May 31, 2023

Seville, or Sevilla, was the spotlight of our household’s two-week journey to Spain. With simply two days in Seville, we didn’t have quite a lot of time within the metropolis, so we picked a number of highlights of the very best issues to do in Seville with youngsters. 

The very first thing you might want to find out about Sevilla, which is positioned in Andalusia in southern Spain is that it’s brutally scorching in the summertime. In Barcelona, we didn’t actually discover something totally different throughout siesta time within the afternoon, however in Andalusia, every thing shuts down for a few hours within the afternoon. The large purpose for that is that you might want to get out of the warmth. Fortunately, there are some enjoyable methods to beat the warmth and have enjoyable in Seville with youngsters.

Even with the warmth (and siestas), it’s straightforward to see the highest websites in Seville in simply a few days, particularly for those who keep close to the previous quarter.  Seville is kind of a bustling and busy metropolis, however the primary historic websites are all positioned inside strolling distance of the cathedral so use that as your own home base when searching for a spot to remain.

Fountain in the Alcazar in Seville
Gardens of the Alcazar

Issues to do in Seville with Children

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Take a Tour

Horse and carriage in front of the cathedral in Seville

One of the best ways to get oriented to the town is with a tour. A few of the strolling excursions could possibly be a bit a lot with youthful youngsters, particularly within the warmth, so that you would possibly need to attempt a hop-on, hop-off bus tour as an alternative.

Since our daughter loves horses, we determined to take a carriage trip. You can see carriages close to the Cathedral, all lined up and able to take you round city, however you possibly can additionally schedule a private horse and carriage tour of Seville.

Touring by carriage is a pleasant method to get acquainted with the middle of city with out tiring yourselves out (particularly these with little legs), however remember to go early earlier than it will get too scorching. Simply learn to say “No thanks, we already took a trip” (No, gracias, ya nos dimos un paseo,) as a result of you’ll nonetheless be requested time and again to take a carriage trip all through your keep by different drivers.

You’ll need to deliver alongside water, sunscreen, and a hat as a result of even within the morning, the solar beats down sturdy.  Our information identified the key websites alongside our route together with the spectacular Plaza de Espana, Parque de Maria Luisa, and the Torre del Oro, however with the site visitors sound and our restricted highschool Spanish, it was onerous to get an excessive amount of of the historical past or particulars. Nonetheless, this can be a good method to scope out what locations you would possibly need to return to later.

In case you are searching for issues to do in Seville with teenagers, it’s possible you’ll need to attempt one thing a bit extra lively and thrilling. I all the time love a great meals tour when visiting a brand new metropolis and certainly one of my favourite meals tour distributors, Devour Excursions (they have been began in Spain), presents a fantastic “Taste, Tapas, and Traditions Food Tour” that may be nice with tweens or teenagers.

One other enjoyable choice of issues to do in Seville with older youngsters (simply not within the hottest a part of the day) can be an e-bike tour. These sometimes run about three hours, so good on your first morning on the town, and canopy each the key websites on the town in addition to some hidden gems that you just wouldn’t see on a carriage tour.

There are additionally shorter and cheaper customary bike tours, for those who don’t want the additional assist of the e-bike. In case your youngsters have good steadiness, you possibly can even attempt a Segway tour, however given our daughter’s observe document on bikes and mine of skateboards, I’m unsure it’s a good match for our household.

Go to the Seville Cathedral

Giraldi tower in the Seville cathedral

The Seville cathedral is a must-see when visiting Seville with youngsters and an ideal place to flee the warmth within the afternoon. These thick stone partitions actually preserve out the warmth! The Seville Cathedral, formally generally known as the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See (or the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede), is the biggest Gothic cathedral on the planet.

Constructed between 1401 and 1507, the Cathedral was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Website in 1987. The cathedral is constructed on the positioning of a mosque, and the major a part of the Giralda tower and the Courtyard of the Orange Bushes (Patio de los Naranjos) are the one remaining elements of the unique mosque. The bell tower was the minaret and the courtyard was the ablutions patio, the place the devoted washed as a part of the Islamic ceremony.

The within of the cathedral is awe-inspiring, with 80 chapels and 5 aisles in a cruciform church. The must-see sights within the Cathedral embody the burial web site of Christopher Columbus, The Royal Chapel devoted to King Ferdinand III of Castile, the Treasure Room, and plenty of portray by Murillo, Goya, Pedro de Campaña, and Luis de Vargas.

However I really feel the primary attraction is Giraldi Tower. This 104-meter-high tower presents nice views of the town of Seville. On prime of the Giralda Tower is a bronze statue that represents religion, nicknamed the Giraldillo. It turns within the wind like a climate vane and therefore, that’s the place it acquired its title (Giralda = climate vane.)

To get to the highest, you climb a sequence of 35 ramps and 17 steps, which enabled horses to climb up the tower again within the day. Along with getting your train, you possibly can benefit from the views throughout the town.

You need to think about purchasing entrance tickets on-line upfront. The Cathedral additionally presents guided excursions, however just for these 10 and up. There are additionally skip-the-line tickets to avoid wasting time.

Tour the Actual Alcazar

Girl walking through the gardens at the Alcazar in Seville

Our sudden shock in Seville was the Real Alcazar. The oldest palace nonetheless in operation, this appears to be like like an previous fortress from the skin. However, as soon as you’re inside you’re launched to genuine Moorish structure and lovely gardens that seem like one thing from a film set (they usually have been featured in Sport of Thrones.) 

