Seville is a city that arrests attention from the moment you set foot in its streets. Stunningly beautiful cathedrals, immeasurably ornate and decadent palaces, countless picturesque plazas and fountains – at face value, there are few places as immediately alluring as Seville.
Scratch just a little beneath this surface of awe-inspiring aesthetic, and you’ll find a city bursting at the seams with a complex, fascinating heritage. As a crossroads of cultures – Romans, Moors, Christians, Gyspys and many more – there are stories weaving their way through the winding medieval lanes and seeping from hidden alcoves.
Whilst history is one of the main draws to Seville, the Andalusian capital is very much about the here and now. Think buzzing local plazas, legendary tapas and evenings spent in atmospheric, authentic bars tucked away in secret corners of the city, sipping red wine as the sound of gently plucked guitar strings washes over you.
And, of course, whether you’re an expert dad dancer or full-on Saturday Night Fever diva, it wouldn’t be Seville without immersing yourself in its native culture trying your hand at Flamenco. Olé.
Cool and crowd-free, winter can be a great time if you want to avoid queues, hordes of tourists and really experience Seville as the locals do. Temperatures are fairly mild, but you might catch some rain.
The buzzing months, from March onwards the city awakens and becomes alive with energy, as the locals celebrate Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Feria de Abril.
Hot. Very hot. Sightseeing can become a sweaty proposition this time of year, and the city sinks into a lazy slumber, but if you’re a fan of blazing blue skies and warm summer nights, then this is the time for you.
Visiting Seville in the Autumn can represent the very best times to go sightseeing. The harsh edge has been dialled down off the oppressive summer heat, and life is injected back into the city after a few months of siesta.