Winter is here but that’s no reason not to travel. In fact, the days have gotten shorter, temperatures have dropped, and we’ve packed our warm coats and wooly hats. It can only mean one thing Seville, we are coming!
A great way to chase away those winter blues is to have a trip to look forward to, and Seville is the place to go! Although it’s more of a summer destination, we found valid reasons why it’s a good winter choice too!
The weather isn’t all that bad. In fact, with average temperatures at a pleasant 10-12 degrees during the winter months, more and more people are choosing Seville as a winter destination. You can still comfortably take a stroll by the river, wander through some of Seville’s famous parks or even make your way to one of the city’s rooftop bars and take in the sensational nighttime views.
The food in Seville is pretty exceptional regardless of the season! However, when winter arrives, a number of the city’s traditional tapas become the perfect comfort food on a cold winter’s day.
The Christmas market
No festive season would be complete without some time in a Christmas market. Seville has a number of wonderful markets located in various parts of the city, all selling beautiful, hand-crafted products. With carols being sung in some of the central squares of the city and the smell of freshly roasted chestnuts wafting through the streets, the atmosphere around the festive marketplaces is something truly special.
Visiting the many incredible sights in Seville is an absolute must when you’re in the city. The good news is that queues for entry to see the astonishing architecture of the Cathedral and the beautiful gardens of the Alcazar Palace are generally shorter in winter.
As sunset gets earlier and earlier, a stroll through the atmospheric Plaza de Espaïia and the beautiful adjoining Maria Luisa Park is the perfect way to spend a winter’s evening.
The Belén tradition
If you wander through the streets of Seville in the lead up to Christmas you will see elaborate displays of the nativity scene in shop windows and churches all throughout the city. In the Spanish tradition, the belén often consists of a depiction of the entire city of Bethlehem, not just the crib scene itself.
Each year, huge numbers of people in Seville make their way to the Feria del Belén, a market at the foot of the Cathedral that specializes in figurines and decoration for the nativity scene, to buy a new addition to the display.
The grapes on NYE
New Year’s Eve is traditionally a family affair in Seville. After a feast of fish and white wine, once the clock strikes twelve each member of the family frantically tries to eat twelve grapes, one at each stroke of midnight. This tradition is said to bring good luck for the New Year.
In Seville, this day is marked with a huge parade through the city where Los Reyes Magos throw sweets and small plastic toys to the people who have lined the streets in their thousands to see the spectacle. This huge celebration marks the end of the holidays.