Seville city is very compact and very walkable, so there is no single neighbourhood that would come out as the best place to stay in Seville. That said, some areas may have a specific appeal or be more convenient depending on your interests and budget.
There is a lot to see and do in Seville, and for a small city, each neighbourhood, or “Barrio” has a distinct vibe.
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No matter where you choose to stay in Seville, the city is flat and easy to get around. A pair of comfortable walking shoes will take you around the city with ease. You can also take advantage of a good network of bike lanes and rent a public bike for a few days. The good number of Seville bike tours available shows what a bike friendly city Seville is.
Even if you choose to stay a little further from the historical centre, taxi’s are inexpensive, and tram and metro services are easy to navigate.
Tip: Seville is one of the most popular destinations in Spain so accommodation can fill fast, especially in peak season. If possible, book a few months in advance to find the best deals.
Center (Old Town). For Shopping and Sightseeing
The Seville City Centre or Old Town covers the area around the Seville Cathedral, Plaza Nueva, and parts of the Arenal neighbourhood, including the shopping areas of La Alfalfa and Tetuan streets.
The Center is perfect for shopping and being close to the main attractions in Seville. While some shopping streets around Calle Sierpes have all the typical chain store brands, there are still many charming parts to explore. You’ll find independent boutiques, local restaurants, cafes and bars and are close to Barrio Santa Cruz.
There are lots of atmospheric streets and lanes to explore and a buzz of locals and tourists. The only circular plaza in Seville, Plaza del Cabildo, is also in Old Town, where you will find the collectors market on a Sunday.
Barrio Santa Cruz. Perfect for First Time Visitors
The heart of Seville, Barrio Santa Cruz, is cobblestone streets, Andalusian balconies, and secret patios. Conveniently located close to the Seville Cathedral, you’ll find many dining options, outstanding museums and plenty of nightlife.
You’ll also find the most comprehensive range of accommodation from budget to 5-star as well as lots of Seville’s best boutique hotels.
Centrally located, El Arenal, just west of Barrio Santa Cruz, is the perfect place to stay if you are short on time. All the main tourist attractions are close by and some of Seville’s most beautiful historical buildings.
In El Arenal, you are right near the Cathedral, minutes from the Bull Ring, and very close to all the best shopping in Seville, on Calle Sierpes.
La Macarena. Where to Stay on a Budget and Nightlife
A short walk from the centre of Seville to the north of the old city, Macarena offers a taste of residential neighbourhood life in Seville. Once one of the cities poorest areas, Macarena is becoming gentrified.
Close to the lively Alameda de Hercules, a popular spot for locals in the evening, Macarena is perfect for those who want to sightsee during the day and return to Macarena barrio for authentic Seville nightlife. Macarena also offers some good mid-range hotels as well as self-catering options.
Triana. Good Local Vibe
Across the Isabel II bridge from El Arenal is Triana. A neighbourhood with a village feel and a very distinctive character. The home of Flamenco, Triana, true to its roots, has a lively nightlife and thriving tapas bar scene. It is also a popular spot for an evening drink on the riverfront on Calle Betis. Along with many tapas bars, you’ll find lots of little shops and local markets to explore.
While not in the city limits per se, it is not too far to walk to the main attractions. You’ll find high end and boutique hotels, as well as short-term apartment rentals and a few budget hotels.
La Cartuja. Quiet, yet Convenient Location
La Cartuja is where Seville Expo was held in 1992. The popular theme park and pavilions remain. Many of the pavilions are still open to visitors. Technically an island in the middle of the river, La Cartuja has lots of green spaces, including the Jardín Americano.
There are few hotels in the quiet neighbourhood, and dining can be limited although, popular Macarena and Triana are within walking distance.
La Cartuja is also home to a beautiful 15th century monastery with a contemporary art museum, theatres, university buildings and concert and event centres such as Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo. La Cartuja neighbourhood is suited to those wanting a quiet area or if you are attending a concert, conference or event.
Los Remedios. Great for Festivals and Families
Los Remedios is a residential district south of Triana. In April, Los Remedios becomes one of the busiest neighbourhoods in Seville when it hosts southern Spain’s biggest fiestas – Seville’s annual Feria de April. A week-long celebration of drinking, eating, and dancing.
You’ll find several mid-range hotels in Los Remedios as well as lots of self-catering options. The short metro line connects Los Remedios to Barrio Santa Cruz.
No matter where you choose to stay in Seville, you are never far from anything. An easy city to get around, it is a pleasure to explore as you encounter the various barrios.