Seville (Sevilla) is located in the south of Spain, Europe. It is one of Spain's major cities and is also the capital of the Andalusia region. With an enormous amount to offer both the tourist and business traveller, Seville is a friendly and captivating place to visit. The city centre is pedestrian and many of the best attractions are within easy walking distance.
The city on the shores of the Guadalquivir River is universal renown by its history, culture and gastronomy. Central Seville comprises an abundance of twisting streets and narrow lanes, adding much character to the city. Most public squares feel rather small and intimate. It is one of the largest historical centers in Europe. Seville offers much for the visitor to explore from the Moors to the Baroque period. You can also enjoy the Seville nightlife and its famous gastronomy.
Seville has a Mediterranean weather due to the oceanic influences nearby. In the winter the temperatures are mild, and in the summer the weather is hot. Precipitation varies along the year, concentrated in the period October to April. December is the wettest month, and the coldest are January and February. June and July are the hottest months.
The weather in May is usually warm and, maybe, a little chilly at night. It is sunny almost every day. In that season of the year, the days are long: the sun rises around 8.00am, and sets around 9.00 pm.
The city bus network is based around of four lines- C-1, C-2, C-3, and C-4- which follow circular routes, following the circular road networks of the city, linking the main transport terminals and the city centre. Four transversal lines and a series of radial lines which lead into the centre from the four points of the compass complete the bus network. A single bus ride is €1.20, voucher 10 trips (Bonobus) from €7.
You can pick up a route map, the "Guía del Transporte Urbano de Sevilla", from tourist offices or from information booths at major stops, including Plaza Nueva square, Plaza de la Encarnación square, and Carlos V avenue.
Local Buses phone: +34 900 710 171 (this phone is available only in spanish).
Taxi stops are located on several central streets and squares. Taxis, though, can be hailed any place in the city when they show the “libre” (free) sign or a green light.
From 6.00am to 10.00pm Monday to Friday, taxis cost around €1.19 plus €0.83 per kilometre. At other times and on public holidays, it’s €1.45 plus €1.01 per kilometre.
Phones: +34 95 467 55 55, +34 95 458 00 00, +34 95 462 22 22 (these phones are available only in spanish)
Subway and tram
Seville's recently open subway system has only one line that goes from the west to the south part of the city and surrounding suburbs. A single ride is €1.30.
The "Metro Centro (T1)" is a surface tram by the center of Seville that goes from Plaza Nueva to Prado de San Sebastián.
"Sevici" is the name of a community bicycle program in Seville. Its purpose is to cover the small and medium daily routes within the city in a climate friendly way. More than 250 stations and 2500 bikes will be available. The stations are situated throughout the inner-city with a distance of around 200 metres between each one, with many situated next to public transport stops to allow for intermodal use. The bikes can be borrowed from, and returned to, any station in the system, making it suitable for one way travel. Each station has between 10 and 40 parking slots to fix and lock the bicycle.
In each Parking Station you will find a System Access Terminal and Bike Posts, where you will be able to carry out several operations.
The Short Term Subscription will enable you to enjoy an unlimited number of journeys during 7 consecutive days. Weekly amount to register is €5.
First 30 minutes: Free. 1st hour: €1. 2nd hour and more: €2.
Please note that when you first register to the system, you will need to authorize a €150,00 deposit with a limited duration. Such deposit will be linked to the duration of the Short Term Subscription; once the Subscription has expired, the deposit will be entirely returned unless the bike has been damaged in any way.
To register, please go to any SEVici Station in the city, make sure you bring along your credit card and follow the on-screen instructions.
More info in: www.sevici.es
The city center of Seville is not very large and it is easy to walk to all the tourist spots, a lot of fun to walk around. The center has almost become completely car-free.
Sevilla Card, the Seville tourist card, will help you discover the city and enjoy your stay and save money. You will be able to benefit from:
- Free admission to most museums and monuments in the city and environs.
- Unlimited use of sightseeing buses.
- Boat rides on the Guadalquivir River.
- Isla Mágica Theme Park.
Besides, you will be able to enjoy considerable discounts in shops, restaurants, shows and leisure centres for adults and children.
More info in: www.sevillacard.es
Other ways to enjoy Seville are:
• Sightseeing tour buses: Tour buses can be a great way to get around Seville. You have the option of traveling the full circuit and getting an overview of what to expect in the city or get on and off as many times as you want, seeing the sights as you go.
More info in: www.busturistico.com
• Horse cart: It is very typical the walk in car of horses. It is relaxing and you can take the sun while they explain to you the most excellent in the city. There are rates approved by the city council.
