If you’re staying in the centre of Seville you can take a city tour on foot which takes in many of the main attractions such as as the Cathedral, Giralda and Alcazár which are all located right next to one another. The famous Maestranza bullring faces the Guadalquivir river which is just a few minutes walk from the Cathedral. The impressive Plaza de España is a little further out but still quite walkable but taking in so many sights in a short time can get tiring so numerous options are available to help you discover this stunning city:
Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tours
The most popular way to get around and see everything is to take the hop-on, hop-off bus tours which begin their itinerary on the side of the river, opposite the bullring. There are 12 stops in total and you can hop-on and off as many times as you like. Buses depart from each stop every 20 to 30 minutes and the duration of the route is about 75 minutes. Once you’ve bought your ticket it is valid for 24 hours so you’re under no time pressure to rush around the sights.
Seville Walking Tours
Of course you can visit Seville with your guidebook in hand and visit the main attractions under your own steam. However, we’d highly recommend that you take a walking tour with one of the city’s official guides. These lovely people are usually from Seville and have a genuine passion for their city which is so clearly displayed as they proudly show you around the famous monuments and lesser known corners of the city
Seville Classical or Historical City Tour: … Highly recommended is this half day city walking tour with a morning departure which gives you a choice of either the “Classical” or the “Historical” City Tour. Both options include the services of an English speaking guide who will show you around some of Seville’s most important attractions such as the Cathedral and Giralda tower, the Alcazár and the Jewish quarter of Barrio Santa Cruz.
Seville Coach Tours
- City Tour and Boat Trip: Most of the main attractions are right in the heart of the city near the Cathedral so there’s no real need to take a coach tour. However, city tours by coach are available that take you to attractions they can access such as the Plaza de España. The trip is combined with a boat trip along the Guadalquivir from where you get spectacular city views and sail alongside the pavillions of the 1992 EXPO site.
- Guadalquivir River Cruise: Alternatively, you can just book a relaxing two hour river cruise from which you can see many of the city’s main sights. Peronally I’d recommend that you take a walking tour rather than a coach tour then book a full day trip from Seville to one of the great destinations near Seville such as Jerez de la Frontera or Cordoba on a different day.
- Seville by Night & Flamenco Show: This very popular evening tour begins with a coach tour of some of the city’s main sights and illuminated fountains before heading over to one of Seville’s renowned flamenco tablaos. Here you’ll watch a Spanish flamenco dancing show with tapas.
Private Seville City Tours
The majority of visitors to Seville are more than happy to take a scheduled city tour in a small group with fellow tourists such as the ones listed above. However, if you’d prefer something a little special you might prefer to book a Seville private city tour which includes the services of your own English-speaking official tour guide. This is certainly a good way to get a far greater understanding of the history that helped create this fascinating city. Guides are usually very friendly ‘Sevillanos’ themselves who can give you a unique insight into their city. Some of the more popular private tours include the following:
- Private Walking Tour: Your guide will meet you at a pre-arranged location then you’ll head off on a half day walking tour of the city’s most importany historical sights.