Guadalquivir River Cruise#7 in Best Things To Do in Seville
Seville's popularity can be largely attributed to its history – much of which revolves around the immense river that runs through the heart of the city. According to many recent visitors, a great way to get a feel for Seville and its past is to hop aboard a Guadalquivir River cruise. The Guadalquivir River (or casually, the "rio") was once the artery for all trade traffic in and out of the Andalusian capital. The river's access to the Atlantic was also crucial for New World exploration. Today, the Guadalquivir is not only a charming part of the city's aesthetic, but many portions of the river bank also act as venues for nightlife, dining and sunbathing.
Boat tours offered by the Cruceros Torre Del Oro company will give you the chance to see Seville's popular attractions – like the Torre del Oro and the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza – from different vantage points. On the cruise, you'll sail under the Triana and San Telmo bridges and pass the site of Seville's 1929 Ibero-American Expo, all with audio commentary available in several languages, including Spanish and English.
Cruceros Torre Del Oro offers hourlong river cruises every 30 minutes daily from the Pier Contadero Marquis at the base of the Torre del Oro. Cruises run between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. October through April and from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. May through September. Children younger than 12 years old can cruise for free, but adults will have to fork over 18 euros (about $20) for a ride. Visit the company's website for more information about the tour.
For a more active experience, there are also a number of kayaking river tours available from companies like Naturanda Tours.
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