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Seville is the capital of the Spanish province of Andalusia and also the fourth largest city in Spain. It is the cultural and financial capital of southern Spain. The city will enchant you with its architecture, authentic culture, rich history, and much more, so take the time to explore it well. As you walk through the beautiful streets of Seville, you will notice the influence of Christianity, as well as Islam and Judaism. You will be enchanted by the facades, the beautiful squares and the parks where you can relax. As you walk around the city, you will definitely come across street guitarists who often hang out in the squares and you will quickly realize that the music has completely taken you over. You should definitely visit the bars where you will experience excellent and unforgettable flamenco performances. However, if you are planning a holiday during one of the many festivals that take place in Seville every year, then the passion for flamenco will definitely not pass you by. The two most famous festivals in Seville are the Semana Santa (March 24 to April 2) and the Feria (April 14 to 23). Bullfighting is also part of the Sevillian tradition, which is an important part of the identity of the people of Seville. As you stroll through the streets, you can be sure that you will not stay hungry. You can stop at every corner and enjoy the local tapas, which are also an indispensable part of Seville.
Seville, located on the plateau Guadalquivir River, has an average altitude of 7 meters. Nevertheless, it is considered to be the city with the hottest summer in Europe. Therefore, a visit to Seville is most pleasant in spring and autumn. However, if you are a fan of the heat, the Sevillanos, as the people of Seville are called, will surely make you very happy. This heat may be the reason why the midday siesta is a golden rule and everything in the city is really closed during the siesta.
So if you love history, a casual life combined with passionate flamenco walks through the city streets and squares with good food and music, Seville is definitely a place you should visit. It will quickly captivate you and you will soon feel at home in the city.
Basic info and car hire in Seville
- Location: South Spain, Andalusia
- Population: 688,711
- Official language: Spanish
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: Meditteranean climate
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Seville are in good condition.
- Car hire in Seville: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Seville is Seville airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Seville!
Driving in Seville
When driving in Seville, you must be aware of a large number of one-way streets. This is especially true in the old town, which is more challenging to drive than the rest of Seville. When driving through the old town, pay special attention to the traffic signs and, as mentioned earlier, the one-way streets. If you get lost in the narrow streets of the old town, you can ask for help from the locals, who are always willing to help you and understand English quite well. Especially driving outside the old town and driving through Andalusia will impress you.
To drive a car in Seville, you must be 18 years old, have a valid driver's license, and show valid proof of insurance for the vehicle you are driving. In Seville, vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road. The speed limit on the motorway is 120 km/h (75 mph). On normal roads the speed limit is 90 km/h (75 mph), on urban roads, it is 50 km/h (50 mph), and on all other through roads, there is a speed limit sign.
It's good to know that Spain has strict drink-driving laws, allowing only 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood - stricter than in the UK, where the limit is 0.8. Novice drivers are effectively banned from driving under the influence with a very low limit of 0.1 mg/l. Seatbelts front and rear are compulsory everywhere.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Spain is 18 years. However, most car rental companies require you to be at least 21 to rent a car and at least 25 years to avoid paying an additional young driver fee.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU licence holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passport), a valid driving licence, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Spain)
- Additional requirements: Glasses (in case you need glasses, it is imperative that you always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), warning triangle (2 are required for all vehicles registered in Spain and 1 if coming from abroad), high visibility vest (recently made compulsory)- First aid kit (not actually compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
- Children in the car: If you are travelling with children under 12 or less than 135cm tall, you are required by law to have a child seat in your car. If you do not have your own, most car rental companies will provide one for a fee. However, it is advisable to request such a seat before collecting the vehicle, otherwise one may not always be available.
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: The speed limit is 50 km/h in cities, 90 km/h on rural roads, and 120 km/h on the motorway.
- Parking suggestions: In the MAR Zone (high traffic), you can park for one-hour maximum and it costs €0.60 for 35 minutes and €1.25 for the full hour. In the Blue Zone (high frequency), you can park for up to a maximum of 2 hours. It costs €0.45 for 35 minutes and €1.70 for 2 hours.
Car Hire in Seville
Most popular car hire at Seville
The most selected hire car in Seville is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Seville are mini, economy, and compact
Popular Driving Routes
Top One-Way car hire from Seville
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Seville. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Spain.
Popular Daytrips from Sevilla
- Cordoba- It is not for nothing that it is one of the most popular day trips from Seville. The ancient city of Cordoba has everything to offer. From the unique Mezquita, an unusual mosque turned cathedral that captivates with its interior, to Roman Bridge, built in the 1st century BC. Walking through the historic centre, you will find a labyrinth of alleys and alleyways that make up the Jewish Quarter and tranquil courtyards covered in flower baskets.
- Málaga-While you could go to Málaga simply for the beaches, especially Playa la Malagueta, the city also has many historical and cultural attractions to offer.
- Ronda-When it comes to what to see in Spain outside of Seville, the picturesque town of Ronda is not to be missed. You will surely visit El Tajo Gorge, the Puente Nuevo bridge, Mirador de Ronda, La Casa del Rey Moro, Plaza de Toros...
- Granada is one of the best day trips to Seville thanks to its great attractions. Fox for example the famous Alhambra, Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, the fortifications of the Alcazaba, the old Moorish quarter Albaicín, Granada Cathedral...
What to see in Seville
Built between 1401 and 1519 on the site of a former mosque. It is considered the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. It has the largest nave in Spain and is richly decorated with lots of gold. Some of the columns from the mosque were kept and used in the cathedral. The tomb of Christopher Columbus is also in the cathedral.
