Side Trips from Seville


Easy trips to make from Seville, including Corodba, Granada, Cádiz, Carmona, Málaga and Gibraltar. This page is growing, and aside from the information below you can also visit the new photo albums.

Other trips may involve an idea as in I want to go skiing, or some outdoor activity. Soon I'll be adding some more iformation on possibilities like camping, skiing, adventure, etc.



The Details

Although all of the above listed cities can be reached by bus I only recommend you take the bus to Carmona. There are many direct trains to Cádiz, Granada and Córdoba, and you can find more information on trains in my transportation section.


I recommend spending at the most 2 days in Córdoba. The Mezquita should be first on your list, while the alcazar just down the street from the mezquita is worth a trip but nowhere close to what you'll see

in the alcazar in Seville. Of interest across the street from the Alcazar are some recently discovered Arab baths. Include the Roman bridge and a trip through the streets close to the mezquita in your first day. There are plenty of hotels and cheap hostels located around the mezquita, with the cheaper being further away. You can easily get away with a day trip here if you arrive early, but if you'd like to see the ruins of the Medina Azahara, a Moorish palace and city on the outside of town, it may be best to spend a night and then part of the second day exploring the ruins. You could then return to Seville or go onto Granada. When in Córdoba there are two restaurants I can recommend, although both are on the expensive side. El Caballo Rojo is next to the Mezquita and is quite expensive, but is one of Córdoba's (and Spain's) best restaurants. They are famous for salmorejo or try ajoblanco, a white gazpacho made with almonds. Casa Pepe is also another alternative and a bit cheaper. If you ask for either place locals will know and can direct you. For some pictures check out the Córdoba Photo Album.


Plan to spend at least two days in Granada, although much more time could be spent here if you wish to explore both the nightlife and and the Sierra Nevadas. First on the list is of course the Alhambra.

Aside from telling you to buy your tickets at least a day in advance, More information on buying your tickets can be found at the BBVA ticket information page. Or you can purchase your tickets online at Alhambratickets.com. You may wish to spend the whole day exploring the Alhambra, and include the Mirador de San Nicolas and the old Arab quarter in the same day. If the Alhambra takes up one day You can spend the next day to cover the Cathedral and Capilla Real, and then head up through the Arab quarter and the Mirador de San Nicolas later that day. There are some excellent Moroccan restaurants in the old Arab quarter which could be a nice break between morning and afternoon. For pictures of the Alhambra check out my Granada Photo Album.


Depending on what you want to do in Cádiz you may be able to make this a day trip. If you are interested in the sites of Cádiz and not hitting the beach you can catch an early morning train and come back that evening. Trains leave almost every hour from Seville's Santa Justa train station. Check out the transportation section for more information. If you are going for the sites and stay over on a Saturday night consider taking one of the double-decker tour buses. I know it sounds silly, but if you purchase an 8€ ticket on Saturday morning it is good for the whole weekend. You can get on and off the bus as much as you like, making it easier to see the whole city. You can catch the bus (two companies run identical routes) about 100 meters from the Cathedral if you head towards the ocean. The Cathedral, the surrounding plaza and the roman ampitheatre can be covered in about 1-2 hours. Nearby you can see the Cárcel Real, or Royal Prison and head towards the beach if you want to take in the sun. There are also a few bars on the beach if you plan to stay a little longer.


Most of the sites are along the water. I recommend using the walkway by the Playa de La Caleta to see the outside of the Castillo de San Sebastian. Just watch out for the sea spray in a few places. It appears they are renovating the Castillo grounds but I have no information on when they will open. After you walk back you can stop by the Antiguo Balneario de la Palma, former refuge of the well-to-do and setting for the latest James Bond movie. Also include the gardens and parks in Parque Genovés and Alameda Apodaca. Include time for a drink in one of the park cafes with views of the other towns and cities across the sea if you have time.


I can offer less information on Málaga as I spent a day and a half there. It is a place to hit the beach, although most people head to Torremolinos or other beaches just outside of Málaga. The center of the city is the best place to be. We stayed in an NH hotel mainly because there was a reduced price and

we were heading to the airport in the morning. I do not recommend this hotel if you want to see Málaga itself, as it is further from the center. To eat there are a few well known places on the beach where you can get fresh seafood, including sardines roasted over a fire.

For sites the Alcazar located on the hills above is a great visit and provides views of the city and surrounding beaches. On a trip through the historic center you can take in the cathedral and other buildings. More information is coming soon. To see a few pictures of Málaga check out my (limited) photo album.

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