10 Things to Do in Seville in November

With the celebration of All Saints' Day and the first long weekend of the month, November offers a series of cultural and traditional activities at various historical sites throughout the month.

Ana C.R.

Ana C.R.

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10 Things to Do in Seville in November

Guadalquivir River, Seville | ©Jorge Franganillo

Autumn is the ideal time for many tourists to visit Seville due to the pleasant climate, which is neither too cold nor too hot. The colors of Seville's vegetation make it a paradise to behold and the upcoming arrival of the Christmas holidays is already beginning to be noticed.

In November, in addition to everything there is to see and do in Seville, there are a series of activities specific to these dates. Its rich culture, tradition and history have amazed millions of tourists and you can be one of them.

1. Walk through the Maria Luisa Park to see its autumn colors

Maria Luisa Park in Autumn| ©federico.relimpio
Maria Luisa Park in Autumn| ©federico.relimpio

Although you can visit this park any day of the year, in November it is a unique experience. The Mediterranean autumn weather is very pleasant and the color palette of each leaf of the trees ranges from green, yellow, orange and red.

The Maria Luisa Park is surrounded by leafy groves of willows, poplars, poplars, elms, wild olive trees, oaks and strawberry trees; it could look like a fairy tale, can you imagine living a fantasy like that?

An excellent option to visit this park and learn all its secrets and corners is to hire a guided tour of the Maria Luisa Park, where an expert guide will explain the history of this green area, created from the gardens of the Palace of San Telmo and will take you through its most representative places:

  • The beautiful Plaza de América.
  • The Museum of Popular Arts and Customs, Mudejar style.
  • The Royal Pavilion, Gothic style.
  • The Archaeological Museum, Renaissance style.

Practical Information

  • Where: between Avda. de Portugal, Avda. de la Borbolla, Avda. de Eritaña, Paseo de las Delicias and Avda. de María Luisa.
  • Price: visiting it on your own is free. Hiring a guided tour that includes the Maria Luisa Park and the Plaza de España costs only 12 euros.
  • Hours: the park is open from 8:00 a.m. to midnight.

Book a guided tour of the Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España

2. Take a guided tour of the Royal Alcazar

Real Alcazar of Seville| ©Dmitry Djouce
Real Alcazar of Seville| ©Dmitry Djouce

It is clear that visiting the Real Alcazar of Seville is a must no matter when you visit the city. However, November is the ideal time, because you can tour it at your own pace, in peace and quiet and without suffering from the sun's rays and the 40 degrees of summer.

In recent years, the already attractive visit has added a new attraction, as the Royal Alcazar was used as a set for the filming of some scenes of the popular series Game of Thrones, specifically, as the location of the Water Gardens in Dorne, the place of residence of the Martell family.

To see the Royal Alcazar, which is one of the best examples of a mixture of architectural styles in Spain, from Mudejar to Gothic, you have several options:

  • Buy tickets to tour it on your own. Thanks to these tickets, you will access the interior of the Real Alcazar of Seville without queues or waiting.
  • Hire a guided tour. You will enter without queues or waiting and, for an hour and a half, a guide will explain the history of this fascinating complex. Afterwards, you will have time to visit the gardens at your own pace.
  • Hire a guided tour that also includes the Cathedral and the Giralda. This tour lasts 3 hours and a half and you will be able to visit the most representative monuments of the capital of Seville, including, of course, the Real Alcazar.

Practical information

  • Where: Patio de Banderas, s/n
  • Price: the highly recommended guided tour costs 35 €. The entrance to visit it on your own without waiting or queues costs 22 €.
  • Hours: in November it is usually open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Book a guided tour of the Real Alcázar of Seville

3. Experience the National Flamenco Singing Contest Soleá de Alcalá

Alcalá de Guadaíra| ©Amelia Pardo
Alcalá de Guadaíra| ©Amelia Pardo

Although most visitors usually take advantage of their stay to attend a flamenco show in Seville, in November fans of this musical style have a very attractive destination just a few kilometers from the capital: the Soleá de Alcalá Flamenco Singing Contest.

This contest takes place in Alcalá de Guadaíra, just 14 kilometers from the capital, lasts approximately twenty days, in which up to ten singers per day from not only Andalusia, but also from other communities in Spain.

However, if you are in Seville on other dates or simply do not feel like leaving the city, in the capital you have many options that you can not miss:

Practical information

  • Where: Peña Flamenca Soleá de Alcalá, C/ José García Alcalareño, Alcalá de Guadaira.
  • Price: admission is free
  • When: Friday and Saturday in November at around 10:00 p.m.
  • How to get there: besides by car, there are three bus lines that connect the capital with Alcalá de Guaira, the 121, 122 and 123. Check here the schedules.

Buy your ticket for a flamenco show in Seville

4. Walk through the most mysterious Seville at nightfall

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

Although Halloween is behind us, November, with its Day of the Dead, retains a certain air of mystery that you can not miss when you visit Seville. Therefore, one of the best things you can do is to take a night tour that will take you to its most mysterious corners. In addition, the Sevillian weather in this month still allows you to walk through the streets without fear of getting too cold.

This route, which you can do with a guide or organize on your own, must include the Santa Cruz neighborhood, a place full of legends and stories of love and death, such as the Legend of the Susona.

Other magical places in the city are Fabiola Street, Alfalfa Square and the current Faculty of Fine Arts, where students still report that strange events occur without apparent explanation.

