Guide to Visiting Seville with Kids

seville with kids

Visiting Seville with kids is an enchanting experience. Seville is the perfect size for a city break: it’s small enough to walk around yet big enough for there to be plenty to do. Seville is everything you ever imagined about Spain: flamenco dancing, bullfighting and roads lined with orange trees and jacarandas. It’s beautiful and elegant, with stunning architecture and a fascinating history.

What’s more, it’s a great place to visit now. It’s not as crowded and the temperature is very pleasant in winter and spring – Seville can get very hot in July and August.

Here’s our guide to the best things to see and do in Seville with kids.

Climb up the Giralda Tower and visit the Cathedral

The Giralda, the bell tower of Seville’s cathedral, was built as a minaret in medieval times when the city was occupied by the Moors. It was used as an observatory and to call Muslims to prayer. Climb up the tower for some of the best views of Seville. It’s much easier to climb than most towers because there are 35 gently inclining ramps wide enough for two horsemen to ride up to the top.

The 15th-century cathedral is well worth a visit as well. It’s the largest Gothic church in the world and inside, you’ll find Christopher Columbus’s coffin.

Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower is open from 11am until 3.30pm on Mondays; until 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday; 2.30pm until 6pm on Sundays. Tickets, adults, €9; children under 14, free; students under 25 and over 65s, €4.

Walk around the Plaza de Espana

The Plaza de Espana is one of the most impressive public spaces in the whole of Spain. Star Wars fans will recognise it as the city of Theed on the planet Naboo from ‘The Attack of the Clones’.  Designed in 1929 as the centrepiece for the Fair of the Americas (which never happened due to the Wall Street crash), it is absolutely stunning, full of exquisite tiles, fountains, bridges and grand stairways. Send your children on a hunt around the crescent to find scenes and maps from all the provinces in Spain. You can even hire out little boats on the tiny canal.

Watch a Flamenco show

Seville with kidsThe gypsy art of Flamenco has been danced in Andalusia for nearly 500 years and Seville is a great place to watch a show. El Museo del Baile Flamenco, the flamenco dance museum, has hour-long flamenco shows every evening with incredible dancing, singing and guitar playing. It’s a particularly good place to take children as it’s small and intimate and the dancers and singers explain what they are doing in English (and other languages).

El Museo del Baile Flamenco has daily performances from 7pm. Tickets, adults, €20; children, €12.

Visit the Alcázar Palace

The Alcázar Palace is stunning. It’s a real mix of architectural styles from Moorish and Renaissance to Gothic. Seville’s rulers have occupied this site since Roman times and your children will love some of the more gruesome stories. It was originally built as a Moorish fort and it had to be enlarged under the Moorish ruler al-Mu’tadid to house his harem of 800 women. He decorated the terraces of the palace with flowers planted in the skulls of his decapitated enemies.

The Alcázar was the favourite residence of the Spanish kings for four centuries and the upper floors are still used by the current king and queen when they visit Seville. Visitors can explore the many courtyards and reception rooms and wander around the beautiful gardens. Don’t miss the amazing red, green and gold dome in the Salon de Embajadores.

The Alcazar is open every day from 9.30am until 5pm (until 7pm from April to September). Tickets, €9.50 for adults; children free.

Take a horse and carriage ride

seville with kidsYou’ll find the traditional horses and carriages all over the city and it’s a great way of seeing all the sights on your first day – and so much fun for children. Your driver should be able to explain what you’re seeing as you go past. The carriage rides take in all the main sights as well as the lovely Maria Luisa Park with its gorgeous palm trees, pines, flowers and orange trees.

Buy a picnic from the Mercado de Triana

If you cross the Triana bridge you’ll get to the Triana district which is much less touristy than the centre and the area where all the flamenco artists, bullfighters and sailors used to live. Here you’ll find the wonderful Triana market, an indoor food market where you can buy the most delicious hams, olives, cheeses, fruit, fish and bread. It’s a great place to try out a little Spanish. You could give your children a few euros and see if they can choose and buy some food for a picnic. Then take your goodies to the banks of the Guadalquivir River or one of Seville’s lovely parks for a foodie feast.

The Mercado de Triana is open from Mondays to Saturdays, from 8am until 2pm.

Visit the Bullring and Museum

The matador with his cape and sword is an iconic Spanish image and bullfighting is an important part of Spanish culture, particularly in the south. Seville is the second most important centre for bullfighting in Spain (after Madrid).

The Plaza de Toros Real Maestranza was built in the 18th century and is one of the oldest bullrings in Spain. You can learn all about bullfighting and its history by taking a 20-minute tour of the bullring (in English). It’s a fascinating tour. You’ll visit the chapel where the matadors pray before a fight and the museum where you can see the elaborate costumes and swords.

The Real Maestranza is open daily from 9.30am until 7pm (until 9pm from April until October). Tickets, adults, €7; under 7s, free; children aged from 7 until 11, €3.

For more Spain inspiration for families, take a look at

Guide to Barcelona with Kids

7 Reasons to Love Tenerife with Kids

How to Explore Aragon with Kids

Loarre Castle: A Medieval Fairytale Castle in Spain

For more city break ideas, take a look at The Best City Breaks for Families in Europe, Part One and Part Two.

