Old Town, the best area to stay in Seville
Seville’s Old Town is where you’ll find some of the city’s best sights and attractions, which makes it the perfect place to stay if you’re hoping to see everything the beautiful city has to offer.
This area is also home to many of the city’s top hotels, so you’ll have your pick of some of Seville’s best accommodation. Being such a popular tourist area, there are also many budget 3* hotels in Old Town, so whether you look for grandeur or affordability, you’ll easily find the perfect place to stay.
Wherever you stay in this section of the city, you’ll be just a short walk away from most of the city’s major attractions. The incredible 15th Century Seville Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in the world and Seville’s most popular attraction, looms impressively over Old Town, and can be seen from almost every street. So for those wanting to admire some of the world’s most impressive gothic architecture, staying in Old Town means you’ll probably get to pass by the Cathedral each and every day of your visit. Whilst the Cathedral’s outwards appearance is already enough to take your breath away, it’s definitely worth taking a trip inside, to the resting place of the great Christopher Columbus. Whether you want to plan a day at the Cathedral, or spontaneously walk in, staying in Old Town means you can easily do either.
The Bell Tower, La Giralda, is an attraction that goes hand in hand with the Cathedral. If you’re visiting the Cathedral, it makes sense to make a day of it, and climb to the top of La Giralda. Once at the top you’ll have an amazing view over the city, you might even be able to see your hotel if you’re staying in the Old Town!
That’s not even everything that Old Town has to offer, in fact there are several more historical attractions dotted around the area. The16th Century Alcazar Palace isa royal residence, and one of the oldest buildings in Europe that is still used by the royal family. The beautiful interior of this Palace is one you don’t want to miss, with ornate ceiling carvings and tile designs.
By staying in Old Town, you’ll also be as close as you can get to many of the city’s museums. The Torre de Oro is a 13th Century tower that has been transformed into a maritime museum, where you can learn about the city’s history. Then there’s the Archivo de Indias, which displays and explains letters sent by Columbus to Queen Isabella, and details his many discoveries and their significances.
Seville is the home of the Flamenco, and Old Town never fails to impress tourists with displays of the passionate dance. The Museo del Baile Flamenco is full of information and exhibitions about the dance and its origins, and they often host dancing events and music, so you can see the local dance performed in its hometown.
The Barrio Santa Cruz is also located in the area and is a popular spot to find souvenirs. There are winding streets filled with cafes, antique shops and market stalls. And if you’re looking for something romantic to do during your stay, take a stroll along the nearby Guadalquivir River at sunset.There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants where you can stop for a drink or a romantic evening meal.
Wherever you go in Old Town, you’re never too far away from a restaurant or a good tapas bar. And there’s a lively nightlife scene here too, with most bars staying open until the early hours of the morning. So by staying in this beautiful and historic Centre, you’ll be surrounded by things to do and see almost twenty-four hours a day!