10 Things to Do in Seville in August

You may have heard that visiting Seville in August is a crime because of the high temperatures you will encounter. But what if you could discover all the wonders this city has to offer despite that?

Ana C.R.

Ana C.R.

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10 Things to Do in Seville in August

Guadalquivir River | ©Jorge Franganillo

It's not all disadvantages when it comes to visiting one of the most beautiful cities in Spain in summer. In fact, if you choose to spend your August vacations in Seville, you can take advantage of the lower influx of people for being low season and some cultural events that only happen at this time of year.

If you are finally planning what to see and do in Seville, you should not fail to take into account all that the city offers in August. Just arm yourself with a good sunscreen, plenty of water and above all the desire to delve into the magical city of Seville. Let's go there!

1. Get to know the city of Seville from the water

Boating in Seville| ©Douglas O'Brien
Boating in Seville| ©Douglas O'Brien

If you are one of those who like adventure during your vacation, a plan that can not miss in Seville is to walk along the Guadalquivir River. But if you are not a risk taker either, don't worry because you can also go along this river in a comfortable way.

There are many options at your disposal and in all of them the views of the Torre del Oro and the Triana Bridge from the water will leave you breathless. Here are the different alternatives offered by the city to navigate the Guadalquivir:

  • Yacht trip with dinner or lunch: if you want to live the full experience (and more comfortable) opt for this activity in which you will be 2 hours aboard a yacht while you discover the city from another perspective with background music.
  • Yacht ride with typical food tasting: if you prefer to stay a little less time (1 hour and a half) and instead of lunch or dinner have a small snack, I recommend this option.
  • Boat ride: this activity is a little cheaper than the previous ones and is intended for those who are only interested in the views and prefer to eat on land.
  • Paddle surfing tour: if you like adventure, this and the following activities are for you. For two hours and in small groups of 15 people you will paddle this beautiful river while you practice some exercise.
  • Kayak tour: if paddle surfing is not your thing or you don't feel up to it, a kayak is also waiting for you to explore the waters in a tour with an expert guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.
  • Kayak rental and if you feel like going kayaking but at your own pace, you also have the possibility of simply renting it and explore the city at your own pace.

Book a boat trip in Seville

2. Escape to the coast and the surroundings

Matalascañas Beach| ©Hannes Benaets
Matalascañas Beach| ©Hannes Benaets

If you want to take advantage of the days of August that you spend in Seville to know a little more of its environment, there is no better plan than to go to one of the nearest beaches. Thus, in addition to knowing the city, you can take a dip in the cool waters of the sea and change of scenery.

The closest beaches to the city of Seville (about 100 km away) are the beaches of Matalascañas and Sanlucar de Barrameda. But beyond them, I also recommend some of these excursions from Seville to make the most of your stay:

  • Excursion to Gibraltar: half a day you can dedicate to know the natural wonders of the rock, such as the incredible Caves of San Miguel and the entire Natural Reserve. Undoubtedly, take advantage of the visit to the city to know Gibraltar is an opportunity not to be missed.
  • Excursion to Ronda and the white villages: in this case, we must reserve a day of our itinerary. Both Ronda and the white villages are beautiful and if you have a round trip transfer you will enjoy them even more.
  • Excursion to Cadiz and Jerez: this trip to two of the liveliest cities in Andalusia also requires one day. In total, the experience lasts about 10 hours and you can see the most emblematic points of the city and enjoy a wine tasting if you wish.

Book a tour from Seville

3. Visit the most important monuments of the city with less people

Golden Tower| ©D-Koala
Golden Tower| ©D-Koala

Seville is a city that annually receives an average of 2.5 million tourists. So it happens that, although it is adapted and has all the services to receive them, its main monuments are always crowded. In fact, the most common thing when you arrive in Seville is to see queues of tourists.

One of the main advantages of visiting in August is that, unlike other Spanish cities, Seville is in low season. This means that the influx of people is less, there is less traffic, the noise and hustle and bustle are not so overwhelming and, therefore, it is possible to visit the quieter and more peaceful side of the city.

The main monuments to visit in Seville are:

  • Seville Cathedral and the Giralda: being the largest Gothic temple in Spain, it is a must-see. In addition, during the visit you can climb to the top of its bell tower**(the Giralda**) and see panoramic views of the entire city. Get your camera ready!
  • Real Alcázar of Seville: another essential visit where you can lose yourself in a paradisiacal setting full of culture, styles and gardens full of water and life.
  • Torre del Oro: located next to the Guadalquivir River, this tower is undoubtedly one of the most photographed places in the city.
  • Casa de Pilatos: a palace with a mixture of Mudejar and Renaissance styles and a beautiful courtyard.
  • Palacio de las Dueñas: dating from the 15th century, belonging to the House of Alba. Its visit will delight you with patios, gardens and rooms full of antiques and souvenirs.

Book a visit to the Cathedral of Seville

4. Treat yourself to a summer movie night and a night walk

Streets of Seville at night| ©Jaybee Bondoc
Streets of Seville at night| ©Jaybee Bondoc

If the city of Seville is already beautiful by day, imagine adding the magic of the night lights and the smell of orange blossom that bathes its streets.

Making a night visit to the Jewish quarter and the historic center of the city is one of the best plans, plus you can take advantage of the fact that the heat subsides. And if you dare, do not miss the panoramic views of the illuminated city from the Metropol Parasol.

Finally, and to make the evening plan round, you can indulge yourself with a good movie in one of its many summer cinemas.

You will find something for all tastes, from current and upcoming movies to films in original version with subtitles and even documentary cycles.

