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Visiting Seville in July

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Visiting Seville in July

Any recommendations as to best sites / places to visit on a 4 day trip please?

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1. Re: Visiting Seville in July

Yes, you can download a free copy of Maribel's Guide to Sevilla (http://maribelsguides.com) and pay a visit to "Life in Seville" (http://www.exploreseville.com/) for a little more information on what to do and see.

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2. Re: Visiting Seville in July

You do realise do you that Seville in July is very hot (often upper 30's ) so you'll have to pace yourself and plan a fair number of activities in places with air-conditioning (museums etc). That's why Spain has the siesta: in the summer high temperatures make it necessary to stay indoors if not to sleep.

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I would recommend going to the cooler places, as recommended in the other response (i.e museums, there are several). Also the Alcazar and its gardens, which I would recommend anyhow because it`a must, should provide you with shade. The Cathedral (free on Sundays) is defently worth a visit and will be a nice cool change from the hot streets.

The Park Maria Louisa might also be a good shaded alternative, even if it is just to slowly wander, and to see the Plaza de Americas.

And make sure you drink lots of water!!!!

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4. Re: Visiting Seville in July

Mega hot in July - last year in the 40s.

The temperature is not cool, but the place is. We really like Seville and often go there shopping or to look around. Stay in the centre and you can walk everywhere, although no point between 2 and 6 because everything is shut.

Do what the locals do - sleep all day and party all night!

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We enjoyed the Reales Alczares built by Peter the Cruel in the 14th century. Better tilework than the Alhambra and delightful gardens. Nice tea room where we enjoyed good lemonade and wonderful marinated peppers. Cathedral is spectacular - high alter quite overwhelming. Barrio de Santa Cruz pleasant for walking. Los Gallos flamenco disappointing - crowded, uncomfortable and full of talkative tourists, mainly from France. Nix on that. Horsedrawn carriage rides are 30 euros for 45 minutes but this is a good town for something like that. I usually avoid this sort of thing but enjoyed it in Seville. Horses actually seem well fed and cared for, carriages are spotless. Interesting tour of bull ring and museum. Bullfghts, if you can take it, are at 7 pm on Sundays. Tickets go on sale Saturday. World's fair site is weird. Like a deserted city, undamaged and left to moulder in the sun. Good lesson in what happens when you don't have a back up plan for 'after the fair'.

Good tapas and lunch at Bodequita Antonio Romero (to the left out of the bullring and left at the first street. A long block up) Good food and waiters with firm opinions about what is good that day. They are usually right.

Many folks take the train (45 minutes) to Cordoba for a day trip. Important Jewish ghetto and catherdral that was once a mosque.

We stayed out of the center at the brand new Nh Central. Good airconditioning, spotless rooms and great 2nd floor pool with sundeck and bar. Just the thing for a sweltering afternoon. About 7 euros by radiocab into town. Flagged cab back about 4 euros50.

We enjoyed Seville a lot.

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I'm just back from a four-day visit to Seville. Would highly recommend a day trip to Cordoba to see the Mezquita - a fabulous mosque with a cathedral in the middle. If you travel out from Seville Santa Justa on the 0930 Alta Velocidad train and return at 1530 you will find the ticket prices a lot cheaper (12.80 Euros each way) than on other AVE high speed journeys bound for Madrid - but no slower. It takes 45 mins non stop.

I'd also recommend an afternoon ambling round the hilltop town of Carmona - 50 mins from Seville on the bus. It leaves from stand 25 at the San Sebastian bus station - fare 2.15 Euros each way.

In Seville itself the top two sights - the Alcazar and cathedral will dazzle you. Make sure to have a good walk round the Maria Luisa park.

There are some lovely restaurants in the Barrio Santa Cruz around Plaza de los Venerables and a square which doesn't seem to have a name but which is next to Calle Susona.

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7. Re: Visiting Seville in July

rentaquote:

That plaza is probably the Plaza Dona Elvira, if it's the one that has five or six restaurants with outdoor tables. None of these restaurants is very good, but the atmosphere is wonderful.

Also check out the Plaza de la Alizanza one block away. I love it b/c it abuts the walls of the Alcazar and is the real-life setting for the genesis of James Michener's book, Iberia. John Fulton, the Philadelphia bullfighter, lived in a house off this plaza; Michener's book, still very much relevant to Spain today, notes that, to paraphrase, "Here in the shadows of the courtyard of the orange trees (a reference to the nearby Giralda), [Iberia, the book] was born." Robert Vavra, who shared the house with Fulton, was Michener's photographer for Iberia. In any case, it's a wonderful plaza.