11 Best Tours in Seville (& Free Things To Do)

11 Best Tours in Seville
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Clearly, I haven’t been on all these tours when I was in Seville. How can I be sure they’re the best?

  • I talked to people who’ve been on these tours.
  • I reached out to the companies directly.
  • I looked closely at each company’s pholisophy and background.
  • I thoroughly checked their reviews on TripAdvisor and Google Reviews.
  • And, of course, I went on some of them for the sake of research. 😉

key takeaways

The 11 Best Tours & Things To Do in Seville

1. Real Alcazar Of Seville, Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower

As OWAY tours puts it, a visit to the Alcazar and the Cathedral is fundamental to understand the history of Seville. Not all tour are interesting and informative, but this one certainly is! Great to get some history while viewing the main sights of the city. The tour last a bit less than 4 hours and the English tours start at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. All these monuments can be visited on your own, of course, but I don’t think I would have learned as much if I hadn’t been on a guided tour.

Best Tours & Things To Do in Seville : Visiting the Real Alcazar
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The Giralda in Seville, best tours in seville
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2. Seville Food Tour and Tapas Crawl

Discover Seville through the astute lens of Seville Food Sherpas. As someone from Montreal, where food is a big part of our city’s character, I think you can’t fully understand a city without exploring its food culture.

The Spain Food Sherpas tour, lasting 3.5 hours and available daily at 12:00 PM and 6:30 PM, takes you on a journey through authentic Andalusian culture. This isn’t just a food tour; it’s a chance to taste the most typical regional dishes in cozy, traditional bars. I wouldn’t recommend just any food tour. What makes it stand out? They care enough to offer a different experience every season of the year.

While you could visit the same tapas bars on your own, there’s a significant difference – tapas can be bought, but traditions are meant to be shared. Join Seville Food Sherpas to add a new depth to your visit to Seville.

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Go on a Seville food tour with Seville Food Sherpas. (They also run tours in Granada and Málaga!)

Best Tours & Things To Do in Seville : Seville Food Sherpas
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Tapas Crawl in Sevilla, best tours in seville
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3. Walking tour of Seville

Discover Seville in a whole new way with Amsterdam Guias Tours. Unlike regular guided tours for individual attractions, finding a well-paced and all-encompassing walking tour of Seville can be a bit tricky. What’s cool about this tour is that, along with the main attractions like the Catedral, Real Alcazar, and Plaza de España, you also get to know other places treasured by the Sevillanos, like the Archivo de Indias and Royal Tobacco Factory. It’s the best way to get a good historical perspective of the city.

Lasting about 2.5 hours, the walking tour starts either at 10:30 AM or 5:00 PM, depending on the day or month. You can join in English or Spanish. You know what city walking tours are like. I like to think of them as an orientation walk, perfect at the beginning of a trip.

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Join this walking tour and learn about the hidden corners of the city

11 Best Tours & Things To Do in Seville : Seville Cathedral
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4. Paddleboarding on the Guadalquivir River

Explore a different side of Seville with Paddle Surf Sevilla. While the city is famous for its history, sometimes you need a break from museums. This 90-minute tour lets you enjoy Seville from the Guadalquivir River, offering a cool escape from the summer heat and crowds. It’s perfect for everyone, even if you’ve never tried paddle surfing before.

Without bringing your own paddleboard to Spain, this tour is the only way to enjoy this unique adventure in Seville. Tours start every day at 12:00 PM and in the late afternoon.

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Paddleboarding in Seville, your urban water retreat.

Paddleboarding on the Guadalquivir River with Paddle Surf Sevilla
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Paddle Surf Sevilla
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5. Triana Market Tour

Triana is a truly special place in Seville. Famous for its ceramic tile work and flamenco shows, this neighborhood is more about the real Seville than the grandeur of the Moorish era or the Age of Discovery.

Begin with a guided visit to Mercado de Triana (with a lot of stops for tasting!), then dive into a hands-on Andalusian cooking class. The difference? Visiting the Triana Market is a must if you spend more than 2 days in Seville. But Taller Andaluz de Cocina’s passionate guides let you experience the secret food scene as more than just a typical tourist. The 3.5-hour tour begins at 10:30 AM every day, with a few exceptions. (The tour is in English, even if the company’s name isn’t.)

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Explore the Triana Market with Taller Andaluz de Cocina

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6. Seville Highlights Bike Tour

Explore Seville in a fun and active way with Seebybike’s fantastic bike tour. In just three hours, you’ll pedal through iconic monuments and charming neighborhoods, learning about the city’s history, legends, and lifestyle. Unlike traditional walking tours, Seebybike goes beyond the usual sights. Whether it’s your 1st or 7th day in Seville, you’ll still get something out of it.

Tours start everyday at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm and electric bikes are available upon request. By the end, you’ll not only have new knowledge but also the confidence to navigate Seville like a local.

