Places like Seville are hard to come by, but this city of history and romance is alive and well in Andalucía, Spain. The home of flamenco, there are plenty of spots for the enamored tourist to catch some Spanish guitar as background music to a dreamy night on the town. Technically known as sevillanas, flamenco dance performances can be found on stages and in tablaos all over the map.…
Things to do in Seville
At Calle Feria, one of the oldest markets in Seville, your guide shows you the finest stallholders and the freshest produce they have in stock. Fill your bags with the necessary ingredients, head to the kitchen with aprons on, and slice, dice, and chop as the room fills with cooking aromas and traditional music plays in the background to complete the cultural experience.
Menus change with the seasons, so your starter could be gazpacho or salmorejo—a dip rich with Mediterranean flavors such as tomato, garlic, and olive oil. Fried prawns fragrant with garlic, a fluffy Spanish omelet, or slow-cooked chickpeas with spinach could follow, and those with a sweet tooth will not be disappointed with a locally inspired dessert.
Before long, you are sitting and enjoying the fruits of your labor, complemented with a traditional drink. As the conversation flows, ask about culinary hotspots in the city where you can continue your Andalusian gastronomic adventure. Read More close
In the hills north of Seville rests Carmona, residing on a ridge from which you can see for miles across the region. As you admire sweeping views of its fertile land, you see why the town has become a hub for the production of wine, grain, olive oil, and cattle. Your guide also shares how Carmona’s tactical position has led civilizations like the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans to use it as a defensive stronghold.
Wander Carmona’s charming streets as you observe medieval palaces, monasteries, Roman gates, tree-lined boulevards, and other striking monuments. Visit 2 convents to hear about the region’s religious history and anthropological influences. Take one last look at the view before your return to Seville, glimpse at the majestic Parador de Carmona, and leave with unforgettable images fresh in your mind.
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Set out on the streets of Sevilla by bike and follow your guide as he or she heads for the city’s striking historical landmarks. Pause at Torre del Oro for an account of the military watchtower’s vital past before pedaling on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sevilla Cathedral. This magnificent structure is the largest gothic cathedral in the world; take some time to admire its splendid façade before moving on.
More magnificent architecture awaits you at Real Fábrica de Tabacos. While here, you’ll learn about the significant role the tobacco industry played in the city’s development.
Having worked up a healthy appetite, it’s time for a rest and a sample of Andalusia’s famous tapas. Nibble on creamy cheeses, spicy cured meats, freshly prepared vegetable dishes, and whatever the season dictates should be on the menu. Take a moment to relax and quiz your guide about where to best continue your adventure in Sevilla. Read More close
Begin your journey into Andalusian heritage with a walk along the shores of the river Guadalquivir, and admire Seville from a fresh angle. In the heart of the city, you will find the Alcázar of Seville, or Royal Palace, and the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic building in all of Europe. These grand structures are a testament to the city’s diverse stylistic influences and epitomize Spain’s medieval Golden Age.
Take a stroll through the Barrio de Santa Cruz, an enchanting labyrinth of alleyways and courtyards which once housed the second-largest Jewish community in the country. For a bird’s-eye view of all that you’ve seen, you climb the 320-foot (98-m) Giralda—a former minaret belonging to the Cathedral of Seville that was converted into a bell tower—and survey the lustrous cityscape below. Read More close
Begin the day planning an itinerary that reflects your photography preferences and weather conditions. With a wealth of photogenic monuments, stunning views, and other fascinating subjects, there’s no shortage of options to explore in Seville.
Grab your equipment and start snapping as head to out-of-the-way locations that few residents even know about. Find out how to analyze the environment and use it to enhance your photos while listening to expert advice on adjusting aperture, shutter speed, exposure, and focus.
Point and shoot as you take memorable shots of the city’s lesser-known perspectives. As the day draws to a close, end your tour with a developed awareness of your camera and a beautiful portfolio of pictures to mark your time in Seville. Read More close
Begin your tour at the Alcázar of Córdoba, where you can delve into this castle’s bewitching legacy. Marvel at its medieval structures, stroll through its expansive gardens, and admire the decorative mosaics that fill its grand rooms as your knowledgeable guide leads the way.
Continue on to the Cathedral of Córdoba, a former Islamic mosque that was converted into a Roman Catholic cathedral in 1236. Weave between its renowned columns and under its red and white arches as you learn about its history, and the contentious issue of who may pray there that continues to this day.
