1 Day in Seville [2024]

Courtyard of the Maidens in the Royal Alcázar with ornate Moorish arches, carved wooden balconies, and a long reflective pool, a serene stop on a Seville tour.

Are you planning to spend 1 day in Seville? 

This epic day trip allows you to see the top UNESCO World Heritage sites of Seville, explore the incredibly colorful, charming cobblestone neighborhood of Barrio Santa Cruz, and top the day off with a traditional Flamenco show and Tapas!

Seville, with its vibrant culture and rich history, promises an unforgettable experience for first-time visitors. Walking through the city, you’ll quickly understand why it’s considered the heart of Andalusian tradition, where every corner tells a story.

From the grandeur of its architecture to the intimate charm of its tiny tapas bars, Seville captivates with a unique blend of past and present.

Whether you’re basking in the glory of the Seville Cathedral or getting lost in the narrow streets of the Santa Cruz district, your 24 hours in Seville will be filled with wonder and excitement.

This one-day guide is designed to help you make the most of your time, ensuring you hit all the must-see spots while also soaking up the local atmosphere.

Morning: Plaza del Triunfo and Royal Alcazar

Plaza del Triunfo

Vibrant red flowers in the foreground with the medieval stone walls of La Plaza del Triunfo in Seville behind, a picturesque and historic stop on any Seville itinerary.

Your action-packed day begins with a visit to the Plaza del Triunfo, one of the most impressive squares in Seville. Located right next to the iconic Seville Cathedral, this square is also home to two other major attractions – the Royal Alcazar and Archivo de Indias.

Housing two of Seville’s top attractions, it can get crowded quickly. To make the most of your visit, start your day early in the morning when it’s less busy.

The square’s vibrant flowers surrounded by incredible architecture feel like a charming way to begin the day. 

Time: 15 minutes ⏐ 🕑 Hours: 24 hours ⏐💲Price: Free ⏐ 

Royal Alcazar

After a quick stroll or enjoying a pastry in Plaza del Triunfo, the Royal Alcazar is the first main attraction on your to-do list! 

The blend of Moorish and Christian architectural styles draws visitors from all over the world to this UNESCO World Heritage sight. 

It is the top recommended thing to do on any Seville itinerary

It opens at 9:00am and I recommend purchasing your tickets for this time. 

When I arrived at opening, the line was already wrapped around the building  Thankfully, I was able to get into the palace just minutes after my entrance ticket time. 

There are no advanced ticket sales during winter months.  As of March 2024, one general admission ticket costs 13 euros.  Check out the website for the most up-to-date cost information. 

You can alternatively book a guided tour of the place, but with only 24 hours, I recommend exploring at your pace.  (AND I’m all for saving money when I can). 

Tip: You can find more examples of this architecture around Southern Spain, such as Alhambra in Granada or La Mezquita in Cordoba

Time: 2 Hours ⏐ 🕑 Hours: 9:30am-5:00pm ⏐  Website  ⏐💲Price: €13 ⏐ 

Early Afternoon: Seville Cathedral, Giralda Tower, Barrio Santa Cruz

Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower

A traveler with dark brown hair wearing a red dress walking through a large historic doorway leading to a square with Seville Cathedral in the background, a snapshot of life in Seville.

Seville Cathedral, officially known as the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Seville for the first time.

Not only is it the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, but it also boasts the title of the third-largest church in the world.

With its construction beginning in the early 15th century, the cathedral stands as an awe-inspiring testament to the city’s rich history and architectural grandeur.

Visitors are often captivated by its intricate façades, the majestic interior, and the breathtaking views from the Giralda Tower offering panoramic views of Seville.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site embodies the spiritual heart of Seville, making it an essential experience for any traveler.

Time: 45 minutes ⏐ 🕑 Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm.  Sunday 2:30-6:30pm ⏐  Website  ⏐💲Price: €12 ⏐ 

Barrio Santa Cruz

Barrio Santa Cruz is Seville’s Jewish Quarter and its oldest neighborhood. 

It is famous for its colorful buildings, winding cobblestone roads, and all-around historical charm.  It’s essential to wander at least a couple of streets to get a general feel for the charm!

It’s also a fantastic spot to enjoy authentic Andalusian cuisine in one of its many quaint cafés and restaurants.

Barrio Santa Cruz hosts a variety of artisan shops, providing unique souvenirs that are emblematic of Seville’s artisanal heritage.

Time: 1 – 1.5 hours ⏐ 🕑 Hours: 24 hours ⏐💲Price: Free ⏐ 

Late Afternoon: Plaza de Espana, Parque Maria Luisa

Plaza de España

Plaza de España is Sevill’e’s iconic half-circle plaza, adorned with beautiful tile patterns, red brick formations, and a lovely fountain at its center. 

