The Best Time to Visit Seville

Drone photo of the Guadalquivir river in Seville, Spain
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If you want to experience southern Spain’s largest city in all its glory, the best time to visit Seville is in the spring. From March through May, the Andalusian capital is at its most visually stunning, as well as its most exciting, as celebrations like Holy Week and the April Fair pop up on the calendar. As a bonus, the weather is pleasantly warm and sunny most days, so you can spend the day out and about enjoying the ambiance just as the locals do.

Be aware, though, that Seville’s springtime magic draws thousands of visitors in normal years. But even if you’re not a fan of crowds, you won’t go wrong with visiting at any other time of year. Read on to learn more about how to choose the best time of year to visit Seville for you.

Popular Events and Festivals

Holy Week, or Semana Santa, takes place over the week leading up to Easter, and is one of the most popular events in Seville. Throughout the week, dozens of local religious brotherhoods take to the streets of Seville, parading around elaborate floats depicting Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary and often accompanied by a brass band or two. Each procession lasts for hours, and even if you’re not Catholic (as many Spaniards are), it’s hard not to be impressed by the stunning attention to detail and craftsmanship that goes into the lavish floats. The schedule of processions is usually available several weeks before Holy Week, and once it’s available, you can plan where to be and when if you want to watch one pass.

Two weeks after the last Holy Week procession winds through the streets of Seville, the city comes to life again for the biggest event of the year: the iconic Feria de Abril, or April Fair. The fairgrounds fill up with carnival rides and games, stalls selling food and drinks, and casetas, or tents, where you’ll find dancing and even more food. Keep in mind that many casetas are privately owned and you may need to get a personal invitation from a member in order to get in. However, there are more and more public tents every year, and between those and the other festive activities going on, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself at the fair. 

Peak Season in Seville

Spring, summer, and even early fall are when Seville sees its highest numbers of out-of-town visitors. As a result, lines at popular tourist attractions, such as the Alcazar palace and the cathedral, can get quite long. Purchasing tickets to attractions online in advance (where available) will usually allow you skip the long lines.

The Weather in Seville

If hot temperatures aren’t your thing, plan your visit to Seville for outside the summer months. The mercury starts to rise across all of southern Spain starting in June, and Seville’s inland location makes it especially prone to unbearable heat. It’s not unusual to see temperature readings of 100–110 degrees Fahrenheit during the day throughout July and August, but the good news is that the weather is quite mild and enjoyable in Seville throughout most of the rest of the year.

Winter in Seville

Wintertime means low season for tourism in Seville, but those who skip a winter visit are missing out—the city takes on an irresistibly festive vibe when the cold months roll around. Holiday lights line the streets, Christmas trees and decorations tower over plazas, and the scent of roasting chestnuts and freshly fried buñuelos fills the air. With temperatures averaging out in the 50s (Fahrenheit) during the daytime hours, along with plenty of sunshine, Seville enjoys much milder winters than most of the rest of Europe, though chances of a white Christmas are slim.

Events to check out:

  • Ring in the new year in Plaza Nueva. In the final hours of December 31 each year, this emblematic square in central Seville fills up with locals and visitors eager to count down to midnight and eat the lucky 12 grapes in time with the 12 chimes of the clock. 
  • Welcome the Three Kings to town on January 5. The biblical Wise Men are the holiday gift-bringers in Spanish culture, and star in a massive parade the day before the Epiphany so families can “welcome” them to Seville.

Spring in Seville

A popular Spanish song says that “Sevilla tiene un color especial”—Seville has a special color—and in no moment is that more evident than in the spring. Flowers bloom throughout the city, temperatures warm up to the 70s Fahrenheit, and parks and plazas start filling up with sevillanos eager to enjoy the season. This is when you’ll truly experience this stunning city at its best.

Events to check out:

  • The Holy Week processions in the week leading up to Easter Sunday are hard to miss—and a sight you’ll remember forever. 
  • Seville’s legendary April Fair kicks off two weeks after Easter and is a celebration of Andalusian culture, food, and dancing, and offers something fun for all ages.

Summer in Seville

Seville is one of the hottest cities in continental Europe, and its infamously scorching summers are not for the faint of heart. Come August, it’s not uncommon for inland cities in Spain to empty out as locals flock for the coast, and Seville is no different. As a result, many locally owned bars, restaurants, shops, and other small businesses may be closed for a few weeks at a time.

Many monuments, museums, and other tourist attractions in Spain offer different schedules and opening times depending on the time of year, with many closing earlier in the winter months. Be sure to check whether you’re looking at the horario de verano (summer schedule) or horario de invierno (winter schedule) so you don’t end up unpleasantly surprised upon discovering that your bucket-list attraction isn’t open when you go.

Events to check out:

  • The stunning Alcázar palace hosts outdoor concerts in its gardens throughout the warmer months, making for a perfect way to spend a summer evening.
  • Check out the local neighborhood fair in Seville’s emblematic Triana district, known as the Velá de Santa Ana. It’s almost like a smaller-scale version of the April Fair, and takes place over the course of a week in mid-late July.

Fall in Seville

As the temperatures start to drop and tourist crowds start to clear out, Seville takes on a more relaxed vibe. Fall is certainly an underrated time of year to visit the city, with pleasantly warm days and low prices on accommodation. 

Events to check out:

  • Seville’s biannual (in even-numbered years) flamenco festival takes up the entire month of September, and provides a fascinating and authentic look at this iconic art form.
  • The first Friday in October marks Seville’s “noche en blanco,” an evening packed with cultural events and free openings of monuments such as the cathedral.
Frequently Asked Questions
  • When is the best time to visit Seville?

    If you want to experience southern Spain’s largest city in all its glory, the best time to visit Seville is in the spring. From March through May, the Andalusian capital is at its most visually stunning, as well as its most exciting, as celebrations like Holy Week and the April Fair pop up on the calendar.

  • When is peak season in Seville?

    Spring, summer, and even early fall are when Seville sees its highest numbers of out-of-town visitors. As a result, lines at popular tourist attractions, such as the Alcazar palace and the cathedral, can get quite long.

  • What is the hottest month in Seville?

     It’s not unusual to see temperature readings of 100–110 degrees Fahrenheit during the day throughout July and August, but the good news is that the weather is quite mild and enjoyable in Seville throughout most of the rest of the year. 

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