Seville, capital of Andalusia and crucial riverport city, boasts a rich history. A short train ride away, our Madrid to Seville day trip makes for a culturally rich experience for travelers looking to see more of Spain. From its beginnings as a Roman settlement, to its identity as Moorish territory, and eventually as a center for Christian rule, Seville has been molded by a variety of influences—including its strategic position along the Guadalquivir river—creating the dynamic city it is today. Our 3 hour walking tour, a Madrid to Seville day trip guided by an historian, will provide an overview of the city's history, chronicling its storied origins by examining the highlights—Roman ruins, elaborate Mudéjar architecture, and immense monuments—of its historic core.
Day Trip from Madrid to Seville
After taking the train from Madrid to Seville, we will meet our docent and commence our tour at the mammoth Metropol Parasol (Las Setas de la Encarnación), a monument that represents a fascinating juxtaposition of ancient and contemporary. The interwoven, waffle-like wooden structure was built to house the city's Roman artifacts, but grew to offer a variety of public services from restaurants below, to a terrace with sweeping, panoramic views above. Together, we will discuss this site as it pertains to the city's Roman origins and its influence on Seville's overall development. It is also here where we can see one of the most stunning archeological finds in the city, unearthed during construction in 2011. Viewing the ruins beneath Las Setas in the Antiquarium museum, we'll learn about Seville during the Roman period.
"We all agreed that our docent was classic Context - smart, funny, enthusiastic and highly educated about a broad range of subjects."
Moving on, we will immerse ourselves in the narrow streets of the city's Alfalfa, El Arenal and Santa Cruz neighborhoods, weaving the story of the 8th century Muslim conquest and its indelible mark on the city with that of the Christian monarchs who succeeded it. We'll peek into hidden Mudéjar-style
courtyards which reveal the Moorish legacy on the city's architecture. We'll discover a medieval shipyard, long in disuse, continuing our discussion of the importance of river trade on the city's development. We may even pass by the bust of Peter I of Castile, learning about the legend of this last monarch of Burgundy. We'll spend significant time at one of Seville's most magnificent baroque churches,
constructed on the site of what was, in various points of history, a Roman courthouse, a Visigothic church, and a Mosque. It is an ideal example of the coming together of Seville's most significant cultures.
Ending at the Archivo de Indias, itself a UNESCO world heritage site, we'll look at two of Seville's most emblematic structures—the Royal Alcázar and the Cathedral. Both of these impressive buildings represent Seville's pivotal turning point from Muslim territory to the Christian reconquista. As our time together comes to a close, we will depart armed with a now solid understanding of the many layers of this magnificent city. As we take on our own independent exploration of these sites, as well as the rest of the city, we will feel prepared to make connections among Seville's various influences.
Will my expert meet me in Madrid? Your expert will meet you directly in Seville. If you would like for us to arrange round-trip train tickets for you from Madrid to Seville, please leave the tickets in your shopping cart during the check-out process.
How long is the train ride from Madrid to Seville? 2.5 hours. You'll take the 8am train from Madrid and arrive in Seville at 10:30am.
Does this walk include the Royal Alcázar and the Cathedral? Our walk will end near these two structures with an introduction to their significance within the context of the themes of the walk. You are encouraged to enter on your own following the walk.