3 Days in Seville: The Perfect Itinerary (First Time Visit)


How to spend 3 Days in Seville: The Best Itinerary + Where to Stay

You want to spend 3 days in Seville and you’re looking for the best things to do?

You’re at the right place!

In order to help you plan your stay, I have prepared for you this 3-day itinerary in Seville.

It’s perfectly optimized to allow you to discover the city’s must-see attractions.

In addition to the best places to visit and activities for each stage of your itinerary, I will also give you all my best tips and accommodation suggestions depending on your budget.

So, what are the best places to visit in Seville in 3 days? Where to stay?

Let’s find out!

How to avoid waiting in line (and save a lot of time!) at Seville’s tourist attractions

Every year millions of people visit Seville and Andalusia.

And of course everyone wants to visit the 2 emblematic monuments of the city: Seville Cathedral and the Alcazar of Seville. So as you’ve guessed, there is always a very long waiting line to purchase entrance tickets.

Hopefully, there are a few simple solutions that will allow you to save a lot of time during your 3-day trip to Seville:

1. The Seville Pass

The first solution to save time during your 3-day stay in Seville is to get the Seville City Pass.

This Pass is very convenient as it will grant you priority access to the 2 most famous monuments of the city.

Another advantage: the Seville Pass is 100% digital. After ordering, you will receive an email with your tickets, and you can present them directly on your smartphone at the entrance of the monuments!

Included in Seville Digital Pass:

  • Skip-the-line ticket for Seville Cathedral (day 1 of your itinerary)
  • Priority entrance ticket for the Alcázar of Seville (2nd day)
  • Ticket for a multi-stop bus tour (can be used whenever you want)
  • An audio guide to visit Seville
  • 10% discount on other activities during your 3-day stay in Seville.

This is simply the most complete pass to visit Seville in 72 hours!

To buy your Seville City Pass, just click on the button below:

2. The Andalusia Pass

Another option to visit Seville in 3 days and get priority access to the main tourist attractions is to buy the Andalusia pass, also called “Best Of Andalusia Card”.

This Pass will allow you to save time and money if you plan to extend your tour in Andalusia by visiting Cordoba and Granada!

Here is what’s included in the Andalusia Pass:

  • Priority ticket for the Alcázar (2nd day of your 3-day stay in Seville)
  • Priority entrance to the Alhambra of Granada and the Nasrid palaces
  • Guided tour of the Mosque Cathedral of Cordoba
  • Audio guide of Seville
  • Audio guide of Granada.

Just like the Seville Pass I mentioned above, this pass is 100% digital, so you will receive all your tickets by email. At the time of booking, you will have to choose a date and a time slot for each visit.

To buy your Andalusia Pass, simply click on the button below:

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If you’re interested in the Andalusia pass, you should also read my detailed itineraries in Andalusia. They will for sure help you to plan your trip!

3. Priority entrances for Seville’s tourist attractions

Third and last solution: you can buy your skip the line tickets one by one according to the visits you have planned for your 3-day stay in Seville.

You will find tickets online for the main historical monuments as well as guided visits and activities. Simply click on the orange links for more information and to book:

3 Days in Seville: Must-See Attractions:

One Last Tip for a Perfect 3-Day Stay in Seville

If you already know your travel dates (or as soon as you will have them!), you should really book your accommodation.

As Seville is one of the most touristic cities in the world, the hotels offering the best value for money are often fully booked months in advance.

As a seasoned traveler, I can assure you that it’s always by planning as far in advance as possible that I’ve found the best hotels or apartments deals.

You agree that it would be a shame to somewhat ruin your stay in Seville by ending up in a not-so-great hotel that costed you a fortune, right? 😅

So your best bet is to take 5 minutes now to have a look at traveler’s favorite hotels in Seville.

And if you like one of the hotels you find, book it!

It’s fast, it’s easy and most accommodation offer free cancellation. That’s the best way to protect yourself from the inconvenience of finding nothing but mediocre rooms at exorbitant prices.

To check the best hotels deals in Seville, simply click on the green button below:

After securing your dream stay, it’s time to continue reading this guide!

Seville in 3 days: the best itinerary

Now let’s see what you can do during your 3-day itinerary in Seville.

For each day of your stay, I will give you all the details you need to organize your visits, as well as a map showing the attractions of the day.

I assume that you’ll be spending 3 full days in Seville and that you’ve purchased your Seville Pass, Andalusia Pass or Skip-the-Line tickets.

This way, you won’t waste time waiting in line to buy tickets and will be able to see as many places as possible during your 3 day stay.

