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The Andalusian capital of Seville is home to high summer temperatures, three Unesco World Heritage sites and a fascinating history dating back 2,000 years. Book one of these budget stays on your next visit to this Spanish city, so you can explore its delights from a stylish and affordable base. Here are Culture Trip’s picks.
The colourful and friendly La Flamenka Hostel is located in one of the most beautiful areas of central Seville, less than a 10-minute stroll from all the major attractions. Beds are in shared dorms or cosy private rooms, and communal areas include a spectacular rooftop terrace and a fully equipped kitchen. Charming owners Ana and Jaime are only too happy to help you plan your sightseeing and arrange tickets to shows and monuments. This is top-notch budget accommodation.
Located in the city centre, just opposite a striking wooden monument known as Las Setas (the Mushrooms), Oasis Backpackers is a great place to stay if you’re looking to meet fellow travellers. Common areas include a super-cool rooftop terrace with a pool, bar and barbecue, and the staff arrange group activities such as pub crawls and paella nights. Guided tours of the cathedral and Royal Alcazar are also available.
Situated a couple of streets from the beautiful 18th-century bullring, La Banda is one of the most creatively designed hostels in the city. Inspired by everything from London bars to music festivals, the dorms and communal areas are packed with home-made furniture and quirky features. Hostel life revolves around the rooftop terrace, where you can enjoy cathedral views, creative cocktails and a home-cooked meal every night.
Offering daily dinners and breakfasts at no extra charge, Black Swan is one of the best-value hostels in Seville. Other activities that won’t set you back a cent include a Free Night Out (designed to bring solo travellers together), a guided tour of the enchanting Santa Cruz barrio and a flamenco evening. The trendily decorated accommodation comes either in ensuite doubles (one with a terrace) and mixed or female-only dorms.
Free communal dinners every evening will get you mingling with your fellow travellers, as will the pub crawls that follow. Chill-out spaces include a sun-drenched roof terrace, a patio, a spacious kitchen and a lounge equipped with communal computers. The trendy nightspots of the Alameda are a five-minute walk away.
If you want to be close to all the attractions yet away from the busiest part of Seville, this is the place for you. Located in the heart of gorgeous Triana, Seville’s former Gypsy neighbourhood, this cosy hostel offers private and shared accommodation, a lovely roof terrace and a common room with computers and a TV. Pilgrims starting the 1,000km (621mi) trek to Santiago de Compostela from Seville (along Via de la Plata) receive a discount.
The second Hostel One in Seville is sandwiched between the cathedral and Moorish Alcazar, making it a great base for sightseeing. Hostel One Catedral’s free breakfasts and dinners also provide a great opportunity to meet travellers from all over the world, as do the guided tours and pub crawls (neither of which cost extra). The comfy dorm beds are fitted with privacy curtains and each comes with a spacious locker.
Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting to this article.