Seville tours and excursions
For first-time visitors who prefer to do sightseeing on wheels, the best is a local bus tour. The open-topped double-decker City Sightseeing bus tour allows tourists to hop on and hop off at the sites of their choice. Its route covers the entire historic centre and branches off to the Tirana district and the Expo area. The company also collaborate with several restaurants to offer free drinks or discounts at their establishments. Tickets can be purchased online.Tel: +34 95 450 2099.
Cruceros Torre del Oro provides a relaxing one-hour cruise along the Guadalquivir River. There are departures every half hour starting from 1000. Alternatively, you can opt for the longer boat ride departing every weekend (May-October) to Sanlucar de Barrameda, the gateway of Doñana National Park. The journey takes approximately 4 hours 30 minutes.Tel: +34 95 456 1692.
Some 9km (6 miles) north of Seville, just outside the town of Santiponce, you'll find the historical site of Itálica, one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire and one of the earliest Roman settlements in Spain. Founded in 206BC, highlights include a huge amphitheatre seating 25,000 and the monastic complex of San Isidro del Campo. On the facade of the walls and columns, intricate carvings and relics reveal evidence of the city's prosperous past.
Founded on a ridge overlooking the central plain of Andalusia, the fortified town of Carmona lies 33km (22 miles) from the city of Seville. Upon arrival, visitors are often struck by the grandeur of the town's main gate, la Puerta de Sevilla. Once the strongest city in the time of Julius Caesar (100 to 44 BC), Carmona grew in strength during the Moorish conquest. Today, remnants of yesteryears remain in the form of fountains, palaces and the city wall. Just one hour from downtown Seville, Carmona is easily reached by bus.Tel: +34 95 419 0955.