Book a tour of the Jewish quarter of Seville

5. Experience the musical night of Seville

Alcazar of Seville| ©Anna & Michal
Alcazar of Seville| ©Anna & Michal

During the summer nights in Seville there are numerous concerts, some of them in the most magical and exclusive settings you can imagine. One of the most emblematic are the Nights in the Alcazar Gardens.

During the nights of June and until September it is possible to see these concerts in the gardens of the Real Alcazar of Seville. With varied musical styles such as flamenco, classical music or world music, this picturesque setting offers a first class visual and acoustic spectacle.

If you have already visited the Real Alcazar by day, you will undoubtedly be surprised by the change of sensation that occurs when you see it at night.

Practical information

  • Where: public access is through the Puerta de la Alcoba, located on Paseo de Catalina de Ribera (Jardines de Murillo).
  • Price: about 7 €.
  • Hours: you must enter between 8:30 pm and 9:45 pm

Book a guided tour of the Real Alcázar of Seville

6. Beach in Seville? Yes, thanks to Agua Magica

Visiting Agua Magica| ©CarlosVdeHabsburgo
Visiting Agua Magica| ©CarlosVdeHabsburgo

In Seville you will find the Isla Magica amusement park, set in the theme of pirates and the discovery of America.

This park has six different themed areas, in addition to Agua Magica, the water park that has managed to bring a beach to the city of Seville.

Whether you come to visit the city with children or not, spending a day in this park will be a great plan for all the senses. You can swim in its wave pool, enjoy beautiful waterfalls, slow rivers, zip lines and green areas where you can relax and simply rest.

Practical information

  • Where: Rotonda Isla Mágica (Isla de la Cartuja)
  • Price: 9 € for a full day
  • Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

7. Take a nice dip with the best views

Terrace and swimming pool in Seville| ©Ana Maria Redondo
Terrace and swimming pool in Seville| ©Ana Maria Redondo

Vacations in August are for discovering new places, resting and of course sunbathing to be able to come back with a tan, don't you think? Well, if there is a perfect plan that combines everything in Seville is to enjoy a terrace with pool. Thus, you will have the best views of the city and you can cool off in the hottest hours.

There are many terraces with swimming pool in Seville but my personal recommendations are:

  • Terraza Doña María: with a pool exclusively for guests and amazing views of the Cathedral and the domes of El Salvador.
  • El Quimera Food&Pool: also with a pool exclusively for guests and with views of the Plaza de España. It offers very tasty healthy dinners.

8. Spend a summer afternoon in the Alamillo Park.

Alamillo Park| ©rafagarzon
Alamillo Park| ©rafagarzon

The Alamillo Park is a park in Seville that has 85 hectares of extension, located at the end of the Guadalquivir riverbed and next to the Olympic Stadium. This park is ideal for getting close to nature and walking, without having to go too far away from the city.

It also has lakes and lots of trees so you can stay cool and even have a picnic followed by a nice nap in the shade.

During the month of August this park celebrates the Veranillos del Alamillo, a summer cycle full of culture and activities for the whole family such as: children and family film screenings, illusionism and magic shows, copla recitals, family workshops and flamenco cinema, among others.

Practical information

  • Where: Alamillo Park (Isla de la Cartuja).
  • Price: free admission until full capacity is reached.
  • Hours: depending on the event

9. Take advantage of the summer sales in the main streets

Sales| ©cottonbro
Sales| ©cottonbro

During the summer months most stores have summer sales and it is possible to find real bargains! An ideal plan to enjoy Seville in August is to combat the high temperatures by strolling through the shopping streets of the city center.

You will find tarpaulins that will give you shade in the streets, much less crowded than in other shopping areas and you can take advantage to find the best deals.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to take refuge from the heat with a good air conditioning, you have the option to go shopping in the shopping center Lagoh.

10. Dance the night away at the Nocturama Festival

At the Nocturama Festival| ©José Manuel Cedeño
At the Nocturama Festival| ©José Manuel Cedeño

Nocturama is a music festival with concerts of national and international groups that has been held in the city of Seville since 2005.

Since 2016 it has been held in the gardens of the Casino de la Exposición, a beautiful and cool place to enjoy this cutting-edge festival full of good energy.

It is a very varied festival where all kinds of audiences are welcome, from children or very danceable people, to veterans of the festival or people who prefer to be quiet and simply dedicate themselves to feel the music.

Practical information

  • Where: Gardens of the Casino of the 1929 Exposition. The access is in La Rábida street corner with Palos de la Frontera street.
  • Price: from 20 €.
  • Hours: usually starts from 9:00 pm onwards.

The weather in Seville in August

Streets of Seville in Summer| ©a_fourier
Streets of Seville in Summer| ©a_fourier

During the month of August, the heat is the main protagonist in the city of Seville. Being in the middle of the Guadalquivir Valley, temperatures in the city can become extreme. Thus, during the summer months it is possible to reach a maximum of 40 degrees and an average minimum of 25 degrees.

Although it is a low season, to better combat the high temperatures in the city these are my recommendations:

  • Perform activities and stroll during the hours of less heat, that is, during the early morning and late afternoon.
  • The rest of the time, take the opportunity to eat, rest, visit places with air conditioning or swim in the pool.
  • If you choose to walk during the day, take light, comfortable clothing, one or two bottles of water, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Take the opportunity to cool off and drink whenever you can. You can find several public fountains such as the Alameda de Hércules, the Puerta de Jerez or the Jardines de Cristina.

What to eat in Seville in August

Salmorejo| ©Sabores y Texturas
Salmorejo| ©Sabores y Texturas

Seville's gastronomy is very complete and you will find offers of all kinds but I would like to give you some recommendations of lighter or cooler meals to enjoy during the hottest months of the city:

  • Papas aliñás
  • Red prawns
  • Salmorejo
  • Mojama, salted or cured meats