Staying at Plácido y Grata hotel boutique when visiting Seville is an excellent choice. Not only is this charming hotel boutique conveniently located in the heart of the city, but it also offers many interesting services that will add some extra experiences to your stay, such as the bike rental.
In the morning, jump-start your day at our cafeteria! Nomad Coffee will be the best fuel for a day out and about discovering the city from the saddle. The menu also includes some light breakfast options, freshly made baked goods and hearty brunch dishes for those who are planning to give it all out and need all the energy in the world.
Discovering the majestic streets of Seville riding one of the Veloretti bikes that we have available at the hotel will be a lovely experience. Just ask at the reception and you’ll just be ready to hit the road in a trice!. Veloretti’s ‘Caféracer’ bikes are an all-time classic model. Their mid-step frame makes them especially comfortable to ride regardless of your outfit, and they come with a basket attached to the front to carry your bag, camera, or the surprising gifts you may encounter during the ride.
Amsterdam, Freiburg, Copenhagen… These are some of the most popular bike-friendly cities in the world, however lesser known in this regard, Seville is also a very enjoyable cycling city. This is the easiest way to get around, and since it’s a flat city, everybody will find this an easy ride thanks to their extensive bike lanes, with over 180km that cross the city and connect all the neighborhoods.
Close to the hotel, in the city center, you can stop to admire the magnificence of the Giralda, the bell tower that was built as a minaret to the original mosque of Seville, with an impressive decoration from the Almohad-era on its façade. This building has been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, along with the neighboring Alcázar, the General Archive of the Indies and the Cathedral, which is said to be the fourth-largest church in the world as well as the largest church in Gothic style.
The Paseo de Colón leads us to the Torre del Oro, by the River Guadalquivir, where we can take a break to admire this military watchtower in the shape of a dodecagon. This Almohad monument takes its name from the golden shine it projects on the river at sunset, due to the nature of the materials it was made of (a mix of mortar lime and pressed hay).
If you keep cycling on this bank of the river, to the north, you will find the ‘Monument to Tolerance’ by Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida, right at the Muelle de la sal, the riverfront pier facing the 19th century style Bridge of Isabella II.
What is especially interesting about Seville is how varied it is. Just head towards the Plaza de la Encarnación and you will be amazed by the sights of the surprisingly futuristic ‘Setas de Sevilla’. Initially known as Metropol Parasol, these organic shapes resembling 6 giant mushrooms won over the moniker of this construction. This is a modern architecture milestone erected by German architect Jürgen Mayer that is highly popular in the city and claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world. This construction is organized in 4 levels, consisting of a museum of Roman and Moorish remains, the Central Market and other establishments, an open-air public plaza, and terraces that offer scenic views of the city.
Seville is a city full of wonders. Don’t forget to snap every blissful moment of this beautiful bike ride!