In summer, Seville gets very hot. Peaking at above 40C (104F), on average it is one of the hottest cities in Europe, and its tapas culture, dazzling Moorish architecture and fiery flamenco-fuelled nights of revelry make it a brilliant place to visit. July and August afternoons resemble a ghost town in Seville, the streets deserted and shutters closed, prompting locals and holiday-goers to seek refuge by the sea. Seville is very well connected, and a day trip to the coast is certainly not off-bounds to any visitor. Read on to discover some of the best beaches to retreat to from the city.
A six-kilometre (4mi) expanse of pearly sands, Matalascañas is the closest beach to Seville, and a favourite among the city’s natives, to the extent that you may wish to visit mid-week for a prime sunning spot. With the stunning vistas of Doñana National Park nearby, this urban beach is a great all-rounder. Board a Damas bus at Seville’s Plaza de Armas station for a direct link.
For a fully preserved natural alternative, El Cañuelo is a critic’s choice. Carved between two rocky headlands, this haven of scenic beauty also serves some of the best fresh fish in Spain at a gratifyingly low cost. Due to rather tricky access (the price paid for its conservation), your best bet is to drive, with shuttle buses running the last 3km (1.9mi) from a designated car park.
This is a joyously irreverent part of the coast. Bohemian to a tee, the party frequently spills out onto the golden sands which curl around precipitous cliff peaks, and the pace of life here appears to have forgotten the modern world. There are few finer places to unwind, and then some. It’s worth staying the night. If lacking a rental car, many use ride-share services, although you can get a bus from Plaza de Armas for a slightly longer journey time.
One of the finest beaches in Andalucía, the brisk breeze that usually whips through this spacious bay makes it a prime location for windsurfers and associated water-sports enthusiasts. Spacious and relatively isolated, this is the pick for those who get a kick from extreme sports. Car or ride-share are the main options here, but given the equipment you’ll likely need, they are also the only logical ones.
La Fontanilla is as expansive as it is popular, so while it is enjoyed by residents and holiday-makers from all over southern Spain, you should always be able to stake a claim in the silky fine sand that adorns the yawning coastline. Due to its remarkably still, shallow waters, this beach is also a safe call for families with small children.Trains from Seville San-Bernardo or buses from Plaza de Armas run regularly each day at around €20 (£18).
Verdant pine forests provide a natural wind block for this golden-sand sanctuary, and Cala de Aceite is a jewel, adorned with cobalt waters and sun-bleached coves. The only hint of civilisation here is a delightful chiringuito beach bar serving succulent fish against a background of cicadas and gently lapping waves. An expedition here will require personal transport.