Three days in Seville – see the city from a different angle - day 2
09:00 – breakfast and Torre de Oro
You’ll be well aware of the River Guadalquivir running through Seville by now, so make sure you take the opportunity to explore this picturesque side of the city too. Start the day with breakfast at Café Hércules on Calle Peris Mencheta. The café’s bright walls and cheap tasty breakfasts ensure you’ll have a vibrant start to the day. Make sure you try the orange juice, made with freshly squeezed Seville oranges, while various breads topped with local olive oils provide a continental-style breakfast.
The Torre de Oro, the ‘Tower of Gold’ found on the bank of the river, opens at 10am. Previously a watchtower, Middle Ages prison and now a naval museum, the tower dates back to the 13th century and has a distinctly golden sheen. Walk the 91 steps to the top to enjoy stunning views of the river and the city. Meanwhile, the naval museum provides some good insight into the naval history and maritime importance of Seville.
11.30 - cruise along the River Guadalquivir
The hour-long cruise along the River Guadalquivir is a popular option for visitors to the city, providing a new perspective on Seville. Tour operators and hotels across Seville sell tickets, or a cruise is already included if you have purchased a Seville Card
. During the cruise, you’ll be able to spot many of the city’s landmarks and monuments and will pass under nine bridges. This includes the striking Alamillo Bridge by architect Santiago Calatrava, who designed it for the Expo 1992 that Seville hosted. Continuing the city’s distinct Christopher Columbus theme, the Expo was held to celebrate the 500th
anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.
13.30 – lunch and Museum of Fine Arts
Following your voyage on the River Guadalquivir, treat yourself to a lunch back in town. The Moroccan Restaurant al Medina
helps you celebrate the distinct Moorish influence on the city and sample foods including hummous, Moroccan salads and tagines.
Once you’re feeling well-fed, visit the Museum of Fine Arts
, widely hailed as one of the best museums in Seville. Here you’ll find the works of many well-known Spanish artists, ranging from medieval times right up to the 20th century. Founded in the 1800s, the works are housed inside a characterful 16th
-century building, previously a convent.
While you’re in the mood for soaking up the history and culture of Seville, pay a visit to Calle Muñoz León, where you can still see some standing examples of the city walls that date back to the 12th century. It’ll make you feel bang in the middle of an era from centuries ago, when Seville was the most heavily fortified city in Europe. The walls also served as protection from flooding from the River Guadalquivir.
16.00 – Triana
Triana is a more residential area on the other side of the river, allowing you to see another side of Seville from the old town. Said to be the home of flamenco, Triana also houses tiny shops and a smattering of bars and restaurants on Calle Betis, one of the prettiest streets in Seville. The best way to explore Triana is to wander around and go where you feel like walking – you can’t get too lost here.
If you’ve become a fan of the ceramic tiles seen everywhere in Seville, stop off at one of the many ceramic shops especially prevalent in this part of the city. Ceramica Santa Ana on Calle San Jorge is one excellent option, with plenty of tiles for sale with the distinctive Moorish patterns. If you’re interested in buying a few food items, pay a visit to Mercado de Triana, where you’ll find a wealth of local foods on sale, such as chorizo and lush Seville oranges.
Complete your visit with the important daily ritual of tapas and sherry. La Cucana on the postcard-perfect Calle Betis is a great option, with typical Spanish tapas served with views overlooking the river.
20.00 – foodie heaven
Those who are big food fans simply cannot visit Seville without heading to Abantal
, one of only two Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. If you’re in the mood for splashing out, go for the daily special tasting menu – seven courses paired with wines, or the even more extravagant 9-course tasting menu. Flavours include the likes of red tuna tataki with tomato foam and oysters with cauliflower cream and pine nuts.