For sipping in the sunshine, few places in the world rival Seville. Affectionately nicknamed ‘the frying pan of Spain’, this sizzling city experiences some of Europe’s hottest temperatures. No wonder locals and travellers alike make a beeline for the city’s rooftop bars, seeking out big views, perfectly chilled drinks and a seat in the shade. Seville’s 500-year-old cathedral also makes for an awe-inspiring focal point from up high. We’ve selected the nine very best rooftop bars in Seville, so you can see it for yourself. Ideally over an ice-cold tinto de Verano…
- EME Catedral Hotel Rooftop
- Le Terraza de EME
- Hotel Dona Maria Rooftop Terrace
- Gourmet Experience Duque at El Corte Inglés
- La Terraza at Hotel Inglaterra
- Hotel Zenit Sevilla
- The Roof at Hotel Alfonso XIII
- ROOF at Casa Romana
- Pura Vida
Our first stop is the EME Catedral Hotel Rooftop, in the heart of Seville’s historic centre. On reaching the roof, guests are greeted by blockbuster views of the iconic Giralda Tower and the majestic Seville Cathedral. The stylish and modern ambiance of the bar perfectly contrasts with the city’s age-old buildings, and you can sip a refreshing cocktail while enjoying the lively atmosphere and balmy Andalusian breeze. Be sure to order the signature ‘Seville Sunset’ – a delicious blend of local ingredients that captures the essence of the city – or a copa (large glass) of vino de naranja, made using Seville’s beloved oranges, then wait until the cobblestones have cooled before heading out in search of tapas in Santa Cruz, the city’s old Jewish neighbourhood.
Just a stone’s throw away from the EME Catedral Hotel Rooftop, you’ll find La Terraza de EME. Set over two levels, the trendy terrace is upscale, but still with a relaxed and casual vibe. Enjoy high-quality service, delicious cocktails, tasty bites and a chic lounge atmosphere. We recommend the refreshing Gin Fizz de Sevilla, which combines local gin with citrus flavours. As you enjoy your drink, take in the panoramic views of the city’s rooftops and enjoy some next-level people watching over the vibrant Plaza de la Encarnacion.
Next on our list is the Hotel Dona Maria Rooftop Terrace, just a few steps from the awe-inspiring Seville Cathedral. This tip-top oasis offers another perspective of the city’s architectural wonders. In summer, take a seat to the right of the bar (facing the cathedral) where it’s shaded and directly under the water misters to keep cool. Still baking? The terrace also boasts a charming pool, inviting you to take a refreshing dip while drinking in the swoon-worthy views. Enjoy a large selection of creative, tasty and potent cocktails, along with a fantastic sunset and late-night offerings of jazz, blues, flamenco and DJ sessions.
One of the best rooftop bars in Seville for lunch, this top spot is perched on the fifth floor of El Corte Inglés (the Spanish version of Selfridges). It’s a surprisingly elegant, non-pretentious place to savour traditional Iberian cured ham and glasses of cava. Buy artisan cheeses, good wine, olives and pan con tomate (tomato toast), from the shop next to the terrace and dine in the alfresco area at no extra charge. The large, modern terrace is one of the highest in Seville, with serious views over Spain’s fourth-largest city. Wander around the fragrant garden and see if you can pick out Seville’s iconic landmarks including the pink El Salvador church and the turquoise-hued Guadalquivir River, the only navigable river in Spain.
Perched on top of Hotel Inglaterra, La Terraza is something of a hidden gem. This generous rooftop bar is in the heart of the old town, right on Plaza Nueva, and offers amazing panoramic views over the entire city skyline. Decorated with a long and stylish bar and lots of front-row furniture, this is a great spot for sophisticated sunset drinks. Choose from a long list of expertly crafted cocktails, a nice selection of wines and some tasty bar bites.
When it comes to the best rooftop bars in Seville for a quiet drink, Hotel Zenit Seville hits the sweet spot. You’ll find this hotel terrace in the traditional Triana neighbourhood, which was once bustling with sailors, bullfighters and artisans. It’s now one of the smartest rooftops in Seville, thanks to a recent renovation, and a welcome escape from the busy cobbled streets across the river. If you’re feeling peckish, make sure to try the charcuterie or cheese board.
This luxurious rooftop bar exudes elegance. Set in an historic building, the bar offers unparalleled views of the city’s landmarks, including the Royal Alcazar and the Guadalquivir River. The extensive cocktail list features both classic and innovative creations, such as the Alfonso XIII Martini, a pleasing blend of gin and vermouth finished with local orange blossom. Pair your drink with the delectable tapas, like the carillada Iberica (Iberian pork cheeks) or the croquetas de jamon (ham croquettes), for a truly indulgent experience.
Up there as one of the best rooftop bars in Seville for 360-degree views, this multi-layered location is a tale of two terraces. Venture up to the top deck for tapas under the stars and views across the charming church spires of Seville. Or go for drinks in the sunken level, which has a buzzy club-like atmosphere. Our recommendation for a top tipple? Try the ‘Red Lion’ cocktail made with gin, Grand Marnier, citrus juice and grenadine.
In the Santa Cruz area, set on the roof terrace of the boutique hotel Los Seises Sevilla, bohemian Pura Vida provides magical and up-close views of the cathedral and La Giralda. Inspired by Costa Rica, the lively yet laid back terrace offers acoustic acts along with a mix of refreshing cocktails and ice-cold beers. During summer, you can also make use of the lovely rooftop pool which is open for both hotel and outside guests.
So now you know where to find the very best rooftop bars in Seville, the only decision left to make is which tipple will best complement those tip-top views. Salud to Seville!