Note: It’s probably going to be pretty crowded by this time of day.  But all Seville attractions are crowded after first thing in the morning, so it’s up to you to pick and choose which activities you are willing to face the crowds for!

Time: 20 minutes ⏐ 🕑 Hours: 24 hours ⏐ 💲Price: Free ⏐ 

Parque Maria Luisa

Traditional ornate orange gate with a decorative wrought iron door, surrounded by lush greenery and a palm tree, a picturesque spot on a Seville sightseeing tour.

Parque Maria Luisa is located only minutes by foot from Plaza de Espana. 

The lovely botanical gardens feature hidden architectural gems, running and walking trails, and natural canopy shade. 

There is no entrance fee to this entirely free park.  Just enjoy the great outdoors, and plop on a bench for a couple of minutes to reflect on all you have experienced in this miraculous Andalusia city for just one day. 

Time: 15 minutes ⏐ 🕑 Hours: 24 hours ⏐ 💲Price: Free ⏐ 

Evening: Tapas and Flamenco


Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers or snacks in Spanish cuisine, which have become emblematic of the country’s culinary culture.

The tradition of tapas started as a practical way to cover drinks with a small plate (‘tapa’) to keep out flies, evolving into a rich culinary tradition where each region adds its own twist.

Seville, nestled in the heart of Andalusia, is particularly renowned for its tapas bars and is often credited with being one of the birthplaces of tapas culture.

This makes the city an exceptional place to dive into the world of tapas, experiencing not only the variety and richness of Spain’s mini-cuisine but also engaging in the social atmosphere that accompanies tapas dining.


Flamenco is a deeply emotional and expressive art form originating from the Andalusian region of Spain, blending singing (cante), guitar playing (toque), dance (baile), and vocalizations (jaleo) into a captivating performance. 

Rooted in various cultures including Andalusian, Islamic, Sephardic, and Gypsy, flamenco has evolved over centuries into a symbol of Spanish culture, characterized by its passionate performances and intricate rhythms.

Seville, often referred to as the cradle of flamenco, holds a pivotal role in the history and development of this art form. 

Tip: If you don’t have enough time for tapas and flamenco in Seville, that’s OK!  Enjoy this cultural delight all across Spain, from Andalusia to Barcelona

Alternate Options

Itching for more, or planning to check something out in Seville that this itinerary doesn’t cover?

Consider swapping some of these items into your itinerary, or extending your trip for 2 days or 3 days in Seville:

  • Guadalquivir
  • Triana
  • Duenas Palace
  • Setas de Sevilla
  • El Torre del Oro


Baroque splendor of San Ildefonso Church in Seville, with its pink and cream striped columns and intricate façade, a historic stop on a Seville itinerary.

Q: Is 2 hours in Seville enough time?

A: While 24 hours is a short time to explore all of Seville, planning your day strategically around key attractions like the Alcazar and Seville Cathedral can help you maximize your time to scratch off top tourism destinations in a short amount of time.

Q: What is the best way to get around Seville for a day-tripper? 

A: Seville is a walkable city, especially the historic center. For longer distances, consider using the city’s bike-share program, Sevici, or public transportation like buses and trams.

Q: Are there any free activities in Seville? 

A: Yes, Seville offers various free activities, such as wandering through the charming Barrio Santa Cruz, visiting the Setas de Sevilla plaza, and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere at Plaza de España.

Q: What time are restaurants open?

A: Dining in Seville typically follows Spanish hours, with lunch served from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner starting around 9 p.m.

However, many tapas bars and some restaurants in tourist areas remain open throughout the day.

Q: Is it necessary to book tickets for attractions in advance? 

A: For popular sites like the Alcazar and Seville Cathedral or Giralda Tower, it’s generally recommended to purchase tickets in advance to avoid long lines and ensure entry at your desired time, especially if you’re visiting during peak tourist season.


Spending 24 hours in Seville offers a whirlwind experience that captures the essence of Andalusian culture and history.

From the breathtaking architecture of the Alcázar to the emotive performances in the tablaos, Seville is full of treasures.

Whether it’s savoring traditional tapas, exploring historic districts, or immersing oneself in the passionate world of flamenco, Seville provides an epic introduction to Andalucia!

If you want to extend your Southern Spain itinerary, I recommend Granada, Cordoba, and Ronda (from firsthand experience).  

Flying back to the United States?  Catch a stop-over flight in Barcelona or even jet off to Lisbon or Porto in Portugal for a few days. 

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