Things to do in Seville
Cruise along Spain's only navigable river
Spain's only navigable river, the Guadalquivir, winds through Seville's city centre, making a cruise quintessential in the Andalusia capital. Cruceros Torre del Oro (tel: +34 954 561 692; www.crucerostorredeloro.com) sail two routes: a one-hour ride through the heart of the city, and a longer journey to the beautiful Sanlucar de Barrameda, the gateway of Doñana National Park.
Keep cool in the water
Seville has sweltering summers, so seek out the river for a cooling respite. From swimming and sailing to windsurfing and canoeing, there is an abundance of activity on the Guadalquivir River, with rental companies perched along the riverbanks. For a bigger splash head to Aquapolis (tel: +34 902 345 010; www.sevilla.aquopolis.es), which opens during the summer months.
Power through the city on a bike
For those who prefer exploring under their own steam, speed around the city on two wheels. With the introduction of a proper cycling route network, Seville has transformed into a bicycle-friendly city. Sevici (tel: +34 900 900 722; www.sevici.es), the city's automated bicycle system, is convenient, whilst Cyclotour (tel: +34 954 689 666; www.cyclotour.es) organise brilliant bike tours that include audio guides.
Seek out the Seville's best hiking trails
Straddled by mountain chains, Seville is surrounded by tumultuous slopes with excellent hiking trails and mountain trekking routes. Sierra Norte is a popular daytrip, so lace your boots and take the leisurely trail to Cazalla de la Sierra or join one of Pedal y Aventura's (tel: +34 954 331 775; www.alaventura.com) small excursions to Sierra de Grazalema.
Take a romantic horse and carriage ride
One of the most romantic ways to see Seville is by horse and carriage, and you'll see them elegantly trotting all over the city's cobbled streets. Hop on one just outside the Cathedral and ask to tour the magnificent Plaza de España and Palace of Saint Telmo, and don't miss the Torre del Oro.