While the UK might be getting cold and gloomy in October, Seville is still offering sunbathing weather.
With Seville being located in the south of Spain, and landlocked, it gets hot. Like, really hot. For this reason, you might want to avoid visiting during the height of summer. By October the days are still warm but bearable and the evenings are slightly cooler. Seville has so much to offer, in addition to the amazing sunshine. The city has some beautiful architecture, fantastic food and is home to the famous flamenco!
So, here are my tips for how to spend your weekend in Seville.
Metropol Parasol was our first stop. Our hotel was only a few minutes walk from Metropol Parasol so we wandered down on our first afternoon. The structure is a bit strange and not the prettiest but it does offer great views of the city. I recommend a visit to the top, to take in the city.
Walking tour of the city. I love finding a walking tour when visiting new cities! They’re a really cost effective way to view a city while learning bits of history and facts along the way. A walking tour also gives you the opportunity to view the major sights and then decide which ones you might want to go back to and explore in more detail. We decided to head back to the Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla) and climb the bell tower. The tower interestingly has no stairs, instead a series of slopes – which is pretty killer on your calves!
Real Alcazar Gardens is a must! If you can, book in advance, especially if you’re visiting during the summer holidays. We left it too late to book tickets so we had to wait in line for a very long time (in the sun). The gardens are beautiful to wander around for a few hours. For any Game of Thrones fans, you might think the gardens look familiar – they filmed some of the Kingdom of Dorne scenes here! I enjoyed trying to spot areas I recognised from the show and parts of the gardens really do feel like you’re in the show.
A Flamenco show, you can’t visit Seville and not see one! Our guide recommended Le Carboneria. The flamenco was incredible but the food was very basic, if you want a full meal eat beforehand otherwise it’s basic snacks and tapas. The flamenco is such a powerful dance, it’s so impressive to see live and very intense. That would be my warning, prepare for it to feel very intense!!
A tour of Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla (the bullfighting stadium). I’m not suggesting you see a bullfight, nor am I condoning the sport. There is, however, a lot of history behind the sport and Seville is very proud of it. The tour is relatively short but it was interesting to see just how famous and respected the Matadors are.
Plaza de España, our walking tour ended here so we took the opportunity to relax for a bit and take some photos. You can hire row boats for the canal and explore the nearby park, we spotted some flamenco performers so hung around to see a free show.
And lots of tapas!! Of course no trip to Spain would be complete without eating your body weight in tapas each day. My favourite thing about Seville? How tasty but incredibly cheap the food is! You also can’t complain when tinto de verano is only €1,50 a glass.
Hopefully this post has given you some ideas for your weekend in Seville. If you have longer than a weekend, I’d also recommend trying to visit Malaga, Granada (potentially my favourite place in Spain) or Ronda. I’d love to hear your recommendations too.