Why not take this article with you as an app? You can download this blog post as a GPS-guided travel article with GPSmyCity.

 

Everything you need to know about visiting Seville in Spain with kids. What to see and do, what time of year to visit, where to find the Star Wars locations and watch a flamenco show. #seville #familytravelspain #sevilla #flamencoinspain #sevilleguide #vacationseville

 

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57 Comments

  1. 19th January 2016 / 3:15 pm

    I love this! Great photos, Seville is so incredibly colorful and beautiful! That Palace looks fit for a movie….and that plaza, well it was! (insert sigh here)

    • 19th January 2016 / 3:47 pm

      Thank you so much. Seville was the city I most wanted to visit in the whole of Spain and it didn’t disappoint. I’d really love to go back – it’s such a great place to wander around.

  2. 19th January 2016 / 10:15 pm

    There are so many cities in Spain I really want to visit – I’ve seen so few, but Seville has been in no1 spot since I finally made it to Granada. This is just tempting me even more. Thanks for linking up to #citytripping

    • 19th January 2016 / 10:21 pm

      It’s definitely worth it! Granada has to be next on my list now.

  3. Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
    19th January 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Great post Clare. I have visited many places in Spain but not Seville. My boys would love the horse and carriage ride

    • 20th January 2016 / 11:53 am

      Thanks so much. I’d definitely recommend Seville for families.

  4. Wander Mum
    20th January 2016 / 8:35 am

    Great series Clare! I was JUST talking to my hubby about Seville this morning, and ta dah, here’s your post! I was thinking of leaving the little lady with grandparents but maybe we could take her too after reading this. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

    • 20th January 2016 / 11:53 am

      What perfect timing! It is a really lovely city, with or without children.

  5. 20th January 2016 / 4:31 pm

    Despite being British I have never visited Spain! Victoria (the other half of globetotting) has been to Seville numerous times, however, and always says how beautiful it is. Thanks for these great tips – and the stunning photos!

    • 21st January 2016 / 2:56 pm

      You’re very welcome. I’d thoroughly recommend Seville as an introduction to Spain. It’s easier to find your way around than Madrid and Barcelona and there’s so much to see.

  6. 20th January 2016 / 5:29 pm

    I remember visiting Seville when I was 12ish and so enamored of the city! Your post has made me incredibly impatient for when my daughter will be old enough to make the trip worth the expense!

    • 21st January 2016 / 2:57 pm

      It really is beautiful. It’s always hard, isn’t it, working out what age is the right time to take your children to certain places?

      • 21st January 2016 / 6:07 pm

        So much of it has to do with money- if I had unlimited funds, then why not start traveling with them as infants and get them used to it early? But if you don’t you probably want to wait until they might actually remember something from the trip…

        • 21st January 2016 / 6:21 pm

          Exactly. Take Paris for example – I really wanted to wait until my sons would appreciate it. In the end I went last year on my own with my oldest when he was 11. And it was the most fantastic trip.

  7. 20th January 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Love Seville! Haven’t been back since my 20’s but was there for Carnival and the city was on fire! Great tips for when – I hope – take my kids there some day.

    • 21st January 2016 / 2:58 pm

      That sounds like an amazing experience! Hope you all make it there one day.

  8. 21st January 2016 / 2:40 pm

    Beautiful photos! I loved Seville when I visited – though I’m sad to see that I missed the Mercado de Triana! I LOVE going to markets, and I didn’t know about that one. Next time!

    • 21st January 2016 / 2:59 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s a great market. I love markets too. I’m going to be visiting the rue Mouffetard market on my next trip to Paris. I bet you’ve got lots of tips about that.

  9. travelingchristie
    21st January 2016 / 10:27 pm

    For me the real beauty of Europe is the cities, Seville looks stunning, and the colours wow. This is somewhere we have to visit and our boys are mad star wars fans and would love the Plaza De Espana x

    • 23rd January 2016 / 11:59 am

      It’s such a lovely city – there’s definitely something for the adults and the children.

  10. susannabritmums
    23rd January 2016 / 9:56 am

    I think a trip to Seville would be wonderful! It’s so grey right now the sunshine would cheer me up. x

    • 23rd January 2016 / 11:59 am

      So true! Wish I could be there now…

  11. 25th January 2016 / 4:57 pm

    Beautiful photos. I wish I lived close enough to Seville to take a City Break there! ah well, I will see it someday.

    • 25th January 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Thanks so much. We are really lucky in the UK. It’s so easy going anywhere in Europe from here.

  12. 27th January 2016 / 11:50 am

    Looks amazing! I have always wanted to visit Seville, and the rest of Spain.

  13. 15th February 2016 / 2:03 pm

    beautiful photos! Must visit it one day! #monday escapes

    • 15th February 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Thanks so much. It’s a beautiful place – you should definitely go!

