Seville | The City and its Arts
There is a rich artistic thread that runs through Seville’s history. What else would you expect from an area (mythically) founded by Hercules himself...
“Raised by Hercules, Julius Caesar fortified me, with high walls and towers, I was conquered for the king of heaven by Garcí Pérez de Vargas”
It’s an eclectic thread too, confined not just to a colourful art scene that boasts canvases by Picasso. Our tour also takes in an abundant array of regal architecture, including the iconic Moorish masterpiece Alcázar Palace. We also learn how to dance like a local whilst learning more about traditional music, and sample the most sumptuous of all aperitifs during a Jerez sherry tasting.
Join us and explore this most vibrant city — whose heart beats to a flamenco rhythm...
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This evening we arrive in stunning Seville, the crowning capital of Andalucia. Transferring to our comfortable hotel, tonight we enjoy our first dinner together as a group.
Today we discover an abundance of amazing architecture on a comprehensive guided tour of the city. As part of our walk around the historic streets and quarters, we stop at the Catedral de Sevilla, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997, this ornate building contains some 80 chapels, as well as the tomb of Christopher Columbus, and the decorative remnants of an ancient mosque.
In the afternoon we become better acquainted with the city’s Moorish past in a visit to the extraordinary Alcázar Palace. Established by Muslim kings in the 12th century, the palace is our second World Heritage site of the day: a spectacular vision of gilded salons, marble patios, elegant archways and glittering fountains, still in use by the Spanish royal family.
We round off the day’s explorations with dinner at a local restaurant.
The Seville Museum of Fine Arts is widely considered to be one of the foremost collections of 17th-century Spanish art in existence — and is where we begin our third day of the trip. Here we view the work of the country’s best-loved Baroque masters, including Velázquez, Murillo and Zurbarán.
After lunch our tour takes a different turn, stamp and tap... Following an exclusive private tour of the city’s celebrated Flamenco Museum, we feel ourselves revived by the intricate rhythms of the music, in an enjoyable and engaging dance workshop.
We visit a wealth of wonderful churches this morning, beginning our day at the Monasterio de Santa Paula. On a tour led by a cloistered nun, we find features of great architectural interest, including a graceful façade from the early 1500s, and a beautiful Baroque altarpiece. An accompanying museum displays an array of ecclesiastical artwork from the 16th to 18th centuries.
Our next stop is the Gothic church, Iglesia San Pedro,where we find yet another impressive selection of artworks dating from its early days as a mosque in the 1300s.
We end the morning at a traditional bodega, which boasts a private art collection that includes works by Picasso. Here we enjoy a sumptuous sherry tasting with local specialities for our lunch.
This afternoon we make our way to the prestigious Museum of Contemporary Art. Situated within a 15th-century Franciscan monastery, the museum showcases a brilliant variety of work from the 1950s to the present day, featuring pieces by such acclaimed modern artists as Bourgeoise and Bacon.
We spend our final morning strolling through the neighbourhood of Triana, an area historically prized for its wonderful tiles. While here we stop at the Centro Cerámica Triana, an innovative new museum housed in an old tile factory, where we learn all about the masterfully-decorated ceramics for which the city is famed.
Following lunch we enjoy some free time to explore the rest of Seville at our leisure, before transferring to the airport for our return flight home.
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- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
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