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Triana Seville what to see in this charming neighbourhood

Top things to see and do in Triana Seville


In this article you will find essential information about the best things to see in the Triana district of Seville :

  • A few words on the history of the Triana district
  • Where is the Triana district?
  • Visiting the Triana district and its essentials
  • What to see and do in Triana
    • Tapas and flamenco
    • Things to do in Seville
  • Some useful links for your holidays
  • What to see in Seville after Triana
  • Continuing your trip to Andalucia

A few words about Seville’s Triana neighbourhood


This site, the Triana district, has been inhabited for at least 2000 years. It has been well known since Roman times. It was a period that left its mark on the history of Seville.


During this period, two sisters, Justa y Rufina (Justa and Rufina), who were potters in the 3rd century on the site where Triana now stands, became saints and are venerated today in Seville. They are also considered to be the protectors of the Giralda and the Cathedral.


View of the Giralda from the Triana district

The floating bridge over the Guadalquivir


The Triana district really came into its own in the 12th century, in 1171, when the Almohad Berber caliph Abu Yaqub Yusuf decided to build a floating bridge, which was then known as the Puente de Barcas for a long time…. This was the only bridge to link Triana to the centre of Seville for almost 700 years!



The current Puente Isabel II was only built in 1847, on the site of this old floating bridge.


Triana and its people


Triana is the birthplace of many navigators, including Christopher Columbus. It is also known for its bullfighters. Many of the local personalities can be seen on the city’s walls.


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The district has also been the birthplace of many famous flamenco singers, dancers and musicians.



Triana’s imprint is very strong in the hearts of its inhabitants. In fact, it’s said that the locals are Trianeros before they are Sevillanos. And don’t they themselves say that when they cross a bridge, it’s to go to Seville!


Where is the Triana district?


Seville’s Triana district is located opposite the Casco Antiguo, just across from the historic centre. To get to Triana, you can take three bridges across the Guadalquivir. From the centre, take the Pont Isabel II.

On the map, the district is outlined in red:



What to see and do in Triana of Seville?


  1. Calle Betis
  2. Triana Market
  3. Isabel II Bridge or Triana Bridge
  4. Chapel of the Carmelite Convent of Seville
  5. Little Museum of the Inquisition
  6. Patios and corrals of Triana
  7. Plaza del Altozano
  8. The ceramics museum
  9. Casa Cuesta bar and restaurant
  10. The church of Santa Ana
  11. Calle San Jacinto in Triana
  12. The facades of the streets of Triana
  13. Tapas and flamenco in Triana
    • Casa de la Memoria
    • Tablao Pura Esencia
    • Triana Flamenco Theatre
    • Bar Juan Carlos and its 100 cheeses

Betis Street a little treasure to see in Seville’s Triana neighbourhood


This is the best-known street in the Triana district. Its colourful houses are often photographed from the other side of the Guadalquivir, in the Arenal district.



This street, which runs alongside the River Guadalquivir, is closely linked to the river’s history. Today this river is called the Guadalquivir, a name taken directly from the name of the Al-andalus period: al-wādi al-kabīr.


In Roman times, however, the river was known as Betis, which also gave its name to the Betic region – Hispania Baetica – which is more or less what Andalucia is today.



Calle Betis is a picturesque street known for its river views, bars and restaurants. It’s a great place to relax in a restaurant in the evening, and enjoy the views, particularly of the Torre del Oro :


The Torre de Oro from Triana

The market a must-see in Triana of Seville



Triana’s covered market is a delight to browse, with all its colourful stalls.



What’s more, this lively market is an excellent place to discover Andalusian cuisine, with numerous stalls selling fruit, vegetables, meat and cold meats.



Last but not least, don’t hesitate to sample some of the best local produce:



The Isabel II Bridge a historical treasure to be seen in Triana neighbourhood



Seville’s emblematic arched bridge links the Triana district to the historic centre, and to the Arenal and Santa Cruz districts.


Chapel of the Carmel of Seville


This chapel stands at the foot of the Triana bridge.



It is dedicated to the glory of the Virgin of Carmel, the patron saint of Seville’s sailors.



Just behind this chapel, along the river, you’ll find San Jorge Castle. From 1481 onwards, this castle housed the court of the Inquisition and its prison. It is now a curious little museum about the Inquisition!


