Seville Travel Guide

Seville Travel Guide

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Revered for its well-preserved Moorish monuments, tasty tapas, fiery flamenco, and fragrant orange-blossom trees peppering the streets and squares, A... Read More

Revered for its well-preserved Moorish monuments, tasty tapas, fiery flamenco, and fragrant orange-blossom trees peppering the streets and squares, Andalusia’s ancient capital entices visitors with its beauty and warm hospitality. Seville’s charming cobblestoned streets on both banks of the Guadalquivir River and the architectural magnificence of landmarks like the Plaza de España, the Alcázar, and the Seville Catedral form a big part of its nostalgic appeal. Recently, an influx of creative new takes on cuisine, art, and design is reconceptualizing the city’s dramatic sense of flair. Additionally, a string of ultramodern hotels and off-the-grid fashion trends have further enhanced the exciting new face of Spain’s most classic city.

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Best Time To Go

Seville’s subtropical Mediterranean climate means wet winters and long, dry summers. The best time to visit is from late March, when the rainy season draws to an end, to early June, when temperatures vary between 75°F (24°C) and 85°F (29°C). April is the buzziest month featuring both Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Feria de Abril de Sevilla (Seville’s April Fair), where residents dress up in colorful flamenco costumes and celebrate for six straight days.

Transportation

Operational since 2009, the Seville Metro currently offers one line covering three zones in and around the city. Tickets range between $1.60 and $2 for one-way travel and $5.50 for an unlimited day ticket. The line is operational between 6.30 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday, until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays, and from 7:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Sundays. Buses offer a more extensive service around town, costing $1.70 per trip. Trams make just four stops from the center of the city, and tickets can be bought for $1.45 each way. For extended stays, opt to buy the Tarjeta Multiviaje, a rechargeable card ($8 minimum) you can use on both buses and the tram. Active visitors will appreciate Sevici, an automated bike-rental service starting at $16 for a weeklong rental.

Weather

Seville temperatures range between mild and scorching, averaging between 60°F (16°C) in January and 95°F (35°C) in July and August, though temperatures have been known to routinely surpass 100°F (38°C) in recent years.

Know Before You Go

Seville’s sunny disposition seems to be the reason afternoon siestas will likely never go out of style here. Big department stores stay open throughout the day, though most boutique shops and neighborhood markets close between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Most stores are closed on Sunday. Visit top monuments free of charge at select times on Mondays, though many of the city’s museums are closed on that day. To make the most of your stay, purchase a 72-hour Seville Card offering free admission and/or discounts at dozens of museums and monuments. Hotels charge a tourist tax at checkout, costing between $0.60 and $3 per person, per day, depending on star category.

Language

Spanish

Electric

Type E two-prong plug

Currency

Euro (€)

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