About Seville

The long and varied history of the lovely Spanish city of Seville is apparent when you witness the beautiful architecture influenced by different regimes. The capital of Southern Spain’s Andalusia region, Seville presents a beautiful flowering of the region's culture. The sheer potential the city presents to the visitor in the form of the huge Gothic cathedral, baroque churches, Mudéjar palaces, shopping centers, winding maze-like lanes and a vibrant nightlife is mind-boggling. The birthplace of the famous Flamenco dance and the mouth-watering tapas, the city invites you in and leaves you wanting more. Steeped in culture and history, Seville is also the main center of the South of the European Nation and the only river port in Spain. Seville is overwhelming and charming; a must visit for anyone traveling to Spain.

Public Transport System

Seville has a very good and efficient public transportation. It offers plenty of modes of transport ranging from buses to boats. The Spanish bus service is punctual and comfortable, and most buses have an air-con and a toilet. To get to Seville from other cities in Spain can be only minimally longer than the train (but much cheaper). The buses between cities are punctual and depart either from the Plaza de Armas bus station near the river, or the Prado de San Sebastián station near the University. The metro follows an 18km reverse U-turn from the south-west to the south-east through the southern end of the city center where it stops at Plaza de Cuba, Prado de San Sebastian and San Bernardo and goes on to near cities in the metropolitan area. The metro runs from 6.30AM-11PM on weekdays, and until 2 o'clock on weekends. There are 5 lines of commuter trains (Cercanías) in Sevilla. Line 4 is a circular line that runs inside Sevilla, linking Santa Justa and San Bernardo train station with the convention center. You can also rent a car for a day from leading car rentals companies like Hertz [20]and Avis. Cars with GPS equipment are an added advantage. You can also rent a Limousine from companies like Royal American. Another good option is to rent a scooter for the day or week. You do not need a license to ride it and the traffic rules are relaxed for the most part while riding so long as you are careful.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: High; Efficiency: High

Mode & Cost of Transports

Just 25 minutes drive from the city center is located the Sevilla International Airport.  A bus service "Especial Aeropuerto (EA)"] runs every 30 minutes from just outside the "Arrivals" hall during most of the day and costs €4 (€6 for a same day return) and takes 20-30 minutes. Taxis are always available next to the bus stop and run on a fixed fare to Seville center: €21.90 during the day and €24.41 after 10 PM and on weekends/holidays. Although driving is an option for long distance travel in Spain, isn't as convenient or as useful once you are in the city. If you intend to drive into Seville and are staying in one of the Old Towns, don't be over-reliant on GPS as it is very difficult to navigate the correct location. There is a refillable multimodal card (named Tarjeta del Consorcio), that can be used in local and metropolitan buses, the tramway and the metro, allowing transfers for two hours. It can be purchased for 1.5 € at many newsstands and the two main bus stations. There is also a card only for the local buses that don't allow transfers (Tarjeta multiviaje de Tussam) for a slightly cheaper fare (0,69 € instead 0,76 € for a local bus trip). Bikes cost an economic 11.50 euro for a week pass, which allows the first half hour free and subsequent hours are a euro each. Also, yearly passes can be purchased for 33 euro (39 with insurance) with each half hour free and additional hours are priced at 50 euro cents. It's cheaper to do an annual pass than over three weeks of weekly passes. Scooters are available for rent for €30 for the day and €120 for the week. These are an eco-friendly and a cost-efficient way of getting around and a drivers license is also not necessary.

 Sevici is a popular mode of transportation among both locals and tourists alike with more than 250 cycle stations where you can grab a bike and cycle from one station to another. As a tourist, you can buy a card for 11 euros which allows you to hop on and off and bike through the city. Tickets are €1.30 for a single zone (€0.82 using Tarjeta del Consorcio) or €4.50 for one day for all 3 zones unlimited trips. Another great service in Seville for renting a bike is Centerbici, where you can see Seville in a better way. Largely pedestrianized and flat, the city is ideal for exploring by foot. Nothing is too far away either: pick up a map from one of the tourist offices and enjoy exploring Seville.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 1.19
Cup of Coffee USD 1.19
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.19
Rice/Kg USD 1.19
White Bread USD 1.19
Eggs (12) USD 2.37
Combo Meal USD 8.30
Fine Dining USD 10.67
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 1.19
Domestic Beer USD 2.37
Imported Beer USD 3.56
Bottle of Wine USD 5.93
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 5.93
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 1.19
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 1.19
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 711.12

