If you’re planning a family holiday to the south of Spain, you will find plenty of things to do in Seville with kids. We visited the city for a friend’s wedding, but were pleasantly surprised at how child-friendly it is. From beautiful historical buildings to explore to fun museums to visit. Plus, this Andaluscian city is such a green one, with lots of parks to explore. We found it to be a fantastic city for a family holiday and we’re already planning a return trip!
Things to do in Seville with kids
If you’re hunting for things to do in Seville with kids, then I’ve got you covered. My little adventurers are currently two and five and we had a brilliant stay in the city. Of course, the main attractions are the Royal Alcazar of Seville and the Plaza de Espana, but there are also plenty of green places in the city to explore.
So, in no particular order, here are some of our favourite things to do in Seville with kids.
Best things to do in Seville with under 10s
- Visit the Royal Alcazar of Seville
- Take a boat trip around the Plaza de Espana
- Cycle around Parque de Maria Luisa
- Explore Parque de los Descubrimientos
- Get your thrills at the Isla Magica theme park
- Get hands on at the Science Museum
The Royal Alcazar of Seville
Of course, no trip to Seville would be complete without a visit to The Royal Alcazar of Seville. This former palace is a truly spectacular place to walk around. Although I know not everyone is a fan of taking little ones to historical places, I think that this is a really easy one to visit with children.
The rooms themselves are beautifully tiled, so are interesting to look at and chat about and there’s so many secret passages and staircases that it’s fun to explore.
The gardens are also huge and the perfect place for children to enjoy. My little adventurers’ favourite things to see were the peacocks which live in the gardens. We were lucky enough to see a male open his feathers, which they thought was the best thing ever.
There is also a maze in the garden which took us a while to get out of!
Something to note is that staff within the building are strict about visitors not touching anything, so make sure you keep an eye on your little ones. Seville also gets very hot during the middle of the day so you might want to book tickets to go early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. It’s best to book tickets in advance via the website or alternatively you can take a tour with an English speaking guide, which includes a queue-skipping option:
The Plaza de Espana
The Plaza de Espana was one of my favourite places we visited during our stay in Seville. Created in 1928 for the World Expo, the curved walkways combine a mix of art deco, Baroque and Moorish styles. With its moat, bridges and fountains it feels like a mini Disneyland.
Around the edge of the footpaths are tiled alcoves, which each depict a different province of Spain. My little adventures loved running around to find their favourite ones and of course, figuring out where we were heading to next!
You can hire a small wooden boat to row around the moat and we saw lots of people having fun, attempting not to crash into one another or upturn the boat!
On the day we visited The Plaza de Espana we were also lucky to see some flamenco dancers who were busking. I knew beforehand that my little adventurers would be too small to sit through a whole flamenco show, so this was the perfect way for them to experience some of the music and dancing. They really enjoyed watching it and have been practicing with their castanets ever since!
Parque de Maria Luisa
Not far from The Plaza de Espana is Parque de Maria Luisa, which is a good thing to do in Seville with kids when the day starts to get hotter as it has lots of shade.
You can hire quadracycle bikes to cycle around the park, which are good fun for little ones. There are also two small play parks inside, which our little adventurers enjoyed. Plus, there are plenty of ponds, which are home to ducks and geese.
Parque de los Descubrimientos
One of the things I really like about Seville is that it has a river running through it. That means that things feel quite relaxed and calm in that part of the city. There’s a footpath running alongside the river where people walk and cycle. Plus, there’s lots of activities which take place on the river too, like boat trips and kayal tours.
Seville has lots of great children’s parks, but I think the Parque de los Descubrimientos might be one of the best. Located right next to the River Guadalquivir, it is a huge park with a big pirate ship which little ones could spend hours exploring.
The only downside is that there aren’t really any cafes nearby, so be sure to go stocked up with snacks.
Isla Magica is a small theme park compared to others, but has plenty to do for little ones. We didn’t actually go ourselves, as my little adventurers aren’t massive theme park fans, but our friends went and had a great day.
Tickets are cheaper if purchased in advance online and it’s recommended that you take a change of clothes as some of the rides can get quite wet!
Casa de la Ciencia – Science Museum
The Casa de la Ciencia is again small, but has enough to keep families entertained for a few hours and is a good option on a rainy day or if you’re trying to escape the heat!
It has a number of permanent exhibitions, ranging from the sea creatures of Andalucía to the geology of the area. The museum also has a planetarium and touring exhibitions which change regularly.
