General Archive of the Indies (Archivo General de Indias) Tours

There was a time after Spain’s first journeys to the Americas that Seville
served as one of the most important commercial cities and ports in Europe. For that reason, in 1572, this Renaissance-style building — now called the General Archive of the Indies — was erected, with the goal of serving as a merchant’s exchange.

Come 1785, when Seville’s role as a trade hub fizzled out, the grand building was finally converted into a space meant to unify all the country’s documentation related to its overseas empires in the Americas. These days, this includes 9 kilometers of shelving with over 43,000 volumes and 80 million pages, and is composed of documents such as exchanges between Christopher Columbus and the Spanish King and Queen, as well as other writings by explorers. Though the extent of what visitors can actually view is quite limited, entrance to the building is free, and therefore worth a quick wander, especially since it’s located right next to the main cathedral.

Practical Info

The General Archive of the Indies is situated in a stunning building just opposite the main cathedral and is therefore easy to visit while touring Seville. Much of its exhibits are in Spanish, so you may wish to make this stop on a guided tour in order to better understand the space.
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Address: Avenida de la Constitución, 3 (Edificio de la Lonja), Seville, Andalucia 41071, Spain
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Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays and holidays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Seville at Nightfall: Guided Walking Tour

Fall under the spell of Seville’s evening charms on a 2-hour nighttime walking tour. Once the crowds disperse and the stars come out, stroll through the city’s medieval streets with your expert guide. See illuminated landmarks like the Alcazár palace and Giralda bell tower while listening to the ancient legends that surround them. Get a sense of Seville’s local nightlife as you stroll through the flamenco hot spot of Triana, city plazas and the historic maritime quarter of Arenal. It’s an atmospheric way to see a different side of Seville.
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Guided Monumental Route Segway Tour in Seville

Experience the historic streets of Seville on two wheels during this 2-hour Segway sightseeing tour. Step aboard your electric-powered ride as you roll through Seville’s sprawling Old Town, one of the largest in Europe, visiting a range of UNESCO World Heritage sites and museums along the way. As you move you'll see the Alcazar Palace, the massive Seville Cathedral, Maria Luisa Park, and the General Archive of the Indies, among other sights. A guide, plus a helmet, insurance and celebratory post-ride drink, are included.
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Secrets of Seville Private Walking Tour

Discover more than 3,000 years of Spanish history on a private walking tour of Seville. Learn about the city’s many-layered past, reflected in the diverse architectural styles of monuments like the Seville Cathedral, Giralda, Alcázar palace, and Plaza Santa Cruz. Soak up the ancient atmosphere as you stroll through narrow medieval streets, hidden gardens, and charming squares lined with orange trees. Ask all the questions you like and enjoy personalized attention from your private guide to make the most of your time in Andalusia's enchanting capital.
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Horse and Carriage Sightseeing Tour in Seville

Discover the delights of Seville during a private 1-hour horse and carriage ride around the stunning Spanish city. From the comfort of a traditional carriage, you’ll cruise past UNESCO-listed landmarks like Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede) and the Alcazar of Seville. Gaze at the mighty Torre de Oro (Golden Tower), marvel at the iconic Plaza de España and upgrade your tour to include a bottle of champagne sure to make your horse and carriage ride truly unforgettable. Receive personalized attention on this private tour.
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Guided Electric Bike Tour in Seville

Enjoy a day outdoors by going on a guided electric bike tour in Seville. Traveling on an electric bike means you won’t get tired legs, and you’ll get to see more than you would do on a walking tour. You’ll travel between dispersed sites with a guide, so you won’t get lost, and see multiple city highlights in a day such as Palace of San Telmo, Alcázar, and Maria Luisa Park.
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Small-Group Tour: Seville City Center and Plaza España via Segway

Glide through the streets of Seville on this easy guided Segway tour of the city's top attractions, including Plaza España, Plaza de Armas, and more. This tour includes an instructional portion for you to get comfortable using your Segway and is limited to 14 people for a more personalized experience.
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Colonial America Walking Tour in Seville

History buffs will love this 2-hour hour walking tour that explores Seville’s reign as the ‘gateway to America’ during the Spanish Golden Age. Begin at the World Heritage-listed General Archive of the Indies, home to many important documents from Seville’s days as a major European maritime hub. Stroll through the historic Arenal harbor area and the Triana neighborhood while your local guide shares legends and facts from this fascinating era in Spanish history.
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