How to keep cool in Seville when it’s scorching hot

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How to keep cool in Seville when it’s hot? Please, make sure you that read the following tips to keep cool in Seville especially if you’re travelling with children.

The weather in Seville is pleasant throughout the year. But in summer, when it gets really hot, the heat can become really uncomfortable and you might get sunburned.

Or worse – you can suffer from sunstroke.

Keep in mind that at mid-day temperatures can go up to 40ºC (104ºF) or even reach 45ºC (113ºF) during a particularly hot summer. It gets very hot!

So remember how to keep cool… Follow the steps I mention above, use some common sense and you’ll be fine.

Here’s are some suggestions of what you should do during the long and hot Seville summers.

1. Avoid going out during the hottest part of the day

Any healthcare expert will tell you to avoid going outside when temperatures start to soar. So breakdown the activities for the day in 2 parts:

  • Try to finish the sightseeing round 1 by 13:30 or 14:00.
  • Then, do as the locals do – have lunch and go back to your accommodation to take a nap or enjoy some rest reading or watching something. Take advantage of the air conditioning and the WiFi!
  • Finally, head back to the streets late in the afternoon (18:00 or later) for round 2 and have a late dinner enjoying the cooler weather.

I know it sounds like you’re wasting time. And for many people like me, who don’t mind taking a bit of a hectic (lots of walking in a day, no need for physical rest although sometimes the sites are so overwhelming that one needs a mental break in between) trips, it seems not so good a suggestion.

But once you’re here and you experience the high temperatures we usually have here, you’ll understand why it’s a good idea to avoid being in the street in the middle of the day.

2. How to keep cool? Stay hydrated

Drinking water is an obvious but highly important aspect of how to keep cool in the summer heat. Water is an essential nutrient for the body, and during the summer months staying hydrated is crucial to retaining the body’s core temperature to ensure you avoid feeling too hot.

Aim to drink a glass of water soon after waking up and continue to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

You should drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water a day, which is about 8 to 10 glasses. However, if you’re in the heat during the day you can become dehydrated quicker, so drink more often and aim for at least 2 liters.

  • Carry a reusable water bottle with you to have the chance to drink at all times. Make sure it has vacuum insulation so it keeps cold drinks cold.
  • You’ll find tons of places, stalls and shops to buy a bottle of cold water and use it to refill your reusable water bottle. Thanks to its vacuum insulation, water will keep cool ofr a longer period of time.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they act as a diuretic. You’ll need to use the bathroom more often which provokes further dehydration. So… no soft drinks, coffee or spirits.
  • Soak up your hat or cap in a fountain or a tap and wear it again to cool your head.
  • Place a frozen bottle of water on your neck to cool yourself.

3. Dress according to the weather

When packing for your trip to Seville, plan your outfit ahead of the heat to make sure it’s suitable to keep you cool and to ensure you are comfortable during the heat.

  • Wear natural fabrics (e.g. cotton 100%, linen or rayon, also called viscose) and light colors that don’t absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Keep your feet fresh and free wearing sandals or thongs.
  • Don’t forget to put sunscreen on and wear a hat or a cap (it’s better if it covers your neck).

The wrong clothing can trap both heat and perspiration:

  • Avoid waterproof fabrics, which aren’t breathable.
  • Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton 100%, linen or rayon (also called viscose).
  • Heavy, form-fitting clothing obviously won’t feel great.
  • Dark-colored clothes actually absorb the sun’s ultraviolet rays and can make you feel hotter.

4. Eat light meals

Eating foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals helps to hydrate you and helps you stay healthy. The best foods, because of their high water content, are fruits and vegetables.

  • Eat lots of fruit (anything will do but it will be easier to find melon and watermelon as it is the season).
  • Or you can always try with some ice-cream. Seville has a couple of excellent ice cream shops.

5. How to keep cool with a traditional Spanish fan

Carry a traditional Spanish fan (locally known as abanico) with you as a stylish and practical accessory.

These handheld fans provide instant relief by creating a refreshing breeze when opened and waved gently. You can easily find one in any souvenir shop or at some big stores like El Corte Inglés department store.

