It is definitely advisable to bring good walking shoes with you! Sevilla - especially the old quarters of Santa Cruz and Triana have lots of cobble stone streets and this can be quite hurtful on your feet without the right shoes!
We were in Sevilla in September and we did encounter everything from 32°C and sunshine all the way to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms. Do pack accordingly!
Photo Equipment: loads of memory cards (or films)! Extra batteries or battery charger! We even brought a second rechargeable battery with us, which at times was a good decision!
Miscellaneous: Good guide book(s)
If you happen to carry any electrical stuff like hair dryers or just a simple charger for your mobile telephone - you will have to take into account that the electrical systems admit only the 2 pin round plug as shown in the picture. If you are coming in from Britain you might want to buy an adapter to be able to use your stuff in Spain. It may be a little difficult to get it in any normal electrical store. If you happen to have a El Corte Ingles department store near you - they sell adapters for different systems.
The Spanish system is compatible with most European plug sockets – except mainly for the British 3 pin plug - so get that adapter.
Climatically, the ideal times to travel to Sevilla are April to June and September to the first half of October. This is when temperatures are manageable and it doesn't get too hot. It will start to get unpleasantly hot towards the end of June and the beginning of July, when daytime temperatures can reach a sweltering +40°C.
There are quite a lot of tourists (both Spanish and foreign), but the locals sensibly flee the city for breezier coastal regions. I would not recommend Seville for kids or elderly during the peak summer months (July & August), since the heats can get pretty unbearable.
Take some sensible shoes because you are likely walk a lot and allow some leave way for swelling of your feet (You can't avoid swelling) and summer clothes, but I noticed that even when it was nearly +40, the locals tend to wear long skirts and trousers even if they were wearing short sleeves/no sleeves at all.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There may be mosquitos in Seville. There were some in my room and I got bitten pretty much everywhere.
Luggage and bags:
If you are travelling Anywhere and using a Rucksack / Backpack as your luggage then I would Strongly recommend that you use some form of Rucksack / Backpack Pro-tector !!
This tip is from my own personal experience, as I have had Big Problems having my Rucksack damaged or even destroyed by airlines, particularly on Airport Carousels,
What can happen is that one of the straps can drop in-between the lats on the moving Carousel and then as your Rucksack goes around a corner, the strap gets ripped off, I lost the entire back and carrying system from one of my rucksacks !! You Definitely don't want this to happen, Especially on the way out to start walking your Camino !!
As The Rucksack Pro-Tector has the second function as a water-resistant liner for your rucksack. It is a particularly useful piece of kit for Camino walking, Other rucksack protectors leave you with the problem of having to carry it around with you for the walk with no useful function !!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I have tried many of the Rucksack / Backpack Protectors that are available on the market and was disappointed with how they performed, So after having many problems with these decided to design and manufacture my own.
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Rucksack, Safely arriving inside it's Rucksack Pro-Tector
Luggage and bags:
If you are staying in Santa Cruz and have one of those wheely bags, beware that the district is mainly cobbled streets, so you might have to double check that you can manage to lift the bag as well!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During the summer, light clothes, and a hat.
During the winter; layers as in the mornings it`s cool or even cold, and then it can get up towards 15-20 mid afternoon..
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen!!!
Photo Equipment: Digital cameras are the way to go... Otherwise bring loads of film and go snap happy :)
Oh, and camera batteries....
Miscellaneous: If you wear high heels a lot, take in mind that you are more than likely to have to take them to the shoemaker after your stay in Sevilla (if you have walked around Santa Cruz and the area around the Cathedral) as the cobbled streets seem to eat the heels away...
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
bring your own dental floss if you want any,
its really expensive here, and I´ve only found it in farmacias..
lubricant (yes you know what I´m talking about) is REALLY expensive... bring your own if you use it.
If you don´t like strong smelling toiletries.. well this isn´t the place for you.. go to a herbalisteria, they (might) have something a little more tolerable, the same goes for those of you who want organic or cruelty free products.. although the latter is more easily found than the first.
Allergy pills are not a big thing here, I´m glad I brought a mega mega pack of generic claritin with me from the States. You may need them more than you think. I´ll let you know what I find here on this, if you don´t have your own. Still looking for non-drowsy pills.
Luggage and bags:
Actually, you DON'T NEED to pack too many clothings because dresses/ clothes are pretty INEXPENSIVE here in Spain. Yes, go to Spain with a half-filled luggage and you WON'T be disappointed.
If you choose to go in October, better still. It's SALE time. Olé!!
A rule of thumb: DO plan your wardrobe in such a way that you'll have no problem mixing and matching your outfits and it should bring you from day to night. So in this instance, that little black dress WILL come in VERY handy for those nights when you're out partying at night or out sightseeing in the day at a local museum! :-))
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sevilla in Autumm can be hot too especially in the afternoons. Their nights are breezy & cool. So, no need to wear warm jackets when you're out walking the streets at night.
