A walking tour of Triana in Seville, Spain is one of the best things to do in Seville. We love free walking tours, we learn so much from passionate locals who want to ‘show off’ their cities to travellers. There are just so many Seville (Sevilla as the Spanish spell and pronounce it) attractions to visit you will need at least 3 days in Seville. Have you visited Seville?
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Triana Seville is unique, as it is a working-class neighborhood across the Guadalquivir River. It has a lot of history, full of the romance of the flamenco dance and of course some of the best tapas in Seville.
If you are visiting Seville and you have time we would highly recommend this evening tour of Triana. If your visit is in Summer, the coolness of the evening as you wander around is the ideal time and at the end of the tour, you can return back to one of the many bars and restaurants that you pass on the tour.
Seville is the Capital of Andalusia in Southern Spain situated along the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
Triana was located outside the walled city of Seville, separated by the Guadalquivir River. Triana was classified as the poorest neighbourhood of Seville, full of blacksmiths, sailors, and flamenco dancers. The sailors were the poorest. The residents of Triana were not allowed to live within the walled city of Seville.
The Guadalquivir River is the 2nd longest river in Spain. Triana in Latin means behind the River (Seville), with tri meaning ‘behind’ and ‘ana’ meaning river.
Triana was founded during the Roman period by Emperor Trajan who apparently lived close by in the town of Italica. It is known as the “Independent Republic of Triana”. Its people are very proud of their heritage.
Walking Tour of Triana in Seville, Spain
We met at Puerta Jerez in Seville at 7.00 pm.
Local sailor, Rodriguez, not Columbus was the first man to see America he was born in Triana, he died in Tunisia in Tunis in 1498. He was Triana’s first hero. Colombus took this honour for himself as he was promised lands and riches from Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. Two years later the boats returned to Spain. We were surprised to hear this piece of history.
Iglesia Sant Ana began construction during 1256 by order of King Alfonso X. The legend states that Alfonso (the son of King Ferdinand) who lived in Seville during 1256 and 1268 started to lose his eyesight due to his extensive writings and studies at night. As Triana was a Jewish and Muslim neighbourhood full of Doctors it was these learned men who found a cure rather than the regular Christian Doctors that the Royals used. As a celebration, the Church was founded and built by the Spanish King and completed in 1266. Water and plants represented on the church entrance are geometric forms which can be seen on both sides of the column.
Gypsies arrived in Seville from India and Ceylon during 1225. They were first called ‘Egyptian people’ by the Muslims and Catholics – hence the name Gypsies. They had the dark coloured skin similar to Indians. The Gypsies were the best flamenco dancers and singers. Flamenco is now classified under the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The flamenco dress was originally worn by women of businessmen usually of Gypsy origin and it was more like a housecoat with flounces. Granada in Spain is a destination known for its flamenco and has a large gypsy population living in caves in the mountains surrounding Granada.
The Courtyard is where two centuries ago the Gypsy people lived. Here they practised their dancing and singing, today it has been turned into luxury apartments.
Punte Isabel II (also known as the Triana Bridge) started construction in 1845 by two disciples of Gustave Eiffel. As you cross the Bridge you will notice the Chapel of the Virgen del Carmen. It is built in the Moorish Revival Style and houses beautiful tile work inside. Virgen del Carmen is known as the protector of sailors.
Triana is famous for its ceramic tiles using the mud from the river Guadalquivir. Ceramic workshops are rare now but you can still find some tile shops. The tiles are colourful with exquisite designs, you could spend all day just wandering around admiring all the tiles. The buildings remind us of our time in Lisbon, also well known for colourful tiles on buildings.
There is a statue of a bullfighter opposite the Chapel of the Virgin of Carmen at Altozano Square.
Bullfighting is still practised in Spain. King Phillip III ordered his soldiers to train with the bulls in 1625. Spanish bulls are reputed to be the biggest in the world and they were bred in the mountainous areas of Spain. Spain is divided 50/50 those for and those against bullfighting. We are against bullfighting.
Triana has cobblestoned streets, a lively atmosphere, the houses are smaller and less grand than Barrio Santa Cruz across the river in Seville itself. Locals from Seville have claimed they have never crossed the river or set foot in the Triana neighbourhood. If we had more time we would have returned to sample all of the Seville restaurants, the bars, cafes that line the riverfront and in the small plazas. As we walked around we could hear flamenco music being played in small bars.
Don’t bypass a visit to Triana and its proud people who take their heritage seriously.
Free Tour Triana Sevilla Details:
It is a free walking tour but tips are appreciated.
Puerta Jerez, Seville
Meet at 7 pm at between June and September
Meet at 5 pm between October and May
Our Tour Guide:
Valen – who was very informative and you could tell his passion for his city
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Getting into Seville
Seville airport is located 25 minutes away. We use Skyscanner to book our flights, click here for the latest fares and availability.
Ryanair flys into Jerez Airport which is located 95km from Seville.
Seville is serviced by AVE high-speed trains e.g. Cordoba is 1 hour away and Madrid is 3 hours. A Eurail pass is a great way to travel around Europe.
Buses are a great way to travel through Spain.
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