This blog post was originally posted on December 16, 2015, and was updated on December 10, 2018.
After the hype of the holiday season, January is usually a calmer month in most other cities—but not in Seville!
That’s because the holiday season doesn’t end on January 1, as it does most other places. Here, the festive fun keeps going straight through Reyes on the 6th and beyond! It may be on the chilly side, though with averages of 11 degrees Celsius or 51 degrees Fahrenheit, we hardly have anything to complain about. There’s no shortage of fun and fascinating things to do in Seville in January. Here’s what’s on our agenda in the first month of 2019!
See the Three Kings Parade
While sevillanos certainly know who Santa Claus is, the jolly gift-giver takes a backseat during the holiday season to the three wise men of biblical lore. That’s because here in Spain, they’re the ones who bring children gifts! The fun starts on January 5 when the kings arrive in town and make their way through the streets of Seville in an extravagant parade. Young and old merrymakers alike line the streets, eager to catch a glimpse of the kings themselves and catch some of the candy that rains down from the extravagant floats. All in all, celebrating this fun holiday is easily one of our favorite things to do in Seville in January!
Eat some “roscón” on January 6
On the night of January 5, kids head off to bed with breathless anticipation, eager to see what gifts from the kings await them the next morning. But presents aren’t the only thing to look forward to on the morning of January 6—there’s also one of Spain’s most beloved sweet treats! One of the most delicious traditions associated with Three Kings’ Day is the roscón de Reyes. This ring-shaped, cream-filled cake is decorated with candied fruit to give it the appearance of a regal crown. Head to one of Seville’s fabulous pastry shops to pick up your own roscón and enjoy it like the locals do: as an indulgent holiday breakfast with a cup of coffee.
Marvel at some of the Prado’s most iconic works
Yes, you read that right. One of the most unique things to do in Seville in January this year involves the most famous art museum in…Madrid. There’s no need to book your ticket to the capital, though. Instead, head to the CaixaForum cultural center all month long to check out Art and Myth: The Gods of the Prado. The fascinating themed exhibition features dozens of masterpieces on loan from the famous museum, each representing some of the most legendary gods and heroes from ancient mythology. And with the entry fee setting you back just €4, you can’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Enjoy some craft beer
Step aside, Cruzcampo. While the old standby may be Seville’s most popular beer, locals are also catching on to the thriving craft beer scene that has taken Europe by storm in recent years. Among our favorite things to do in Seville in January—one of the rainiest months in the Andalusian capital—is to duck into a cozy craft beer bar and enjoy some artisanal brews. From the thriving beer and tapas scene at Maquila to up-and-coming new favorite BierKraft, there’s no shortage of fabulous places serving up some of the most interesting brews Seville has seen in years.
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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.