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

Sevilla Daily 3-Hour Morning Bike Tour

1. Sevilla Daily 3-Hour Morning 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 Tour of the city

2. Seville: Electric Scooter Tour of the city

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.

Majestic Seville Half-Day Guided Tour

3. 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: City Center Walking Tour

4. 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.

Seville: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

5. 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.

Seville: 2-Hour Electric Kickscooter or Bike Tour

6. Seville: 2-Hour Electric Kickscooter or Bike 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.

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. 

Seville: Guided Walking Tour of the Santa Cruz District

8. Seville: Guided Walking Tour of the Santa Cruz District

Discover the beauty and history of Seville on a private walking tour with a local guide. Take in the vibrant streets and see the top sights in the Santa Cruz district like the Seville Cathedral, Giralda Tower, and the Real Alcázar. Uncover the facinating story of this neighborhood. 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.

From Cádiz: Private Day Tour of Seville's Famous Landmarks

9. From Cádiz: Private Day Tour of Seville's Famous Landmarks

Create your dream tour of Seville with this customizable private tour. Enjoy a private with a private tour guide at your disposition for 4 hours. A private luxury vehicle with a chauffeur will pick you up and drop you off at your place of choice in Cádiz. 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.

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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4.6 / 5

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Excellent time spent with Alé, a dynamic and friendly young woman. We see the most famous monuments of Seville, she tells us anecdotes. In short, we were delighted and our teenagers too. In addition, we were only six, so privileged. The visit is easily done with cycle paths. It's flat, no need for electric bikes.

We had the best tour of the city via scooter with our guide Fran. He was so knowledgeable and friendly. Great way to see the city by scooter. Great fun!

superb bike tour led by Malik, massive thumbs up and recommended for anyone wanting for a sedate tour of Seville. Excellent and strongly recommend.

awesome tour, informative, fun, bloody hot but loved it! thank you from australia

was great, tour guide has a lot of knowledge about Sevilla