Seville City Information
Seville is a smallish city, but its neighborhoods are diverse. Learn where to go for what.
Seville is split up, east and west, by the Río Guadalquivir, however most of Seville's action lies in its eastern region. Here you'll find the heavily touristed areas, El Arenal (directly on the east bank) and Santa Cruz (east of El Arenal), along with El Centro (northeast of the bank) and La Macarena (northwest of El Centro).
The bars, bodegas, tapas bars, and shops of El Centro and El Arenal are brimming with people, especially during the summer bullfights, which take place at the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. Also, in El Arenal the east bank has been converted into the tree-lined promenade Paseo de Cristobel Colon, with views of la Isla de la Cartuja and Triana. Head to Santa Cruz if you're looking for history. This former Jewish quarter is home to the cathedral and the Real Alcazar, a gem-spot of Mudejar patios and halls, as well as the popular northern Calle de las Sierpes.
If you're looking for peace, quiet, and ceramics, head west of the river to the cobblestoned streets of Triana. This west bank neighborhood is not only the sight of Expo '92, but is also the part of old Seville that used to be the Gypsy Quarter.
Seville is hurting for not only hotels, but hostels as well. The one official youth hostel is clean and professional, yet it is 30 minutes away from the city on foot. Thankfully, some of the few hotels cater to the budget conscious making cheapos happy. And, this town does not seem to ever be as crowded as Madrid or Barcelona. But, be sure to book ahead of time becomes options are limited.