12 Brilliant Day Trips From Seville

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Looking for the best day trips from Seville? These 12 ideas have you covered!

Seville has enough attractions, tapas bars and flamenco shows to capture you for days or even weeks.

But if you’re itching to explore the Andalucía region further – something I highly recommend! – read on for a list of day trips from Seville that will take you everywhere from the famous pueblos blancos to gorgeous beaches to tiny historical towns.

After sharing my tips for how to spend 2 days in Seville, I called upon some fellow Spain lovers and experts to share their favourite places to visit in Andalucía – all within a few hours (or less) of Seville.

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How to take a day trip from Seville

All the day trips listed below can be reached by car. It’s easy to rent a car in Spain. I recommend checking out DiscoverCars to compare pricing and find the right car for your trip.

My top tip is to get a small car – streets in small Spanish towns can be very narrow!

You could base yourself in Seville while taking a Southern Spain road trip, and then head out to these day trip destinations.

But if you’re not planning to rent a car, I’ve also included how to get to each location by public transport as well as options for guided tours. Day trips from Seville by train and bus are entirely possible. Omio is my go-to for checking bus and train timetables and booking travel.

1. Cádiz

Seaside promenade in Cádiz with a line of ornate lampposts, a protective sea wall, colorful buildings in the background, and parked cars on the street under a clear blue sky.

Just a short train ride from Seville takes you to the Mediterranean coast, and one of the loveliest cities to visit on a day trip from Seville is Cádiz.

The entire city of Cádiz is fun to explore, but the historic central district is where you should spend some time to see the main attractions and, of course, gorgeous coastal views around the waterfront.

If you’re not into architecture, there are more than 80 beaches to explore in the area. But you can easily incorporate both with a visit to Playa la Caleta which borders the old town and main harbour of Cádiz.

After a nice soak, check out the Castle of San Sebastián or take a coastal walk along Avenida Campo del Sur where you can see the colourful buildings before heading through the narrow streets into the heart of the old town. You can drop by historic landmarks like the Roman theatre, Park Genoves, the central market, Cathedral Nueva, El Sagrario and Plaza Catedral.

Read more about the top 10 things to do in Cádiz for inspiration and planning your day trip to this wonderful Mediterranean city.

How to get to Cádiz from Seville

There are several direct trains daily from Seville to Cádiz. The journey takes between 1.5 and two hours each way.

You can also take a bus from Seville to Cádiz, which takes 10 or 15 minutes longer than the train.


Seville to Cádiz guided tour

If you prefer to leave the driving in someone else’s hands, this day trip from Seville to Cadíz includes transport and a guided tour of the city.

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2. Málaga

The robust, ancient walls of the Alcazaba in Málaga, showing the fortified structure’s mix of brick and stone, set against a backdrop of greenery and a cloudy sky.

There was a time when the city of Málaga, in southern Spain, was considered just a hub: you’d fly into Málaga and then take off for more exciting destinations in Andalucía.

But not anymore. In recent years, this underrated city has come into its own as a vibrant destination, with fantastic food offerings, great shopping and a revitalised waterfront. And it’s not lacking in history, culture, or architecture either.

So, if you’re considering a city for a day trip from Seville, visit Málaga!

Málaga’s palace-fortress, the Alcazaba, while not as ornate as Seville’s Alcázar or Granada’s Alhambra, is still poetry in rock, stone, brick and tile. It’s a beautiful place to visit in the evening, when the rays of the setting sun cast a mellow golden glow that brings the brick and stone to life. Plus, it offers beautiful views of the city of Málaga.

For even better views, head further up the hill to the Gibralfaro, the ancient fortress at the top of the hill. If you don’t want to walk, you can take the bus or a taxi to the top, and then walk back down after your exploration of the castle.

For great people-watching and shopping, stroll Calle Larios, with its beautiful buildings and marble pavement. In the evening, take a walk along the waterfront and enjoy a meal of tapas or a full-fledged dinner at one of the fine dining restaurants here.

How to get to Málaga from Seville

There are daily high-speed trains from Seville to Málaga. The trip takes between 2 and 2.5 hours each way.

The bus takes 2.5 hours (although there are longer trips, so make sure you choose the fastest option).


Seville to Málaga guided tour

To make the most of your time in Málaga, grab a ticket for the hop-on hop-off bus which hits the main sights of the city. Book a seat online here.

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3. Córdoba

The bell tower of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba framed by palm leaves against a clear blue sky, showcasing the intricate architecture and the landmark's historical significance.

