Seville is a fascinating city in the Andalucía region in southern Spain. With a varied and interesting history that tells stories of many occupiers including the Phoenicians, Romans and Moors, the city was also the gateway to the New World in the 16th century. The Guadalquivir River was the lifeline in the city and the port in Seville saw ships come and go from voyages of adventure and discovery.
Travelling to Seville with children is great as this is a city that has plenty of outdoor fun opportunities as well as indoor ones. Plus there are lots of green spaces perfect for letting the kids run around and burn off any excess energy. Restaurants are typically welcoming to children and the laid back atmosphere is ideal when travelling with the family.
Here are our top 3 child-friendly attractions in the city.
Take a Carriage Ride
Kids will love the idea of travelling around the city in a horse drawn carriage. If you go early before it gets too hot and busy, this can be a great way to get orientated in the city. For around 30-40 euros, you can enjoy a 45-minute ride around the centre. Bring water and sunscreen though as this city can be a real suntrap, even in the morning. Although the guides don’t regale you with an in-depth history they are more than happy to point out the main sites, which is all you need for the children.
This cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and took over 100 years to complete. Built on the site of a mosque, there are only two parts of the original building still evident: the Giralda Tower and the Courtyard of the Orange Trees. The old minaret is now the bell tower and the old ablutions patio is today’s pretty courtyard. The cathedral is stunning both externally and internally and Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand III of Castile are buried here; all educational talking points for children.
This is a lovely way for children to enjoy this city. Cruising down the river, families can take it all in while escaping from the heat of the day. The boats have lots of room to move around so children can appreciate the views from both sides of the boat. They can get a view of Torre del Oro, the Maestranza Bullring and the Triana Bridge.
Of course children of all ages will also enjoy the Alcázar and the Barrio Santa Cruz, which is the Jewish Quarter, as well as many other museums and parks, but the three options we have detailed here are a great place to start when staying in Seville with kids.
How to Get to Seville
Seville has excellent transport links whether you decide to drive, travel by train or fly into the city. The main train station is only 5km from the city centre, while the airport is located only 24 km away. For quick, reliable and friendly Sevilla transfers, choose to book with us at Shuttle Direct. We know how stressful travel can be and we want to help you transfer smoothly from your flight to your hotel with as little fuss as possible.
With an experienced crew of drivers and excellent vehicles we offer a competitively priced service that is bookable in advance. You can choose between shared or private Sevilla transfers depending on what you prefer, but whichever you choose to travel, you are guaranteed a professional welcome and an efficient service.
Where to Stay
Sevilla Central Suites Apartamentos Fabiola – The Sevilla Central Suites Apartamentos Fabiola are a great budget option in the lovely city of Seville. Offering simple airy apartments that have free Wi-Fi and air conditioning plus a communal terrace, this accommodation is located right in the centre of the delightful Santa Cruz district. The apartments have a sofa bed, TV, modern kitchen unit and all the self-catering facilities you would expect. Close to many restaurants and only a short walk from the centre of the city, this is an ideal budget accommodation option.
Hotel Don Paco – Right in the heart of Seville is our choice of accommodation that suits a mid range budget. With a rooftop swimming pool, sun terrace and bright air-conditioned rooms, Hotel Don Paco has a buffet restaurant and bar. Rooms offer en suite facilities with a hair dryer, safe and fridge. Staff are on hand 24 hours a day and if you fancy hiring a bike while in Seville you can do so from here.
Hotel Alfonso XIII – This is our top of the range suggestion for Seville and perfect if you want a little more luxury from your accommodation. With an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and a Spanish style garden complete with a fountain, the Hotel Alfonso XIII is an eclectic Arabic style hotel that combines modern furnishings with classic features. Rooms offer air conditioning, minibar and even bathrobes and slippers. One restaurant at the hotel serves Lebanese dishes while the other serves more local fare. A cocktail bar and a terrace finish off the added extras in this hotel, which is a fabulous luxury choice.