Where to stay in Seville without a car: 6 Best areas

Hi guys, as usual, on my website, I cover topics for travelers without a car. Today, we will explore Seville and help you find the best places to stay in Seville without a car

I will share my recommendations for the top areas to stay in Seville without a car, along with a helpful map. Additionally, I’ll tell you where I stayed in Seville and suggest some of the best hotels in Seville for all budgets.

Seville, or Sevilla in Spanish, is the capital and largest city of the Andalusia region in southern Spain. It is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, vibrant culture, and warm climate. 

Originally founded as the Roman city of Hispalis, Seville later became part of the Moorish Al-Andalus. In 1492, it played a significant role in the discovery of the Americas when Christopher Columbus departed from the nearby port of Palos de la Frontera.

The Seville Cathedral is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Alcazar of Seville is a stunning royal palace with a mix of architectural styles, including Moorish and Gothic.

The city is served by The Seville Airport (San Pablo Airport), 15 km northeast of the city center. It is also home to Estación de Santa Justa Station, offering a high-speed train (AVE) to other major Spanish cities like Córdoba, Cádiz, Málaga, Jerez de la Frontera, Madrid, and Barcelona.  

If you are asking “Can you get around Seville without a car?” My answer is, Yes, you can get around Seville without a car. Seville city center is very walkable, so you can easily explore on foot, and by using the combination of public transportations and taxi. 

Seville has an extensive bus network that covers the entire city. The most useful bus lines for visitors are the circular routes C1, C2, C3 and C4, running through the major areas. From the airport you can take Tussam’s EA bus line to the Old Town terminus at Plaza de Armas.

The city also has one metro line,with the closest stop to the historic center being San Bernardo, Prado de San Sebastián, and Puerta Jerez.

There is also a short tram system called Metro-Centro that covers Plaza Nueva to the Cathedral, and has 5 stops including Archivo de Indias, Puerta Jerez, Prado San Sebastián, and San Bernardo.

You can rent a bike or use the city’s bike-sharing program such as Sevici to explore the city at your own pace. Seville is a very bike-friendly city.

The historic city center is quite compact, and many of the main attractions are within walking distance of each other. Walking is a great way to explore the charming streets, and historic sites.

Taxis and rideshare services like Uber are available in Seville for more convenient and private transportation.

In the historic center, you can take a horse-drawn carriage to explore the area in a unique and traditional way.

Since Seville is situated on the Guadalquivir River, you can also take boat tours to enjoy the scenic views and access certain parts of the city.

Where to stay in Seville without a car?

The best areas to stay in Seville without a car are Sevilla Centro, Santa Cruz, El Arenal, Macarena/ Alameda, Triana/ Los Remedios, Santa Justa/Nervión.

These are all central areas, so if you  book a hotel here, you can easily explore the city on foot, and by using the combination of the bus, metro, and taxi.

Sevilla Centro is the historic city center of Seville and the most popular areas to stay in Seville for first-timers and tourists who want to be close to many of the city’s top attractions. You’ll find the Cathedral, Giralda Tower, and the Alcázar within walking distance.

Santa Cruz is the old Jewish quarter and one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Seville. It’s known for its narrow streets, flower-filled courtyards, and historic charm. The Alcázar and the Cathedral are also nearby.

El Arenal is close to the Guadalquivir River and is known for its bullring, Torre del Oro, and the Golden Tower. It’s a lively area with plenty of restaurants and bars.

Macarena/Alameda is a great base for budget travelers and those looking for a more local and less touristy atmosphere. Located across the river from the city center, Triana/Los Remedios is a vibrant area known for its pottery, flamenco, and some great dining options.

Santa Justa/Nervión is a good option if you prefer a quieter environment and have easy access to public transportation, including the train station. It is a bit further from the city center.

During my trip to Seville, I stayed in the city center area at the 4-star Hotel Inglaterra. The hotel has a wonderful location, close to all the main sights including the Seville Cathedral. It features a beautiful rooftop, family rooms, and great breakfast.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Seville for car-free travelers. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Seville without a car
Map of the best areas to stay in Seville without a car

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Seville, especially for travelers without a car. I’ll explain to you how to reach each area and how to get around. I’ll also provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Seville have been carefully selected by me, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

6 Best areas to stay in Seville without a car:

1. Sevilla Centro

Sevilla Centro is a fantastic area to book accommodation for tourists, especially if you want to be close to Seville’s major attractions and immerse yourself in the city’s historic and lively atmosphere.  

Sevilla Centro is where you can find Plaza Nueva, Plaza de Encarnación with its Metropol Parasol, Calles Sierpes shopping street, and Museo de Bellas Artes fine arts museum.

You’ll be within walking distance of iconic landmarks like the Cathedral of Seville, Giralda Tower, the Royal Alcázar, and the Archivo de Indias. 

Sevilla Centro is steeped in history, with narrow winding streets, charming squares, and beautiful architecture. You can immerse yourself in the city’s rich cultural heritage as you explore the area.

