Seville - La Cartuja: The Story of Ferdinand Columbus

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La Cartuja: The Story of Ferdinand Columbus

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(37 reviews)
La Cartuja, Seville, Spain
40 mins

About the tour

The history of Seville is tied to the Columbus family in many different ways. Christopher Columbus is of course (in)famous around the world, but his son Ferdinand, mostly unknown to the general public, might be the most interesting figure of the two. He was the greatest book collector of the Renaissance, although his ambitions went far beyond collections: He tried to build an engine of knowledge with unique characteristics for the 16th century. In this tour, Nicolas will tell you the secrets of Ferdinand's lost library, the largest in Europe at one time, while visiting La Cartuja, a 14th-century monastery recently turned into a modern art centre. Join us on this unique voyage of discovery along the banks of the Guadalquivir river!

Meet Nicolas


In Seville was he born, a pleasant city, Famous for oranges and women—he Who has not seen it will be much to pity, So says the proverb—and I quite agree Well pity no more, for Nicolas is here to show the wonders of Seville. Like Byron’s Don Juan, he was born and raised by the mighty Guadalquivir, under the shadow of the Giralda. A life-long lover of old books and obscure maps, he traveled the world from Lisbon to Philippines in his younger years, studying the history of the Spanish empire in the Pacific Ocean. He then came back home to sunny Seville and took up the ancient art of story-telling, entertaining travelers from all around the world with tales about poet-kings and honey thieves, orange trees and Manila shawls, lost libraries and wayward nuns. Join him as he guides you through the narrow streets of Seville’s Old Quarter and discover the light and music of this unforgettable city!

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Seville with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 40 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Seville. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Carla V.

11 July 2021

So happy to be traveling virtually on tours with Nicolas. He does a great job showing us well known places in Seville but also those places that tourists might miss.

Julie K.

09 July 2021

Nice to come across places associated with Ferdinand Colombus

Shelley H.

07 July 2021

Stephen- I can’t wait for your next tour. Today was my first with you. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour- architecture was beautiful and fascinating to hear about Columbus. Thank you!


06 July 2021

I appreciate the unique tours that Nicolas offers.

Jeanne ♦️♦️♦️ B.

06 July 2021

Nicolas, you’re really good! I saw only the last 20 minutes because of technical problems. I love Seville, one of my very favorites. Thank you.

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