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The Giralda (El Giraldillo) Tours and Activities

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The Giralda (El Giraldillo)
There is no more representative symbol of Seville’s layered history than the 322-foot (98-meter) The Giralda (El Giraldillo). The bell tower of the city’s cathedral stands a little apart from the main building; it was once the minaret of a mosque that stood on the site before it was razed to make way for the cathedral.

The Basics
The Giralda, with its added baroque lantern, belfry, and bronze weather vane, is one of Seville’s most notable landmarks, and is often included as a stop on city sightseeing tours. Most visitors choose to climb the tower to a viewing platform some 230 feet (70 meters) up via a series of 35 ramps, originally built so that guards could access the tower on horseback. The panoramic views over the city are well worth the climb.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Giralda is a must-see for photographers and first-time visitors to Seville.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces, and be prepared to climb up fairly steep ramps.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat for enjoying the sunny observation platform.
  • While parts of the cathedral of Seville are accessible to wheelchair users, the tower is not.

How to Get There
The Giralda stands just next to the Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla) in the Centro Histórico, a few blocks from the bullring by the Guadalquivir river. To get there by public transportation, take the light rail to Archivo de Indias station.

When to Get There
The tower and cathedral are open daily, but hours vary widely depending on the day of the week. The best weather for enjoying the tower and Andalucia’s other outdoor attractions comes in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Expect temperatures to soar to 95°F (35°C) during the summer months.

Inside the Cathedral of Seville
The Giralda isn’t the only point of interest within the Seville Cathedral. The 15th-century Gothic cathedral—one of the world’s largest—also houses a collection of religious art, the tomb of Christopher Columbus, and the world’s largest altarpiece depicting more than 1,000 carved biblical figures. Among the masterpieces on display within the cathedral are Santas Justa y Rufina by Francisco de Goya, Pedro de Campaña’s El Descendimiento, and La Inmaculada by Spanish baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.
Address: Seville, Andalucia, Spain
Hours: Mon: 11am - 3:30pm. Tues - Sat: 11am - 5pm. Sun: 2:30pm - 4pm
Admission: Adults: € 9
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Alcazar of Seville Early Access with Optional Seville Cathedral

Alcazar of Seville Early Access with Optional Seville Cathedral

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Enhance your experience of the Alcázar of Seville. Appreciate the mix of mudéjar, Renaissance, and 19th-century architecture as you pass through areas like the Patio of the Maidens, the Ambassador's Room, and the English gardens. Upgrade to include skip-the-line entry and a guided tour of Seville Cathedral—one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world—and access to UNESCO-listed landmark La Giralda.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower Guided Tour

Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower Guided Tour

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Discover the postcard star of Seville on a guided tour of the Seville Cathedral and the Giralda Tower. Learn how the UNESCO-listed Seville Cathedral is the world’s biggest cathedral as you follow your guide around the Gothic marvel and visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Then, enjoy skip-the-line access to the Giralda Tower and take in spectacular panoramic views of the city.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Seville Highlights Bike Tour (English)

Seville Highlights Bike Tour (English)

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Cycle through Seville’s medieval streets on this fun and fascinating bike tour. See more of the city’s landmarks than you would on foot, and enjoy the flexibility to stop often for photos. Peddle along a bike-friendly route that takes you past highlights including the Santa Cruz and Triana neighborhoods, Maria Luisa Park, Torre del Oro, the Seville Cathedral and the Royal Alcazar. Along the way, learn about Seville’s rich history and local lifestyle from your friendly guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Monumental Seville Walking Tour

Private Monumental Seville Walking Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of Seville on a private walking tour. Admire the impossibly intricate architecture of the Santa Maria Cathedral; ascend to the dizzying heights of the Giralda Bell Tower to enjoy spectacular views of the city; and explore the opulent chambers and gorgeous gardens of the Royal Alcazar Palace on a guided tour. Enjoy a stroll through the Santa Cruz quarter and upgrade to add a walk around Plaza de España. Entrance fees are included in the price of the tour.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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City Sightseeing Seville Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Seville Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover Seville’s highlights on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. Use your 24-hour ticket to admire the landmarks aboard an open-top double-decker bus that includes audio commentary. Hop on and off as you wish at any of the 14 stops around the city, including the ornate Plaza de España and Tower of Gold. Your ticket also includes entry to several Seville museums and other attractions; and three walking tours from select stops, including a stroll around Seville Cathedral and the buzzing Macarena neighborhood.
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 Skip-the-Line Seville Cathedral Guided Tour

Skip-the-Line Seville Cathedral Guided Tour

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Discover Seville Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world’s largest churches, on this 1-hour guided tour. Dodge the queues with skip-the-line entrance; see the Great Chapel, Giralda Tower, and tomb of Christopher Columbus; and learn about the mosque that once stood on the same site.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Alcazar and Cathedral of Seville Tour (Tickets included & Skip the line)

