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Bus Tours

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.
Website: http://city-sightseeing.com

Boat tours

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.
Website: http://www.crucerostorredeloro.com

Seville excursions

Itálica

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.

Carmona

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.
Website: http://www.turismo.carmona.org
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EME Catedral Hotel

Stylish and chic, the EME Catedral Hotel stands out for its juxtaposition of avant garde and rustic. Rooms are tastefully decorated with modish touches while the bricked walls and vaulted ceilings take on a rugged appearance. The rooftop swimming pool and terrace bar have spectacular views of the Cathedral, and dining options include a rustic Italian restaurant. The hotel also features glass floors that reveal Roman ruins under the hotel.

Hotel Holos

A little further from the historical centre, the calm and oasis of Hotel Holos is blissful retreat in a neighbourhood lined with orange trees. What this boutique stay lacks in size, it certainty makes up in fantastically helpful staff, style and silence. Inside its post-modern exterior there are just six doubles and a single, all of which are clean and comfortable, and its wooden rooftop terrace is delightful where the sun is out. It’s also just a few streets away from the Real Betis football stadium. All rooms come with air-conditioning, and bikes are available for guests.

Corral del Rey

Set on a narrow street in the old town, this stylish boutique hotel is set in a 17th century palacio. The rooms are set in two buildings around a central courtyard and furnished in antiques with Moroccan touches. If you don't treat yourself to the suite with two terraces and a private plunge pool, the rooftop garden has a pool too. Downstairs, there's a tapas bar. The hotel arranges insightful tours of the city too.

Hotel Abril

Located along Calle San Jerónimo Hernández, one of the main shopping streets of Seville, Hotel Abril is a humble bolthole with reasonably good prices. Rooms are spacious and clean, with homely decor; some have windows opening into the lobby but they are quieter than those opening onto the street. For those keeping to a tight budget, free coffee and tea is available throughout the day. A hearty breakfast buffet is also available for an extra fee. All rooms are en suite and come with free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning.

YH Giralda

A former house of the abbots, the YH Giralda is a perennially popular option for young couples seeking affordable comfort. The 2-star hotel is just metres away from the Giralda, in the midst of tapas bars and shops. The tastefully-furnished rooms are small but comfortable and are all en suite. Ask for the patio-facing rooms as they are quieter than those overlooking the streets.

Hotel Boutique Elvira Plaza

This small boutique hotel - there are only nine rooms, two of them suites - is set in a charming pedestrianised square in Santa Cruz, the former Jewish district. Although the rooms are on the small size, they are light and stylish. A roof terrace looks out onto the city, and there are plenty of restaurants nearby.