10 Days In Spain Itinerary, A Classic Route From Madrid To Seville

Thinking about a classic Spanish road trip? Check out this 10-day itinerary from Madrid to Seville.

This popular route is packed with exciting cities, charming medieval villages, stunning Moorish architecture, UNESCO landmarks, and plenty of old-world Spanish charm.

The adventure starts in Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital and ends in Andalusia.

From the flamboyant streets of Seville to the historic depths of Granada, Andalusia offers a perfect blend of must-see hotspots, hidden gems, quaint whitewashed villages, and breathtaking natural wonders.

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Here’s a quick glance at my recommended itinerary.

  • Day 1: Explore Madrid
  • Day 2: Explore Madrid
  • Day 3: Day Trip By Train To Segovia or Cuenca
  • Day 4: Drive To Cordoba, Stop in Toledo
  • Day 5: Explore Cordoba
  • Day 6: Drive to Granada, Stop in Antequera
  • Day 7: Explore Granada
  • Day 8: Drive To Seville, Stop in Ronda
  • Day 9: Explore Seville
  • Day 10: Explore Seville
cafe in Madrid Spain
cafe in Madrid Spain

For this Spanish road trip, you’ll have four bases: Madrid (3 nights), Cordoba (1 night), Granada (2 nights), and Seville (3 nights).

This trip is best done by car. You don’t need to pick up your rental car until day 4, when you leave Madrid.

A car gives you more flexibility over your schedule and the ability to make pit stops (planned or unplanned) along the way.

But you can also use the train. Just make sure you pre-book/catch an early high speed train when moving from city to city.

Puerta del Sol, the main public square in Madrid
Puerta del Sol, the main public square in Madrid

10 Day Itinerary From Madrid to Seville

Day 1: Explore Madrid

You’ll likely arrive in Madrid midday. You may want to book a walking tour of Madrid’s old town.

Settle into Madrid’s vibrant vibe with a stroll in Madrid’s historic core, the pedestrianized Calle de las Huertas and the emblematic main square of Puerta del Sol. Puerta del Sol means the “Sun Gate.”

Puerta del Sol is a mostly pedestrianized wide open space. The equestrian statue in the middle honors King Charles III.

interior of San Miguel Market
San Miguel Market

He was responsible for decorating the square with beautiful fountains. You’ll also find a symbol of Madrid, the Bear and the Strawberry Tree statue.

Have lunch at the Mercado de San Miguel, a tony food market housing gourmet tapas stalls.

In mid-afternoon, your first stop is the masterpiece-filled Prado Museum. The Prado is Spain’s cultural jewel and most celebrated museum.

It boasts one of Europe’s finest and most sensuous painting collections. Its artistic anchors are Goya, Velazquez, and Rubens.

You can check out my complete guide to visiting the Prado.

Click here to book a ticket and guided tour of the Prado. You can also combine a city walking tour with a guided tour of the Prado.

Don’t miss the haunting Black Paintings by Goya in the subterranean gallery. I

f you’re a Goya devotee, you may want to allocate time to inspect his frescos in the San Antonio de la Florida Chapel, where he’s also buried.

In the evening, head to the rooftop terrace of the Circulo de Bellas Artes to watch the sun set over the city. For four euros, you can ride the elevator to the 7th floor roof terrace.

Caja Cava Baja
Calle Cava Baja

You’ll be treated with panoramic views of the gold fringed dome of the Metropolis building, the Puerta de Europa (north gate), the Plaza de Cibeles, Retiro Park, and the Prado.

End your day with a progressive tapas dinner in the La Latina neighborhood, Madrid’s oldest neighborhood.

The Calle Cava Baja is just a few blocks south and east of the Royal Palace.

There’s a three block stretch crammed with authentic tapas bars and restaurants. If you’re in the mood for paella, try the restaurant El Arrozal.

the arcaded Plaza Mayor in Madrid
the arcaded Plaza Mayor in Madrid

Day 2: Explore Madrid

On day 2, grab some breakfast in Madrid’s hip Lavapies neighborhood.

