Having just returned from Seville, I wanted to share my experience for anyone travelling solo to this city. Its always good to know how easy it is to get to locations when your alone, what there is to do, and how accessible everything is.
I travelled from Southampton to Luton by train to Waterloo, Bakerloo to Embankment, circle to Blackfriars. From here everything was well signposted for the trains direct to Luton Parkway, and a short 7-minute bus to Luton airport. I stayed in the Hilton Hampton as my flight was at 7.15am and did not want to go through London so early in the morning, my driving is terrible. The hotel was a 1 min walk from Luton parkway, you see as soon as the train pulls up. Hotel was less than £60.00, which was great to get a good night’s sleep. Rooms were excellent and a kettle with coffee/tea in each room, as well as a fully stocked bar and great food, they make you feel very welcome being alone I felt very safe. The following morning, they start a continental breakfast at 4.30am, this is included in the price and a full breakfast at 6.30am. Buses run to the airport every 15 min right outside the hotel for £1.40, or a taxi will cost you £15.00 and takes 7 minutes.
Luton airport is easy to get through, if you checked in prior with no check in luggage, you only need to arrive 1-hour prior, for me it was 45 minutes. Not a large airport so easy to navigate around, some great shopping if you prefer to walk around, or some bars if you prefer a drink.
Arriving into Seville airport, everything was signposted in English, so for me easy to find the bus. Going downtown to Seville you can catch a bus or taxi; the bus is easy enough and only €5.00 euro. You can collect a map from the airport to help with directions, so you do not get lost, the bus also announces each stop prior, so you do not get lost.
I stayed in an Airbnb, excellent location in the centre of the old town. There was a good selection of hotels downtown at various prices, if this is your preference.
Getting around the city is pretty much all within walking, but you can also do the open top bus if your walking abilities are not the best. The architecture is absolutely out of this world, wow, you could walk forever around this city.
The first evening I attended a food and wine pairing evening with Airbnb experiences £45.00pp. This includes 7 tasting dishes and 7 wines to compliment the experience. By attending these experiences, you get to share an evening with other English-speaking people, I had 2 Americans and 3 Canadians guests, it was so much fun and worth the money.
The following evening, I decided to try out a flamenco show, again there are many around Seville, and to be honest many dancing on the street. I wanted to see what a private show would offer, and the one I chose was a small theatre holding only 30 persons. It was very intimate and welcoming for anyone going solo. There was one dancer, singer and guitar player, but what entertainment they offered, for only €20.00, an absolute bargain. See below for quick video.
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Directly after the show, I stopped to engage in some sangria and tapas, and there are so many around, it’s difficult to choose. Luckily, I again chose the perfect place where the staff made you feel welcome, as did the other guests. Seville is super friendly, not once did I feel I was travelling alone, there was always someone talking to me. The vibe of the city is electric, many people out on the streets (and it was chilly), all age groups. Bands, singers, dancers were going until the early morning, I’m not sure I would want to live in one of the cities apartments.
I could not recommend Seville enough to any solo traveller wanting to explore a city in Spain, friendly, safe, stunning, and extremely inexpensive.
TRANSPORT: Very easy to get in and out of Seville by direct flights from Edinburgh, Gatwick, Stanstead and Luton. Getting from the airport to the Centre by bus and taxi, don’t forget to pick up your map.
GETTING AROUND: Walking, tram and open deck bus, the Old Town, with an area of 4 square kilometres, contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites
WHAT TO EAT: Tapas, oranges (pick direct from the trees) fish
Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville, Spain. It is situated on the plain of the river Guadalquivir. The inhabitants of the city are known as sevillanos or hispalenses, after the Roman name of the city, Hispalis. Seville has a municipal population of about 690,000 as of 2016, and a metropolitan population of about 1.5 million, making it the fourth-largest city in Spain and the 30th most populous municipality in the European Union. Its Old Town, with an area of 4 square kilometres, contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. The Seville harbour, located about 80 kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean, is the only river port in Spain. Seville is also the hottest major metropolitan area in the geographical Southwestern Europe, with summer average high temperatures of above 35 °C.