Planning a trip to Andalusia and need help finding where to stay in Seville? We lived in the beautiful city of Seville for 6 months and explored all its neighbourhoods to find the most interesting quarters. We still think Seville is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with its warm people, excellent food and intricate Moorish architecture. In fact, we are yet to see a prettier city at sunset, as Seville shines and shows its true colours under the late summer sun.
Here is our overdue guide on where to stay in Seville. It includes helpful tips on why you should pick a particular neighbourhood and we list our favourite hotels in the area to help you find a suitable accommodation for your budger.
Where to stay in Seville (for first time visitors) - Contents
Where to stay in Seville
Seville became a lot more popular in the last few years, hence there has been an explosion in new accommodation. You'd find so many luxury hotels and hippie hostels dotted all around the city. Seville is a walkable city, so you will never be too far away from any interesting attractions. We never took the public transport in Seville. We walked everywhere and loved its architecture, gardens and riverside. It's important to understand that Seville gets extremely hot during summer. Rainfall is not abundant and late Autumn, early Spring are the best times to visit.
Seville has distinct areas called barrios. Here is where to stay in Seville with pros and cons for each district. Our favourite place in Seville is Santa Cruz, given its history and incredibly beautiful interior gardens.
This is definitely the first neighbourhood tourists go to and with good reason. It is, in our opinion, the most picturesque part of Seville with narrow winding streets, interior gardens, and whitewashed houses. Santa Cruz is known for its centuries-old gardens and it was formerly the Jewish quarter. The cobbled lanes are dotted with orange trees and when we visited Seville for the first time, at the end of March, the whole neighbourhood smelled like sweet orange blossoms. It was because of this memory that we fell in love with Seville and decided to move there.
The main sights are Cathedral and Giralda, formerly a mosque's tower, the Alcázar which we think is the most beautiful place in the world and the baroque Hospital of the Venerables, a house with a fine collection of art.
Why stay in Santa Cruz?
Santa Cruz is the most beautiful neighbourhood in Seville. We loved it so, so much, especially during those lazy Spring evenings. This is where we found the most interesting restaurants, we fell in love with Seville's architecture and got to mingle with locals and tourists alike. There is something truly extraordinary about this part of Seville as if it will charm you with all its colours, history and sights.
Why avoid Santa Cruz?
Santa Cruz can get a little touristy, especially during peak season. Because of this, prices can be a little unfriendly. If you happen to stay in a street facing room, you might experience a loud night full of fiestas. However, we think Santa Cruz is so incredible, it's definitely worth considering it as a base for your Seville visit.
El Arenal was home to the city's port, where ships used to sail to the New World. One of the main attractions in Arenal is the bullring, the Moorish Torre del Oro, the Maestranza theatre, and the Hospital de Caridad known for its macabre paintings.
Arenal is a great neighbourhood for those interested in learning more about Seville's rich naval and military past. Many adventurers and sailors set off from Seville's port to seek their own fortune in the Americas.
Why stay in Arenal?
Arenal is a beautiful neighbourhood which has a touch of romance to it. We loved walking by the canal hand in hand, admiring the lush vegetation and the quirky Spanish houses on each side. Arenal is close to Santa Cruz and other central locations, so pretty much everything is walking distance. For a romantic evening, take your partner and walk along the river all the way to Plaza de España just on time for sunset pictures.
Why avoid Arenal?
Because of its key location, Arenal is expensive. You won't find many budget options in this area, hence this is better suited for luxury travellers. This is, however, a great location for couples looking for evening walks and beautiful vanilla sky-views.
A decade ago, Alameda was considered home to sordid inhabitants. Here it is, ten years late, gentrified and fully transformed with many hip and trendy bars, vegetarian restaurants and cool galleries. We found an array of great fusion restaurants here, as well as awesome yoga studios. This district is now popular with young professionals and families.
Alameda still has a bit of an edge to it and attracts young crowds, alternative tourists as well as a large gay community. This is the place to be if you want to experience the explosive nightlife of Seville.
