“When is the best time to visit Seville?” is the first question you should ask yourself when planning your trip. Like every other popular city in Spain, when you choose to visit Seville can make or break your trip based on crowd levels alone.
It’s important to take weather, events, holidays, and peak tourist season into consideration before booking your airline tickets.
Fortunately, Seville has a climate and a location that allows you to explore it almost all year round.
That being said, Seville has 3 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:
You have all the details of each period below. But first things first.
OK, let’s get to the point.
Short answer: early spring and late fall are the best time to visit Seville.
The best time to come to Seville depends a lot on what you’re looking for, and every season has its pros and cons.
The high season can be divided into two periods:
The high season in Seville is clearly marked by two very important and extremely popular events: the Semana Santa and the Feria de Abril.
However, Semana Santa (Easter) dates vary from year to year. As a matter of fact Holy Week is a moveable feast that goes from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, and it usually takes place at the end of March or during April.
So if you plan on travelling to Seville to experience this unique event, have a look at the dates of the next Semana Santa.
Exactly two weeks after Semana Santa, the Feria de Abril is in full swing. During six days and seven nights Sevillanos spend most of their time socializing while eating, drinking and dancing. It’s amazing and its, by far, the busiest week of the year.
So during this period expect plane tickets, train fares and accommodation to skyrocket.
From late March to late October, Spain benefits from daylight saving time so days are extremely long allowing you plenty of time to visit the city.
All in all, May, June September and October are great months to travel to Seville because of the nice weather, the incredibly long days and, most of all, the local festivals.
However, we’re still talking about high season here, so the usual downsizes apply: high prices everywhere and a very crowded city whatsoever…
Without a doubt, the best time to visit Seville is either February or November.
Both months are great if you want to avoid crowds. February is the best winter month to visit since it is a little warmer and has less rain.
The shoulder season is a very attractive time to visit. The number of tourists is significantly lower, the lodging offer is large, and the airfares are more attractive. You can visit most of the places at a relaxing pace and room prices are at its bottom.
Probably the only disadvantage to coming in the shoulder season is that the end of the fall and winters here are relatively humid and it can rain quite a bit (or even a lot, sometimes!). This doesn’t mean you won’t be outside exploring the city during most of the day because the temperatures are generally mild.
Let’s see these 2 periods in detail.
In terms of weather, this is not the best time for visiting Seville. Summers in Seville are some of the warmest in all of Europe, with temperatures often exceeding 35ºC (95ºF). Actually, it’s advisable to avoid being outside at midday and early afternoon.
However, if you feel brave enough to bear the high temperatures summertime is considered low season here. In other words, there won’t be a lot of tourists wandering around. So may have the main monuments for your own.
Additionally, this period corresponds to school and work holidays. Therefore, most Sevillanos will be out of the city trying to escape the heat in the coast of Cádiz or Huelva.
In these months the streets tend to be empty during the day with people leaving their houses in the early morning and then not leaving them again until late in the evening. This makes for quite a nocturnal life during this time!
December and January are cool months and Seville becomes very pretty and atmospheric in winter.
This is definitely the most affordable season, with very attractive low rates.
Nevertheless, the end of December brings festive lights and seasonal markets. Christmas markets and a number of festive events means that you’ll have to pay high-season prices.
If you’re still unsure about your trip dates and want to know when is the best time to visit Seville, have a look at the month-by-month events calendar. It details annual special events, holidays and insider top picks – those you won’t find on regular tourist guides or at your hotel’s lobby.