Don’ts

  • Semana Santa (Easter) is the Holy Week and unless you have a keen interest in experiencing what Easter in Seville is like; you should avoid the dates. It is high season in town!
  • Feria de Abril or the April Fair is the most important local festival and the prices of the accommodations are high during this season, so tourists are advised to avoid it.
  • One of the most important things to know before traveling to Seville is that the siesta tradition still lives on. Generally, it means that many businesses close from around 2 to 5 p.m. Bars and restaurants will stay open for locals to eat lunch, and most larger supermarkets and brand-name stores don’t close, either. However, most smaller shops continue this tradition, so plan your errands accordingly.
  • Do not just stick to public transit, for you may end up traveling on familiar tracks. Try renting a vehicle or a bike and explore the city, you are bound to get rewarded with lovely surprises.
  • Do not be discouraged if you must wait at the bar of a well-known place, the ordering process is rather chaotic. It is commonplace to see people shout repeatedly to get the attention of the bar staff.
  • Do not eat too often in your hotel as there are so many good bars, cafés, and restaurants scattered throughout the city. It is wonderful to have breakfast in the morning on a terrace in a square.
  • Don’t plan your entire vacation at Semana Santa (the week before Easter) unless that’s the only thing you want to see. Many streets are closed, which makes it difficult to walk through the city. However, seeing the processions (a day or two) is worth the effort.
  • Don’t plan every minute of your vacation. Take the time to walk aimlessly through the city, absorb the atmosphere, and discover Seville.
  • Don’t forget to bring a map. You can easily get lost, especially in the old part of the city where there are many narrow streets and where everything is alike.
  • Don’t forget to bring a fan in the summer.
  • Seville is one of the hottest cities in Southwestern Europe. The temperatures can soar up to 35 degree Celsius, so make sure you are well hydrated.
  • Do not walk around in beachwear, no matter how warm it is.
  • Don’t eat oranges that grow on the thousands of trees in the city. They are bitter and better suited to make marmalade.

DO’s:

  • Beware of pickpockets. Like any major city in Spain, pickpockets do operate in Sevilla. They may operate under the guise of selling you flowers, but you should not stop for these people. They are especially known to hang around cathedrals and Plazas.
  • Flirtatious men and cab drivers have been reported to harass single women tourist, so be cautious.
  • It is easy to get lost in Sevilla, especially at night. Allow yourself a day or an afternoon just to get your bearings around the city, as most of the roads don’t have names posted.
  • When ordering drinks, also order the food as that comes free with Tapas and is part of the bargain.
  • Learn a few words of Spanish, or download a translation app, since people at the local bars usually don’t speak English.
  • Carry a light jacket with you as the evenings can be quite chilly.
  • Weather can change quickly and without warning. Daytime is often warm, but even in summer nights can become quite cold. Be prepared for rain, even when it is warm outside.
  • The local eating schedule is one of the key things to know before traveling to Seville. Lunch isn’t usually on the table until 2 p.m. Likewise, nobody sits down for dinner until around 9 or 10 p.m.
  • Do keep a track of festivals on your travel visits. Plan for a visit during festivals popular among the locals and not tourist. You will enjoy the authentic food and flair without the crowd.
  • Dress respectfully when you visit religious buildings.
  • Try to learn the steps of the Sevillanas (a traditional folk dance) when you visit the Feria de Abril (the April Festival).
  • Go to a local market to stock up on fresh fruit and tasty snacks.

Night Life

Seville's non-stop nightlife will leave you invigorated and spoilt for choice! There is a range of fun activities that you can do until the wee hours of the morning. The vibrant nightlife of Seville will certainly make you wish if you could spend every night there. At the El Palacio Andaluz, you can enjoy the traditionally famed Flamenco dance in a royal ambiance, tranquil atmosphere and try to decipher the story they narrate. They also serve amazing food. Try La Fresquita, a hugely popular hangout among the locals for the specialty of Seville – tapas.

