Insider's Guide to Seville

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Torre del Oro (Golden Tower)

Just steps away from the Alcázar, and perched upon the Guadalquivir River, stands one of Seville's most un-missable monuments from the past, the Torre del Oro, or Golden Tower.

The 12-sided tower dates back to the Almohad Dynasty, when it was constructed in the 13th century. The theories behind the name's origin vary: Some say it came from the tower's once gold-tiled exterior, others say that it was due to it being a drop-off and storage point for gold delivery from the New World, and still others believe the title is simply a result of the landmark's golden-hued reflection on the river.

Whatever the reason, the Golden Tower's purpose was to act as a river defense to protect Seville. Along with another tower that once sat across the Guadalquivir (believed to have been demolished during an 18th-century earthquake), a chain would be raised in the river to stop ships from proceeding farther – a tactic that failed during the Reconquista, when Christians eventually took the city from the Muslims.

These days you can visit the tower, which now houses a naval museum, where you can browse its collection of navigation charts, historic documents and replica models of famous ships like the Santa Maria. Or simply head up the spiral staircase to the top, where you can keep watch and take in views of the city.

Practical Info

The Torre del Oro is open for visits Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 6:45pm, and on weekends from 10:30am to 6:45pm. It costs 3 euros to enter, but is free on Mondays.

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Seville Bike Tour with Full Day Bike Rental

There is no better way to experience Seville then riding through the cities many renowned bike lanes. With many fascinating sights to see and our all year ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Seville Classical or Historical Morning Sightseeing Tour

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Andalucia means just one thing: Seville! Who can fail to fall for the charms of this seductive city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River? Discover the ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Seville Electric Bike Tour

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See Seville with little effort and lots of fun on this 2.5-hour electric bike tour, led by an expert local guide. Easy and safe to ride, the bikes have ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.52

Seville Walking Tour and River Cruise

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See Seville’s history and culture come to life on a 3-hour tour led by a local guide! Combine a walking tour through the city center with a relaxing cruise by ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: Varies

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Seville Sightseeing Tour: Royal Alcazar Palace, Plaza de Espana, Seville Cathedral and Santa Cruz Quarter

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See the best of stunning Seville on this 4-hour comprehensive sightseeing tour by luxury minibus. With an expert guide, you’ll travel along the city’s romantic ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.45

Private Horse and Carriage Tour of Seville

Discover a new way to see Seville! A horse carriage ride will offer you a romantic overview of the city as you relax and let the horse do all the hard work.

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.72

Seville City Tour and Thermal Baths Ticket

See the sights of Seville on a city tour with a local guide, and then head inside Seville’s thermal spa – Aire de Sevilla – with an entrance ticket in the ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Rail Tour to Seville by AVE Train

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See the famous orange trees and beautiful architecture of Seville, Andalusia’s lovely capital city, on a full-day round-trip tour by train from Madrid. Board ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

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