The best places to live in Seville
Seville is one of Spain’s smaller cities and offers a gentler cost of living but packs a surprisingly cosmopolitan punch which, combined, serve to attract expat families and young people alike. Architecture buffs, in particular, will be in their element as the city’s historic church buildings, flamenco art and Moorish architecture are a veritable feast for the eyes.
The city offers a variety of unique neighbourhoods and every expat is sure to find an area that suits their lifestyle, budget and taste. Rent in Seville is much more affordable than in Spain’s larger metros, but prices do vary according to proximity to the city centre.
Students and professionals looking to be closer to their places of study or work as well as Seville’s bustling nightlife often opt for inner-city neighbourhoods, while expat families tend to settle in quieter areas on the outskirts where green spaces and schools are more common.
Seville is one of the most walkable cities in the world with just one hill across the entire city, making attractions, restaurants and workplaces easily accessible by foot. For those less keen on walking, the Andalusian capital also boasts an extensive public transport network across all districts.
Central areas of Seville
The charming centuries-old city centre features everything young professional expats would relish, from the well-located Alameda de Hercules Plaza, where locals often gather at its trendy cafes and playgrounds, to the eclectic bars and vigorous nightlife.
While this is an exciting area to live in, it comes at a price and accommodation is more expensive than in the outer areas of the city. Those fun-loving expats on a budget might consider the equally trendy areas within walking distance of the city centre such as Santa Cruz, Los Remedios and Triana.
The tourist hub, Santa Cruz, is located near the city centre and is home to some of Seville’s most prominent sights, including the Alcazar Palace. The most common accommodation available around Santa Cruz are apartments ranging from studio to large four-bedroom flats.
The narrow cobbled streets of Santa Cruz boast a bevy of popular restaurants and bars, while the unassuming Plaza de Cabildo hosts a collectors’ market on Sundays. It is important to note that, as a popular tourist destination, Santa Cruz’s rent is generally higher.
The colourful and soulful neighbourhood of Triana is one of the oldest in Seville and is accessible by the bridge Puente de Isabel II. The former gypsy neighbourhood is popular among Seville’s artist community and has produced some of Spain’s most famous bullfighters and flamenco dancers. This working-class commercial district is an excellent choice for expats looking to integrate with its bohemian locals, but the buildings do tend to be a little rundown and apartments may need some remodelling.
The trendy neighbourhood of Alameda is a mere 10-minute walk from the city centre and offers bustling nightlife and a vibrant LGBTQIA+ community. While this may be one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Seville thanks to the exciting nightlife, the proximity to the city centre means a lot of noise and litter.
Family-friendly areas of Seville
A quiet residential area with new apartment buildings, Nervion serves Seville’s business district. The area boasts plenty of shops and a park and is also home to Seville’s main railway station. Older expats and families looking for a slower pace of life would enjoy calling this gorgeous neighbourhood home.
Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, this neighbourhood is traditionally a family area with many picturesque chapels and a bullring. The apartments and houses in the area are pricey and narrow, making it suitable for smaller families who enjoy a lively community and value proximity to the city centre.
Seville’s only purpose-built district, Los Remedios, is perfect for expat families looking for a modern residential area with plenty of outdoor spaces and sports venues. The area is in stark contrast to the rest of Seville as it features wide avenues, modern amenities and luxury apartment buildings. This part of the city also gives way to international influences with American-style diners and a variety of boutique clothing stores.
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