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With the wind through your hair and the sun in your face, feeling free and safe: that's what cycling in Seville gives you. Thanks to its many amenities and the fact that it is a relatively flat city, Seville is known as a city of cycling. While cycling, you can pass by the monuments and most special places that once seemed unreachable, but are now suddenly within reach. Long distances become short and short distances are more often covered by bicycle. Even in the heat of the day, a bike ride becomes child's play thanks to the pleasant addition of a light breeze. With the arrival of "Sevici," Seville's public bike rental service, cycling has never been easier.

  • In July 2007 at the station of 'Ponce de Leon' the first public bike rental in Seville was opened.
  • When using the 'Sevici' the first 30 minutes are always free.
  • 'Isla de Cartuja' and 'Parque de Alamillo' are great locations to visit by bike.

Cycling in Spain

The municipality has agreed to the plan to offer an energy-efficient mode of public transportation to the public. Thus, in July 2007, the first public bicycle rental in Seville opened at the 'Ponce de Leon' station. Other major Spanish cities such as Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia have also adopted this form of public transportation. Today, the 'Sevici' is fully integrated into Sevillian life and the word is considered normal. Seville has 2,500 bicycles parked in 250 different places throughout Seville. This enormous popularity is partly due to Seville's good facilities and amenities when it comes to bicycles. The city was even ranked fourth as the most bike-friendly city by a survey by a renowned magazine in 2013.

The bike itself is fully adjustable and designed so that its sturdy appearance gives and emanates a safe feeling while still retaining its charm. On the bike's fender is the infinity symbol in the form of a piece of rope woven together. This is part of Seville's own logo. The colors also reflect this, as they are red and yellow. The slogan of the "Sevici" reads: Sevilla a tu ritmo. This means that you can discover Seville at your own pace.

The great advantage of "Sevici" is that you can effortlessly maneuver anywhere through the city. Once arrived at your destination, it is then only a matter of finding a stand to place the bike in and you have your hands free again. An annual or weekly subscription is required to use this service. You then receive a pass that you can insert into one of the vending machines at "Sevici" to access the bikes in the bike rack. It is also possible for teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 to use this service, although parental permission is required. A nice bonus is that the first 30 minutes are always free! Because most facilities and tourist attractions are located in and around the old city center, 30 minutes is often enough for small rides.

Sightseeing in Seville

For the sights that are a bit further away, biking in Seville is also ideal. The public bicycle makes it easy to get to some less accessible destinations. An example is the site "Isla de Cartuja" where the 1992 World's Fair was held. This is about a 30-minute walk from the city center. Here stands a number of extraordinary pavilions designed especially for the world exhibition. This is the ideal starting point for a bicycle tour. In fact, you can then cycle on to city park 'Parque de Alamillo' to enjoy a quiet day in the park. During the day and in the evening, small open-air concerts or theater performances by local artists are often held here. After spending the rest of the day in the park you can bike back to the center when evening falls. The best way to do this is across the "Puente de Alamillo" bridge. This bridge was built especially for the World's Fair and was designed by the famous Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava. 

Cycling between the giant white bars of this rigged bridge illuminated by artificial light has something special about it. It is well worth stopping here to enjoy the scenery: illuminated houses and street lamps create a slight reflection and glint in the Guadalquivir River, while evening traffic quietly passes by and the moon is high in the sky. Having cycled all the way down the bridge, it only makes sense to cycle along the Guadalquivir as a conclusion.

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