The guadalquivir river
Guadalquivir, from Arabic al-wādi al-kabīr, “the big river” that gives life to the city
The Guadalquivir and its riverside is one of the most pleasant places in the city. Different environments and spaces follow one another throughout its course where the Sevillians gather to fish, rowing, walking, playing sports or simply enjoying tapas on their terraces and bars. It is necessary to clarify that the sheet of water that crosses the center of the city is not the true river, it is a dock in which the water does not flow. The real river runs a kilometer further, out of the city, as it was diverted to avoid floods that were very frequent that flooded the city. However, this sheet of water, which is called Canal de Alfonso XII, is what the Sevillians call “the river” and draws the historical route of the Guadalquivir from always until I carry out its detour.
The bridge of Isabel II or Puente Triana
The bridge of Triana is the most famous and popular of all those that cross the Guadalquivir. The most beloved by the Sevillians, who have been dedicated sevillanas letters and in which locks hang lovers to seal their love. It links the center of the city with the neighborhood of Triana, the sailor and potter’s quarter, and was the first modern bridge in the city, replacing the old bridge of boats that existed in its place in the 19th century. It is the oldest iron bridge preserved in Spain and its construction was completed in 1852, under the reign of Isabel II, reason why it bears that name. From there, you can access Triana and Calle Betis (formerly the Roman name of the Guadalquivir) where the velá de Santa Ana are celebrated during the summer months, one of the most popular festivities in the city.
1992, the city opens its gaze to the river
With Expo’92 there is a change in the concept of city and its urban design. Until this date the river was only visible in the part of Triana and Betis street. In 1992, for the Universal Exposition, the dock was extended to the North of the city, conquering new spaces for leisure and bringing the entire historic center of the city closer to the river. From this moment the city would look at the river thanks to new accesses, bridges and the adaptation of numerous walks, gardens, parks and lanes for the use of the bicycle. The result is a Guadalquivir that structures the entire city and offers spaces for respite and tranqulity in which to connect with nature in the vicinity of the historic center.
Do you want to make our route Parques de Sevilla by bike? In it, you will be able to learn more about the Guadalquivir River, the Expo 92 and the new river spaces through a beautiful and natural network of bike paths.
Seville, city of rowing
The channel of Alfonso XII, of 14 kilometers long, is in a place suitable for the Olympic Rowing, and optimal if we add the favorable weather throughout the year. Seville has become a reference point, both for national and foreign clubs, to hold meetings (especially in winter). Nowadays, the image of the boats training or competing under the bridges of the city has become something consubstantial to it.
Do you want to go kayaking on the Guadalquivir or do you prefer a more traditional touristic boat ride? Discover our experiences in the Guadalquivir: Kayak on the Guadalquivir and Boat Trip on the Guadalquivir
How to move
You can travel the Guadalquivir on foot or by bicycle along its banks, as it has bike paths and very comfortable and pleasant walks
Cycling: Rent a bike
You can walk the guadalquivir the Kayak
See it from the tourist bus that runs a lot of it
Dine at one of the restaurants on its banks
Live the Guadalquivir! We have these related experiences
To know the Guadalquivir River and its surroundings you can book one of our Guided Tour in Sevilla in which our guides will explain all the details. Or if you want to visit on your own you can rent one of our bikes or a Kayak.