Guadalquivir Cruise, Barrio de Triana bus tour and guided visit to the bullring and Basilica de la Macarena
Enjoy three excursions in one with this afternoon tour. We will combine a cruise along the Guadalquivir River, a bus tour through the popular Triana neighbourhood, and two guided tours: one to a bull ring and the other to the Basilica de la Macarena.
The cruise along the Guadalquivir will give you a different perspective of Seville, since from its waters we will contemplate many of the buildings, monuments and bridges that mark the history of the city.
To start, we will glimpse the streets of the Triana district, which we will later travel, before approaching the beautiful Maria Luisa Park, where we will see some of the buildings that were built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, like the old Argentina Pavilion, which today is home to the Conservatory of Dance.
From there we will head toward Isla de la Cartuja, where the Universal Exposition of 1992 took place. Very attractive buildings are still standing from that event, such as the Music Pavilion or the Future Pavilion. Also in this area is the Schindler lookout tower and the modern Pelli Tower, the tallest building in Seville.
In addition to seeing Isla de la Cartuja, from the boat we will see some of Seville’s symbols par excellence, such as the Torre del Oro (Gold Tower) or the Real Maestranza Bull Ring.
We will pass under bridges as famous as the emblematic Triana Bridge, the oldest in Seville, or the modern Alamillo Bridge and Barqueta Bridge, or the unique Puente del Santísimo Cristo de la Expiración (Holy Christ of the Expiration Bridge), which is very important in the Holy Week processions.
Upon finishing the cruise along the Guadalquivir River, we will disembark and go on a sightseeing tour through the Triana district, one of Seville’s most popular and typical neighbourhoods, and the home of famous bullfighters and artists. The tour will show us its most attractive corners, like the O Church or the Church of San Jacinto, or one of Seville’s flamenco temples, the Taberna de la Anselma.
Triana is a perfect prelude for our guided visit to La Maestranza, one of the most important bull rings in Spain and the rest of the world. That will be well understood upon entering this 18th-century baroque-style ring, which is the second-oldest in the country.
From the bull ring’s grandstand, we will be able to contemplate the arena and imagine the bull fights when the ring is full of 12,000 fans cheering on the bull fighters.
In the museum of the Real Maestranza, we will take a trip through the history of bull fighting, from its beginnings until now, and we will find the costumes of the great bullfighters who excelled in this ring.
As it is impossible to imagine a bull fighter without religious fervour, we will see the ring’s chapel where the bull fighters prayed to the images of the Virgin of the Rosary (the patron saint of the Maestranza), Cristo del Gran Poder, the Virgin of the Macarena or the Virgin of the Cross (the patron saint of Seville).
This is the ideal end of the visit to the Maestranza before visiting the Basilica de Santa Maria de la Esperanza Macarena, or simply “La Macarena,” one of the churches most beloved by the people of Seville.
The high point for this temple comes during Holy Week, when its brotherhood takes in procession the sculpted images of Christ of the Sentence and the Virgin of the Macarena, which we will see during our visit.
In short, with this excursion we will have taken a complete journey along the emblematic Guadalquivir River, getting to know the history of the city and its modernity, flamenco, love of bull fighting and religious devotion. It’s a magnificent overview of the most representative aspects of this unique Andalusian city.