  14. 15th February 2016 / 4:18 pm

    I’ve often thought about going to Seville but the flights there seem to be much more expensive than other European cities so I’ve lost out 🙁 Looks great though, and is still on my ‘one day’ list. #Mondayescapes

    • 15th February 2016 / 7:29 pm

      I think there are more cheap airlines flying there than there used to be so hopefully you’ll be able to go soon – it’s a gorgeous place!

  15. 23rd February 2016 / 2:14 pm

    I’ve wanted to go to Seville for a while now, even more so – there is so much to see and do. I love the idea of getting a picnic from Mercardo de Triana and just eploring the Plaza. What a beautiful city, you’ve captured it so well. Gosh I’m dying for some sunshine! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

    • 23rd February 2016 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks so much, Ting! I just loved Seville – perfect for a winter/spring break too. We Brits are always desperate for sunshine come February! I love #MondayEscapes – there is always such a great mix of good posts to read.

  16. 23rd February 2016 / 6:16 pm

    WOW. These pictures are amazing. I had many friends who studied in Seville (my university had a campus there), but I’ve never seen these beautiful details. I can understand why they love it so much now – thanks for sharing your perspective of it!

    • 23rd February 2016 / 6:17 pm

      Thanks so much. Seville must have been an amazing place to study – I hope you got to study somewhere equally gorgeous!

  17. 24th February 2016 / 11:21 pm

    Wonderful guide, Clare! My husband and I will be in Seville for a few days this spring – definitely using your tips and hoping I can get great photos like you did! 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #TravelTuesday!

    • 25th February 2016 / 10:17 am

      Thank you so much. I’ll really look forward to reading what you think about Seville. A spring trip sounds wonderful.

  18. 26th February 2016 / 9:39 am

    Ah I’m totally jealous! I’ve wanted to go to Seville for the last few years and we always try to plan the trip but something comes up and causes me to change all of our plans! One day I will go!! #MondayEscapes

    • 26th February 2016 / 5:39 pm

      I hope you make it there one day. We just loved everything about Seville – it was everything I hoped it would be and more.

  19. 2nd May 2016 / 1:58 am

    Beautiful photos, Clare. It is even prettier than I had imagined. I think that your attractions are interesting enough for those of us who don’t have kids, as well.
    #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • 3rd May 2016 / 11:16 am

      Thanks so much, Linda. I absolutely agree – Seville is wonderful for travellers of all ages. I’d really like to go back again soon. thanks so much for having me on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  20. 2nd May 2016 / 11:12 am

    Seville is such a beautiful city! I’ve only spent a day there but I fell in love with it instantly and your photos reminded me that I should go back soon. Thanks for linking with #TheWeeklyPostcard 🙂

    • 3rd May 2016 / 11:17 am

      Thanks Vlad. Yes, it is gorgeous. I was there for four days but could easily have stayed longer.

  21. 22nd June 2016 / 11:23 am

    I do want to do Seville – we didn’t get that far south in Spain – must go back! Pinned for later – thanks! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin #WanderfulWednesday

    • 23rd June 2016 / 10:20 am

      Thanks Erin! You really must get there – Seville is just stunning.

  22. 22nd June 2016 / 11:38 am

    I’m going to Seville next month, thanks for the tips! I don’t have kids but all those things sound great anyway 🙂 #wanderfulwednesday

    • 23rd June 2016 / 10:21 am

      Lucky you! I think all these things are great – with or without kids. Have a fabulous time.

  23. 22nd June 2016 / 11:55 am

    Seville has been on my travel wish list for quite some time. So, hope to visit some day. Enjoyed your beautiful photos of the city.

    • 23rd June 2016 / 10:21 am

      Thanks so much, Ahila. I really hope you get to go one day. I’m really hoping to go back soon.

  24. 22nd June 2016 / 12:37 pm

    I LOVE Sevilla! It’s one of my top 3 cities to visit in Spain for sure! These suggestions are awesome and are pretty relevant to anyone visiting (not only just those with kids)! 😀 I also agree that Sevilla is way too hot in the summer and that winter and spring are ideal times to visit! Thanks for sharing snd linking up! Can’t wait to read more from this series!

    • 23rd June 2016 / 10:25 am

      Mine too! I loved everything about it and found it much more chilled than the other Spanish cities I’ve visited. Yes, all these things would work really well for people without kids too – and they’d get to enjoy more of the tapas and wine bars too!

  25. 22nd June 2016 / 5:28 pm

    Gorgeous photos! They are so full of colour and life 🙂 I’ve heard only good things about Seville and would love to visit one day!

    • 23rd June 2016 / 10:26 am

      Thanks Marcella. It’s a wonderful, colourful city. Sure you’d love it.

  26. 22nd June 2016 / 8:19 pm

    I’d love to see a Flamenco show!! A friend of mine did an exchange semester in Spain and she absolutely loved Seville too – definitely on my bucket list 😉

    • 23rd June 2016 / 10:30 am

      It’s a wonderful city, just the right size. I loved the Flamenco show – nothing like anything I’d ever seen before.

  27. 27th June 2016 / 2:12 pm

    This is the perfect guide for kids and adults alike. Amazing destination for a city break!

    • 28th June 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks so much, Isabel. Seville’s one of my newest favourite cities!

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