Seville Travel Guide

Seville is Spain’s 4th largest city with a population of some 710,000. It is a city with soaring summer temperatures which have approached 50ºC on occasions during recent summers so avoid July and August if possible. There is nowhere else in Spain that complies so closely with the foreigner’s perception of stereotypical Spain as Seville. For it is here that flamenco, bullfighting and fiesta are a way of life. Never more so than during the Feria de Abril (2 weeks after Easter Sunday) when everyone seems to hit the streets for a week long party.

What to do in Seville

There are plenty things to do in Seville including visiting the Cathedral which is now reckoned to be the world’s largest church. There are steps from inside the Cathedral to the top of the 90m high Giralda tower which is the minaret of the former Mosque. The climb to the top provides some great views but stay at the bottom and buy the postcard if you’ve got a weak heart! Next to the Cathedral is the Alcázar which is a great introduction to Moorish art especially if you’re going to visit Granada’s Alhambra Palace later during your visit to Spain. The Museo de Bellas Artes is possible the best of several excellent museums in Seville.

Here are our top 10 things to do in Seville and although you will probably not do all of them this should at least give you some ideas.

  1. Visit the Cathedral and Giralda
  2. Tour the tapas bars of Barrio Santa Cruz
  3. Visit the Alcazar
  4. Visit the Roman ruins of Italica at Santiponce
  5. Take a day excursion to the sherry bodegas of Jerez and watch a show of the dancing horses at the Andaluz School of Equestrian Art
  6. Relax in the gardens of Maria Luisa and see the spectacular Plaza de España
  7. Experience the Feria de Abril
  8. Enjoy the Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations
  9. Have fun at the Isla Magica theme Park, site of the 1992 EXPO
  10. Go to a flamenco show at one of the city’s tablaos

Seville by Night

There’s a great buzz in the streets of Seville at night as some locals wander between tapas bars whilst others browse the windows of the stylish shopping streets around Calle Sierpes. As the night develops the restaurants in Seville become packed with diners whilst visitors head to one of the city’s ‘tablaos’ to watch a flamenco show. After midnight Seville’s nightclubs are open with partying through until dawn.

A word of advice … One well known US guide book warns of the dangers of Barrio Santa Cruz to the extent that many North American visitors that we have dealt with seem terrified of visiting Seville. These worries are unfounded. The area is beautiful with a wonderful atmosphere and with people all over the place … tourists, locals, children going to school, university students. I suppose someone has had a bag snatched at some time but isn’t that the case with any touristy destination? Exercise common sense as you would anywhere and you’re most unlikely to run into any problems in Seville.

Festivals in Seville

There is always something to celebrate in Seville so whenever you visit you’re likely come across some festivity. The Feria de Abril is the main annual fiesta which coincides with the main events on the Seville bullfighting calendar. Check out the list of festivals in Seville and be sure to book accommodation well in advance as the city gets completely sold out during the April Fair and in Holy Week (Semana Santa).

Seville and Beyond

You’ll never be bored in Seville as there are so many things to see and do including city tours which includes all the main sights or you can take the hop-on, hop-off bus service. Time permitting you should take a day trip from Seville to see the dancing horses of Jerez de la Frontera or further afield you could visit Cordoba or Granada.

Other Useful Seville Links:

Seville Transport
Useful tips on how to get around once you’re in Seville.
Seville Weather
It’s usually hot, hot, hot! Check out the latest weather forecast before you travel.
Some 30km east of Seville is the town of Carmona which is well worth a stop on the journey to or from Cordoba to see the well preserved Roman necropolis.

Seville Tourism

There’s always so much going on in Seville and there are so many places to visit so it’s well worth paying a visit to the tourist information office on Avenida de la Constitución, 21 B. This is located just along from the Cathedral as you head towards Puerta de Jerez. Here you can pick up free maps and useful literature including various English language publications such as “Welcome” and “Ole”. They also offer internet access.