Suffice it to say, Seville is southern Spain’s artistic, cultural, and financial hub (or capital). With nearly 700,000 residents and a metropolitan population of nearly 1.5 million, Seville is considered the 4th largest metro area in Spain. Consequently, it is a family-favorite destination when it comes to the tourist industry throughout Europe.
Seville is considered to be one of the most romantic travel destinations in Europe, and is packed full of culture, history, and life in general. Steeped in history and full of very colorful districts such as La Macarena and Triana, Seville is almost magical at times. It is interesting to note that Seville has made some rather significant improvements in their tourism industry, especially where family attractions and events are concerned. Here are a few suggestions for kid-friendly destinations to visit while touring Seville.
1. The University of Seville
Though it once housed Seville’s largest tobacco factory, it was the inspiration for Carmen – Bizet’s most famous opera. Dating back to the 15th century, it holds a tremendous of culture and history within its marbled walls.
2. La Torre de Don Fadrique
An observation deck and tower named after Fadrique Alfonso of Castile. Kids and parents alike always enjoy spending time in the tower and taking in the surrounding panorama and landscape that the observation deck affords visitors to the famous site.
3. Reales Alcazares y Jardines
This complex of historic buildings dates back to the Moorish occupation of Spain. The beautifully landscaped grounds and lush gardens make this a must-see destination for adults and children alike.
4. Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija
Probably the most fascinating museum in the entire region as it depicts what life was like during the Roman occupation of Spain. Mosaics and other collectibles were brought here by The Condesa de Lebrija from her visits to the Italica, a Roman art hub.
5. Parque Nacional Donana
The beautiful tree collection growing on the park’s grounds offers a welcome cooling off spot from the Spanish afternoon sun. This is definitely one of the more spectacularly landscaped areas in the city.
6. Plaza Nueva
This is a popular historical landmark and point of interest that you are sure to pass through if you are spending any time walking around Seville. It is located not far from the end of the Avenida de la Constitucion (Constitution Avenue).
7. Archivo General de Indias
An archive which contains some of the most significant historical records of Spain’s colonization in North and South America. It is also known for its display of artifacts and information surrounding Christopher Columbus’ life.
Photo of Plaza Nueva in Sevilla, Spain, originally posted by Nesta Vazquez