Traveling to Seville, Spain was our first European adventure as a family! Our kids were 11 & 13 when we went. Actually, our son turned 13 the day we landed in Spain. Happy birthday to him 🙂
Our decision to travel was very intentional! There are many reasons to travel ~ here’s a few of mine. I wanted to show our kids that the world is bigger than just what they currently knew. That people look different, speak differently, think differently than what they see and hear here in Central Florida. Expanding our children’s world view was something I felt very strongly about!
I also, on a very practical level, wanted to show our kids how to travel. On this trip, we traveled on many different modes of transportation. We stayed in very different types of accommodations – hostel, apartment, and resort. And, we tried some very different, and sometimes awesome foods!
What Seville is known for
Did you know that Seville is the birthplace of flamenco dancing?! While we didn’t go to one of the many shows around the city, we did see flamenco dancing in the streets a few times. While it would have been fun and interesting to see one of the shows, we found it hard to fit into our packed schedule. I kind of regret that now, but maybe next time we’re there I’ll be able to see a show!
Seville is also known for its wonderful history, monuments, and traditions. A favorite thing for many to do in Seville is the Easter procession. Our timing was off for seeing this, but it is world renown and quite spectacular from what we heard!
Our Favorite things to do in Seville Spain
So, here are our Top 10 favorite things to do in Seville
1. Catedral de Sevilla
I’m pretty sure the Cathedral in Seville is a favorite thing to do in Seville for many people! The Cathedral is the largest Gothic building in the world! It is the third largest church in Europe! Purportedly the builders’ goal – “those who come after us will take us for madmen.”
Look at this! These gargoyles/dragons? were on a wall on the outside of the cathedral. Maybe this is what they were talking about when they mentioned “madmen?” Regardless, these details certain made the cathedral one of our favorite things to do in Seville!
Christopher Columbus, or at least part of him, is buried here in the Cathedral. The tomb is impressive!
2. Maestranza Plaza de Toros (Bullring)
While I don’t think watching a bullfight would be one of my favorite thing to do in Seville or anywhere for that matter, but touring the bullring was a favorite!
This is one of the two leading bullrings in the entire country. And, it is still in use for bullfights!
Guided tours daily, except on days of a bullfight.
There was a display of trajes de luces (suits of light). These are the traditional uniform worn by the bullfighter in the ring. They were beautiful! The detail on these gorgeous suits was impressive!
There was even a chapel for the bullfighters!
3. Royal Alcazares del Sevilla Palace
We decided against visiting the Alhambra while in Spain and instead chose to visit the Royal Alcazar in Seville. This palace has the same Moorish influences and incredible beauty that the Alhambra has and it was where we were going to be. Wandering around the beautiful rooms and gardens quickly made the Alcazar one of our favorite things to do while in Seville, Spain! (You can read all about our time at the Alcazar here.)
This palace dates from the 10th century. But, it was almost entirely rebuilt in 1248, making it more fortified.
A wonder of carved stone, delicate calligraphic friezes, carved wooden ceilings, and splendid decorative tile work.
It is the oldest European royal residence still in use. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia stay here when in town.
4. Tea market
Finding this tea market was a joy for both the eyes and the nose! Beautiful scents & sights ~ and tastes!
5. Produce market
Because we stayed in an apartment in Seville, we shopped at the produce market regularly while we were there! They always had a beautiful array of fresh, tasty produce!
Our kids became pros at riding all sorts of transportation! We took trains, cab, subways, and a trolley! It didn’t take them long to get the “unaffected” look as if they do this everyday 🙂
7. Spring Flowers
Spring had definitely sprung while we were in Seville! The scents of flowers blooming were everywhere, and it was incredible!
Wisteria was everywhere – and gorgeous!
8. Churros y Chocolate’
The one main thing my daughter wanted to do in Seville was to find churros and chocolate! After a long day of touring, she happily found churros and a thick chocolate drink! Anytime chocolate is involved, you can bet it will be a favorite!
We ran into peacocks in a few different spots around Seville! They really seemed to like my son. Might be because he always had food on him 🙂
This should probably be number 1, since food is always really important to us, lol! Because we had an apartment, dinners were always eaten in. Shopping in a foreign grocery store was an interesting and fun experience!
The tortilla Espanola, or Spanish omelet, was a favorite! Eggs, potatoes and whatever else they added in! Always delicious!
One of our travel rules is that we must try new foods. This isn’t very hard for us ~ since we all love to eat and try new things!
Family travel always brings surprises
Traveling as a family presents challenges and adventures! For us, our adventure in Seville was a fantastic opportunity to learn about a new culture, but it also showed us how we handle challenges!
After a great 10-days together, we arrived at the airport to find that our flight had been canceled because of a labor strike in Germany! While we were tired and ready to head home, I was really proud of us for looking at it as an opportunity versus getting too worked up about it.
The best-laid plans, and all that!
So many things to do in Seville, Spain
If you have never been to Spain, I highly recommend it! Seville is a beautiful city to explore, and as you can see, there are so many things to do in Seville!
Whether you enjoy the pomp of visiting a palace, the beauty of wandering around gardens or delighting in trying new foods, you will find so many wonderful things to do in Seville, Spain.
The locals were friendly, and the city was easy to get around. And, as I said before, there are so many reasons to travel! What are your reasons?!
Another favorite thing about Seville is its location! We discovered that Seville is the perfect spot to take many day trips from. You can read about our day trip to Cadiz here!
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