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Night tour Santa Cruz

With temperatures often hitting 40C in the summer, the coolest way to see Seville is without a doubt at night. This literary-historical two-hour walking tour of the historic Santa Cruz district starts at 9pm, which should be mild enough. As you explore the narrow streets and picturesque plazas of what was for centuries the city’s Jewish quarter, you will be regaled by verses penned by the poets most closely associated with the Andalusian capital. Like the rest of the city, Santa Cruz, which means Holy Cross, has had its ups and downs. Following the expulsion of the Jews in 1492, the district entered a period a period of declines, which allowed it to preserve much of its medieval layout and architecture. As a result, it is a warren of whitewashed lanes, alleys, archways and patios, meaning Santa Cruz is redolent of old Seville. As the tour winds itself from the Plaza de la Virgen de los Reyes, site of the Giralda, to the Patio de las Banderas – which has gorgeous views of the belfry – listen to verses from poets such as Becquer, Machado and Aleixandre. This is a tour in which the exuberant guide is part of the experience as you will discover. Continue on to some of the most popular squares in the quarter, Plaza de los Venerables, Plaza de Santa Cruz, Plaza de Doña Elvira, and walk in the shadow of the old walls. Pause occasionally to hear the stories behind some of the statues and memorials in the area such as those dedicated to Don Juan Tenorio and Washington Irving. With temperatures often hitting 40C in the summer, the coolest way to see Seville is without a doubt at night. This literary-historical two-hour walking tour of the historic Santa Cruz district starts at 9pm, which should be mild enough. As you explore the narrow streets and picturesque plazas of what was for centuries the city’s Jewish quarters, you will be regaled by verses penned by the poets most closely associated with the Andalusian capital. Meeting point: Entrance Archbishop’s Palace. Plaza Virgen de los Reyes. Start/opening time: At 9pm.Languages: English and Spanish.