• Tour cruises along the Guadalquivir River: romantic and legendary, the river of the discoverers of America, the only navigable river in Spain. With departures every half hour from 10.00am onwards, you can enjoy the beautiful views that the River Guadalquivir has to offer during the one hour long trip. More info in: www.crucerostorredeloro.com.
- Country: Spain / España
- Status: city / capital of Andalusia
- Population: 720,000 in the city + another 400,000 in its outskirts
- Language: Castilian Spanish
- Time zone: UTC+2 at summer time (March 28 to October 31), UTC+1 at winter time (From October 31)
- Country dialing code: +34
- Currency: Euro is the official currency of Spain.
Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. ATMs accept most international cards.
- Health and security:
- Emergency service (Fireman, police, civil protection, sanitary emergency) phone number: 112
- National police: emergency telephone number: 091
- Local police: emergency telephone number: 062
- Sanitary emergencies: emergency telephone number: 061
- Tipping: tipping in Spain is not obligatory but it is common to leave some change or to give a tip of 5 – 10 %. There are no added service charges on the final bill at any hotel restaurant, or bar…
- Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz - round two-pin plugs are used.
- Measures: Weight measured in kilograms, distances measured by the metric system, temperature measured in degrees Celsius.
- Tourism: Over 2 million tourists visit Seville Province each year.
- Tourist Office: Paseo de las Delicias, 9 (Costurero de la Reina) 41012 Sevilla. Telephone Number: 95 423 44 65. Links to web sites on Tourism in Seville: www.andalucia.org, www.turismosevilla.org.
A chemist’s or drugstore is known as a Farmacia and they can be identified by a large green or red cross sign outside. They tend to keep the same working hours as other shops and if closed, usually display a sign indicating the nearest pharmacy that is open. As well as selling prescription medicines, they also offer free advice about minor injuries or ailments and they will happily suggest non-prescription treatments. Usually open from 9.30am to 1.30pm, and from 4.30am to 8.00pm. Besides you can find pharmacies that open 24 hours. Pharmacies follow a rolling late-hour schedule, which is published in the newspapers and the internet, and is posted at all pharmacies.
Opening hours for business/shops in Seville
Most offices in Seville open at 9.00 am and many close for a couple of hours in the afternoon, although this varies with companies. The most common business time-table is from Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 1.30pm, and from 5.00pm to 8.00pm. Many shops also open on Saturdays from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Big shopping centres and department stores open from 10.00am to 9.00pm or 10.00pm uninterruptedly, except Sundays and local holidays.
Opening hours for banks
Banks are generally open Monday-Friday from 8.30am to 2.00pm, and sometimes on Saturday from 8.30am to 1.00pm.
There are many places to exchange currency, the banks being the ones with best rates. There are also foreign exchange outlets in the airports and even in some hotels and restaurants, although the rates are usually not so favourable. Withdrawing money at a cash point (ATM) is often the most convenient and economic way to obtain Euros and there are ATMs all over the city. Many are located inside banks or in their facades.
Credit cards, travellers cheques
Credit cards are widely accepted at establishments throughout Seville and these include Visa, EuroCard, Access, MasterCard and American Express. In some stores, you may be asked to enter your PIN (Personal Identification Number) into a keypad for security purposes. Some shops do not accept credit card payment for a small monetary amount. Travellers cheques, accompanied by a passport, are also accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
There are ATMs almost everywhere, and most support Visa/Plus, Cirrus, and other popular systems. Just look for the signs next to the ATM or on the display itself. ATMs are easy to use here and all offer English as well as other languages.
How to get IVA (VAT) back on shopping: If a buyer’s residence is outside the European Union, then he/she can claim back the tax on purchases, as long as they amount for more than 90.15 Euro in each establishment. In order to do so, you should ask for a tax-free receipt, wherever you see the Spain Refund Tax-free Shopping logo, at the point of sale. The Tax-Free cheque must be stamped, always before the check-in. Show the goods to customs when leaving the country. You can claim your money in the SPAIN REFUND cash agents in airports and borders.
(Tax free Spain refund information: www.spainrefund.com, www.globalrefund.com)
Currency choice logo
The Currency Choice logo next to a credit card terminal means that there you can pay by credit card in your own national currency. The amount on the receipt is the sum that will be debited to your bank. No hidden fees, no surprises when you get back home.
Anyone wishing to travel to and enter Spain must have a valid passport and/or the appropriate Spanish Visa. We recommend contacting your local Spanish consulate or Embassy for more information on these requirements.