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See Seville on 2 wheels with Seebybike

7. Flamenco Show at Casa de la Memoria

If you’ve done your research, Casa de la Memoria needs no introduction. This ever-popular Flamenco center is set in the old stables of a 16th-century palace and hosts some of the most sought-after flamenco performances in the city. (Make sure to book your tickets ahead of time.)

Their shows change every day. If you’re a big fan of flamenco, you might want to come for two nights in a row. The 90-minute shows take place Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9 pm.

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See the Flamenco Show at Casa de la Memoria

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Casa de la Memoria
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8. Day trip to Zahara, Setenil and Ronda

Tickets4U may not have the most exciting name, but trust me, they’re one of the great reliable tour company in Seville. There are plenty of day trips you can do from Seville (Namely Cadiz, Cordoba, or Jerez), but it can be fun to explore some more of the lovely towns in the area.

This tour takes you to three beautiful white villages at the edge of the Cadiz province. First, there’s Ronda, a cliffside town that is known for its magnificient bridge. Then, Zahara de la Sierra, a village dominating the mountains, and finally, Setenil de la Bodegas, a town that looks like it’s about to be squished by the wight of rocks. The best part? You get to see all these picturesque places in under a day on this nine-hour tour.

It’s a great deal, considering you’d need a car to explore these pueblos otherwise. The tour starts bright and early at 7:30 am every day of the week.

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Get on this Day trip to Zahara, Setenil and Ronda starting from Seville

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 Setenil de la Bodegas
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9. Day trip to the Alhambra Palace and Albaicin

In an ideal world, I would recommend staying for at least two nights in Granada if you want to to fully enjoy the city’s beauty. But if time is tight, and you’re using Seville as your base, a day trip to see the Alhambra is certainly doable. But considering how far it is, the least you could say is that doing it alone might be exhausting.

Andalsur Viajes has a great tour because it takes care of all the details. You won’t need to worry about transport, ticket timings for the Nasrid Palaces, or planning your Alhambra visit months ahead. They provide transport to Granada, a guided tour of the lovely Barrio Del Albaicin (often considered the most beautiful part of Granada), and a visit to the Alhambra Palace.

The tour is 13 hours long and starts at 7:00 am.

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Visit the Alhambra Palace and Albaicin with Andalsur Viajes

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partal palace in the alhambra
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10. Palacio de Las Dueñas

This one isn’t really a tour, but rather an entrance ticket to the attraction that includes an audio guide.

What I love about the Palacio de las Dueñas is that it is effortlessly beautiful. Is it quiet? Yes. Sophisticated? Yes! Yellow? Absolutely! I wish it could be my house. We went to Las Dueñas Palace instead of La Casa de Los Pilatos (tip: it’s a great alternative if La Casa de Los Pilatos is sold out), but you could totally do both if you feel like it.

The best part is that it’s a bit more off the beaten path and less crowded than other sights in Seville.

You can show up anytime between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, and you’ll need around 2 to 3 hours to stroll arond and enjoy its gardens.

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Get Tickets to the Palacio de Las Dueñas

Palacio de Las Dueñas
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Palacio de Las Dueñas, the best tours in seville
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11. Mosaic Workshop

This is for all the creative people who love the beautiful tile designs in the city. Located just beside the Mercado de Triana, Mosaiqueando offers a ceramic workshop that lets you, in under 2 hours, create your own mosaic. And guess what? You get to take it home after class. It’s a unique experience, unlike anything else offered in Seville, and that’s what I like about it.

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The Best Free Thing To Do in Seville

Plaza de Espana

This gorgeous square is located in the Parque de María Luisa. It was built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. Plaza de España is famous for being a beautiful spot to relax. Fun fact: The colorful alcoves there show different parts of Spain. It’s a great place to spend a quiet afternoon in the city.

Barrio de Triana

Triana is a vibrant and historic neighborhood located across the river from the city center. People love it for its old-style pottery shops, busy markets, and colorful narrow streets. Triana has a rich cultural and flamenco tradition, which makes it a favorite place for both locals and travelers.

Barrio de Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the historic Jewish quarter of Seville, characterized by narrow winding streets, quaint squares, and historic buildings. The area is known for its medieval layout and is home to popular landmarks such as the Seville Cathedral, the Giralda Tower, and the Alcázar.

Metropol Parasol/Las Setas de Sevilla

The Metropol Parasol, also known as Las Setas, is a contemporary architectural structure situated in the Plaza de la Encarnación. Its wooden parasols provide shade to the square beneath. Additionally, it houses an archaeological museum. You can see Las Setas for free but you have to pay to get to its walkways and see the panoramic views of the Seville. (Price of entrance : 15 EUR)

Basílica de la Macarena

The Basilica of La Macarena is a Roman Catholic church situated in the Macarena neighborhood. The basilica is renowned for its elaborate Baroque architecture and serves as a notable pilgrimage site, particularly during Holy Week.