Huelva (for Seville) Cruises, Spain
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Today, you’re invited to discover the city of Seville under your own steam. From the Port of Huelva, we’ll drive east towards the capital of the Andalucia region, where you’ll have the day to explore. Head for the city’s old town, and you’ll come across a trio of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There’s a beautiful Moorish palace, a Renaissance building that houses valuable documents from the Spanish Empire, and a cathedral that’s the resting place of Christopher Columbus. Alternatively, snake through the warren of narrow, Medieval streets in the Santa Cruz district, or cross the futuristic Alamillo Bridge over the Guadalquivir, Spain’s second-longest river. Refuel with Iberian ham, squid served in ink, and traditional tapas in a streetside café, before returning to the meeting point for the journey back to Huelva.
This day out gives you a great chance to see the different sides of Seville. It starts with a scenic drive through the Andalucian countryside, en route to the Plaza de España in the centre of Seville. This complex of Moorish-Renaissance buildings was used as a filming location in the Star Wars movies and, today, it’ll be the starting blocks for a walking tour of the city’s old quarters. Navigating the cobbled lanes, you’ll cross Moorish courtyards and flower-blushed houses, before stopping outside the UNESCO-listed Alcazar Palace and Seville Cathedral. Later, you’ll have a couple of hours of free time – walk in the shadows of the 21st-century buildings that line up along the Guadalquivir River, or grab some lunch in a traditional tapas bar.
Follow in Columbus’ footsteps on this excursion, which kicks off at the place where the world-famous explorer sailed from in 1492, on his way to the Indies. He and his crew left the monumental complex of La Rábida behind, which is still home to the Franciscan monastery where the Admiral sheltered with monks before his journey. After checking the monastery out, you’ll head to the Wharf of the Carabelas, a 11,500-square-metre museum where you’ll clock all sorts of Columbus-related treasures. The big highlight, though, is replicas of the explorer’s ships, the Nina and the Pinta, which were built in 1992 to celebrate the fifth centenary of the discovery of America.