Guadalquivir River and Bridges, Sevilla
Favorite thing: Seville is located on the coast of Guadalquivir river in 85 kilometers from a confluence of the river to Atlantic ocean. It is surprising that from Seville - is far not seaside city, Columbus has gone discover America. I did not know this geographical fact earlier and my respect for Seville as to seaport of the world value have strongly increased.
In the days of the Roman Empire, the Guadalquivir river becomes important as a means of marine transport, it was navigable from the Atlantic Ocean to the interior of Andalusia, or the port of Seville. Later the Muslims were impressed by its greatness and called it Guadalquivir.
In the 17th century the port lost its importance. And the river sanded.
For the 1992 worldfair the river was restored in its old splendor.
Today you can make boattrips along the river, starting from the Torre del Oro.
Favorite thing: Walking along this river that crosses Sevilla and takes you to the Atlantic, is also a Historical one, a romantic walk, and from here you can also see some of the best monuemnts of Sevilla (except of course Giralda catedral and reales alcazares)
This is called Triana Bridge or Bridge of Isabel II. Here you can see a detail at the entrance of the bridge from Triana part.
We began our tour on the previous oen and finsihed Triana through this one, but whatever you do, do not miss it.
Las orillas del Guadlaquivir.
Fondest memory: I arrived to Sevilla on a winter noon; I asked for a city map at the hotel, and began to walk; I arrived to the riverbank, and I met the mythical Guadalquivir. Walking down the riverbank, I met Torre del Oro, among orange and palm-trees. I kept on walking, and orange trees followed me, showing dozens of golden red oranges!
Llegué a Sevilla en un mediodía invernal; pedí un mapa de la ciudad en el hotel, y comencé a caminar; llegué a las orillas del mítico río Guadalquivir. Caminando a lo largo de la ribera, encontré la Torre del Oro, entre naranjos y palmeras. Seguí caminando, y los naranjos me seguían, exhibiendo docenas de doradas naranjas!!!!
The Guadalquivir River flows through Sevilla and there are pleasant riverside walks and promenades alongside and the bridges crossing over to the Triana district - with only 2 days in Sevilla we didn't get time to explore this area which is the former fishing quarter of Sevilla.Still ist was nice to look across and see the houses. Our hotel was near the river and a pleasnat 10 minute walk took us past the bull ring and towards the Torre del Oro (Golden Tower) btw this is where the Seilla tour bus can be caught if you want to explore Sevilla the easy way!
The pavement just above the river promenade was lined with orange trees - their lfoliage providing welcome shade for the bus stops in the summmer heat.
La Barqueta and Alamillo bridge at the end, this are, crossing the river is the Expo 92 area.
Now you can cross them to go to Merida or begin to Silver Route, or to go to Isla Magica, well enough of excuses to cross them lol
I reckon the Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold), siting by the river bank, the second most distinctive tower in the cityscape. I read about the structure being part of the city’s defensive system, with golden tiles on the original roof giving the tower its name. Nearby is the white and ochre Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, one of Spain’s oldest bullrings which dates from the 18th century. It houses a small museum that covers the history of bull fighting and contains narratives about the glory behind the polemic bullfights. But too bad the bulls don’t fight in December, only every Thurs Mar-Oct.
Torre del Oro(Gold Tower)
Beside the river Guadalquivir.This tower was made by the Almohads in 1220.A glaze of golden tile sheated its squat frame, today, only a tiny yellow dome remain its original splendor.
Favorite thing: Along the Guadalquiver River that runs through and seperates Sevilla into two, you find many small parks where you can take a few minutes to rest from your walks through the town. We also saw this lone kayaker with his trainer. These were the ONLY things moving on the river in contrast to the Seine in Paris where the waterway is crammed with tourist boats. The water and the banks along the river were actually quite clean which was a plesant surprise in a big city.
Down by the river, it was the most beautiful walk that I have ever been on.
Fondest memory: The fondest memories are the people there, they were so friendly, the weather was brilliant and all I can really say is that it was the most magical place that I have ever been to, you have to have been or go, to really know what I mean.
The first time I was in Sevilla, we made an interesting cruise on the river-boat during the night.
The musicians the were playing music for all the tourists they were there. I mean that they were playin songs for all the groups of stangers they were there. Consequently, we were surprised when we heard them playing greek music.
Later on, they started a competition of games.
Meanwhile, we didn't stop drinking sangria.
The picture was taken during my last visit to Sevilla. Next to me is my husband Radmilo.
Behind us the Torre del Oro.
Alamillo bridge was constructed for the Expo 92 by the architect Santiago Calatrava.
The bridge has a single upward arm supporting its weight.
Favorite thing: I´d like to recommend you a night walk by the Guadalquivir river. Torre del Oro night view it´s great!
Fondest memory: The Gold Tower located on the Guadalquiver River in Seville.