Seville is a beautiful city, replete with stunning architecture, sublime weather, and fascinating history. As such, a day trip via a car rental from Malaga airport is a must! At the time of publishing this article, enjoying the city’s many treasures isn’t possible due to global circumstances but, in the future, there is so much visitors can look forward to.
To help you plan a trip in the future and get excited about the possibility, we’ve put together this guide to the free things to do in Seville. From ancient palaces to majestic gardens, there’s plenty on offer without having to break the bank. As we know waiting to can be difficult, we have included links to virtual tours for some of the great Seville activities available.
Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower
Free on Monday’s between 16.30 – 18.00
Spanish cities are known for their magnificent churches and the Seville Cathedral certainly falls under this category. The goal with this 16th-century gem was to create a cathedral so beautiful that people would think the designers were mad. Well, in terms of sheer beauty, they certainly succeeded.
Devour Seville Food Tours shares: “Trust us, the minute you set eyes on it, you’ll have trouble picking your chin up off the floor! It’s the third-largest cathedral in the world and the largest Gothic one.”
The Cathedral is free to visit on Monday’s between 16.30 and 18.00 as its most iconic feature, the Giralda – an exquisite bell tower that can’t be missed. At 320 feet high, climbing to the top provides some incredible views of the city – perfect for some memorable holiday snaps.
Enjoy an evening visit to the Alcázar of Seville
Free during Monday evenings/late afternoon
The Alcázar of Seville (the Royal Palace) is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and a must-see during any visit. Fortunately, you can enjoy a free visit to this stunning palace on Mondays from 18:00 to 19:00 (April – September) and from 16:00 to 17:00 (October – March).
The architecture is staggering, and the opulent surroundings make for a perfect free activity before sitting down for a bite to eat. A mix of Moorish and Christian influences, the Alcázar is a living embodiment of Seville’s fascinating history.
With wonderfully preserved courtyards, patios and chapels, there’s plenty to marvel at. Matt, from the Spanish-based The Travel Blogs, describes what the gardens have to offer: “The beautiful, multi-layered patios create a maze of pathways that leads you down into the larger, orange tree-lined gardens below. It’s no wonder that a wander through the Alcázar Gardens is the most enduring memory for many visitors to Seville.”
Explore the charming streets of the Santa Cruz district
Seville’s Santa Cruz district is the city’s former Jewish quarter and is the location of many of Seville’s most important historical attractions (including the aforementioned cathedral and Alcázar.
But beyond visiting the attractions themselves, wandering the charming streets of Santa Cruz is a wonderful free thing to do. This delightful neighbourhood is alive with vibrant colours and, as Seville City Guide describes, is a “maze of narrow streets and alleys, where you can wander around or enjoy one of the many (touristy) restaurants or attractive squares.”
So, make sure to spend some time strolling around this pretty area of the city, taking in the sights and sounds of Seville’s tourist centre.
Relax in Parque de María Luisa
Free to enter
Sometimes, it’s nice to be able to just sit down and relax among some greenery, and this is exactly what’s on offer at the exquisite Parque de María Luisa. Built in 1929, this popular garden and the breathtaking Plaza de España are situated in the south-east of the city, populated by hundreds of exotic trees, historic buildings, colourful benches, and Moorish fountains. All of which create a truly tranquil oasis to enjoy.
With botanical trails and nature galore, it’s easy to see why so many stop by and, considering its massive size, you can find a unique spot to enjoy with friends and loved ones. The Pamley-Liddells family from the travel blog Journey of a Nomadic Family have visited the gardens and highly praised what they found:
“I don’t think we had any appreciation of just how BIG this park was, and it wasn’t until we started walking around that we understood just how hot and large it was!
“The park is enormous, 100 acres of land and with more than 150 different species of trees and plants from five different continents. To save our feet, we hired a bike and explored like kings and queens.”
Visit the 13th century Torre del Oro
Free on Mondays
Seville is a wonderfully old city and one of its most ancient landmarks is the fascinating Torre del Oro. Built in the 13th century by the Moors with stone and golden tiles, this watchtower served to protect the city from invading forces.
Still standing today, this is a monument to the Moorish civilization and the walls that at one point in time enclosed the city. You can visit for free on Mondays (and for a very small fee on other days), with access including an interesting maritime museum, documenting Seville’s navy history.
Delighted with this Seville attraction, Caroline and Neil from travel blog CK Travels, have shared their recollections of visiting: “This was our very first glimpse of Seville’s historic old quarter. Previously a prison in the Middle Ages, its ‘golden’ name supposedly derives from the bright reflections it creates on the river below, on sunny days.”
Watch a virtual tour of Torre del Oro.
What free things are there to do in Seville?
- Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower
- Alcázar of Seville
- Explore the Santa Cruz district
- Parque de María Luisa
- Torre del Oro
As you can see, Seville is home to an abundance of wonderful attractions and places of interest, many of which can be enjoyed for free. We hope that when it is possible to visit, you consider adding some of the above to your to-do list.
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