The most popular spot is Pum Pum cafe, where you can have a mimosa and the “club mix” — eggs Benedict with avocado, croissant, granola, fruit, and yogurt. The La Latina neighborhood also has a good brunch spot, El Imparcial.

Or, sugar-shock yourself like a local with chocolate and churros. The classic places are Ibiza 74 and Chocolateria San Gines.

Once caffeinated and fueled up, take a tour of Madrid’s sumptuously decorated Royal Palace, which rivals Versaille. It’s one of Europe’s greatest palaces with 2,000 rooms, a king’s ransom of gilding and chandeliers, and luxurious tapestries.

You can choose either a skip the line guided tour or an unguided timed entry slot. 

the Royal Palace
the Royal Palace

The supersized palace is renowned for its frescos and stunning artwork. You’ll find paintings by many artistic luminaries — Velazquez, Goya, Rubens, El Greco, and Caravaggio. Adjacent to the palace is Almudena Cathedral, which is free to enter.

Continue through Madrid’s bustling Puerta del Sol to the elegant arcaded Plaza Mayor and Gran Via.

Gran Via is the most famous shopping street in Madrid, close to other sightseeing attractions like the Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza de Espana. (The most upscale shopping area is still in Barrio Salamanca.)

Recent renovations have made it more pedestrianized, with wooden benches to plop down on.

the Reina Sofia Museum with Roy Lichtenstein's 1962 Brushstroke
Reina Sofia

In the afternoon, head to either the Reina Sofia or the Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Opened in 1992, the Reina Sofia is Madrid’s most popular and well-curated modern art museum. There’s a special focus on Spain’s favorite sons, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

The iconic star of the Reina Sofia is Guernica, Picasso’s grim depiction of the Nazi bombing of Guernica Spain in 1937.

Click here to book a skip the line ticket for the Reina Sofia. Art lovers should consider a guided tour of the magnificent museum.

Picasso, Guernica, 1937
Picasso, Guernica, 1937

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is housed in the beautiful Villahermosa Palace.

This collection is one of the world’s most impressive private art holdings, possibly second only to that of Queen Elizabeth of England. Opened in 1994, the Thyssen (pronounced Tee-sun) offers a diverse array of art for everyone.

The museum features a mix of contemporary and classic pieces, covering every major period in Western art, from the 13th-century Italian Renaissance to 20th-century Pop Art.

It also boasts a significant collection of 19th-century American paintings, unique in Europe. Here, you’ll find favorites like Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, German Expressionists, and Surrealists.

Click here to book a Thyssen ticket.

El Retiro Gardens
El Retiro Gardens

If you’re not a fan of museums, instead take a bucolic stroll in Madrid’s most popular green space, Retiro Gardens.

El Retiro is filled with royal remnants, wonderful monuments, and fountains.

There’s the Crystal Palace, the Statue Walk, the Alfonso XII monument, and a man-made lake to explore.

You can book a guided walking tour in El Retiro or book a popular Segway tour.

aerial view of Plaza Mayor in Madrid
aerial view of Plaza Mayor

Madrid has one of Europe’s best night scenes, if you’re a night owl. It’s a late night city that never really sleeps, so there are many evening options.

Start your night with a glass of vino at Angelita Madrid, a trendy wine bar in the Chueca neighborhood of central Madrid.

If you didn’t get your sunset view on day 1 because of jet lag, head to the Temple of Debod.

Dating from the 2nd century B.C., this Egyptian monument is located in the Cuatrel de la Montana Park, only 10 minutes from the royal palace. You’ll have beautiful panoramic views.

Puerta del Sol, the main public square in Madrid
Puerta del Sol, the main public square in Madrid

If you’re a culture vulture, consider taking in a show on Madrid’s Gran Via. Madrid’s “Broadway” houses Madrid’s major theater venues, including the world famous Lope de Vega.

The evening is also a good time to take a food and wine tour of Madrid or go on a guided tapas tour. I took this history and food tour recently and loved it!

Where To Stay In Madrid

You’re spoiled for choice for excellent hotels in Madrid.

