Family Holidays in Seville with Babies, Toddlers and Kids Under 4…
Seville is a fantastic family holiday destination. It is an attractive, vibrant city and a wonderful place to take babies, toddlers and young kids as the centre is mostly pedestrianized and there are a great many child friendly restaurants.
The gothic Cathedral with the Giralda tower are worth seeing as is the Alcazar palace with its Moorish influence and stunning gardens with peacocks roaming freely. The cobble stone streets lined with orange trees are one of the most famous aspects of Seville as is the bullfighting ring and the flamenco dancing shows (a good show for the whole family is at Casa de la Memoria on Calle Ximenez de Enciso in the Barrio Santa Cruz area).
There is also an aquarium and theme park in the city (See ‘What to Do’) and the parks have playgrounds and plenty of green space for kids to run around after sightseeing. There are also plenty of hotels which cater well to families and there are apartments available in the centre which provide laundry services and well equipped kitchens which can prove handy if you are travelling with a baby or toddler.
For More See Top Attractions in Seville for Families
Baby and Toddler Essentials
You will be able to buy all of your baby and toddler necessities in Seville however, even familiar brands of formula may be produced differently in Spain so ensure that you bring your formula from home if you think your baby may be fussy or if they have a specific formula that they require. There are a number of supermarkets in and around Seville’s centre such as El Corte Ingles and Carrefour.
Stores in Spain are typically open from 9:30am-2pm in the mornings and then open again in the afternoon from 5-8pm. El Corte Inglés, the giant Spanish department store with just about everything you could imagine, is open all day from 10am-10pm.
El Corte Ingles, Plaza del Duque has a grocery store and there is also a hyper market on the outskirts of the city. Carrefour Hypermarket is located outside of the centre also on Av. Juventudes Musicales, s/n, 41015 Sevilla and sells everything you could need for babies and toddlers. M.A.S and Dia are two very popular grocery stores and have everything you need at a lower cost than El Corte Ingles. Additionally, Dia has its own discount brand on a lot of items. M.A.S and Dia are located throughout the city and are very easily accessible however they are closed on Sundays (like most everything else in Seville) .
You will also find pharmacies dotted throughout the city and most pharmacists speak English. If you need medical assistance, a pharmacist or staff member at your hotel will be able to direct you to a doctor, medical centre or hospital.
Seville is a shoppers paradise and you will find all of your baby and toddler essentials but also loads for yourself! Click here for a city shopping guide.
If you are flying to Seville, Seville Airport is just ten minutes from the city centre. It is small and relatively manageable, though you’ll want to leave plenty of extra time for check-in and security screening. You can fly direct from London on Easyjet or Ryanair, or connect in Madrid on Iberia for more flight options. Another option is to fly to Faro or Malaga and drive or take a bus or train to Seville.
Flight time from the UK and Ireland to Seville is generally under 3 hours which is manageable with a toddler, just make sure you bring plenty of distractions and snacks for the plane.
Taxis and buses are available at the airport and a taxi will cost €20 to the city centre. You will need to pre book a car seat if you have not brought one with you. You can book a taxi with a car sear from Book Taxi Spain. The airport bus leaves from outside the main terminal every 30 minutes and will cost you 2.30 and will get you to the city centre. Under 5s travel free on the bus.
You will be able to reach all the major sights in Seville on foot. If you need a break from walking or you want to travel further afield you can take a hop on hop off bus tour which stops at most of the city’s most famous landmarks. These buses are stroller accessible and will allow you a great deal of flexibility. Some of the streets are pedestrianised while some have very narrow footpaths and can be difficult with a stroller. The are by the river and the historical centre has wide footpaths and is ideal for strollers/ push chairs.
The Metro, Buses & Trams
Seville’s new metro opened on 2 April 2009. It follows a 18km reverse U from the south-west to the south-east through the southern end of the city centre where it stops at Plaza de Cuba, Prado de San Sebastian and San Bernardo.
Driving in Seville
You can rent cars at the airport or in one of the city’s many car rental agencies. Make sure to pre-book a car seat if you are not bringing your own. Don’t drive in the old centre, the casco historico if it is at all avoidable.