Enjoy a superb time with your kids in Seville!
If you think that the most famous monuments in Seville are as well as boring for kids– you are wrong! In fact, many of them offer great fun and fantastic experiences for both kids and grown-ups.
Take a look, and discover the best way to enjoy Seville with your kids!
The highest Gothic Cathedral and the marvellous Giralda
The construction of the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Cathedral of Seville, began in 1401 on the side of the mosque Alijama and ended in 1506.
The only parts of the mosque that remain are the magnificent Giralda and the scented orange trees of the interior patio. Inside the Cathedral, you can find the gravesite of Christopher Columbus. Share the excitement about this with your kids by explaining them the discovery of America.
After discovering the Cathedral’s ground floor, you should visit the bell-tower La Giralda, where you are given the opportunity to climb to the top via the famous ramps of ancient times. Both children and grown-ups will be fascinated by the fact that the ramps were built in a particular way so that one could ride a horse up to the top of the minaret. It was a way to help call to prayer the citizens of old Seville.
It is crazy to imagine how a horse could go up the minaret! From the top of La Giralda, you will have a fantastic view of Seville, and children will love the possibility to see the city from a bird’s perspective.
Last but not least, show your children the patio of orange trees enclosed in the Cathedral and enjoy the fantastic smell of the fruits.
The breathtaking architecture of the Alcazar
The old Moorish castle looks like the perfect One Thousand and One Nights scenery. Children and grown-ups will jump into another time and the oriental spirit, the colours and fantastic style mix -Islamic, Mudejar, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque – will win children and adults’ heart in a matter of seconds. This is what makes the Real Alcazar so unique. Moreover, you and your family will be left surprised by the magnificent architectonic structure of the Baths of Doña María Padilla, in the interior of the Alcazar.
The Real Alcazar was constructed more than a thousand years ago by the Moors of Granada and then, re-built and renovated by a Christian ruler in the 14th century. Undoubtedly, this castle is a MUST for everyone passionate about history and exciting stories.
Enjoy a Flamenco show
Seville – the heart of Flamenco! Everybody will be fascinated by its lively music and the passionate dancers. This is the best way for children to really feel the spirit of Seville and Spain. The most official and touristic Flamenco performance can be found in the Flamenco museum, where you can combine an interesting visit with a Flamenco show.
An insider tip from our side would be to visit Casa de la Memoria, where a breathtakingly Flamenco show with fantastic dancers and good music takes place in an authentic and extremely beautiful scenery. Bailaoras and cantaores will give you the goose bumps, the rhythm flows in their blood!
The show is very demanded, so it is advisable to buy the tickets at the most in the morning. We also recommend you to show up around 45 minutes prior to the show, as the seats are not being assigned beforehand. Casa de la Memoria is enclosed to a restaurant and a bar, characterised by a wonderful atmosphere and live music, and it presents a small exhibition about the history and art of Flamenco.
Take a walk in Maria Luisa Park and the famous Plaza de España
At the entrance of the Maria Luisa Park, you can rent rickshaws and karts for the whole family. This is a fun way to enjoy this great park and the Plaza de España. There you should certainly walk along with your children to have a closer look and take a closer look at the colourful tiles that tell the history of Spain. The decoration full of details and the outstandingly magnificent square will leave everyone completely fascinated.
Besides, Star Wars fans will be thrilled about the fact that some scenes of the Attack of the Clones movie have been filmed at Plaza de España. Show your children the scenes before visiting the square, so that they will properly recognise this spectacular environment!
Taste delicious ice creams and eat in picturesque pastry shops
When summer hits in Seville and the city reaches up to 40 degrees, why not treat yourself with an ice cream? Your family will show great appreciation for an ice cream break! All you have to do is choose among the most famous heladerías and cool yourself down!
- Freskura is certainly one of Seville’s best ice cream shops! Inspired by real Italian recipes, they offer a truly authentic ice cream experience! (4 Calle Vulcano, Seville)
- Right in front of the Cathedral, you can find the highly demanded heladeria La Abuela. 100% natural ingredients guarantee 100% delicious taste. (16 Avenida de la Constitución, Seville)
- Famous for its ice cream flowers, Amorino’s ice-creams are without any doubt Seville’s most spectacular ice cream artworks. (2 Calle Granada, Seville)
- Rayas is probably the most famous of all ice cream places in Seville. It is hard to decide which sort to taste first, as there are so many good choices. (1 Calle Almirante Apodaca, Seville)
- The ice cream at La Fiorentina’s is very creative and changes depending on the season. Only a selection of the locals’ favourite taste remains established all year long. (16 Calle Zaragoza, Seville)
If you feel more like drinking a coffee or a refreshing drink, Seville is full of great pastry shops too.
- One of the best pastry shops of Seville is Manu Jara, located close to the Isabell II Bridge in Triana. But be careful as their delicious pastries will make you addicted! (5 Calle Pureza, Seville)
- In La Campana, while enjoying tasty pastries, such as the delicious ensaimadas, you can also watch the people passing along the square. Due to its central location, it is very easy to find and convenient to pause here for a while. (1 – 3 Calle Sierpes, Seville)
- In the family business Horno Confitería Pallares you will feel the taste of traditional as well as artisanal pastries. Make sure to try Milhoja Rosa, as it is one of their signature pastries. (1 Calle Playa de Torrelahiguera, Seville)
Take a boat ride
The waters of the river Guadalquivir offer great opportunities to the visitors of Seville. When your family needs a siesta, it is an excellent idea to just step on a boat and enjoy sites like la Torre del Oro, the bullfighting ring or the famous Triana bridge from the water. If you choose to do this experience, you will have to move closer to the Torre del Oro, since the boats that offer this service depart from here.
A fun activity for kids would be to rent a small boat and ride along the canal of Plaza de España. This is actually a great way to enjoy the silence of the park and the marvelous square.
More fun experiences
If you have always wanted to travel back in time, this is your chance! Better than any book, the Past View Tour will show the history of Seville to children and teenagers leaving aside the boredom since the modern approach of 3D technology is very appealing for young generations. They can meet Seville’s important historical persons, such as the architect of the Giralda Hernán Ruiz, or even Christopher Columbus!
The tour finishes on the top of the Metropol Parasol construction, where a video reconstruction of the antique Roman Seville will be shown.
Walking on the mushrooms is definitely a cool thing to do with your kids. The Metropol Tour will be very rewarding once you get to the top since it is from here where you can enjoy stunning views all over Seville. If you fancy doing both tours, don’t worry! The Metropol tour is combinable with the Past view tour.
If your kids love animals, the Aquarium of Seville should definitely be your next stop. This magnificent aquarium is home to various animals such as turtles, tropical fish, octopus, rays and even sharks. The closeness to the sea makes it especially interesting and appealing.
The theme park Isla Mágica is just the perfect spot for little discoverers. Located on the Expo-island in Seville, this is the right place for adventures focusing on the port to the world, the discovery of America, Amazonia, the pirate caves, El Dorado and the balcony of Andalucia.
Spectacular rollercoasters, adventurous white water rides and entertaining theater shows throughout the day will leave beside the idiomatic differences. Language is not a barrier here, it will be great fun! Just remember to check the prices and opening hours online before your visit.
Finally, it is time for some great family fun, and Aquopolis is the right place to be! Waterfalls, slides, a dark roller coaster and high waves guarantee you will all have a great day together.
Places to stay in Seville
The last thing you need to know before spending a fantastic time in Seville with children is a place to stay with your family. Find out some of the cosiest holiday homes in Seville, where you can relax after a day spent discovering the beauties of Seville.
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