Seville is a city of sun-dappled plazas and mouth-watering tapas; a city with history that is still being made and nights that never seem to end. From the soaring architecture of its cathedrals down to the charm of its cobblestones, Seville is the perfect place to make memories that will last a lifetime.
It’s hard not to get swept up in the spirit of Seville. Whether it’s the electrifying rhythms of the city’s renowned flamenco music, the rush of being in the crowd at a Sevilla FC match, or one of the city’s world-famous annual festivals, don’t be surprised if you find yourself smitten with Seville before you know it. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, really: with a history that stretches back over 2,000 years, a beautiful Mediterranean climate that is as sunny as it is warm, and a tantalising culinary scene to boot, Seville is a traveller’s dream come true. Come and uncover all that the city has to offer: book your flight from Zurich to Seville with SWISS today.
What is the best way to get around Seville?
Many travellers find that the most efficient and affordable way to navigate Seville is the city’s system of public buses. Depending on where visitors are staying and where they intend to go, Seville also has a metro system – travellers should check a map before boarding, however, as the metro is just over a decade old and its reach remains limited at this point. Visitors who intend to stay in the city proper are advised against renting a vehicle: driving and parking in Seville can be deeply frustrating, especially for the uninitiated. Bicycle rentals are available for visitors who wish to see more of the city while enjoying the weather, and if speed and convenience are your concern, taxis are also freely available.
When is the best time to visit Seville?
Many experienced travellers recommend seeing Seville in the springtime, from March until May. While summers in Seville can be blisteringly hot, springtime offers milder temperatures that are perfect for sightseeing, along with fewer tourists and lower hotel prices, as peak tourist season is in the summertime, from June to August. A spring visit also allows visitors to attend Seville’s most renowned festivals: Semana Santa and Feria de Abril.
How can I get from the airport to the city centre?
Travellers who want to reach the city centre have multiple options for doing so. The cheapest option is to travel by bus: regular buses run between the airport and the city’s Plaza de Armas at very affordable rates. Travellers looking for quicker travel times can also take a taxi to their destination.
Let the beauty of Seville take your breath away
While it is most assuredly a vibrant, modern city, travellers will be glad to know that Seville has never forgotten its long and illustrious past. One of Seville’s most enduring features is its stunning architecture: from Roman aqueducts and Moorish bell towers to Castilian cathedrals and 18th-century plazas, a walk through Seville’s city streets is a stroll through the centuries.
Old Town of Seville
Seville’s central Old Town contains three separate UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Alcazar of Seville, said to be one of the most beautiful palaces on Earth, and the world-famous Seville Cathedral. The cathedral was built in the 15th century and, according to legend, was intended to be so magnificent that no other building would be its equal. Taking in its ornate stained glass, soaring Gothic ceilings, and mesmerising stonework remains a humbling experience to this day. Travellers looking to take in Seville’s wealth of architecture and history will need several days to see it all. Highlights include:
- The Alcazar of Seville
- Plaza de Espana
- Parque de Maria Luisa
- La Giralda
- The Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija
Seville’s Metropol Parasol
Of course, Seville isn’t all ancient history: the city is a vibrant, cosmopolitan hub, and it features plenty of more modern diversions for travellers to take in as well: holidaymakers can pay a visit to the Metropol Parasol, a new attraction in the city centre that features elevated paths, a rooftop bar, and stunning views of the city at night-time.
The city also features several different museums offering an insight into Seville’s current and historical cultural setting, including the Flamenco Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. Thousands of years have given Seville plenty to show off – book your flight from Zurich to Seville today.
When in Seville, eat like a Sevillian
Like many parts of the Andalusian region, Seville is renowned for its tapas. A wide selection of small dishes designed to be shared by a group, tapas are an excellent way to sample the diverse flavours of the region. When eating in Seville, some holidaymakers may need to adjust their clocks, however: it is common in Seville to have a large, late lunch and a lighter, even later dinner, with many restaurants not even opening for evening service until 8:30 p.m. or later. The wait is worthwhile, though: foods like the region’s exceptional ham, rich queso manchego (sheep’s milk cheese), and pulpo gallego (Galician octopus) are just a small number of the city’s famous dishes that beg to be eaten.
Get festive in Seville
In April, Seville celebrates its two biggest annual festivals: Easter week’s more sombre Semana Santa, and the joyous Feria de Abril immediately afterwards. A venerated nod to the country’s Catholic heritage, Semana Santa features a week of religious processions that are a marvel to behold. Feria de Abril, meanwhile, is a release that takes the whole city by storm: it is not uncommon for Sevillians to take a week’s holiday and indulge in the fair’s celebratory atmosphere, which features parades, traditional dress, throngs of revellers, and – of course – flamenco dancing.
Shop your day away
Visitors specifically looking to find unique souvenirs of Seville are encouraged to visit in the months leading up to Christmas, as Seville is famous for its many artisan markets which happen at that time of year. Visitors to Seville in spring, summer and autumn will want to pay a visit to Sierpes Street and Tetuan Street, two parallel avenues featuring small shops and artisan products that make great souvenirs.