The temperatures may be high, but don’t let that put you off from visiting one of Spain’s most magical cities!
The majority of southern Spain experiences scorching temperatures throughout the summer months, and Seville is no exception. Temperatures start climbing in April and May, soar to highs of 36°C (95°F) in July, and don’t start to drop again until well into September. However, visiting Seville in summer can be perfectly enjoyable despite the heat. Here’s how to make the most out of the Andalusian capital in the summer and beat the heat!
1. Plan your sightseeing accordingly
Throughout the summer, temperatures hit their peaks in the late morning and continue to scorch throughout the afternoon. With that being said, it may not seem too appealing to walk around sightseeing during the middle of the day! When visiting Seville in summer, a great idea is to hit the main sights first thing in the morning, or later in the evening after things have cooled down a bit. In fact, some of Seville’s most famous sights and monuments are even more magical at night! The Alcázar offers a special night visit, and Plaza de España virtually empties out as evening falls, making for a magical evening.
2. Choose your accommodations wisely
Luckily, all hotels in the city should be equipped with AC—a must when visiting Seville in summer. However, not all older homes in Seville have air conditioning, so if you’re staying in an AirBnB, it may be wise to double-check with your host so you can plan accordingly. And don’t be afraid to shell out a few extra euros for accommodations with a pool—you’ll thank yourself later!
3. Embrace the siesta culture
Now that you have your accommodations sorted out, be sure to head back in the middle of the day for a well-deserved siesta. Many visitors (and locals!) find that it’s simply too hot to be out and about in the afternoon when visiting Seville in summer. Plan to do the majority of your sightseeing early in the morning or later in the day as we mentioned earlier, then take advantage of the lazy afternoons to relax and revel in the air conditioning as you rest up for the evening.
4. Hit the beach
Landlocked Seville unfortunately does not have a beach, but Andalusia’s gorgeous coast is easily reachable from the city. Consider a day trip down to Cádiz, Huelva or Málaga provinces to get away from the stifling heat of the city and relax along the shore.
5. Refresh with local bites
One of the best parts about visiting Seville in summer is enjoying a leisurely lunch or casual tapas crawl made up of the city’s best warm-weather bites! Local favorites like gazpacho or salmorejo (a thicker version of the cold tomato soup from nearby Córdoba) are perfectly refreshing and best enjoyed on a hot summer’s day. You can’t go wrong with fresh seafood from the nearby coast, either. Wash it down with a refreshing glass of fino sherry or an ice cold local beer.
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Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.