Trip from Marbella to Seville, Andalucia
Capital of Andalucia
Seville is the capital of Andalucía and it has more than 1.5 million people living in the metropolitan area. Seville lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir and is one of the largest historical centres in Europe as well as being the home of flamenco. Some of its architecture is based on the Mudejar style with buildings constructions such as The Alcazar that shows Arab influence in the design.
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Cathedral of St. Mary
Visit the old city, with the Cathedral of St. Mary which was built between 1401 and 1519 on the former site of the city's mosque. It is amongst the largest of all medieval and Gothic cathedrals, in terms of both area and volume. It has the longest nave in Spain and is lavishly decorated with a large quantity of gold. The Cathedral reused some parts of the mosque including the Giralda, originally a minaret, which was converted into a bell tower. It is topped with a statue, known locally as El Giraldillo, representing Faith. The tower's interior was built with ramps rather than stairs, to allow the Muezzin and others to ride on horseback to the top.You can climb the steps inside the tower for a magnificent view of the City.
Very close by are the royal Mudéjar palace known as the Alcazar with marvellous gardens and the Santa Cruz quarter, with cramped streets, flowered balconies, richly decorated facades, hidden patios. Construction is mainly in the Mudéjar style but also exhibits Renaissancestyle in parts. Its gardens are a blend of Moorish, Renaissance, and English traditions.
Other sights worth seeing are the 16th century Plateresque style Town Hall, the 19th century, neoclassical style facade to Plaza Nueva, and the Palace of San Telmo with it’s baroque architecture.
The University of Seville is on the original site of the first tobacco factory in Europe, La Antigua Fábrica de Tabacos. It is a vast 18th century building in Baroque style and is purported to have been the inspiration for the opera Carmen.
Plaza de España
The Plaza de España is found in Maria Luisa Park and was built by the architect Aníbal González for the 1929 Exposición Ibero-Americana. It is an outstanding example of Regionalist Revival Architecture having a bizarre mixture of diverse historic styles, such as Art Deco and Neo-Mudéjar It is ornamented with typical glazed tiles.
The Metropol Parasol in La Encarnación square is the world largest wooden structure. It was finished in 2011 and is an umbrella-like building designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer. This modern architectural structure houses the central market and an underground archaeological complex. Go to the terrace roof terrace and see a magnificent view of the city.
Torre del Oro
At the river you will find the Torre del Oro which was built by the Almohad dynasty as a watchtower and defensive barrier on the river. A chain was strung through the water from the base of the tower to prevent boats from travelling into the river port. At the tower you can take a river cruise under the many and varied bridges of Seville.
Crossing the Triana bridge over the large Guadalquívir River brings you to the lively popular quarter of Triana with charming narrow streets around the church of Santa Ana.
On the northern side of the city center is found the La Macarena neighbourhood with the Museum and Basilica of La Macarena and the Hospital de las Cinco Llagas.
Go by organised coach tour. The pick up is early in morning about 6.30am just outside our complex. On the way there, the guide will start to tell you about this fascinating city. Upon arrival you will be met by a local guide to provide a full sightseeing tour, which will include the visit to the cathedral, followed by a short walk along the Santa Cruz Quarter. There is also a panoramic tour of the main avenues and streets such as Maria Luisa Park, and Las Palmeras Avenue. There will be free time for shopping or further sightseeing before you return to Marbella. Duration: at least 12 hours. Itinerary may be different. Ask local travel agent for full details. During summer months, you may need to book in advance. Ask our apartment manager (Wendy) for details of how to book.
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