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Santa Cruz District

Whitewashed buildings, maze-like streets, and courtyards lined with orange trees: No place really defines Seville charm quite like the streets of the Santa Cruz district. As the city's former judería, or Jewish quarter, it is home to many of Seville's top sights, from the grand cathedral with its minaret-turned-tower (called the Giralda) to the Real Alcázar and its fountain-dotted gardens.

The neighborhood dates back to when Ferdinand III of Castile took Seville from Muslim rule, and the city's Jewish residents began to live in what is now El Barrio de Santa Cruz (making it the second-largest Jewish Quarter in population behind that of Toledo). After the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, however, the district fell into disrepair, until it was finally revived in the 18th century.

Apart from appreciating the district's history and seeing the main sights, perhaps the best thing you can do during a visit to Santa Cruz is to simply get lost in the barrio's streets. Walk along Callejon de Agua, which follows the Alcázar garden walls, and is named after an aqueduct of water that used to run atop the wall itself. Or hopscotch from plaza to plaza, with a special stop in the neighborhood's namesake Plaza de Santa Cruz. This square sits on the site of a preexisting church of the same name, which itself was constructed in place of even older ruins from a former synagogue.

Practical Info

Barrio de Santa Cruz is hard to miss, not only because it's home to Seville's top sights, but because its web of streets will suck you in with their Andalusian allure and have you lost in the turn of a corner. That said, the neighborhood is bordered by the Jardines de Murillo, the Reál Alcázar, and the streets Mateas Gago and Santa Maria la Blanca/San José.

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Seville at Night Tour with Flamenco Show at Casa de las Guitarras, Seville, null
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Seville at Night Tour with Flamenco Show at Casa de las Guitarras

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Get a unique perspective on the main spots of Seville, as you take this night tour. Let your guide take you to the outside of the Alcázar of Seville and ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.50
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Seville Rooftop Walking Tour, Seville, City Tours
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Seville Rooftop Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Enjoy a unique 2-hour walking tour in Seville from the city's main rooftops. Learn all the history behind each monument and discover the cultural and ...  Read more

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

From USD $37.82
Seville City Bike Tour, Seville, Walking Tours
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Seville City Bike Tour

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Explore Seville on a city bike during this 3-hour tour and see more of the city than you would on a walking tour. Cycle from the historic Barrio Santa Cruz ...  Read more

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

From USD $26.99
Islamic Seville Guided Tour, Seville, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Islamic Seville Guided Tour

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Enjoy a half-day guided tour to Barrio Santa Cruz, one of the most charming neighborhoods in Seville and witness the amazing complex of palaces of the Real ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.66
Santa Cruz Guided Walking Tour in Seville, Seville, Half-day Tours
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Santa Cruz Guided Walking Tour in Seville

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Santa Cruz is the cradle of cultures. It was the old Jewish quarter, its narrow streets are testimony to countless characters of all ages from Romans and ...  Read more

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

From USD $8.64
Jewish Quarter Guided Tour in Seville, Seville, Cultural Tours
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Jewish Quarter Guided Tour in Seville

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Discover one of the oldest quarters (Santa Cruz - Old Jewish Quarter) of Seville in this guided walking tour and learn more about the History of Seville before ...  Read more

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

From USD $12.95
3-Hour Walking Tour in Seville, Seville, Walking Tours
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3-Hour Walking Tour in Seville

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Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour in Seville and discover all the city's main landmarks. You will visit the Royal Alcazares, the Cathedral and the Giralda (entrance ...  Read more

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

From USD $17.27
Valencia Private Walking Tour, Valencia, Walking Tours
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Valencia Private Walking Tour

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Book this 3-hour walking experience and explore the capital of the Valencian Community in Spain. Discover its historical landmarks combined with modern ...  Read more

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

From USD $183.52
Tapas and Traditions of Seville Day Food Tour, Seville, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Tapas and Traditions of Seville Day Food Tour

Taste the vibrant flavors of Seville on a 4-hour foodie and history walk. Weave through 3 of Seville’s central neighborhoods -- Arenal, Santa Cruz and Alfalfa ...  Read more

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

From USD $80.97
Santa Cruz Quarter and Cathedral Guided Day Tour in Seville, Seville, Food Tours
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Santa Cruz Quarter and Cathedral Guided Day Tour in Seville

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Embark on an amazing and unique guided tour of the most charming neighborhood in Seville, the Santa Cruz Quarter, and also witness one of the most beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.58

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