My favorites are the Hotel Gran Melia Palacio Los Duques (luxury hotel in an ancient duke’s palace with a secluded garden), the URSP Hotel and Spa (a simply gorgeous hotel with a wellness center), or the Principal Madrid (luxury boutique hotel with a rooftop terrace).

the Alcazar of Segovia
the Alcazar of Segovia

Day 3: Day Trip To Segovia or Cuenca

On day 3, you have two options.

Either head to the charming town of Segovia or visit the off the beaten path town of Cuenca. Both are UNESCO-listed beauties.

1. Option 1: Segovia

Take the high speed AVE train to Segovia. Segovia is a history rich town with a beautifully preserved Roman aqueduct. Stroll through the streets of the pretty town, enjoying the authentic old world charm.

Then, visit Segovia’s medieval Alcazar fortress, its crowning glory. Built atop a rock with pointy slate spires, the Cinderella castle looks like it was conjured from a medieval fairytale.

Alfonso VIII lived in the fortress in the 12th century, before architectural changes transformed it into a Gothic castle in the 13th century.

the well preserved Roman Aqueduct in Segovia
Roman Aqueduct

Segovia’s aqueduct is one of Spain’s the most ancient landmarks, the best preserved example of Roman civic architecture in Spain. Dating from approximately the 2nd century A.D., it’s a tour de force of Roman engineering that stood the test of time.

The aqueduct is set in a lively square of Segovia, part of everyday life. On Plaza de Azoguejo, a grand stairway leads from the base to the top of the aqueduct.

In its shadows, sits a replica of the She-Wolf of Rome, a statue found in Rome’s Capitoline Museums.

If you want to eat near the aqueduct, try Meson de Candido or Jose Maria Restaurante, the latter specializing in suckling pig. If you want something more off the beaten path, try Meson Dom Jimeno.

There are frequent departures for the 30 minute train ride to Segovia. You can also visit Segovia (+ Avila) on a guided day trip tour from Madrid. To get the maximum of your day, you can also book a guided tour of both Toledo and Segovia.

"hanging houses" of UNESCO-listed Cuenca
“hanging houses” of UNESCO-listed Cuenca

2. Option 2: Cuenca

If you’re ready to escape the crowds, head to Cuenca instead of Segovia. Undiscovered Cuenca is a dramatic UNESCO-listed medieval town in the region of Castilla-La-Mancha, the land of Don Quixote.

It’s the perfect spot to escape the hurly burly of Madrid. Cuenca is especially appealing for art lovers and Gothic architecture buffs.

Cuenca is home to the gravity defying “hanging houses,” precipitously clinging to the top of vertical cliffs. The place to snap your instagram photo is on the rather terrifying Puente de San Pablo, a bridge that spans 130 feet above a gorge.

The main drag of Cuenca is Alfonso VIII Street, which is lined with colorful red, blue, and yellow houses. Plaza Mayor boasts an elegant ensemble of buildings, including the Romanesque-Gothic Cuenca Cathedral.

If you’re in Cuenca for dinner, expect meat-centric meals and try Figon del Huecar.

Click here if you’d like to book a guided walking tour of medieval Cuenca. Click here to book a guided day trip tour from Madrid.

alcazar of Toledo
alcazar of Toledo

Day 4: Drive To Cordoba, Stop in Toledo En Route

On day 4 of your 10 days in Spain itinerary, get up early, pick up your rental car, and hit the road. It’s a four hour drive from Madrid to Cordoba.

Drive straight there, down the A4 freeway, because you’re anxious to explore beautiful Cordoba.

Alternatively, to break up the journey, stop in the historic town of Toledo. You may want to begin with a walking tour.

Perfect for history buffs, Toledo is an incredibly well preserved town, with a concentrated mix of art and history stashed within medieval walls. The best sites stretch out from Toledo’s lively main square, Plaza de Zocodover.

At the town’s center is perhaps Spain’s best and most beautiful cathedral, Toledo Cathedral. The primarily Gothic Cathedral has a richly decorated interior.

