Even though Seville, Spain is one of the southernmost parts of Europe, the weather varies greatly from month to month. In this article, I delineate which months are best to visit the home of Flamenco and Salmorejo (delicious Spanish tomato soup). :)
This would be my number one choice of when to go to Seville. Why? Well, it is not scorching hot yet, nor is it the super busy season. Yes, there are still tourists, but it is nowhere as crowded as later in the season. Also, Seville gets incredibly hot towards the end of May, which can be unbearable especially since you may do a ton of walking from site to site.
In addition, my favorite festival of all time is typically at the end of April. Feria de Abril is Seville’s biggest festival where the whole city stops to dress up in flamenco attire to drink and dance the night away.
This festival typically lasts ten days and there is so much to see and do there. With a carnival and churros con chocolate by day, and nonstop dancing and rebujitos (shots) at night, Feria de Abril is a guaranteed memorable experience.
If you want to experience the authentic and vibrant flamenco culture, I highly recommend going for at least one day of this festival. You can still see other sites during this time.
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In September, the weather starts to dip back down to more comfortable temperatures. There aren’t any major events or festivals, so you will have nothing that inhibits or enhances your experience, which will allow you to focus on sightseeing and experiencing the culture in your own way.
You can also probably snag a great deal at a hotel and avoid heavy crowds.
It’s still a little chilly around this time. Think long sleeves and jeans. However, if you are okay with a cool breeze, this is the time for you to check out the city. There are way less tourists during this time since it is a little bit colder, so you may run into cheap hotel deals.
In Spain, they celebrate “Semana Santa” which is a holy week of religious celebrations leading up to Easter. In Seville, they close down a lot of the roads to have daily processions to tell the story of Jesus with people in cloaks carrying floats. This is a very lovely and interesting tradition to witness.
However, if you would prefer to escape the crowds of Sevillanos and street closures, perhaps you avoid visiting at this time or try to catch the beginning or end of it.
Unless you are looking for heat and humidity, Seville can have unbearable weather during these months. Granted, the evenings cool down a bit, but as someone who loves walking and roaming this city, it is near impossible during these months.
Most Sevillanos travel to the coasts during this time to sit by the ocean and get away from the blistering heat. The silver lining would be rooftop bars in the evenings and the bliss of sipping a cold tinto de verano by the river.
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October can get quite rainy as Seville moves into its colder season. From November to February, Seville can be quite chilly. Even though it is in the 50s (fahrenheit), I would shiver even with a heavier jacket and scarf on.
Since apartments in Seville are made to reduce the heat, they are sensitive to the cold with tile floors and only a tiny heater stowed under the dinner table. If you go during this time, make sure you bring tons of layers.
This isn’t to say you shouldn’t go during this period because the sites are still incredible and there are heaters everywhere you go. However, you may miss the vibrancy of the city with all the locals in the streets, people sitting by the river, and the luxury of walking around in lovely weather.
I hope this helps you decide when you want to travel to Seville, Spain. For recommendations on what to do when you get there, I made a list of The 14 Must-See Things to Do in Seville.