Best things to do with teenagers in Seville
- Marvel at Catedral de Seville
- Climb the Setas de Seville
- Get your toes tapping at a flamenco night
- Experience the flavours of Seville on a tapas tour
- Explore the river Guadalquivir by kayak
- Make your head spin at the Museum of illusions
Catedral de Seville
Seville Cathedral is one of the main tourist attractions in the city. The Roman Catholic church is one of the largest in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Completed in the early 16th century to highlight the wealth of the area, it’s easy to see why. It’s absolutely huge and full of fascinating details.
You can buy tickets online, or alternatively book a tour with an English speaking guide:
Setas de Seville
Las Setas de Seville (the mushrooms of Seville) are in La Plaza de la Encarnacion. Made mostly of wood, it is a pretty cool structure, especially when lit up at night. It is home to a traditional market (which was closed on the day we visited) and also has an archaeological museum, which houses some Roman ruins which were discovered during construction.
It’s possible to go up onto the top of the mushrooms and walk around to see views of the city. However, we felt that 40 euros for a family of four was pretty pricey. However, if you have teenagers who will enjoy taking part in a photoshoot it might be worth it.
Either way, it’s definitely worth going to look at them and experience walking underneath them.
The south of Spain is famous for its passionate flamenco dancing and it’s definitely worth taking in a show if you have time. There are countless theatres in Seville, where you can experience the singing, dancing and music. You can also book a show which includes dinner:
What is a visit to Spain without the food? Spain is my favourite country to visit and the tapas definitely plays a big part in that! It’s also a great way for children, from toddlers to teens to try little bites of new food here and there.
If you’re feeling brave head into any of the traditional local bars and order a few options. My trick is usually to look around at what everyone else is eating and order the same!
Or, if you’d rather have someone else doing the ordering for you, then book a tour. I went on a tour through the neighbourhood of Triana and got the chance to sample lots of traditional Sevillian tapas:
Kayak on the river
There are lots of things to do in Seville with kids on the River Guadalquivir. I think a kayak tour is perfect way to see the city with teenagers. It offers a different view to a traditional walking tour and the paddling element is sure to keep everyone entertained. There’s also an option to do paddle boarding if that’s more up your street.
Museum of Illusions
If you have a teenager with a phone (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) no doubt they’ll love taking photos in the Museum of Illusions. This small museums contains a number of different rooms and setups which will have your mind spinning. It’s a great place to while away a couple of hours, especially on a hot day.
Family-friendly accommodation in Seville
Once you’ve figured out all of the things to do in Seville with kids, you’ll need somewhere to stay. There is plenty of family-friendly accommodation in Seville, at all price points. So whether you’re looking for a hotel or apartment, you’re sure to find something that suits your needs.
Here’s some of the highlights:
We stayed in this lovely AirBnB apartment which we thought was a great option for family-friendly accommodation in Seville.
It has two double bedrooms and a well-equipped kitchen if you plan on cooking in. We also really appreciated the terrace where we ate dinner in the evening once our little ones were asleep.
It’s located in a quiet neighbourhood, although there are plenty of restaurants and a local market nearby. There are also two good parks close to it and it’s a 20 minute walk to the main tourist attractions.
The only thing to note if travelling with very small children is that the bedrooms are on different levels and it has a steep staircase. However stairgates are available, along with other baby accessories, such as a highchair and baby bath.
Catalonia Santa Justa
If you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel in Seville which includes a pool, then Catalonia Santa Justa is a good choice. It has great reviews from guests and is located close to both the train station and the main tourist attractions.
Highlights include the rooftop pool and terrace, which would be the perfect place to relax after a hot day in the city.
The hotel offers family rooms, which includes a double bed and bunk beds, and the breakfast gets a thumbs up from guests.
Magno Apartments Castilla
If you’d prefer to have your own space and stay in a famil-friendly apartment in Seville, Magno Apartments Castilla are fairly new and have been impressing guests since they opened.
Located in the nieghbourhood of Triana, there are plenty of restaurants right on your doorstep, plus the main tourist attractions are just a short walk away.
The apartments include an outdoor swimming pool, terrace and concierge service.
I hope this post has given you plenty of ideas for things to do in Seville with kids. As always, if you have any other questions then please drop me a line!
If you’re interested in exploring more of the area, check out my post about how to spent 7 days in the Spanish White Towns.
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