The Giralda Tower, which was originally a minaret but is now the bell tower of the city's cathedral, is one of the biggest attractions in Seville. Even today you can climb to the top, from where you have a beautiful view of the city of Seville.
REAL ALCAZAR / KING'S PALACE
Where the Moorish palace once stood is now the Royal Palace or Real Alcazar. Its construction began towards the end of the 12th century and lasted more than 500 years. Today it still houses the royal family, which you can visit for an extra charge. The entire complex is under the protection of UNESCO.
GOLDEN TOWER / TORRE DEL ORO
Along the Guadalquivir River, we find the Golden Tower / Torre del Oro, which was intended as an observation tower and to defend the river. A chain was strung across the river to prevent ships from entering the river port. After the discovery of America, Seville was the main and only port for goods coming to Europe from the New World until the 18th century. Then this supremacy was given to the city of Cadiz.
SPANISH SQUARE / PLAZA DE ESPANA
The Spanish Square is located in the famous Maria Luiza Park and was built in 1928 due to the Ibero-American Exhibition. The complex is in the shape of a huge semicircle with the south and north towers and moats crossed by bridges representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. In the centre is the fountain, Vicente Traver. Along the walls are many niches lined with ceramic tiles "azulejos" and each niche represents a landscape in Spain. The entire southern part of the city was transformed into an open garden and large boulevards for the exhibition
MUSEUMS AND BAROQUE PAINTERS
If you are interested in art, you probably know that Seville is the birthplace of Baroque painters Murillo and Velazquez. In the park in front of the museum Contemporary Art, which houses a rich collection that is of importance just behind the Prado Museum in Madrid, we find a monument to Murilla. The Velazquez monument is located in front of his birthplace. In addition, Seville is rich in other museums - the Archeological Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art
Mercado de Triana
One of the best things to do in Seville is to cross the Guadalquivir River and visit the Mercado de Triana, which is right on the river. There is a lot to discover at this market, including a wide selection of fruit and vegetable stalls, authentic sausages and cheeses, freshly caught fish and much more! There are also a number of restaurants where you can enjoy tapas or a sit-down lunch, a flamenco theatre and even a cooking school where you can learn how to make delicious Spanish dishes to impress your friends back home! Mercado de Triana is open daily, with reduced hours on Sunday. Most shops and stalls close at around 2-3 pm, but the restaurants stay open longer.
Drive your rental car beyond Seville
If you are in Seville, then you have the ideal opportunity to rent a car and also see the surroundings of this beautiful city. Believe me, you will not regret it because just like Seville, its surroundings are breathtaking. You can visit a colourful range of Spanish cities, and each of them will offer you something unique. Of course, you can tailor your exploration of this beautiful part of Spain to your liking. If you are interested in history and architecture, be sure to visit Cordoba, Granado, Cadiz, Rondo, Carmona ...
If you are looking for fun, Malaga is the right choice for you, but it will certainly not only impress you with fun. There is also a rich culture, history, and architecture that reflects that history.
However, on a foray through the south of Spain, you might also be tempted to jump into English territory. Gibraltar is also worth a visit. Some may be most interested in the duty-free shops, while others will visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar, where there are wonderful walking routes. And then there are the exciting caves of San Miguel, which you should not miss either.
A jerez-Another destination near Seville is the coastal town of Jerez de la Frontera, a good choice for those who want to get off the beaten path. This underrated city, often just called Jerez, is bursting with history and culture.
So, if you choose to rent a car in southern Spain, you will definitely have plenty to do, especially if you have a wonderful experience on the Andalusian roads.
Enjoy the culture in Seville
Where to eat, drink, and party in Seville
Try tapas at Seville's oldest bar
With hundreds of tapas bars throughout the city, tapas culture is an integral part of life in Seville. One of them holds the title of "Seville's oldest tapas bar" with great pride, as it still serves some of the best traditional tapas in the city. First opened in 1670 as a tavern, El Rinconcillo slowly expanded until it reached its current shape and size in 1858. At El Rinconcillo, the staff carries on the tradition of writing down patrons' orders in chalk, using the mahogany wood as a chalkboard. And then there's the food. El Rinconcillo offers tapas downstairs and big dishes upstairs. With a focus on local Andalusian recipes and ingredients, the food at El Rinconcillo is the real star. It's accompanied by local wines, cold beers, and cherries.
Best restaurants in Sevilla:
Tabanco La Duquesa
Abaceria del Postigo
Pizzeria Da Simona
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in Spain?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car in Spain?
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.
Do I need car insurance in Spain?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in Spain with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Spain?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in Spain?
An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements.
How do I find the cheapest car hire in Spain?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
What is the cheapest rental car in Spain?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as VW Up, Fiat 500, and Fiat Panda often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in Spain?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise rent a car, OK rent a car and Centauro.
What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in Spain?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are VW Up, Fiat Panda, VW Polo, Nissan Micra, Fiat 500.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for Spain?
Most car hires in Spain offer unlimited mileage in their offers
What is Premium Coverage and how does it work?
Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire which, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover that refunds you in case the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. For more information, you can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us.
Are there any hidden fees in my Spain car hire?
There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in case of:
- Out of hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle out of office hours),
- One way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
- The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
- Young/senior driver fee (this condition is set by the car hire company and is usually not in relation to the regulation of the specific country),
- Excess and deposit amount (before hiring you to need to make sure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked which usually equals the excess amount or higher).
We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid any surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.
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