This blog post was originally posted on June 26, 2016, and was updated on February 12, 2018
The story of Seville is long, layered and fascinatingly complex. So, why not save yourself the research and join one of the history tours in Seville during your visit!
We are, of course, total foodies at Devour Seville, and finding the most delicious food and the best places to eat in the city is our main aim, but we’ve learned that to really understand the food here, you need to understand the history too.
From the Phoenician settlement over 2,200 years ago to the Moorish arrival all the way to the Christian reconquest, Seville has lived all of the significant historical milestones of Spain to the fullest, each leaving a unique mark on the city. Here’s a list of our favorite history tours in Seville, each sharing the wonders of this city in a unique way.
1. ‘Jewish Quarter Tour’ by Pancho Tours
For a fascinating insight into the history of the Jewish Quarter of Seville, join the ‘Jewish Quarter Tour’ by Pancho ToursYou’ll explore the most significant events in the city in the lead-up to the expulsion of the Jewish people in 1492. Also, you’ll touch on the Roman and Moorish occupation of the city and how the Jewish people lived during this time.
Kicking off by the fountain in front of the Giralda Tower, this tour is a great chance to take in the stunning, narrow streets of the Santa Cruz neighborhood, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in the city, while learning about the fraught, intense history of the Jewish people in Spain. Check out the Pancho Tours website for availability on one of the best history tours in Seville.
Duration: 2 hours
Price: 8 euros for adults, free for children
Time: Daily at 10:50h and 17:30h
2. Tapas, Taverns & History of Seville Food Tour by Devour Seville
There are history tours in Seville, and then there is our all-encompassing Tapas, Taverns & History of Seville Food Tour. This “2 in 1” history and food tour that allows you to take in the layered history of our beautiful city, while eating its most loved local bites along the way. We cover everything from the arrival of the Phoenicians to the modern situation in Seville. Our expert guides will fill your mind with clearly laid out history. They’ll also fill your bellies with everything from local wines to delicious tapas to delicately sliced jamón!
Starting off at the iconic ‘Las Setas’ monument in Plaza de la Encarnación and finishing in central Plaza Nueva, passing some of the city’s must-see monuments along the way, make sure and bring your appetite because you certainly won’t leave this tour hungry! Check out the website to book your tour now!
Duration: 3.5 hours
Price: 89 euros for adults, 85 euros for teens (all food and drinks are included in the price)
Time: Mon-Sat at 19:00h or 20:00h
3. ‘Past View Seville Tour’ by Past View
Don’t just talk about the history of Seville, live it with the ‘Past View Seville Tour’! This 3D completely interactive experience uses hi-tech 3D glasses. These enable you to see exactly what Seville would have looked like at various points of its fascinating history. Roam through the center of the city, walking past monuments like the Cathedral or the Alcázar Palace and use your glasses to see the lifestyle, clothes, and customs of that particular time along that part of the city, all in the company of the Past View assistants.
Certainly one of the most unique tours in Seville, the sensory experience of combining technology with history makes this particular tour a great activity to do with kids in the city. Also, check out their ‘Past View Metropol Tour’, where you’ll climb to the top of the ‘Las Setas’ monument, taking in the amazing view as it is today, along with viewing the skyline of centuries past.
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
Price: 20 euros
Time: October-May; Tue-Sun 11:00h, Wed, Fri & Sat 16:30h; June-September; Tue-Sun 10:30h, Wed, Fri & Sat 20:00h
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After studying in Andalusia, Jaimie made sure he was on the first possible flight back to Seville—the day after graduation! Many years later, he is fully immersed in Spain’s culinary world and has shown thousands of guests the secrets of sherry and tapas.