The capital city of Andalusia region in Southern Spain is Seville. It is known for its remarkable archaeological treasures, beautiful historic buildings, and lush green mountaintops. On the other hand, the people of Seville are known for their dance. When you reach the city, car hire at Seville airport will allow you to go to your hotel, park your car and take a rest. Buses and taxis can be found easily, but if you wish to explore the maximum number of places at your terms, car hire in Seville is the best option for you.
Basic info and car hire in Seville
- Location: Andalusia, Spain
- Population: 690,566
- Official language: Spanish
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Weather: Seville’s weather sufficiently complex to be referred to as Mediterranean climate yet during summers it seems almost like a North African city. Average temperature during the winter is 11 degrees Celsius. During the summer, the temperatures exceed 30 degrees Celsius very often. Rainfall amounts to 21.7 inches per year, which is very limited. During the summer it almost never rains. Therefore, winter is the best time to visit Seville if you want to avoid high temperatures.
- Public holidays in Seville: If you wish to plan your travel to Seville according to national holidays, you can check the office holidays here.
- Internet coverage: There are internet cafes all around Seville which you will encounter at certain intervals. You can check the available cafes at Trip Advisor. Besides these internet cafes, there are Wi-Fi hotspots in malls and restaurants. You can also buy a SIM and subscribe an internet package if you plan to stay longer.
- Road conditions: Roads in Seville are in fairly good quality and drivers do not face difficulty with lots of potholes. However, the network of roads is also complex, thereby making the navigation a little challenging. Therefore, it is advised to keep maps with you for navigation. The best approach would be to use Google Maps for real-time navigation.
Driving in Seville
Every great experience comes with its own challenges, and so is the case with being in Seville. Driving in the cities is convenient but busy, just like in other parts of the world. Driving in the country side might pose little challenge because of sharp turns and steep roads. However, these come with the magnificent views of the mountaintops. The main roads marked as “N-x” (N-1, N-2 etc.) are well-maintained roads. Regarding the car safety, be very cautious about where you park your car, and don’t leave valuables in the car. The reason is car-theft which is very common for foreigners. Nonetheless, the beautiful mountains and the distinct places in Seville are worth taking many precautions.
- Age limits: You are required to be above 18 years of age to be eligible for driving in Seville. Sometimes, the agencies offering car hire in Seville demand that you’re above 21 years old, so you need to look at that too.
- International Driving Permit: The US driver’s license is valid in Seville. Besides that, an international driving permit has been made mandatory by law.
- Additional papers: Car hire in Seville requires you to have a residence permit of 6 months or less if you’re not coming as a tourist.
- Additional requirements: Reiterating what was mentioned above, you must either be a tourist, or you should have a residence permit to be in Seville.
- Children in the car: If you are with children under 12 years of age, do not have them sit in the front seat.
- Driving side of the road: Right Hand Side
- Lights: The number of traffic lights have recently increased, and you’ll see traffic lights everywhere in Spain. You’d see the standard three colours in the traffic lights in Seville.
- General speed limits: On highways, make sure that you do not exceed 120km/h while on main roads the maximum allowed speed is 100km/h. On main roads and double lane roads, the limit is 90 km/h while in the inner roads, the limit is 50km/h.
- Parking suggestions: Some public parking options in Seville are Plaza de Armas bus station, Marques de Paradas/NH Plaza de Armas hotel, Arjona/Paseo Cristóbal Colon, Jardines de Murillo
Plaza de la Concordia (underneath main branch of El Corte Ingles), Puerta de Jerez (next to Hotel Alfonso XIII), Plaza Nueva (Calle Albareda). Besides these, you can find the nearby parking facilities (free and paid) wherever you go by visiting Parkopedia.
What to see in Seville
Seville is a place with many destinations that you would find it challenging to reach the quarter of that list even if you’ve got week-long holidays. The area is a blend of history and modern life that makes the place interesting for all kinds of people; Seville, however, is a treat for people who are fond of archaeology and beautiful, historical buildings and cathedrals. For football fans, the Football Club Sevilla is a point of attraction. Get in contact with agencies offering car hire in Seville and plan your journey to get the best out of it.
Our favourite spots
The high-in-demand tourist place Real Alcazar is a marvellous piece of architecture, comprising beautiful garden and a wonderful vibe. However, it’s the history of the place that you can only get to know with a guided tour. Therefore, it is advised that you pre-book your ticket online to avoid long queues and that you include a guided tour in your package. Trees with the widely known Seville (Bigarade) oranges are also spotted in the garden orchards.
You’ll find several parking options (paid and free of charge) near the Real Alcazar. Visit Parkopedia to book a parking option of your choice – the one that suits you.
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana offers breath-taking views and the exclusive tourist experience that brings thousands of people to Seville. It features an archaeological masterpiece with mosaics in various colours, boats to rent, and bridges with the ultimate romantic moments for couples. Walk around this place and you’ll be back in the fresh mood, away from the hassle in your work-life.
Choose a parking place from among a large number of parking options here.
Museum of Fine Arts
From 18th century till 20th, the Museum of Fine Arts portrays art works from the medieval times with a choice selection of paintings from the Golden Age of Sevillian artistry. Mostly presenting the religious side of Spain, the masterpieces of art take you through the pages of history.
You can check for available parking places and book it here.
Jardines de los Reales Alcazares
A beautiful palace extending to a vast oasis of lush green grounds is what defines the Jardines de los Reales Alcazares. Some highlights of the place include flowers and trees in well-laid-out setting, ponds, pavilions, and peacocks.
Check the available parking options here and pre-book your parking space for ultimate convenience.
Hotels in Seville
Drive your rental car around Seville
The beauty and history of Seville can never be understood completely if you confine yourself merely in Seville. If you get a chance, try exploring the regions close by with car hire in Seville.
Where to eat, drink and party in Seville
The restaurant extends finest tapas, wines, and cocktails coupled with distinct Andalusian culinary. The famous chef Carles Abellan keeps the customers lost in the taste of the food he cooks. Head over to this restaurant to experience a variety of eating options, all in the finest taste.
Specializing in traditional Sevillian food, the El Mirador Restaurant is the perfect place to experience local Sevillian cuisine in a fine, comfortable environment.
The oldest Sevillian bar El Rinconcillo dates to the 17th century. It offers a traditional, history-inspired environment and one of the best tapas that give you an essence of the typical Andalusian-Mozarabic Food.
The famous café in London and New York has its presence in Seville, where it is located at a walking distance from the famous Royal Alcazar. A distinct range of eating options at the Hard Rock Café will make your visit worthwhile.
Major events and festivals in Seville
Spain is known for its festivals and fiestas, where there are not only national celebrations, but every village may also have its unique festival.
CarnivalThe carnival takes place for an entire month of February.
Once a year, an entire month is dedicated to carnival celebrations, featuring the best extravaganza, colour and glitter, glamour, and parties all over Spain. The Carnival attracts not only locals but foreigners as well.
With traditional dances, music, several events and activities, August Fair happens in Malaga with all of the joys of dance tents and food stalls.
BoloncierroThe event takes place in August each year.
In Mataelpino village in Madrid, a fun event named Boloncierro takes place in which the participants run with a giant rolling plastic ball weighing 150 Kg, trying to escape it. For children, smaller painted balls are made to let them enjoy the same way.
The world-famous La Tomatina festival takes place in Bunol. The tradition started 70 years ago. Thousands of people participate in tomato fight after an entire week of fairs, parties, and street markets. Only 20,000 people can become a part of this festival, but the tickets are sold out in a blink of an eye.