How to tour Seville by carriage in the 21st century

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Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
03 June 2023 Saturday 10:45
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How to tour Seville by carriage in the 21st century

* The author is part of the community of readers of La Vanguardia

Seville is a city with a lot of heritage and history. But, also to live it in the present XXI century with intensity and, even, as if we were in past centuries. The possibility of visiting it by carriage contributes to this.

It is so important for this city that we can even visit a Seville Carriage Museum, opened in an old 16th century convent, although before on the grounds there was a small hermitage of the Virgen de los Remedios, built in 1526, in front of the Mules dock.

In this hermitage the navigators entrusted themselves before leaving for the Americas. In fact, from this place is where the expedition of Magellan and Elcano began the first trip around the world.

The museum is divided into four rooms, each with a theme. In the first room there are three field and work carts. The second room is dedicated to the urban car and houses carriages for rides and trips, where you will become familiar with the way and use of this type of carriage.

In the third room, the space is occupied by sporting and hunting carriages, as well as a collection of carriage hitches. And in the last one there is a scenographic reproduction of a horse that allows us to observe a hitch in detail.

Among the jewels on display are draft vehicles, watering carts, galleys, carts, buggies, gala floats, sports cars or the first taxis. You can see the luxury saloon of the Brotherhood of the Tabernacle.

Horse carriages in Seville are also called calesas. There are several official stops where you can take a horse carriage (a municipal ordinance establishes the points where passengers can be picked up). These are the Cathedral, the Plaza de España, the Maria Luisa Park, the Torre del Oro, the Plaza del Triunfo and the Plaza de la Virgen de los Reyes.

The number of people allowed in each carriage is up to five, although for comfort it is recommended not to book for more than four adults.

The walks last between 45 and 60 minutes depending on traffic and the most common route starts from the Cathedral and leads to the Plaza de España.