Why stay in Alameda
Alameda is a great place for those interested in trying an alternative Seville. This is brilliant for party people and younger travellers looking for cool bars and great restaurants. It's located a little out of the tourist attractions which makes it a lot cheaper than other key areas in Seville. Although changed, Alameda still managed to preserve a bit of its louche past.
Why avoid Alameda
If you want to be in the centre of Seville, this area might feel a little out of the way. It's also suitable for those interested in partying or alternative quarters rather than historical and touristy. Alameda is a cheaper neighbourhood but not ideal for first-time visitors to Seville.
Shopping lover? Then you will love this area, located between Plaza de Encarnacion and Plaza Nueva. We found so many excellent shops in this area with quality crafts and traditional embroideries. We experienced this area during weekdays and it tends to a be a lot quieter and pleasant than during weekends when the streets are literally packed with tourists and locals alike, looking for a shopping experience.
We especially recommend heading South of the retail heaven to see the Ayuntamiento, the Town Hall, the Cathedral, Archive of the Indies, and the beautiful Alcazar. This is a great neighbourhood for retail lovers and travellers who wish to be just at the edge of Santa Cruz.
Why stay in Seville Centre?
It's a vibrant area with many shops, restaurants, bars and beautiful attractions. You are walking distance from everything you'd want to see during your visit to Seville. Seville Centre is the
Why avoid Seville Centre?
Seville Centre will get busy, especially during the peak season. It's nice to be close to everything but weekends can get loud and crowded. Because of its proximity to so many interesting attractions, prices in this area are a little higher. Nevertheless, as with Santa Cruz, Seville Centre is one of the best places to stay in Seville for first-time tourists and travellers.
Macarena is an authentic Seville neighbourhood with restored houses and trendy shops. It has a bit of an artsy feel to it and it's home to the food market Calle Feriar which is one of Seville's best. It also has a Thursday flea market so we recommend it for bargain hunters. Macarena was once the poorest slum in Seville, but today it's a flourishing neighbourhood with beautifully restored mansions, artisans and performers.
Why stay in Macarena?
Macarena is next to Alameda so if you want something a little different from Seville, this may be the place for you. You can find budget accommodation here and be really close to the party quarters.
Why avoid Macarena?
Even though many houses have been renovated, there are some left in a sorry state still. Although cheap and raw, Macarena is not as aesthetically pleasing as many other places in Seville. It's great for budget travellers, but perhaps not the most romantic places to stay in Seville.
Triana is known to have a strong identity and sometimes in Seville, some locals refer to it as the independent republic of Triana. We visited this part primarily for the azulejos, which are ceramic titles made by using mud from the river bank. Triana has a rich past which continues to be celebrated today. We found many interesting narrow cobbled streets, which are less strolled by tourists. It's very chilled, local Seville here, so we recommend Triana for those travellers who wish to experience the city like a local. As Triana is on the other side of the river, the main attractions are more like 20-30 minutes away on foot. But with such splendid views of the river bridges, who can mind meandering around beautiful Seville?
Why stay in Triana?
Triana is such a beautiful neighbourhood in Seville with wonderful alleys and interesting houses. It also feels off the beaten path as it's not very touristy. It's an excellent option for travellers who wish to visit Seville and experience it more like a local.
Why avoid Triana?
Triana is located quite far from the main attraction points. One has to cross the river every time they want to visit something that Seville is famed for. This can be an issue for travellers who want to be in the middle of it all and have everything within a few minutes walking distance.
Los Remedios is a modern part of Seville with large blocks of flats inhabited by young professionals. Los Remedios is great for finding independent boutiques and American-style diners. Unlike the rest of Seville, Los Remedios has wide avenues rather than the usual windy streets.
Why stay in Los Remedios
Los Remedios is a smart area of Seville with interesting boutiques. It is more off the beaten path as most attractions are located on the other side of the river.
Why avoid Los Remedios
Similar issues as Triana, Los Remedios is located on the other side of the river, so travellers need to walk for quite a bit before getting to the main attractions.
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We hope you found our guide on where to stay in Seville useful and you are now ready to book your accommodation. Where will you stay during your visit? Let us know in the comments section below.