The sacristy is a mini-Prado, with an impressive collection of works by the likes of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, and Caravaggio. Circling the interior are ornate chapels.

cityscape of Toledo, with the Toledo Alcazar at the top
cityscape of Toledo, with the Toledo Alcazar at the top

If you need even more art, head to the Santa Cruz Museum or the small El Greco Museum.

After that, head to the Alcazar, the former imperial residence that dominates Toledo’s skyline. Military buffs will want to visit the Army Museum housed inside.

Then, begin your 3 hour drive to Cordoba, an exotic stone paved city with both a Roman and Moorish past. Cordoba is a natural film set, it’s just so beautiful.

Cordoba has an authentic Spanish vibe with fewer tourists than other Spanish cities.

You’ll probably arrive late after spending time in Toledo. Get some sleep and prepare for an action packed next day.

a forest of candy cane arches in the Mezquita in Cordoba, a must visit city on your 10 days in Spain itinerary
Mezquita

Day 5: Explore Cordoba

Start your day with a bite to eat at Cafe Bar La Cueva or Breakfast Club & Co. Then head to Cordoba’s #1 site: the magnificent Mezquita, the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.

Dating from the 10th century, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world’s best-preserved Islamic buildings. The courtyard is free to visit.

In the 16th century, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella converted the mosque into a cathedral, naming it the Cathedral of Our Lady of Assumption.

I expected the combination to be discordant and perplexing, but I found it fascinating. It offers a glimpse into the sophisticated dual culture that once thrived in Spain.

Mihrab
Mihrab

Entering from a courtyard of orange trees through the Porta de las Palmas, you’re immediately surrounded by a forest of candy cane horseshoe arches.

One of the highlights is the Mihrab, the high altar in the mosque.

The Renaissance cathedral is built right in the center, sharing marble and space with the Islamic arches. The vaulted ceilings are stunning.

Be sure to go up the minaret for spectacular views of the city. You buy tickets for the tower for €2 at a separate ticket booth below the bell tower.

Click here to pre-purchase a ticket. Click here for a guided history tour of the Mezquita.

Gardens of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

After lunch, visit the beautiful Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos.

This Alcazar can’t hold a candle to Seville’s UNESCO-listed Royal Alcazar, but I thought it was still worth a visit.

In the early evening, amble around the narrow streets of the charming old Jewish Quarter.

Stroll by the Instagram popular Calleja de las Flores. It may be crammed with tourists. But there are beautiful flowers and patios everywhere in Cordoba.

Calleja de las Flores
Calleja de las Flores

Go into the Jewish synagogue. Say hello to the nearby statue of Maimonides, an influential medieval Jewish philosopher.

Stroll across the stunning Roman Bridge both a UNESCO site and a Game of Thrones filming location.

Cordoba features some of Spain’s most traditional dishes.

Try a potato omelette at Bar Santos or pistos at Taberna San Miguel Casa El Pisto.

If you want a luxe experience, reserve at the Michelin-starred Celia Jimenez.

San Pedro Square in Cordoba
San Pedro Square in Cordoba

Where To Stay In Cordoba

The Patio del Posadero Hotel Boutique B&B is an ultra chic boutique hotel housed in a fully restored 15th century house.

The Hotel Hospes Palacio del Bailio is a luxury hotel in a palatial 16th century building. It comes complete with Moorish flourishes and frescos.

The Hotel Viento 10 is a swish boutique hotel in a Moorish style house. It has a rooftop terrace with a great view of the Mezquita.

Finally, the Hotel Madinat is an upscale hotel housed in a superbly restored 18th century mansion. It’s a mix of contemporary styling and Arab flourishes. The hotel has two terraces and a rooftop watch tower.

the Alhambra and views of Granada
the Alhambra and views of Granada

Day 6: Drive From Cordoba To Granada

It’s a bit over a two-hour drive from Córdoba to Granada. If you want to break up the trip, the best and most direct stop is a hidden gem in Andalusia: Antequera.

This charming Spanish-Baroque town is known as the “Florence of Andalusia” and is also called the “heart” of Andalusia due to its central location in the province.