Pay a visit the charismatic Jewish quarter—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—whose irregular, cobbled streets are lined with buildings designed in a true Moorish style. Visit the courtyard of the Córdoba Synagogue, built in 1315, or linger at craft shops and sun-drenched terraces as you enjoy some free time for lunch or independent shopping. Read More close
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After a jeep ride through Spain’s gorgeous countryside, you uncover the natural wonders of one of the largest nature preserves in Europe. Doñana National Park is known for its biodiversity, as its lagoons, marshlands, dunes, and scrub woodland are home to rare and exotic flora and fauna. Be on the lookout for the nearly extinct Iberian lynx, Adalbert's eagle, the marbled teal, and the white-headed duck.
Stop at the charming village of El Rocío, where the devout make an annual pilgrimage to a 13th-century statue of the Virgin Mary that’s housed on an elaborate altar in the town’s hermitage, or chapel. Continue to the modern resort of Matalascañas, located near extensive coastal dunes and 4.3 miles (7 km) of pristine beaches. You can take a leisurely stroll, have some lunch, or simply relax on the sand. Read More close
Meet your local teacher in Triana, a district of Seville on the banks of the Guadalquivir. Hear from your bailaora how despite the area's proximity to the city center, Triana has a powerful identity of its own. It's perhaps no surprise that it has a flourishing flamenco scene and a rich heritage of Andalusian culture. Along the way see homes of well-known artists and local bullfighters.
As the music begins in the studio, pulsating guitar chords encourage you to move your body to the melodies. With an experienced teacher you soon master the basic steps before you learn to feel the music and instinctively express yourself in the flamenco. This lively class offers insight into one of Andalusia's proudest and most passionate cultural cornerstones in a fun and interactive environment. Read More close
Meet your guide in front of the grand town hall in the Plaza Neuva and head off in search of the city's finest views. Enjoy sweeping panoramas of the area from a series of carefully selected rooftop locations, and see how the old medieval city center is intertwined with the newer districts further out.
You guide's local knowledge proves invaluable in picking out the particular sights that you are used to seeing from ground level. With more than 100 church towers to find, the skyline is scattered with eye-catching architecture. Look down at the labyrinthine streets of the former Jewish Quarter, whose alleys seem to be competing for space before running into squares that bustle with activity.
With an easygoing pace and a stop for refreshments, this tour offers an excellent opportunity to access some remarkable locations, featuring some of the best scenery that Seville has to offer. Read More close
Cross the border from Spanish to British soil and journey to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. At a shade less than 1,400 feet (425 m) high, the vistas from here are stunning and far-reaching. Snap photos of the picture-perfect views of the Spanish coastline that surround you, as well as vantages of Morocco and the rest of the African continent beyond to the south.
The topography is almost as impressive inside the Rock, where you admire remarkable limestone formations with illuminated stalactites hanging above the grottoes of St. Michael’s Cave. Above ground, the colony of wild Barbary Macaques who have made the area their home is deeply connected with the past, present, and future of the peninsula.
Take some free time to wander in town, peruse the goods at any of the nearby shops, or simply relax with a beverage in one of the area’s many cafés and bars. Read More close
As your stroll to the first bar, hear how Seville’s geography and trading relationships with America and France helped create the burgeoning gastronomic culture the city enjoys today. Taste the legacy of that colorful past as you nibble on creamy Spanish cheeses, spicy cured meats, fresh shellfish, and seasonal vegetables.
Move on to your next stop for more plates, pairing your bites with a wide range of Spanish wines. Sip the famous Rioja and albariño varietals or uncover the flavors of the lesser-known palomino and Rueda. A glass of sherry has always been a favorite tipple in these parts. Now’s your chance to try it at the source and learn about its production.
Finish the day with your stomach full and your knowledge of Seville’s cuisine expanded. Before you leave, don’t forget to ask your guide for a couple of recommendations on where you can continue your foodie adventure. Read More close
Begin your tour with a scenic drive to Granada, and relax as you take in Andalusia's stunning landscapes. Upon your arrival at the city proper, begin to uncover Spain’s vast and varied history with a stop at the magnificent Alhambra—one of the most visited monuments in the world.
Wander through this fortified paradise and admire the opulently decorated functional areas, colorful tiles, and intricate walls that the Moors adorned with passages from the Koran. Also, be sure to explore the Alcazaba, one of the Alhambra's oldest ramparts.
Continue onward to the gardens of the Generalife, which was a place of leisure and recreation for the Moorish kings of Granada and is situated next to the Alhambra. Here you can feel a quiet serenity amid ponds, flora, and fountains, and cherish the remarkable view of Grananda that this locale offers.
