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General Archive of the Indies: Our most recommended tours and activities

Seville: Daily Bike Tour

1. Seville: Daily Bike Tour

Take a tour of Sevilla on bike and visit both the city hot spots and the under-the-radar highlights on a 3-hour guided trip. A bicycle tour allows you to cover a greater distance in the city with less effort than walking, making it ideal to discover the city. On your trip, you will see such sites as Alcázar Palace, the Triana and Arenal districts, Maria Luisa Park, Plaza de España, and more. Some of these places are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Additionally, discovering Sevilla in this fun and dynamic manner will not only expose you to the sites that have given it its reputation, but will also provide you with a fabulous sense of orientation in the city and give you valuable information about how to proceed. Learn about where you should eat and what you should see during your stay, as your guide points out the best restaurants, theaters, bars, and more.

Seville: Electric Scooter City Tour

2. Seville: Electric Scooter City Tour

Bike tours are fine but an electric scooter tour is unique. You will explore the most important and beautiful parts of Seville, as the little squares that only the locals can find. Meanwhile, you will learn about the building's importance and history. The first stop will be the most popular bridge in the city, Puente de Triana, on the way to Maria Park where Plaza de España is located, we will see Palacio de San Telmo. After a ride at Plaza España, head to the city center. Find the most historical buildings in the city, such as the Real Alcazar, Cathedral, Archives of Indies, and the Royal Tobacco Factory. Before finishing and next to the river, we will see the Tower of Gold.

Seville: 2-Hour Electric Kickscooter tour

3. Seville: 2-Hour Electric Kickscooter tour

Navigating the city onboard a kickscooter or bicycle is the fastest and most eco-friendly way to see and learn about all the historical monuments and hidden wonders of Seville. Follow a guide on a tour of the city's highlights, getting up-close views of the most beautiful and iconic locations. Take your pick from a wide fleet of vehicles including pedal bikes, electric bikes, and electric kickscooters. From the center of town, the tour heads to the Archivo de Indias followed by the Cathedral of Seville, which dates back to 1401 and is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Continue to Plaza del Triunfo — full of history and always bursting with culture. Breeze through the Gardens of Murillo to the Alcazar, a walled complex built in different historical stages, started in the Middle Ages. Take in the incredible scenes at the Plaza de España, which has ramps for bikes and scooters and is the perfect opportunity for photographs. Wander the gardens of Maria Luisa, and then head down to the river Guadalquivir for a fresh breeze to end the tour. The nimble scooters and bikes can get you up close to hidden gems that wouldn't be accessible by car or bus, and a professional guide speaking your language will share stories and experiences about the magical city of Seville.

Seville: City Highlights Bike Tour

4. Seville: City Highlights Bike Tour

Uncover the legendary history, wonderful monuments, and unique hidden corners of Seville on a biking tour around the main districts of the city. Cycle along a scenic route at a leisurely pace, allowing you to take in the incredible views and insightful information given by your guide. Cross over the Puente de Isabel II to discover the charming neighborhood of Triana. Gaze at Santa Ana Church, the Torre del Oro, and Palacio de San Telmo, before moving on to the awe-striking Real Alcazar. Pass by the historic General Archive of the Indies and the Cathedral. Head over to Plaza del Cabildo and the Tobacco Factory, finally reaching the tranquil Parque de Maria Luisa to find the stunning Plaza de España. Ride back to the starting point and receive recommendations on how to continue your adventure in this magical city.

Seville: City Landmarks Smartphone Audio Guide

5. Seville: City Landmarks Smartphone Audio Guide

This short but loaded with content walk will take you to the main landmarks that make Seville the monumental city it is. Discover three different Unesco Heritage monuments, the Cathedral, Alcazar and Archive of Indies, and enjoy fascinating commentary about the history of Sevilla’s most iconic buildings. Highlights included in the route: Avenida de la Constitución Archivo de Indias Seville Cathedral Puerta del Perdón Giralda Alcázar de Sevilla …and many more!

Seville: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

6. Seville: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Wander through the wondrous city of Seville , the frying pan of Europe. Seville is a city packed with exciting landmarks that are a fascinating mix of cultures and styles. Admire the magnificent Sevllle cathedral and its bell tower which offers a spectacular view of the city, and be entranced by the stunning Royal Palace of Alcazar, one of Europe’s most beloved tourist destinations, and the place where Christopher Columbus came to tell tales of his voyages to the New World to Spanish royalty. View some of the documents of the Archivo de Indias, a monumental collection of papers relating to the conquest of America, a landmark event in human history. Visit the world's most famous bullfighting ring and also see the Hospital los Venerables, Plaza Virgen de los Reyes, the Hospital de la Caridad, Torre del Oro and the Teatro de la Maestranza. Your tour. Your way.

Majestic Seville Half-Day Guided Tour

7. Majestic Seville Half-Day Guided Tour

Explore the majesty of Seville with a local guide, and see the highlights of the Andalusian city as you walk down streets fragrant with the scent of orange trees. Following a pick-up from your hotel (on request), transfer to Seville Cathedral. Admire the façade of the world’s largest Gothic cathedral (and the 3rd-largest church in the world), before going inside to be dazzled by sacred treasures. Registered in 1987 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cathedral was built as a demonstration of the city’s wealth, and is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus. Next, go inside the neighboring Alcázar palace complex, home to the General Archive of the Indies. Originally built by the Moors as a fort, the Alcázar subsequently became a royal palace, and is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Spain. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as their official residence in Seville today. See multiple treasures inside the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe, along with exquisite architecture, such as the Courtyard of the Maidens. Marvel at ornate mosaics, and much more.

