A Taste of Seville - Gastronomy and Artistic Heritage in the Capital of Andalusia

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8 Nov 2020 - 13 Nov 2020
Duration: 5 nights
Ref: 20SEVI
With: Sue Rollin


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Seville, founded (it is said) by Hercules, was praised by Lorca for its oranges and olives, and by Byron for its oranges and women. Its location on the Guadalquivir river made it a natural entry point for Atlantic trade, and it grew rich on Spain’s plunder from the Americas. The city’s wealth in its 16th-century golden age can be seen in its private palaces, most notably the spectacular Alcazar, originally the seat of Moorish kings. The city also has a rich artistic history. Two of Spain’s greatest painters, Velázquez and Murillo, were born in Seville and examples of their work can be found in Seville’s marvellous galleries alongside countless other treasures. However, the glories of Seville cannot be enjoyed through sight alone. From the meltingly delicious Jamón Ibérico, to the crisp, jewel-toned sherry and exquisite tapas served in Seville’s charming and lively tapas bars, taste is as vital a sense as any other in the exploration of this city. Join Sue Rollin on this new Art Pursuits Abroad tour, a joyful celebration of art, architecture and gastronomy in the seductive capital of Andalucia.


"I can spend hours in Seville cathedral, the largest Gothic church in the world, taking in the 20m tall gilded alterpiece, discovering 80 chapels with masterpieces by Zurbarán, Murillo and Montañés, ‘the god of wood’, admiring Christopher Columbus’ tomb and climbing the Giralda tower for magnificent views over the city."

Sue Rollin specialises in the ancient and Islamic Middle East and Mediterranean. An archaeologist and linguist by training, she lectures for the Arts Society and the Art Fund and has led study trips in Spain, Sicily, Morocco, the Middle East, Central Asia and India. Sue speaks Spanish, Italian, French and German and works regularly as an interpreter for international organisations. She is co-author of two travel guides: the ‘Blue Guide to Jordan’ and ‘Istanbul: A Traveller’s Guide’.

DAY 1:

Afternoon flight from London Gatwick to Seville. Transfer by private coach to our four star hotel.

DAY 2:

Our morning exploration of Seville begins with a visit to the Casa de Pilatos, one of Seville’s most beautiful palaces, a mixture of Renaissance and Mudéjar styles embellished with fine azulejos, glazed ceramic tile work. We then walk to the magnificent baroque church of El Salvador before a break for lunch. In the afternoon we see Seville’s magnificent cathedral, the largest Gothic church in the world, built in the 15th century on the site of the 12th century great mosque. Christopher Columbus and his son Diego are buried there. There is an opportunity to climb the Giralda, the 105m-high bell tower which was once the minaret of the mosque. We then explore the narrow streets of Santa Cruz, the former Jewish quarter and have a private visit to the Hospital de los Venerables, which has an outstanding collection of paintings and sculptures by masters such as Velázquez, Murillo and Zurbarán.

DAY 3:

Morning excursion to the extensive ruins of Roman Italica, birthplace of the emperor Trajan, which boasts a large amphitheatre and villas with well-preserved mosaics. We return to Seville to visit the archaeological museum, with an excellent regional collection which includes Roman sculpture from Italica and walk through the Maria Luisa Park to the Plaza de España, built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. The tiled walls of the huge semi-circular complex represent the different provinces of Spain. The afternoon is at leisure for your own activities or relaxation.

DAY 4:

Our first visit this morning is to the Archive of the Indies, housed in the old merchants’ exchange. We continue to the Real Alcázar, the former royal palace, an exquisite example of the decorative Mudéjar style, which draws on Islamic art to achieve striking results. There is of course an opportunity to wander through the beautiful gardens, some of the oldest in Europe. In the afternoon we see the baroque Hospital de la Caridad where the chapel houses paintings by Valdés Leal and Murillo. After the visit, enjoy some free time before we regroup in the evening for an authentic flamenco performance at the Casa de la Memoria.

DAY 5:

All day excursion north-west of Seville to the Sierra de Aracena where the acorn-fed Iberian pigs are bred. We visit a ham producer to learn about the curing process of the famous Jamón Ibérico and enjoy a guided tasting. We continue to a nearby Ibérico farm and take a stroll through the Dehesa forest where the pigs roam free. There is a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, with special focus on Iberico meats, before we return to Seville.

DAY 6:

This morning we visit the Museo de Bellas Artes, housed in a beautiful former convent, which has a fine collection of Spanish art, considered second only to that of the Prado. We continue to the Casa de las Dueñas, former home of the Duchess of Alba, a splendid palace built in the 15th century in Renaissance style with lovely gardens and Mudéjar patios. A final leisurely lunch and some free time conclude this tour before a late afternoon transfer to the airport for our flight home.


Specific fitness requirements for this Study Tour:

Please note that this tour involves a fair amount of walking across uneven ground. You must be fit and surefooted to make the most of this tour. If you would like to find out more about the physical ‘difficulty level’ of the tour, please ring or email us.


Twin/double share: £2095 per person
Double room for sole use supplement: £295
Price of the tour without flights: £1895 per person
Deposit: £200 per person


  • Return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick to Seville
  • Private coach transfers and excursions
  • Five nights’ bed & breakfast in the Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia, Seville
  • 3 dinners, 2 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the Lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters

Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia, Seville

Crossing the threshold of this hotel means immersing yourself in a Seville known to only a select few. Comprising of 27 traditional houses it has 134 different rooms which are linked through 40 patios, gardens and a labyrinth of small passageways. The hotel is located in the heart of the old Jewish quarter and just minutes away from the main landmarks such as the Cathedral, the Giralda, the Royal Alcázar and the House of Pilatos among others. The remains of pedestals, Roman statues, amphoras, earthenware jugs, antiques and original furniture decorate each of its corners, giving it a unique atmosphere. Rooms are air conditioned and feature a TV, minibar and safe.