Although in most of "main attractions" of Seville
you must pay to enter, the city offers many impressive sites where entry is free.
This a list of these sites:
1. The Cathedral of Seville:
This is, along with the Real Alcazar, one of the most visited places
in Seville. In this immense cathedral (located where the old mosque was), you will be able to appreciate different types of architecture:
Almohad from the Islamic period in the bell tower known as La Giralda (belonging to the old mosque), Gothic in most of the temple and Renaissance in the annexed dependencies. Although the general admission is 9 euros, you can enter for free on Mondays from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Enter HERE
for more information.
2. El Real Alcázar:
This ancient fortified palace
was home to the Muslim rulers in Seville during the Al-Ándalus period. Its beauty is such that after the Christian conquest the Catholic kings in the thirteenth century, took this building as their dwelling without significantly changing it. Later, Gothic buildings and other dependencies were built, however the Almohad style can still be seen in most of the enclosures. The courtyard of the maidens should be noted. The general entrance to the Alcázar is from 11 euros onwards, however there is the possibility of acquiring a free ticket
on Monday from 18:00 to 19:00 h from April to September and from 16 : 00 to 17:00 from October to March. The process can be done ONLINE
3. General Archive of the Indies:
Located in the old building of the fish market dating from the sixteenth century between the cathedral and the royal fortress, the General Archive of Indians is a World Heritage Site since 1987
. On the site you can see documentation related to the conquest of America, including documents signed by Christopher Columbus, Hernán Cortés, Vasco da Gama
, among others. Admission is free
at the following times: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
4. Torre del Oro:
It´s an ancient watchtower of the Muslim period dating from the 13th century and was built to reinforce the vigilance over the Guadalquivir river
due to the Viking looting suffered by the city of Seville at that time. It is, in conjunction with the Giralda, one of the best preserved remnants
of the Islamic period. During the period of America´s discovery also served as customs for gold and other products from the Spanish looting. Now houses the museum of the Navy of Seville.
The visit in general costs 3 euros but on Mondays it is free. The schedule is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
5. Plaza de España and Maria Luisa Park:
The Plaza de España is one of the most emblematic sites of Seville
and was built between 1914 and 1929 (Seville exhibition). This semicircular architectural ensemble is one of the most representative of the architectural movement known as the Andalusian regionalism. In general it houses government and military offices, but there is access to its corridors, to the central channel where you can take a boat ride, the bridges that cross the small canal and the central fountain. You have to take the time to see the beautiful tiles that represent different Spanish cities that are the walls of the main building. Right in front of the Plaza de España we find one of my favorite places in Seville, the impressive Maria Luisa park.
Opened in 1914, it is an extensive set of gardens, avenues, ponds with birds, gazebos and fountains, all within a lush grove. It is the ideal place to spend a spring or summer afternoon. In its southern part you can find the Plaza de América and the archeology museum.
6. Parque del Alamillo:
On the outskirts of the city center, next to the impressive bridge of Alamillo is the Parque del Alamillo.