Seville Gay Travel
wolfyy’s Seville gay travel recommendations for where to stay, local experiences, incredible tapas & gay bars.
The Gay Travel Experience: Seville, Spain
Seville gay life is wonderfully slow-paced, full of delicious tapas restaurants and never too chilly. There is a large population of gay men in Seville and these friendly Spaniards are easy to make friends with!
I explored Seville as a solo traveler and met several friends, one of which was a gay guy who showed me around a few local tapas restaurants. I also befriended one of my homestay hosts, who was happy to chat in Spanish about my travels. The people of Seville are kind, expressive and love their local beer!
Seville gay travel is ideal for people interested in exploring southern Spain’s Andalucía region. The south of Spain is very gay friendly and many establishments advertising themselves as such.
Gay Seville: Hotels & Where to Stay
Seville is actually a pretty big city. It can take about 45 minutes to traverse the historic area by foot. It’s best to search for accommodations close to the attractions or areas you want to visit.
I stayed in a charming homestay in the Santa Catalina neighborhood for my entire visit to Seville. Santa Catalina has a good number of cafés, restaurants and bars away from more touristic areas. It’s the fringe of authentic Seville.
Things become much more touristic as you approach the riverfront. I recommend staying further east as mentioned earlier. You’ll be able to avoid the crowds nestled away in a cozy spot along one of Seville’s quaint roadways.
Lastly, I would definitely areas around the Santa Justa train station. They’re simply not as pretty and don’t embody the true beauty of Seville. While they might be cheaper, you’ll likely find places to be a bit drab.
Seville Gay Travel Experiences
Spend a couple hours at the Archivos de Indias, a Seville Museum that shows Spanish Empire documents. The Archivos de Indias is a UNESCO listed historical archive.
The museum is housed in a beautiful Renaissance building. When I visited, there were no lines, it was peaceful inside, and it was completely free to enter!
The Setas de Sevilla are an iconic tourist attraction that all gay travelers should at least pass by. It’s never overcrowded, so you can definitely sit down and peacefully take in the structure’s beauty. There is lots to do nearby. Grab an espresso at a nearby café.
If you’re a fan of street art, walk by the east side of Puente del Cristo de la Expiración to see tons of graffiti-covered walls. It’s a bit of a spooky area that I stumbled upon, but it was pretty cool!
Seville Gay Travel: Fantastic Parks
Walk along the riverfront near Jardines de Chapina, a serene area to sit along the water. You’ll probably see a bunch of rowers and canoes racing down the river. It’s a great place to watch the sunset or just listen to the sounds of water.
The Jardin de Murillo was one of the most peaceful spots I visited in Seville. The open pathways and gardens surrounded by tall palm trees greenery are so relaxing. So relaxing that while laying on a park bench in the sun, I actually fell asleep!
Best Tapas Restaurants in Seville
You can’t leave Seville without some authentic Spanish tapas! There are dozens of tapas bars in central Seville, but make sure you get a seat at a local favorite.
Mamarracha was the absolute best Seville tapas restaurant in my opinion. Their style is modern and the plate presentations are gorgeous.
Mamarracha is a little more pricey than other tapas spots, but you cannot miss this place! Make sure to make a reservation at least a couple days in advance to be sure you get a table.
Calle Mateos Gago is a lovely area full of small tapas restaurants. Most of them are quite cheap. This little area of Seville is best for very informal meals.
Tapas places on this street are not most highly rated, but they can get the job done if you want dinner for 10 Euros or less! I had a nice meal at La Moderna and had no complaints at all.
A Haircut by a “Barber of Seville”
I needed a haircut while in Seville and subsequently had one of the most fun barber shop experiences of my life. La Navaja Barber Shop has the most Instagram photo-worthy interior you could imagine. The perfected details will make your eyes widen.
The shop is owned by an English, Spanish and Portuguese speaking man from South America. It’s one of the best in Seville and is certainly well known!
The Seville Cathedral: Is It Worth It?
