One of the most visited parts of Spain is Andalucia. So, why not have a great trip and visit its capital, Seville?
Of course, there are a few things to consider before packing your bags. I am here to help with exactly that.
Down below, there is everything you need to know from things to do in Seville to hotels, climate and everything in between.
So let’s get you ready to travel.
Flying into Seville
The most common way to bring yourself into the beauty of Seville is to pack your bags and head for the nearest airport. For that reason, you need to have an idea about how much a ticket costs and how long your flight may be.
Unfortunately, I am not a fortune-teller. I do not know the exact answers to those question. What I have, instead, are estimates and averages based on the cheapest travel months (via SkyScanner).
Flying from North America
Escaping the busy life of the northern side of the American continent to discover Seville means, most likely, traveling with American Airlines or Air Canada. Such a flight can be as long as 20 hours on average and costs around $1000.
Flying with cheaper airlines, such as , costs almost half as much. A price ticket can be as low as $600 .
Flying from European Countries
Schengen or non-schengen, you are going to land at the same airport, same terminal in Seville. Your flight from the notable capitals such as Paris, London, or Berlin will be as long as 3 hours on average, (longer and shorter depending on which country you are flying from).
The price range for a flight from European cities to Seville are almost impossible for me to estimate. However, I would say that your flight is definitely lesser than €500 and more than a €150.
Of course, there are many airline companies that offer the same flight with competitive prices that can be as low as €50 from close cities and €250 from far cities. Among these companies you can find .
Seville Airport is one the busiest airports in Spain. It is, also, the main airport serving the west of Andalusia. It can handle more than 4 million passengers a year from different destinations of the world. There is only one terminal in Seville Airport, so not too much confusion right there.
The airport is made of two levels. Level 0 is for the arrivals, while Level 1 is for the departures. When you arrive at the airport from your destination, you should follow the signs for Passport Control, baggage reclaim, and customs. There are car rental companies available at the lobby, as well as a cafeteria and a banking machine.
Find out more here.
Transportation from & to Seville Airport
The airport is located around 10 kilometre north east of the Seville. Therefore, going to city means you have to find a means of transportation that works for you. Here are your best options:
The fastest way to get to the city center from the airport is by riding in the back of a taxi. The ride takes around 20 minutes, maybe more depending on the traffic. It works better than other means of transportation as it take you to mostly any destination from the airport. However, the price may be a little bit expensive as it may cost between €20-25.
Taxis are easily found at the front gate of the terminal
If the taxis are too expensive, the next best thing are buses. You can catch airport bus services starting from 6:20 am until 23:00 pm daily. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the city center, and it costs only €2.40. The closest bus stop is Avenida Carlos V., while the last bus stop is Plaza de Armas.
More about timetables and route plans here.
This one is also good for travelers with many destinations around the city. You can rent a car to drive yourself to your destination within the city for an affordable price. You can book online here.
Seville Climate Report
One of the best advice you can get before traveling is know when to visit Seville. Depending on what kind of activity you have put on your Seville to-do list, the best time to travel will differ. However, I have here for you a summary of the all year-round Seville weather report to help you find the best time to visit the city.
Fall & Winter in Seville
From November to March, the temperature in Seville is a mostly cold one. It rains around 10 days per month during January as brief but heavy showers fall. The temperature remains above the freezing levels at its minimum while the average high is around 15°C.
During the cold and wet month, Seville is best visited by those who are entertained by museums and closed arenas. It is the perfect time to enjoy the indoor activities offered by the Spanish city.
Summer & Hot Temperature
Starting from June up to September, the temperature rises consistently. The average high temperature almost never goes below 30°C, which makes Seville a very hot city to be in during summer.
This time of the year is a great opportunity to discover the beaches of Seville, as well as many outdoor activities. Walking around the city and taking in its beauty can never be better than when it is sunny for almost 12 hours a day, every day.
Spring & The Best Time to Visit Seville
April, May, and June are the spring months. The birds sing songs and the flowers blossom to a great scenery of nature. Also, it is the best time to visit Seville by far.
At the beginning of the spring, some rain may interrupt your outdoor adventure. However, thanks to the rising temperatures, it rains way less than it does in January. Also, the beaches and pools start to welcome visitors at that time of the year, so you are sure to have a nice beach day.
Find out more about Seville climate averages here.
Hotels to Stay At
One of the most important things to consider before traveling is where to stay during the trip. Therefore, down below, I will give the best hotels Seville has to offer its tourists. As this list is pretty short, I recommend checking TripAdvisor for more suitable deals.
Before we dive into that, there is one more thing that annoys travelers a lot, especially if you are staying at a low budget hotel. I am talking about the cleanliness of the room. However, a clean hotel room is what keeps guests coming back.
You can have an idea of how clean your room will be depending on how clean everything else leading to it is.
And the hotels mentioned down below are proud to have all you would ask for, including clean rooms AND clean environment.
5-Stars - Price Range: €211 - €695
Literally a king’s hotel, this establishment takes its name from its original owner, King Alfonso XIII. In 1929, the king decided that it was time to build the most prestigious hotel in the whole of Europe. Indeed, Hotel Alfonso XIII is a top-notch, 5-star luxury hotel that offers its guests not only an exquisite stay, but also a lifetime experience.
