Alameda de Hercules, San Gil, Seville

Staying in the San Gil neighbourhood of Seville

Staying in the San Gil neighbourhood of Seville was the perfect spot for our family holiday to the city. As part of the old town or ‘Casco Antiguo’, it is full of interesting architecture, shops and places to eat. We love that a lot of locals live in this area. So it feels as though you are experiencing a true part of Sevillian life when you walk around, seeing school children playing in the parks, Spanish grannies taking their morning coffees and workers sharing tapas at the end of a busy day. Plus, the bonus is the city’s main attractions are all within walking distance.

Staying in the San Gil neighbourhood of Seville

The main thing that attracted us to staying in the San Gil neighbourhood of Seville was the fact that it is quite a residential area. We always love to experience what the locals do when we’re travelling and we immediately felt part of things as soon as we stepped out the door onto the street outside.

As well as a food market and countless bars and restaurants in the area, it also has a couple of good parks close by. This was important for us when looking for things to do in Seville with kids.

What to do in San Gil Seville - Alameda de Hercules park

We really loved staying in the San Gil neighbourhood of Seville and within a couple of days we had a regular routine of the places we liked to go.

We also felt that it was a perfect location for exploring the rest of the city. The main attractions, like the Royal Alcazar of Seville and the Plaza de Espana, are a pleasant 20-30 minute walk (depending on if you have children with you!)

Where to stay in San Gil, Seville

We stayed in this AirBnB in the San Gil neighbourhood of Seville. We loved the fact that it was in a quiet apartment building, but as soon as we stepped outside we felt in the middle of the hustle and bustle of everything. 

The apartment is located in the Alameda area and it does feel like the place everyone comes to have a good time. (Not that we got to experience the nightlife, as we were home with our little adventurers!)

However, one of the reasons we chose this apartment was that it has a little roof terrace. So that meant that after putting our little adventurers to bed we could take eat dinner on the terrace.

We also found the apartment to be really well-equipped for a family. Sometimes when you stay in AirBnBs there’s hardly anything in the kitchen, as they assume you are going to eat out all of the time. This wasn’t the case here and the kitchen had everything we needed.

The apartment has two bedrooms with double beds and is really nicely decorated. It also has baby facilities, like a highchair, stair gates and baby bath.

There is parking underneath the building, but be warned it is a tight squeeze into the garage! (I was extremely glad that it was Mr A driving!)

The owners of this AirBnB are so kind and helpful. In fact it used to be their home, so it is all lovingly cared for. We loved staying here and would definitely return.

Where to stay in San Gill, Seville

However, if you’d prefer to stay in a hotel in San Gil, there are lots to choose from. The San Gil Hotel is a traditional Andalusian-style mansion. It has a garden and rooftop swimming pool, which you’ll probably be dying to jump into after a day of walking around in the heat of Seville! Or if you’d prefer somewhere a bit more modern, the decor at Magno Apartments San Gil looks fabulous. Plus, the accommodation gets great reviews from guests.

Where to eat in San Gil, Seville

There are so many great places to eat in the San Gill neighbourhood of Seville. We really were spoilt for choice and only managed to make it to half of the places on our list.

The Feria Food Market has lots of stalls where you can buy fresh fruit and veg, as well as fish and meat if you’re planning to cook yourself. At lunchtimes and in the evenings lots of the bars around it open up for tapas and drinks and it has a great atmosphere.

Also, if you like olives you absolutely need to head to Dona Aceituna, where the owner of the shop is extremely passionate about his wares and will make you try them all! My littlest adventurer, who is a big olive fan, was in his element with all of the free samples! 

Where to eat in San Gil Seville - Don Aceituna

There’s also a great little bakery called Panaderia Ana if you’re looking for pastries for breakfast or fresh bread. However, our favourite breakfast spot was Casa Paco. It soon became our regular and I think by the end of our stay the waiters knew our order off by heart!

Where to Eat in San Gil Seville - Casa Paso

In the evenings head to Plaza of the Alameda de Hercules, which is full of tapas bars and is the perfect place to “tapear” (take tapas). If you’re travelling with children, Cafe Central is right next to one of the play parks, so is the perfect spot to base yourself for the evening.

And, of course, no family holiday is complete without finding the best ice cream shop in town. We felt like we found ours at Fabrica de Helados.

How to get to the main attractions of Seville from San Gil

It is really easy to visit Seville’s main attractions from the San Gil neighbourhood. We found Seville to be a very walkable city, but other travel options are also available.

It is a 20-30 minute walk to the city centre where you can visit the Royal Alcazar of Seville, the Plaza de Espana and Seville Cathedral. You can also take a bus (C5 is the closest) or taxi from Calle Feria. Plus, Cabify, MyTaxi and Uber all operate in the city. 

If you prefer to travel by bike, these can also be rented to explore the city. Cycling is also a nice way to travel alongside the Guadalquivir River which flows through the city.

To be honest though, we mostly walked everywhere. (Aside from a couple of tram rides, which was more for our little adventurers entertainment than anything else!)

I hope you’ve found this guide to San Gil in Seville helpful. I always find it really daunting when I’m trying to decide which neighbourhood to base myself in when exploring a new city. However we were so happy we chose San Gil and would definitely stay here again on a return visit. As always, if you have any questions about our time in Seville, please feel free to drop me a line.

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