San Pablo Airport (SVQ) is the main airport for the historic and dramatic city of Seville. Passing through this airport will give you a chance to access cash through their ATMs, grab a bite to eat in their restaurant, or the café, shop for goods in the duty-free shop, and contact your family with the free WiFi that runs through the airport.
Set at 10km from the centre of the city, you can hop on buses or hail a taxi outside the terminal. The second option is the pricier at roughly 20-30EUR ($29-43) for the journey, but it is the fastest way into town, only taking 15 minutes.
Flights to Seville are offered by a number of carriers, these include Alitalia, Lufthansa, Vueling, Air Malta, Meridiana, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Qantas, Qatar Airways, and Etihad Airways.
Why visit Seville?
Seville, the feather in Andalucía’s cap, is a storied city with a passionate heart, a lusty vibrancy, and a solemn history. With both Christian and Islamic influence, this city is a cultural melting pot, and peeling back its layers can be done by wandering its old town, touring its heritage buildings, and making time for its fabulous museums. Beyond that, you can eat delicious Spanish cuisine in the sophisticated restaurants, duck into atmospheric bars, and dance the heated flamenco in the city squares.
Things to do in Seville
Seville is overrun with treasures, but get an idea of the personality of this city by starting with its ecclesiastical attractions. Seville is home to the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, took over 100 years to build, and is breathtaking in its scope and design. The other important Christian monument, is the Saint Paul Monastery, established in the 15th century and home to an impressive art collection.
Then see traces of the other major religion that shaped this city by making time for the incredible Real Alcazar, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a Moorish fortress. Standing since the 10th century, this gorgeous palace is filled with serene courtyards, opulent bedrooms, and lavish receiving rooms. It is also home to an exhibition of documents charting Spain’s colonisation of the Americas. Couple this with the Biblioteca Colombina, a collection of Christopher Colombus’ personal library.
Then why not wander through the heart of the city, Barrio Santa Cruz, once the old Jewish Quarter, this colourful neighbourhood of winding cobblestone streets is home to some of the city’s most interesting museums, galleries, and pretty gardens.
Lastly, if you get a chance you must try to go to the Museum of Flamenco Dance and learn about Seville’s most famous export, the sultry, passionate Flamenco dance. You can see a performance live in the evening, and witness the Sevillian personality in all its vigour.
Best time to visit Seville
· The Mediterranean climate enjoyed by Seville makes it an easy place to visit between April and November, when the days average 20-36°C. The summer months of June through August are the hottest, and the most crowded, but there is a lot going on in the city. However, the end of spring, and the autumn months are less busy, and still beautiful.
· Winters rarely dip below 15°C, and the crowds ebb at their lowest. But pack a waterproof, as this season sees a decent amount of rain.
Arriving in Seville by plane
· A journey to Seville from Australia is a long-haul one, and you generally have to fly through an Asian or Middle Eastern hubs like Singapore (SIN) or Dubai (DXB), and a European airport, like Zurich (ZRH) or Madrid (MAD).
· Euro (EUR).
· The Smart Traveller page on Spain is an excellent resource to use if you plan on flying to Seville. It indicates that you will not need a visa to travel to Spain, and lists how long you can stay, as well as any changing conditions. Make sure you check this cite before you fly to ensure you aren’t subject to any new restrictions.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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