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  • Address: El Arenal
Snuggled up against the Guadalqivir River’s east bank and set amidst some of Seville’s most storied streets, you’ll wander upon El Arenal. Its name (arena means sand in Spanish) tells the story of its past, when, during the 16th and 17th centuries, the sandy-banked neighborhood was used as Seville’s port, making it one of the most important port cities in the world. From its shore, boats set off west for the New World, or east for spices, and returned with grand treasures.

These days, the neighborhood, which sits within the city's historic quarter, is especially known for its residents' passion for bullfighting and also religion. Their faithfulness is evident in the abundance of Arenal brotherhoods, whose devotion can be seen during Holy Week each year, when Seville’s Catholicism comes to life in colorful processions that take over the city streets.

Within El Arenal you’ll also find some of the Seville's most notable sights, such as the 13th-century Torre del Oro, erected as a watch tower under Muslim rule; the royal shipyards of the Real Atarazanas; and the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza, the second-most important bullring in Spain after the one located in Madrid.

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You’ll find El Arenal situated up against the eastern side of the Guadalquivir River near the Torre de Oro and the mouth of the Isabel II Bridge (commonly known as Triana Bridge).

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Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco El Arenal in Seville

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 94 Reviews

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes

From USD $42.39

Seville Electric Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

From USD $45.82

Seville Opera Performance with Optional Dinner

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

From USD $34.37

Rail Tour to Seville by AVE Train

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 14 Reviews

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 15 hours

From USD $245.15

2-Night Seville Experience with City Tour and Flamenco Show

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 2 days

From USD $303.58

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