In summer, the city offers an amazing array of terrace bars and nightclubs located down the riverside, past the Torre del Oro, and onto Paseo de las Delicias. The atmosphere is lively and you can enjoy wonderful music. Famous places here are Chile, Mulle New York, Erasmus, and Libano to name a few.

Alfalfa is a hotspot for university-goers and you will see scores of students partying here and the ambiance caters to the young and international crowds. Another place is, El Tendido which offers delicious tapas and a wide range of drinks.

If you are seeking some fine dining, head to Paseo de Cristobal Colon, down the river. The area has a score of classy and sophisticated bars and restaurants. Popular bars in this locality are MKC, Boga and the three-floored nightclub Uthopia.

Alameda de Hercules is a food lover's paradise. You can go to the cozy Gigante Bar or the happening Cafe Central. There are rock clubs like the Fun Club and Obbio by Holiday, and these places are open almost all night.

Must See

  • The Seville Cathedral is also called the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See. It is one of Seville’s most famous landmarks and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The sprawling structure is magnificent and is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Seville has three World Heritage sites within an area of 4 kilometers, so the visitor can not only see the Cathedral but also the Alcazar palace complex, a 14th-century exquisite royal court. Incidentally, the palace was used in “Game of Thrones”. The third site is General Archive of the Indies which contains historical records of Spanish colonialism in the Americas. The Cathedral is open every day; however, the hours may vary during the summer.
  • The Barrio Santa Cruz is a charming neighborhood in Seville. It is also a favorite among tourists. The neighborhood includes the three attractions mentioned above. The labyrinthine streets are filled with artisan shops, local eateries, and small stores. Tourists usually end up spending hours here, rambling around the lanes and checking the local shops.
  • Visit the flea market Calle Feria on Thursdays, you will find different people and products. There is a sense of nostalgia that you feel when you visit the oldest market in Seville. April is a good time to buy your outfit for the Feria, the biggest annual party in Seville.
  • Visit the revered Basilica de la Macarena. This basilica is located on the outskirts of the old town in the north, against the Macarena neighborhood. The interior is beautifully decorated. La Esperanza, the weeping figure of the Virgin Mary, is kept here. She is the local patroness of bullfighters. This is the most revered Virgin Mary statue in Seville and is carried around the streets during Semana Santa (Holy Week before Easter).
  • Visit the Plaza de Espana. It is one of the most beautiful squares in Seville. The picturesque buildings, fountains, and flamenco performances ensure that you will thoroughly enjoy your visit. The area is lovely during the day as well at night, when everything is lit up.
  • The Fine Art Museum or the Museo de Bellas Artes is a favorite among the art connoisseur.  It features a collection of works from the medieval period to the early 20th century. The setting of the museum is small and cozy, designed to ensure that the focus is on individual paintings. Be warned that the entrance is at the back.

Experiences

There is a wide range of activities that you can do in Seville:

