What to Pack for a Trip to Seville



A beautiful, historic city, Seville is known for its cathedral, palace and, of course, Holy Week. Whenever you plan to visit, these essentials will help you make the most of your trip.

A procession during the Holy Week in Seville.CreditFernando Alda for The New York Times

We asked Susanne Fowler, author of our guide to Seville, to name a few items she was glad to have on her last visit — or wished she had packed. Then we turned to Ria Misra, an editor at Wirecutter, for the best products to fill those needs as well as her expert suggestions. Here are their picks.

A messenger bag suited for cycling

The biking tour Ms. Fowler suggests in our guide to Seville will provide you with two of the essentials you’ll need: a bicycle and a helmet. Don’t forget, though, that you’ll still tote your own stuff — plus any souvenirs you might have picked up during the day — so bring a bag that’s easy to deal with while you ride.

The waxed-canvas Waterfield Vitesse messenger bag is roomy and works well for cycling. And its sleek design looks good enough that you’ll want to carry it long after you return the bike.

Everything you’ll need for a dip at the baths

Ms. Fowler suggests bringing your own swimsuit and toiletries when you visit the baths at Aire de Sevilla. Ms. Misra recommends Eagle Creek’s lightweight dopp kit, which is small enough to fit into your messenger bag, along with a packable towel (the Packtowl Personal both absorbs and dries quickly) and a pair of grippy flip-flops (Wirecutter likes Havaianas Top for both men and women).

Clothing for sunny days and breezy nights

“Summer is hot in Seville,” Ms. Fowler said, but she points out that hot days quickly turn to cool and breezy evenings, especially if you’re on a rooftop terrace. The wide-brimmed Tilley LTM6 AirFlo Hat is dashing enough for Seville’s stylish streets, but because it’s made of sun-protective fabric and is ventilated it’s also an eminently practical choice. Pair that hat with polarized shades (Ms. Misra likes these Kent Wangs).

When the sun sets and the evening cools down, slip on a windbreaker. Outdoor Research’s Tantrum Hooded Jacket is thin, so it doesn’t feel heavy or too hot, but it still protects against bugs or a chilly breeze.

Light, comfortable shoes

With both walking and cycling tours on your schedule, you’ll want a pair of comfortable, versatile shoes. If you like supportive running shoes, then go with Mizuno’s Wave Rider 21 or Brooks Ghost 10. If you don’t need as much cushioning, though, the light, minimal Altra Escalante running shoes (available in women’s and men’s sizes) won’t take up much space in your suitcase, and Wirecutter’s testers found them quite comfortable over long periods of wear.

A camera to capture it all

From the Royal Alcázar palace to Flamenco classes at Casa de la Memoria, there’s plenty to see and do, so you’ll want a camera small enough to take everywhere. The point-and-shoot Panasonic LX 10 is simple to use and easy to carry — it’s not much bigger than a smartphone, but it shoots 4K video, which mean you can review those steps you learned in dance class once you’re back home.