15 things to do in Seville in May (2024)

things to do in seville in may

Discover the best things to do in Seville in May with my guide to the city’s top attractions, festivals, and insider tips for a perfect trip.

May in Seville is an ideal month for two reasons.

The first is that spring bursts forth: the city is bursting with blossoming trees, colorful flowers… The second is that the days are long and warm and the oppressive heat of summer is still far away, so you can spend many hours outside.

But since May is probably the best month to travel to Seville, you won’t alone in choosing this season and you should expect big crowds pretty much everywhere across the city center.

Advance booking of your accommodation, the Cathedral (pay attention to the special visiting times) and the Alcázar tickets is a must.

If you’re traveling to the city at this time of year, here’s what to do in Seville in May!

Travel to the past going to Itálica

Step back in time with a 4-hour guided tour to Itálica, the ancient Roman city and the birthplace of emperors Trajan and Hadrian.

Explore one of the largest Roman theaters in the world, marvel at stunning mosaics, and visit luxurious ‘domus’ houses. This trip includes a knowledgeable English speaking guide, round-trip transport by minivan, and a chance to immerse yourself in Roman history.

Ideal for history buffs and archaeology enthusiasts, this half-day walking tour of Itálica is not just educational but also a fascinating glimpse into the grandeur of ancient Rome right on the Iberian Peninsula.

Admire Seville from a horse-drawn carriage

Experience the charm of Seville with a private horse-drawn carriage tour.

Glide past iconic sights like Plaza de España and the Royal Alcázar while your English-speaking guide shares fascinating city history. This tour also takes you through the quaint Jewish Quarter, along the Guadalquivir River, and past the shimmering Torre del Oro.

It’s a perfect way to see the city’s top landmarks comfortably and intimately. A great thing to do in Seville in May if you’re looking to cover major attractions with no rush, ensuring a memorable and relaxed journey through charming streets and romantic avenues…

Explore the Archivo de Indias

Step into the Archivo de Indias in Seville and discover a treasure trove of history housed in a stunning 16th-century Renaissance building.

This place isn’t just an archive; it’s a gateway to the past where every document tells a story of adventure and discovery during the Age of Exploration. The building itself is a work of art, with breathtaking vaulted ceilings, elegant wood paneling, and marble floors.

Perfect for history buffs, cultural enthusiasts, or anyone looking for a unique experience, the Archivo de Indias is a must-visit for a blend of historical richness and architectural beauty.

Head to Caixaforum

Opened in 2017, CaixaForum Sevilla is a modern cultural center housed in the Torre Sevilla complex, offering a unique blend of art and education.

It features two exhibition halls, an auditorium, and educational spaces designed to spark curiosity across all ages. Their program includes temporary art exhibitions, science workshops, and cultural discussions, making it a great spot for families. It’s part of a network across Spain, aiming to provide accessible cultural experiences.

While you’re there, also visit the nearby Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art and the Navigation Pavilion for a well-rounded cultural outing.

Go on a day trip to Ronda and the White Villages

Explore the heart of Andalucía on this full-day tour from Seville, covering the stunning landscapes and historical sites of Ronda and several charming villages.

From the olive groves of Zahara de la Sierra to the medieval architecture of Ronda, perched dramatically on two cliffs, this trip is a deep dive into the region’s rich heritage. Enjoy breathtaking views from Puerto de las Palomas, sample exquisite local olive oil, and immerse yourself in the picturesque white villages.

Round-trip transfers from Seville make this journey through Spain’s rural beauty and laid-back charm an unforgettable and very comfortable experience.

Book a private photoshoot at Plaza de España

Imagine capturing the essence of Seville at its most iconic landmark, the Plaza de España. This architectural gem, designed for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition, is a perfect canvas for timeless photographs. With its elaborate tile work, majestic bridges, and a serene canal, every corner offers a picture-perfect setting.

Opting for a private photo shoot here means more than just taking pictures; it’s about experiencing the soul of the city. A local photographer will guide you, ensuring you leave with not only stunning photos but also cherished memories of your journey.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to make your visit truly unforgettable.

