Cruise Port Atlas | Seville, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

Seville, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Seville: Crystal, Paul Gauguin, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club

Key Attractions: Seville Cathedral, Christopher Columbus Burial Site, Alcazar Palace, Baths of Dona Maria de Padilla, Courtyard of the Maidens, Archivo de Indias, Cerro de Carambolo, Museo de Bellas Artes, Torre de Oro, Maria Luisa Park, Flamenco Shows

Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral

Cruise Port to Cathedral - 7 KM, 20 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The Cathedral of Seville became the largest church in the world when it was completed in the 16th century and is now the third largest. It has 80 chapels and a huge bell tower, the Giralda, which was a minaret during the time of Moorish rule. Begun in 1402, the cathedral was not completed until 1575. The opulence of the building is a result of the Golden age of exploration and the conquistadors. It is the burial site of Christopher Columbus, the most popular attraction in Seville. Along with the Alcazar and the Archivo de Indias, it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Spain's Golden Age   Murals and Altar Pieces   Spanish Gothic Architecture   Great views from the Bell Tower   Heritage Site  

Uneven surfaces    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Seville Cathedral by jeny

Sumela Monastery hangs precariously from the cliff

Alcazar (Palace)

Port to Alcazar - 7 KM, 20 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The Alcazar was originally built as a fortress for the Moors, but was converted to a palace when Christian rule was restored in 1248. The abstract Islamic architectural ornamentation remains one of the Alcazar's most striking features, along with the gardens and courtyards. The Spanish royals still use portions of the palace as their Seville residence. The Courtyard of the Maidens includes a second floor that was added after the Christians re-assumed power. Another famous room in the palace is the Baths of Dona Maria de Padilla.

Opulant Palace   Moorish Fortress converted to Palace   A blend of Islamic and Christian Architecture   Frescoes in the Stone Church   Heritage Site  

Uneven surfaces    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Alcazar by Cat from Sevilla, Spain

Archivo de Indias

Archivo de Indias

Cruise Port to Archivo de Indias - 7 KM, 20 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Along with the Cathedral and Alcazar, this building is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Seville. Completed at the end of the 16th century, the building was originally the trading house for the merchants of the city, but at the end of the 18th century became an archive for Spanish colonial history. It houses many significant historical documents including the journals of Christopher Columbus and documents of the conquistadors. The architecture is Italian-influenced Renaissance with limited ornamentation beyond the contrasting stones and stucco with which it was built.

Historical documents of colonial Spain   Renaissance Architecture   Heritage Site  

Flat Walking    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Archivo de Indias by Anual

Flamenco Club in Seville

Other Attractions in Seville

Seville has a wide range of attractions for every taste and interest. To find a great view of the entire city, climb to the top of Cerro de Carambolo, a hill outside of town. The Jewish section surrounds the cathedral and is considered one of the more scenic neighborhoods. There are several excellent museums including the Museo de Bellas Artes, considered second only to the Prado in Spain. The Torre de Oro along the river got its name from the legend that the 13th century tower was once topped with gold. And there are a number of lovely parks including the Maria Luisa Park that was built for the 1929 World's Fair. There are a number of places to see genuine flamenco in the city and a museum dedicated to the art.

Local wines including Sherry   Andalusian and Jewish Culture   Tapas   Great View from Cerro de Carambolo   Excellent Museums inclding art and flamenco  

Varied Walking    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Flamenco Show by Mongol

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

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