This blog post was originally posted on June 16, 2015 and was updated on June 28, 2018.
Summer has definitely arrived in Seville, but don’t let the heat put you off visiting our amazing city!
July is the last chance to experience the best of Seville, before many of the locals flock to the coast for their summer holidays. While the days might be warm, there are plenty of round the clock activities to keep you entertained right into the pleasant evenings, so here are our top picks of things to do in Seville in July.
See a concert in the Alcazar
What better backdrop for an evening of enjoyment than the architecturally amazing Alcazar palace. While visiting the Alcazar during the day is a must at any time of the year, the mild July evenings also make it the perfect time to come back and experience the Alcazar by night. For the warm summer months the Alcazar opens it doors for the Noches en el Alcázar, a series of evening concerts ranging from classical to world music—and of course, flamenco. The festival is already in full swing and runs through the first full week of September.
Experience a lively neighborhood fair
While Seville’s annual fair, the Feria de Abril, has already taken place, Seville’s Triana neighborhood has its own neighborhood feria in July: the Velá de Santa Ana. This celebration has taken place since the 13th century to honor the Patron Saint of Triana, Saint Ana. Since then, it has evolved into Triana’s most important summer riverside party.
Today, this weeklong celebration features competitions, flamenco and even “casetas” (tents) where you can try some delicious local food. Festivities begin with the traditional ‘pregón’, where a local singer announces the festival with a passionate, pleading performance. After that, the fair itself is in full swing from July 22-26! With delicious fried fish, plenty of chilled manzanilla sherry and music and dancing throughout the night, this is one of our favorite things to do in Seville in July!
See a flamenco show
When the temperatures are warm, the best plan of attack is to do as the locals do. Many sevillanos stay inside during the hottest hours of the day in order to conserve energy to properly enjoy the city at night. While the obvious solution for night time entertainment is settling into one of Seville’s 3000+ bars for drinks and tapas, a little bit of music always makes things more interesting. Seville has a range of flamenco shows worth checking out, from those including dinner to those crammed into a little local bar—the latter being a true sevillano experience!
Enjoy an open air cinema experience
With the pleasant temperatures in the evening time in July, Seville is home to a number of great spots to enjoy a movie in the open air. The University of Seville’s cultural Iniciative Center (Calle Madre de Dios, 1) puts on free, open air cinemas throughout July and into August in the intimate surroundings of a traditional sevillano patio in the Santa Cruz neighborhood.
If you’re in Seville with your kids, why not take them to Alamillo Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the city, and enjoy a kid-friendly movie? Screenings take place in the open air each Monday. It’s fun for all the family and a great option if you’re looking for things to do in Seville in July.
Take a day trip to the beach
It’s only natural that when the temperatures are soaring, a beach trip sounds like the perfect plan. Luckily, the nearest beach, Matalascañas, is located only one hour drive from Seville. However, this beach is also the most popular with locals, especially on the weekends. If you have time to go a little further afield, it’s worth it to escape the crowds. If you don’t have your own car, Cadiz is only 1.5 hours by train from Seville, making this charming seaside town an easy day trip for everyone!
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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.