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The Essentials Getting There
By air: Seville has good connections to other European cities and the airport is located 12km north east of the city centre. A bus connecting the airport to the city centre departs every 30 minutes between 5.45am and 11.45pm. The journey last 30 minutes approximately and a single journey costs 2.10. By train: Seville's main train station is Estación de Santa Justa. It has good rail connections with other parts of Spain. By bus: Travelling to Seville by bus, you will arrive in either Estación Plaza de Armas or Estación de Autobuses Prado de San Sebastián.
Known as the 'frying pan of Spain', Seville experiences extremely hot summers and mild winters. The hottest months are July and August when temperatures regularly climb above 30°C. It is also extremely dry in these months with little or no rainfall. Things begin to cool down in September when it also begins to experience more rainfall.
When people discuss what Spanish city you get to experience the 'real' Spain, where the streets are deserted during siesta time, Flamenco music rings through the streets at night and tapas bars abound every corner, they regularly refer to Seville. This city in the south of Spain bears all these trademarks. It's also home to one of Europe's most breathtaking cathedrals and has a Moorish royal palace right in the heart of the city centre. And as it's such a prominent university city, attracting students from all four corners of the globe, it gets into full swing every night once the sizzling sun sets. On foot: Seville's city centre is compact and you can visit many of the city's main attractions on foot. By tram: The newest mode of public transport in Seville, at the moment there is one line operating with more planned. By bus: There are five bus routes which are useful for tourists in Seville - these are numbered C1-C5 and operate in a circular route.
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Language: Spanish Currency: Euro Electricity: 220 Volts, AC/50Hz Telephone Codes: +34 (Spain), 95 (Seville) Emergency Codes: Ambulance 061 / Fire 080 / Police 091 Time Zone: Central European Time (GMT +1) Central Post Office: Avenida de la Constitución 32 Main Tourist Office: Avenida de la Constitución 21-B
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El Cordobes. Sat & Sun 11am-2pm.50 Torre del Oro/Museo Naval. Mark Your Calendar January .Carnival Seville's carnival is held just before the beginning of Lent every year and sees parades. Open nightly from 11pm-5am. you may be disappointed to see a lack of fillet steaks on the menu here. Calle Cuesta del Rosario 12. Pabellón de España. is breathtaking.Feria de Abril Another huge festival. maps and more. Steak (just not fillet) is still on the menu. Open daily from 11am-1am.Parade of the Three Wise Men Taking place at sunset on the 5th of January.30am-5pm. chart tunes are what can be heard pumping from the speakers here. Argote de Molina 40.30am La Mia Tana. April . prawns. Alfalfa As Argentinean restaurants are famed for their steaks. there are other festivities staged also. children in particular love this festival thanks to the Three Wise Men who arrive in a glistening carraige. there are still a number of gay bars. such as traditional flamenco performances and more. You can also visit the military museum which is on the square. Calle Levies 18.Semana Santa Semana Santa (Holy Week) is one of Seville's (and Andalucia's) most spectacular festivals. Isla Mágica. Barrio de Santa Cruz Seville's cathedral. September/October . Open daily from 8pm-2am.International Jazz Festival Staged in both Seville and Granada. there's no getting away from the fact that when it does take place it is the largest flamenco dancing festival in the world. Instead you climb a series of inclines Open Mon-Sat 11am-5pm. the climb to the top for the views is easier than in other cathedals due to the lack of steps. it's only these dummies you will find hanging from the rafters. Attracting a young 20-something crowd. this restaurant in Barrio Santa Cruz is perfect for fish lovers. Open daily from 8. Strolling through the grounds is a must-do in Seville. Built between 1402 and 1575 beside La Giraldo (bell tower). this annual jazz festival annually attracts the world's largest jazz acts from both home and abroad. Don't Miss Plaza de Espana. Paseo de Colón. September . the tradition is to eat a grape with each bell! The jewel in the crown Gay / Lesbian Seville While Seville's gay scene is quieter than in some of its counterparts. Stalls sell roasted chestnuts and nativity scenes are set up throughout the city too. Calle Perez Galdos 22. Barrio de Santa Cruz It isn't often you walk into a bar to find countless parts of mannequins hanging from the ceiling while people chat away without batting an eyelid. rest is the last thing you'll want to do here. Huerta de la Salud This enormous square. dances and sometimes a 'carnival queen' contest take place. December . Patio de Banderas. Barrio de Santa Cruz With cuttlefish. Plaza del Triunfo. suiting