Book a tour of legends in Seville

5. Recite Don Juan Tenorio in the Cemetery of San Fernando

San Fernando Cemetery, Seville|©Angel Armendariz
San Fernando Cemetery, Seville|©Angel Armendariz

If you are not afraid of cemeteries and you like theater, during the month of November you will be able to enjoy a performance of Don Juan Tenorio in the Cemetery of San Fernando, focusing on the third act of the play, in which you can contemplate the relationship between death, love and cemeteries.

This activity, although today it is associated with Halloween, began to be developed for the Day of the Dead, which in Seville has always been closely related to the story of the famous Don Juan Tenorio.

I recommend it if you want to live a unique experience and attend under the light of dusk and the chandeliers to an interpretation of Don Juan Tenorio in the cemetery of Seville.

Practical information

  • Where: Av. Dr. Fedriani, s/n
  • Price: about 15 €.
  • Time: there are usually two shows, the first one at about 5:00 pm.

6. Enjoy music at Monkey Week

Group of people applauding in concert|©Wolfgang
Group of people applauding in concert|©Wolfgang

If you are one of those who never miss a concert and also want to enjoy what Seville's nightlife has to offer, Monkey Week is held in the capital of Seville in the second half of November.

It is, in fact, more than just a music festival, as it also serves as a meeting point for industry professionals to share new trends.

However, it is likely that, as a visitor to the city, your interest is not in these professional days, but in the nightly music program. Concerts and parties take place in various venues and spaces in the city. In total, there are usually about 60 performances.

Practical information

  • Where: Cartuja Center CITE, Espacio Santa Clara, Sala X, Sala Even and Sala Malandar.
  • Price: there are different tickets depending on the number of days you want to attend.
  • When: it is held for 3 days in the second half of November.

7. Taste the gastronomy of the Sevillian autumn

Roasted chestnuts stall| ©Sunny Lapin
Roasted chestnuts stall| ©Sunny Lapin

Autumn is also one of the most awaited seasons of the year because it allows gastronomy to exceed the expectations of its consumers. During this time of the year, mushrooms, quince, chestnuts, figs, persimmon, rabbit, partridges, wild boar, deer and a diversity of vegetables predominate. For example, you can celebrate the Chestnut Day every November to enjoy a delicious gluten-free nut, rich in fiber and vitamin C.

Or also participate in the Mycological Days in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park, organized by the city council of Constantina and the Mycological Society Sierra Norte de Sevilla. This activity has been held every November since 1996 and is free of charge, although prior registration is required.

Another excellent option to enjoy the Andalusian gastronomy is hiring a tapas tour in which you will visit the most characteristic bars of Seville and taste typical dishes such as meat with tomato, spinach, serranitos, fried food, tuna, almond tongues, cortadillos de cidra, torta de polvorón.... A real tribute!

Book a morning tapas tour of Seville

8. Attend the Salón Internacional del Caballo de Pura Raza Española (International Purebred Spanish Horse Show)

Turina Space| ©Onda Joven Sevilla
Turina Space| ©Onda Joven Sevilla

If you are a horse lover, you can't miss SICAB, the International Purebred Spanish Horse Show, which is held every year at the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones in Seville.

SICAB brings together more than a thousand horses from 350 different stud farms, which perform more than 50 equestrian tests, different shows and competitions, such as the World Morphology Championship.

In addition, at the hundreds of livestock and commercial stands, you will be able to learn about all the latest developments in the sector and purchase products related to the world of the horse.

Practical information

  • Where: FIBES, Avda. Alcalde Luis Uruñuela, 1
  • Price: from 11 € the entrance to the show, and from 14.5 € the entrance to the enclosure
  • When: one weekend in November

9. Discover the novelties of literature in the Seville Book Fair

Jazz in Seville| ©Victor Freitas
Jazz in Seville| ©Victor Freitas

The Seville Book Fair is the main event of its kind in Andalusia and one of the most important nationally, so if you are a lover of literature and you are in Seville the first weekend of November, this is definitely an activity not to be missed.

In its fifty or so booths, at the Seville Book Fair you can discover works by the country's leading publishers and, of course, get copies signed by the most important authors.

Talks, presentations, storytelling, meetings and literary competitions complete the program of a fair that is already a National Award for the Promotion of Reading and has received the Medal of the City of Seville.

Practical information

  • Where: Plaza Nueva
  • Price: free of charge
  • When: late October and early November

10. Become a craftsman and make your own espadrilles

Nativity Scenes of the Exposicion in Seville| ©RetalesCulturales
Nativity Scenes of the Exposicion in Seville| ©RetalesCulturales

Although the weather in Seville in November is warm, especially if we compare it with other regions, it is true that it can be cold and even rainy. Therefore, having plans to do indoors, sheltered from the inclement weather, is always a good idea. and especially if it is as original as the one I present here.

It is a workshop to learn how to make your own espadrilles, fans and even wedges and heels in which you will have all the materials and will be guided at all times by expert teachers. Of course, you will be able to take your handmade creations home with you once the workshop is over.

And, as it could not be otherwise in Seville, at the end of the class you and your group will be able to taste some typical tapas and toast with a drink for this new learning experience.

Practical information

  • Where: Seville
  • Price: from 76 euros
  • When: every day, at 10:00 am and 3:30 pm

Book an espadrille workshop in Seville

The weather in Seville during November

Puerta de la Macarena in Winter| ©Cinthia Bravo
Puerta de la Macarena in Winter| ©Cinthia Bravo

During the month of November temperatures range from 11 degrees Celsius to 19 degrees Celsius. In spite of being a pleasant climate, it is important that you have warm and warm clothes, even raincoats to prevent getting cold or even a cold.

The rains only occur during the middle of the month, possibly between eight and fifteen days of rain, so an umbrella and rain boots will be your best ally. Most days are dry and with eight hours of daylight.