Head to Plaza Bib-Rambla—an amiable square that’s the heart of the city’s social life. Enjoy lunch at the one of many local cafés, or peruse inviting markets for a memorable souvenir before returning to Seville. Read More close
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This 1-hour cruise showcases Seville’s coastal landmarks for you to enjoy from the peaceful comfort of a river boat. Sit back and relax as you float beneath bridges on your path along the river Guadalquivir, whose banks hold many emblematic sites of the city.
Watch as the river shimmers with the reflection of the mighty Torre del Oro, the Tower of Gold. The Maestranza Bullring, the oldest bullring in the world, and the intricate Triana Bridge invite you to take a few photos. You can also spot the Giralda and the Teatro de la Meastranza—Seville’s renowned opera house—from the surface of the water. Read More close
After a scenic drive into the city, you admire the many semicircular pavilions in Plaza de España, which were built in the Renaissance Revival style for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1928. Pass by Santa Maria’s Cathedral, the largest in the country, and see the final resting place of Christopher Columbus.
Continue to the American Square and pause for a photo at the impressive Mudéjar Pavilion—also called the Museum of Arts and Traditions of Seville—which was built in 1914. Admire its exterior, stylized in ceramic over brick, and its 3 doors that bear archivolts trimmed with azulejos (blue-colored glazed tiles). Your guide tells you about its collection and explains how it portrays Seville’s traditional culture.
Observe the Alcázar of Seville, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was originally a Moorish fort and is currently the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. Your guide points out the particulars of its Mudéjar-style architecture, and shows you why it’s one of the best examples of the discipline. Complete your tour with a stroll through the narrow alleys of Santa Cruz, filled with the romance of the past. Read More close
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Take off at the famous Torre de Oro, and marvel the intricate Moorish arches and designs carved around the dodecagonal tower. From here, head to the vast, circular Plaza de Espana. Featuring fountains, canals, and colorful, hand-painted tiles, its architectural aesthetics speak of Renaissance Revival style.
Cruise by the stunning Plaza de America, where the Neo-Mudéjar-style Museum of Art & Traditions sets an impressive backdrop for the decorative pool in front. Within the Triana district, jump off at San Jacinto. A popular pedestrian street, stocked with shops and charming cafés, this stretch of cobblestone caters to those mid-day snack cravings.
Continue to La Macarena—the city center named for the eponymous Basilica—past the shadow of its white turrets and yellow walls. Or, drive past the large tan and maroon Torre de los Perdigones before finishing at the Alameda de Hercules, a large square full of fountains and authentic Roman columns.
Route stops include:
- Torre del Oro
- Plaza de Espana
- Plaza de América
- Triana: San Jacinto
- Isla Magica
- Torre de los Perdigones
- Alameda de Hercules
- Plaza del Duque
- Plaza de Armas Read More close
Embark in your comfortable coach and head to Italica, the birthplace of the Roman emperor Trajan. Follow your knowledgeable guide as you traverse the city and explore the preserved ruins of large villas, whose foundations have remained mostly intact despite centuries of neglect.
View the remnants of the city’s famous amphitheater, which once seated as many as 25,000 spectators and was the third-largest of its kind in the entire Roman Empire. Meander through the hallways and pits that surround this landmark to uncover its engraved plaques and intricate mosaic floors, including its most famous painstakingly crafted work, Neptune and the Seasons. Read More close
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Begin with a trip to one of the best known sherry makers in Jerez, where you learn about the process of creating fortified wine before getting to enjoy a sample or two. Continue to a famous equestrian school and watch in wonder at the renowned, “How the Andalusian Horses Dance”—an authentic horseback ballet that’s performed to traditional Spanish music.
At the coast you cross to Cádiz, one of Europe’s oldest cities, whose rich history and culture are spread across its labyrinth of narrow streets, set against the backdrop of the lapping Atlantic Ocean. Succumb to its charms as you take some free time to discover a city that’s thriving well into its fourth millennia, making it one of the most enchanting places in the world. Read More close
Set out with your local guide to begin your tranquil journey. Hear about the importance of this vital waterway dating back to the Phoenician and Roman eras, its integral role in the development of the city, and the modern regattas that are a cause for celebration in the region today.
Pass under the boughs of the iconic Triana Bridge, which connects two halves of the city. Your position on the water offers a wonderful and unique perspective of Seville's landmarks along the way.
When you pause for a refreshing drink on the riverbank, look around to find others using the green recreational spaces in a similar fashion. Using the river a vehicle for sightseeing gives you a glimpse into the past and lets you see how it is enjoyed in the present. Read More close
Your tour focuses on the medieval neighborhood of Santa Cruz. Hear how this area was the original Jewish quarter for the city, and take a stroll through the labyrinthine streets that would be difficult to navigate without the expert local knowledge of your leader. Under the baking Seville sun these shaded alleys provide respite before you burst out into charming squares such as Plaza de Santa Cruz.
