Consider this your bridge — literally — to discovering one of Seville’s most beloved, eccentric and spirited neighborhoods, Triana. Commonly called the Triana Bridge, the Puente de Isabel II — which was completed in 1852 under Queen Isabel II’s reign — crosses the Guadalquivir River, thus connecting Seville and its old quarter to the almost entirely river-surrounded barrio.
The neighborhood of Triana is what will especially make this bridge worth crossing. It’s noted for its historically eclectic and Triana-proud residents, ranging from sailors to bullfighters, potters, and flamenco dancers. Beyond its cultural curiosities, it’s also a great place to explore: Visit the Chapel of El Carmen, with its Traina-made tiles, famously produced in the neighborhood and seen throughout Seville; or get a taste of local fare by stopping at the Triana Market, located near the bridge in a Moorish Revival building constructed atop the ruins of the Castle of San Jorge.
Situated just north of the main bullring, the bridge is easily reachable by foot from the city’s tourist center. To better explore the less-touristy neighborhood of Triana, you may wish to consider joining a bike, walking, or hop-on hop-off bus tour, or even just see it and the bridge from the river by boat. Note that the Triana Market closes in the early afternoon, and on Sundays.