Alcazar and Cathedral of Seville Tour (Tickets included & Skip the line)

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Skip the long lines at Seville’s top two must-see monuments on a guided tour of the Royal Alcazar and the Seville Cathedral. Tickets can sell out during peak times, so guarantee your entrance to Europe's oldest royal palace and the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Learn the fascinating history behind both places as a guide lead you to hidden treasures and highlights, including the burial site of Christopher Columbus.
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Seville Gourmet Wine and Tapas Tour

Seville Gourmet Wine and Tapas Tour

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Venture to some of Seville’s most tantalizing and traditional tapas bars on a 3-hour culinary tour of the city with a gastronomical guide. Gain fascinating insight into Seville’s rich culinary heritage as you visit three of Seville’s most established eateries; sample sweet sherry wine, sizzling king prawns, succulent oxtail and ripe tomatoes as you pleasure your palate with Spanish specialties. Refresh with fine local wine and crisp beers as you eat your way around the sumptuous city. 
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  • 3 hours
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Seville Alcázar, Cathedral and Giralda Skip-The-Line Guided Tour

Seville Alcázar, Cathedral and Giralda Skip-The-Line Guided Tour

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Discover Seville’s most important landmarks and historic quarters on a guided, half-day walking tour. Learn about the Andalusian capital’s diverse mix of Moorish and Spanish-Gothic architecture as you stroll through the city center and visit the dazzling royal Alcázar, an UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through the city’s old Jewish quarter and along the banks of the Guadalquivir River, and hear stories from Seville’s long history inside the massive Cathedral of St Mary and the city’s iconic bullring. 
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Cathedral & Giralda of Seville Small Group Tour

Cathedral & Giralda of Seville Small Group Tour

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Explore the Seville Cathedral on this small-group tour. Learn about the monument and the various architectural styles used to build its impressive naves and more than 40 altars and chapels. Browse its artifacts such as the Blessed Virgin that was venerated by traders and sailors before embarking on their dangerous transoceanic voyages; one of them was Christopher Columbus, whose tomb is displayed inside the temple.
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Cathedral, Alcazar and Giralda Guided Tour (Tickets included &Priority Access)

Cathedral, Alcazar and Giralda Guided Tour (Tickets included &Priority Access)

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This fascinating tour will give you the opprtunity to visit the most important monuments in Seville: Cathedral, Alcazar and Giralda on a 3.5 hours tour. Cathedral of Seville is the biggest gothic temple in the world. The construction of this monument was dated back to the 15th century. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Alcazar, one of the most important royal palaces still in use in Europe. This fortified palace was built during different historical times, Islamic motifs, Baroque, Renaissance, and others. It was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Skip the line for these 2 monuments and ensure your tickets for your visit. This tour will be leaded by local Official Guides.
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Guided tour of the Cathedral & Giralda with priority entrance

Guided tour of the Cathedral & Giralda with priority entrance

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Marvel at the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world built in the 15th century, visit the Patio de los Naranjos, a vestige of the old mosque built in the 12th century. Admire the Giralda and its different architectural styles, watch how the Sebka cloths rise up to change into a Renaissance architecture. Admire yourself when contemplating the largest Main Altarpiece in the world, made in the 15th century. Walk through the vaults visiting the chapels, make a stop at the Christopher Columbus mausoleum, visit the chapel where the navigator prayed before leaving for the Indies and where years later Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano also prayed before going around the world 1 . Visit the treasure room. Visit the Cathedral of Seville with Unique Seville.
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Seville Guided Tour into Alcazar and Cathedral Skip the Line

Seville Guided Tour into Alcazar and Cathedral Skip the Line

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Enhance your experience of Seville's UNESCO-listed landmarks on a tour of the Alcázar of Seville, Seville Cathedral, and Giralda Tower. Alongside your guide, delve into the opulent chambers of the Alcázar of Seville and gaze at the sky-splintering spires of Seville Cathedral—the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Ascend to the summit of the Giralda Tower to absorb panoramic vistas of the city before bidding your guide a fond farewell.
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Sunset Guided Bike Tour in Seville

Sunset Guided Bike Tour in Seville

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Exploring Seville by bike is one of the best ways to experience the city’s winding medieval streets and monumental plazas. On this sunset tour, get a romantic perspective on the city as the changing golden light washes over landmarks like the San Telmo Palace, Seville Cathedral, Royal Alcazar and Maestranza bullring. Get the inside scoop on the best places to dine, drink and dance from a local guide while enjoying a leisurely ride through the city’s most atmospheric neighborhoods.
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Early Access to Seville Cathedral