Arguably the city’s crowning glory is the gothic cathedral—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There can be no doubting its grandness as the third largest church in the world and the largest gothic cathedral. Its immense size and striking façade make for an awe-inspiring sight. Inside its illustrious status continues. See the tomb of Christopher Colombus and other Spanish dignitaries, and take a moment to admire the ornate decoration that adorns the walls and ceilings. Read More close
Begin your gastronomic journey at Encarnación Market, housed within the clean, bright atmosphere of the Metropol Parasol. Wander the alleys, perusing stands packed with colorful fruit and vegetables, prime cuts of meat, and the day’s freshest catch.
Contrast the modernity of Encarnación on a trip to the oldest market in town at Calle Feria. With an onsite bakery, the mouthwatering aroma of hot bread and other goods make your stomach rumble. To satiate your appetite, pause and let your in-the-know guide select 2 authentic tapas plates to try. Pair your bites with a refreshing beverage and reflect on the bustling nature of these foodie havens as your tour comes to a close. Read More close
Meet your local guide in the heart of the city and wind through the streets toward Macarena and Alameda, known locally as Sevilla la Rojo (The Red Sevilla). Immediately your guide’s passion for the city comes through as he or she begins reciting stories about the area’s rich heritage.
Hear about how these quarters of the city played a vital part in the Spanish Civil War, with revolutionary roots and a bohemian attitude very apparent. Given its rebel sentiments, it’s perhaps not a surprise to learn that the intense and emotional Flamenco dance originated in this area, and many famous dances and performers forged their careers here.
With a local guide in an off-the-tourist-trail area, you have the valuable opportunity to discover the heart of the city—in local communities—where churches, restaurants, flamenco clubs, and markets are the vibrant core of Seville. Read More close
Begin your full-day tour at the Alameda del Tajo, an area of beautiful green groves from which you can gaze down the dramatic gorge and across the region. Continue onward to the town’s centerpiece, the Ronda Bullring, and learn more about this controversial sport in the on-site bullfighting museum.
The most iconic symbol of the city is the New Bridge, connecting the older and newer parts of town, which spans the 325-feet (100-m) gorge. Enter the beautiful colonial Casa de San Juan Bosco, and admire the diversity of the town’s architectural styles as you wander around.
Complete your tour at the Bodegas la Sangre de Ronda winery, and learn more about the region’s rich wine-growing history before sampling some tastes of its famous vintage. Read More close
The Sevilla Card grants you admission to many of the city’s major attractions such as the Alcázar of Seville, the Basilica of La Macarena, and the Seville Cathedral —one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world—and many more. Also, enjoy a delightful boat cruise along the river Guadalquivir, where you can sit back and relax as the city’s iconic monuments glide past.
You can complete your city experience by taking part in any of the official guided tours offered with the Sevilla Card. Wander around with the help of a handy map, which points out hidden landmarks for you to find, and take advantage of the many discounts available at shops, shows, bars, and restaurants.
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Get into the Sevillian spirit as you sit back and enjoy the show. Flamenco is known all over the world for its mix of emotion, rhythm, and movement that combines to create a mesmerizing experience. Feel like you're part of the show as you applaud along and admire the performers’ traditional costumes. As you are moved by the entrancing verve emanating from the stage, you understand what makes this dance so popular.
There's no choreography in a flamenco show; each artist interprets the music in his or her own way as they move, clap, and sing. Take in this legendary Spanish tradition as you savor a selection of authentic tapas dishes and nibble on freshly prepared local delicacies.
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Begin your tour at the Alcázar of Seville—a fortified Royal Palace—where you follow your guide through each majestic section as you admire its decorative tiles and evolving architectural styles. Learn how each monarch embellished this opulent palace with his own regal additions. As you stroll through its ornate gardens, you can sense Seville's history unfolding before you throughout this grand complex.
Continue to Santa Cruz, the former Jewish quarter and home to many of the city’s oldest monuments. Meander through the labyrinth of cobbled streets, where you can find a scattering of whitewashed houses, delightful cafés, and tranquil gardens.
