Sometimes, you just want to post a bunch of beautiful pictures of a sight you visited. Such is the case for the pictures I took of the Setas of Seville in Spain. Of course, there is my Instagram account. But I’d like to share my most sensational photos of the Setas of Seville.
Setas of Seville
Setas? Setas? This translates in Spanish to “mushrooms”. Now, I am not sure if there are mushrooms growing in Seville, but it is the nickname of the wooden structure in the centre of Sevilla. Resembling mushrooms, these wooden parasols are located at Plaza de la Encarnación in Seville.
Metropol Parasol of Sevilla
The official name of the project is Metropol Parasol. Once a dull pover car park in the centre of Seville, this project completed in 2011. It claims to be the world largest wooden structure and houses different levels. There is a small museum, a market place, a public park and the top level for great viewing.
Visit the Setas of Seville
If you want to visit the Setas of Seville, there isn’t much you need to know. Just go. Be amazed or hate it. You can visit the main areas for free. Entree to the top level costs €3,00 but you’ll get a free drink or small tapas for free.
The elevator is at the below level and takes you to the top floor. I was amazed to get a full glass of wine for free in exchange for my entrance ticket. Excellent deal if you ask me!
Best time to see the Setas of Seville
You can visit the Setas of Seville any time a day but I went at the end of the afternoon and stayed to watch the sunset. The different pillars of the structure are magically lit at night and the views of the Cathedral of Seville and the whole city are enchanting!
How to get to Seville
If you want to visit Seville, you can fly into different airports. The closest one is Seville Airport (SVQ) which serves different European Airlines. Malaga (2h) and Madrid (2,5h) airport are the major intercontinental airports nearby.
The train network in Spain is widely covered and connects all the major cities and smaller cities via rails. As you know, I love a journey by train, so it doesn’t matter if you find yourself in Barcelona or Valencia, you can always go to Seville!
Where to stay in Seville
I really enjoyed wandering around in Seville, during the day and at night. If you get tired from walking, you can always go on a bike tour of Seville or take one of the romantic horse drawn carriages. Of course, the best thing is to stay close to the centre of Seville. Here are my top picks for hotels and hostels in Seville (*this part contains affiliated links, marked with an *. If you decide to book a stay via the link, I will earn a small commission. This is at no extra cost for you).
I love to stay in hostels when I travel solo. Here is a top 3 of hostels for Seville:
Black Swan Hostel Seville*, located right next to the Plaza Nueva, in the centre of Seville.
Sevilla Kitsch Hostel Art*, located close to the Alcázar gardens.
La Banda Rooftop Hostel Seville*, it is all in the name! Excellent views from the rooftop.
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Apartments are an excellent choice if you’re staying for a longer period or travelling with a (larger) family and want to self-cater. Check out this selection of apartments in Seville.
Andalusian Courtyard*, stay in your own private version of the Alcázar!
Pierre & Vacances Sevilla*, slick modern and situated in HIP and happening Triana.
Placentines Sevilla*, situated right at the edge of the old town, this is the place to be.
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If you’re looking for something more posh or just want all the facilities, then check out these (luxury) boutique hotels in Seville.
Hotel Alfonso XIII – A Luxury Collection Hotel*- it has Luxury in its name for a reason!
Hotel Sevilla*, close to the Setas of Seville, a mix of Andalusian charm and modern vibe.
Hotel Boutique Elvira Plaza Sevilla*, cute adorable Andalusian boutique hotel with modern rooms.
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More things to do in Seville
The Setas of Seville are lovely to hang out at, meet with new friends and enjoy the sunset. But there is so much more to do in Seville. Make sure to check out my Andalusian Road Trip Itinerary with more great ideas for the area, but here is a list of nice things to do in Seville.
- Walking Tour of Seville, join a (free) walking tour of Seville and explore the city
- Bike Tour of Seville, discover Seville by bike and get to know the city
- Food Tour of Seville, eat your way around town food and drink culture of Seville
- Visit the Alcázar, the royal palace of Seville
- Visit the Cathedral of Seville and climb the Giralda tower
- See a Flamenco show in Seville
- Wandering around the Plaza d’España of Seville
Have you ever been to Seville? Did you visit the Setas of Seville? What did you think of this unusual structure? Sensational? Share your experiences in the comment section below!