If you’re day-tripping, there’s plenty to do. Park your car on the outskirts of town and stroll up Calle Don Infante.

Antequera boasts an impressive Moorish fortress (Alcazaba), a beautiful Renaissance church, and a stunning medieval and baroque historical core. The town offers breathtaking scenery at every turn.

the beautiful main drag in Antequera, Calle Don Infante
the beautiful main drag in Antequera, Calle Don Infante
the alcazaba in Antequera
the alcazaba in Antequera

Antequera’s greatest historic landmark, the ancient megaliths/dolmens, are located outside the old town, with signs guiding you there. These Bronze Age dolmens, often compared to Spain’s Stonehenge, are among the oldest structures on the planet.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016, the dolmens are ancient burial grounds and represent one of the most remarkable feats of engineering and architecture in European pre-history. They are a significant example of European Megalithism.

For more details and information, check out my guide to visiting the town of Antequera and guide to Antequera’s UNESCO dolmens.

After a little over an hour drive from Antequera, you land in Granada. Aim for a late afternoon arrival so you can spend some time wandering through the grit and glitz of Granada at night.

the Alhambra, Spain's most visited landmark
the Alhambra

Granada will sweep you away with its authentic Spanish vibe and dazzling attractions. Overlooked by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Granada is a stunning ancient city with rich historic architecture.

The city boasts many atmospheric neighborhoods, each with its own distinct character. It’s home to the majestic Alhambra, a Moroccan souk, a massive cathedral, flamenco music, and — perhaps best of all — free tapas.

When you arrive in Granada, settle in and then explore the old Arab neighborhood of the Albaicín, or Albayzín.

Built on a steep hill, it’s a charming area with a maze of narrow, winding streets and a bohemian feel. This lively neighborhood was declared a UNESCO site in 1984.

The main streets in the Albaicín, Paseo de los Tristes and Carrera del Darro, run parallel to the River Darro. You’ll find restaurants, cafes, tapas bars, and street performers.

Enjoy a sunset view of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada Mountains at Mirador San Nicolás.

the Albaicin neighborhood of Granada
the Albaicin neighborhood of Granada

Day 7: Explore Granada

Start day 7 of your 10-day trip to Spain with a visit to Granada’s crown jewel, the UNESCO-listed Alhambra, the palace-fortress of Spain’s Moorish monarchs.

Plan to spend more than half a day to fully explore this magnificent site.

The first entry slot is at 8:00 am. To fuel up, grab breakfast at Restaurante Jardines Alberto near the entrance, or eat in the city center before heading uphill.

The Alhambra is one of the most popular and best sites in southern Spain, and even in the world.

It stands on a stunning piece of real estate, high on Sabika Hill, offering panoramic views over Granada and the beautiful countryside.

Courtyard of the Lions in the Nasrid Palace
Courtyard of the Lions in the Nasrid Palace

Here’s my complete guide to visiting the Alhambra.

More than any other attraction I’ve mentioned, you MUST have a ticket to visit the Alhambra and reserve it well (weeks) in advance.

There’s so much to see at the Alhambra that you may want to book a guided tour. And this is a good way to get inside if tickets are sold out.

The highlights of the Alhambra are the Alcazaba, the Charles V Palace, and the jaw dropping Nasrid Palace.

The Nasrid Palace offers the world’s finest example of the refined, intricate, and elegant architectural style of the Moorish civilization.

When you’re done with the lavish palaces, spend an hour or so in the beautiful Generalife Gardens.

Granada Cathedral
Granada Cathedral

Grab some lunch and then visit the ornate tombs of Spain’s dynasty-builders Ferdinand and Isabella.

They reigned over the Christianization of Granada and the exploration of the “new” Americas. 10 minutes away, visit Granada Cathedral in Granada’s historic center.

Granada Cathedral is a massive affair. It’s the second largest cathedral in Spain after Seville Cathedral and the fourth largest cathedral in the world.

