This blog post was originally posted on July 23, 2015, and was updated on July 1, 2019.
Ask a local about the best things to do in Seville in August, and they’ll probably tell you to head to the nearest beach.
While that’s a tempting idea, it would mean missing out on everything that Seville itself has to offer. It’s true that Andalusia’s capital is a scorcher during the summer months (it’s the hottest city in continental Europe, after all), but if you’re up for beating the heat, you’ll be glad you did so.
Hotel rooms are relatively cheap (just be sure to get one with a pool!), the city takes on a quiet and laid-back vibe, and worst-case scenario, the beach is just a quick train ride away.
Sound good? Here’s what you need to know about visiting Seville in August.
1. Visit a water park
What better time to visit a water park than in August? Not only does the heat gives you a good excuse to cool off, but said parks won’t be nearly as crowded as you think. After all, August is prime beach vacation time for the locals.
Perfect for the young and young-at-heart alike, Aquopolis is open from 12–8 p.m. every day during August. After a hot morning spent sightseeing, cool off on their abundance of water slides or just take a relaxing swim.
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2. Enjoy an evening concert in the Alcazar gardens
What’s better than a summer concert? When said summer concert takes place outside. And as far as outdoor venues go, you can’t get much better than the Alcázar gardens.
The stunning ancient palace’s annual summer concert series continues throughout August, with all performances taking place in the breathtaking gardens. Get ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy one amazing performance after another all summer long.
2019 dates: June 27–September 21
3. Relax at a rooftop bar
One other great thing about summer (besides outdoor concerts): rooftop bars. And luckily for you and for us, Seville has plenty of them.
While many local bars and restaurants close for their summer holidays during August, rooftops throughout the city are open for business as usual all month long. The stunning views, great drinks, and fun vibes make it well worth the heat you’ve likely tolerated all day.
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4. Check out Seville’s museums
First, they aren’t as crowded as usual, due to the fact that August is a little quieter in Seville. And secondly, two words: air conditioning.
Whether you’re after art, ceramics or archaeology, there’s something for everyone at Seville’s fabulous museums. They’re also quite affordable and can easily fit into any budget, with some entrance fees as low as €1.50.
5. Take a day trip and swim in a waterfall
With Seville as your home base, Andalusia really is your oyster. Just rent a car from one of the many companies available at Santa Justa train station, and you’ll be well on your way to exploring.
A great option for a day trip from Seville during the scorching summer is the Cascadas de Hueznar, located in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla national park. It’s about an hour’s drive north of Seville and just 2 kilometers from the village of San Nicolás.
To find the waterfalls, follow the signs to “Area Recreativa El Martinete” and park at the restaurant. The waterfalls themselves tumble into a series of pools that are perfect for swimming. The water is on the chilly side, but considering the fact that you’re visiting Seville in August, this might be just what you’re looking for.