Here are top 10 things to see and do in Triana:
1. Walk across from Seville
2. Faro de Triana
Have a drink at Faro de Triana on the riverbank. It is the single yellow building just as you exit the bridge at the Triana side. The atmosphere of this place is something special, you can get your drink and spend time with fellow travelers who just sit on the steps or on the terrace, watching the river.
3. Cross the road to Castillo San Jorge
4. Turn around at Plaza del Altozano
You will be sure to cross a large square, Plaza del Altozano as soon as you cross the bridge into Triana. At this point look around at the glass and wrought iron balconies which were filled with residents to watch flamenco singers meeting in the square. You will see this is a great spot to take pictures. Sometimes the entire plaza is decorated with lights that meet above you in the centre.
5. Visit Iglesia Santa Ana
6. Calle Pelay Correa
Spend some time on this street to admire the traditional Triana which has not been influenced by commercial tourism. Ideally you should go deeper into the district but with limited time this street is a good place to visit, right behind Iglesia Santa Ana.
Go to Calles Callao, Antillano Campos, Alfareria, to see the best azulejos and even some old kilns.
8. Avoid Calle Betis
The riverside street has many nice bars and it is a relaxing place for a drink but it is also filled with tourists. If you have come to Triana, you must try and get a real feel for the common life of Seville.
9.Visit an old Gypsy commune
Entire communities of Roma people used to live in Triana because they were not allowed into Seville. The Roma communes no longer exist but you can visit the corrales de vecinos or communal patio at Calle Castilla 16to see the arrangement of living quarters around a central patio used for everything including cooking and entertainment.
10. Authentic Flamenco Performance
Watch a flamenco performance by amateurs at a pena in Triana. Or walk into one of the bars where for the cost of a drink you can expect an impromptu free show.
But you can be adventurous and wait till late in the night. As you are walking back, you might hear the sound of performers. Follow the sound and you many come to a performance by residents for the neighbourhood. There is nothing like watching Flamenco amongst the people that were responsible for its evolution.
I highly recommend spending time on Calle Betis in Triana. This is a street by the river and is known for its nightlife and tapas bars. It also has one of the best views in Seville.
Go to Patrocinio Chapel, the most important of Triana’s numerous Churches. It has the very lifelike Cristo del Cachorro, statue of the suffering Christ.
Castillo de San Jorge in the Alley of the Inquisition is one of the most important historical sites in the area. You can join a guided visit to see the prisons, the courtroom, and learn about the dark stories of the Inquisition.
For Shopping in Triana, I recommend San Jacinto Street. And you cannot miss the famous Triana ceramics.
In the evening you can watch a Flamenco performance at clubs which are called a Flamenco penas.
Strolling around Calle Betis while walking along the River Guadalquivir is something to be done, there are also lots of churches, shops etc.
Amongst churches, my personal favorite is the Santa Ana Church (the oldest temple in Seville) and the Capilla de los Marineros (a little chapel made by the same architect who made the Plaza de España).
You can also visit one of the headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition: the “Castillo de San Jorge” (Saint George’s Castle), it was demolished but the remains are open and can be visited. Related to the Inquisition, you have the “Callejón de la Inquisición” (Inquisition alleyway), that starts in Street Castilla.
If you want to go to somewhere not as known, you can go to “Casa de las flores” (House of the flowers) a house with a beautiful patio.
Triana is best known for its ceramics and pottery. You have many options to buy ceramics in Street Alfarería. You must also visit Centro Ceramica Triana, an old ceramics factory that has been converted into a museum. The museum dwells on the history of the Seville potteries with many exhibits. The video describes the process of making ceramics and also helps you identify authentic Seville ceramic.
You must also visit the "Mercado de Triana", the Triana Seville market where the locals buy their groceries. Right there you can have amazing Serrano ham in "Bar La Muralla", fondue in "La Casa Fundida" and dessert in "Donde Juan Carlos".
When it comes to eating I really like "Cafe Bar Altozano de Triana" especially its fried fish (adobo) and the "tortillita de camarones" (prawn omelette). Another classic tapas bar at Triana is "Bar Salomón" known for its pinchitos (small spiced pork meat with a wooden stick through the middle). I would also suggest “Sol Y Sombra” (good price/quality relationship) and “Victoria 8” (not traditional and different to other tapas bars)
Things to do in Triana,Seville
Visit the Ceramics Museum
This history and development of ceramics and pottery in Triana is captured in Centro Ceramica Triana, a museum spread over 2 floors located near the bridge on Calle Antillano Campos 14. The old kilns and ceramics factory at this locations are preserved well, and form a part of the exhibits. If you want to buy pottery go to the shops on Alfarería, Antillanos Campos and San Jorge
See old Gypsy communes
A thriving gypsy community lived in Triana in communal corrales, rooms clustered around a central shared courtyard. The gypsies were resettled as recently as the 1970s, and moved out to other places around Seville. You can still see some corrales in Triana on Calle Pages del Corro and Calle Castilla. Both are at a less than 10 minute walk from the Triana bridge. Soleá de Triana is a specific form of Flamenco that originated from Triana gypsies.
Learn about the Spanish inquisition
The Castillo St. George was the seat of the Spanish Inquisition and is today a museum. This castle was discovered in 1990 when the Triana Market was being renovated. The entrance of the castle is right next to the Mercado de Triana as you exit the bridge to the Triana side of Seville. The actual museum and ruins are under the market. Displays are in Spanish and English, entry is free and the audio guide does a good job of explaining the events.
Visit a church
Triana has many churches and the most famous is Nuestra Señora de la O with the El Cachorro sculpture.
Also visit the Church of Santa Ana near Calle Betis. This is considered to be the Cathedral of Triana and is built in a Moorish-Gothic style. It is the oldest church in Triana.