Córdoba is one of the best and easiest day trips from Seville. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, with a stunning old town clustered around the Mezquita, the Great Mosque that was once the headquarters of a Caliphate.

It’s hard to imagine now, but around the turn of the first millennium Córdoba was probably the most dynamic and powerful city in the Western world. It had a population of at least 350,000 at a time when Paris and London had around 20,000 each. It was a thriving centre of learning, leading the world in philosophy and mathematics.

The Mezquita is still its crowning glory. Its rows of red and white striped arches in the nave date from the 8th century, and it’s one of the most beautiful interior spaces in the world. After the Moors were forced out of the city, a cathedral was built around it.

The exterior is just as beautiful. The Patio de los Naranjos garden and the former minaret, now a bell tower, are wonderful places to shelter from the heat.

The best time to visit Córdoba is during spring. In early May the city’s patio festival is held, when around 50 of Córdoba’s private patios – house courtyards – are decked with flowers and opened to the public. Most of the old town’s whitewashed houses are covered in potted plants at this time.

Córdoba has many other sights that could easily tempt you to return there another time. A 2nd century Roman bridge spans the Guadalquivir river. The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos has one of the most beautiful gardens in Spain, and there are many lovely Baroque churches – some of them converted from mosques – to explore.

One of the most enjoyable things to do in Córdoba is to wander the old town and its maze of alleyways, especially in the cool of the evening.

So, make it a late train back to Seville.

How to get to Córdoba from Seville

Trains depart hourly from Seville to Córdoba, and the journey takes only 45 minutes each way, so it’s the perfect destination for a day trip from Seville.

The bus takes longer, around 2 hours.


Seville to Córdoba guided tour

On this great full-day tour from Seville to Cordoba, you’ll have a guide who will show you everything you need to see in Córdoba. Transportation is of course included.

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4. Jerez de la Frontera

Blurred foreground of tall grass with the intricate facade of a grand building in Jerez de la Frontera in the background, under a soft-focus sky, giving an artistic perspective.

Southern Spain is full of incredible places to roam, with Seville at its epicentre. One of the best ways to escape Seville is to head to nearby Jerez de la Frontera.

Located on the west side of Andalucía, just outside Cadíz on the coast, this plucky city dates back centuries. The people of Jerez have a strong pride in everything from their brandy and sherry production to their vibrant flamenco dance traditions.

In the middle of Jerez is the Alcazaba, an 11th century Moorish fort that has been restored to its former glory. A walk through the fort and the surrounding old town feels like a walk back in time. It’s a special space to enjoy in February and March when the city hosts a flamenco festival, with shows and spectacles held outside buildings and inside old bars.

Besides the old town, Jerez is also known for its sherry production. The most well-known brand is Tio Pepe, and you can tour the factory. But many other brands have bodegas here, and their spirits form the staple of many Spanish meals. If the taste is too strong, give it a try rebujito-style – a quick short of white sherry mixed with lime soda!

How to get to Jerez from Seville

Renfe runs regular trains between Seville and Jerez. The journey takes around an hour, so you’ll be sipping sherry in no time!

As for buses, they take around 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to Jerez.


Seville to Jerez guided day tour

If you’re a sherry lover, you’ll enjoy this full-day tour from Seville to Jerez which includes sherry tasting at a winery, as well as stops at Cadiz.

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5. Italica

The ancient Roman amphitheater of Italica near Seville, showcasing the extensive ruins with rows of seating, an arena, and an underground passage, hinting at its historical grandeur.

The Roman ruins of Italica are located in Santiponce, just 15 kilometres away from Seville by bus.

Italica, founded in 206 BC, was one of the earliest settlements in Spain. In the 1st and 2nd centuries, the city also produced two Roman emperors: Trajan and Hadrian. Italica clearly wasn’t just a remote countryside town!

The Roman ruins are a must-visit if you’re a Game of Thrones fan. The amphitheatre of Italica was transformed into the dragon pit of King’s Landing for season 7. In the large amphitheatre, up to 25,000 visitors could be seated.

However, the amphitheatre isn’t the only reason why Italica is worth a day trip from Seville. Although the Roman city is in ruins now, the ruins still manage to give you a good idea of the layout of the city and the grandeur that once could be found in this lively Roman city. The site is very large, so take your time exploring!

The mosaics on this site are particularly special, as many have been preserved in situ. One of the best-preserved mosaics of Italica is one that features Neptune surrounded by aquatic animals.

