8 quick tips for a trip to Seville
Winter and spring are the best time to visit Seville when the warm, sunny days are perfect for sightseeing, the city is less crowded and flights and accommodation are cheaper than during the rest of the year. December to February is an excellent time to go to see the city’s many famous orange trees bursting with ripe fruit. Go from late February to early March and you’ll catch the orange blossom, when the city will be fabulously scented. March to June are also popular months to visit Seville to catch local festivals such as the Feria de Abril, but the city is likely to be rammed with tourists and it will be harder to find affordable flights and accommodation. Avoid the summer if you can as the city is sweltering at this time of year.
Leave your stilettos at home. Seville’s old town is full of cobbled streets, so not ideal for heels. As some hotels are located down narrow streets, your taxi from the airport might have to drop you some distance from the front door, so wear flats if you don’t want to break an ankle. Also, the walk up to the top of the cathedral’s Giralda bell tower, which is a must, is pretty steep – it’s even harder going down, as it’s a ramp rather than stairs.
Try tapas at El Rinconcillo (Gerona Street). Founded in 1670, it’s the oldest bar of its kind in Seville; however, note that you’ll have to eat tapas standing at high tables – only diners ordering a full meal can sit at the tables to the rear or in the first floor dining room. Also note that when ordering tapas anywhere, don’t order all the dishes at once as portions vary from bar to bar, start with one or two and order others as you go.
Real Alcazar Palace, which is still home to Spain’s royal family when they’re in town, was the setting for the Game of Thrones’ House of Dorne, which has made it an immensely popular tourist attraction. Still, it’s worth going in, if only for the spectacular gardens, but to avoid the long queue, buy tickets in advance.
It’s worth queuing to see inside the Cathedral, which is the third largest in the world and the largest gothic church. Here you’ll also find the tomb of Christopher Columbus – or at least, the tomb that holds some if not all of the remains of Spain’s greatest traveler – apparently some – or all of Columbus – might have got left behind in the Dominican Republic, from where he was removed in 1795.
Don’t skip the climb up the Cathedral’s Giralda bell tower, even though it’s a bit of a hike (see above) and costs €9. The views are spectacular. Aim to be up there on the hour to hear the bells above your head ring out (take earmuffs for little ones).
The raised mirror on the floor of the cathedral (just in front of Columbus’ tomb) is for selfies with the ornate ceiling – you have to put your camera/phone on selfie mode and look into the mirror (not your camera) for the right effect (I had to explain that to a colleague, who had her camera the wrong way round!).
Head to a roof top bar to get the best night time views of Seville. Bars at the Dona Maria hotel and the EME are both open to non-guests and both have stunning views of the cathedral, which is illuminated in the evenings. Views from the EME are possibly better than from Dona Maria as it’s closer to the cathedral, but you need to get there early as it gets pretty crowded. Drinks are slightly cheaper at the Dona Maria. nail place near me
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