And if you have any questions or just need help planning your holiday, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section located at the end of this article.

So, what should you see during your 3 days in Seville?

Day 1 – The must-sees in the city center

Visiter Séville en 2 jours: jour 1
Visit Seville in 3 days: day 1

Day 1 visits:

A. Seville Cathedral
B. The Indies Archives
C. Barrio de Santa Cruz
D. Plaza de España
E. Maria Luisa Park

A. The Cathedral of Seville

You should start your 3-day trip to Seville with a visit to the cathedral, the city’s emblematic monument.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cathedral, whose construction began in the 15th century, is ranked among the three largest in the world.

You will for sure love its remarkable exterior architecture as much as its interior, where you can see the tomb of Christopher Columbus and the graves of several Spanish kings.

The Sacristia Mayor and the great chapel are also worth a look for the many works of art they contain.

With your ticket to visit the cathedral, you will also have access to the Giralda, the cathedral’s bell tower. From there you can enjoy a very beautiful view over Seville!

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As I mentioned earlier in this guide, I strongly recommend you to take the Seville City Pass to avoid queuing in front of the cathedral.

If you don’t want to take the City Pass, here are 3 other options that will allow you to get priority access. For history lovers, the guided tours offered are also very interesting!

cathedrale de Seville
Seville Cathedral

B. The Indies Archive

The second stop on your first day in Seville is the Archive of the Indies, located right next to the cathedral.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains documents relating to the Spanish colonies.

Although the original files are kept out of sight (the boxes you see on the shelves are empty), you should go have a look to admire the interior architecture.

It would be a shame not to visit the Indies archives as the visit is free and will only take you 15 minutes!

general archive of the Indies
The general archive of the Indies – visit Seville in 3 days

C. Barrio de Santa Cruz

After this short visit, you can enjoy a walk in Seville old town: the Barrio de Santa Cruz.

This historic neighborhood is home to some of Seville’s most iconic landmarks, such as the cathedral and the Alcazar.

You will also find very pretty squares such as the plaza del Cabildo and its arcades, the patio of Banderas (featuring a great view on the Giralda) or the plaza Nueva, where the town hall of Seville is located.

In the maze of pedestrian streets lined with whitewashed houses, you will also have the opportunity to discover many nice small shops and to stop for a drink or a bite to eat in one of the numerous bars and restaurants.

And if you want to learn more about the history of the barrio de Santa Cruz, you should book this one-hour guided tour:

barrio Santa Cruz view giralda
Barrio Santa Cruz – What to do in Seville in 3 days

D. The Plaza de España

After a few tapas and a bit of relaxing time on a terrace, your 3-day trip to Seville will now take you to the Plaza de España, about fifteen minutes walk from the cathedral.

And the least I can say is that this huge square is really beautiful!

On the Plaza de España, you can admire:

  • Canals (you can rent a boat to cross them) reflecting the superb architecture of the palaces.
  • 4 bridges symbolizing the 4 ancient kingdoms of Spain
  • Arcades, fountains and the famous 48 azulejos benches, each representing a province of Spain.

Instagram pros will be delighted to take pictures in this incredible setting and Star Wars fans will recognize one of the filming locations of Attack of the Clones.

Plaza de España Seville
The sublime Plaza de España, a must-do during your 72 hours in Seville!

E. Maria Luisa Park

Once you’re done taking pictures of the Plaza de España from every angle (as I did 😅), you should head to Maria Luisa Park located nearby.

There, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shaded paths, or relax near the fountains and pools. If you have chosen to do this 3-day trip to Seville in the summer, I can assure you that you will really appreciate a bit of greenery and coolness!

The park is also home to the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs, both of which are located in the Plaza America.

That’s it for the first day of visits, so enjoy a good dinner, go back to your hotel and be ready for the next day!

Maria Luisa Park
Maria Luisa Park – Lion Fountain

Day 2 – What to do and see in 3 days in Seville?

Visiter Séville en 2 jours: jour 2
Visiting Seville in 3 days: day 2

Day 2 visits:

A. Real Alcazar of Seville
B. House of Pilatos
C. The Metropol Parasol
D. Shopping in Seville
E. Flamenco show

A. The Alcazar of Seville

For the second day of your 3-day itinerary in Seville, you should start with the Alcázar of Seville, located in the old town, next to the cathedral.

This palace, which still serves as the official residence of the King of Spain when he visits Seville, houses sumptuous rooms and patios in the Arabic and Moorish style.

Everything is finely worked, sculpted and in some parts covered with azulejos, decorated tiles typical of Spain and Portugal.

