The Guadalquivir River is the fifth longest river in Spain and the only navigable river in the country. At one time ships could travel all the way to Cordoba, but silt has filled in many places. Today river craft are limited from the Gulf of Cádiz to Seville.
Our river cruise started at the Torrre del Oro, golden tower. It is referred to as the golden tower because its dome is painted gold and the color of its outer materials reflects yellow/goald in the river. It is a dodecagonal watchtower built to protect Seville. The initial construction began in the 13th century. It was a prison in the Middle Ages and anchored a large chain that was strong across the river to prevent ships from sailing further up the river. Today it is a maritime museum. Interestingly it was restored and opened as a museum in 1944 during WWII.
Saville is made up of many neighborhoods. The river separates the Triana neighborhood from the centre of Seville. People in Triana consider themselves Trianeros before they consider themselves Sevillanos.
Another neighborhood is Prado-Parque de María Luisa. It is opposite the Triana neighborhood and lies near the Alcazar Gardens.