Haley Shapley


When Not to Visit

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Every year, Sevilla puts on two must-attend events: Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Feria de Abril (April Fair). The Catholic Holy Week is marked by processions of floats winding through town, each sharing a piece of the story of Easter. Two weeks later, April Fair offers the chance to dress up and celebrate in casetas (tents) that line the Guadalquivir River. With dancing, music, tapas, parades, and more, this weeklong affair attracts both locals and tourists. September and October are other busy months in the year. The average high in July and August is 95, with September a bit cooler at 90.

In the shoulder-season month of June, the weather is warm but not yet sweltering. It’s perfect biking weather, made easy by the relatively recent addition of automated bike rentals. For about $15 a week, you can check out a bike from stations all across town. Use it for 30 minutes or less each time and there’s no additional charge; each hour after that is a few bucks.

Crowds dissipate from November to February, and then again at the height of summer, thanks to a scorching average temperature during July and August. The winter sees average temps in the 60s. Use the low season to visit some of Sevilla’s most popular attractions (without the lines), such as the Alcázar, a Mudéjar-style building that’s a Moorish fort turned royal palace, and the nearby cathedral, a grand example of Gothic architecture and the resting place of Christopher Columbus.