Explore Seville’s heartbeat through flamenco

There’s nothing quite like experiencing flamenco in Seville, where every clap and stomp resonates with the city’s spirited soul. It’s raw, it’s intense, and it encapsulates the depth of Spanish culture in every performance.

I’ve got the perfect spot in mind for you. It’s intimate, traditional, and the dancers and musicians are simply electrifying. No microphones, just the pure, unfiltered essence of flamenco that reverberates through the cozy venue.

Make sure to book your ticket early, as the best spots fill up fast. Trust me, this will be the highlight of your Seville adventure!

Visit the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art

Visiting the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art in Seville is a fantastic way to explore both history and modern creativity.

Tucked away on the Isla de la Cartuja, this museum offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city center, displaying a vast collection of contemporary artworks within the historical walls of a former monastery and ceramics factory.

It features works by renowned artists and hosts various exhibitions and music concerts throughout the year. Ideal for art enthusiasts or anyone looking to enjoy a unique cultural experience in Seville, it’s a must-visit when you’re in town this May.

Stroll through history at Palacio de las Dueñas

If you’re heading to Seville, you can’t miss the chance to visit the Palacio de las Dueñas.

This stunning blend of Renaissance and Mudéjar architecture offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city. Visit in May to enjoy the gardens in full spring glory, with nicer weather enhancing the experience.

The palace’s rich history and exquisite art collections are the perfect excuse to explore it at your own pace. It’s a perfect spot to immerse yourself in the opulent past of Andalusian nobility.

Discover Seville’s best bites on a local food tour

You’ve got to check out this food tour in Seville. It’s the perfect way to dive into the city’s authentic flavors and skip the usual tourist spots. Picture this: you’re walking through lively streets, exploring historic bars, and savoring top-notch tapas, all guided by someone who really knows their stuff.

The tour lasts about 4 hours, covering breakfast and lunch with over 8 different tastings and 4 drinks at various local haunts. They’re super accommodating with dietary needs too, so you’ll have no trouble fitting right in.

It’s a fantastic blend of culture, history, and delicious eats. Definitely add it to your list of things to do in May in Seville!

Experience a traditional bullfight in Seville

Bullfighting is deeply embedded in Seville’s culture, and experiencing it first-hand offers a unique window into this longstanding tradition. Despite the controversy surrounding it, if you’re interested and can handle the intensity, it’s a spectacle not to be missed.

Make sure to catch one of the major events of the season. Opt for shaded seats for comfort and a clear view, although every spot in the well-designed arena ensures you won’t miss any action.

Remember to arrive early to soak in the vibrant atmosphere unique to Seville. The fights usually start at 18:30 and feature multiple rounds, giving you plenty of opportunities to capture those dramatic moments with your camera.

Discover Seville effortlessly on an electric bike tour

Check out an electric bike tour when you hit Seville! It’s a fantastic way to soak in the city without breaking a sweat.

You’ll effortlessly cruise through bustling streets and serene parks, catching glimpses of historical landmarks and local life. These bikes make it super easy to cover lots of ground, which is perfect for snapping those picturesque views Seville is famous for.

Plus, the tour guides are super knowledgeable, giving you insider tips that’ll make the rest of your trip even better. Highly recommend doing this early in your visit to really get the lay of the land!

Explore the wild at Doñana National Park

Escape to Doñana National Park, a true gem tucked away just a short drive from Seville. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a vibrant sanctuary for wildlife, including the elusive Iberian Lynx. With its diverse landscapes – ranging from marshes and forests to vast dunes and tranquil beaches – it offers a peaceful retreat from city life.

May is probably the best month to visit Doñana, although you should avoid booking your tour when El Rocío Annual Festival takes place.

The nice weather in May is perfect for exploring. So, grab your binoculars and immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of Doñana for a day – you won’t regret it!

Catch a football match in Seville

If you’re looking for a truly immersive and exhilarating experience, you’ve got to catch a football match in Seville. It’s not just about the game; it’s about soaking in the fervent atmosphere that engulfs the city on game days.

Seville is home to two legendary teams, Real Betis and Sevilla FC, each with a stadium that offers a unique vibe: the Benito Villamarín and the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

Whether it’s the electrifying crowd or the historic rivalry, attending a match here is more than just a spectator sport – it’s a dive into the city’s culture. Trust me, it’s an absolute must-do!

