As the largest city and capital of Southern Spain, Seville is the perfect home base to explore Andalusia and other parts of Spain, Portugal and even Morocco! If you are visiting Spain and want to take some epic road trips from Seville for weekend or a day trip, these destinations are the top picks to visit.
1. The City of Itálica
The city of Itálica was the first permanent Roman settlement on the Iberian peninsula. It is a very important archeological site, since it has been preserved so well. It’s most stunning feature is its brick and stone amphitheater, the third largest ever built in the Roman world.
Location: City of Santiponce, 15-20 minutes outside of Seville / Address: Avenida Extremadura, 2, 41970 Santiponce
Times to Go: Half-Day Trip / Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday between 9:00am and 6:30pm
Cost: 1.50 EUR
2. Cádiz, Spain
I would highly suggest taking a day trip to visit Cádiz, Spain, the longest continuously inhabited city in Europe. This coastal city is a beautiful breath of fresh air and history. Visit the old and new cathedrals in the historic part of Cádiz, and take a walk along the coast. Cádiz is also known for its Mardi Gras celebrations, Carnival, and it’s one of the most popular places to go during this season in Spain.
Getting there: It is easy to travel to Cádiz by bus or train, which gets you to Cádiz in just under two hours. Buses leave hourly from Prado de San Sebastián, and you can go by train from either San Bernardo or Santa Justa.
Cost: Getting to Cádiz costs around 17 EUR roundtrip.
3. Córdoba, Spain
Córdoba is an important city to visit in Andalusia, as the old capital of the Iberian peninsula under Muslim rule. One of the city’s gems is its Mezquita, originally built as a Muslim mosque (one of the most impressive in their territory) but later it incorporated a Christian cathedral inside. The church-mosque is captivating and one of the most important things to see in Córdoba. Another site to visit is the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a beautiful palace built by the Christian kings. Córdoba is also beautiful to visit in early May, where its winding streets are full of fresh flower pots, celebrating springtime.
Getting there: the best way to travel to Córdoba from Seville is to take a regional train from Santa Justa. Perfect for a day trip!
Cost: The most affordable option, by train from Santa Justa, costs 15 EUR round trip. Other options like buses cost 18 EUR. The AVE is the fastest way to get there, taking 45 minutes, but the price is about 45 EUR round trip.
4. Granada, Spain
You can’t visit Andalusia without visiting Granada. Its famous Alhambra is a series of palaces and gardens built in the 14th century. Another fascinating building is Granada’s cathedral, including the Royal Chapel where Isabel and Ferdinand are buried. The landscape of Granada is a must-see. At the edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Spain’s highest mountain range, and not too far from the Mediterranean, Granada boasts beautiful scenery, fascinating streets and villages, and an insight into a vibrant culture in Andalusia. I would plan for at least an overnight stay in Granada!
Getting there: Getting to Granada by bus is the most affordable route to the city. The trip is about two and a half hours.
Cost: Roundtrip bus tickets from Seville cost 40 EUR each.
5. Chefchaouen, Morocco
If you are looking to explore a new country and culture, Morocco is about a ferry ride and road trip away from Seville. Chefchaouen is located in the mountains in northern Morocco. It is a wonderland of a city painted blue and white. It is one of the most colorful places in the world, and it’s a great way to experience Moroccan culture. Spend some time in the city square in the Old City, wandering around some shops, and be sure to sample a variety of Moroccan cuisine. For outdoorsy folks, you can take a hike through the Rif Mountains to get a picturesque view of the blue pearl city.
Getting there: Book a bus to the Algeciras Ferry Terminal (which takes about 2 hours and 35 minutes) to board a ferry to Cuenta, a ride that takes a little over an hour. Ferries leave hourly, however, depending on sea conditions, this can change. Be open and flexible in your planning! Book a taxi or shuttle from Cuenta to Chefchaouen (1 hour and 45 minute ride). If you don’t want to worry about travel arrangements, perhaps book a weekend trip to Chefchaouen with a local travel agency or group.
Cost: Costs vary as far as travel goes!
6. Algarve, Portugal
The southern coast of Portugal is a natural beauty, and just a 2-hour road trip away from Seville. You can stay in Albufeira or Lagos, and enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Plan to relax this weekend, soak up some sun, and enjoy the incredible sights of Portugal. Be sure to venture out to Cape St. Vincent, next to the Sagres Point, as it’s known to be called by legend “the end of the world.”
Getting there: Trips to Algarve take around 2 hours by bus from Seville; buses leave daily from Plaza de Armas. It’s best to plan a weekend trip or longer out to Portugal to have time to relax in the coastal environment!
Cost: Round trip bus tickets cost about 35 EUR.
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Not only does Seville itself have amazing cultural experiences, it provides a great location to see more cities and towns in the region. A trip to Spain wouldn’t be complete without a road trip from Seville.