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Have a look at my 15 best Seville travel tips. Are you preparing for your first trip to the Seville? Here’s my beginner’s guide to the city, complete with advice on essential things to do (and not to do), and a few pointers on where to eat and sleep.
I must confess…
I was not born in Seville.
Neither was I raised here.
But after more than 10 years living in this beautiful city, my appreciation for Seville has evolved slowly from lust, during those first few hot days, to deep love thanks to finding pieces of the city that felt exclusively mine.
Seville is a city that’s easy to fall in love with on the surface. The Moorish architecture, the riverfront, the romantic horse carriages… It’s hot, vibrant, traditional and beautiful.
It’s a city that is rooted in tradition but has a modern edge. It’s staggeringly beautiful and its people are friendly and fun.
You are going to love it!
For obvious reasons, what you will find here is just that, travel tips, advice or recommendations. I am not here to to tell you how you should prepare your trip or how you should enjoy Seville. So take my advice as a bunch of ideas that you can use to prepare your trip to Seville.
However, if you have already taken all this information into account while planning your trip or you prefer to do things differently, that’s great as well.
I hope that all these ideas and advice your trip to Seville will be a lifetime experience you will never forget.
Between the orange-scented courtyards, stunning Mudéjar architecture, and joyful, impromptu flamenco dancing in cozy plazas after dark, Seville is a dream come true. But that’s just a first impression… There are so many things to do in Seville!
With that in mind it’s very important to think ahead about what you want to see in Seville and how much time you can spend in the city. It’s not the same spending a weekend or having a full week to explore all the amazing corners.
To truly experience Seville, leave 2 or 3 days and bring good walking shoes. The city center – one of the largest in Europe – is flat, largely pedestrian-friendly and made for walking. That’s why you should have a look at my itineraries.
On top of it, I have created tons of maps of Seville that integrate with your Google Maps. These maps contain all the practical information and travel tips you need. In the post I just linked you can find step by step instructions to use them on any device whether you are still at home or you are already in Seville.
The first question you should ask yourself when planning your trip is “When is the best time to visit Seville?“. Seville has a climate and a location that allows you to explore it almost all year round.
That being said, Seville has three very different periods in which your experience can vary. These periods are determined by both the weather and some specific events that attract thousands of visitors.
Do you intend to fly to Spain? In all likelihood, you’ll be flying here, unless you’re coming overland from Portugal or France.
The plane ticket is one of the most important expenses of your trip to Spain. Without it, there’s no trip!
Fortunately, with the appearance of low cost carriers in the market the chance to get cheap air flights to Spain has seriously increased. On top of it, very cheap international flights are also available from other parts of the world. It’s just a question of time to do some research and organize your trip in advance.
Seville is linked by air with the main cities of Spain and capitals of Europe. The airport is located just a few kilometers from the center and it is very easy to get there.
Are you considering train travel in Spain? Seville can be easily reached by train, especially from Madrid and Barcelona where you can catch a high speed train. Some suburbs and surrounding towns are also connected by train.
Whereas local trains (Cercanías) have very affordable fares, high speed ones (AVE) are considerably more expensive. Nevertheless, you can access lower fares particularly if you buy your tickets online.
Seville has one train station called Santa Justa and it’s located in the northeast area of the city, not very far away from the center.
Once you have decided when to go, and you have your plane or train tickets, take a look at the local events and festivities that occur in Seville throughout the year. Depending on your tastes, these events may be worthwhile and make your trip unique.
If there is one word that arises when it comes to Seville travel, that word is “April”. The popular Feria de Abril occurs in the last week of April, and Semana Santa (Easter) often falls earlier in the month (or occasionally in late-March).
Both events have a full guide on their own so you can make the most out of them and benefit from my first hand travel tips.
If you are travelling alone and are a backpacker, you will probably have no problem finding a bed in a shared room in a hostel or guesthouse.
However, if you are travelling in a couple or group, it is not advisable to go on an adventure. You could end up wasting hours looking for a bed to sleep in. This is particularly true in busy tourist times like the Semana Santa or the Feria de Abril that I mentioned earlier, both events drastically drive up hotel rates.
For the lowest rates, travel in July or August (if you can cope with the heat). October and November are also a good month for hotel rates, and March and June are good mid-range months.
That is why I always recommend you to book all your hotels online.
One of the main advantages of booking your accommodation online is that it allows you to cancel a few days in advance without any cost. That’s key if you are still putting together the itinerary, so that you can change your mind whenever you want and without any trouble.
The most important piece of advice I can offer among my travel tips is to purchase good travel insurance.
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past.
Don’t stick to the regular Seville experiences. Enjoy it like a local instead. Few European cities can compare to Seville when it comes to spoil visitors with an incredibly good time.
While Seville is full of plenty of tourist attractions, there are endless opportunities to have an authentic experience during your stay.
With its great vibe, authentic traditions, and delicious cuisine, few cities can compare to the things that you can live while in Seville. And while locations like the Cathedral, Plaza de España, and the Alcázar usually top visitors’ bucket list, oftentimes it’s the lesser-known spots that create the richest experiences.
In the spirit of channeling your inner wanderlust, I set out to discover the best places in Seville that fly under the radar. This isn’t your ordinary travel guide: read on to discover my picks for some of the best things to do, see, and eat in Seville — and experience the city like a true Sevillano.
Eating in Seville is one of those things that make the trip to this country doubly worthwhile. Spanish cuisine is rich, varied, different and even cheap if you know where to go.
I always like to remember to my readers that Spain is much more than paella, so be prepared to eat very tasty and special local specialties everywhere you go. And this is particularly true in Seville: don’t miss going to a few of its tapas bars.
Oh, one last thing… Eat when the locals eat.
At the times when you may typically be eating lunch or dinner at home, the doors to Seville’s restaurants may not even be open yet.
At lunch bars may be open earlier, but kitchens generally open anytime between 12:30 and 13:30 and close around 16:00 or 16:30.
As for dinner, don’t expect to find a good restaurant open until about 20:30!