If you wish to blend in with the locals - dress like them. Smart casuals and/or elegant outfits only please. Nothing dorky! ;-)
The following is a rough guide on what I'd pack along with me for an Autumn vacation to the South of Spain (Andalucia) where the weather is more Mediterranean-like:
(1) 1 pair of jeans (in black or denim blue).
(2) 1 short skirt OR skorts
(3) 1 pair of shorts/ bermudas.
(4) 2 summer dresses.
(5) 3 or 4 cotton t-shirts/ tank tops
(6) 1 pair of sandals
(7) 1 pair of evening shoes
(8) 1 little black dress (which doubles up for day + evening events). The trendy crowd of Sevilla do dress up when they go out to party. Go ahead knock 'em dead (the guys, I mean) with your amazing dress sense!
(9) 2 nightgowns/ pyjamas.
(10) 1 bathing suit.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: DON'T forget to transfer your precious Clarifying toners and astringent, foaming cleanser, Advanced Night Repair/ Vibrant night creams et al into small plastic containers - to save luggage space.
Photo Equipment: Go high-tech, baby! Go high-tech. Nothing less than a digital camera will do.
And if you must snap a picture of that hot hunk or sexy lady in Sevilla (to show off to your friends back home at what they are missing out), I suggest you bring along your new high-tech mobile phone which doubles up as a spy-camera and video recorder! ;-)
Ah, the wonders of modern technology!
Luggage and bags:
As you know Seville is one of the warmest cities in Europa, so you shoulnd´t carry back-bags or heavy bags if you dont´t want to die thirsty. The city is plain, so you don´t have to worry about slopes (it´s ideal for riding).
I found the picture in internet. I remember this year! It was horrible!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are comming in summer, be prepared for an extreme hot, so take light clothes. In winter it´s not too cold, between 5ºC and 16ºC, I think. From November to March, mornings and nights could be a little cold, but never less than 2ºC. During summer afternoons, 42ºC is a very usual temperature.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nothing special. If you have any problem, there is a lot of pharmacies around the city.
Photo Equipment: Seville is a tourist city, so there is films and batteries everywhere.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you decide to go to the beach, it´s only one hour from Seville. There are frecuently buses to Cadiz and Huelva provinces everyday. They leave from "Plaza de Armas" (take care, there are two bus station in the city)
Miscellaneous: If you can read spanish I also recommend you the page where I found the picture:
He write in a sevillian style and most of the things are interesting to read.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be prepared for extreme hot weather in summer and take really light clothes. Always carry a bottle of water with you.Even in winter it's still pretty warm, I was there in late November and was still wearing t-shirt.
Luggage and bags:
Pack light. Don't carry a lot of bags, especially if you have rented a car and are staying in the Barrio de Santa Cruz as the parking lots are few and far between. I also learned not to use a lock on my suitcase - the airline lost my luggage and rather than delivering it to my hotel as they said they would, I had to go to the airport to unlock the lock so customs could check it - which took about 5 seconds.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes are a must. The streets resemble cobblestone and could be killer for heels.
Miscellaneous: Horarios: los monumentos y museos suelen cambiar los horarios de visita,
por lo que es conveniente consultar. En general, desde octubre hasta marzo
abren de 9.30 a 13.30 y de 16.30 a 18 o 20. Durante la temporada alta
permanecen abiertos todo el día.
Más información: Oficina de Turismo de España, Carlos Pellegrini 1163,
3er. piso (4328-9664); Oficina Cultural de España, Paraná 1159.
Luggage and bags:
I would recommend a type of baggage with wheels on it, and something other than a backpack. Travellers who use luggage are treated better. Of course always leave space in your bag for purchases. There are many wonderful things to buy in Sevilla.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't forget your umbrella in spring. I neglected to bring one and was rained on two of three days. Also, bring a good pair of walking shoes that you won't mind getting dirty (something washable).
Photo Equipment: Always bring extra batteries, zip-lock type baggies, and loads of film. I usually took 4-6 rolls out a day. I also got into the habit of using little index cards to write notes on what I was photographing (including type of film, # of exposures, b&w/color, date & location). They turned out to be a great tool at identifying photos I had forgotten about.
We were here in June, so packing for the heat was essential.
Miscellaneous: If you're sensitive to the sun, don't be afraid to carry an umbrella
When you visit in february be sure to bring an umbrella. Otherwise you could end up like we did. Hiding under an overpass waiting for the rain to stop.
Almost everybody there carried an umbrella.
Don't forget to bring comfortable footwear to walk. You didn't need coat once last February.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You won't need too many medicines, there are many pharmacies in the city.