In the centre of Santiponce, just a kilometre from the archaeological site, you can also visit Cotidiana Vitae. This visitor centre has a reconstruction of a Roman villa dating from the 2nd century.

How to get to Italica from Seville

Buses to Santiponce take only 20 minutes, making it the ideal Seville day trip.

You could also take an Uber or taxi to Santiponce and the Italica ruins.


Seville to Italica guided tour

Jump on board this guided tour of Italica, where you’ll learn why it played an important role in the political, military and economic life of the Roman Empire. This tour includes entrance fees and a guide, but not transport from Seville.

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6. Carmona

The sunburst behind the Church of the Annunciation in Carmona, with its detailed façade and tower bathed in sunlight, against a bright blue sky, reflecting the town’s tranquil ambiance.

Carmona is a small, ancient town 35 kilometres northeast of Seville.

Built on a ridge, it rises above Andalucía and is famous for its olive oil, wine and beef. It’s a charming pueblo that captures the essence of Andalucía through its complex history, Moorish and Roman architecture, and traditional gastronomy.

Carmona’s most beautiful sight is the Puerta de Sevilla, or Seville Gate. This is the majestic and well-kept fortress, built by the Tartessians and Carthaginians, then the Romans, Moors, and later enhanced by the Christians in the 14th and 15th century.

Head up to the Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold) to get a sweeping view of Carmona.  On a very clear day, you can even see Seville.

Carmona also has a Roman Necropolis, an ancient burial ground, which impressively dates back to the second century BC, but was only discovered in 1881. This is where more than 900 family tombs are enclosed and hewn from the rock. Many of the deceased were cremated and are now contained in a series of niches in the wall.

Wander the paths, and learn about the funerary practices and Roman burials. And be sure to check out the roof terrace, where you can catch a glimpse of the Roman amphitheatre.

How to get to Carmona from Seville

The best way to get from Seville to Carmona is to catch a bus, which takes between 20 and 40 minutes.


Seville to Carmona guided tour

Foodies will find this guided tour to Carmona absolutely delicious. The tour stops at an olive oil production farm and facility, where you’ll learn about the process and get to taste some olive oils. The food doesn’t stop there, with tapas later on in the day. The tour includes a visit to the Roman Necropolis.

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7. Gibraltar

A Barbary macaque monkey sitting on a stone wall at the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, peeling a banana with the bay and cityscape in the background.

Monkeys and history, what could be better? And where to find the two? Gibraltar.

A colony owned by the United Kingdom, Gibraltar is filled with adorable barbary macaques.

There are plenty of activities available on this giant rock. If it’s adventure you seek, try riding the cable car to get a good overhead look at the whole area. You can also go on a diving excursion and see the wreck of a Royal Navy cable-laying vessel.

Beautiful, clean beaches offer something for everyone, whether you would like to simply relax or paddle board.

For history, visit the British War Memorial, American War Memorial or Casemates Square. Once the site of public executions, it is now a place where people gather to eat and shop.

Lastly, you can check out some of the local churches. There are Roman Catholic churches, a mosque, four synagogues and a Methodist church. The King’s Chapel serves all Christian denominations.

How to get to Gibraltar from Seville

Buses run multiple times a day from Seville to Gibraltar. The trip takes around 4 hours each way, however, so prepare for a long day!

It’s quicker to rent your own car and drive to Gibraltar from Seville. The trip takes just under 3 hours.

As this is a UK territory, check first to see if you need to take your passport along with you.


Seville to Gibraltar guided tour

Leave the driving to someone else and book a spot on this full-day guided tour from Seville to Gibraltar. Snap some photos from the Rock, explore the limestone caves of San Miguel and see the famous barbary monkeys.

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8. Estepona

A picturesque, flower-lined street in Estepona, with vibrant blue planters and traditional Andalusian white houses adorned with colorful doors and window frames.

Estepona is one of the hidden gems on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. In comparison to the more popular tourist towns, Estepona is much more local and genuine, and there are still a lot of Spaniards living here year round.

It’s really attractive with street art and beautiful plazas, but especially the pretty alleyways filled with flowerpots, painted in different colors depending on which street you’re on.

Estepona also has one of the best beaches in Southern Spain. It’s sandy and not too touristy, which is great for a nice day trip from Seville to the beach.

There are also a lot of authentic Andalucían restaurants, cafés and bars where you can fill your belly and quench your thirst.

How to get to Estepona from Seville

For a day trip from Seville, the easiest way to get to Estepona is to rent a car, which is more convenient and quicker.

