Why go to Seville?
Roman ruins and Moorish architecture, such as the Alcazar, are a feast for the eyes
The city is not the most walkable, meaning public transportation is often inevitable
Seville offers a taste of quintessential Spain, with everything from flamenco to tapas
Seville Cruise Port Facilities?
There is a small tourist office on site at the port and lovely downtown Cadiz is pretty much across a (busy) road. So my advice is don't hang around; choose to explore Cadiz or head off to Seville but whatever you plan to do, get going early to make the most of it.
Good to Know?
The heat, if you're visiting at the height of summer (in July or August), when temperatures can soar above 100F. You'll find some tree shade as Seville is a very green city, and the cavernous interiors of Seville's fine churches will also keep you cool. But if you're off walking do take water, a sunhat and plenty of sunscreen with you.
Pickpockets are a concern in any major city and Seville is no exception, particularly as Spain has been in the throes of a financial crisis.
Odd closing hours; many attractions are closed on Mondays and some bars close at 5 p.m. and reopen around 8 p.m. (remember, the Spanish like to siesta and then eat and party late!).
Seville's station, Station de Santa Justas, is on Agenda Kansas City, about a 15-minute walk from downtown. NB; If your ship is only in Cadiz for a day and you're heading off independently, do allow plenty of time to get to Seville and back comfortably before your ship sails.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The official currency is the euro (for the latest exchange rate, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com). There are plenty of ATM machines and exchange bureau in town and you can definitely find them at the railway and bus stations.
All major credit cards are widely accepted and foreign currency or travelers' checks can be changed at banks and exchange offices (cambios). If you have a Visa card, you'll find a global ATM locator at www.Visa.com.
Seville is very much a Spanish-speaking city, and though many shopkeepers and purveyors of tourist services have at least a smattering of English it is not widely spoken. Take along a phrasebook or language app if you really want to click with the locals.
In an emergency dial 112 from any phone to summon police, ambulance or fire services.
Where You're Docked?
If you're lucky enough to sail up the river to Seville you'll be parked at the quayside, a short and very pleasant walk away from the centre of town. Seville is an easy city to explore on foot provided you're reasonably mobile; just follow your nose along the river, or wander into its winding streets and you'll find a series of pretty neighbourhoods, each built around its own square.
If you're on a big ship calling at Cadiz, you're about 60 miles from Seville and can take a motor coach tour or catch a train there if you don't want to stay put and explore Cadiz (which is also delightful and very accessible from the port).