I personally skipped the Seville Cathedral, even though it is an extremely popular tourist attraction.
Although I’m sure it is beautiful inside, I could not justify spending not only the money to enter, but then the long amount of time to wait in line amongst other tourists. It didn’t seem it would be much of an authentic experience.
Taste Local Andalusian Beer
Three major beer companies dominate southern Spain. Most visible throughout the city will be Cruzcampo. You will see the name on many umbrellas along street-side tapas bars and restaurants.
The Cruzcampo Gran Riserva is not only delicious and classic, but it’s very cheap! They also make a great Pilsner Lager.
The second name to keep on your mind is Alhambra. This brand has a few more varieties including Especial, Mezquita and Negra. The third beer company is San Miguel, also local to Seville.
Seville Gay Bars
Men to Men Bar is a gay bar in Seville I recommend stopping by. Check out some of the Men to Men Bar Event Photos. The crowd is usually a bit on the mature side. Everyone is super fun and easy to talk to. Go grab a drink!
ITACA is another local gay bar in Seville that has a darker vibe. It is best from Thursday through Sunday. I personally did not get a chance to visit this gay bar, so let me know what you think when you’re in town.
Local Seville Bars
Bodega La Aurora is a completely authentic local wine bar in the Santa Catalina neighborhood. It is a small bare-bones nighttime spot for some beer and snacks. You’ll only find locals Spaniards here, so Bodega La Aurora is a great place see how locals interact.
You can stand table and get a quick drink before dinner. Try a few Lupini beans, but don’t eat too many!
Looking for some rowdy bars in Seville? Pinzón gets pretty lively almost every night of the week after midnight! On weekends it will surely be packed, but even on a Wednesday or Thursday you’ll surely find fun here.
I was at Pinzón during the week and it turned into a reggaetón dance party! They’ve got indoor and outdoor bar-height tables, too.
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Seville Gay Travel Tips
There are dozens of horses kept in the Plazas surrounding the Seville Cathedral. They don’t seem to be treated well, and so I hope that travelers will avoid both taking photos with the horses and riding in their carriages.
Seville Tourist Traps
Seville is very popular international tourist city, but it isn’t too difficult to experience local life. It’s not nearly as touristic as Florence, for example, but many Americans and northern Europeans visit Seville in large amounts.
As long as you remain aware of the signs of a tourist trap, you’ll certainly be fine.
The main indication of a tourist trap is the price of food. Restaurants catering primarily to tourists will have inflated prices and often lower quality food. When you sit down at an authentic tapas restaurant and see the low prices of only a few Euro, you’ll know you’re in good hands.
At a tourist trap, you may be charged triple the fair cost for a plate of food. It also bears mentioning that if the restaurant’s menus are laminated and placed out on the street with large photos of the dishes, they are catering to tourists. One other tip is to try to avoid areas where you only hear English.
Seville Airport Bus
The City of Seville has a bus that runs to the Seville Airport from several main areas of the city. Check out the schedule of stops and timer on the Seville Airport Bus Website. It’s easy to catch the bus from Plaza de Armas or Sevilla Santa Justa Train station.
Be sure to leave yourself extra time. I grabbed an early morning bus and it ran a little late. You pay directly on the bus with cash, so no need to book anything online.
Whenever I’m flying between European cities, I always check Vueling first. Their tickets are some of the cheapest and I’d definitely choose them over Ryanair.
The Andalucían Accent
Every Spaniard from all other parts of Spain will surely tell you “the accent in Andalucía is so different.” They are completely right! You may already know that Castellano (the Spanish spoken in Spain) has that frequent and famous “TH” sound. In Seville, get ready to hear even more of it.
Not only do people in Andalucía use the “TH” sound for letters C and Z like most Spaniards, but you’ll even hear the same sound for the letter S!
Want an easy way to practice the Castellano accent? When ordering you Cruzcampo, make sure to pronounce it “Cruth-CAM-po.”