The cathedral’s a mix of Renaissance and Baroque styles. Inside, there’s a towering interior, a grand altar, and side chapels.

Click here to book a guided tour of the chapel and cathedral.

Sacromonte district of Granada
Sacromonte district of Granada

In the afternoon, explore the otherworldly barrio of Sacromonte, home to Granada’s Roma community.

Time stands still in this unusual rustic quarter of Granada.

For centuries, Sacromonte was the home of gypsies, bohemians, artists, and foreign refuges. Sacromonte also sports one of the most mesmerizing views of the Alhambra.

On your final evening in Granada, take a walking tour in Sacromonte or take in a flamenco show.

view of the Albaicin
Albaicin

Or, spend a couple hours relaxing at Granada’s ancient Arab baths, Hammam Al Andalus.

Where To Stay In Granada

The Eurostars Catedral is a lovely hotel housed in a 16th century manor, just a short walk from the cathedral.

The Catalonia Granada is a lovely hotel that comes complete with a plunge pool and open air terrace.

If you want a place where tradition and avant garde style meet, check out the Hospes Palacio de los Patos. It’s housed in a UNESCO-listed palace, with sprawling gardens, a spa, and mosaic floors.

the dramatic new Bridge of Ronda Spain
New Bridge in Ronda

Day 8: Drive From Granada To Seville, Stop in Ronda

Get up bright and early and drive from Granada to Ronda, which takes 2 hours.

Ronda is the third most visited town in Andalusia. You can orient yourself with a walking tour.

And there’s a reason—it’s beyond dramatic. Ronda is perched atop a mountainous chasm carved by the Río Guadalevín and is best known for its stunning 18th-century bridge, the Puente Nuevo.

This iconic bridge connects the old and newer parts of the town over the 328-foot-deep El Tajo gorge. A staircase leads down to the floor of the gorge, offering a unique perspective.

Ronda is also renowned as the birthplace of bullfighting. The city’s Plaza de Toros, one of its most popular attractions, boasts beautiful Neo-Classical architecture, featuring double rows of columns.

lane in the white pueblo town of Ronda
pretty street in Ronda

If you want to delve more deeply into Spain’s bullfighting culture, head to the Museum of Bullfighting. You’ll even find some sketches depicting the “art” (not sport) of bullfighting by Goya.

Aside from the bridge, Ronda itself is beautiful — plenty of cozy town squares, cobblestone alleys, balconies everywhere, and lovely architecture.

You can visit the Mondragon Palace and the Arabic Baths, if you’re feeling ambitious.

From Ronda, it’s a 1:45 drive to beautiful Sevilla, your final base.

If you enjoyed Ronda (and because of all the driving), you’ll probably arrive late. But, in this itinerary, you’ll still have two blissy days to explore sun-drenched and sultry Seville.

views over Seville from La Giralda Bell Tower
views from La Giralda Bell Tower

Day 9: Explore Seville

On day 9, start exploring the final stop on this itinerary: Seville.

It’s one of Europe’s most beautiful and vibrant destinations. Seville is a lively, enchanting city filled with people, the scent of orange blossoms, and the sounds of flamenco music.

The city boasts one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals and a captivating mix of Mudéjar palaces, ornate baroque churches, colorful tiles, and shady cobblestone lanes.

Enjoy inventive tapas, ice-cold beer, and sweet sherry at any hour of the day.

You’ll likely spend most of your first day visiting Seville’s top attractions—the Royal Alcazar and Seville Cathedral.

Courtyard of the Maidens in the Royal Alcazar
Courtyard of the Maidens in the Royal Alcazar

The Royal Alcazar is one of the world’s greatest cultural treasures, featuring a centuries-old complex of palaces, fortifications, beautiful courtyards, and extensive gardens bursting with vibrant orange, purple, and green hues.

This breathtaking 10th-century palace was given a stunning 14th-century Mudéjar facelift by King Pedro the Cruel.

Inside, don’t miss the Hall of the Ambassadors, the Courtyard of the Maidens, the Courtyard of the Dolls, and the Hall of Tapestries in the Gothic Palace.

