Great Day Trips from Seville (+Photos)
Seville may be a hectic city, but its relatively small size allows you to explore it in just one or two days. For instance, the center is very compact and walkable, you can cross it in about 45 minutes. Yet for those who find themselves with more time to spare and have already seen it all, it makes sense to take advantage of its convenient location to venture into nearby places. This will be a smart way to enhance your trip to this southern city and experience even more of Andalusia. So, without further ado, here are some great day trips from Seville.
Check also our guide to 5 Best Cities to Visit in Spain (Part I)
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Discovering Córdoba on a Day Trip from Seville
Córdoba, a treasure listed by UNESCO, is a city steeped in history that would surely take you back in time. My words don’t quite live up to it: a magical blend of cobblestone streets, rich history, and lively culture. Before going there on your own, consider a day trip from Seville that combines the Jewish Quarter, the Mosque, and Alcázar.
Why visit the Mosque Cathedral? It is indeed a cathedral inside a mosque. Recognized globally for astonishing architecture, it is a testament to its history under Muslim and Christian rule. Thus, day trips are a fantastic way to explore this gem starting from Seville.
Did you know the Roman Bridge of Córdoba starred in Game of Thrones? This bridge, dating to the first century BC, doubled as the Long Bridge of Volantis in the famed HBO series.
At the heart of the Historic Center, you’ll find the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a grand palace with splendid gardens and a glimpse into one of the residences of the Christian monarchs. Another scenic spot to visit and immerse in the local culture is The Plaza de la Corredera, a historic square from the 17th century. Speaking of must-see sites, don’t miss the Judería, the old Jewish quarter, with its Mudéjar-style Synagogue and Museum of Sephardic Jews. Its narrow streets and picturesque squares are a joy during the Fiesta de los Patios festival in May.
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How to get there to Córdoba?
You can easily travel from Seville to Córdoba by train from Santa Justa station. For instance, the high-speed AVE train takes just 45 minutes, or you can opt for the regional train, which will get you there in 1 and a half hours. On the contrary, if you prefer to drive, it’s about 1 hour 40 minutes.
Essential tips to have in mind:
- Take the earliest AVE train from Seville to Cordoba and return after dinner. You can get there as early as 8:30 a.m. and have enough time to explore, enjoy a meal or two, walk around, and return before evening.
- Be sure to buy entry tickets for the Mosque-Cathedral in advance as they will likely be sold out soon.
- Cordoba can be easily explored on foot, but there’s a reliable bus system if you need to get around easily.
Last Thoughts on Day Trips from Seville to Córdoba
Córdoba deserves more than a day trip. But, if that’s all you got, no worries. A day would be equally a great choice for those looking for cultural enrichment, beautiful sights, and lasting memories. Just, do not forget the Great Mosque, a true masterpiece, and the Alcazar if you have a bit more time.
Discovering Granada on a Day Trip from Seville
Granada is often associated only with the iconic Alhambra. Although this view narrows the city’s rich legacy, it is, to some extent, justified. Once the seat of the Nasrid dynasty, it displays Spain’s top artistry from the Islamic era. Indeed, Andalucía was the West’s Islamic world capital during the 13th to 15th centuries, at the height of medieval European culture. The complex includes palaces, gardens, towers, walls, and a mosque adorned with delicately carved stone filigree and intricate tilework. Once you arrive, be sure to catch its amazing views from the terraced gardens of the adjacent Generalife.
But there is a whole lot more to Granada than just that. Cobbled streets, romantic courtyards filled with orange trees, and cozy tapas bars featuring live flamenco music add to its beauty. Plus, it is enclosed by the Sierra Nevada mountains and these snow-covered peaks make an awe-inspiring sight.
Why does this city, and all of Andalusia in general, have so many orange trees? Well, there was a common belief that planting this Asian tree would bring joy to the owner. This was one of the major reasons why the Moors extended orange tree cultures across the region.
A day trip from Seville to this city won’t be complete without exploring the Catedral de Granada, a prime example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Another landmark is the science museum with interactive exhibits on space-related topics. It’s perfect for those with a keen interest in our world and it also includes a planetarium and tropical butterfly house.
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How to get to Granada?
While it’s definitely worth it, it’s a lengthy day trip from Seville, a 3-hour drive each way. In contrast, trains from Seville take around 2.5 hours, but there are only a few daily. Be sure to check schedules and pre-book tickets with Omio or Renfe.
Essential tips to have in mind:
- Like in most tourist places, entry to the main attractions is limited. Hence, book your entrance or guided tour early before your visit.
- If you want a stress-free day trip, opt for one that includes transport and access tickets to the main attractions.
- Exploring the Alhambra complex usually takes 3 to 5 hours. Some travelers even spend the whole day, but it will depend on your desired pace.
Last Thoughts on Day Trips from Seville to Granada
Granada is a must-see city, even on a short visit. While Alhambra is its crown jewel, try to go off the beaten path to find what truly makes this place unique. That of a beautiful natural setting and a rich history with architectural gems from various eras. This could be a memorable day trip from Seville that you’ll cherish in the years to come!
Discovering Cádiz on a Day Trip from Seville
Cádiz makes a great day trip from Seville with a unique coastal experience. As it is protected by forts like San Sebastian and Santa Catalina, it sits on a unique spot on the peninsula. That is to say, it has the charm of the coast, with a pleasant climate, sunny plazas, and promenades by the sea.
The scene from the Bond film “Die Another Day” set in Havana was, in fact, shot at Playa de la Caleta, Cádiz. Specifically, the Castillo de Santa Catalina, which looks like a fortress from the 16th century surrounded by golden sands.
Being the oldest city in Europe, founded by Phoenicians about 1100 BCE, its old town flaunts timeless streets, squares, and superb restaurants. Beloved areas like El Pópulo and La Viña are an ode to its past with narrow streets and snug seafood sites. Thus, the most relevant places are, of course, Santa Catalina Castle, for vast Atlantic sights; Tavira Tower, for stunning city panoramas; and Genovés Park, for a calm city park filled with fragrant flowers. While in the city, do not skip on tasty tapas or the vibrant ambiance at some of the finest bars of Andalusia. You could also enjoy a laid-back afternoon on a sandy beach or go on a bike ride along the sunny promenade to soak in the lively city scenes.
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How to get there to Cádiz?
To reach the city, you have the option of taking a 1-hour and 40-minute train ride from Santa Justa station. Or you could also drive for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Essential tips to have in mind:
- Renfe trains run on a regular basis, check the schedule and buy your tickets on the official page.
- Cádiz gets up to 3,000 hours of sunlight a year and summer usually reaches 28°C. So, use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s rays there.
Last Thoughts on Day Trips from Seville to Cádiz
Venturing to Cadiz is a no-brainer if you’re in Andalusia. If you’re eager to delve deeper into your Spanish adventure, think about going on a day trip like this one. This charming coastal gem greets travelers with stunning Atlantic Ocean views from every angle. And, such seaside promenades will guide you to magnificent castles. Don’t miss the chance to experience its wonders in just one day!