They are really beautiful and add a touch of elegance to your ensemble while keeping you cool.

6. Take advantage of cool places

The Alcázar

Visit the Alcazar in Seville for a cool retreat from the summer heat. The palace complex features stunning architecture, gardens, and fountains. So it’s is the perfect spot to escape the heat.

This royal palace is packed with fascinating cultural heritage, and you’ll love seeing the intricate details and fusion of Moorish and Renaissance influences.

Apart from the Alcázar, the city is home to countless wonderful mansions, all of which make a perfect retreat from the heat of the summer in Seville. Some of my favorite museums include:

  • Casa de Pilatos – a beautiful palace home to the dukes of Medinaceli.
  • Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija – its owner, Countess of Lebrija, was an archaeologist and she filled many of the rooms with treasures from her travels.
  • Palacio de las Dueñas – a 15th century palace belonging to the house of Alba with a magnificent garden.

The Cathedral

Seville’s showpiece church is awe-inspiring in its scale and majesty. The world’s largest Gothic cathedral offers a welcome respite from the temperature outside. Plus, it’s the home to spectacular works of art and architecture.

And, bonus! There is someplace to sit down.

Churches are often cooler than the outdoors. So here are other recommendations of beautiful churches that you can visit while escaping from the heat:

  • Iglesia del Salvador – the second most important church of the city with an interior crowned by a soaring dome and filled with extravagant gold altarpieces.
  • Hospital de la Caridad – its gilded chapel is decorated with works by several Golden Age painters and sculptors.
  • Hospital de los Venerables – a beautifully preserved chapel from Seville’s golden age.

Attend a flamenco show in an air-conditioned venue

Flamenco is an expression of passion and emotion; with it, the feelings that make us human are honored and celebrated. Whether you’re an avid flamenco lover or just seeing it for the first time, there’s no better, more authentic way to witness firsthand the raw power of this captivating Spanish art form.

Discover in Seville an array of enchanting flamenco performances that transport you into the heart of this captivating artistry, all while shielding you from the scorching outdoor temperatures in the cool embrace of an air-conditioned setting.

Parque de María Luisa

Parque de María Luisa is not just a park – it’s a serene haven where you can connect with nature and escape the scorching Seville heat.

As you stroll through the park, you’ll discover numerous wonderful sights and attractions that are certain to seize your heart.

  • Take a moment to appreciate the magnificent Plaza de España, with its intricate architecture and lively tiles. A gentle boat ride along the meandering canal will offer you a refreshing viewpoint of this architectural delight.
  • Delve into the captivating tales of the past at the Archaeological Museum that holds and displays archaeological discoveries from the prehistoric and Roman periods.

The Guadalquivir River

Perhaps you are looking to cool off but not actually get in the water? During the summer months it feels like the whole of Seville flocks to the river in hope of catching a bit of cool breeze coming off the water. Parks like the Jardines de Chapina are great places to take the picnic rug and sit in the shade for the afternoon, and bars alongside the river like those at Calle Betis in Triana are a spot to go for a drink, perhaps a cocktail or two.

If you really want to be adventurous and get on the river, Pedalquivir has pedal boats for hire which means you too can get out on the river. Although you may see local kids jumping in the river and swimming, I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s much better if you enjoy it from the pedal boat!

Isla Mágica

Isla Mágica is a complex compromised of a theme park with plenty of thrill seeking rides, and Aqua Mágica, a water park, which calls itself La Playa de Sevilla (Seville’s beach). Aside from water slides, toboggans, and a large aquatic playground for kids, there is also Playa Quetzal, a large wave pool, and Río Lentoa tranquil “river” swimming area with a light current. The ticket is sold as a joint ticket for the whole complex, so Isla Mágica presents itself as a perfect opportunity for a whole day of family fun.

Guadalpark

Guadalpark has the perfect solution to cool off, and have a bit of fun while doing so! This place is perfect for all ages, as the water park features not only several water slides, but swimming areas for those seeking a more relaxing form of enjoyment. Guadalpark is open from 12:00 to 19:00 every day during the summer months, making it a great place cool down after a hot morning sightseeing.

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