A Backpacker’s Guide to Seville

I made it no secret that Seville was my favourite of the Spanish cities I had visited.  And the truth is that Seville wasn’t even on my travel plans until I announced my itinerary for Europe.  It was at that point that the swamping of emails and comments came ringing through about all the places that I was skipping.  But there was no place that was mentioned more than Seville.  As such, I made it a point to add the city to my plans; and I’m certainly glad I did.  The city has a beautiful melding of architecture between Moorish and Spanish, the food is fantastic, and the night life is engaging.  I could definitely see myself spending a little more time in Seville someday.

Time Needed: 3-4 Days
Backpacker’s Budget: 45-55 Euros a Day

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Things to do in Seville

As far as tourism activities are concerned, there are plenty of things to do in Seville.  From museums to palaces and pretty much everything in between, there seems to be a little bit of something for everyone in town. And at the end of the day if the tourist attractions don’t drain all your energy there is a party scene that doesn’t stop until the sun comes up.

  • Alcazar: This is Seville’s showpiece and an absolutely stunning building.  The intricate designs on the domed walled of each room are simply incredible.  One could, and many do, spend hours just exploring the design work.  Get here either early in the morning or late in the day or you’ll find yourself fighting the crowds and lines.
  • Plaza de Espana: This might be the most beautiful plaza in Spain.  Beautiful bridges cross green waters and the history of Spain is laid out in tiles around the plaza.
  • The Cathedral: The cathedral alone is beautiful, but looking at it from a historical perspective makes it all the more interesting.  The minaret which stands tall on the building is remnants of the Moorish population that owned the land berfor the re-conquest.
  • Plaza de Toros: You might not agree with bull-fighting, but even if you don’t watch a bull fight be sure to check out the building.
  • Parque Maria Luisa: A great place to wander, Parque Maria Luisa offers an interesting look into the melding of Christian and Moorish traditions here in Seville.
  • Capilla de San Antonia: If you’re one of those people who loves visiting the tombs of famous people, this might be your holy grail.  It’s here that you’ll find Columbus’ tomb which was transferred from the New World in the early 1900s.
  • Archivo de Indias: If, like me, you are interested in Latin American history this place is a must-visit.  The archives offer a thorough look into Spanish influence in the New World.
  • Museo del Baile Flamenco: It might be a little bit tacky, but the Flamenco Museum is also worth a visit.

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Where to Eat in Seville

You definitely won’t starve in Seville.  The name of the game in town is tapas, but you’ll also be able to find a lot of cafes that serve pizza and pastas.  Also, don’t miss out on the chance to gorge yourself on ice cream!

  • Plaza Cristo de Burgers: I can’t tell you the name, because I forgot to write it down, but there is a place on the corner of this plaza that is perhaps the best value in town.  The tapas are delicious and the service is great to boot.
  • Plaza de Alfalfa: This is perhaps the most popular place among locals.  For me, the food is a bit overpriced but in comparison to near the cathedral it’s still a steal.
  • Catalina: On Paseo Catalina de Ribera, this is probably the best tapas bar in town.  Or at least the best I found.

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Where to Stay in Seville

I wrote a review of the Urbany Hostel, but truthfully I would probably think that you might be able to do a bit better.  From a quick visit, from what I could see the Oasis Hostel is probably your best bet.

For a list of all the Seville Hostels check out this page on Hostelbookers.com: http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/spain/seville/

Getting out of Town

Seville is fairly well connected on the ground.  You can get to Madrid, Barcelona, Algercias, Granada, and Gibraltar all quite easily.  However, if you’re hoping to get to Portugal direct via the train you can forget it.  You’ll need to head all the way back to Madrid first.  From what I’ve heard though, there are buses that go somewhat direct, and if time and money is of the essence that might be your best choice.

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