Things to do in Seville in August 2018

This blog post was originally posted on July 23, 2015, and was updated on July 5, 2018.

If you ask any local for ideas of things to do in Seville in August, you’ll often be told to avoid the city because of the heat—but you’d be missing out!

Most would be of the opinion that you don’t stay in Seville in August. Instead, they’ll tell you to head to the Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz—or any other coast for that matter, just as long as you keep well away from Andalusia’s scorching capital. But the truth is, if you don’t mind the heat, August in Seville isn’t so bad. Hotel rooms are cheap (just book one with a pool!), queues to visit monuments are non-existent, and when it all becomes too much, the beach is just a train ride away!

Andalusia may be hot in the summer, but don't let that scare you away from visiting! These great things to do in Seville in August will help you beat the heat.

Visit a water park

What better time to visit a water park than in August? Not only does the heat gives you a good excuse to cool off, but the crowds should be away on their summer holidays at the beach. Perfect for the young—or the young-at-heart—Aquopolis is open from 12:00 – 20:00 every day during August. This makes it a great place cool down after a hot morning sightseeing. The water park features several water slides, as well as swimming areas for those seeking a more relaxing form of enjoyment.

Enjoy a night-time concert in the Alcazar’s gardens

Just like in July, the Alcazar continues to open up its doors for a series of nightly concerts held in the gardens. We can’t think of a better way to pass the evening than sit in the cool air of the Alcazar’s gardens. 5 euros well spent, we say!

The Alcázar concert series is easily one of our favorite things to do in Seville in August!
A truly beautiful setting for a concert!

Relax at one of Seville’s rooftop bars

There is no better time to take advantage of Seville’s many rooftop bars than August. While many local bars and restaurants close for their summer holidays during August, with some remaining closed for the entire month, the rooftop bars in Seville are generally found on top of hotels (and one on a department store). This means that during August, it’s business as usual. You will be rewarded with great views, cold drinks, and in some cases, great food as well.

If you're visiting Seville in August, there's no better way to cool off in style than by visiting one of the city's ubiquitous rooftop bars!
Order a refreshing glass of manzanilla sherry to truly beat the heat sevillano style.

Check out Seville’s museums

For most of the part, Seville’s museums and art galleries remain open throughout August. Doing the rounds of these attractions has two advantages. The first is that they are not crowded, due to the fact that August is a little quieter in Seville. The second is that they are generally air conditioned. Whether it is art, ceramics, or archaeology that you are after, there is something for everyone, and many of Seville’s museums are extremely good value to enter with entrance fees starting at 1.50 euros.

Take a day trip and swim in waterfalls

The great thing about Seville is that with the aid of a rental car (which can easily be picked up from any of the car hire companies at Santa Justa train station), Andalusia really is your oyster. Much of the region is reachable for a day trip. A great option during the hot summer months is the Cascadas de Hueznar, located in the Sierra Norte national park. It’s about an hour’s drive north of Seville and just 2 km from the village of San Nicolás.

To find the waterfalls, follow the signs to “Area Recreativa El Martinete” and you will find a restaurant with parking. The waterfalls themselves tumble into a series of pools which you can swim in, although the water is very cold. But in August’s hot weather, this is perfect!

Heading to the waterfalls in the Sierra Norte of Seville is a great thing to do during August
Waterfalls in the Sierra Norte national park, Seville – Photo Credit: Gonzalo Malpartida

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2 Comment

  1. Ed Gilbert says
    April 19, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Cyra, we’re thinking of booking a holiday in Seville during August. Are there still some local restaurants and bars open or is it only those in hotels which aren’t closed? We’re hoping to visit lots of different tapas bars. Cheers! Ed

    1. Cyra Alcock says
      April 22, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Hi Ed, you won’t go hungry (and there are places other than just those attached to hotels open) but to be honest many places in Seville do close for part of all of August, including most of the places that I love and recommend. If you are traveling for food or want to “live like a local” or experience a local ambient in the city then August is not the month to come to Seville as many places are closed and most sevillianos leave the city, but if you don’t mind the heat (it will be very hot!) and would like to appreciate the city with less people here then you will still find museums, monuments etc open.


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