10 Best Excursions From Seville You Can Take


Last Updated on 02/06/2022 by Alfred

1. Cordoba

A little more than an hour and a half from Seville is this beautiful World Heritage city. I visited it a few years ago as an excursion from Seville, and I recommend it to everyone in the top 1. Places like the Mosque of Cordoba or the Jewish quarter make this city, considered one of the most picturesque in Spain.

From Cordoba, I love its narrow streets and patios. If you can, the best time to visit them is in May. Don’t forget to eat an XXL size tortilla skewer at Bar Santos or get purple with salmorejo at all hours. 

The city has so much magic that I assure you that you will fall in love with it. If possible, I recommend you dedicate at least one weekend to it.

2. The white villages of Cadiz

Making a road trip from Seville through the white villages of Cadiz seems to be a perfect plan. And is that Cadiz can boast of having many villages with white houses that look like something out of a painting. 

Which are the best? Well, the truth is that you have a lot to choose from, but I personally love Setenil de las Bodegas, Grazalema, Arcos de la Frontera, Vejer and Zahara de la Sierra. 

If you only have one day, I recommend choosing a couple of them and enjoying them at your leisure.

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3. The beaches of Huelva or Cadiz

There is something wrong with “wow, wow… there is no beach in Seville”. If you are in Seville and you feel like a bit of beaching, you have several options. 

A little over an hour from Seville is Matalascañas, which is considered the official beach of Seville. Other beaches in Huelva that are a stone’s throw from Seville are Islantilla or El Portil Beach.

The beaches of Cadiz are also a tourist attraction in summer. The closest to Seville are Bonanza Beach in Sanlucar de Barrameda, one hour and twenty minutes from Seville, or Valdelagrana Beach, in El Puerto. 

A little far from Seville, you can find Tarifa and Bolonia Beach, probably the best beach in Cadiz, or other spectacular beaches such as El Palmar in Vejer or La Barrosa in Chiclana. 

A dip in the sea is the perfect way to beat the high temperatures of the Sevillian summer. 

That’s why going to spend at least one day at the beach is another of the best excursions near Seville that you can do.

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4. Carmona or Ecija- The most beautiful villages of Seville

From Seville, you have a lot of beautiful villages that are worth a visit. For example, Marchena, Osuna or San Nicolas del Puerto. From all of them, I recommend two in particular that are the most attractive to me.

On the one hand, 30 minutes from Seville, is Carmona, considered one of the most scenic villages in Andalusia. It is one of the most exciting towns in southern Spain for its history and monumental legacy. Practically all civilizations have passed through this town.

Another of the most picturesque villages near Seville is Ecija. It is located one hour from the capital of Seville and is known as the “city of towers” for the number of bell towers it has. 

Those who enjoy the baroque can also consider it a must-see. And this town is the cradle of the Sevillian baroque.

5. Italica

If you are looking for an excursion from Seville historical, accessible, exciting, and for the whole family, I suggest you visit the ancient Roman city of Italica. It is located just 7 kilometers from the city of Seville and is known as little Rome. If you like history, a visit to Italica is a must.

The city was the birthplace of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian. Here you can visit the archaeological site of Italica, the amphitheater, the well-preserved theater, aqueducts, baths, and mosaics. 

While the visit was promising, I would recommend learning more about the history behind each monument.

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6. Granada

It’s not quite close to Seville; it will take you about three hours to get there, but Granada is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, and I recommend it 100 percent.

Isn’t it true that the Alhambra in Granada is the most visited monument in Spain for a reason? You should visit Granada as a getaway for a couple of days, but if you are short on time, know that it is possible to see it on an organized day trip from Seville. 

Don’t forget to reserve some time in your itinerary for tapas in Granada, in addition to visiting the Alhambra, the Albarracin, or the Mirador de San Nicolás. 

In Granada, you can eat tapas like in no other city in Spain. And on top of all, you get a free tapa with every drink! Don’t miss the best tapas bars in Granada.

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7. Caminito del Rey

Approximately two hours from Seville, you have this real gem. A fantastic place that will leave you, literally, with your mouth open. 

This path, which runs through the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, has been recently rehabilitated and has become one of the places in Andalusia that you have to visit.

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8. Doñana Natural Park

Those who love the outdoors will be happy to know that this wonderful sanctuary is just minutes away from Seville. The park is called Donana National Park. One of the most prominent places on the peninsula from a landscape point of view and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

Marshes, villages (including the famous village of El Rocio), dunes, and trails are waiting for you here. Endless possibilities on almost 125,000 hectares and a national reference in terms of birds and other aquatic species.

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9. Gibraltar

Want to leave Seville in a flash? You might want to consider taking another excursion to Gibraltar, then. Only two hours and 20 minutes from Seville, you will change the particular register. 

Here is a very, very interesting English city that awaits you. It will be like traveling to a kind of mini London, but without having to take planes.

Gibraltar is so much more than its famous Rock. St. Michael’s Cave, with its stalactites and stalagmites, is one of its attractions, along with several water sports opportunities and hiking trails on the Rock itself. 

And what about the monkeys of Gibraltar? Here you can see the only primates in Europe that are in the wild. 

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10. Tangier

From Seville, you can change the country in an instant. But did you know that you can also change the continent? 

Yes, it can be a bit of a chore to get up early to get to Tarifa and take the ferry that takes you to Tangier. However, rarely do you have the opportunity to have such an exotic excursion so close at hand. 

An organized excursion is the best way to maximize your time in this case.

I was in Tangier a few years ago, and just walking through the medina will be worth this excursion from Seville, which is so close but culturally so far away. 

Alfred

Alfred is the author behind the Travelvibe travel blog and is always searching for the quieter, less-visited corners of the world.

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