But you can also go by public transport. The journey takes just under 4 hours each way.


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9. Granada

The grand facade of the Renaissance Palace of Carlos V in Granada, featuring rusticated stone walls and a series of circular medallions set above a portico of classical columns.

Six hours on the road for a day trip from Seville will seem negligible if you consider that you’re heading to the magnum opus of the last Muslim kingdom of Spain: the Alhambra.

This stunning complex survived even after the invasion of all other major Spanish cities during the Reconquista. Granada’s Moorish mystique is one of a kind.

The best way to soak in the experience is to start with a relaxing walk through the Generalife. The beautiful terraced “garden of paradise” is true to the meaning of it name. Think arched rose gardens, cypress hedges, delicate fountains, water stairways, fragrant flowers, crunchy paths and tinkling water canals.

The pièce de résistance of the complex is the Nasrid Palace. Possibly one of the most beautiful buildings of the world, it’s set on high ground against the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The mix of Muslim and Christian architectural styles will thrill lovers of architecture and all things artistic. The beautiful courtyards are filled with sparkling water, tall chambers decorated with intricate Arabic tiling, elegant stucco-work and peaceful inner courtyards, enough to keep you engaged for hours.

Top tip: Book your Alhambra tickets well in advance! They sell out quickly – but here’s what to do if Alhambra tickets are sold out.

How to get to Granada from Seville

Prepare for a long day if you’re planning a day trip from Seville to Granada. Buses take around 3 hours each way and run multiple times a day.

Trains take around 2.5 hours.


Seville to Granada guided tour

It’s a long day on a day trip from Seville to Granada, so leave the planning in someone else’s hands. This full-day tour includes skip-the-line tickets to the Alhambra and transport to and from Seville.

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10. Ronda

The famous Puente Nuevo bridge spanning the El Tajo gorge in Ronda, a remarkable example of 18th-century engineering, connecting the old and new parts of the town.

Ronda may be small, but it’s not hard to while away a few days here. If you don’t have a few days, though, it’s a great option for a day trip from Seville.

Start your trip at the Puente Nuevo, Ronda’s most famous attraction. This bridge is more than 225 years old. You can admire this feat of engineering from the top, then make your way down into the gorge below for even more magnificent views looking back up.

Wander back up through the Old Town, exploring the churches, plazas and cafés that dot the narrow streets. Make your way to the Baños Arabes, some of the best preserved Arab baths in Spain and one of the best places to visit in Ronda.

Do as the Spanish do and enjoy a glass of wine and some cheese at Entre Vinos (Calle Pozo, 2), a tiny wine bar.

Head over to the bullfighting ring, which opened in 1785 and has seen some of Spain’s most famous matadors. Take a tour of the museum to learn about the history of bullfighting. No matter your feelings about bullfighting (I personally don’t agree with it), it’s an important part of Spanish culture to learn about.

Then drag yourself away from this historic town and head back to Seville.

How to get to Ronda from Seville

Just under two hours from Seville, rent a car to make the trip here so you can be flexible with your time.

If you prefer to take public transport, the bus is the next quickest way to get to Ronda from Seville, taking 2.5 hours.

Trains take around 3 hours via Córdoba, which makes for a very long travel day.


Seville to Ronda guided tour

On this full-day tour to Ronda from Seville, you’ll actually visit some of the gorgeous pueblos blancos as well. It’s a long day (10 hours) but worth it to see this beautiful part of Spain.

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READ NEXT: The best things to do in Ronda

11. Olvera

The panoramic view from the town of Olvera, showing the white houses and the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, with the Andalusian countryside and mountains stretching into the distance.

The white towns of Andalucía, or pueblos blancos, are a collection of about 25 small towns and large villages that are nestled in the countryside of the Adalucía area of Spain. Olvera, with its 12th century roots, is one of these towns and it’s a beauty. The surrounding countryside is full of hills, farms and olive groves.

When you first see Olvera from the road, the town resembles the train of a wedding gown tumbling down a hill. It’s a classic Spanish white town with narrow streets perfect for wandering, family-run shops and steep hills.

At the centre of town (and very top of the hill) is Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación (the Parish of Our Lady of the Incarnation) and the Arabic Castle. Both of these beautiful structures overlook the town below, providing amazing views both from the top and down below looking up.

The main shopping street, Calle Llana, is delightful. Take a small hike past the birds up to the Sagrado Corazón for more lovely views. I highly recommend taking your time and wondering through the charming streets, stopping at the local pastry shops as you stroll.