those who prefer the more modern attraction. They also have a hot 'dish of the day' and you can get paella here too.hostelworld. As you walk in to see the cured ham hanging from the ceiling you know this is as traditional as it gets. proving that it's an extremely popular place to eat. Santa Maria la Blanca 18-20. this pizzeria has over 30 pizzas to choose from with prices that are as easy to digest as the pizzas themselves. Open nightly from 9pm-2am. Beginning on Palm Sunday and running until Good Friday.Cheap Eats Puerta de la Carne. For those who don't feel like the Italian specialty there are a selection of pasta options on the menu as well as Mexican ones like quesadillas and burritos too. Open daily from 1pm-12. Calle Perez Galdos 24. Open nightly from 8pm-3am. and beef. Open nightly from 9pm-3am. Open daily from 10am-5pm/6pm-12am. giving out toys and sweets to the city's children. While it really gets going at weekends.30pm-12. June . Take the time out to walk around the different alcoves around the square which are dedicated to various towns and cities throughout the country. one of the most unique in Europe. La Parrilla de Maria de Colores.Seville Flamenco Biennial While it isn't staged every year. February/March . Worth the extra walk. Los Coloniales. this small bar has regular drinks promotions luring students and backpackers in.30pm.Nochebuena & Navidad Illuminating lights light up Seville's streets for the period leading up to Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) and Navidad (Christmas Day). Open daily from 12. the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Real Alcazar. Today it houses the naval museum where you'll find a series of compasses. Barrio de Santa Cruz Another tapas bar. Sun 9. Big Ben. admission 2. is the city's most breathtaking open space. Catedral. Plaza Crist de Burgos 19. the city sees processions and more. Avenida de Isabel la Catolica. El Centro While the first thing to greet you as you walk into this club is a bed. Barrio de Santa Cruz With a menu that consists of both tapas and 'bocadillos' (sandwiches). admission 28. Triana Arguably the liveliest bar on the colourful Calle Betis just across the River Guadalquivir. A true Spanish delicacy Seville Cathedral & La Giralda. admission 7. Barrio de Santa Cruz No trip to Seville is complete without going to a Flamenco show. this one is just as suited to a quiet glass of wine as it is a portion of the Spanish snack. El Cordobes is a great budget option. Hércules Mítico (Alameda de Hércules 93) is one of the city's known gay bars while El Hombre y El Oso (Calle Amor de Dios 32) is another pub also busy. As many places staging it are quite touristy (and expensive). admission charge. As the twelve bells ring.30am (until 2am Fri & Sat).30am-6pm. Hostelworld Guide for Seville Bar Las Teresas. this tower is one of Seville's best-known landmarks. Make sure to leave some room for a pancake. as is exploring the palace gardens. hake and more variations to choose from.sweet strips of batter.30pm-1am.50. such as Flamingo Lounge. But this one is that little bit cheaper than the rest but still offering quality tapas. Seville's palaces in the centre of the city are amazing examples of Moorish architecture. just seconds from the cathedral. Alfalfa Just seconds from the bars in Alfalfa. Open Tues-Sun 10am-2pm. as is chicken. They even have a small stage if you feel like performing after one too many. Open 9am-7. www. After Dark La Carbonería. Bar Antigüedades.Nochevieja In front of Seville's 'Ayuntamiento' (city hall) is where thousands gather each year on New Year's Eve to ring in the new year. This is what makes this bar.Feria de San Miguel While this festival surrounds bullfighting which may not be to everyone's liking. Stay late and you might be treated to a more intimate performance in the front. Open daily from 11am-midnight. If you're having difficulty choosing what type of fish you fancy. March/April . this one takes place two weeks after Semana Santa. and you'll pass by many as you walk the streets of Seville.com . Isla de la Cartuja Seville's very own theme park is full of rollercoasters and more. sample some Fla menco danc ing in t his bar w her e night ly performances are staged free of charge in the large area out back. Calle Betis 54. with the climax being a huge fireworks display that lights up the Sevillian sky. just south of the city centre. Calle Santa Teresa 2. Alfalfa Tapas bars are ten to a penny in Seville. Barrio de Santa Cruz Dating back to the 14th century. December . On Paseo de Colón near the Triana bridge you will find many gay bars. November . pork. The seats outside fill up quickly. Glassy and Isbiliyya. There are events staged around the city. admission 7.Corpus Christi Every June on the feast of Corpus Christi (11th June) the city's balconies are covered with flowers and locals eat 'churros' . opt for 'veriado' which is a selection of all the above and more. Flamenco shows nightly at 10. Sun 10. Santa Maria la Blanca 36.30pm Mon-Sat. El Arenal Originally a watchtower that marked the edge of the city.
