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Seville: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

1. 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.

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Sevilla Daily 3-Hour Bike Tour

2. Sevilla Daily 3-Hour 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, and provides access to sites that cannot be reached by car or bus, making it ideal if you want to have a comprehensive picture of the city. On your trip, you will see such sites as Alcazar Palace, the Triana and Santa Cruz districts, Maria Luisa Park, Plaza de España, Murillo Garden, the Christopher Columbus monument, and more. Many 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.

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Seville: City Center Walking Tour

3. Seville: City Center Walking Tour

Enjoy the magic of Santa Cruz, the historic city of Seville. Walk over picturesque plazas and through narrow alleys, and marvel at the world-famous moorish architecture. Walk around some of the most popular attractions such as the Royal Palace which was one of the settings for the popular Game of Thrones series. Admire the Cathedral with its Giralda Tower, the third largest cathedral in the world. Take in the Real Alcázar which, together with the General Archive of the Indies, form a unique complex. All three attractions are listed as Unesco World Heritage Sites.

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Seville: Sunset Walking Tour

4. Seville: Sunset Walking Tour

See Seville at sunset in this guided walking tour of the city. Start your walking tour in the historical center of Seville near the cathedral. Enjoy wandering the narrow streets of the old Jewish quarter while learning fascinating history from your expert guide. Search for famous faces in the facade of the Town Hall, then continue your walking tour through Salvador square, by the impressive baroque church of the same name, standing where once there was a mosque. Pass by traditional street markets and head to the awesome Metropol Parasol, or in Spanish, Las Setas. Finish your tour in a lively area of the city filled with bars and restaurants.

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Majestic Seville Half-Day Guided Tour

5. 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.

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Seville: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour

6. Seville: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour

Start your tour by visiting the Santa Cruz district, the former Jewish quarter, and most picturesque part of the city. Narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses surround you as you wander through centuries-old gardens and relax on beautiful tiled benches. Wander round the small squares lined with orange trees, get lost in the maze of improbably narrow alleys, where ancient houses almost seem to touch, and admire the leafy patios of private mansions through their iron gates. The city is full of history and stories, with many old palaces, churches and hidden passageways. The main sights in terms of buildings are the Cathedral and Giralda, formerly a minaret (mosque's tower), the Alcázar and the baroque Hospital of the Venerables (originally a home for retired priests). The Archivo de Indias is open to the public and stages frequent exhibitions, as well as offering an unparalleled historical resource.

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

7. 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. 

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What people are saying about General Archive of the Indies

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 369 reviews

The visit is well organized. Silvio our young and friendly Sevillan guide spoke good French! he gave us a great time with his knowledge of the city and its beautiful places! visit advisable

Great way to get to know beautiful Seville with fun stories. Cycling pace is very doable on good bikes. Really an unwise addition to your stay in this beautiful city

Our guide was great and explained everything to us very well - highly recommended! You get a very good first overview of the city and can then go on your own!

Pepa the fantastic guide, very nice available. arrived shortly before with the plane the panoramic start at sunset was very interesting and beautiful

Really amazing! Had a great time with the lovely Michiel.