Suggested Private Excursions for Seville
Sevilla: Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride & Walking Tour
A horse-drawn carriage ride to see the Golden Tower and the Maestranza bullring by the Guadalquivir river, the historical city center, Town Hall square, Charity Hospital and walking tour through the old quarter and the famous Spanish Tapas.
The monumental site formed by the incredible Cathedral, (the 3rd largest cathedral in the world and Museum exhibiting priceless collections of precious metalwork, paintings, reliquaries, jewels and religious vestments) the Royal Fortresses and Archive of the Indies was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the city's emblem. The Gothic church, built on top of the Almohad Mosque of Seville, is located among whitewashed houses in the district of Santa Cruz, the former jewish quarter.
Next to these, the Reales Alcázares (Royal Fortresses) are built on top of an Arab citadel from the 9th century, yet we owe the Mudéjar decoration to Pedro I the Cruel in the 14th century. The walls enclose numerous rooms, lavish halls, and intimate courtyards. Its spacious gardens, with Arabic and Renaissance elements, frame the whole complex.
On the banks of the Guadalquivir we find the Torre del Oro, of Arab origin, which dates back to the 13th century and was part of the ancient walls. Its silhouette marks the entrance to Arenal, a bullfighting district par excellence. One of the most emblematic bullrings in Spain is located here: the one belonging to the Real Maestranza de Caballería which is one of the oldest bullring in Spain. Construction began in 1.749 of a circular ring on Baratillo hill to take the place of the rectangular bullring that was previously located there.
The Charity Hospital was built in the 17th century and it is organised around a double Patio divided by arches. The façade was designed by Leonardo de Figueroa and the tiles were produced in the Triana quarter. It also has the San Jorge church which is an outstanding example of Sevillian Baroque and the interior is richly decorated with famous artwork of Valdés Leal and Murillo. The main altarpiece is from Bernardo Simón de Pineda with sculptures of Pedro Roldán.
And the numerous terraces, pubs and bars should not be forgotten because they are where one of the most deeply-rooted of all traditions of the city is carried out: the “tapeo” (Tapas are essentially snacks. Bigger portions that are ordered to make up part of a meal are called raciones).
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