If you think you may want to avail of one of these bikes. If you've got money to burn and want to treat yourself to something in Seville. It is in this part of Seville that you will encounter the best preserved remaining portion of the city walls (pictured above). Grab your tea before going out for the night. Hanging from the roof is a model airplane. Journey into the centre of the city to visit Seville's cathedral. 'Alambique' and 'Fundicion '. La Macarena Seville's oldest flea market can be found just north of 'El Centro' on Calle Feria. Finish the night off bar hopping along Calle Betis across the river in Triana.one does pizza. If you want to see the city from the river but from a different perspective you can rent out pedal boats on the banks. It has been said in the past that this is where Flamenco music originated. tapas bars. Barrio de Santa Cruz is the city's old Jewish quarter. Held every Thursday morning. making it one of Spain's more unique shopping centres. while you might not find that much to make you part with your hard-earned Euro. Located on two floors. like La Macarena. Pimkee. Of the countless tapas bars in Seville. this is one of the cheapest (but the tapas is still good!) After your lunch digests make your way back to Barrio del Santa Cruz to walk through Seville's ancient Moorish palace Real Alcazar (below). Here over 3. www. El Centro One of many found in various locations throughout central Seville (most of them are in 'El Centro'). Open Mon-Sat 10am-10pm. it's hard to get lost in it thanks to the cathedral which dominates this part of the city. this was once a port in the city. canons and grenades used over years among other things. many of Seville's most beautiful buildings are its churches.30pm. Plan your visit round then to save some euro. this is how it works . Go for an early evening beer or glass of wine in Bar de las Terasas. Berksha. Go for lunch in Los Coloniales on Plaza Crist de Burgos in Alfalfa. admission free. El Centro Seville's city centre is a maze of pedestrianised streets that attract some of the best-known retail brands in the world along with lesser-known ones also. Here you will find a charming mix of houses. old army uniforms. Calle de Velazquez and more. Mango. A good exucse to get away from the sun if nothing else.. restaurants and shops. . Upon leaving the Alcazar chill out for a few hours and stroll the streets of Seville's city centre. Triana Just across the River Guadalquivir from cental Seville. Sat 10am-2pm. the third largest cathedral in Europe and the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. El Cortes Ingles. to rent one for between 30mins-90mins is 1. bars and churches too. El Centro One of Seville's premier shopping strips. another of Seville's best-known tapas bars. Open daily from 10am-6pm (shops)/close (bar). Walk from alcove to alcove before exploring the military museum on the square. Budget Tips Chill out in Seville's Parque de Maria If you want to relax for a couple of hours away from the sunshine under a tree. This includes Footlocker. Open Thursdays from 8am-1pm/2pm. both north of the city centre. it's packed with toy soldiers. 'La Cartula'.com La Macarena Yes. this shopping centre is housed in an old train station.. On your bike Heyyyyyyyy. 'La Carbonería' on Calle Levies in Barrio de Santa Cruz puts on free Flamenco shows nightly at 10.to go bar hopping along Calle Betis on the banks of the river.Neighbourhood Watch El Arenal Situated on the east side of Seville's River Guadalquivir. Here you'll find clothes shops.000 trees shade walkways. Plaza Duque De La Victoria 8. Visit Seville's churches Like in many European cities. Check out 'Big Ben'. which are also free to enter. Parque de Maria across from Plaza de Espana is the perfect place. cafés and the 'Buddha Bar'. El Centro Found just minutes from the banks of the River Guadalquivir. fountains and more. This includes Basilica de Jesus del Gran Poder (Plaza de San Lorenzo) and Basilica de la Macarena (Calle Becquer). Hostelworld Guide for Seville Plaza de Armas Shopping Centre.hostelworld. Open Mon-Fri from 9am-2pm. while the top floor is usually where you'll find the store's café. A great way to explore it is by walking down the banks of the river. This is thanks to designer stores such as Massimo Dutti and other well-known names. A Day in Seville. The second is Torre del Oro which is free on Tuesdays. El Centro Another of downtown Seville's pedestrianised shopping streets. Calle Feria. the other does steak. Trains. Calle Rioja. Retail Therapy Calle de Velazquez. Other points of interest here are the Virgen de la Macarena statue in the Basilica de la Macarena and the area's market.Plaza de Espana. See two top attractions for free Two of Seville's top attractions are free one day a week. this is where to do go. In them they sell everything from CDs to kitchen utensils to clothes to books. guns. Triana. Then to rent a bike for 0-30 minutes is free. Small enough to walk around in a few hours. planes and automobiles Rent a bike for a few hours At different locations throughout Seville you will see red bicycles available for renting. churches. H&M. going down Calle Rioja. All this while watching tourists sail up and down the river in cruise boats. Check out a performance of the traditional Spanish dance. The first of these is Seville Cathedral which is free on Sundays when mass is held. Not a lot to pay if you want to see a lot of the city in a short space of time. El Cortes Ingles is the Spanish department store found in all major cities. El Jueves Market. Visit Museo Historica Militar on Plaza de Espana If watching the Matrix wasn't enough to make you go and buy lots of guns. Begin your day in the city at its best known square . Located beside each other on Calle Perez Galdos are two restaurants . this is the Spanish neighbourhood that inspired a novelty song released back in 1996 by 'Los del Rio' that VH1 named 'Greatest One-Hit Wonder of All Time'. and then every hour after that is 2. Among them are cafés. you may pick up something or other. Barrio de Santa Cruz Arguably Seville's most charming neighbourhood.. is a residential and mainly working class part of town. and as you go down you'll pass by the city's bullring and 'Torre del Oro'. Bodyshop and Zara (there are two of them in fact).you buy a short-term subscription for 5 using your credit card. a visit to this war museum just might.. Those visiting Seville will make the journey for one reason . this one is smaller and stores are aimed at the more affluent natives of the city. this pedestrianised street in the centre of the city is home to some of the world's best-known brands.
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