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!
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!
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.
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!
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Since 2005, Cyra has lived in the UK, Portugal and Spain working as a professional tour guide. But it was Seville’s charm that captured her heart, and she hasn’t looked back since moving to her favorite city for food, wine and quality of life.