You have a few days off in the fall and you’re going to Seville? Great choice! It’s one of the best times to visit the city. The weather is still good, but the heat is very bearable, it rains rather little and although there are still people visiting the city, you will find that it is much more comfortable than at other times and it is very unlikely that you will find crowds of people. Here are the best plans for the autumn in Seville.
The two most important monuments in Seville are located in practically the same square and no visit to Seville is complete without including the entrance to the Cathedral and the Alcazares in your planning, whether it is your trip to Seville. However, autumn is the best time to tour both buildings without hurry, finding much less people in your path and having a more relaxed visit. This way you can spend as much time as you like with the fantastic views from the top of the Giralda and touring the second largest cathedral in Europe (only surpassed by the Vatican) and seeing the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Of course, you will also have a better feeling when visiting the Reales Alcazares and its rooms, which remind us of the Alhambra. Be prepared to take many pictures in their gardens, which have been the setting for recreating the Dorne of Game of Thrones.
However, if you want to know much more about both monuments and their fascinating history, we recommend that you take a guided tour.
The Maria Luisa Park is today the green lung of Seville’s city centre and is one of the most beautiful historical gardens in Andalusia. When they were created in 1848 they were the private gardens of the Duke of Montpensier and his wife María Luisa de Borbón, who lived in the San Telmo palace (today the seat of the Presidency of the Andalusian Regional Government) but were later ceded to the city for the enjoyment of Sevillians and visitors. Walking through them in autumn is very pleasant and you will discover on your way the Fine Arts pavilion (today an archaeological museum), the Mudejar pavilion, the coquettish building of the Queen’s sewing room, waterfalls, fountains, islets and a lot more. If you continue walking a little, crossing the road, you may reach the Plaza de España. We recommend that you do so. If you have never been there, you will certainly be surprised.
H2. The flamenco biennial
Andalusia in general and Seville in particular are known in and out of Spain for many things but one of the best known is flamenco. Every two years the Bienal de Flamenco is held and for approximately one and a half months all kinds of shows take place on different stages in the city, which make known both pure flamenco and the new trends of this musical genre that is in the DNA of the Andalusians. Music, singing, guitar playing and dancing will be on offer for several weeks. If you like flamenco it is a must see. If you don’t, or you have yet to approach this living art, we are sure that you will be surprised and that there will be some show that will move you.
Autumn is the ideal time to discover Seville on foot, without hurrying, without heat and without many people. The atmosphere of Seville always invites you to walk around and spend hours in the streets and squares, but the pleasant temperatures of autumn in Seville will make you enjoy it even more. You only have to go to the Plaza del Salvador to know what we are talking about and see with your own eyes the beauty of Seville and how good it is in its streets. You can also take a pleasant walk along the banks of the Guadalquivir to the Torre del Oro, see the Maestranza bullring, reach the elegant Triana bridge and cross it in the direction of the neighbourhood that gives it its name. Perhaps enter the San Jorge Castle, the former prison of the Inquisition, and then continue towards Triana, walk along Betis Street and see the city from that bank.
Another good area to get lost is the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, the old Jewish quarter, with its coloured houses, small squares, narrow streets with the remains of the walls and the churches and convents that come out of it. We recommend that you let your curiosity lead you and let your steps guide you. You are in the best place to do so.