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Torre del Oro

Delve into the city’s maritime past and gain insights into the voyages of Christopher Columbus during a tour of this 800-year-old defensive structure. 

Standing on the eastern bank of the Guadalquivir River is the Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold), a military watchtower that was part of the fortified walls that once enclosed the city. The 12-sided structure was built in 1221 to protect the docks from attacks, and during the course of its long history has been a chapel, prison and gunpowder store. Today, Torre del Oro houses a maritime museum.

There is some debate about the origin of the name of the 118-feet (36-meter) tower. Some say it refers to the building’s reflection in the river, while others believe the name is from the precious metals that were stored within its walls.

Learn about Seville’s naval history and the importance of Guadalquivir River at the museum, which is spread out over two floors. Look at models of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus for his 1492 voyage to the New World, the Americas. See a replica of the Santa Maria, the ship that the Italian explorer captained.

Study portraits of great Spanish naval figures. Look at the 16th-century cannon and see navigation tools, flags, maps and documents related to the discovery of foreign lands.

Torre del Oro has three levels. The circular level at the top was built in the 18th century. Climb the spiral stairs to this level to enjoy elevated views of the river and city.

The tower and museum are open every day except Mondays and public holidays. Admission fees apply, with discounts for children between the ages of 6 and 14, pensioners and students. Children under 6 years of age and people with disabilities get in for free. 

Torre del Oro is near the center of Seville on the Paseo de Cristóbal Colón and is close by several public transportation options. There is some metered parking within walking distance of the tower. While you are here, go for a stroll along the waterfront avenue, one of the most attractive thoroughfares in the city.


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Hotel Monte Carmelo

Hotel Monte Carmelo

Calle Virgen de la Victoria, 7, Seville
4.6
of 5, from 21 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Los Remedios, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of San Telmo Bridge, Plaza de Espana, and Torre del Oro Watchtower. Alcazar and Seville Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$116
Becquer Hotel

Becquer Hotel

Reyes Catolicos 4, Seville
4.4
of 5, from 589 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Conveniently located in the historical and commercial center of the city, next to the Guadalquivir River, a 5 minute walk from the Cathedral, Giralda, Barrio de Santa Cruz and walking area Tapas (Triana).

$199
Las Casas de la Juderia

Las Casas de la Juderia

Calle Santa Maria La Blanca 3, Seville
4.1
of 5, from 89 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This residence consists of a labyrinth of Moorish-style houses, belonging to many different noble or popular families, and typical Spanish courtyards, interconnected by a grotto-style passage and set in central Seville's Santa Cruz district.

$130
Hotel Rey Alfonso X

Hotel Rey Alfonso X

Calle Ximenez De Enciso, 35, Seville
4.1
of 5, from 418 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Casco Antiguo, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Maria la Blanca Church and Alcazar. Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower are also within 10 minutes.

$495
Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville

Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville

San Fernando 2, Seville
4.8
of 5, from 232 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Casco Antiguo, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of University of Seville and Torre del Oro Watchtower. Seville Cathedral and Alcazar are also within 10 minutes.

$78
Hotel Madrid Sevilla

Hotel Madrid Sevilla

C/ San Pedro Martir nº22, Seville
4.0
of 5, from 234 reviews
1.0 out of 5.0

Located in Casco Antiguo, this hotel is steps from Plaza de Armas Shopping Center and Museum of Fine Arts. Seville Cathedral and Alcazar are also within 15 minutes.

Sevilla Dream Hostel

Sevilla Dream Hostel

Calle Pascual de Gayangos 32, Seville
2.9
of 5, from 9 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Casco Antiguo, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza de Armas, Seville Cathedral, and Alcazar. Museum of Fine Arts and Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$156
Hotel Fernando III

Hotel Fernando III

San Jose 21, Seville
4.0
of 5, from 498 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Seville hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Santa Maria la Blanca Church, Alcazar, and Seville Cathedral. Giralda Tower and Torre del Oro Watchtower are also within 15 minutes.