Seville for Free
There’s no getting away from it, Seville is expensive but seeing the sights need not break the bank and with a little bit of planning, and some useful advice from your friends here at hitchhikershandbook you can leave the city having seen lots of sights and still with some money in your pocket.
1. The Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla (Seville Museum of Fine Arts) is one of the finest galleries in Europe and is free to EU citizens.
2. La Casa de Pilatos (Pilate’s House) is one of the most beautiful residences in Seville and is free on Tuesdays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
3. Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park) is the principal green area of the city and is a great place to shelter from the relentless Sevillian sun.
4. Iglesia del Salvador (Church of the Saviour) is the 2nd largest temple in the city and is free to enter.
5. Why not visits one Seville’s many markets, most notable in Triana, La Encarnación and Feria, and soak up the sights and sounds all without spending a penny. Markets are normally held Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
6. The Ayuntamiento de Sevilla (Seville City Hall) contains several works of cultural and historical interest and is free to enter.
7. Barrio de Santa Cruz once formed the old Jewish District and is a maze of labrinyth like streets and is best enjoyed on foot. Four advise is use Calle Ximenez de Encis as a reference point and lose yourself in the side streets.
8. The Palacio Arzobispal (Archbishop’s Palace) is free to enter but the opening days and times are very specific so check out the information here. For those who do make it, a treat is in store as it is a stunning building.
9. The Hospital de los Venerables (Hospital of the Venerable) was built as a residence for reitred priests and contains many interesting architectural touches. It is free on Sundays 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
10. Free Flamenco shows are indeed available but be warned, although entry may be free the drinks are at a premium and they are normal compulsory. La Carbonería is in almost all guidebook but aficionados have been known to complain about the quality. Peña Hípica El Búcaro holds performances on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 p.m. Anselma (Calle Pagés del Coro, 49) has free flamenco every night except Mondays. T de Triana (Calle Betis, 20) hosts free shows on Tuesday and Thursday nights around 10:30 p.m.
11. The Archivo General de Indias (General Archive of the Indies) is a UNESCO world heritage site and contains many extremely important historical artifacts, including Columbus’ diaries. It is free to enter.
12. Seville’s Festivals are the stuff of legend so if your visit co-insides then you’re in luck. The Feria de Abril (April Fair) is the largest annual fair in Andalusia, and involves a week long orgy of food, drink and flamenco. It costs nothing to just go out and about, soaking up the atmosphere during this time. Other big festivals to check out are The religious Semana Santa (Easter Week) is renowned for its processions. So, simply take to the streets and enjoy.
13. Torre del Oro (Gold Tower) was built by the Moors during the 13th century and is one of the most recognisable landmarks of the city. It is free on Tuesday afternoons.
14. The Museo Arqueológico de Sevilla (Archaeological Museum of Seville) houses a collection that spans from the pre-historic to the 15th century including a vast number of Roman era artefacts. It is free to EU citizens.
written by: Jon
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