Route of the palace houses of Seville

Immerse yourself in the majesty of Seville’s past with these architectural gems, full of history and elegance, which will transport you to an era of splendor.

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ANAMAR

Hello! I’m Anamar (turistaconarte on Instagram). I am a real lover of my city and its palace houses, I enjoy walking around Seville every time I have a free day, here are my recommendations for 3 days including recommendations of my favorite bars and restaurants in the area.

DAY 1

We start in the Macarena neighborhood. Our first stop is the Casa Palacio de Dueñas of the much loved by the Sevillians deceased Duchess of Alba. Here you will find, in addition to the building, a museum of belongings of the late Duchess.

We continue towards the fair street, to visit the palace of the Palacio de los Marqueses de la Algaba. Today it is a government building, but it can be visited.

We deserve a break, we suggest you to have tapas in the different bars of the Mercado de Calle Feria, frequented by locals. If you prefer to sit at the table and you are more of a food traveler, we propose the Lebanese Fatouch and its beet hummus or the little Bottega Italia and any of their pastas, but leave room for their canollo or tiramisu for dessert. If you’re looking for a more immersive experience, one option I recommend for dinner today or any other day is to try SAZON The Folk Cook. SAZON is the world’s first platform that offers homemade Spanish food prepared by locals in their own homes, where you will taste it in total privacy.

With renewed energy, we will walk to the Alameda de Hércules, here we will find the Casa de las Sirenas. Here we find the house of the sirens, a former palace, now a civic center, with free visit and, possibly, an exhibition.

Strolling through the neighborhood of San Lorenzo, we suggest you to walk along the man of stone street where the bust is located Stone Man legend has it that a poor wretch lies here impaled, continuing on until he reaches the Palacio de los Monsalves.This building is proposed as an extension for the “Down There” series, as it was filmed here. Museo de Bellas Artes of Seville, which if it is open we recommend visiting because only its building is a former Mercedarian convent and houses inside a collection of Baroque art, as well as works by Murillo, Velázquez and Zurbarán. Since you are in the area I suggest you visit the Museum of Fine Arts as it is free for EU citizens and costs only 1.50 euros for the rest.

To end the day we return our steps to the alameda, we suggest you to have dinner at “Arte y Sabor” A restaurant of Andalusian, Arabic and Andalusian fusion… to say that its pastry is a delight (open from Friday to Sunday). Another option is to have tapas at Lola por Dios.Here we leave you free to eat an ice cream, have a drink or find a place to dance in this square that is pure atmosphere.

DAY 2

We started the morning with a visit to la Casa Salinas (open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm), which is very well preserved.

We will continue walking through the Barrio de Santa Cruz, its buildings are old palace houses now converted into apartments or private tenement houses, get close to their railings and courtyards to discover small hidden gems, while you get to the Plaza de los Venerables, where you can visit the ancient Hospital de los Venerables.

After the visit, we will go to the bustling alfalfa square where we give you two options: tapas standing in its typical tascas such as la Trastienda o la Bodega de la Alfalfa or sit down to eat at la Escaloná where you can try without fear any of their tapas, although the most popular are the carrillá, their croquettes or their tuna tataki.

Walking to have lunch, we will return to visit the Mañara palace and visit the Casa Pilatos one of the best preserved in the city, owned by the Dukes of Medinaceli, consult if during your visit to the city Engranajes Culturales makes dramatized visits because it is very worthwhile, it is a visit to which you will dedicate time.

If you want to enjoy a good flamenco show in the area, I recommend you La Casa del Flamenco is a house-palace of the s. XV converted into a flamenco auditorium, which offers very complete shows and has several shows in the afternoons.

For dinner we suggest la Hostería del Laurel where you will sit at the table that inspired the most famous Sevillian literary character: D. Juan Tenorio and from which we recommend its popular oxtail. If you feel like something more informal, you can have tapas at the bar Santa Cruz Las Columnas.

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DAY 3

We started the day at the Calle Cuna, specifically at the Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija. A visit you can not miss, both for the building and for the jewels it houses inside from Italica, including huge entire mosaics.

After this visit, we went to the Plaza del Salvador.where we will sit at the high tables in the center to enjoy a cold beer, the most typical tapas of the city as some delicious potatoes and the views of one of the most beautiful and full of life squares in the city center (you have the opportunity to enjoy the best tapas in town). La Antigua Bodeguita or the Freiduría Salvador.

