If you are planning to visit and enjoy a beautiful city without scratching your pocket, Seville is your city. In the capital you have many plans to choose from for travelers on a tight budget. Here are some of the best…
When you arrive in Seville, booking a free tour will help you to get in touch with space and time and is the best way to get in touch with the city. You will surely learn a lot about its history and its main monuments and they are usually very entertaining routes. Making the reservation is free but at the end of the tour you can pay the guide according to your satisfaction.
Only a few meters separate the two most important and imposing monuments of Seville and that by themselves are worth a visit to the city. If you visit the Cathedral you will not only have spectacular views of Seville from the top of the Giralda, but you will also be able to tour the second largest cathedral in Europe (only surpassed by the Vatican) and see the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
The Reales Alcazares are a surprise for everyone who visits them: their rooms are reminiscent of the Alhambra and in their gardens you will want to spend hours pretending to walk along the Dorne of Game of Thrones.
Both monuments have a free timetable that you can take advantage of if you want to save on your trip to Seville.
A few steps beyond the Cathedral and the Alcazares is the General Archive of the Indies, one of the most beautiful buildings in Seville, created to house all the documentation on trade with America and the Philippines. It usually houses interesting exhibitions and is free to visit. We recommend that you save some time from your trip to Seville to visit it.
We assure you that you will not stop taking pictures of the immense Plaza de España, with its neo-Mudejar architecture and its stream that can be navigated in small boats. Built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition, it has become a symbol of Seville and a must-see for tourists and locals alike.
The Maria Luisa Park is the largest lung of Seville and was originally the garden of the adjacent San Telmo Palace (now the headquarters of the Andalusian Government). Walking around María Luisa Park you will find not only a varied vegetation but also waterfalls, high mountains, singular buildings and several museums, some of them also free.
Seville cannot be understood without the Guadalquivir. Walking along its two banks is one of the best things you can do for free in Seville. You can start at the Puerta de Jerez and head towards the Torre del Oro, see the Maestranza bullring, reach the elegant Triana bridge and cross it in the direction of the neighbourhood that gives it its name. At the end of the bridge you can visit the Castle of San Jorge, the former prison of the Inquisition with interesting archaeological remains, and continue towards the Triana quarter, visit its lively market, walk along Betis Street and contemplate Seville from that shore. A plan not to be missed – and for free!
If you are one of those people who likes to walk around aimlessly, Seville has a lot to offer. The atmosphere of the city is unique and its streets, facades and squares are the best place to get lost. Don’t leave without walking through the Santa Cruz quarter, the old Jewish quarter, and let your steps take you through a city dotted with churches, convents and basilicas that hold treasures inside and that you can visit for free, all you have to do is pay attention, enter and let yourself be surprised…
H2. Free Museums
Almost all of Seville’s museums offer free visits at specific times. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the art and beauty that the city holds behind the walls of its buildings.
Both the Fine Arts Museum and the Archaeological Museum can be visited free of charge and are worth a visit not only because of the collections they house but also because of the buildings in which they are located. You can also visit the Royal Tobacco Factory without paying a single euro, the setting that inspired the world-famous opera “Carmen” and today is the headquarters of the University of Seville.
The best thing about a city is to live it, and in the case of Seville, even more so. If you want to be part of the authentic Seville, the best thing is to make your visit coincide with some of the most important local festivities. During Holy Week, Seville dresses up in its best clothes and the days are spent in the streets at night, as brotherhoods and confraternities pass by. Fervor and popular devotion mix with the art, imagery and music of the bands creating a unique scene and an incomparable setting.
You have to live it to understand it. The same happens with the Feria de Abril, a week in which Seville dresses up in flamenco clothes and it seems that the whole city is deserted because people are in the casetas of the Real, dancing, sharing and living in the Sevillian way.