrooms), because of its mushroom-shaped form, is the largest wooden structure in the world. This large reticulated structure is 150 meters long, 70 meters wide and 26 meters high. On its top a viewpoint offers a panoramic view of the historic city centre. Inaugurated in 2011, it has become one of the main tourist attractions of the city.

 

 

 Useful information

 

Opening hours:

From Sunday to Thursday: from 10:00 to 22:30

Friday and Saturday: from 10:00 to 23:00

The lift to reach the view point is in the basement near the Antiquarium

 

Prices:

Ticket: 3€

Free ticket: those born or resident in Seville / children under 12 /

disabled people with a disability rate higher than 75% and their carer / school groups up to 16 


Casa de Pilatos

 

 

The Casa de Pilatos, which magnificently combines the Italian Renaissance style with the Spanish Mudejar, is the largest noble palace in Seville after the Alcázar Palace.  It houses a prized collection of classical sculptures. With over 150 decorative motifs, the "azulejos" or tiles which cover the walls represent  the most valuable tile collection in the world in terms of both quality and variety.

 

 

 

Useful information

 

Opening hours:

Every day: from 9:00 to 18:00 (from November to March)

Very day: from 9:00 to 19:00 (from April to October)

 

The visit of the first floor will be organized in groups with a guide of the house.

 

 

Prices:

Ticket for the whole house: €12

Ticket for the ground floor: €10


Palace of the Countess of Lebrija

 

 

 

 

 

This historic home, one of the most beautiful in Seville, exhibits 580m2 of Roman mosaics which were transferred piece by piece from the nearby Roman city ruins Italica under the supervision of the Countess of Lebrija.

The mosaic decoration of its floors and walls represent one of the most important private collections in the world. The rooms are also enhanced by archaeological remains which have inestimable value.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Useful information

 

Opening hours:

From Monday to Sunday: from 10:30 to 19:30

 

Prices:

Full Ticket: €12

Concessionary ticket: €6 (children from 6 to 12)

Free ticket: children from 0 to 5 

 

The visit of the first floor will be organized in groups with a guide of the house.


Museum of Fine Arts

 

 Housed in the old convent of Mercy, founded by San Pedro Nolasco in the XIII century, the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville is considered the second most important art gallery in Spain. Of particular interest are the great treasures of the Sevillian Baroque among which are the works by Velázquez, Zurbarán, Murillo, Alonso Cano, and Valdes Leal.

 

 

 

 Useful information

 

Opening hours:

From 1 September to 31 July:

From Tuesday to Saturday: from 9:00 to 21:00

Sunday and bank holidays: from 9:00 to 15:00

Monday: Closed (open on bank holiday)

From 1 August to 31 August:

From Tuesday to Sunday and on bank holidays: from 9:00 to 15:00

Monday: Closed (open on bank holidays)

1 and 6 January, 1 May, 24, 25 and 31 December: Closed

 

Prices:

Ticket: €1.5

Free ticket*: European Union citizens

 

*This condition must be confirmed by means of an official document


El Salvador Church

 

 El Salvador Church was built on the ruins of the city's main mosque, dating back from the XI century, of which remain the patio of ablutions and part of the tower which was the old minaret. The interior of the church is a magnificent example of Baroque architecture. Of extraordinary beauty is the altarpiece manufactured by the Portuguese Cayetano de Acosta, one of the most beautiful altarpieces of Seville.

 

  Useful information

 

Opening hours:

From September to June:

From Monday to Saturday: from 11:00 to 17:30

Sunday: from 15:00 to 19:00

July and August:

From Monday to Saturday: from 10:00 to 17:30

Sunday: from 15:00 to 19:30

 

Prices:

In El Salvador Church it is possible to buy the ticket to visit this monument or a joint ticket to visit El Salvador Church, the Cathedral and the Giralda Tower

Ticket for the visit of El Salvador Church: €5

Free ticket*: those born or resident in the Diocese of Seville

Ticket for the visit of El Salvador Church, Cathedral and Giralda Tower: €10

Concessionary ticket*: €5 (over 65 / students up to 25)

Free ticket*: those born or resident in the Diocese of Seville / children under 16 accompanied by an adult / disabled people and their carer / unemployed people

 

1 and 6 January, Corpus Christi, 15 August, 25 December: Closed

 

Reduced opening hours:

5 January: from 11:00 to 13:30

1 November: from 15:00 to 19:00

8 December: from 15:00 to 19:00

24 December: from 11:00 to 13:30

31 December: from 11:00 to 13:30

 

*This condition must be confirmed by means of an official document


Hospital of the Holy Charity

 

 

 

 The Hospital of the Holy Charity is closely linked to the figure of a Sevillian nobleman with Italian origins, Miguel Mañara, who, after leading a dissolute life, renounced all his wealth and devoted himself entirely to the poor and needy.

 The hospital houses a church which is considered one of the finest jewels of the Spanish Baroque. Among the works of art it contains, paintings by Murillo and Valdés Leal and sculptures by Pedro Roldán stand out. In his two masterpieces "Ictu Oculi" and "Finis Gloriae Mundi", Valdés Leal depicts one of the most dramatic and terrible representations of death in art history.

 

 

 

Useful information

 

Opening hours:

From Monday to Sunday: from 10:00 to 19:30

Sunday: from 12:30 to 14:00 closed

 

Prices:

Full ticket: €8 (radioguide included)

Ticket for groups: €5 (minimum 10 people)

Ticket for cultural associations and student groups: €4

Ticket for young people under 18: €2,5 

Ticket for people over 65: €5

Free ticket for children under 7