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Summer with children

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Summer with children

We've booked flights to Seville for 10 days in July 2018. The plan was to stay in Seville and take day trips to Cadiz and Cordoba. I am concerned that the heat combined with a seeming lack of open air public pools might make this a bit of an ordeal with 9 and 11 old children. Any suggestions much appreciated. Thanks.

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Malaga, Spain
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1. Re: Summer with children

Go out in the morning. Take lunch and then take a siesta. Later go out in the early evening.

For trains:


For Seville:

Seville is one of the cities in Spain with the most charm. A very good hotel in Seville is the Hotel Becquer (which has a garage), walkable to most sights. Use Booking.com to look at other hotels.

Must see places in Seville:

1. Church of El Salvador - One of the most beautiful Baroque churches. The ticket from this church allows one to also see the Cathedral and one can skip the queue there. Tickets available at 11 am.

2. Cathedral/Giralda Tower - The Cathedral is the third biggest church in Europe.

3. Alcazar - The palace rivals the Alhambra. See the King’s apartments.

4. Plaza de España - The most beautiful plaza in Spain.

5. Palacio de las Dueñas - This palace is beautiful and has just opened up for the public. This is the residence of the Duke of Alba. A wonderful place to see.

6. Casa de Pilatos - Beautiful palace with wonderful gardens. See the upstairs apartment.

7. Museo de Bellas Artes - One of the most important art museums in Spain.

8. Museum-Palace of the Countess of Lebrija - Has some of the best Roman mosaics in Spain. See the upstairs apartment.

A good flamenco place is Los Gallos (Plaza de Santa Cruz, 11). The main shopping streets are Calle Tetuan and Calle Sierpes. There is a large El Corte Ingles Department store at Plaza del Duque de la Victoria.

Good restaurants:

1. Cuna 2 (Calle Cuna, 2;Tel 954-211-107) - A large, elegant restaurant with traditional Andalusian decoration and with beautiful ceramic tiles lining the walls of the dining rooms. There is a beautiful bar at the top of the building.

2. Casa Robles (Calle Alvarez Quintero, 58; Tel: 954-213-150) - An elegant restaurant near the Cathedral.

3. For tapas, go to Mercado Lonja del Baranco (Calle Arjona, 24; Tel. 917-582-420).

For Cordoba:

Use Booking.com to look for hotels and apartments in The Real Heart of Cordoba. For those making a day trip to Cordoba, the train station does not have luggage lockers but the bus station beside it has luggage lockers. A taxi to the Mezquita will cost only about 6 euros because the distance from the train station is only 1.8 km.

The best sights in Cordoba:

1. Mezquita/Cathedral - The most important architectural feature of the Mezquita are the double horseshoe arches, made of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite. There are 856 columns in the church and they seem to be a sea of arches and columns to the visitor.

2. Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos - Has beautiful gardens.

3. Palacio de Viana - The palace has important artwork and there are 12 different patios, all beautiful.

Good restaurants near the Mezquita:

1. Casa Pepe de la Juderia (Calle Romero, 3; Tel: 957-200-744).

2. El Caballo Rojo (Calle del Cardenal Herrero, 28; Tel: 957-475-375).

Shopping streets are the area around the Mezquita, Calle Jose Cruz Conde, Ronda de los Tejares, Conde de Gondomar and Avenida de Gran Capitan.

Dress code for churches: Shorts or bare shoulders are not allowed for either women or men. The Mezquita is a Catholic church.

Osuna, Spain
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2. Re: Summer with children

Once you have seen Seville (perhaps 3 days), early morning sightseeing as Benny suggested, you might consider relocating to the coast, where the temperatures will be cooler and the kids can go in the sea and on the beach.

There is lots of good accommodation on the Cadiz coast, so maybe stay down there and visit the city then. See booking.com for accommodation


Good luck & have a great trip

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3. Re: Summer with children

We had a couple of days in Sanlucar de Barrameda.

It an interesting town on the banks of the river. There is a beach there . We took a boat trip to part of Donnana which was good.

There might even be a trip down river from Seville

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4. Re: Summer with children

July is starting gun month for folk to head down to the coast or even "along" to the coast from Seville. There are magnificent beaches washed by Atlantic ocean so if you can try to spend some time out of Seville, Trains go south as far as Cadiz and you have buses going to other places such as Conil de La Frontera.


It could be exciting!

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5. Re: Summer with children

there are a couple of water parks in Seville with slides and swimming pools, called Aquopolis and Aqua Magica. Good for a, afternoon or a day.

Or book a hotel with swimming pool. There are some in Nervion neighborhood (a bit outside the center but still walking distance) well connected to the train station.

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6. Re: Summer with children

I did this last August with my family & the heat in Seville was indescribable ! We stayed at the Novotel Marques de Nervion because they have a rooftop pool and we spent most of the day there because after 10am you could not do anything for the heat.

After 3 days, We went on a day trip to Cadiz (easy on the train from the nearby Santa Justa railway station) . We liked Cadiz so much that we checked out of seville early and spent the rest of the week in Cadiz city. Cadiz has a lovely long beach and we found a nice hotel at the end of it, Hotel Playa Victoria. Seaview room with lovely cool breezes, you couldnt beat it.

I hope you have a great trip

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7. Re: Summer with children

Sensible to head for the wonderful Playa Victoria. Apart from that hotel mentioned by Peter you have nearby the Tryp Cadiz la Caleta Hotel. Both face the sea and you can enjoy Andalucia on holiday ! Some nice places to eat and drink near along this sea front, plus an easy bus ride into the old city.

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8. Re: Summer with children

Thanks for all the advice - much appreciated.

We arrive late so are thinking 2 night in Seville then head to Cadiz for 6 nights before the final 2 nights back in Seville - possibly at the Silken Al-Andalus which looks like it has a great pool.

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9. Re: Summer with children

The Silken hotel does have a good pool and garden. It will be popular. There's a bus you can take from round the corner into old city.

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