A 48 Hour Guide to Sevilla

Sevilla is the capital city of Andalucia, a province in southern Spain, is the fourth largest city in the country. It was founded by the Romans and some archaeological remains can still be found throughout the city, though in 712 it was taken by the Moors. "The Moorish urban influences continued and are present in contemporary Seville, for instance in the custom of decorating with herbaje and small fountains the courtyards of the houses. However, most buildings of the Moorish aesthetic actually belong to the Mudéjar style of Islamic art, developed under Christian rule and inspired by the Arabic style. Original Moorish buildings are the Patio del Yeso in the Alcázar, the city walls, and the main section of the Giralda, bell tower of the Seville Cathedral." (Wikipedia) In 1248 Andalucia was conquered by the Christians and the city continued to expand under Castilian rule. After the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus, Sevilla entered a Golden Age after being awarded a royal monopoly for trade with the Spanish colonies in the Americas. It thus became a hub for the riches flowing from the colonies until the monopoly was broken in the late 16th century and a plague wiped out half the population. Through the 18th and 19th centuries, Sevilla was a modern city and an important industrial center for products like tobacco and ceramics. In 1929 it hosted the Ibero-American Exposition which is when many of its now most famous sites were constructed, including the Plaza de España. Sevilla is the warmest city in Europe and we certainly got a taste of that when one of the days there was 110 degrees Fahrenheit. It has the largest economy in southern Spain and hosts a variety of festivals each year that speak to its rich and varied culture, like the Feria de Sevilla every April and the Semana Santa, or Holy Week. 

Day 1: 

Breakfast at Torch Coffee

Take a short horse carriage ride through the city and ask the driver to drop you at the Plaza de España within the Parque de Maria Luisa

Explore the Royal Alcázar de Sevilla and its extensive gardens (in addition to being a beautiful fortress with centuries of history, this is the site of Dorne in Game of Thrones)

Late lunch at Mamarracha Tapas y Brasas

Wander through the narrow streets of Barrio Santa Cruz

Make your way to Casa de Pilatos

Dinner at Restaurante San Fernando at the Hotel Alfonso XIII

See a traditional flamenco show

Day 2: 

Breakfast at PANYPIU 

Walk through the Catedral de Sevilla, climb the bell tower, and stop for photos in the Patio de los Naranjos 

Lunch at El Pintón

Walk up Calle Tetuán or Calle Cuna shopping along the way

Take in the view atop the Metropol Parasol

Meander back towards the river and choose to stop at either the Palacio de las Dueñas or the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija

Cross the river into the Triana neighborhood (known to have the best local ceramics in town) over the Isabel II "Triana" Bridge 

Dinner at La Azotea

Sevilla Map:

**This guide is based on research that I did to plan my trip to Sevilla and based on my own experiences while there. Of course, two days in any place does not make me an expert, and I would love to hear any and all additional suggestions so that I may add them to the guide.