While you’re in the neighborhood, venture into the cool confines of historic Seville Cathedral—one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Gaze up at its huge altar, view the prestigious collection of artwork on display, and view the tomb of famed explorer Christopher Columbus. Read More close
Start with a visit to a colorful local market, where you can chat with the grocers as you shop for fresh seasonal ingredients from all over Andalusia. Then head to a nearby lively patio and art gallery where local artisans have been working for centuries. Your cooking class takes place here—the perfect Spanish setting for culinary inspiration.
Since food in Spain is a social activity, chat with your instructor about the country and listen to Spanish music as you prepare all different sorts of appetizers and drinks. After your tapas are ready, sit down to enjoy your homemade meal with a glass of Spanish wine. Menus can be adapted to accommodate any food preferences or allergies, and they include a variety of traditional as well as innovative tapas.
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Not far from the Sierra de Huelva—one of the best regions in the world for farming organic Iberian pigs—and surrounded by traditional olive mills, Seville is a mecca for food lovers and gourmet adventurers. In addition, the city also has a bar for every 30 inhabitants—a foodie's paradise.
Your gourmet Seville food tour takes you on a leisurely walk, during which you get to know the local neighborhoods and get a feel for the Andalusian culinary scene. Along the way, sample quality wine, artisan cheese, village bread, delicious ham, and fresh olives.
As the evening progresses, visit diﬀerent local taverns, chat with business owners, and make a few toasts with the locals standing next to you. By the end of the tour you savor the best of southern Spain—maybe even discovering that your stomach never ever wants to leave. Read More close
Begin by meeting your guide in town, where you head to one of the most emblematic markets of the city. What you cook depends on the time of year, and your local guide knows the vendors who stock the freshest seasonal produce. Let them expertly navigate the shopping arcade as you fill your bags with authentic Spanish ingredients.
Then it’s time to head to the studio—listen carefully as your chef gives you a brief introduction about what you’re about to prepare. Roll your sleeves up and let the fun begin as you prepare 3 dishes. Learn new techniques of mixing different ingredients together and follow your chef's instructions along the way.
Allow the conversation to unfold as you learn about local culture and history and sip on refreshing sangria. As you chat, savor your freshly made dinner before saying goodbye to your chef and leaving, armed with new recipes and cooking techniques to put to use back home. Read More close
As you cross the iconic Triana bridge over the Guadalquivir, wander into one of Seville's proudest neighborhoods. Hear from your guide how residents are fiercely proud of the local culture of Triana, which they consider separate from the main city. See how this is expressed in the culinary scene as you visit 4 bodegas (wine bars) and tapas restaurants.
Along the way observe various individual styles—some retain the heritage and tradition of yesteryear and others have a more modern twist—but one thing in common is the high quality of food. At each of the 4 stops, nibble on classic dishes with great beverages such as local Spanish wine. This offers mouthwatering insight into Triana's vibrant gastronomy and is sure to leave you hungry for more. Read More close
Start in the kitchen of an experienced master of Spanish cuisine as you run through recipes and get an introduction to the meats, produce, herbs, and spices on your bench. When you’re ready, tie on your apron, pick up your knife, and begin prepping the day’s menu.
Make classic fare including lamb stew with heady flavors, potatoes with piquant chorizo, juicy meatballs in an aromatic sauce, rociero stew spiced with paprika, and spinach with chickpeas. The simultaneous cooking fills the room with mouthwatering fragrances sure to get your stomach rumbling.
Once everything is done, sit around the table with a glass of wine and share stories among your new companions as you satisfy your hunger pangs with your expertly produced meal. Read More close
A warm welcome greets you as you cross the threshold of your host’s home. Savor the mouthwatering aromas that drift out of the kitchen as you mingle with the other dinner guests in informal surroundings that put you at ease. With a glass of wine or beer in hand, take a seat at the table and await the first dish.
Taste classic Spanish flavors and combinations made with the freshest and tastiest of seasonal ingredients. Let the conversation flow smoothly and satisfy your hunger as you tuck into 3 generous courses. Finish your meal with a relaxing cup of tea or coffee before you bid farewell to your new friends and head off into the evening. Read More close
Although the world of winetasting can seem daunting, your guide aims to dispel that myth by taking a relaxed yet informative look at wine and teaches you the techniques to fully appreciate a fine glass of vino. Learn how to use the glass to release deeper aromas, use your sense of smell to enhance the taste, and develop your palate to pick up subtle tastes you might find surprising.
With 6 carefully selected wines, you sample a wide spectrum of flavors. The options change and may include homegrown Rioja's and Albarino's, powerful old-world wines, or vintages from the newer kids on the block—wineries in the Southern Hemisphere. With anecdotes and snippets of history, this laidback excursion leaves you equipped with the techniques to continue your journey into the world of viticulture. Read More close