Free things to do in Seville

Like the orange of its namesake, Seville is a cultural capital that may appear to be exquisitely expensive on the outside but is actually ripe with opportunities for visitors to savour its history and traditions without expense. Here are some suggestions for what to do when you arrive:

Housed in a 17th Century former convent resides one of the most astounding art galleries of Europe: the Museo de Bellas Artes. Breathe in the tranquil air away from the hub-bub of the city and appreciate neat and perfectly-formed cloisters and art by leading Spanish figures such as Velázquez and Murillo. Whilst it doesn't house an impressive art collection, the Parqua Maria Luisa offers an ideal park environment with a stunning lake and the opportunity to hire a bike for the day.

The ever-popular tourist area, and old Jewish quarter of the city, Santa Cruz, can become a adventure in navigating backstreets and investigating typical Spanish architecture - stick to the Calle Ximenez de Enciso route and you won't go wrong.

Take a break from walking and visit one of the many religious habitats based around the city. Each one, like the Convento de Santa Paula is a hidden gem: not always easily accessible but chock full of delicate and intricate interior decoration well worth seeing. The Iglesia de los Terceros offers Latin American styled architecture and design. Most tourists are able to take a look inside after 7pm, when the city winds down for the evening.

Finally, visit the instantantly recognisable Torre del Oro or 'tower of gold' built in the 13th century to protect the city against Christian invaders. The towers is free to visit on Tuesdays.

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