36 hours layover guide of Sevilla

36 hours layover guide of Sevilla
29/10/2017 pilotpatrick
36 hours layover guide of Sevilla

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Hello my Aviator, the past year I spend over six layovers in Sevilla and I take this as an opportunity to share my highlights of this beautiful city with you. My layover is usually 36 hours and this is why my following city guide is based on this period of time. Additionally, I will give general tips for your next city trip.  

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layover guide Sevilla

Bar at the Alfonso XIII Hotel / Photo by Emilie (@esunshi)

Facts about Sevilla

Sevilla is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is situated on the plain of the river Guadalquivir. Seville has a municipal population of about 703,000 as of 2011, making it the fourth-largest city in Spain. Seville is approximately 2,200 years old. The passage of the various civilizations has left the city with a distinct personality, and a large and well-preserved historical center.

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Expo venue of 1992 / lost place in Sevilla

Travel tip: bank

Over the years I have spent a lot of money on fees when paying with my checking account abroad. But those days are finally over. I recently opened a new account. This premium bank offers an account which incorporates many benefits to their customers. Which is especially useful for me as a frequent traveler who spends a lot of time in foreign countries. Besides giving me the services of traditional a checking account, it includes a MasterCard Gold free of charge.

In Sevilla, you can pay with your card in many shops and restaurants, but I have been to other cities in which they require cash for purchases. Especially taxi drivers, who rarely accept credit cards. With the gold credit card I can withdraw money for free and I even have an exclusive insurance package as well. For example, my health and my luggage are all ensured when I am staying abroad, even when I am not paying with the card.

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36 hours layover guide of Sevilla

10:00 – 14:00

Buenos dias 

Like my flight, you arrive in Sevilla in the morning. Since it is too early for the check-in,  I suggest to drop your luggage at the concierge and start discovering the city right away. The old town consists of many narrow streets with historical buildings. I usually approach a new city without a strict guide, so let your feet decide where to go. You will be surprised about the places to discover, which you did not expect.

Healthy snacking 

Maybe you have not had a good breakfast yet or you are ready for a small lunch. Close to the cathedral you can find a healthy food place, called “Milk Away“. Their smoothies and salads are fantastic. I always have the Acai bowl with granola and fresh fruits (it is up to you to decide which ones you like on top). For more healthy cafés, restaurants and shops around your personal location, I recommend the App called “Happy Cow“.

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Acai bowl at the healthy food place “Milk Away

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famous cathedral in old town of Sevilla

Travel tip: accommodation

Since you are staying only for one night I suggest sleeping in the Alfonso XIII hotel, named after King Alfonso of Spain. This elegant hotel with an Arabic style is located in the center of Sevilla. I personally always choose a hotel which is located in walking distance to major attractions when planning a short city trip. This saves time and I can return to the hotel for a quick break between sight-seeing. Apart from all the online booking platforms, I recommend, to always check the website of the hotel as well. Sometimes the rates are even better or you receive extras complimentary.

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Hotel Alfonso XII hotel

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pool of the Alfonso XIII hotel

14:00 – 18:00


Time to check-in to your hotel and to refresh and relax a little bit. The Alfonso XIII has an inviting outside area with a pool. Enjoy a couple of hours of sunbathing, swimming and doing sports.

18:00 – 22:00


There are many beautiful locations from where you can watch the sunset, but for me the most spectacular place is the Metropol Parasol. This tree-shaped wooden sculpture grants you the best views of Sevilla. Plan enough time to get up, because there might be a queue to get up. (entrance fee: 3€)

Now it is time to have a tasty dinner. Sevilla offers a huge variety of dining options. Most restaurants do not open before 20:00. For popular places, you need to make a dinner reservation. Last time in Sevilla I had dinner at El Paladar a simple looking Tapas bar. They offer three menu boards including one with meat, one vegetarian, and one vegan. It was tasty, inexpensive and local.

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vies of the Metropol Parasol

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sunset from the roof of the Metropol Parasol

22:00 – 24:00

Drinks and show

In Sevilla, the life takes place on the streets. Even late at night people are outside enjoying themselves. I can recommend the rooftop of the EME hotel for some drinks. The bar grants a nice view of the illuminated cathedral. Andalucia is also known for its Flamenco dance shows. I have not been to one yet, but it is on my list for my next layovers in Sevilla.


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Rooftop of the EME hotel

Travel tip: season

Sevilla is a city you can visit the whole year around. But keep in my mind that Sevilla is the hottest major metropolitan area in the geographical Western Europe, with summer average high temperatures of above 35 °C. Therefore I recommend coming here in spring or in late summer. While writing this article I am actually sitting in the sun in Sevilla  it is around 25°C at ist already the end of October. At this time of the year, the climate is much better for sightseeing.

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Royal Palace of Sevilla

Next day

09:00 – 11:00


Start the day with a good breakfast followed by an espresso in the sun on the terrace. In my opinion, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This gives you the energy for the day. Nevertheless, you should eat consciously. Even in hotels, I try to avoid white wheat bread, dairy products, and sugar. Here you can find my recipe for my super healthy breakfast bowl.

