River Cruise + Seville Sightseeing Tour
In one morning, discover downtown Seville, first with a bus excursion to see its main landmarks, traveling through the old Jewish district and visiting its two most important plazas, Plaza de España and Plaza de América. Then, we will get to know the city from the unique perspective offered by a trip along the river that crosses it, the Guadalquivir.
We will begin our sightseeing tour in the centre of Seville, where we will contemplate some of the most important buildings and monuments. Among them, we will see the Palace of San Telmo, which today houses the presidency of the Andalusian Government. We will also see the building of the old tobacco factory where the celebrated cigarette girl from the opera Carmen worked.
From there we will arrive at the impressive Maria Luisa Park, an enormous garden that, in addition to vegetation, possesses a relevant architectural heritage, in large part arising from the Iberian-American Exposition of 1929. That international event was celebrated in these gardens, and as witnesses many of its old pavilions are still preserved, such as the Argentina Pavilion, currently the Conservatory of Dance, or the Colombia Pavilion, which today is that country’s consulate.
The American Plaza was also created in 1929, and it is one of the most impressive squares in the city. The buildings from the old Moorish, Renaissance and Royal Pavilions are concentrated there. The three are admirable and still in use. The first is the Museum of Arts and Customs, the second houses the Archaeological Museum of Seville, and the Royal Pavilion is home to municipal offices.
From there we will head toward the Spain Square, also built during the Iberian-American Exposition of 1929 in order to represent Spain. In fact, all of its provinces are present, as you will see upon walking in front of its benches, in which each province is represented by an historical event. The plaza is so beautiful and spectacular that it has been used as a set for films like Lawrence of Arabia or Star Wars: Episode II.
We will make our next stop at the Murillo Gardens, where the monument that pays homage to Christopher Columbus is located in an environment surrounded by huge palms and trees.
From those gardens, we will head toward the Santa Cruz district, the old Jewish district that surrounded the Alcazar. This typical Sevillian neighbourhood is formed by a maze of narrow streets with many stately houses and interior patios full of flowers, and the white walls of the facades contrast with the ochre colour of its doors and windows.
From the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, we will head toward the Gold Tower in order to do a cruise along the Guadalquivir that will give you a different perspective of Seville, since from its waters we will contemplate many of the buildings, monuments and bridges that mark the history of the city.
To start, we will glimpse the streets of the Triana district, which we will later travel, before approaching the beautiful Maria Luisa Park, where we will see some of the buildings that were built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, like the old Argentina Pavilion, which today is home to the Conservatory of Dance.
From there we will head toward Isla de la Cartuja, where the Universal Exposition of 1992 took place. Very attractive buildings are still standing from that event, such as the Music Pavilion or the Future Pavilion. Also in this area is the Schindler lookout tower and the modern Pelli Tower, the tallest building in Seville.
In addition to seeing Isla de la Cartuja, from the boat we will see some of Seville’s symbols par excellence, such as the Torre del Oro (Gold Tower) or the Real Maestranza Bull Ring.
We will pass under bridges as famous as the emblematic Triana Bridge, the oldest in Seville, or the modern Alamillo Bridge and Barqueta Bridge, or the unique Puente del Santísimo Cristo de la Expiración (Holy Christ of the Expiration Bridge), which is very important in the Holy Week processions.
The cruise along the Guadalquivir will be end of our morning excursion through Seville, full of history and art, which makes Seville a special city.
Note: If you wish, you may combine this excursion with the flamenco show when booking and save money.