One of the largest historical centres in Europe, Seville is just a 20-minute drive from the airport. This lively city has plenty to offer, including numerous restaurants, a buzzing nightlife and a variety of historic sights.
Seville’s spectacular cathedral is a popular tourist attraction, and the third largest church in the world. Also worth visiting is the Barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter, opposite the cathedral and peppered with unusual shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes. Allow yourself time to get lost in the streets of this historic heart of Seville. Once you've worked up an appetite, what better way to experience the diversity of flavours on offer than by settling into one of the numerous restaurants and tapas bars in the city? Most are open until the early hours of the morning.
Another gem is the royal palace or “Alcázar of Seville”, which is in fact a collection of several palaces – representing an eclectic combination of different religious influences and architectural styles. From there take a stroll, or a horse-drawn carriage, through the neighbouring Maria Luisa Park to the Plaza de España. This delightful square, decorated with ornate tiles, fountains and baroque arcades, was originally built for the Ibero-American exhibition of 1929 and remains a popular draw for both locals and visitors.
A more recent addition to the city is the controversial Metropol Parasol, located at La Encarnación square and known locally as the mushrooms. Climb to the top for great views of the structure and city centre.
If you’re in search of nightlife, head to Calle Betis – an impressive waterfront area boasting a popular strip of pubs, trendy bars, cafes and restaurants.
From the comfort of your rental car, the wild and ancient treasures of Seville and Andalusia are yours to explore.
Road trips from Seville Airport
Seville is the capital of Andalusia in southern Spain, and the region is hugely popular with visitors. With its historic cities, rustic towns and spectacular resorts, it’s easy to understand why. From historic and cosmopolitan cities like Seville and Cádiz, to beach retreats such as Marbella and the Costa del Sol, it’s possible to find the perfect combination of sun, sea and sights.
Doñana National Park Just under an hour’s drive from Seville Airport is Doñana National Park. This natural reserve is a top attraction in Andalusia and has an enormous variety of bird species, including one of the largest colonies of Spanish imperial eagles in the world.
Itálica Roman Ruins Just 10km north of Seville Airport along the A-4 are the ruins of Itálica. One of the earliest Roman settlements in Spain, Itálica dates back to 206 BC. These fascinating ruins and mosaics are situated just outside the village of Santiponce, which also boasts a well-preserved Roman theatre.
Ronda Just under a two-hour drive from Seville Airport is Ronda, nestled in the Málaga region. Slightly further afield, but well worth taking a day out of your itinerary to explore, this mountaintop town is a popular tourist attraction. With its charming old town and 18th-century Puente Nuevo bridge, which overlooks the 100-metre drop below, it offers a tranquil retreat with outstanding views of the mountains and landscapes beyond.
Hiring an Avis car makes it easy to explore all that Seville and Andalusia have to offer and admire stunning Spanish scenery en route.
Road rules in Spain
Which side of the road? In Spain, please drive on the right side of the road.
Country driving laws
Mobile phones may not be used at all whilst driving
Do not use headphones when driving (except hearing aids)
Dipped headlights must be used in poor daylight visibility
Always use indicators, you will be fined for not using indicators when needed
Cyclists have right of way, at all times
All speed signs will be in km/h.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
Urban areas: 50 km/h (31 mph)
Rural areas: 90 km/h (55 mph)
Motorways: 120km/h (74mph)
Unless indicated by road signs.
Child safety / Seatbelt laws
It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
Children aged under 12 and less than 135cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size
Children aged under 12 are not allowed to sit in the front seat
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.