The Ambassador’s Hall, or Throne Room, is the main highlight, nicknamed the “Half Orange” Room for its gilded cedar domed ceiling.

Outside, you’ll find lush, verdant gardens covering 80% of the Alcazar grounds. This exotic, labyrinthine paradise is perfect for a leisurely stroll.

Don’t miss the Baths of Maria De Padilla, King Pedro’s mistress. The baths are one of the Alcazar’s Game of Thrones filming locations, a place where the Sand Snakes plot.

Here’s my complete guide to visiting the magnificent Royal Alcazar. It’s my favorite place in all of southern Spain.

You absolutely must pre-book tickets in advance. Or you’ll waste time stuck in a long line or miss it altogether.

The Alcazar is also well worth booking a guided tour to see the complex.

the massive Seville Cathedral
the massive Seville Cathedral

Then, visit Seville Cathedral, the world’s largest cathedral.

In 1402, after vanquishing the Moors in the Reconquista, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella began work in earnest on a Gothic style cathedral. They wanted a showy display of Seville’s wealth, power, and influence.

There are 15 doors on the cathedral’s four facades and each one features a unique relief or carving. The nave is the longest in the world.

The glittering altar is elaborately detailed and finished in gold leaf. Along the sides, you can explore 80 chapels and the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

Click here for a skip the line ticket to this magnificent cathedral. You can combine the alcazar and the cathedral on a single guided tour as well. 

Barrio Santa Cruz
Barrio Santa Cruz

In the evening, head to Seville’s Barrio Santa Cruz for wandering, cocktails, and dinner. It’s a popular district within the city — a mass of tangled cobbled streets with tiny palazzos and tile covered patios.

Some streets are so impossibly narrow and romantic, they’re called “kissing lanes.” There are orange trees everywhere.

Be sure to wander down Calle Agua, the Water Street. It leads to Plaza Alfaro, where you’ll find a home that may have inspired the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet.

You could also take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride.

When you’re ready for dinner, try Taberna Peregil, Vineria San Telmo, or La Bartola.

Plaza de Espana, a must see site in Seville
Plaza de Espana

Day 10: Explore Seville

On your second day in Seville, visit the Plaza de España, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

Built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition, this plaza showcases a stunning blend of Baroque, Renaissance Revival, and Moorish Revival architecture.

The main attraction is the Spanish Pavilion, a grand half-circle structure with rose gold brick buildings. The plaza features beautiful tiles depicting historical scenes and maps from Spain’s 49 provinces, arranged in alphabetical order.

Entry is free, and you can easily spend a few hours exploring and admiring the square. Afterward, take a leisurely stroll through the nearby Maria Luisa Park, a charming green space.

In the afternoon, head to the Triana neighborhood, Seville’s historic gypsy quarter. Triana is rich in history and culture, with flamenco, tapas, and all things Andalusian waiting to be discovered.

colorful houses in Triana, on the banks of the Guadalquivir River
Triana

It’s not nearly as crowded as Barrio Santa Cruz. And it’s chock full of colorful houses, small tapas cafes, mosaic tiles, and the Isabel II Bridge.

Triana has one of Seville’s liveliest markets, the Mercado de Triana. Triana is also where you can stock up on beautiful Spanish ceramics.

If you want to have dinner in Triana, there are plenty of options. Try Bar Amarra (seafood), Paco Espana (tapas), or Casa Ruperto (quail). Vegetarians can head to Vegan 10.

Triana is also a good place to go on a guided food tour or a gourmet tapas tour.

Where To Stay In Seville

Air Bnb is a good option in Seville. There are also some beautiful boutique hotels.

My picks would be: Hotel Colon Gran MeliaSuites Machado, or Hotel Casa del Poeta.

Seville cityscape with Plaza de Espana buildings

I also think Barrio Santa Cruz is a great, and more quiet, place to stay.

In this area, you could book at Hotel Casa 1800 Seville (timeless elegance) or the EME Catedral Hotel (sumptuous hotel with a roof terrace, Michelin restaurant, and spa).

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