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Tourists on bicycles in Plaza de España square in Seville, Andalusia

Seville by bike: how to enjoy it

Sevilla

If you've never been to this city in the south of Spain, now is the time to visit. You'll fall in love with its incredible monuments like the Cathedral (the largest Gothic-style cathedral in the world), the Torre del Oro tower and the Real Alcázar palace with its beautiful gardens. If you've already been to Seville, we propose you rediscover it in a new way: by bike. Why? Because the capital of Andalusia is among the Spanish cities with the most kilometres of bike lanes per inhabitant: 27.6 km per 100,000 inhabitants, to be exact. 

Why Seville?

Discovering the magical city of Seville while exercising is a combination you're going to love. We also have to mention its climate, which is pleasant all year round, and its location, which is at an average height of only seven metres above sea level. This makes the plan we're suggesting even more appealing.Most airlines allow you to travel with your own bicycle, so enjoying Seville on two wheels won't be a problem. The city even has a safe bike station where you can leave it. You can reserve a spot there through the PVerde app or on this website

Bike station in the city of Seville, Andalusia

However, if you don't have your own bike or you'd rather not take it with you on your trip, the Andalusian capital provides a wide range of places where you can hire a bicycle, including a public service run by the city council. You'll find 250 bike stops open 24 hours a day, with over 2600 bicycles available.  You can buy either a long-term or short-term pass, depending on how many days you'll need to hire a bike. The public rental service also allows you to enjoy the first 30 minutes of cycling completely free of charge.   So, now you have your bike, how are you going to explore Seville and its surrounding areas? There are a huge number of routes you can take, depending on what interests you.

Detail of the bicycle hire service in the city of Seville, Andalusia

Seville's bike lane network

On this interactive map, you can check out all the bike lanes in the city and nearby towns. Beginning in the old town, specifically in Plaza Nueva square, you can cycle right to the cathedral, speed past the Real Alcázar or cross the beautiful María Luisa park. Pick the route you like best. You can also explore the Pablo de Olavide University campus, pause for a snack in the Macarena district or cross some of the most famous bridges in the city, such as Triana or San Telmo. The bike lanes link almost everywhere in the city, so all you need to do is pedal and let them take you on a journey to enjoy Seville. You can find four tourist routes created to ensure you don't miss any attractions here.

Woman on a bicycle in a bike lane in Seville, Andalusia

Route 1: the parks and the river. You'll pass through 12 of the city's most emblematic parks as you follow the course of the river. Route 2: cultural heritage. You'll get a snapshot view of all the historical monuments in Seville. Route 3: contemporary architecture. You'll discover almost 20 modern designs that complement the city's cultural heritage. Route 4: the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. You'll travel around the symbolic creations from the Universal Exposition held in 1929. 

Tourists on bicycles near Torre del Oro tower in Seville, Andalusia

Routes through the countryside

You're probably also interested in taking a trip into the countryside to breathe the fresh air. Seville has several different trajectories for this, such as:  The Seville Sierra Norte greenway, which covers a total of 19.40 km and passes through towns in the north of the region, such as Cazalla de la Sierra, Alanis, San Nicolás del Puerto and Constantina. You'll have an amazing time cycling along this former railway line, which has been turned into a footpath that passes among holm oak, cork oak and gall oak trees, as well as a mine and mining town. La Ruta del Agua, perfect for cycling fans who simply want to enjoy riding through Sevillian landscapes. It begins in El Gergal park and is 14 kilometres long. In addition to the incredible views, the best part about this route is that it also offers tourist activities, like camping, hiking, mountain climbing and horseback riding. 

Details of the Seville Sierra Norte greenway, Andalusia

Trips to nearby villages

Alcalá de Guadaíra is a town linked to Seville by an excellent bike path. This route also allows you to enjoy a peaceful morning cycling by the Guadaíra river and the Bajo Guadalquivir canal. You can visit other nearby villages as well, explore their old towns and try some Andalusian tapas in the infinite number of bars you'll find there. 

 View of Alcalá de Guadaíra castle in Seville, Andalusia
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