Visit Seville during the month of May
May is the best spring month, the month of flowers. It is the quintessential month for enjoying green spaces where the trees are filled with leaves and flowers, offering pleasant shade. In Seville, the weather stabilises around this time and offers predominantly sunny days, some of which can be quite hot. Visiting Seville in May is a great idea.
What's on in Seville in May
The area by the Guadalquivir River becomes fully active. Take a walk alongside it, along the Paseo Marques de Contadero, next to the Paseo de Colon, or Juan Carlos I, next to Torneo or head to Las Delicias docks with its aquarium.
Cross to the Triana side and enjoy the views from Calle Betis, Paseo de Nuestra Señora de la O, or via the new pedestrian access points next to the river at Isla Mágica. This can be complemented by a boat tour on the Guadalquivir.
Visit María Luisa Park with its abundant gardens and take in the atmosphere in the Plaza de España and the Plaza de América. Their shaded areas, lakes, ponds and the murmur of fountains create a wonderful place where you can relax.
Fans of nature and ecology can visit El Alamillo Peri-Urban Park, which is open until 10 pm during the month of May. It is a green space where you can go birdwatching and sight other species.
Other activities you can enjoy include a visit to the ruins of Itálica in Santiponce or climb the Sagrado Corazón monument in San Juan de Aznalfarache to enjoy magnificent views of Seville.
Walks in the centre
After Seville's main celebrations draw to a close, the centre returns to normality with its everyday hustle and bustle. May is the perfect month for a walk through its many squares: Alameda (filled with events and people heading out for the evening), La Encarnación (with its sunshades) and San Francisco y Nueva (in the heart of the centre with frequent events, such as the Book Fair and Handcraft Fair). Other charming squares include Plaza del Triunfo (next to the cathedral), Plaza de Doña Elvira and Plaza de Santa Cruz (in our neighbourhood, with the latter next to Murillo Gardens and near Prado Gardens).
In Triana you should visit Plaza del Altozano and Calle Betis.
Las Delicias Docks, with its ferris wheel and aquarium, is another popular place.
Like every month of the year, during May you can enjoy the different flamenco "tablaos" and shows in the city, in its historic centre or in Orillas de Triana (a flamenco school) on Calle Castilla. The Caja Sol Cultural Centre on Calle Laraña schedules Flamenco Thursdays.
During this time of year the football season normally comes to a close with matches in the stadiums of Sevilla and Real Betis. The Seville Triathlon also takes place on Isla de la Cartuja.
Every Sunday in May and on the Día del Corpus usually sees interesting fights with young bulls in the Maestranza.
Street markets, fairs and other events
Year round in the city you can enjoy varied street markets.
May hosts the traditional Book Fair in Plaza Nueva, accompanied by cultural events. Next to the Archive of the Indies is the Handcraft Fair “Hecho en Sevilla” (http://www.artesaniasevillana.org/wp-content/uploads//2016/04/Listado-Artesanos.pdf) and at the local council, the Bicycle Fair in Seville.
Fairs and events continue at the Conference Centre, Fibes Sevilla, including the Science Fair so citizens can dive into scientific knowledge.
Along with cultural activities in theatres and auditoriums in the city, there is also the Festival Territorios de Sevilla, which is dedicated to current music, and varying shows at the Festival Sevilla Suena, which runs from September to June.