The aquarium of Seville 🐠
The aquarium of Seville is located on the banks of the Guadalquivir, in an attractive setting located next to the Maria Luisa Park, the Paseo de la Palmera and the pavilions of the Expo of 29, at the foot of the new Ferris wheel of Seville.
It is undoubtedly another reason to visit Seville and one of the best attractions for those travelling with children and for those sensitive to the environment and the rich history of navigation and discovery of Spain. The area, in general, is very nice, with the views of the river, the aquarium itself, a restaurant and a nice terrace for drinks with attractions for children such as remote-controlled boats.
The great 10,000 square metre exhibition has tanks up to 9 meters deep and a huge variety of marine and fluvial fauna in which sharks, of the bull and hammerhead species, shine with their own light. You will see sea turtles (the centre has a recovery project), reptiles and almost 400 species of fish from all latitudes. The size of the central tank, the large sharks, the coral reef aquariums and the crocodile habitats are all impressive. There is an area where you can touch starfish, sea urchins and some other things.
The storyline of the aquarium is the voyage that Magellan began in 1519, in search of an alternative route to the Portuguese route to reach the Spice Islands. This historic voyage was completed by the Spaniard Elcano together with a small group of battered sailors who experienced unimaginable adventures and dangers on their round-the-world voyage.
Magellan and Elcano’s journey is the central theme of the aquarium and serves to present diverse ecosystems of the world that coincide with the points of the route of the first round-the-world trip in history. The Guadalquivir, Canary Islands, Brazil, Patagonia, the South Seas, and the Philippines were some of the destinations visited in the expedition, and visitors can learn about the marine and fluvial species of each latitude, in a journey that allows them to discover the most interesting ecosystems on the planet, starting with the illustrious inhabitants of the Seville river (carps, pike, sturgeons, or barbels).
The rich Atlantic marine life of the Canary Islands is the preamble to the large shark tank and the attractive Amazonian space inhabited by beautiful colourful fish and curious reptiles such as the anaconda, the caiman or the matamata turtle.
In addition, in one of the aquarium’s tanks, you can see a representation of the Nao Victoria, the ship with which Juan Sebastián Elcano completed the first round-the-world voyage, after the death of Magellan in the Philippines.
The aquarium is open every day of the year from 10 a.m. to 7/8 p.m. or 9 p.m. depending on the season. The general price for adults is 18 euros, with reduced prices for children (free for under 4’s) and other groups. We recommend from our own experience that you carry ID to prove the age of children under the age of 4, especially if they are big.
It has a good shop and a café with indoor and outdoor tables that can be an oasis in the summer heat.