Another great activity in Olvera is exploring the Via Verde de la Sierra. This green space and trail system is just outside the main town. The main parking area has a cafe and playground. Regardless if you are hiking, biking or scooting, this trail system is a wonderful way to see countryside views and stretch your legs. 

Olvera is a beautiful town and an excellent addition to any pueblo blanco tour.

How to get to Olvera from Seville

The quickest way by far between Seville and Olvera is by car, taking 1.5 hours. It also gives you flexibility to explore other pueblos blancos on the way.

Unfortunately, the bus connections between Seville and Olvera don’t line up to make it a great day trip to take by bus (it requires a 5-hour stopover), so I’d avoid public transport altogether.


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12. Algarve, Portugal

A serene and spacious sandy beach on the Algarve in Portugal, with a few people enjoying the sun, backed by green hills and a clear blue sky.

When it comes to day trips, there’s nothing more fun than being able to drive over the border into another country.

That’s entirely possible on a day trip from Seville: the Portuguese border is just 90 minutes by car and the first major town, Tavira, is just another 20 minutes further. Faro, the capital of the Algarve, is slightly further and in total is just over 2 hours’ drive from Seville. The nearest Algarve beach, Praia Verde, is only 90 minutes by car from Seville.

Many Sevillanos regularly cross the border on weekends and holidays to take advantage of the Algarve’s beautiful beaches.

Several beaches, like Falesia Beach near Albufeira and Praia da Marinha near Carvoeiro, have featured in TripAdvisor’s best beaches in the world. These beaches are slightly further along the Algarve coast, but for many people the extra journey time is worthwhile.

A day trip to Portugal also gives you a chance to try some of Portugal’s most famous dishes including caldo verde, feijoada, piri-piri chicken and bacalhau-based dishes like bacalhau com natas and bacalhau à brás. Then there are the cakes and pastries, particularly the pastéis de nata, which are so good that they could make the entire trip worthwhile.

How to get to Algarve from Seville

You can quite easily drive across the border into Portugal, but it’s easier to take a bus, which takes around 2.5 hours.


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Wrap up: Seville day trips

Seville is one of my favourite cities in Spain and I could easily spend weeks here. But there’s also so many amazing things to do around Seville. These day trips from Spain encourage you to get out of the city and explore a little further.

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What are your favourite day trips from Seville? Leave your tips and ideas in the comments below!

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Before you go… you might like these Spain travel articles:


  • Book flights to and around Spain online with Skyscanner. I like this site because it shows me which dates are cheaper.
  • Find a great hotel in Spain. Check prices on Booking.com and Expedia online.
  • For train travel, Omio should be your starting point for checking routes and booking tickets.
  • Check out the huge range of day tours throughout Spain on GetYourGuide or Viator. There’s something for everyone.
  • A copy of the Lonely Planet guide to Spain will be handy, along with a Spanish language phrasebook.
  • One thing I always purchase is travel insurance! Travel Insurance Master allows you to compare across multiple policy providers, while SafetyWing is great for long-term travellers and digital nomads.

This blog post was published in October 2018, and was updated in September 2019 and March 2024.


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13 thoughts on “12 Brilliant Day Trips From Seville”

  1. Two I would add to this list would be; El Rocio – en route to the Algave – just the most eclectic place we’ve ever seen. Think cowboys, sandy roads and flamingoes. And also I’d throw in Caminito Del Rey just north of Malaga.

    • Cowboys and flamingos in Spain? That sounds intriguing! There are so many places I need to visit in Spain – I really do need to get there again.

    • Thanks Charlie! I’ve got so many new places on my list to visit when I go back to Spain! When are you planning to visit?

  2. Well, now it’s you making me “homesick”! I lived in Granada and next door to Estepona in Marbella! I love the south of Spain, it’s pretty hard to beat I think. And it’s so true that more locals live in Estepona than Marbella, it’s all so beautiful there! This is the perfect list (and it reminds me I have a few places yet to see there!)

    • The list reminded me I have SO MANY places to visit! I’m so jealous of you living in Granada, I would love to live in Spain!

  3. I have always wanted to visit Gibralter, it looks stunning and I love monkeys! This is a really great list of day trips, thank you for sharing! Your pictures are stunning!

    • Me too! I hope to visit there when I go back to Spain. It seems like such a unique and unusual spot in Spain. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Great article – There are so many beautiful places I want to visit in this art of Spain. I have visited Gibraltar and reading about it made me miss my time there. ITs such a fun and quirky little place 🙂


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