Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region, and also the fourth largest city in Spain. According to legend, the city was founded by the Greek hero Heracles. The city is an essential industrial and commercial centre and a tourist centre. Seville’s old town is the largest in Spain and next to Venice and the old town of Genoa one of the largest old towns in Europe.
It is famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighbourhood. Major landmarks include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda.
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|Electricity||230 V AC|
On Sundays, shops are normally closed.
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|Time Zone||CET (UTC+1)|
Banks, Credit Cards & ATM’s
Banks are generally open from Monday-Friday from 08:30-14:00 and sometimes on Saturday from 08:30-13:00. Some banks also have afternoon banking hours on Thursday.
You need your passport to exchange money and some banks will allow you to use your credit card to make a cash advance. All banks will charge a commission when exchanging money or a traveller’s checks. In most cases, it will be better to use an ATM than changing money in a bank or an exchange house.
Churches, Synagogues, Mosques
Roman Catholicism is the largest religion in Sevilla, but also all religions are allowed and practised by many citizens. Please contact your hotel concierge for current times of services or nearby churches.
There is no city tax in Seville, also known as tourist tax or accommodation tax.
The annual mean temperature is 18.6° C. This makes the city one of the hottest in Europe. The winters are mild, where January is the coldest month of the year with an average high of 16° C and a low of 5.7° C. In the month of February there are only 5 days rain on average, but usually, about 11 hours of sun per day, which makes the weather perfect for strolling around in the city.
The official currency in Spain is Euro (€). You can exchange your currency in exchange offices and banks which clearly display Currency exchange rates. When you are exchanging your currency, you need your passport or official ID card. If you do not have it with you, the bank may refuse to exchange your currency.
Standard electrical voltage in Seville is 230 V AC, 50 Hz. In Spain the power sockets are type C and F, it also works with plug E. Appliances from North America require a Voltage converter and British ones an adaptor for the sockets in use in Spain. Adapters are available in electronic stores in the city centre.
Because of its antiquity and influence, Seville is full of museums, galleries and archaeological sites. Some of the most important museums in Seville are probably the Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts), the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Andalucian Museum of Contemporary Art) but also the Museo de Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Museum of Seville).
Most of the museums in Seville open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00. Only some museums open on Mondays, so we recommend planning the places you want to visit in advance. It is also important to bear in mind that although most of the museums and tourist attractions are open all day, some do close at midday.
It is highly recommendable to buy the tickets beforehand, to avoid any queues. For prices please refer to the hotel reception or any tourist information.
Seville casts a spell of enchantment over visitors from the minute they step foot on the quaint cobblestone lanes and stroll the palm-lined promenades. Elegant edifices, old-fashioned street lamps, and horse-drawn carriages create a magical ambience, and the sights are as stunning as the atmosphere.
Discover the charm of this quintessential Andalusian city in the peaceful courtyards and winding alleys of the medieval Barrio Santa Cruz. Take a walk through the beautiful Parque de María Luisa, and bask in the sun at the Plaza de España, Seville’s most graceful square. Fun-loving tourists will want to watch the feisty flamenco performances and take part in the city’s famously flamboyant festivals. Furthermore, do not forget to visit the cathedral of Seville. It is the largest Gothic church in Christendom with a majestic tower that was once the minaret of a great mosque.
A river cruise on the Guadalquivir River is certainly a scenic way to explore Seville. The boat runs between 11:00 and 23:00 every day with departures from the foot of the Torre del Oro every half an hour. The trip takes an hour in total and costs 16€ for adults; kids under 14 go free.
By far the best way to get around Seville’s city centre is on foot. The narrow alleys, lack of parking and infinite one-way streets make driving quite complicated. Besides that, there is also an extensive bus network, covering all barrios around the city. Many people make use of the bike lanes, either with their own bicycle or using Sevici, the city’s bike-hire scheme.
For heading out to the suburbs, or across the southern part of the city, the Metro is very convenient. For short journeys, taxis are cheap and plentiful.
Restaurants and Nightlife
People in Spain like to say they “live in the streets” in reference to their tendency to spend a lot of time outside of the home. The cafés, bars, and promenades of Seville are no exception to this Spanish rule. The fact that small tapas portions are served in nearly every restaurant in the city means that it’s easy to eat out more often than in!
The restaurants are normally open for lunch from 13:00 to 16:00 or 17:00, after the typical siesta break they open again for dinner from 20:00 until midnight. Some restaurants may close for one day, which is usually Monday. Bars and nightclubs are open from sunset until sunrise, the busiest time there is between 2 and 4 am. Bars usually close at 3, discotheques and clubs at 6 am.
Safety Tips / Pick-pockets
Whilst Seville is generally a very safe city, pickpocketing might occur as in each tourist hotspot. We recommend carrying your wallets in closed/zipped bags and keeping an eye on your bag when standing/walking in crowded areas, packed bus stations, etc. Do not carry all cash money, credit card and ID documents all together in one bag/pocket. Don’t put phones, cameras etc. on tables at cafés and keep your belongings always on your lap. Be wary of strangers approaching or touching you and do not play any street games.
The main emergency numbers are:
European Emergency call: 112
Police: 092 (Local Police)
Fire Department: 080
There is a special way to get to know the most genuine Seville: shopping in the city. Seville has extensive shopping areas ready for your enjoyment. Discover the city by shopping where Sevillianos do, from craft products to other more innovative offerings. Opening hours are usually Monday to Saturday from 10:00 – 21:00
Generous showcases of design and art, the latest fashion and trends of the season run through the most emblematic streets of the city: Calle Sierpes, Calle Tetuán, Plaza Nueva and many more. Along this extensive pedestrian zone, you will also find excellent restaurants, gourmet restaurants and excellent cafés.
VAT is always included in the price presented to the customers/guests in shops, hotels, restaurants and other service providers. Non-EU citizens can claim back their VAT when leaving the country/Europe. Refunds are only available for goods that are exported in the traveller’s personal luggage, which are still sealed and unused. Since July 2018 travellers can ask for the VAT refund for any purchase amount. To claim the refunds, make sure to obtain a receipt with VAT from the shop and present it to the VAT Refund desk at the airport.
For more detailed instructions, please visit this website.
The main taxi company in Seville is Radio Taxi. You can order a taxi by calling +34 954 50 00 00 or you can download the Pide Taxi app.
Seville is located in the Central European Time Zone (CET), i.e. one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+1).
A good rule of thumb is to skip the tip at cheaper restaurants and leave up to 10% when service exceeds expectations in upscale dining establishments. It is common for servers not to receive tips included on a credit card, so try to leave cash whenever possible.
All foreign visitors entering Spain must possess valid passports. For citizen from the European Union Member countries, a valid identity card is sufficient.
Please check the current Visa requirements with the nearest Spain consulate/embassy in your country before your departure to Spain.