During your visit to the Alcazar, in addition to visiting the inside, you will also have the opportunity to take a stroll in the gardens housing magnificent flower beds and fountains.

To visit the Alcázar, you really need to book your tickets online in advance if you don’t want to start the day with a 2-hour long waiting line!

Access to the Alcazar is included in both the Seville City Pass and the Andalusia Pass. If you haven’t bought one of these passes, you need to make a reservation by clicking on one of the following orange links:

Alcázar of Seville
Visit the Alcazar – 3 day itinerary in Seville

B. Casa de Pilatos

After your visit, you should head to the Casa de Pilatos, only 10 minute walk from the Alcázar.

This beautiful aristocratic palace skillfully blends several architectural styles: renaissance, gothic and Mudejar.

During your visit, you will be able to admire the patio and its fountain, as well as the surrounding rooms with their beautiful coffered ceilings and azulejos.

You can then take a tour of the gardens for a short break in the shade.

When you buy your ticket for the casa de Pilatos, you can opt for the audio guide. There are no explanatory panels on site, so if you want to learn more about this atypical place, this is your only solution.

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Not far from the casa de Pilatos, you can also visit another beautiful house, the palace of Las Duenas (it’s up to you if you want to visit one or the other, or both – it fits into the schedule).

You will for sure love the classic patio and gardens, many works of art and richly furnished ground floor rooms.

The entrance ticket needs to be bought in advance by clicking on the link below:

casa de Pilatos
Casa de Pilatos

C. The Metropol Parasol

Leaving the Casa de Pilatos or the Palace of Las Duenas, you will now go to the Metropol Parasol, about 10 minutes walk from both palaces.

This strange wooden structure, looking like giant mushrooms is also known as “Las Setas”(“mushrooms”).

The foot of the mushroom houses a market and the antiquarium, a museum of archaeological remains discovered during the construction of the Metropol Parasol.

You can take an elevator and access the top of the structure: up there, the walkways will allow you to enjoy a splendid panoramic view of Seville.

The ticket for the viewpoint costs 5€ during day time (8€ for sunset and 10€ at night) and entitles you to a €1 discount on a drink at the bar located at the top.

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The walkways at the top of the Metropol Parasol

D. Shopping in Seville

As you are in the city center, you can take the opportunity to do a bit of shopping during your 3-day trip to Seville!

From the Metropol Parasol, you should take Calle Imagen and Calle Martin Villa, to reach a shopping area with the classic fashion stores such as Zara or H&M.

In the same area, you can also go to El Corte Inglès shopping centre.

E. Attend a flamenco show

To end the day in style, you should go see a flamenco show.

Yes, a good trip to Andalusia must include this typical activity!

In Seville, there are many flamenco shows to choose from, some clearly better than the others. So here is my suggestion of the best shows:

  • La Casa de la Memoria, next to the Metropol Parasol. This small theatre offers an intimate show with only 2 dancers and a musician.

But due to the size of the place, you have to book your seats quite much in advance. To check the availability and book, simply click on the button below:

  • For a more spectacular show, including more dancers and musicians, as well as a dinner or an aperitif with tapas, you should go to the Palacio Andaluz.

To book your flamenco evening in Seville at the Palacio Andaluz, you just have to click on the green button below:

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Attend a Flamenco show

Day 3 – Stroll in Seville

Visiter Séville en 3 jours: jour 3
Visit Seville in 3 days: day 3

Day 3 visits:

A. Triana district
B. The Gold Tower
C. Seville Bullring
D. Cruise on the Guadalquivir
E. Cooking class + dinner

A. Triana district

For the third (and last) day of your 3-day stay in Seville, you should start with a stroll through Triana district.

Located on the other side of the Alfonso XIII canal, opposite the historic centre, you only have to cross the Isabel II bridge to reach it.

First, head to Triana covered market, where you can find high quality Spanish products such as sausages and cheeses.

Next to the market, you can also visit the Triana ceramics centre, featuring several ceramic workshops.

Then, walk along Calle Betis to enjoy the view over the Gold Tower located on the opposite bank of the Guadalquivir river.

You should then turn right to see the Iglesia de Santa Ana, wander through the narrow streets and then cross the river back over San Telmo bridge.

Triana district
A bell tower in the Triana district

B. The Gold Tower

You will find yourself at the foot of the Golden Tower or Torre del Oro in Spanish.

Built in the 13th century, the tower played a military defence role: a chain stretched between the Golden Tower and another tower on the opposite bank blocked access to the river for enemy ships.

It was named “Torre del Oro” because ships stopped here to unload their cargo of gold.

