With its age-old orange groves and minarets punctuating the skyline, the city of Seville boasts cultural appeal like few other cities in Spain. Tour this area's signature winding alleyways, traditional plazas, and other sites of interest like the Santa Cruz district and the Cathedral on this private 2.5-hour tour.
Begin with a pleasant and enjoyable walking tour, during which you will understand the city of Seville through both a historical and artistic point of view. The pace of the tour is easy going and not physically demanding. It is a nice walk with a kind, friendly and experienced guide. The streets and monuments of Seville are an open-air museum and show the city's 3,000 years of history.
You will meet at a central point and start visiting the Santa Cruz district. Known as the former Jewish Quarter, it is the most picturesque and delightful part of the city, with narrow winding cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, where you can sit outside at a bar, enjoy some tapas and watch the world go by, or wander through centuries-old gardens and relax on beautifully tiled benches.
The best experiences of Seville include wandering around 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 toward each other that they almost seem to touch, and admiring the leafy patios of private mansions through their iron gates. It is incredibly picturesque and 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 (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, you will make your way to Puente de S. Telmo, 7 - Muelle de Turismo where you will enjoy a nice 1-hour river cruise. During the cruise, you will discover the city through another perspective: that of the legendary river Guadalquivir.