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Postcard from Spain: Exploring Seville on Two Wheels

It’s hard not to fall in love with Seville. Capital of the Andalucia region in southern Spain, the city seduces visitors with its flamboyant beauty as well as its relaxed, freewheeling vibe. Flamenco dancers, Moorish design, horse-drawn carriages, orange trees heavy with fruit — this is Spain as you’ve always pictured it, and it is magical.

Thanks to its flat topography, Seville (Sevilla to the locals) is perfect for a private bike tour, an enjoyable way to get an overview of the highlights and help you decide where you want to spend time later. We ventured out with our guide on a fine summer morning, helmets securely on heads, well before the heat reached its scorching peak. Our route took us to landmarks like Sevilla Cathedral, the Palace of San Telmo, the lavish Plaza de España and Maria Luisa Park, with brief rest breaks and plenty of insight into Seville’s colorful history along the way. Seeing the streets from a fresh vantage point was invigorating and just plain fun — the kids would have pedaled all day if we’d let them.

Back at the bike shop, we capped off the 3-hour adventure with a taste of the area’s distinctive orange wine. Salud!

TIP: A bit of cycling experience is helpful but not necessary; the tour sticks largely to back roads and sidewalks, and we only had to dodge pedestrian traffic here and there. Our vetted Seville travel partner offers child-size bikes and all the necessary gear. While kids of any age are welcome, this excursion is really best for those 8 and up, as they need to be able to pay attention to the roads and stay in line with the group.

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