Because I only had little time in Seville, I tried a bike tour of Seville and went cycling in Seville. Because of all its connected bike lanes and flat character, Seville is an excellent city to rent a bicycle and ride around town. What is the best way to see Seville? I have the answer for you! Go cycling in Seville and you’ll see all the highlights of the city and get some great background information.
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Bike tour of Seville
There are many tour operators who offer bike tours of Seville. You can rent a bike yourself for half the day or a full day, or you can join a tour. Just like my panoramic bike tour of Rome, I wanted to do a guided tour and also learn something about the city. ATD Spain invited me to join one of their half day cycling tour of Seville and they showed me the most beautiful places of the city.
Cycling in Seville
Cycling in Seville is as easy as riding a bike. Seville could be on the list of best European cities to ride a bike, because it was made for cycling! Cycle in Seville along the river or in the older quarters of town. There are bike lanes everywhere and every street is flat. It is not like Rome where you go from hill to hill, or like Barcelona where you have to cycle on the sidewalk.
Most of the centre of Seville is closed for other traffic, which makes it safe to manoeuvre around town. Because of the bike sharing system set up in Seville, people are more and more accustomed to people cycling in Seville.
What to see in Seville by bike?
I arrived in Seville in the late afternoon and once I checked into my hostel in Seville, it was already dark. At night I joined a food and wine tour of Seville, but I didn’t see much of the city in the dark. I was very excited to discover the city the next day! Let’s get this bike tour of Seville on the road!
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Of course you can go everywhere you like when you rent a bike in Seville, but to give you a sneak preview of how beautiful the city is, here is what my bike tour around Seville looked like.
ATD Spain is located close to the Plaza Nueva in Seville and once everyone had their bike, we started cycling in Seville! We were only a few streets away from the river and we crossed it, riding into Triana. This neighbourhood is called a city within a city because of its own character and culture, but has always been a part of Seville.
We crossed the Isabel II Bridge and stopped to check out the views of the city. We found the buildings for the World Expo 1992. But my favourite must be the Capilla Virgen del Carmen, made by the architect Gonzalez in 1927. He decorated the chapel with bright blue and white tiles and used the red brick, made with the clay from the Guadalquivir River.
Cycling along the River
After this short stop, we continued along the banks of the river. Seville on one side, Triana on the other. We cycled under orange trees and palm trees waved their leaves at us. The slow water of the river reflected the November sun light. What a great day to go for a bike tour of Seville!
Cycling in Seville Centre
After a few miles, we crossed back into the centre of Seville, to check out some amazing buildings of the city. It wasn’t until this moment, I realized the history and importance of Seville. The capital of Andalusia had some splendour to show us.
We followed the designated bike lanes and easily manoeuvred with our group amongst the crowds. There is always a festival or event going on in Andalusia, and today was no exception. We rerouted and continued our journey to discover Seville by bike.
Plaza d’España Sevilla
When you travel a lot, you sometimes get a bit blasé and tend to lose appreciation of all the beautiful things around you. I’ve seen some pretty amazing structures and architecture on my travels around the globe. But the Plaza d’España of Seville really struck me. I remember messaging my family at the end of the day and telling them I have never seen anything quite as beautiful as the Plaza d’España in Seville.
I was very happy to follow our bike tour to this park. The Plaza d’España was built for the 1929 World Convention by the same architect Gonzalez. His red brick with bright blue tiled architecture is exuberant in details, without becoming overwhelming. His symmetry is emphasized by one or two details that seem off but still reflect a true beauty.
We parked our bikes at the Plaza and were able to wander around the great halls and arches. The half circled square hugs the fountains and the towers on each end guard the canals and bridges. A lone musician hit just the right notes in the hall, using the acoustic to his best advantage.
María Luisa Park
After such beauty, it is hard to continue as if nothing happens. But we continued our bike tour of Seville in the Parque de María Luisa. Cycling along the quiet pathways, riding under a rainbow of lush trees, was just what I needed to come back to earth.
Our guide navigated us through the park and showed us some lovely structures and pavilions in the park. After a short break we continued to cycle in Seville city centre.
Cathedral of Seville
After cycling around this lush green environment, we headed back to the centre of Seville. As the crowds had spread out, we were able to cycle the streets of Seville towards the Cathedral and Giralda of Seville.
Our guide pointed out the oldest library of Andalusia and shared details of the architecture of the cathedral with us.
In a leisure some pace we cycled around Seville. It was a great way to cover quite some ground and see some areas of Seville which would take you all day on foot. Unfortunately, the tour was over before I knew it! It was time to give back our bikes and end the bike tour of Seville.
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Explore Seville on Bicycle
I was very happy to do this bike tour of Seville. It gave me the opportunity to see a lot of the city in a relatively short amount of time. With the tour, you’ll receive background information of the sights and places you visit. Do you want to explore Seville by bike? Where would you go?
I was invited by ATD Spain to join their bike tour of Seville but all opinions are my own.