Seville is a fantastic city to walk around and admire all its monuments and also the atmosphere of its streets.
Like any other city, it is made up of numerous neighborhoods and districts, but only some of them are special for both Sevillians and any visitor to the city.
Here we are going to highlight four of those neighborhoods, the most important in Seville, although Santa Cruz and El Arenal are the ones that stand out from the rest because they are where the vast majority of Seville’s monuments are located.
El Arenal neighborhood, from Seville to conquer America
This is the neighborhood where the old Port of Seville and its famous shipyards were located.
The neighborhood of El Arenal had great importance in Sevillian history and economy until the 17th century when the river ceased to be navigable because it became a swamp.
But in the 20th century it was possible to recondition the neighborhood by reacquiring its port character. In this area we can also enjoy flamenco dancing in places like El Patio Sevillano, the oldest and most recognized flamenco tablao in Seville in the city.
In this neighborhood we can find the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza and the Torre del Oro as well as the Teatro de la Maestranza, the Iglesia de la Magdalena and some avenues that should be walked and enjoyed, such as that of Cristóbal Colón.
Santa Cruz neighborhood, the most monumental
The Barrio de Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful in Seville.
Formerly it was the Jewish quarter of the city and is made up of narrow streets where we can admire some beautiful houses with quiet patios and lots of flowers.
Strolling through this neighborhood and enjoying the smells that these flowers give off is something essential in Seville. And also a good place to enjoy its gastronomy and its dishes washed down with a good picual extra virgin olive oil.
Here we find the main Sevillian monuments such as the Cathedral, the Giralda, the Reales Alcázares, the Archivo de Indias or the Town Hall. Calle Sierpes, also located in this neighborhood, is the best-known street in the city and the most commercial.
Triana neighborhood, the most typical of Seville
There are very few people in Spain who have not heard of this neighbourhood.
It is the oldest neighborhood in Seville and is located in the southern area of the Guadalquivir River.
Its cobbled streets and narrow alleys where we can find curious craft shops and numerous tapas bars and restaurants, make walking through this neighborhood something very special.
There is also the Isla de la Cartuja where we can find the Monastery of the same name, where Christopher Columbus lived in the 15th century and the Isla Mágica Park.
Macarena neighborhood, neighborhood of churches and convents
The Barrio de la Macarena is possibly the least known of the most important in the city, but not the least interesting for that.
It is located in the north of Seville and in it we can enjoy numerous churches and many convents, some of them Mudejar. Among them the Basilica of the Macarena.
There are also old bars that are still in operation and where you will travel back in time, as well as the seat of the Andalusian Parliament. Although it is not as well known, it is also a very special place to walk in Seville.