Ever wanted to go on a city break in Seville? This stunning place is definitely worth every day that you spend there! Make yourself a favour and use one of the many car rental services available there to guarantee a seamless travel experience. Once you decide which attractions you crave to see and book your car hire, you’re ready to discover the wonders of Andalusia.
Seville is the capital (and at the same time the biggest city) of Andalusia region in the southwest of Spain. Without a doubt, it is one of the most interesting spots of the Iberian Peninsula. Only in the old town, you can find three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and it’s just the beginning of what the city has to offer. Apart from picturesque views, sports fans will surely associate this name with a successful football club that is based there, Sevilla FC.
It’s really difficult to get bored there because the city is filled with beautiful landmarks. Probably the most impressive one is a gigantic gothic cathedral with bell tower La Giralda. But there’s one very distinctive trait of buildings of the Iberian Peninsula that catches the eye of every tourist. On the façades rules an intricate combination of shapes and colors thanks to lovely tiles (Spanish: azulejo) placed on the wall. You will have a chance to admire them when taking a stroll in the city.
Seville’s population of over 690.000 people (around 1.5 million in the metropolitan area) makes it the largest city of the region and the fourth-largest in Spain. Despite being located further inland, the capital of Andalusia boasts its harbor based 80 km (50 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean. This unique structure is the only river port in the country. If thinking about the ocean and harbor makes you want to travel more, you can have a look at popular destinations nearby include Malaga, Cordoba, and Cadiz.
If summer is not your favourite season of the year, you may want to consider visiting Seville in a different time. In July and August, the temperatures often reach more than 35 degrees. However, winters are rather mild with an average temperature around 11 degrees. Regardless of the weather, tourists can indulge themselves in cute restaurants, of which there are plenty in the city, where they can try delicious Spanish tapas and local wines.
In Seville, the historic old town itself is of quite a significant size. It was one of the largest cities during medieval times. Fortunately, using a rental car will let you see all the hidden gems without getting too exhausted. What you definitely can’t miss is Alcazar. Some tourists can recognize this royal palace from a popular TV Series, Game of Thrones. Even if you don’t, it’s a guaranteed incredible experience. From the airport, the trip of roughly 15 km (9 mi) is estimated to take around 20 minutes.
If you wish to escape the heat for a little while, an ideal option is Isla Magica. Sevilla’s “magic island” is a theme park where you can enjoy not only typical attractions like roller coasters or cinematic shows but also a sizeable lake. There you can easily cool and relax. Pack all the necessary accessories in a car and you’re set to go. The park is located 12 km (7.5 mi) from the airport and it takes about 15 minutes to get there.
If you wish to explore cities outside Seville, well worth a visit is ancient Cadiz, with its iconic white buildings and more than a hundred watchtowers. Visitors can take a walk through squares bustling with life and visit a local fish market to try fresh delicacies. It’s quite an easy trip from Seville which should take less than 1.5h. The distance between the cities is approximately 130 km (81 mi).
There is one airport located close to Seville which is known by the names San Pablo Airport or simply Seville Airport. Every year more than 5 million passengers pass through it. It is situated not too far away from the city centre, around 10 km (6 mi) north-east of Seville.
At the airport, travelers can find multiple car rental options. There are different offers and cars to choose from, a wide variety of brands and models, from luxurious to utility vehicles. Moreover, the prices here are really good, especially when compared to other Spanish airports. Available companies include Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, National Atesa and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
There are several services available at the Seville Aiport. Passengers waiting for the flight to Paris, London, Rome, Lisbon or any of the other destinations, are welcome to visit outlet shops or rest at the food venues and cafes. What’s interesting, the beautiful architecture inside the building is supposed to represent highlights of Sevillian culture.
Driving around the old town district of Seville can be a bit tricky as some parts can have restricted access for cars. It’s certainly good to have a rental GPS or online maps to help with navigating through the streets. Usually, it’s easier to use parking lots than look for a spot as the latter can take a solid amount of your time. It’s worth noticing that during siesta time some of the parking lots are free.
As usual, look out for the roadworks and rush hours and you won’t have to worry too much about traffic. The roads are generally in good condition and motorways are a pleasure to drive on. When it comes to the speed limits on Spanish roads, there are some general guidelines: 120 kph (74.5 mph) on motorways, 90 kph (56 mph) on single carriageway roads and 50 kph (31 mph) in towns.