Seville Running Tours – Discovery and Well-being
Calling all fitness freaks, cañas connoisseurs, and tapas devotees.
Seville Running Tours provides guided tours of the city whilst jogging, with an aim to get people exercising and learning. A new concept to us here at SBT but after a few too many patatas bravas we are keen! For those staring at the screen with a worried look don’t panic! This isn’t a fitness test. It’s a way of getting out and discovering the city without trailing behind a flag bearing date-a-holic.
Whilst we remain unconvinced that the extra oxygen improves your learning ability, Niek’s knowledge and enthusiasm makes it impossible to not get excited about Sevilla’s fascinating past
We armed ourselves with skimpy shorts, running shoes, and a good nights sleep before diving headfirst into the city’s cauldron of adventure stories. We began at the cathedral and headed out through barrio Santa Cruz, listening breathlessly to tales of lusty romance and royal extravagance. Heading south we made for the quaint Jardines de Murillo. Herein lies a monument dedicated to the one and only Cristobal Colon, who sailed from Sevilla in his quest for India. Instead, the sailor stumbled upon the Americas, winning the world explorers lottery and making a fortune for the Spanish King and Queen. Next stop, the Royal Tobacco Factory. This veritable engine of the times was fuelled by prosperous trade across the Atlantic. At any one time there would be a notorious all-female workforce of several thousand cigarreras with a captivating reputation for all kinds of misbehaviour.
Don’t let the city’s adoquines (cobbles) put you off, as there are in fact plenty of paved avenues and sandy parks to explore. Our tour continued through the picturesque Parque de María Luisa, and into one of Sevilla’s crown jewels: Plaza España. This extraordinary monument constructed for the 1929 Ibero-American exhibition, is a magnificent testament to Triana’s azulejo tradition. As our legs began to tire, we made our way back along the river towards our end point.
This is a great way to see the city. Whilst we remain unconvinced that the extra oxygen improves your learning ability, Niek’s knowledge and enthusiasm makes it impossible to not get excited about Sevilla’s fascinating past. Exhausted, brimming with information, yet feeling refreshed, there was only one thing left to do… did someone mention a caña?
SBT says dine on: Good carb preparation.
SBT says wine on: Post run celebratory cañas.
Website: www.sevillerunningtours.com prices from €20 per person