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The best FREE things worth seeing in Seville!
11 November 2019
We get the picture: You may have just come out of education, been unemployed for a while, be immersed in your gap year - or maybe you just don’t want to spend a lot of money during your Erasmus+ placement. Whatever your situation may be, you don’t need to worry!
Seville is the 4th largest city in Spain, meaning there is an endless array of things to do and see that will cost you absolutely nothing. We’ve put together a list of things that may help you to see as much of the Spanish culture as possible during your 13 week placement, whilst also sticking to your budget! For the art-enthusiasts:
If you fancy yourself to be a little evocative of the likes of Van Gogh or Picasso or consider
yourself to be a connoisseur of the art world, there are plenty of interesting and galleries dotted around Seville!
The ‘Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo’ (or CAAC as you’ll most likely hear it referred to as) is a huge contemporary art museum in La Cartuja district of Seville. If I’m being honest, even if you’re not a huge art fan, this place is still worth a look round due to the abundance of weird things in there! Entry is free all day Saturdays and from 7pm-9pm every weeknight. Definitely somewhere worth heading to if you find yourself with nothing to do one evening!
They also hold various music events there throughout the year - one of our favourites being the ‘Electric Lunch’, a free EDM music event which we found to pretty much be a little festival! Drinks weren’t too expensive there either so all round a cheap time!
Another free museum in Seville worth checking out is the Museum of Fine Arts. The museum is free to EU citizens, so to any participants from the UK - probably better to head there sooner rather later! The museum mainly holds a collection of Spanish art from the medieval period to the early 20th century, so if that’s your type of thing - definitely take a wander down!
For the music fanatics:
There are a surprisingly large amount of free music venues in Seville, definitely due to satisfy everyone’s tastes. To name one of them, ‘Fun Club’ is located on the Alameda and has live music on the stage - typically of an indie-rock vibe. After the bands are finished, the bar stays open as a nightclub where it carries on with the indie-rock vibes. All in all, ‘Fun Club’ definitely does what it says on the tin - and the drinks are relatively cheap!
Jazz music is more your cup of tea, ‘Jazz Naima’ is where you’ll want to be headed. It’s a super cosy and intimate place but hosts live jazz and blues nights most week nights for free entry! It is usually courtesy to buy a drink but luckily, as it generally goes in Seville, these are also super cheap!
For the historians…
In a city as old and as big as Seville, it is undeniable that there are ample historical sites to see. Whilst I’ll let you uncover all the background information and precise details when you come and visit them, I’ll just let you know about a few that are worth visiting.
The Royal Alcázar of Seville is one of the most popular sights in the city - and for good reason.
The Alcázar is a royal palace that is still today used by the King and scenes from Game of
Thrones have even been filmed here! Entrance is free for the last hour on Mondays but remember, you need to reserve them online.
The Cathedral of Seville is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and is free along with ‘La Giralda’ bell tower on Mondays from 4:30pm. Again, you need to reserve these and make sure to do it well in advance as they only offer 70 tickets out for free!
One last historical monument that is free to visit - again on Mondays - is ‘La Torre del Oro’, a
defensive watchtower located on the river near the city centre. You don’t need to reserve tickets for this and I imagine the sunsets being stunning to see from up there!
For the dancing queens…
Flamenco is very much synonymous with Spanish culture. And where better to experience a
flamenco show than the capital city of where it originated? Hands down the best flamenco show venue in Seville is ‘La Carbonería’.
Situated in an old coal warehouse, it is free entry to watch authentic Spanish flamenco dancers perform onstage. It’s truly such a passionate and beautiful performance and definitely worth visiting. It is generally common courtesy to buy a drink but, you guessed it - they’re super cheap! This place also generally gets quite busy so ensure to get there in good time for the best experience!
For the green-fingered…
There are so many beautiful parks in Seville, obviously free for you to stroll through, picnic,
sunbathe… The possibilities are truly endless! One of my favourites is the ‘María Luisa’ park next to the ‘Plaza de España’ (which incidentally is free and completely breathtaking too!). The María Luisa Park is huge and full of all sorts of wildlife and secret gardens. They often hold events in the park too, for example right now there is a free month-long food festival, with different activities everyday!
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do in the city so when you come, you needn’t stress about having to spend loads to have a good time! To apply today, follow this link or get in touch if you have anymore questions!