Seville Gay Travel
Southern Spain charms every gay traveler’s soul. Tapas, plentiful Seville gay bars and a magnificent cityscape will make Seville gay travel top your list!
The Gay Travel Experience: Seville, Spain
Gay life in Andalucía is wonderfully slow-paced, never too cold and full of delicious tapas restaurants. There is a large population of gay men in Seville and these friendly Spaniards are easy to make friends with!
Seville is a great stop for gay travelers while exploring southern Spain’s Andalucía region. The south of Spain is very gay friendly, with many establishments advertising themselves as such. Most travelers also stop in Córdoba and also Grenada to see the famous Alhambra
Feel the historic stone roadways of Seville beneath your feet as you explore wonderful gay Seville!
Gay Seville: Where to Stay
I used Airbnb in Seville for my entire visit to the city. Mixing in with the locals is my favorite thing to do. Plus, it’s a ton of fun to stay in authentic parts of town where you can observe Seville local life. It’s easier to stay off any beaten paths, too!
Firstly, Seville isn’t that small of a city. It can take about 45 minutes to traverse the historic area by foot. Think about the areas of town that you would like to easily reach by foot and start searching for accommodations close to there.
I stayed on Calle Recaredo in the Santa Catalina neighborhood. Santa Catalina has a good number of cafes, restaurants and bars away from more touristic areas. It’s the fringe of authentic Seville. In my opinion, anywhere on or west of Calle Recaredo is suitable to stay in. This is Casco Antiguo, the main historic area of the city.
Things become more touristic when you get close to the riverfront. I recommend staying inland a bit, perhaps in an Airbnb on one of Seville’s many quaint roadways. There are hundreds of quiet, picturesque corners where you can find something cozy.
Additionally, areas around the Santa Maria Justa train station are not as pretty in my opinion It’s not dangerous, but simply a bit drab. It’s harder to find markets and restaurants. Try not to stay too close to the train station for a better vibe.
Seville Experiences for the Gay Traveler
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. It’s housed in a beautiful Renaissance building. When I visited, there were no lines, it was peaceful inside, and it was completely free of charge!
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 happen to be a fan of street art, then I’ve got the perfect spot for you. On the east side of Puente del Cristo de la Expiración there are tons of graffiti-covered concrete walls. It’s a bit of a spooky area that I stumbled upon while searching for a riverfront walkway.
Parks in Seville
Walk along the riverfront at the Jardines del Capote. There is a beautiful, wide waterfront promenade with areas 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, meditate or listen to the sounds of water.
One of the most peaceful spots in Seville is the Jardin de Murillo. The open pathways and gardens surrounded by tall palm trees greenery are so relaxing. I spent some time in the garden sitting on a bench and the next thing you know I fell asleep in the sun.
Gay Seville: Best Tapas Restaurants
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! For local-feeling Seville tapas bars, I recommend Casa Pepe Hillo Tapas and Casa Morales.
The absolute best Tapas restaurant in Seville is Mamarracha. Their style is modern and the plate presentations are gorgeous. As you would expect, 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. Note that the tapas places on this street are not the highest 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.
Get Your Hair Cut 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! Check out the La Navaja Barber Shop Website to see their image gallery.
Is the Seville Cathedral 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 Cerveza (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. Let me know if you think their beers are better, worse of the same as Cruzcampo’s. Alhambra 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.
Seville Travel Tips
Seville is a city that is better pronounced with a Spanish accent! When you tell people of your wonderful gay travel journey to this Andalusian city, pronounce it “Seh-VI-yeh” instead of the cringeworthy “Seh-VILL.” It just sounds a million times better.
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 all travelers avoid both taking photos with the horses and riding in their carriages.
Anything that supports these activities simply perpetuates the use of these wonderful animals as money-making objects
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.
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 Sevilla 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.
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.”
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