  • Tapas! – the first thing that pops in mind when we talk about food and Seville. The sheer variety of this appetizer is astounding and although this delicacy is found all over Spain, Seville has the best ones. There is even a whole district known for numerous tapas bars, but the most visited are those in the proximity of The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea and Casa Morales.
  • You can also go Kayaking on the river Guadalquivir. The activity is a lot of fun. The navigable river affords some unique sightseeing opportunities like the Maestranza and the Torre del Oro. Kayakers are given training and taught basic some techniques. This activity lasts approximately 2-3 hours and it is advisable that you book in advance.
  • You can also climb the top of La Giralda to get a panoramic view of the city. The tall minaret is a bell tower, and there are no lifts installed.  The tower has 35 ramps which facilitate the climbing. The Giralda is a combination of different architectural styles and affords a stunning view of the city. The admission to the bell tower is included if you visit the Cathedral.
  • Participate in a bicycle tour. These tours are a fun and flexible way to see many of the city’s landmarks. There are many tours to choose from and several bicycle rental stores organize tours through the city. Trudging on your feet can get exhausting and you can easily visit sights that are just a little further away on a bike. Seville is a very bike-friendly city with many cycle paths that run through the center, and trails that surround the city.
  • Fundación Cajasol is both a huge exhibition space and a place where regular events are held. There is always something fun going on here. Cajasol is open every day and is in the city center. The exhibitions are usually free to visit and is also open on Sundays. The type of exhibitions ranges from photography to mixed media and modern art installations.
  • Los Remedios, an area located across the river is used for the "Feria" (Festival). The event takes place here every year in April. There are public and private casitas (large tents) where you can eat, drink and dance the Sevillanas. Don't forget to drink rebujito - the Feria drink consisting of sherry mixed with lemonade.
  • Alamillo Park is in the north of Seville and can be recognized by the iconic bridge designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava that was built over the river. This park is one of the largest city parks in Spain. Many wild animals live here, and countless species of plants and trees grow. Various events and festivals are held here during the spring and summer months. There are lakes and sports facilities in a large green park, and it is perfect for a nice walk, bike ride or a picnic.
  • Spain is famous for flamenco and is a must-see for tourists. You can catch an authentic performance at the Casa del Flamenco, which provides a comprehensive overview of the culture and has performances by well-known artists.
  • Wander through an open-air market on Sunday on Vendors street. The well-known market is behind the Alcampo shopping center at Ronda del Tamarguillo on Avenida de la Paz. You can reach there by bus lines 30, 36 from Prado de San Sebastian. However, it is easily outdone by a large flea market that sells clothes, furniture, books, shoes, CDs, food, tools, and million other things. It is in the northwest of Triana near Avenida Carlos III (off of the left-hand side of most tourist maps).

Activities

Salón de Juego Joker
Casino
Calle Virgen de Luján, 30, 41011 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
2.9 Kms.
La Reserva Castillo de las Guardas
Safari
Aldea Fuente Pinar Bajo 1, 15, 41898 El Castillo de las Guardas, Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
64.7 Kms.
Pause & Play
Casino
A-92, 41500 Alcalá de Guadaíra, Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
13.2 Kms.
Real Club de Golf de Sevilla
Golf
Sevilla-Utrera Highway, 41500 Alcalá de Guadaíra, Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
9.7 km.
Mulligan golf Sevilla
Golf
C/ Vía Flavia (Pol. Ind. Fuentequintillo), 3, 41089 Montequinto, Dos Hermanas, Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
7.4 Kms.
Not Just a Tourist
Beach
Plaza Rosa de Pasión, 4, 41009 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
3.5 Kms.
Reserva Natural El Castillo De Las Guardas
Safari
A-476, Km 6.820, 41898 El Castillo de las Guardas, Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
64 Kms.
area recreo canina
Zoo
Calle Gral. Merry, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
5 kms.
Decathlon
Ski
Calle Asunción, 28, 41011 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
9.5 Kms.
Rules
Ski
Calle San Jorge, 25, 41010 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
3.8 Kms.
Acuario Sevilla
Zoo
Muelle de las Delicias, s/n, 41012 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
2.6 kms.

Shopping

Poster Felix
Antique Markets
Poster Felix, Av. de la Constitución, 26, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
3 KMs
Antiguedades El Museo
Antique Markets
Pl. del Museo, 4, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
4 KMs
Mercadillo Historico del Jueves
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Feria, 37b, 41003 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
1.5 KMs
Mercadillo Charco de la Pava
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Ctra. Cádiz-Huelva, s/n, 41092 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
6.4 KMs
Sardiñas - Souvenir, Corcho complementos y bisutería (al por mayor)
Handicrafts and Souviners
Calle Gramil, 23 nave 5, 41008 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
3.9 KMs
Sevilla Souvenirs
Handicrafts and Souviners
Calle San Fernando, 35, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
1 KM
Centro Comercial Alcampo Tamarguillo
Shopping Malls
Av. Ronda del Tamarguillo, 27, 41006 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
7.3 KMs
Domus Cientouno S.l.
Shopping Malls
Calle Avión Cuatro Vientos, 8, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
2.7 KMs
Torre del Oro
Shopping Malls
Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, s/n, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
2.5 KMs
Plaza del Triunfo
Shopping Malls
Pl. del Triunfo, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Distance From City Center
1.1 KMs

 

Given the rich cultural history of Seville, it is no surprise that the visitor is spoiled for choice when it comes to souvenirs.