Buying sweets from a convent

Visiting a convent in Seville to buy sweets made by nuns is a unique and delightful experience.

You interact through a rotating wooden shelf, where you place your order and then exchange money without seeing the nuns. The convent offers traditional treats like pestiños, which are fried dough seasoned with spices and lemon, typical during Semana Santa.

This charming practice not only allows you to taste authentic local confections but also supports the nuns’ livelihood. It’s definitely one of the best things to try when in Seville in May.

Seville weather in May

May is spring in Seville: the weather at this time is mild with the occasional peak of proper hot temperatures in the middle of the day, you can expect to be wearing short sleeves at least for part of the day and Seville is likely to treat you to its gorgeous blue sky.

However, some caution is necessary.

A few years ago, the Seville weather in May was unseasonably cold and while we all put it down to a random event, it does need to be mentioned so make sure you double-check your favorite weather app just before your trip should the climate throw curve balls at us again.

Temperatures in May in Seville

May in Seville offers generally warm and pleasant weather, with notable variations between day and night temperatures.

  • The average daytime temperature typically reaches around 28ºC (83ºF), creating ideal conditions for exploring the city. Nights, however, are cooler, with temperatures often cooling down to an average of 15ºC (58ºF), and on the coldest nights early in the month, they can drop to around 10ºC (50ºF).
  • The city enjoys an abundance of sunshine during May, with an average of 295 hours of sunlight, translating to about 9.5 hours of sunshine per day. This means that the sun shines approximately 67% of the time, with the days lasting an average of 14 hours and 10 minutes.
  • Rainfall in May is moderate but less frequent, with average precipitation around 30 mm (1.2 in), typically spread over 4 days. The humidity levels are comfortable, averaging at 53%, and the average wind speed is a gentle 10 km/h (6 mi/h).
  • You can check the forecast for your trip on your mobile weather app or on my favorite website/app – Windy.

What to wear in April in Seville

While still a spring month, it can start feeling pretty warm in Seville in May, especially towards the end of the month. If you’re visiting Seville and it starts to heat up, it’s important to make sure you come prepared:

  • You may still need a slight scarf in the evening or early morning but, in a normal month of May, you’re usually able to be without a jacket and a light cardigan will suffice as outer layer.
  • Loose cotton and linen clothing is ideal, so think cotton t-shirts, maxi skirts or loose pants.
  • I would recommend bringing a sun hat, one you can easily pop in your backpack ready if you need it when you’re exploring Seville. Oh, sunglasses and sunscreen too…
  • I would also suggest bringing comfortable walking sandals or cotton tennis shoes that are suitable for wearing when the weather is warmer.

In my guide about the weather in Seville and what clothes to take depending on the season, you can find more information about the temperatures.

Accommodation in Seville in May

As soon as you start looking for a hotel in Seville for May, you’ll realize that the high season has already started again and prices have skyrocketed compared to previous months.

It’s best to book as far in advance as you can.

Is May a good time to visit?

Seville is absolutely beautiful in May.

The weather is wonderful and inspires day trips and city walks. The days are long and the light is fantastic for taking pictures and enjoying the landmarks and beautiful streets of Seville lined up with marvelous Baroque churches.

And you will find the streets, plazas, restaurants and sites packed.

I’m not sure why but a lot of people seem surprised to find that May is a busy season in Seville.

But for those who can pick what time of year to visit (not tied to a school calendar for example), the choice is usually spring or fall, precisely because of this nice mild weather. Just plan your visit to avoid crowds when you can!

What is the best time to visit Seville? Find out what to expect in each season and get ready for your trip to this amazing city with my month by month travel guide to Seville.

1. January activities to start the year in Seville
2. Things to do in Seville in February
3. Enjoy the March springtime in Seville
4. Spend a magical April in Seville
5. Top experiences in Seville in May
6. Visiting Seville in June
7. What to do in Seville in July
8. Top tips for enjoying Seville in August
9. September is one of the best months for visiting Seville
10. Things to do in Seville in October
11. Events and activities in Seville in November
12. The best holiday experiences in Seville in December

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