A STROLL AROUND SEVILLE: ART, CULTURE AND FOOD
Culture & local gems, Less than 1 hour walking, 50
- Seville Cathedral
- Barrio de Santa Cruz
- Casa Pilatos
- Sightseeing tour of the city
- Lunch with Andalusian menu
- Plaza de España
- Parque de María Luisa
We leave the port of Cádiz on our coach and head inland towards the amazing city of Seville, capital of Andalusia and a magical place that incarnates the essence of Spain with centuries of history and tradition.
Once there, we visit the Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world: it rises before us with its spectacular spires and towering minaret known as la Giralda, the only remain of the ancient mosque over which the cathedral was built. The church is home to fabulous artistic treasures as well as the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
Our tour continues with a visit to Barrio de Santa Cruz, which used to be a Jewish neighbourhood in Arab times. The maze of alleyways alternates with squares embellished with flowers and elegant patios.
We then reach Casa Pilatos, one of the most beautiful private residences in the city combining Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance architectural elements * a wealth of mosaic tiles contrasts with finely decorated white marble.
We get back on our coach and enjoy a short sightseeing tour of the city to see the squares and monuments that make Seville famous all over the world such as the Torre del Oro, one of the architectural symbols of the city overlooking the river bank.
As we start feeling peckish, we enjoy a typical Andalusian lunch: an additional way to discover the local culture with a dish of delicious paella or a steaming stew.
After lunch, we continue with Plaza de España, one of the most spectacular architectural spaces in Seville with its semi-circular shape symbolising Spain’s embrace towards its ancient colonies. It is surrounded by the opulent buildings of the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 reflecting into the sparkling canal.
After a break to take a few photos, we venture into Parque de María Luisa, which was donated by the Duchess to the city in 1893. A spectacular scenery opens up before us, one where architecture and nature coexist in perfect harmony: cedar trees, elm trees and palm trees reflect themselves into the many ponds, creating an enchanted atmosphere that still pervades us as we return to the ship.
Good to know
The excursion involves a lot of walking.
This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
On Sunday and on festivities? the visit of the Cathedral will be only from outside.