The palace was traditionally generally known as al-Qasr al-Muriq. It was constructed in 913 on the positioning of an previous Roman fortress, underneath orders of Abd-ar-Rahman III (the primary caliph of Al-Andalus). It was later expanded right into a palace by King Al-Moetamid (the final king of the Abbadid dynasty) within the eleventh century.

Within the 14th century, the Spanish recaptured the palace from the Moors, and later King Alfons X of Castile expanded the palace. The present Alcázar was inbuilt 1364 by King Peter I of Castile (‘The Merciless’).

If you happen to aren’t in a position to get to Granada to see La Alhambra, you’ll get a great glimpse of what you’re lacking, simply on a smaller scale, on the Alcazar.  Spend a while wanting on the tiles and mosaics and benefit from the archways and courtyards, however the actual gem is the gardens.

It was too scorching to completely discover the gardens however I think about you possibly can spend hours within the Alcazar.  Be sure you permit at the least two hours for a go to. I actually want we had booked a guided tour of the Alcazar as I’m certain we’d have gotten much more out of our go to. As it’s, it nonetheless sticks with me as certainly one of my favourite locations that we’ve got visited.

Cool off on a River Cruise

Mom and daughter on river boat cruise in Seville

Chances are you’ll need to take a day siesta to beat the summer time warmth, however late within the afternoon is a superb time to take a stroll all the way down to the water for a Guadalquivir river cruise.  

It’s a good method for households to see the town with out tiring the children out strolling via the warmth.  There’s loads of room to maneuver round and get a have a look at each side of the river. You’ll go by monuments such because the Tower of Gold – Torre del Oro, Maestranza Bullring, and Triana Bridge.

In case you are visiting Seville with teenagers, they could favor to see the river from a kayaking tour or a a stand-up paddle board rental.

Discover Barrio Santa Cruz

Girl playing in a fountain in Seville

Simply outdoors the Cathedral is the Barrio Santa Cruz, or the previous Jewish Ghetto.  That is the historic coronary heart of the town, with slender, winding streets stuffed with retailers, eating places, and locations to chill off with somewhat helado (ice cream).

There are many jasmine vegetation and orange bushes giving the air a aromatic aroma, with small plazas and fountains tucked away. We spent a while doing a little buying.  Whereas most of the reward retailers all look the identical, we have been capable of finding some handmade clothes and painted pottery that may assist us all the time keep in mind our journey to Spain.

That is such an enthralling space, however I do want we had thought to take a guided tour.

See a Flamenco Present

Flamenco performers

Flamenco originated in Southern Spain and Seville is an incredible spot to see a present. Flamenco is a strong artwork type that mixes tune, dance, and instrumental music. Watching an actual flamenco show is charming and even youngsters will likely be entranced. There are a lot of choices to see a flamenco present, however listed here are few of the best flamenco spots.

On of the very best issues about being in Andalusia was the evenings.  It didn’t actually get darkish till after 10 pm.  With the nice and cozy air and twilight, it was nice to hang around within the sq. outdoors the cathedral. It’s a good excuse to maintain the children up late!

We solely had two days in Sevilla so we simply scratched the floor. In case you are searching for extra things to do in Seville with kids, take a look at this submit from Zena’s Suitcase. Children will take pleasure in visiting the Seville Aquarium, taking part in within the Maria Luisa Park, the Isla Mágica theme park constructed on the previous grounds of the Expo ’92 World’s Truthful, and strolling via the fascinating La Setas de Seville architectural surprise.

The place to Keep in Seville

When contemplating the place to remain in Seville, I’d strongly advocate staying close to the previous quarter and the cathedral. This places all the primary sights inside a really quick strolling distance. We stayed at Hotel Palacio Alcazar, which was simply steps away from each the Alcazar and Cathedral in Plaza de la Alianza, in Barrio Santa Cruz.

This family-friendly boutique lodge presents rooms which can be small however well-appointed. We took the triple, which was positioned simply off the foyer and had an exit to the middle courtyard.  At first, I used to be apprehensive about being simply off the foyer however this was a small, quiet lodge so it wasn’t an issue in any respect.  

The room featured a double mattress downstairs and a single mattress up within the loft. The one downside was that the steps as much as the loft have been very slender and steep. I used to be fairly nervous about our eight-year-old coming down safely, particularly at night time, so I put obstacles throughout the opening.

The place to Eat in Seville

Girl with fan in hat and sunglasses at a table in a courtyard in Seville
  • Bar Giralda — there are greater than 3,000 tapas bars in Seville and simply throughout from the cathedral is a superb one, Bar Giralda. This bar occupies what was as soon as the positioning of Moorish baths, with the columns and arches nonetheless intact. The record of tapas is spectacular, and I particularly loved the avocado with prawns.  My daughter cherished practising her Spanish by ordering on her personal. Bar Giralda is positioned at Calle Mateos Gago, 1, 41004 Sevilla
  • Osteria L’Oca Guiliva — after every week in Spain, I knew my household would wish a break from tapas and Spanish meals (as scrumptious as it’s), so I booked a desk at Osteria L’Oca Guiliva, a fantastic Italian restaurant in Barrio Santa Cruz. It was the one time on the journey when my daughter had a extremely onerous time ready till 8:30 pm for the restaurant to open (typical of Spanish eating places). I feel all the warmth and buying and strolling took their toll.  Fortunately, some good meals perked us up. The pizza was a superb starter and the gnocchi pomodoro was scrumptious. Osteria L’Oca Guiliva is positioned at C. Mateos Gago, 9, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

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If you are planning a family vacation to Spain and plan on visiting Andalucia, don't miss spending at least 2 days in Seville. Follow this guide for the best things to do in Seville with kids for recommendations on family-friendly activities, attractions, hotels, and restaurants in Sevilla.

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