With HomeAway you can track down the ideal holiday home in Seville Old Town. At the heart of one of Spain’s most beautiful cities you’ll be in a network of alleys surrounded by many of the city’s most important sights and with a fabulous choice of restaurants and bars. Seville Old Town apartments are stylishly decorated, with modern appliances and offering outdoor space in the form of terraces or even internal courtyards. When searching for the perfect apartment in Seville Old Town you could specify the guest facilities you’d like. Given the hot weather, most Seville Old Town holiday homes are equipped with air-conditioning.
-Sights. Seville has an incredible wealth of heritage, with many Islamic elements dating from the early-Middle Ages. Built on the site of the former great mosque, the cathedral here is the third largest in the world, and stands next to La Giralda, a minaret converted into a bell-tower. The Real Alcázar is a 14th Century palace built in the Islamic style, famed for its ornate architecture and exquisite gardens.
-Museums. If you’d like to delve further into Seville’s history then you could head to the Archaelogical Museum, which displays artefacts from Phoenician and Roman times, including the El Carambolo treasure, a haul of gold 2,500 years old. The Museum of Fine Arts has a collection of mainly Spanish paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century, with a focus on baroque artists from the 1600s.
-Nature. For some rural seclusion, you could head north to the Sierra Norte de Sevilla. It’s a large region of low-lying mountains, dominated by oak and cork forest, with rivers providing a habitat for wild otters. Wild boar and deer roam freely, and the area is famous for its pig farming, with varieties of chorizo and cured ham produced here.
-Food and drink. Andalucia is where tapas originated, and in Seville you’ll find a host of great restaurants in the many narrow streets of the old town and around the cathedral. Most offer great value for money, and among the many specialities are octopus, potato omelette, patatas bravas (spicy fried potatoes) and, of course, cured ham, which varies according to the pig’s diet and length of time spent maturing.
-Coast. The coastal town of Huelva is less than an hour from Seville, and offers natural golden sandy beaches, backed by sand dunes and with a range of tourist amenities like golf courses and water parks close by. There’s also the Doñana National Park, which preserves a large expanse of coastal scenery and provides a habitat for the rare Iberian Lynx.
One of Spain’s hottest cities, Seville gets a subtropical climate, with mild winters and long, hot summers. From mid-April it’s normal for temperatures to get above 25 degrees during the day, and they peak in the mid to high-30s in July and August. Rain is infrequent throughout the year, but is especially scarce between May and September, when almost every day is clear and sunny. The coolest month is January, but daily temperatures still get up to the high-teens at times and don’t tend to drop far beneath 10 degrees at night.
Seville’s San Pablo International Airport (SVQ) is about half an hour from the city centre. It has connections to the UK, primarily with low-cost airlines flying throughout the year. There’s a bus service every 30 minutes running between the airport and city. Seville is also served by Spain’s high-speed AVE trains. This means you can get here from Madrid in less than 3 hours and Barcelona in 5 and a half. Slower options are also available and more affordable. Seville has a cheap and efficient urban bus system, and there’s also a newly introduced bike sharing service, Servici.