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10 Ideas for Amazing Seville Day Trips

by Silke Elzner

What are the best day trips from Seville? If you are staying in Seville, you may also want to explore the region and go an amazing day trip.  In particular if you can hire a rental car, a day trip to the country is a must. In this post we want to share with you our most favourite Seville day trips for you to try.

These 10 amazing Seville day trip ideas are easy to reach from Seville and are all great destinations in their own right. In this travel blog post we explain our top Seville day trip destinations. We share the best things to do there, and also explain how to get there by car or public transport (where possible).

The Best Seville Day Trips

With each suggestion we share the best things to see and also explain how to get there. So what are you waiting for? White villages and cave dwellings, Roman ruins and nature parks – the best day trips from Seville are all at your fingertips!

 

Santiponce Italica Roman Theatre

The Roman Theatre in Italica is in great shape. It is much bigger than it could have had to be given the size of the town which proves what an important Roman outpost Italica must have been.

Santiponce and the Ruins of Italica

Just outside of Seville, the Roman ruins of Italica make a wonderful quick and easy Seville day trip destination. Noteworthy is the well preserved Roman theatre, which is now also part of the Game of Thrones pilgrimage trail. Next to it, the ruins of the city spread out with their pretty mosaic floors. Italica used to be one of the most important Roman cities in Spain until the Guadalquivir river changed its bed. This ultimately helped nearby Seville’s rise to fame and fortune. Consequently, what is left of Italica is much more than you would expect on first sight. For more info, check out our travel blog post about Santiponce and Italica here.

How to get there

Public Transport: By bus from Bus Station Plaza de Armas, about 20 minutes.
By Car: Via SE-30, about 20-30 minutes’ drive.

The New Bridge of Ronda is just one of the many things you can see on a Seville to Ronda day trip. The views from the top are spectacular.

The New Bridge of Ronda is just one of the many things you can see on a Seville to Ronda day trip. The views from the top are spectacular.

The Puente Nuevo and Views of Ronda

The little town of Ronda is one of the most visited places in Andalusia, and of course a Seville to Ronda day trip is a very popular option for visitors. The town is located on two high mountains with a deep gorge in the middle, the Tajo. The bridge stretching across, Puente Nuevo, is truly spectacular. But there is more to Ronda: Moorish palaces, a wonderful bullring museum, the Arab baths, and the views from the viewing terraces of Alameda de Tajo are among the best things you can do in the south of Spain. One of our most favourite Seville day trip destinations for sure.

How to get there

Public Transport: By train from Seville Santa Justa station to Málaga, change at Bobadilla for Ronda, about 2 hours and 40 minutes.
By Car: For your Seville to Ronda day trip, travel via A-375 and A-374, about 2 hours’ drive.

Shamefully overlooked Setenil de las Bodegas is particularly remarkable thanks to the unique cave dwellings along the river. As a white village it is also a destination in its own right and one of the best day trips from Seville.

Shamefully overlooked Setenil de las Bodegas is particularly remarkable thanks to the unique cave dwellings along the river. As a white village it is also a destination in its own right and one of the best day trips from Seville.

The Cave Houses of Setenil de las Bodegas

Setenil is one of my most favourite white villages in Andalusia. It is located just a couple of minutes from Ronda which makes it easy to combine both destinations into one day trip. Setenil is known for its cave houses which have been built thousands of years ago under the overhanging rocks along the river. Climb up the mountain to the remains of the Moorish castle for some excellent views across the white village. For more info on this Seville day trip destination, check out our travel blog post about Setenil de las Bodegas here.

How to get there

Public Transport: Same as Ronda, just get off one stop before Ronda at Setenil de las Bodegas.
By Car: Via A-372, about 2 hours’ drive.

There are Many Baroque Palaces in Osuna

There are many Baroque Palaces in Osuna which makes it such an awesome Seville day trip destination. Check out the pretty grape ornaments on these pillars framing the wooden double-wing doors.

Baroque Palaces and Game of Thrones Museum in Osuna

The little town of Osuna is probably one of the prettiest towns in Andalusia which makes it one of the best day trips from Seville. During the 18th century many noblemen set up their residence in this town. Lucky for us, today you can still see wonderful house entrances with ornate columns and detailed artwork. You can also visit the Plaza de Toros as well as the the small Game of Thrones museum, if this is something you fancy. If you are after something completely different, stop by the old Roman limestone quarry which is a very unique place that has to be seen to be believed. For more info, check out our travel blog post about Osuna with the Game of Thrones Museum.

How to get there

Public Transport: By train from Seville Santa Justa station to Malaga, get off at Osuna station after about 1.5 hours.
By Car: Via A-92, about 1 – 1.5 hours’ drive.

Dark rainy clouds cover the sky over Grazalame, adding a special rustic atmosphere to this beautiful historic mountain village.

Dark rainy clouds cover the sky over Grazalama, adding a special rustic atmosphere to this beautiful mountain village.

Mountain Village Feel at Grazalema

The little town of Grazalema is strategically placed overlooking the stunning Grazalema Natural Park. Heavily influenced by the Moors who built most of what is Grazalema today, you can spend a full day just exploring the pretty streets with their whitewashed houses and enjoy the mountain panoramas of the Sierra del Pinar. If you are lucky you may hear some goats on the slopes with their ringing bells. There is also a calendar of festivals in this Seville day trip destination which add flavour and colour to the experience.