In the afternoon, we continued our walk to Fabiola House. Today it has been converted into an exhibition hall of traditional art. To end the afternoon I recommend a visit to the Hospital de la Caridad and have a drink on the terrace of the Hotel Doña María which has spectacular views.

To finish this route, for dinner we recommend you a more sophisticated restaurant, be sure to visit the San Fernando restaurant and get into the Alfonso XIII Hotel (I recommend making a reservation in advance to ensure availability).

Enjoy!

Note: Liiffe recommends booking restaurants and events in advance to ensure availability, as well as checking schedules, as they vary seasonally.

PLACES OF INTEREST

PALACIO DE DUEÑAS

A very nice and beautiful place that transmits a lot of peace. Gardens with lots of vegetation. The entrance includes an audio guide that explains each part of the palace.

palacio de los marqueses de la algaba

Restored palace in the center of the city that exhibits Mudejar art and hosts cultural events in the courtyard.
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Saturday 10:00-12:45
Closed on Sundays

MERCADO FERIA

This lively market is perfect for a beer or tapas. For example, La Marieta specializes in empanadillas and puff pastries (my favorite is the chicken with bechamel), La Almadraba de Barbate offers salted fish and seafood, and La Cantina is great if you like fried fish and seafood. Opening hours: from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. Closed on Sundays.

fatouch

Lebanese cuisine restaurant located in an old renovated furniture store, prepares its dishes in an open kitchen and in view of the diner. Be sure to try their beet hummus!

Bottega Italia

They have a wide variety of food “of the day” as well as a menu with different pastas with different sauces, which you can combine as you like. Closed on Mondays

SAZON The Folk Cook

Enjoy a genuine experience that you won’t be able to live anywhere else: eating at our hosts’ home. Popular Spanish dishes prepared by the locals. Traditional food served in the dining rooms of the house. So, in addition to delighting you with an exquisite full menu (drinks included), they will make you discover how they live and eat at home.

casa de las sirenas

Former palace house, now a civic center, with free visits and, possibly, an exhibition.

stone man bust

Stone bust probably from the Roman period. Apparently in the Muslim period it was placed to mark a thermal baths that were in the place. There is a well-known legend that says that as the Blessed Sacrament passed by during a Eucharistic procession, a man refused to kneel and was turned to stone as a punishment.

palacio de los monsalves

In the heart of Seville, very close to the Museum of Fine Arts, is located this palace now owned by the Junta de Andalucía, this building is proposed as an extension to the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville, inside it houses a collection of Baroque art, as well as works by Murillo, Velázquez or Zurbaran.

museo de bellas artes

Second national art gallery. Beautiful building located in a former convent, nice patios. Admission Price 1,50 euros Free: for accredited European Union citizens and ICOM members.

Arte y Sabor

Open from Friday to Sunday. The food is spectacular and the prices are great. I recommend the beet salmorejo (or the normal one) and the goat cheese sachets.

lola por dios

Andalusian restaurant with terrace and amusing decoration. I recommend trying the cuttlefish burger with ali-oli.

casa salinas

Guided tours of this historic palace with its ornate architecture and elegant interiors. Visiting hours Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Hospital de los Venerables

Ancient 17th century institution that served as a refuge for priests in need after the plague. This cultural treasure houses the Velázquez Center, which exhibits works by the Sevillian painter and other local masters. A hidden gem in Seville that reveals its rich history and art.

la trastienda

If you want good seafood in Seville this is your place. I recommend the white shrimps or the smoked sardines tapa. Closed on Mondays

la bodegua de la alfalfa

Fritos, montaditos, tapas and wines in a warm tavern with iron decoration and red wooden chairs.

la escaloná

Toasts, sweets and creative Andalusian tapas in a busy bar with wrought iron details and terrace. We recommend the carrillá, its croquettes or its tuna tataki.

casa pilatos

This palace was built in the last quarter of the century. XV fruit of the union of the Enríquez and Ribera lineages. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Engranajes Culturales

Dramatized visits

La Casa del Flamenco

House-palace of the XVth century converted into a flamenco auditorium, which offers intimate shows in the evenings in a stunning space. 1 euro water 1’30 soft drink and beer (machine), improvised show with renowned artists, I will pass types of tablao that are well according to the style and public, send mail, see commissioning issue (pay 5 euros but they have to know that we redirect them), do not work with mail but open to be known

la hostería del laurel

Here you will sit at the table that inspired the most famous Sevillian literary character: D. Juan Tenorio and from which we recommend its popular oxtail.

