Here you will find horse-drawn carriages in the afternoon that bring the attendees in traditional outfits. In the evening, thousands and thousands of colored light bulbs lit up until late at night.
The city center gets full of “casetas” formed by family members, which are understood as a family space to have fun with friends, relatives, and guests with the typical products of the land while drinking wine, singing, and, of course, dancing.
Most “casetas” are private and can be accessed by invitation of a member or acquaintance. Although there is also public and free access to some of them. The information office at the fair’s entrance will tell you.
You will se everyone dancing in the street, and the open character of the Sevillians invites everyone who passes by to join in the celebration.
The Seville Fair is the ideal occasion to enjoy the most typical dishes of Seville in a festive and traditional atmosphere. Plus, it is also an excellent occasion to attend a bullfighting ring.
Every afternoon the Plaza de la Maestranza fills up for the corresponding bullfight.
2. Listen to live music in the city’s best venues
Whenever I go to Seville in Spring, I like to walk around the city and listen to music in the best venues.
You can listen to live music from terraces with spectacular views of the city’s most iconic and symbolic places through the masterful gardens of the Real Alcázar and the historic Cartuja Monastery to listen to live music.
They all host the Sevillian music scene’s most alternative and traditional groups.
No matter what style of music you want to listen to, you can always do it live while watching spectacular views of Seville, which makes it an even more pleasant experience.
I also enjoyed a very cool rooftop place the last time we were in Seville, Pura Vida Terraza. They host concerts and live acoustic flamenco performances with great artists! If you are looking for a fun activity or event to enjoy with family or friends, Pura Vida is a great option.
Holy Week in Seville is a Christian festival that commemorates the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ. It is celebrated all over Spain. Watch the video to learn why is it such a big deal in our country.
Still, Seville has one of the most spectacular processions in the country.
Holy Week in Seville is lived in a particularly intense way. If you visit the city during these dates, be sure that you will remember the experience of seeing thousands of people watching every procession, the constant smell of incense, the continuous symphony of bands accompanying the religious images, and, above all, the Nazarenes.
If you would like to see why Holy Week is such a big deal in Spain, you will love this video:
Throughout the week, processions take place in all areas of the city. However, it is in the historic center where you can see them best, as long as you can move through the crowds of people that fill the narrow streets.
The best time to see the pasos is at dawn. On the night between Maundy Thursday and Friday, the whole city takes to the streets to contemplate the different religious images that procession until well into the day.
In 1980 it was declared of International Tourist Interest. It is one of the great spring festivals of the town, along with the April Fair. Are you going to miss it?
In addition to the religious aspects, Holy Week in Seville is a socio-cultural, touristic, and economic phenomenon of great importance in the city.
4. Stroll the Triana Market & Visit San Jorge’s Castle
An excellent option to do in spring and avoid the hot of these months in Seville is to cross to Triana to mingle with the most typical atmosphere of the city.
Going on with your route, you can visit The Castle of San Jorge. It is an impressive fortress built in the 13th century on the remains of an ancient Roman fortification.
Located on top of a hill, it offers panoramic views of Seville and the Guadalquivir River. Today, it is a significant tourist attraction as it houses the City Museum, which presents the city’s history from Roman times to today.
5. See the orange blossoms in El Prado de San Sebastian Gardens
The Prado de San Sebastian Gardens are located in the heart of the city of Seville, next to the gardens of María Luisa Park.
This green space provides a fantastic outdoor spring activity. It is a popular place to relax and enjoy the outdoors and a hub for both Sevillians and visitors in the city.
In addition to being a place for recreation and relaxation, the Jardines del Prado de San Sebastián are also known for their cultural events and festivals.
The park hosts music, theater, dance fairs, events, and craft and food markets throughout the year. It is also famous for its spectacular Christmas illuminations, which attract tourists worldwide to enjoy the lights and the magic of the season.
The best time to visit it is during Spring as you will have the chance to see the orange blossoms, although I can assure you that you will love this park no matter the time of the year.
So, get out there. Go take a stroll and admire the beauty of nature, with a central pond surrounded by trees, lawns, and flowers.
6. Explore civil architecture at the Archivo de Indias
The General Archive of the Indies of Seville is one of the city’s emblematic buildings, one of Spain’s most beautiful examples of civil architecture.
It is the largest existing Archive on the activity of Spain in America and the Philippines, containing information on the history and geography of those territories. Do you get the hype?
It houses millions of pages of documents, including maps, plans, illustrations, photographs, letters, reports, records, and other types of documents related to the history of the Spanish presence in America and the Philippines.
