Our first shore excursion: Seville, Spain
SVL-003 EASY SEVILLE
See the best of Seville in air-conditioned comfort by driving past the landmarks that define the city, especially the icons clustered around the Guadalquivir River.
After departing from the pier, you will begin an enlightening orientation tour of Seville, concentrating on the attractions near the Guadalquivir River, which meanders through the city before emptying into the Gulf of Cadiz. One of the must-sees is the 13th-century Gold Tower, which was originally built to control river traffic and defend the port. The tower later served as a prison, chapel, gunpowder storeroom and museum, its present use. Not far off, you will see Seville’s bullring, a building with a Baroque façade so magnificent that it inspires awe even among those who aren’t bullfighting aficionados. Interestingly, the 16th-century gates at the main entrance were originally in a convent. The Triana neighborhood lies just across Seville’s main canal and is considered the crucible of flamenco clubs. Life in Triana is vibrant, day and night. Brightly colored buildings overlook the water, churches rise above the historical squares and potters create their wares in workshops throughout the neighborhood.
You will also drive through sections of Seville built for the Universal Expositions of 1929 and 1992. Many of Seville’s bridges were built for the later Expo, including the strikingly modern Alamillo Bridge. The earlier Expo was held throughout Maria Luisa Park, where pavilions such as the enormous Plaza de Espana still dominate the skyline. After a short walking tour here, you will re-board your coach and transfer back to the pier. Please note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature, but includes approximately 30 minutes of optional easy walking at Plaza de Espana. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.
Duration: 2.00 Hrs
To get upriver to Seville, we passed through a lock at about 4AM
View of the Guadalquivir River at Seville, from the ship's bridgecam,
on our cabin's television.
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. . . July, 2018