Seville is without a doubt one of my favorite places in the world. It’s actually stayed on my TOP 5 list of all-time favorite cities since the first time I visited several years ago…and I’ve been back several times since. There are so many reasons to love and return to Seville again and again. It’s the cultural gem of Spain oozing with passion and charm. Extravagant Moorish palaces, enchanting Flamenco performances, mouthwatering tapas, serene parks and gardens…Seville seems to have it all.
Seville is also extremely affordable, which is another reason why it’s so easy to return to this city. Compared to other top destinations like Paris, London, and even Barcelona, Seville feels like a steal! You can easily have an amazing tapas meal for €10. A glass of sangria is typically €2 to €2.50 and an espresso is a mere €1. The affordability, quality of food, and relaxing spaces like Maria Louisa Park make this the ideal place to add a few extra days and slow down.
Like every other popular city in Europe, when you choose to visit Seville can make or break your trip based off crowd levels alone. It’s important to take weather, events, holidays, and peak tourist season into consideration before booking your airline tickets. Lucky for you, I’m going to take you through each season and month so you can decide what makes the most sense for you and your schedule. Enough of the introduction…let’s get into the BEST time to visit Seville.
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Short Answer: Spring and fall are the best time to visit Seville
Seville in Spring - March through May
The best time to visit Seville for perfect weather
Spring easily wins for the best time to visit Seville. This season offers perfect sightseeing weather and less tourists than summer. Seville in March is the best month if you want the lowest crowds and comfortable sightseeing weather. It won’t be warm enough to lay by the pool but will be perfect for walking around all day without breaking a sweat. You’ll see lows in the mid 40s and highs in the low 70s.
Seville in April has the highest chance of rain…though it usually averages out to about 7 rainy days. Temperatures are a tad warmer ranging from low 50s to low 70s. April is not ideal if you want to avoid crowds and high hotel prices as there are two major holidays that fill the city. Semana Santa, Holy Week, begins on Palm Sunday and continues through Easter. Spaniards from all over Spain come to Seville for this religious holiday.
Two weeks after Holy Week is another massive celebration, Feria de Abril. This week is a basically a big party celebrating Sevilla’s culture. Horseback parades wind through the city, women showcase their finest flamenco dresses, and traditional tapas dishes and drinks are enjoyed in private tents owned by locals.
Aim for early May if you want the ideal mix of warm weather and low crowds. Summer crowds will start arriving by mid to late May. Seville weather in May hovers in the mid 50s and high 70s. Late April and early May is my favorite time to visit in Seville in the spring. So much of the culture in Spain is about patio dining, evening strolls through the city, and enjoying the outdoors. The weather this time of spring allows you to thoroughly enjoy the outdoors and see all the locals coming out to enjoy the warm weather as well.
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Seville in Fall - September through November
Fall is the next best time to visit Seville for good weather (higher chance of rain though) and decent crowds
Fall is next up on the best time to visit Seville. If you go this time of year, aim for October. October in Seville is one of my favorite months to visit. The rest of fall is a bit more questionable in terms of weather. The summer heat and crowds tend to linger in Seville in September. Expect hotel prices to be high this month and book all reservations for sights and restaurants in advance. Temperatures will hit highs in the 80s and sometimes 90s, which can make long periods outdoors uncomfortable.
October in Seville is the sweet spot for weather and crowds. Temperatures hover in the 70s…perfect t-shirt weather. You can be outside pretty much all day this time of year and still be comfortable, possibly even on the warm side. October in Seville also brings crisp cool mornings. You can get that morning jog in without breaking a sweat and lay by the pool in the afternoon.
Restaurant patios are filled with diners and the streets are busy with locals and tourists taking their ritual paseo, or evening stroll. Some websites warn of rain starting in October. I’ve been to Seville three times in early to mid-October. The first trip it rained for a brief period in the evening twice. The other two visits it didn’t rain once, nor was rain listed in the 10-day forecast. Early to mid-October is your best bet if you want to be sure to avoid rain and have clear skies for your sightseeing.
November has a slightly higher chance of rain than October. If you don’t mind chancing a few rainy or cloudy days (and you still might get lucky and have all day sunshine), Seville in November will be rewarding with less tourists and lower hotel prices. You’ll have an easier time getting into popular restaurants and will be able to enjoy the sights with significantly less tourists. Pack a light coat as the lows hover in the high 40s. Daytime highs are typically in the high 60s low 70s, which is still wonderful patio and sightseeing weather.
Watch out for Columbus Day, which falls on a Monday in mid-October. Since Sp1.50aniards get the day off, many come to Seville from cities all over Spain for a quick holiday break. If you’re in Seville at this time, make sure you have your train reservations going into and out of Seville booked ahead of time. It’s not uncommon for the trains to sell out during Columbus Day weekend. Last time I visited over Columbus Day I left booking my train from Seville to Madrid last minute and was almost forced to flying or taking a bus since the highspeed trains were completely sold out.
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Seville in Winter - December through February
Winter is the best time to visit Seville for low crowds and hotel steals
Seville in Winter is a nice escape from colder climates. Lows are in the 40s and highs stay in the 60s December through February. Expect between five and six hours of daylight during the winter season. Most days will be sunny, though there is on average six to eight rainy or cloudy days each month…which is considerably better than the rest of Europe and the US this time of year.
Try to visit Seville in February for the best weather (least amount of rain, more daylight hours, and more sun). I visited Seville in mid-February and really enjoyed it. The crowds were an absolute minimum and the days were cloudless and sunny the entire time. A light jacket was plenty to keep me warm in the mornings and evenings and there were a few afternoons that were plenty warm to sit on the patio.
Hotel rates will be the lowest of the year in Seville in January and February. Seville is a popular destination with Europeans and Spaniards during the Christmas season with the mixture of mild weather and Christmas events.
Another thing to keep in mind when visiting Seville in winter is that the locals tend to stay indoors when the weather is cold and dreary. If lively patio dining and streets filled with locals taking a stroll are important, go for spring or fall instead.
Seville in Summer - June through August
Summer is the worst time to visit Seville with bursting crowds and sizzling temperatures
Summer in Seville is not ideal. The heat is sweltering…and that’s coming from someone who is always cold and loves temperatures in the 80s. The sun is strong, and it can often feel hotter than it actually is. Expect temperatures in the high 90s and sometimes 100s. The heat doesn’t stop tourists from crowding the city…unaware of the melting temperatures this time of year.
If you must visit in summer, Seville weather in June will be the most bearable with lows in the 60s and highs in the 80s. Seville in July will be more crowded and hotter than June. Avoid Seville in August at all costs. In exchange for higher than average tourist levels, there will also be less locals, which takes away a lot of the charm and authenticity. Locals leave during summer, especially August, to escape the heat and hit the beaches.
Since summer is peak tourist season you will have to search to find decent hotel rates and book everything as far in advance as possible. Any tourist sight must be booked ahead of time to avoid long lines to the ticket window. Restaurants will be packed in the evening. Try to go early, before 7:00pm, or late, after 9:30pm to avoid excessive wait times.
Now that you know the best time to visit Seville it’s time to start planning your trip! Whether you visit during low crowds in winter or when everything is colorful and vibrant in spring, you are sure to fall in love with the city.
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