Seville: Private Guided City Walking Tour

8. Seville: Private Guided City Walking Tour

Discover the history and culture of Seville on a 2.5-hour private guided walking tour. Explore Seville’s Islamic influence, the Santa Cruz neighborhood, and the oldest Spanish palace, a filming location for the popular television show, Game of Thrones. Meet your guide at the Plaza del Triunfo, where the Seville Cathedral, the Royal Alcázar of Seville, and the Archive of the Indies are located. See the outside of Spain's largest cathedral and the second largest in the world, after the Vatican. Learn about the historic figures that are buried inside. Spot the Giralda Tower, one of the symbols of Seville. Learn all about how the Islamic culture influenced the city and the Alcázar, or palace, which is also the oldest Spanish palace still in use. Make your way to the Plaza España and learn about the films that were filmed there. Continue to the Santa Cruz neighborhood, which was once the old Jewish Quarter and the oldest in the city. Learn about the Guadalquivir River, which turned Seville into the commercial capital of Europe. Because the tour is private, the itinerary and pace can be adapted to your needs.

2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour Seville & 1-Hour River Cruise

9. 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour Seville & 1-Hour River Cruise

Meet the guide at a central point and start visiting the Santa Cruz district, known as the former Jewish quarter. This is the most picturesque and delightful part of the city, with narrow winding cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, where you can sit outside a bar, enjoy some tapas and watch the world go by, or wander through centuries-old gardens and relax on beautiful tiled benches. Wandering round the small squares lined with orange trees (especially Plazas Doña Elvira and Santa Cruz), getting lost in the maze of improbably narrow alleys, where the ancient houses lean so far towards each other that they almost seem to touch and admiring the leafy patios of private mansions through their iron gates; this will be one of the best experiences of your visit to Seville.  The main sights are the Cathedral and Giralda, formerly a minaret (mosque's tower), the Alcázar (royal fortified palace) and the baroque Hospital of the Venerables (originally a home for retired priests) whose chapel houses a fine collection of paintings as well as murals by Valdés Leal; the hospital also holds temporary exhibitions. The Archivo de Indias, which houses all maps and documents about Spain's conquest of the New World, is open to the public and stages frequent exhibitions, as well as offering an unparalleled historical resource. After the walking tour, enjoy of a nice one-hour cruise, during which you will discover the city from another perspective, the one of its legendary river Guadalquivir. 

Costa del Sol: The Alcázar & Seville Cathedral Private Tour

10. Costa del Sol: The Alcázar & Seville Cathedral Private Tour

Enjoy a private Seville tour for 12 hours with a private tour guide for 4 hours. A private luxury vehicle with chauffeur will pick you up and drop you off at your place of choice in Málaga, Marbella or Estepona. Seville is the capital of Andalusia. Its old town contains, among other remarkable monuments, three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. After discovering the most important places of the city, get a walk to see its streets and try its famous gastronomy before your driver takes you back to your point of departure. Seville’s rich history starts as the Roman city of Hispalis. Later it became Muslim and became the centre of the Taifa of Seville after the collapse of Córdoba, until being incorporated into the Crown of Castile in 1248. As the gateway of the Spanish Empire's trans-Atlantic trade, it became one of largest cities in the world. The 17th century in Seville represented the most brilliant flowering of the city's culture. The 20th century in Seville saw the Spanish Civil War, the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and the Universal Exposition Expo '92. Get to know the landmarks of Seville that were witnesses to its history: - The Cathedral: The largest Gothic church in the world. Christopher Columbus was buried in it. Its bell tower, the Giralda, was the minaret for the Great Mosque of Seville. A Renaissance-style belfry was later added by the Catholics. The tower is 104.1 m in height and remains the most important symbol of the city. - The Alcázar: A royal palace built for the Christian king Peter of Castile on the site of an Muslim residential fortress. A preeminent example of Mudéjar style, combining Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance structural elements. The upper stories of the Alcázar are still occupied by the royal family when they visit Seville. The TV show “Game of Thrones” has shot many scenes at this location. - The General Archive of the Indies: The repository of extremely valuable documents illustrating the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and Asia. The building is an example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. - The Plaza de España: A square built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and an example of Regionalism Architecture, with elements of the Baroque Revival, Renaissance Revival and Neo-Mudéjar styles.. - The Royal Tobacco Factory: 18th-century stone building , now the seat of the rectorate of the University of Seville. - The Palace of San Telmo: Seat of the presidency of the Andalusian Government. Construction of the building began in 1682 outside the walls of the city, on property belonging to the Spanish Inquisition. - The Tower of Gold: Almohad river watchtower. It served as a prison during the Middle Ages. Its name comes from the golden shine it projected on the river, due to its building materials. The third and uppermost level was added after the previous third level was damaged by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.

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4.7 / 5

based on 610 reviews

It was a pleasure. Marcos and Miguel were so friendly and welcoming. Our guide Miguel has a huge knowledge and as a "Native Sevillan" could tell us many stories and side notes. He recommended us some great Tapas bars too. In the end we were offered a glass of Sevillan orange wine. It was lovely. Great that the group was small! Only one little recommendation: Miguel knows all small streets so well, but sometimes he didn't care enough for the group as they couldn't keep up with his pace.

très contente de mon séjour

The bike tour was great. We saw the most important highlights of the city and the guide always gave us time to explore something ourselves. The photos that the guide took of the group are also a nice memory. At the end we got a free glass of wine and a list of good tapas bars. Only the guide's English could have been a bit better.

Cool experience with the self-determined tour. You walk the tour and the explanation for it starts at the next monument. Perfect if you don't want to walk through the city in large groups but rather on your own.

Julio was extremely knowledgeable and comprehensive in the history and social environment of Seville. He was charming and interesting, and we were impressed that he was interactive too. We highly recommend him.

It was a great experiece, a good way to have a quick look of the city, know about history, and also have fun!