This blog post was originally posted on June 16, 2015 and was updated on June 3, 2019.
Summer has definitely arrived in Seville, but don’t let the heat put you off visiting the breathtaking Andalusian capital.
July is the last chance to experience the best of Seville before many locals flock to the coast for their summer vacation. While visiting Seville in summer means you’ll have your fill of warm days, there are plenty of round the clock activities to keep you entertained right into the pleasant evenings. Start planning your itinerary with these picks for things to do in Seville in July, and you’ll be set for a picture-perfect trip—heat and all.
1. See a concert in the Alcazar
What better backdrop for an evening of enjoyment than the breathtaking Alcazar palace? While visiting the Alcazar is one of the top things to do in Seville at any time of year, the mild July evenings and magical ambiance make it the perfect nighttime destination as well. Throughout the warm summer months, this gem of a royal monument opens it doors for the Noches en el Alcázar, a series of evening concerts ranging from classical to world music—and flamenco, of course.
2. 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 Triana’s patron, St. Anne, and has since 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 kicks off the festival with a passionate performance, and from there the party is in full swing for nearly a week. With delicious fried fish, plenty of chilled manzanilla sherry and music and dancing throughout the night, this is easily one of our favorite things to do in Seville in July.
2019 dates: July 21–26
3. 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.
There’s a diverse array of authentic flamenco experiences in Seville worth checking out, from dinner and a show to intimate concerts that cram spectators and performers into a little local bar—the latter being a true sevillano experience. Check it out with us on our Evening Tapas & Flamenco Tour!
4. 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. Throughout the summer, some of the most beautiful spots in town will play host to outdoor film screenings, many of which are free (but even those that aren’t won’t set you back too much). No matter if you’re traveling with kids, with your partner, or solo, there’s no better way to spend a relaxing summer night.
5. 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, there are plenty of beautiful beaches near Seville, with the closest, Matalascañas, just an hour’s drive away. However, this beach is also the most popular with locals, especially on the weekends, so 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 an hour and a half away by train, making this charming seaside town one of the easiest and most convenient day trips from Seville.
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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.