Bodega Las Columnas

A small but very cozy bar near the cathedral. It is always full thanks to its wide variety of high quality dishes. Personally, I recommend trying the montaditos de pringá (shredded stew meat), tuna salad, prawns, etc…. Everything is very good.

palacio de la condesa de lebrija

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., entrance fee 12 euros, includes guided tour of the second floor in Spanish and English.

la antigua bodeguita

Authentic Sevillian bar. Small crayfish, shrimp omelettes, salad salad, potatoes with garlic dressing… The place is small, the tables are usually all reserved and it is better to go in advance or make a reservation.

freiduria el salvador

Open every day from 12 to 12, terrace with high tables. An ideal place to have a beer, a glass of wine or even a pitcher of rebujito or sangria in the heart of the Salvador Square!

casa fabiola

Today converted into an exhibition hall of traditional art, this project that was born from the donation by the Bellver family, is free for residents and has a cost of only three euros for other visitors. Hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed on Mondays.

Hospital de la caridad

The Hospital de la Caridad is a place from the XVII century with a great importance in the history of Seville and its inhabitants have a special affection for it. It was founded in the 17th century by the pious Sevillian Miguel de Mañara, who transformed an old chapel into a hospital to care for the sick and needy. Currently, the hospital continues to care for the elderly without resources, using the profits obtained from tourist visits to maintain the facilities.

hotel doña maria

Spectacular views from its terrace for a coffee or a drink. This terrace never disappoints, with a fantastic atmosphere. I highly recommend visiting in the evening to have a cocktail by the pool and enjoy the views of the Giralda (illuminated or not).

restaurante san fernando

Located around the Andalusian courtyard, San Fernando restaurant offers a unique experience in the heart of Seville. It is part of the Alfonso XIII hotel.

 

HOW TO MOVE

The historic center of Seville can be explored on foot and is the best way to explore its narrow and picturesque streets. Many of the tourist attractions are close to each other. The entire area around the cathedral is pedestrianized and only the streetcar can be used.

Seville is a very easy city to get around by bike, it has an extensive network of bike lanes. You can rent a bicycle from several local stores or use the public bicycle rental system called Sevici

The most used motosharing applications in Seville are Yego and Acciona.

If you prefer to move by electric scooter, you have the Lime app.

Seville has a system of urban buses that reach almost every corner of the city. It is an economical and useful option to reach places farther away from the center. The entrance fee is 1’40 euros.

Cabs are available throughout the city and are a convenient way to get around, especially if you have luggage or are tired. There are also vehicle-for-hire (VTC) services such as Uber y Cabify.

If you wish to explore areas beyond the center of Seville, consider renting a car. Please note that the historic center can be complicated for driving and parking.

Always remember to check schedules and routes, especially if there are events or holidays that may affect the transportation service. Enjoy your stay in Seville.

You can take a boat ride on the Guadalquivir River, which will give you a unique perspective of the city from the water. More information on prices and boarding areas can be found at https://crucerosensevilla.com/

If you wish to visit more distant areas of the city, the Cercanías train is a good option. For example, you can use it to reach nearby cities such as Dos Hermanas or Utrera.

Seville’s tramway connects some areas of the city center and the metro is a fast and efficient way to get around certain parts of the city, including the metropolitan area. There is only one subway line. The price of a single ticket is €1.40, you can validate and pay for your trip directly with your bank card, either credit or debit, and in physical format or from your cell phone, without having to buy or recharge a ticket at the vending machines.

Transportation cards: If you plan to use public transportation regularly, consider getting a rechargeable public transportation card. They offer discounts on individual tickets:

  • Multiviaje Card: It is valid for an unlimited number of trips and can be recharged at different points in the city and means of transportation. The price without transfers is 0.69 euros and with transfers is 0.76 euros. Before purchasing the card, a deposit of 1.50 euros must be paid, which is refundable upon return.
  • Tourist Card 1 or 3 days: The tourist card allows unlimited travel for the selected number of days and can be purchased at Prado San Sebastián, Plaza Ponce de León and Avda. Andalusia, 11 service points. The price of the 1-day card is 5 euros, and the 3-day card is 10 euros. It is possible to recharge it directly on the TUSSAM website. When purchasing this card, a deposit of 1.50 euros must also be paid.

Always remember to check schedules and routes, especially if there are events or holidays that may affect the transportation service. Enjoy your stay in Seville.

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