Today, it houses the Seville Naval Museum. During the visit, you can see navigation instruments and scale models of ships.

From the top of the Gold Tower, you can also enjoy a beautiful view over Triana district, located on the other side of the Guadalquivir.

Torre del Oro Seville
The Torre del Oro of Seville, on the banks of the Guadalquivir

C. The Bullring of Seville

Continue your walk to the bullring of Seville (“Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza”), located 200 metres from the Torre del Oro.

Depending on your convictions, you can choose to visit or not, however it’s important to know that bullfighting is still a very popular tradition in Andalusia.

The visit to the bullring is only guided, in Spanish or English and lasts one hour. It needs to be booked in advance by clicking on the button below:

Seville Plaza de toros
Seville Plaza de toros

D. Cruise on the Guadalquivir

Visiting Seville in 3 days gives you time to enjoy a very pleasant activity: a short cruise on the Guadalquivir. It’s perfect to discover the city from another angle!

And what’s great is that you can choose between 3 different cruises (don’t hesitate to click on the orange links for more info and to book):

E. Cooking class and typical dinner

To end your 3-day stay in Seville, why not opt for a fun activity?

Tonight, you will have the opportunity to cook an authentic paella!

During your cooking class, you will also discover the secrets of making a good gazpacho and excellent tapas.

And of course you will end up enjoying all the dishes you’ve made with sangria and a good glass of wine!

The course starts at 6pm and lasts about 3 hours. Book your Spanish cooking class in Seville now by clicking on the button below:

After this last activity, your 3 days in Seville are now almost over. Spend one last night at your hotel before your flight home the next day.

Where to stay in Seville

You now know all the best places to visit during your 3-day trip to Seville!

However, you still need to do 1 important thing before leaving: booking your hotel.

In order to help you out, I have prepared a list of the best hotels in Seville depending on your budget.

As always, you should book as early as possible to get the best prices. The hotels that offers the best value for money in Seville are often fully booked months in advance!

  • Black Swan Hostel: Youth hostel located within 10 minutes walking distance from the Cathedral and the Alcazar. Very stylish and contemporary dormitory bed from 17€ per night, breakfast included! Strong points: the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly staff, the free dinners cooked by volunteers. This is the best choice if you are looking for a youth hostel.
  • Hotel Don Paco: Located in the centre of Seville, at 10 minutes on foot from the Cathedral. Spacious room and comfortable bedding from 60€ per night, breakfast at 10€. Strong points: excellent breakfast, the peaceful atmosphere and the swimming pool on the roof. My favorite in Seville for its great value for money!
  • Hotel Fernando III: Located in the historic district of Santa Cruz and therefore close to the Cathedral and the Alcazar. Modern and spacious room from 106€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the excellent location, the pool on the roof, the very helpful staff.
  • EME Catedral Hotel: Located right next to the Cathedral and the Giralda. Very modern double room from 180€ per night, breakfast at 20€. Strong points: The best location in town, the hotel design, the swimming pool with the view on the Cathedral, the amazing breakfast, the very helpful staff. Don’t hesitate, it’s the best luxury hotel in town!
EME Catedral Hotel à Séville
EME Catedral Hotel in Seville

Visit Seville in 3 days with your family

You’re planning to visit Seville with your children for 3 days?

Well, even with kids, you can easily follow my 3-day itinerary.

It’s optimized to avoid walking too much between the places you will visit each day, so it shouldn’t be too tiring, even with young children.

However, in order to keep them motivated, I would add an extra activity especially for them: the aquarium of Seville. It takes about an hour to visit, and your kids will for sure enjoy it!

Tickets for the aquarium need to be bought in advance by clicking here.

More things to do during your 3 days in Seville

If you want to adjust this 3-day itinerary in Seville and would like to include different tours or activities, you should read my detailed guide of the city: The 22 best things to do in Seville.

It might even make you want to extend your stay in Seville by a few days so you have enough time to fit it all in. In that case, you should check my other itineraries right there!

Map of your 3-day itinerary in Seville

To help you visualize your daily itineraries during your 3 days in Seville, I have created this map with all the places to visit day by day. You can view the legend of the map by clicking on the top left button, the one with a little arrow.

You can thus see the suggested itineraries for each day.

Find the best flight prices for your 3 days in Seville

As always, you should book your plane tickets as early as possible to get the best prices.

To check the rates and schedules for flights to Seville, you can use our flight comparator, in partnership with Skyscanner:

If after reading this guide you still need help to plan your 3-day trip to Seville, don’t hesitate to ask me your questions in the comments section below.

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