Bike Route I: Top Monuments of Seville (what you can’t miss)
Welcombeautiful e to Seville! A city full of colors, long summer nights and a cheerful atmosphere. Maybe you’ve already made a bit of sense about Seville before your trip, read about it in guidebooks or searched the internet. Often emblematic places or monuments are highlighted, which give the city its unmistakable image. For historical and cultural reasons, you should definitely not miss them.
We have created a bike tour for you, which will take you though all the main sights of the city. Since you rented a bike, you can even take it easy, as you get faster from one destination to another. It is also the perfect tour for those who have little time to visit Seville or are just here for a stopover.
Let’s start the tour!
1. Cathedral and Giralda
After picking up your lovely bike from the Seebybike Shop, you go directly to the main entrance of the market hall (Mercado del Arenal).
Once outside (Calle Pastor y Landero), turn right to the end of the street and then turn left into Adriano. We continue until we come to Calle Garcia Vinuesa (attention: oncoming traffic). This leads us directly to Avenida de la Constitución. And there is our first stop: the largest gothic cathedral in the world! This impressive monument was built in the 16th century on the remains of the former mosque. Some of the remains of the former mosque have been preserved: the minaret, la Giralda, the landmark of the city and the orange court with fountain. You have one oft he best views from the top oft he Giralda!
Just next to the Cathedral you will come to the Plaza del Triunfo, where the main entrance of the Alcázar is located. If your schedule allows, you should not miss a visit. Magnificent gardens full of orange and lemontrees and an architectural masterpiece of Islamic and Gothic influences await you here. (Book your skip-the-line-ticket online at www.alcazarsevilla.org)
3. Barrio Santa Cruz
Just off the exit from the Alcazar, located in the Patio de las Banderas (where you can enter without having visited the Alcazar), you will reach the tunnel-like entrance to the picturesque Santa Cruz neighbourhood, which will seem like a labyrinth to anyone who sees it for the first time. The beautiful squares, winding lanes, and flower-decked patios with fountains immediately enchant you. At the end of Callejon de Agua, along the wall of the Alcazar, turn right to the Jardines de Murillo. You will now cycle in the direction of “Real Farbica de Tabaco” (today’s University of Seville) in Calle San Fernando.
4. Real Fábrica de Tabaco
Unlike today, factories once were made even more splendid. Particularly impressive is the palatial main portal on Calle San Fernando. Around the magnificently designed entrance you will see numerous finely engraved reliefs, which refer to the discovery and conquest of America and the economic importance of tobacco reference. Here you can lock the bikes and visit the building from the inside. Scene of the first act of the famous Opera Carmen is a square in front of the gate of the tobacco factory.
5. Plaza de España & Parque Maria Luisa
Follow two roundabouts towards Plaza de Espana and Parque Maria Luisa. With an area of 340’000 m2 and its extraordinary botanical value due to the different species that live in it, this park is of great historical interest. The imposant Plaza de España was built for the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929. It is a landmark example of the Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Renaissance Revival, and Mudejar styles of Spansh architecture. The complex is a huge half-circle with buildings continually running around the edge accessible over the moat by numerous bridges representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. By the walls of the Plaza are many tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain.
6. Palacio San Telmo
In the direction of the river there are various exits to leave the park and on the Paseo de las Delicias you can now ride towards Palacio San Telmo. This beautiful structure was originally built as a University of Mariners. In the middle of the 19th century, the palace was taken over by the Dukes of Montpensier. Later he was ceded to the church and served from then on as a seminary. Since 1992, the building belongs to the Junta de Andalucía and houses the seat of the state government.
7. Torre del Oro
If you continue parallel to the river you come to the Torre del Oro. Its construction is reminiscent of the 13th century. It was once part of the Almohad defense system. Inside, there is the Museum Naval, which houses an important graphic and written documentation about the history of the nautical history in Seville.
After crossing the San Telmo bridge and turning right, you will come to Triana. The Triana area, on the west bank of the river, has many special features to visit: beautiful churches, such as the Santa Ana parish church, built in the 13th century and the oldest and most important in this neighbourhood. Triana is famous for its ceramic and pottery tradition. And last but not least, the bridge Puente de Isabel II, which, especially at night, creates a very special atmosphere on the river. Over this bridge you will find your way back to the Seebybike shop.