Early Access to Seville Cathedral

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Enhance your experience at the Seville Cathedral with this tour, including early morning access before public opening hours, and enjoy the ambiance of the largest Gothic cathedral in the world when it is nearly empty. Admire the enormous central nave, the four side aisles, the 15th-century stained glass windows and the largest altarpiece in the world. Listen to your guide's commentary while exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site to gain insight into Spain's history, religion, and culture.
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  • 2 hours
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Safe & Private Tour with a Local Expert

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Safe & Private Tour with a Local Expert

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See Seville's top attractions as well as hidden gems on a private tour that introduces you to the city's history and culture. You'll pass by landmarks such as Real Alcazar, Torre Giralda, and Catedral de Sevilla while listening to stories about the Inquisition, international influences, and more. Alternatively, you may take a route that wanders through shopping areas and a food market.
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  • 3 hours
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Guided Tour Sevilla Cathedral - Priority Access

Guided Tour Sevilla Cathedral - Priority Access

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Take a guided tour of Seville Cathedral, the world's 3rd-largest cathedral, to discover its history, Gothic architecture, and art collection. Then climb the bell tower, Torre Giralda, for a panoramic view of the city.
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Electric Bike Tour in Seville

Electric Bike Tour in Seville

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Discover Seville’s history and highlights on a 3-hour electric bike tour. Take advantage of a battery-powered boost to cover more ground than a traditional bike tour and give your muscles a break. Peddle past landmarks like the Old Tobacco Factory, the medieval masterpieces of old town and La Cartuja, site of the 1992 world’s fair. Along the way, learn about the city’s rich history and local way of life from your knowledgeable guide. Join the fun of a group tour, or choose a private tour for a custom-made itinerary.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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3-hour Seville Cathedral and Alcazar Skip-the-Line Combo Tour

3-hour Seville Cathedral and Alcazar Skip-the-Line Combo Tour

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The Royal Alcazar and Seville Cathedral are two of Seville’s most visited attractions, but you could find yourself queuing for hours to get in. This 3-hour combo tour ensures skip-the-line access to both monuments, a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Cathedral and Royal Palace, and free time to explore the lavish palace gardens. Entrance fees are not included.
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Seville Tapas and Wine Tour

Seville Tapas and Wine Tour

Three hours of strolling through the city of Seville, enjoying the local atmosphere and the culture of the tapas and Seville cuisine, with an introduction to the origin of the lid, to its most typical dishes, with visits to three typical establishments of the city with a careful cuisine that will make you enjoy a unique, daring, fun and culinary and culturally rich experience
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Seville Tour with Local Guide

Seville Tour with Local Guide

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Approximately 3 hours of Tour of the City of Seville, where in a fun and entertaining way you will know the main monuments of the city, accompanied by an Official guide that will make you spend fun moments and with which you will know the history and culture of Seville. A possibility to know one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
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Seville Bicycle Tour

Seville Bicycle Tour

One of the best ways to get to know the city quickly is to explore it by bike, being a flat city it is recommended for all audiences because it is not a great effort and you have different views of a city full of beauties and important things that travel. Do not forget to take the bike and ride the city and enjoy it and its views.
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Pure Flamenco Sevilla

Pure Flamenco Sevilla

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Experience the beautiful flamenco dance during your time in Sevilla. This 2-hour tour explores the history and culture of the Andalusian dance that has been dubbed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. After learning about the history, watch a live performance of the dance, while enjoying a glass of manzanilla wine, to get a sense of this Andalusian art form.
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Alcazar and Cathedral of Seville Small Group Tour

Alcazar and Cathedral of Seville Small Group Tour

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The Royal Alcazar of Seville and the Cathedral-Giralda are two of the must-see landmark sites if you are visiting the city. And explore them with an Expert Local Guide in a Reduced-Group becomes an ESSENTIAL TOUR in Seville. Delve into Seville’s history on this 3-hour walking tour, and enjoy an enriching and pleasant experience discovering the legends, particularities and secrets enclosed into both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The first 90 minutes will be dedicated to the Palaces and Gardens of the Alcazar. After that, you will have free time (20 minutes approx.) to rest or stroll at your pace inside the monument. And afterwards, we will continue discovering the inside of the majestic Cathedral. Finally, as the icing on the cake, we will encourage you to climb the Giralda bell tower to enjoy an amazing 360 degrees view of Seville. (*) Reduced-group. We bet on sustainable tourism. Our limit is 20 adults, instead of the 30 accepted by the vast majority of companies
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  • 3 hours
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What are The Giralda (El Giraldillo) hours of operation?
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The Giralda (El Giraldillo) hours of operation: Mon: 11am - 3:30pm. Tues - Sat: 11am - 5pm. Sun: 2:30pm - 4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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