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Remains of the Almohad castle in the background

A word of history: this castle is itself built on the foundations of an ancient Almohad castle. Its 10th-century foundations and an Almohad cemetery were discovered by chance during development work for the 1992 Universal Exhibition.


Patios and corrals of Triana



The – patios – courtyards in the Triana neighbourhood are known to be among the most beautiful in Seville. They can be discovered by strolling through the streets of the district, mainly behind Calle Betis.



Altozano Square a lovely place to see in Triana in Seville


This square is located just after crossing the Isabel II Bridge. It is level with the market. In this square you will find two important statues, representative of the district. The first statue is called “Triana al arte flamenco“:



The second statue represents a bullfighter born in Triana. It is Juan Belmonte. The particularity of the sculpture is that there is an opening in the bullfighter’s torso. Standing behind the sculpture, you can see the bullring on the other side of the river.



The ceramics museum


Museo de la Cerámica de Triana: This museum displays a collection of Triana ceramics, a craft with a long tradition in this district.


Not far from here, you’ll find a number of ceramics shops, just behind the Triana market:



There is also a very nice bar-restaurant next door:



It’s a great place to stop for a coffee.



Casa Cuesta is the name of this bar-restaurant, and you can find its exact location here.


It’s just behind the Triana market, next to a small square, see below:



The church of Santa Ana



This church is on Calle Pelay Correa, one of the two streets running parallel to Calle Betis. Its construction was ordered in 1276, making it the oldest Catholic church in Seville! It is popularly known as the Cathedral of Santa Ana.



Above, the terrace of a bar right next to the Santa Ana church, which is very pleasant after your visit.


Calle San Jacinto in Triana



Calle San Jacinto is Triana’s main shopping street, running along the Isabel II bridge past the Altozano square.


The facades of the streets of Triana



A stroll through this district reveals the richness and beauty of its facades.



However, you can also appreciate the variety of colours on the façades.



Tapas and flamenco in Triana


The Triana district of Seville is a lively and colourful neighbourhood with a rich history and culture. It is famous for its flamenco. The most popular form of flamenco is soleá. Until the 1970s it was also known as the gypsy quarter.


Triana is the ideal place to enjoy an authentic flamenco show. Here is a small selection of the best flamenco tablaos in which to enjoy a show:


You can click on each link to find out more and/or book online:




  • Here’s a third flamenco tablao in the Triana district.


This place is a pure delight, even if you have to enjoy the ceramics before entering. It’s called Teatro Flamenco Triana.


For some really good tapas in the district:


Here’s an original bar you really must try: Bar Juan Carlos. It serves around…100 cheeses…. numerous beers and some other very good specialities. It is located at Calle Febo, 6.


Here’s the exact location.


French-speaking guide to Triana and the other neighbourhoods of Seville


For those who wish, there is a great English-speaking guide, Victor, who offers several options for private tours of Seville, in the different districts of Seville.


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with the official guide Victor

Book accommodation in Triana Seville or centre


To book accommodation in Seville at the best price, it’s advisable to book well in advance.


Note: if you’re coming during the Seville Fair, it’s advisable to book even further in advance.


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Book activities in Seville



Some useful links (car hire, ideas for visits)


Easy and economical bookings






What to see in Seville after the Triana neighbourhood


Seville, the Andalusian capital, is an incredibly rich city that deserves several days’ visit.

Here are some ideas for continuing your visit to Seville:


  • 3 days to visit the centre of Seville and the Arenal district on foot:
    • Cathedral
    • Giralda
    • Alcázar
    • Macarena Basilica
    • Plaza de España
    • Maria Luisa Park
    • las setas – Metropol Parasol –
    • Church of the Divine Saviour
    • the bullring
    • Postigo Abd-el-Aziz
    • Torre de Oro

  • Head to the fabulous Santa Cruz district to discover some of the city’s wonders, including :
    • the old judería
    • Callejón del Agua
    • Church of Santa María la Blanca


Continue your trip to Andalucia


Cadiz


Here’s a link to a visit that combines the sea and a beautiful city, for anyone staying in the area for a few days: what to see in Cadiz. This is your chance to discover Europe’s oldest city, steeped in history and lined with beautiful sandy beaches.


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Cadix – Caleta Beach

Cordoba


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In this link, the monuments and districts to see in Cordoba Spain.


Granada


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In this link, the monuments and districts to see in Granada Spain.



In the following link you will find other beautiful sites to discover, see the blog articles about Andalusia.


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