Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It’s famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda.
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- Emergency Services: 112
- Language: Spanish
- Currency: Euro
- Country Code: es
- Travel Visa: None required
- Population: 703,000
Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;
Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.
- "Some cities blast you away, others slowly win you over. Seville disarms and seduces you."
- The best time to take a vacation in Seville is during spring, specifically the months of March and April, when the cool and mild winter weather transitions into warmer but still bearable temperatures. Spring in Seville is also synonymous with festival season and the blooming of orange blossoms and jasmine, enveloping the city with their sweet, crisp scent.
For the Emergency services just dial 112 from any phone.
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San Bernardo Railway Station
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What are the common crimes?
Credit Card Fraud
Credit card fraud, cloning cards can be an issue be careful where you use your cards. Also if you are withdrawing money from cash machines make sure you cover your pin and be discreet about the amount of cash you withdraw.
Pickpockets usually operate in crowded areas, be careful of people who bump in to you distracting you from your wallet. Take extra care, especially during festivals and evening entertainment, on crowded buses and trains. Also beware of hanging your jacket over a chair in restaurants and cafes.
Theft on Scooters
Theft is also common, one method involves two people on a scooter who target a bag hanging over a shoulder walking alongside the road. The thieves will ride by and one grabs your bag pulling it from your person. This is more common in smaller and winding streets where they know the streets and can easily get away.
Where should I take extra care?
Take extra care when walking around Plaza Espana at night as there are usually only a few people and many dark corners, its known for opportunists.
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Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.
Parade of the Three Wise Men
A cool festival for children, the Three Kings arrive 12 days after Christmas in a golden carriage. A procession makes its way through the streets of the city giving out toys and sweets to the crowd of children and adults that line the streets.
A national event but embraced and loved in Seville, The event highlights the lead up to Easter Sunday, parades and ceremonies of holy church and trinity make their way through the streets in the cities center.
Seville International Puppet Festival
A really cool annual event in the city known to the locals as the Feria Internacional del títere de Sevilla, it is a festival loved by both adults and children and features performers from Andalusia as well as some international acts. If you are in the city during this time its well worth checking out, many of the puppets and performances are amazing.
Seville April Fair
La Feria de Abril is celebrated every April with 24 hours of flamenco dancing and parties. The Andalusia culture is well represented at this event, if you are visiting the city you can get a great insight to the real culture and local traditions of the city and nation. A great time of year to visit as the weather is usually better and the city is starting to come alive for the summer season.
Dia de San Juan
Saint John’s Day is a month long event running from late June into July celebrating the arrival of the summer solstice and features plenty of dancing, singing, and drinking throughout Andalusia honouring John the Baptist. There is also sometimes water involved and people throw water bombs over locals and tourists so be warned if you are in the city, you might get wet! It is all done with a lighthearted tone and it deemed as good luck and a celebration.
What other festivals and events can I visit?
Festival de Musica Antigua
Between February and March each year this awesome musical festival takes place in the city, it boasts many national and international artists performing many classical pieces from some of the worlds greatest composers. It is one of the highlights on the cities calender.
Cristo de la Expiracion
One of Andalusia’s most popular festivals, with awesome firework displays. The festival always takes place on a Friday nine days before Palm Sunday in March. Most of the city comes out to enjoy the spectacle, if you are visiting the city make sure you are aware that it will be very crowded and book your accommodation in advance.
Los Toros Bullfighting
Plaza de Toros de La Maestranza starts in late March for six months ending in September. Revered by many locals bullfighting is a big part of Spanish culture although many are now not happy with the way the festival is undertaken and the treatment of the bulls. If you would like to see the performance the Real Maestranza is one of the best venues in the country to take it in.
Feria de San Miguel
The Saint Michael Fair is a major annual event in late September featuring fine displays of horsemanship performances by the Real Escuela de Arte Ecuestre de Jerez. It is an amazing sight to behold and many people flock to the city to admire the animals and skill of their riders.
The festival is in early May each year and there is an upbeat and colourful parade that marches through the streets of Seville, this is considered one of the city’s most important religious festival. Corpus Christi is Latin for the body of Christ and Spanish people are generally known to take religious festivals very seriously.
Where else is great to visit?
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de España is a plaza situated in the Parque de María Luisa, it has now been completely renovated. It is absolutely gorgeous and well worth a visit, lovely place to relax and enjoy an afternoon coffee.
Barrio Santa Cruz
The Barrio Santa Cruz is located beside the Alcazar, the Jardines de Murillo, Santa Maria La Blanca, and Calle Mateas Gago. The barrio used to be the known as the old Jewish quarter. Many of the streets are narrow and form a kind of labyrinth, many tourists get lost so keep your wits about you. If you do find yourself lost think of it as part of its charm, don’t panic you will soon find your way and may discover new and interesting parts.
This beautiful and amazing structure was originally built as a minaret, it has now been converted into a bell tower. As a tourist it is one of the must sees in the city.
Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla)
This majestic Cathedral dates back to the 15th century, it is arguably the third largest building of its kind in the world. The architecture is amazing and you will certainly get one of those wow moments when you first see it.
What are the highlight attractions?
Barrio Santa Cruz
Barrio Santa Cruz is the old Jewish quarter and the location of one of the oldest churches in Saville. The square is surrounded by the Jardines de Murillo, the Real Alcázar, Calle Mateas Gago, and Calle Santa Maria La Blanca/San José. A cool place to wander with amazing architecture and atmosphere.
Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla
Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla is one of the oldest Bull rings in Spain and a must see when visiting the city, not for the faint hearted if you plan to visit when there is a performance, you will be amazed by its grandeur and how the country embraces the spectacle.
The Alcazar is an historic site and gardens. Beautiful medieval Islamic palace in a wonderful setting showcasing a unique fusion of Spanish Christian and Moorish architecture. Well worth a visit for the day to wander round the amazing gardens and marvel at the intriguing buildings.