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ShermansTravel experts do the legwork – literally – to walk you through the neighborhoods and regions in your destination. From local geography to notable landmarks to the hotel and restaurant meccas, we detail which areas to scope out during your stay and which spots aren’t worth the cab fare.

Seville Neighborhoods


The loosely defined Centro area contains the city’s oldest buildings, fine hotels (like Hotel Alfonso XIII), restaurants, and top sights like the Cathedral and Giralda tower and the Archivo General de Indias.

Santa Cruz

Neighboring Centro, this former Jewish quarter is a network of meandering cobblestone streets, churches, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops. Alcázar – the royal residence – is here as well.

La Macarena

See the La Macarena de la Esperanza statue and encounter the largest surviving portion of medieval city walls, built largely by the Arabs before the city’s 13th-century re-conquest by the Spanish.


Alfafa – Pérez Galdós street in particular – is always busy, especially after dark when restaurants and bars lure lively crowds. Look for nightlife hotspots on Ortiz de Zuniga and Siete Revueltos streets as well.


This artsy alternative scene is a melting pot of people and venues, with live music, cheap beer, and outdoor gatherings called botellón happening around the Plaza Alameda de Hercules, a six-block-long park lined with cafés and bars. Hippie shops line streets near the Plaza.


Bordering the Guadalquivir River, Arenal is famed for the Plaza de Toros de Maestranza (bull ring), the Teatro de La Maestranza, and its outdoor food and drink stands.


Across the Guadalquivir River, this quarter was once the hangout of artists, bullfighters, and flamenco dancers. Now, its home to Seville’s famous tile workshops and red-hot nightlife (the bars and clubs on Calle Betis are always jam-packed).  

The Island of Cartuja

A bridge connects this Guadalquivir River island to the mainland. Make the trip to explore the amusement park (Ilsa Magica) and Seville’s Olympic stadium. Many of the buildings here were constructed for the 1992 World’s Fair.

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