Seville Travel, Spain
Plaza de España in Seville, Sevilla.
Best: March-June, September-November, when temperatures range from pleasant to quite hot. March average temperatures are 8C- 21C (46F-70F), June averages 17C-31C (62F-88F). Note the superb Easter festival of Semana Santa and April’s colourful Feria de Sevilla, (Feria de Abril).
Avoid: July-August, when there is extreme heat (ranging from lows of 20C (68F) to highs of 35C+ (95F+) and no beach, though the nearby Costa de la Luz has the best beaches in Spain! December is the wettest month, though at 95mm that’s not exactly torrential.
February-April, Holy Week (Semana Santa) hundreds of pointy-head parades through the night.
April Fair (La Feria de Abril), perhaps the city’s best party – traditional dress, parades, dancing and wild parties.
Museums/Galleries: Second only to The Prado in Madrid, Seville’s Museo de Bellas Artes is a gorgeous old convent housing one of the best art collections in Spain.
Archivo de Indias displays documents about the conquest of the Americas.
And don’t miss 2 exquisitely crafted buildings and their contents – Casa de Pilatos and Hospital de los Venerables (All in Santa Cruz area).
Flamenco: a traditional Andalusian gypsy art, many flamenco clubs (tablaos), are in Santa Cruz – and not just for tourists. Try to get to Teatro Lope de Vega for big name flamenco stars.
Andalusian cuisine differs from the rest of Spain due to the enduring Arab influence, using spices such as cumin, paprika and saffron, rice, cured hams, sauces made with sherry, and lots of olives and citrus fruit.
Gazpacho, a chilled raw vegetable soup, originated in Andalusia, as did Tapas – varied small dishes to go with drinks (grilled sardines is a favourite), often enough to replace dinner, which is good because the city lacks outstanding restaurants.
The Santa Cruz area has many Tapas bars and atmospheric little restaurants, as has the opposite bank of the river (many outdoors).
Seville is not a great shopping city, but the pedestrianized Calle de las Sierpes and around there have good traditional shops, as well as the essential souvenir tat.