The city center is home to numerous shops, boutiques, and restaurants, offering a wide range of options for shopping, dining, and experiencing Andalusian cuisine. 

The city center comes alive at night with numerous bars and clubs, making it a great choice if you want to enjoy Seville’s nightlife.

Best places to stay in Sevilla Centro without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Radisson Collection Hotel, Magdalena Plaza Sevilla, great 5-star hotel located in a central location of Seville, easy access to major sights such as Alcazar Palace and Santa María La Blanca Church. It has Good breakfast, family rooms, and an outdoor swimming pool. 
  • Mid-range ($$): Hotel Inglaterra, popular 4-star hotel, located in Plaza Nueva, Old town of Seville, easily walkable to major sights such as the Seville Cathedral, Maestranza Bullring, Giralda Tower, and River Guadalquivir.
  • Budget ($): Las Casas de los Mercaderes, 3-star fabulous hotel, centrally located within a short walk from the Cathedral and Giralda Tower. Also close to Calle Sierpes with lots of shops and tapas restaurants.

2. Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is an excellent base for tourists looking to experience the historic and picturesque side of Seville. Santa Cruz is the old Jewish quarter, and it offers a unique and charming atmosphere. 

It is home to some of Seville’s top attractions, including the Cathedral of Seville, Giralda Tower, the Royal Alcázar, Murillo Gardens, and Flamenco Museum. You can easily walk to these sites, making it convenient for sightseeing.

The area is filled with charming squares, flower-filled courtyards, and centuries-old buildings. Its winding streets and hidden courtyards create a romantic and enchanting ambiance.

Santa Cruz is known for its traditional flamenco performances. You can catch a live show at one of the local venues to experience this essential aspect of Andalusian culture.

 There are many small shops, boutiques, and restaurants in Santa Cruz. You can savor traditional Andalusian cuisine, tapas, and enjoy the local dining scene.

Best places to stay in Seville in Santa Cruz without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville,  great 5-star hotel situated on the edge of Santa Cruz right next to Real Alcazares, a short walk from Torre de Oro and the banks of the River Guadalquivir. It has an outdoor swimming pool and a garden with a fountain.
  • Mid-range ($$): Hotel Legado Alcazar, great 4-star hotel centrally located within walking distance from Triana Bridge – Isabel II Bridge and Plaza de España. It has Superb breakfast, and you can easily explore main attractions on foot.
  • Budget ($): Apartamentos Murillo, 3-star accommodation, located in the Santa Cruz district, short distance from major sights such as Seville Cathedral, the Giralda and the Alcázar Palace. The hotel has bike rental services, 24-hour front desk, and breakfast.

3. El Arenal

El Arenal is an excellent neighborhood in Seville for tourists, especially if you want to be close to the Guadalquivir River and experience the city’s rich history and vibrant atmosphere. 

El Arenal is known for its prime location near several major attractions, such as the Seville Cathedral, Giralda Tower, the Royal Alcázar, and the Golden Tower (Torre del Oro). Many of these sites are just a short walk away, making it easy to explore the city’s top sights.

El Arenal is situated along the Guadalquivir River, providing a beautiful waterfront setting. You can enjoy strolls along the riverbank, take boat tours, and appreciate the views of the city from a unique vantage point.

This neighborhood has a rich history, particularly in relation to Seville’s maritime past. The Golden Tower, for example, was used to store gold brought from the New World. You can learn about this history in various museums and landmarks.

El Arenal is home to the Maestranza Bullring, one of Spain’s most iconic bullrings. If you’re interested in bullfighting, you can visit the Bullfighting Museum and even catch a bullfight during the season.

Best places to stay in Seville in El Arenal without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Hotel Lobby Room Sevilla, 5-star hotel, located in a central location, close to the River and the historic center of Seville, walking to the main city attractions. It features quiet and comfortable rooms and a great rooftop bar.
  • Mid-range ($$): Hotel Kivir, popular 4-star hotel, situated just close to Triana Bridge and Guadalquivir River, 10 mins walk from The Giralda and Archivo de Indias. It has Fabulous breakfast, Outdoor swimming pool, and 24-hour front desk.
  • Budget ($): Adriano Boutique Sevilla, 3-star boutique hotel, offering paid airport shuttle services, located close to the Maestranza Bullring and Santa Cruz district. You can rent a bike and explore the area.

4. Alameda/ Macarena

Alameda/Macarena offers a unique and authentic experience. It’s a good choice for travelers who travel on a budget and want to explore a more local side of the city. 

La Alameda de Hércules in the heart of Alameda is a popular gathering place for locals. It’s filled with outdoor cafes, restaurants, and bars, making it a fantastic spot to enjoy drinks, food, and people-watching.

The Macarena neighborhood is home to the Basilica of La Macarena, an important religious site in Seville. You can visit the basilica and learn about its history. Other cultural attractions are the Palacio Marqueses de la Algaba and Monasterio de Santa Paula. 

