Thanks to its location, Seville is usually a favored starting point for a Southern Spain itinerary, but if you prefer to have a base rather than move around, you can also opt to use the city as a base for your adventures.
Below we share some of the best day trips from Seville to take, be it to the lush countryside to explore the region’s rural side or destinations where you’ll get to feel as though you traveled back to medieval times!
Day Trips from Seville
Granada via Ronda
Both Granada and Ronda are two of the best destinations to visit in Southern Spain, and this incredible day trip combines the best of them in one go!
Granada is a city where lavish Moorish architecture and glorious mountain views reign supreme, while Ronda is a town that looks straight out of a painting thanks to its white-washed houses and a striking 400 feet bridge that crosses a natural gorge.
This day trip from Seville is more of a transfer to Granada. Along the way, you’ll get to make a half-day stop at Ronda, where you can have breakfast, stroll its cobblestone streets, and cross the emblematic bridge that made the town the photogenic destination that it is. You also get the option to hike down to the bottom of the gorge to view the bridge at its full splendor.
After lunch, you’ll be driven to Granada. Here, you can choose to stay at a hotel (recommended) and return to Seville the next day or spend the afternoon exploring sites such as the Alhambra and make your own way back to Seville, depending on your schedule.
The Villages of Andalucia
Even though Andalucia is home to many incredible cities, its true magic lies in its smaller villages.
On this day trip from Seville, you’ll get the chance to visit three of the most picturesque villages nearby (Ronda, Grazalema, and Zahara), all of which are known for their whitewashed houses, cobblestone streets, and incredibly scenic streets.
At each village, you’ll get the chance to stroll its streets as well as take plenty of breaks to enjoy gourmet tapas at each stop. For those keen to explore further afield, you can also book an add-on to the day trip that includes a visit to an olive oil mill and a tasting session!
Yes, you can travel to the United Kingdom as a day trip from Seville without the need to book a flight!
Gibraltar is a small British Overseas Territory on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. Even though it has a lot of Spain in it, the culture here is absolutely British.
On this day trip, you’ll get the chance to learn everything you need to know about Gibraltar’s unique history, see some of the main landmarks, such as the Pillars of Hercules and the Great Siege Tunnels, and even hike the iconic Rock of Gibraltar where you’ll get to meet wild macaques (be careful as they love to steal bags and food from people!).
Cordoba is one of the most fascinating cities to visit as a day trip from Seville for those who love history, architecture, and mountain views.
Cordoba is home to a whopping four UNESCO World Heritage sites, not to mention plenty of other incredible architectural landmarks that were shaped by the Romans, Moors, and Christians.
Top attractions you’ll get to see on this day trip include the Calahorra Tower, the Roman Bridge, the Caballerizas Reales de Cordoba, the Jewish Quarter, royal stables, Los Patios de San Basilio, the Courtyards of Cordoba, the San Basilio Quarter, the Cordoba Synagogue and the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.
Granada is considered one of the crowns of any Seville itinerary. If you can’t manage to visit the city for several days, this is one of the best day trips from Seville you can take, as it will have you visit the top highlights of the city in just a day.
Of course, most of your time will be spent exploring the iconic UNESCO Alhambra Palace on a skip-the-line ticket. You’ll spend several hours admiring the interior of this place as well as its intricate details and gorgeous gardens.
After exploring one of the prettiest examples of Moorish architecture found in Spain, you’ll also get to visit the rest of the highlights Granada has to offer, including the Alcazaba, Nasrid Palace, the Generalife Gardens, and the Palace of Carlos V. Additionally, you can also opt to book an optional walking tour to see the secret Nasrid palaces in the Albaicin quarter that most visitors never see!
Jerez and Cadiz
On this incredible day trip from Seville, you’ll get to visit Jerez, the place known for sherry production and horses, as well as Cadiz, which is said to be the oldest city in Europe.
Throughout the day, you’ll get to feel as though you traveled back in time as you walk through the palm-fringed streets of Jerez. Here, you’ll get the chance to visit a bodega and sample authentic sherry, as well as witness a horse show at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art.
From here, you’ll take a ferry and land in Cadiz, where you can spend several hours strolling the medieval center and climb up to Tavira Tower for gorgeous 360-degree views of the port.
Countryside Bike Tour
Escape the bustle and hustle of Seville by going on a back tour to its outskirts in order to get close and personal with the mountains that surround the city.
Along the ride, you’ll stumble across small rural villages, plenty of farms, Iberian pigs, and vineyards galore before making a stop at a very local restaurant for lunch before returning back to Seville.
You can choose to go all in by riding your own bike, but if you don’t want to sweat it, you can also opt for a pedal-assisted electronic bike instead.
Cordoba and Carmona
Combine a visit to one of Andalucia’s most important cities as well as a smaller town that is known for its excellent food.
On this day trip, you’ll get to make stops at some of the main landmarks in Cordoba, such as the Los Patios de San Basilio, the Jewish Quarter, the Roman Bridge, the Synagogue, and the Mosque. As an added bonus, you’ll also get to spend time at the lesser-known town of Carmona, where you’ll check out a morish fortress and an old palace that provides glorious views of the town.