How to get there

Public Transport: Not advisable.
By Car: Via A-375, about 2 hours’ drive, some of it quite scenic, in particular if you choose the route via El Bosque.

There are fantastic views from Zahara de la Sierra, in particular if you can make it all the way to the top. The climb is very steep and best done early in the morning when it's not so hot.

There are fantastic views from Zahara de la Sierra, in particular if you can make it all the way to the top. The climb is very steep and best done early in the morning when it’s not so hot.

Picture-Perfect White Village Zahara de la Sierra

There are many white villages in Andalusia but Zahara de la Sierra surely must be one of the prettiest. It is indeed one of the most memorable day trips from Seville. The town sits on top of a steep mountain which is crowned by a Moorish castle. Nice views can be had not just from the top but also when looking up, as the town reflects beautifully on the surface of the man-made lake on the bottom. Best visited in spring when the landscape is verdant and green and the wildflowers add colour to the landscape. Zahara de la Sierra is close to Grazalema, so both villages can visited in one go if you go by car.

How to get there

Public Transport: Not advisable.
By Car: Via A-375, about 1.5 hours’ drive. Combine the trip with a visit to nearby Grazalema for some stunning views of the Natural Park along the way.

Coto Doñana is great for bird watching and nature experiences. It is a refuge for the endangered lynx. It's best to visit in winter and spring and not in summer like me when everything is bone dry.

Coto Doñana is great for bird watching and nature experiences. It is a refuge for the endangered lynx. It’s best to visit in winter and spring and not in summer like me when everything is bone dry.

Bird Watching at Doñana National Park

It is not easy to visit Doñana National Park on your own as it is so well protected from the public. The area is extremely important for all European migrating birds who will stop in the wetlands of the national park on their way to England, France and Germany. You can access the park on your Seville day trip via El Acebuche visitor centre. To ensure that you will have one of the best day trips from Seville, just make sure you don’t arrive during siesta time when the visitor centre will be closed. From here, you can explore parts of the park by foot, with some observation points strategically placed to watch the various bird and mammal species that can be found in the park. Just make sure you visit during wet season and during migration seasons. Avoid the park in summer when the wetlands are dry.

How to get there

Public Transport: Not advisable.
By Car: Via A-49 to El Acebuche visitor centre, about 70 minutes’ drive.

The red waters of the Rio Tinto near Huelva

The red hues of Rio Tinto are due to the rich iron content in the soil. The best way to see the river is by taking a tour in the historic mining train.

The Red River of Rio Tinto

The spectacular Rio Tinto is located in Huelva province in a region that has a long history of mining. Even the Romans knew how to mine minerals from the mountains north of Huelva. Visit the historic mining town of Riotinto and explore the British heritage from the 19th century such as the worker’s cottages, the hospital and the monuments. Then take a ride on the historic mining train along the river and enjoy the amazing hues from cherry cola to orange red. For more info, check out our travel blog post about the Rio Tinto experience here.

How to get there

Public Transport: Not advisable.
By Car: Via A-66, about 1.5 hours’ drive.

Hiking along the Caminito del Rey near Malaga is a safe but spectacular experience which follows the former workers' trail between two water reservoir in the El Chorro gorge. Hands down one of the best day trips from Seville you can have.

Hiking along the Caminito del Rey near Malaga is a safe but spectacular experience which follows the former workers’ trail between two water reservoir in the El Chorro gorge. Hands down one of the best day trips from Seville you can have.

Hiking in the Chorro Gorge along the Caminito del Rey

The Caminito del Rey is a spectacular hiking trail in the Chorro Gorge just north of Málaga. The boardwalk is suspended some 100 metres above the gurgling river – a safe experience but not for the faint-hearted. Enjoy the spectacular views of the countryside, watch the birds in the steep cliff face, and feel the cool breeze that sweeps through the narrow gorge. Entrance to the walking trail is limited, so make sure you plan ahead and get your tickets online before you head off. For more info, check out our travel blog post about the Caminito del Rey experience here.

How to get there

Public Transport: By train to Málaga, get off at El Chorro, then by bus M-347 to Sillon de Rey, about 2 hours 40 minutes.
By Car: Via A-92, about 2 hours’ drive.

Photography is not admitted inside the grotto but this picture of the public laundry proves that Aracena has a lot to offer, not just the Grotto of Wonders.

Photography is not admitted inside the grotto but this picture of the public laundry proves that Aracena has a lot to offer, not just the Grotto of Wonders.

The Grotto of Wonders in Aracena

This cave system in the province of Huelva is considered one of the finest in Spain. On just about 1.200 metres you can explore this fascinating underwater world of chambers and underground ponds, where water adds a certain magic to the experience. We loved the interplay of shadow and light, the bizarre shapes of the limestone and the dripping sound of water… It’s far better than you average cave thanks to the water, and easy to explore too.

How to get there

Public Transport: Not advisable.
By Car: Via A-66, about 2 hours’ drive.

These are my most favourite experiences around the city of Seville. Each one of these day trip suggestions is definitely highly recommended!

Conclusion: Best day Trips from Seville: Ronda, Santiponce, Grazalema, and many more

These are our recommended day trips from Seville. I am sure that the selection above will offer something for everything. Personally, we enjoyed each one of these destinations and we are more than happy to recommend them to you. For organised day trips from Seville, have a look at these suggestions below:

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