Dangers & Annoyances
- Seville is not a dangerous city but petty theft and pickpocketing can be a problem. Watch out at big sites such as Plaza de España and the Catedral.
- On exiting the cathedral you might be approached by women offering sprigs of rosemary. If you take one, they will want to read your palm, after which they'll expect payment. Your best bet is to ignore them or offer an assertive no.
Emergency & Important Numbers
Gay & Lesbian Travellers
Seville has a thriving gay scene. The Alameda de Hércules is a popular hangout with many gay-friendly bars and eateries. There are also several hotels in the city that identify themselves as gay-friendly.
For listings of gay and gay-friendly accommodation, bars, areas and associations check out www.travelgayeurope.com and www.patroc.com/seville.
Free wi-fi is almost universally available in hotels and hostels. Some also offer computer terminals for guests' use.
A few cafes, bars and restaurants also offer wi-fi but they are the exception rather than the rule.
Connection speed is usually pretty good.
Opening hours have some seasonal variations. Some places, for example, stay open later in the summer and many close for a short period in August. The following listed hours are the standard hours.
Banks 8.30am–2pm Monday to Friday; some also open 9am–1pm Saturday
Night-time bars and clubs 9pm or 10pm–3am or later
Restaurants 1pm–4pm and 8pm–midnight
Shops 9.30am or 10am–2pm and 5pm–9pm Monday to Saturday; many larger department stores stay open throughout the day, typically 10am–9pm.
Supermarkets 9am–9pm Monday to Saturday
Tourist information is readily available at official tourist offices throughout the city.
Tourist staff generally speak English.
Travel with Children
Seville is a kid-friendly city with a largely pedestrianised centre and numerous parks and free play areas.
Kid-friendly sights and activities include the following:
Isla Mágica Big amusement park targeted at kids over 10.
Museo Casa de La Ciencia Science museum with hands-on displays.
Pabellon de la Navegación Has interactive exhibits illustrating Seville's maritime history.
Cruceros Torre del Oro River cruises
Food-wise, ice cream and churros (long, deep-fried doughnuts) are reliable kid-pleasers.
Baby formula can be bought at farmacias (pharmacies). Disposable panales (nappies/diapers) are available in supermarkets and farmacias.
Children under three travel free on city buses.
Travellers with Disabilities
Wheelchair accessibility is a bit hit and miss in Seville. The city is flat and much of the centre is pedestrianised but uneven street surfaces and small pavements in the Barrio de Santa Cruz make getting around tricky.
Legally, bars and public places must be wheelchair accessible but while some are – many museums are, for example – many bars and restaurants are not. Similarly, some upscale hotels offer wheelchair access but many accommodation options do not.
If you call for a taxi, ask for a 'eurotaxi', which should be adapted for wheelchair users.
You can download a Guide to Accessible Tourism in Seville from the official tourist website: www.visitasevilla.es.