The area hosts several local markets, such as Feria Street Market (Mercado de la Feria), where you can shop for fresh produce and experience the daily life of locals.

Dining in this area tends to be more budget-friendly compared to the city center. You can find local tapas bars and restaurants that cater to local tastes.

Best places to stay in in Macarena/ Alameda without a car:

  • Mid-range ($$): One Shot Palacio Conde de Torrejón 09, great 4-star accommodation, located close to Isla Mágica, Santa María La Blanca Church and Plaza de Armas. 10-15 minutes walk from most attractions.
  • Mid-range ($$): San Gil, popular 4-star hotel in central Seville, within walking distance from Basilica de la Macarena Church and the Roman walls. 
  • Budget ($): Sacristia de Santa Ana, great 3-star accommodation, located in Plaza de la Alameda, within around 15 mins from central Seville. You can also find a regular bus stop nearby. Plenty of restaurants within easy walk from the hotel.

5. Triana/ Los Remedios

Triana and Los Remedios are neighboring districts located across the Guadalquivir River from the historic city center of Seville. They are known for their rich cultural heritage and lively atmosphere. 

Triana is a hotspot for flamenco, with many flamenco venues and tablaos where you can catch live performances. It’s a great place to experience the authentic heart of this Andalusian art form.

Triana has a long history of pottery and ceramics production. You can visit workshops and stores selling traditional and contemporary pottery.

Both Triana and Los Remedios have local markets where you can shop for fresh produce and regional products. Triana’s Mercado de Triana is particularly famous.

Triana offers excellent views of Seville’s historic center across the river, especially along the Calle Betis promenade. This is a picturesque area for a leisurely stroll and enjoying the riverfront.

You’ll find a wide range of dining options in Triana, from traditional Andalusian tapas bars to modern fusion cuisine. Triana’s cuisine is known for its unique dishes and flavors.

Accommodations in Triana and Los Remedios can be more budget-friendly compared to the city center, making it an attractive option for cost-conscious travelers.

Keep in mind that while staying in Triana and Los Remedios provides an authentic and culturally rich experience, you’ll need to walk across the river or use public transportation to reach the city center’s major attractions. 

Best places to stay in Triana/ Los Remedios without a car:

  • Mid-range ($$):  Eurostars Guadalquivir, popular 4-star hotel, located in a quiet area within a 15 minutes walk from Seville Centro and 10 minutes by metro. Close to supermarkets, restaurants, and Plaza de Cuba metro station.
  • Mid-range ($$): Zenit Sevilla, 4-star hotel situated next to the River Guadalquivir, in Triana, featuring a rooftop terrace with views of the Giralda and the city. 10 mins walk from Maestranza Bullring and Seville Cathedral.
  • Mid-range ($$): Triana Luxury Home, great hotel in a quiet area, 15 minute walk to center of Seville. 5 mins walk to many restaurants and bars, and the river.

6. Santa Justa/ Nervión

Santa Justa/Nervión is a more modern and residential area, located to the east of the city center. The area is home to the Santa Justa train station, one of Seville’s major transportation hubs, making it a great base if you plan to arrive in Seville by train or use the train for day trips to nearby cities.

Nervión is home to the Nervión Plaza shopping center and El Corte Inglés, one of Spain’s largest department store chains. This area is ideal for shoppers looking for brand-name and fashion stores.

The neighborhood has a more modern and cosmopolitan feel compared to the historic center. You’ll find contemporary architecture, business districts, and a range of restaurants and bars.

Best places to stay in Santa Justa/ Nervión without a car:

  • Mid-range ($$): Melia Lebreros, great 4-star hotel located in Seville’s commercial district, within a short distance from Santa Justa AVE Train Station. Also close Sevilla FC’s Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, and Nervión Metro Station. It is a reasonable taxi ride from major tourist sights.
  • Mid-range ($$): Hotel Novotel Sevilla, 4-star hotel located in Nervión district, next to Sevilla FC’s Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, 20 mins walk from the city center.
  • Budget ($): AACR Hotel Monteolivos, great 3-star accommodation located in a relatively quiet residential area, a  5-minute walk from Seville’s AVE Train Station. Great base for train and if you don’t mind walking/taking a taxi, public transportation to the old town.

In conclusion, Sevilla Centro, Santa Cruz, El Arenal, Macarena/ Alameda, Triana/ Los Remedios, Santa Justa/Nervión are the best places to stay in Seville without a car. These areas offer a variety of accommodation options, so you’ll have plenty of choices to choose from.

If you are new to Seville, you can continue reading this article: Best areas to stay in Seville for first time.

There you have it, my recommendations for the popular areas that you can stay during your car-free trip to Seville. I hope you found my article helpful and enjoy your holiday!

If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Your feedback is invaluable and helps me continue to create more quality travel guides.

About Author: Ocean Cameron

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