Hotel Alfonso has everything a 5-stars hotel usually has, except for a spa. However, the hotel is located at the heart of city, allowing its guests access to almost all city monuments in a walking distance. It has 151 rooms, so book yours here now, or read more about the hotel here.
Hotel Casa 1800
4-Stars - Price Range: €143 - €316
For the lovers of antique and romance, the hotel’s name is actually a literal description. Hotel Casa 1800 is based in an old building from the 1800s, giving the establishment both charm and history. It is the perfect stay for couples looking for a romantic escape thanks to the different but equally beautiful decor of each of the 33 rooms it has. Read more about the hotel here and here before you book online here.
Price Range: €76 - €216
This hotel screams classic from all point of view. It is the only hotel that has classical music theme, as well as classical music library. The building is as old as 1745 and is located near Seville’s old town. There are as many as 19 hotel rooms, all equipped with everything to make your stay the most comfortable. Read more about the hotel and book your room here.
“How to get around in Seville?” is always a good question to ask before leaving your hotel room. Knowing your options helps you figure out what the best things to do in the city are based on how fast you can get there and leave. Therefore, here are the best options available to you.
Most like, probably, every city in the world today, taxis are easy to find. They are available at every corner of every street and are willing to take you anywhere their four-wheels allow them. They have a minimum fare of €3.24 during daytime on weekdays and €0.81 for each kilometer. The minimum fare goes up to €4.06 during weekends, nighttime, and holidays, with the price for one kilometer costing €1.01.
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There is an extensive bus network in Seville, allowing city locals to travel with ease within the city. The bus service starts at around 6:00 am and ends at 11:30 pm. Night buses work a two-hours shift from midnight to 2:00 am. A ticket cost €1.40 and you can purchase it on board of the bus. There are rechargeable cards available to locals and visitors offering cheaper deals for unlimited travels.
Seville has a Tram system which goes from south of Plaza Nueva to city center. It has only four stops, meaning it is faster and more comfortable. You can purchase a tram ticket on one of the platforms available at all tram stations. It costs €1.20. However, it is better to buy a rechargeable card that is used for both bus and tram.
Find out more about bus and tram services here.
Seville opened its metro system in 2008 and it now serves more than 20 million passengers every year. However, there is only one line operating out of four planned. The metro line has 22 stations divided into three zones. Tickets costs €1.30, €1.55, and €1.75 for rides in the same zones, two zones, and three zones respectively. Read more about the metro service in Seville here.
Things to Do in Seville
There is so much you can do in Andalucia’s capital that planning your itinerary may be the hardest task in the whole trip planning. However, to help you out, down below there is a list of the top 5 must see and do things in Seville before leaving. You can do them all in one day, or each a day, you choose.
Santa Maria de la Sede
First on our list of things to do in Seville is a visit to the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. It is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. There aren’t too many words that can describe how beautiful a piece of art the cathedral is. Therefore, as the church elders are believed to have said when they finished drawing the cathedral plans:
Let us build a church so beautiful and so magnificent that those who see it finished will think we are mad.
More about Santa Maria de la Sede here.
Seville’s Alcazar Palace
The next must-see place in our list is a Moorish palace built for the king Pedro the Cruel of Castile in 1360s. However, it is not entirely a Moorish building as Alcazar is divided into section following a chronological succession of eras. It starts with the Moorish style, followed by the Gothic, then Mudejar, and finally Renaissance. You may recognize the Alcazar Palace from the TV Show, Game of Thrones.
More on Seville Alcazar Palace here.
You can’t claim to have visited Seville without attending, at least, one flamenco show at one of the many tablaos. Actually, all of Andalucia and southern Spain considers the flamenco their treasure. Therefore, paying a visit, and maybe trying some dance moves too, at the Museum of Flamenco Dance must definitely be part of your list of things to do in Seville.
Need to learn more about the Museum? Click here.
The Independent Republic of Triana
It may sound lame, or too serious, but this district in Seville has its own strong identity. It is celebrated for its rich past, both dark and depressive, and happy and lively. In fact, visiting this part of the Andalusian capital opens your eyes at another chapter of history of Seville, Spain. There are many attractions spots and things to do in this part of the city alone. Read more about it here.
Torre del Oro ( Golden Tower)
The last item in our short list of things to do in Seville is the Golden Tower. Originally designed as watch tower in the Moorish era, the Torre del Oro is one of the remaining ruins of the fortified walls that surrounded Seville. Today, it is one of the city’s visited monuments thanks to the nice landscape surrounding it. Inside the tower, there is a naval museum with many flags, maps, etc… It also has some of the earliest prints of Seville. Read here for more on the Golden Tower.
That’s it for Seville, Spain
The trip to Seville will, without any doubt, be worth every penny. Almost all tourists, just as much as Seville’s locals, enjoy the city’s landmarks and secrets. So, you should be able to enjoy it just as much, if not much more.
If you are planning your next trip to Spain, have another look at Seville’s travel guide, as we updated it constantly for better options. Or, visit different cities in Spain, such as Barcelona (a list of things to do in the city), Madrid (full travel guide), or stay close to Andalucia by visiting Malaga (list of things to do).
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