  • Ceramic products are the numero uno souvenir gifts. To get your hands on some quality ceramic products head across the Triana Bridge to Cerámica Santa Ana (Calle San Jorge 31), famous for its traditional ceramic ware. The beauty and range of designs are spellbinding.
  • Convent Sweets prepared by Nuns at various monasteries like turrón, a nougat treats typically made of honey, sugar and egg white, or mantecados, a typical Andalusian shortbread made from the fat of the Iberian pig and yemas – a sweet made with egg yolk, sugar, and some lemon juice. Simple and delicious, they are the most popular Seville sweets to carry back for friends and family.
  • Authentic flamenco dresses and accessories are the best bet to buy as Seville has a rich flamenco tradition.
  • Jamon and Cheese are part of Seville's identity. For travel-friendly vacuum-packed products, head to Charcutería Ramírez, a stall in the market on Calle Feria.
  • The Mercado Naviden'o de Artesania specializes in handcrafted pieces made by local craftsmen. It is considered by many to be the most important seasonal market in the city, the products are displayed on stands and range from ceramics to jewelry, wooden toys to clothes, all done in typical Andalusian style.
  • Typical Andalusian wines make for a unique gift. Purchase one of the region’s specialties from Flor de Sal (Calle Carlos Cañal, 46) where you can choose from approximately 85 different wines or go to Flores Gourmet (Calle San Pablo, 24) to buy some Manzanilla sherry to add a southern Spanish flavor to your festivities.
  • La Oleoteca (Calle García de Vinuesa, 39) has an enviable collection of olive oils; an essential entity of Spanish food and is run by local experts who are happy to talk you through each variety.
  • Seville is a great place to get local craft beers to bring home for the holidays. Lupulo`polis Cervezas Artesanas (Calle José Gestoso 12) sells a wide variety of distinct beers. Also, check out Gigante Bar (Alameda de Hércules, 17) in the Alameda neighborhood, where they take you through the large catalog of craft beers available, describing their taste and flavor.
  • Calle Sierpes is one of the major shopping destinations and boasts an enviable collection of stores in the city. There are many stores selling fans, brooches, and shawls that are handcrafted.
  • Fragrances make for unique gifts, one of the famous ones in Seville is the orange blossom perfume, called Agua de Azahar. In some stores, you can customize your own fragrance. Many of these fragrances are made in-house so make sure to ask for these when you visit a store.
  • Mantillas and Mantones de Encaje are shawls. These lovely pieces of garments are made of silk or rayon. Frequently sported by Flamenco dancers, these shawls are primarily black in color, however, you can find other patterns and colors that suit your fancy.
  • As a traveler, you will notice some lovely ironworks when you wander the city. These decorative pieces function as hooks, drawer pulls, cupboard knobs and many more. These unique artifacts make for wonderful and lasting souvenirs.
  • Espardenyes are footwear. Traditionally they are flat and are worn during summer. The lightweight shoes are made of jute rope, premium leathers, suedes, and woven cloth. Espardenyes are quite famous and even celebrities can be spotted wearing this humble and comfortable footwear.

Official Language

Spanish

Other Language

English,French and German.

Spoken Language

Catalan, Basque, Galician, an... Read more

Currency

Euro (EUR)

Population

0.69 (Millions)

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Weather

Broken Clouds 16.42°C

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TimeZone

07:57 AM (GMT +02:00)

 

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Ambulance

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Police

091

 

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Airport Name / IATA Code

San Pablo Airport - SVQ

Best time to visit

September-January is winter but it is comparatively less cold than other European destinations hence, quite a few tourist heads to Seville as the tourist traffic is significantly low, the hotels offer low rates during this season.

Moderate time to visit

March to May Accommodation is pretty expensive during this year due to Samana Santa (Easter) and Feria de Abril(April fair).

Worst time to visit

June - AugustAvoid visiting this period due to insanely high temperature.

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Start Tariff: EUR 3.00

1 Km. Tariff: EUR 0.91

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: EUR 19.99

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