It often has periodic temporary exhibits, which adds to the interest of the visit. The best thing of all is that the access is free of charge.
It was created in 1785 by King Charles III to centralize in one place the documentation relating to the administration of the Spanish colonies until then scattered in various archives: Simancas, Madrid, Cádiz, and Seville.
Plus, the Archive holds many incalculable historical values: autographic texts of Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Hernan Cortes, and Francisco Pizarro, to name a few!
7. Discover charming gardens and courtyards at Dueñas Palace
Springtime offers the perfect balance of warmth and comfort, making it an ideal time to explore the palace and its surroundings.
The famous Dueñas Palace is a majestic building full of works of art. It is one of the most visited monuments in Seville. They started building it in the 15th and 16th centuries.
With the past of the years, many illustrious characters have passed through the house throughout its history; we could highlight its central tenant, the Duchess of Alba, or the great poet Antonio Machado, who was born and spent part of his childhood in the palace.
It includes an extensive and varied collection in which you can see furniture, ceramics, antique objects, numerous paintings, and countless family heirlooms that can be seen as you walk through the different rooms.
So, it has tremendous historical, architectural, and artistic value.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the palace is its lush courtyards and gardens composed of a dense blanket of vegetation that includes more than seven thousand plants, including orange, lemon, and palm trees. Another reason to visit it is during the Spring season.
The Palacio de las Dueñas is one of those places that will make you lose track of time and share absolute tranquility with anyone who visits.
8. Tour around the Santa Cruz Neighborhood
A tour around the Santa Cruz neighborhood of Seville is undoubtedly one of the city’s most famous and beautiful areas. If you visit Seville, it is a mandatory stop.
As Spring in Seville begins, the hot temperatures and narrow and shaded streets make the high temperatures drop several degrees. The best thing to do is to get lost in the streets that compose this neighborhood.
The stately homes you will find as you pass through the Barrio de Santa Cruz have typical Sevillian architecture. They have a courtyard in the center of the house full of plants and fountains, beautiful for a Spring afternoon.
Another way to get to know the neighborhood is at night. Walking around the city becomes even more pleasant when the sun goes down and the temperature drops. Plus, a great opportunity to try amazing bars, restaurants, and places to go and have a few drinks.
9. Head to the streets, terraces, and bars
When the weather is pleasant in Seville, it’s time to step outside and embrace La Vida Sevillana! Head to the streets, terraces, and bars to indulge in typical food and drinks, just like the locals do.
One spot that took our hearts was La Cochera del Abuelo. It is small with a unique charm in a warm and familiar atmosphere. The food is fantastic, and the service is excellent.
Their menu is based on generous-sized tapas. You will find some classic Sevillian dishes, along with some international ones. In addition, their truffled tortilla de patata has received the highest praise!
Also, take advantage and visit terraces and rooftop bars to go up and hang out in these places with breathtaking views. My favorite is the EME terrace spread over two levels, known for being a modern and trendy rooftop.
It’s open 365 days a year but reaches its peak when the good weather arrives in Seville. It has the BEST views in Seville!
10. Uncover the enchanting secrets of the Real Alcázar
Last but not least, sorry, but this activity HAS to be on the list.
You should definitely visit the famous Real Alcázar. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
It comprises several palaces and gardens designed in different historical periods, perfect for springtime as the green areas peak as the flowers bloom!!
This palace is a product of a mixture of Islamic and Christian cultures. Actually, it is the oldest palace in use in Europe!
Its origins date back to the 11th century, the Muslim authorities decided to build a fortress in a strategic area of Seville to ensure its security.
Thus, the architecture of the Alcázar of Seville offers a tremendous stylistic variety, bringing together elements of Muslim, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Romanesque art, as well as some of the best examples of the Mudéjar style.
As I mentioned before, this palace is still in use. Its current function is being a Royal residence and celebrating municipal and private ceremonies, a cultural forum, a university lecture hall, and a tourist monument.
Visiting the Alcázar of Seville will take at least 2 hours. However, you would appreciate reserving about 3 hours to see all its parts at your leisure. Buy tickets online to avoid queues.
As you can see, this time of year is simply the most fun. It is when you get to know the culture of this region, its traditions, and its people, and enjoy the best of the city.
I hope this article has given you the sign you’ve been waiting for to plan your trip to Seville in Spring. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We are happy to hear from you!
Jimena Bolívar is a seasoned travel writer with a unique passion for Spanish Food & Recipes. With a background in business and marketing, she brings a strategic and innovative approach to her writing, making her the perfect guide for those looking to truly experience the Authentic Spain. Jimena is also a Mother of 4, and is a huge fan of knitting her own clothes.