While it’s tempting to want to run all over the city sightseeing all day, there’s one important thing to keep in mind: you’re on vacation!
That means factoring in plenty of time to rest and recharge while you’re here. In fact, the local culture here in Seville practically thrives on relaxation and leisurely moments enjoyed in good company. Sounds good, right? Try one of these great ways to relax in Seville and you’ll come away feeling fresh and ready to take on the next adventure.
1. Get in touch with nature
Seville may be Spain’s fourth-largest city, but that doesn’t mean it’s a hustling, bustling metropolis. In fact, for a relatively big city, it’s quite laid-back and full of great places to enjoy some well-deserved R&R. Whenever we’re looking to relax in Seville, one of the easiest options is to enjoy the peace and quiet at a local park. From charming Parque de los Principes in Triana to the sprawling, off-the-beaten-path gem that is Parque del Alamillo, there’s no shortage of gorgeous parks in Seville just waiting to be discovered. Grab a book and a snack, find a shady corner, and settle in to relax!
2. Roll out your yoga mat
There’s a reason why yoga has (peacefully) taken the world by storm in recent years. The methods of calming both mind and body resonate with people from all walks of life all over the world. As a result, it’s one of our favorite ways to relax in Seville. Check out Nillyoga, taught by an expat who has trained in India, for excellent morning and evening yoga classes taught in English (and Spanglish, when necessary). She even offers outdoor classes once a month, so it’s a great way to get some fresh air while you move!
3. Rent a bike and explore
Tired of walking? You’re in luck: Seville is Spain’s unofficial capital of cycling, with nearly 200 km of bike lanes snaking throughout the city. As a result of cycling’s newfound popularity in recent years, bike rental companies have sprung up in droves throughout town. Pick one and rent a bike, then take to the streets and start exploring! It’s a fun and interesting way to discover the city, and you’ll find that you’ll often be able to go faster and further than you would on your own two feet.
4. Discover a local food market
Vibrant, colorful and deeply authentic, Seville’s food markets have been an integral part of local culture for centuries. In fact, they’re so much more than just places to buy food. These are true gastro-social hubs where neighbors, friends, and relatives gather to do their shopping together and grab a bite to eat in a fun, low-key setting. Join them and dig into a casual meal at one of the market bars, or pick up some fresh products to go and enjoy a peaceful picnic in the park. No matter which you choose, rest assured that visiting the market is one of the most delicious ways to relax in Seville—you can feel like a true local as you browse the stalls and do your shopping with no rush.
5. Pamper yourself at the hammam
Centuries ago, much of Spain was ruled by the Moors, and traces of their legacy remain throughout the country—especially here in the south. The Arab-style bathhouses in particular have taken on new lives as luxurious spas that will transport you back in time to the glory days of this iconic civilization while you indulge in the ultimate R&R. We love the magical sensations and experiences available at Aire de Sevilla (and the spectacular rooftop infinity pool with views of the cathedral doesn’t hurt, either). Another gorgeous option is Hammam Sevilla, which will transport you back in time with their stunning interior decoration and age-old rituals.
6. Discover the riverfront
Just steps away from the lively, thriving city center, the area along the banks of the Guadalquivir River is the ultimate place to relax in Seville. Spend some time lounging on the grass reading or enjoying a picnic, or take to the water itself by enjoying a fun kayaking experience. Either way, you’ll be able to get some fresh air and take in incredible views of the city as well as Triana.
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Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.