11:00 – 13:00

Real Alcázar 

The old town contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of them is the Alcázar palace complex, the royal palace. This is one of my highlights in Sevilla and it is also renowned as one of the most beautiful places in Spain. Plan enough time (minimum 2 hours)  to discover all rooms and to take a stroll through the extensive gardens. (entrance fee: 9,50€)


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Garden of the Royal Palace

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Real Alcázar courtyard

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Garden of the Real Alcázar

14:00 – 16:00

Plaza de España

Not far from the royal palace, you can find the Plaza de España. The first time visiting this square, I was overwhelmed by its size, architecture and look. I was surprised when I found out that the square is relatively young. It was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. You can even rent a small paddle boat to discover the square from the water. If you are lucky you can watch Flamenco dancer with live music underneath the roof in the middle of the building.

18:00 – 20:00


The old town consists of many shops and small boutique. As a souvenir I often buy clothing, so I get reminded of my stay when wearing them.

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Beautiful square: Plaza de España

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Plaza de España at sunset

Have you been to Spain and what is your favorite in Spain so far? Please comment below and subscribe to my newsletter with your email below. 

Happy and safe traveling!

Your Pilot Patrick





  1. Rajemah Rajali 2 years ago

    I really admirer with your blog patrick.we really need a blog like this to make easy for us to travel or explore other country we never go.all the tips you share is very good and sometimes we never know or aspect during holiday.because sometimes,due to excited about holiday we always forget about money used(how to budget/get benefit from holiday)hotels,food,souvenior,intresting places must visit,how to save several hours during holiday….this is must be plan properly let we get a good memorial about travel…i hope you can share more tips about travel next time.i hope you can share a tips how we want to travel in more than 3 places at the same time during holiday…..thank you patrick really love your blog.

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      pilotpatrick 2 years ago

      Hello Rajemah, thanks a lot for your comment. That makes me happy to hear. I will do my best to share more helpful tips with you.
      Happy landings

  2. Wai Choy Yeen 2 years ago

    I like your post everyday, I’m very admired for every pilots. I will always support you

  3. UMI NADHIRA 2 years ago

    Thanks for your information n tips my friend. Hopefully someday I can visit there. I wanna go to Al Cazar. You can see that so many calligraphy in AlCazar. Andalusia has big meaning for me n us although it already in the past. Thanks again. Always happy for you n dont forget me.

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      pilotpatrick 2 years ago

      Hello Umi, thanks a lot for your comment and your support. Alcázar is really beautiful and the history of Andalucia as well. Happy landings! Patrick

  4. Rajemah Rajali 2 years ago

    Hi patrick…once again.i forget to tell you here.i would like to share your blog to all my friends.some of them always travel out from asia. Am sure they never know about the very good tips during travel…especially the tips come out from a pilot.the source we can thrust 100% because of your job.i would like thanks to you with all you have done…very lucky you born as a pilot…am not remember how i found your blog before but that is good for me and feel bleess with you…atleast i can explore whole world thru your eyes…i only can see from out of my window in the office ….before when me and friends go for travel…depents with agency we paid for that travel to arrange everything….but after this we need to try our own…atleast we learn something new in traveller to other country…i always support you patrick…don’t change to another channel except pilotpatrick channel always ….keep it up and make sure up to date your blog everytime you can.bye patrick and hope can see you in real one day…

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      pilotpatrick 2 years ago

      I hope so as well! It is always a pleasure to meet my Aviator in real.

  5. Luca 2 years ago

    Hi #PilotPatrick!!!!
    How’s going at the gym ? Hahahaha;)
    the blog is very interesting !! Thank to have shared it with us!!

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      pilotpatrick 2 years ago

      Hello Luca, thanks for your comment. Ciao and happy landings! Patrick

  6. Karol 2 years ago

    Hi Pilot Patrick!
    I was in Barcelona some time ago and I hope that I will go there next time as a pilot 😉
    Excellent blog!!!

  7. vanessa 2 years ago

    A very helpful guide… No matter how many times you visit one city, there´s always something new to discover. Thank you!

  8. Peter Simpkins 2 years ago

    Hi Patrick
    Thanks for this guide to Seville – it’s really well-written and would give a new visitor great information to plan their stay. One thing in people’s postings that strikes me (a Westerner) as funny, not sure if you noticed it too. Many postings from people in the 3rd world refer to things that they want to happen as dependent on ‘God willing’. This fatalism is strange to a westerner, where we believe your fate in life is determined by your actions. As a pilot, your safety is not pre-determined by ‘God’, but based on your training, attitude, skills and the environment you’re operating in. ‘God’ has very little to do with it. Personally, I find this fatalism destructive, and a ‘cop-out’, although probably made because of the difficult circumstances people find themselves in, without any opportunity to improve things. But it’s an atttitude that definitely holds people and countries back, and is faintly ridiculous.

    I enjoyed reading your aviation articles, where you take people ‘inside’ the world of a pilot. I wish you best of luck on the A300, and with I’m sure you’re dreamed for progression to a big RPT operator will happen down the track!

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