This blog post was originally posted on March 18, 2016, and was updated on March 5, 2019.
Planning on visiting the Andalusian capital in April? Lucky you—you’ve picked one of the best times of year to visit Seville.
Extravagant local celebrations—check. Plazas and terraces overflowing with locals enjoying al fresco drinks and meals—check. The intoxicating scent of azahar drifting through the air—check. Throw in plenty of gorgeous, sunny, pleasantly warm weather (we’re still not suffering through the scorching heat that plagues Seville in summer just yet) and you’ve got a picture-perfect setting for the quintessential southern Spanish getaway. These things to do in Seville in April will help complete your itinerary.
1. Walk among the beautiful orange blossoms
One of the most iconic images of Seville is that of the emblematic orange trees—nearly 40,000 of them, in fact—lining its winding streets. Their striking white blossoms and sweet scent are the essence of spring, and enjoying the simple pleasure of a walk beneath the trees is one of the easiest things to do in Seville in April to immerse yourself in local life.
Start off in Plaza de Doña Elvira, a quaint hidden square in the colorful Santa Cruz neighborhood and home to a small but gorgeous oasis of the stunning trees. Make your way west (taking either the more popular route past the cathedral, or the off-the-beaten-path option through the winding backstreets of Santa Cruz), finally stopping for a well-deserved treat at La Fiorentina, home to some of the best ice cream in Seville (and a favorite stop on our Tastes, Tapas & Traditions Tour!).
2. Experience the passion of Semana Santa
Here in Seville, the arrival of Easter doesn’t feature a cute little bunny leaving treats in a basket. Instead, it’s all about Semana Santa, or Holy Week. Every day for a week leading up to Easter Sunday, extravagant, passionate processions wind their way through the streets of the Andalusian capital, leaving spectators breathless in their wake.
While each procession is different, they all commemorate the passion and death of Jesus Christ. Resilient members of local religious brotherhoods carry massive floats depicting the Virgin Mary and Christ himself (which can weigh up to 1,500 and 2,000 kilos respectively!) for hours on end, surrounded by dozens of humble penitents. Even if you’re not Catholic or even particularly religious, the fanfare surrounding Semana Santa in Seville is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
2019 dates: April 14–21
3. Dance the night away at the Sevilla Swing Festival
Yes, it’s true that we sevillanos are pretty crazy about the throaty singing, fast-paced guitar and foot-stomping beats that make up flamenco music. That’s not all that the local music scene has to offer, however. The annual Sevilla Swing Festival is one of the best opportunities to enjoy some of the best live music in Seville in April.
Since its inception in 2013, the annual event has been a celebration of one of the world’s most fun and exciting musical styles, taking Seville by storm for several days in early April. In addition to dozens of fantastic performances, you’ll also have the opportunity to check out fun dance classes, fascinating exhibitions and one-of-a-kind markets. It’s easily one of the top things to do in Seville in April for music lovers.
2019 dates: April 4–7
4. Explore a world of flavors at the Sabores que Cruzaron los Océanos exhibition
It’s no secret that we here at Devour Seville are downright obsessed with Spanish food. But how did the flavors we know and love today come to be over the course of history? To find out the answer to that question and more, head to the Archive of the Indies until April 21 for the Sabores que Cruzaron los Océanos (Flavors that Crossed the Oceans) temporary exhibition. This fascinating event showcases how Spanish gastronomy both influenced and was influenced by cuisines around the world throughout history, including those of Asia, the Americas, and other places in Europe. Entry is free and comes with a complementary glass of Spanish wine (in case you weren’t already convinced!).
5. Get psyched for Feria
The bad news: Seville’s iconic April Fair, despite its name, will actually take place entirely in May in 2019, effectively eliminating it from our list of things to do in Seville in April. The good news: it’s still possible to immerse yourself in the pre-Feria excitement as you get ready for the main event next month. Browse the colorful selection of flamenco dresses that fill local shops at this time of year, and consider checking out a dance class to brush up on your sevillanas. Cool off after your shopping and dancing marathon with a crisp, refreshingly dry glass of manzanilla sherry!
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After studying in Andalusia, Jaimie made sure he was on the first possible flight back to Seville—the day after graduation! Many years later, he is fully immersed in Spain’s culinary world and has shown thousands of guests the secrets of sherry and tapas.