HAVING taken six attempts to pass my driving test, letting me loose on a Segway near main roads in a European city is perhaps ill-advised. But speeding around on two wheels proves to be a novel way to see the sights in the Andalusian capital Seville, in the south of Spain.

Our tour starts in the lush Maria Luisa Park, and after getting to grips with balance, thanks to some patient teaching from the instructors, our group is zipping around the Plaza de Espana on the futuristic devices.

The landmark is no stranger to space-age visitors, having featured in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, in a scene when Anakin and Padme arrive on the planet Naboo.

In fact, many of the city’s historic landmarks pop up in films, with the five-star Alfonso XIII Hotel - which counts royals including Princess Diana amongst its former guests - appearing in 1962 epic Lawrence Of Arabia, and hit Netflix series The Crown.

Elsewhere, the orange groves, peaceful pools and idyllic gardens of the Real Alcazar double up as the Kingdom of Dorne in Game Of Thrones. Home to the Royal family since the 10th Century, this World Heritage Site was partially built by a Christian king at a time of harmony amongst Christian, Jewish and Muslim people; quotations from the Koran mix with Christian symbols in the beautiful mosaics.

As we head across the Guadalquivir River to Triana - proudly known to some residents as the Independent Republic of Triana - I hit the heady Segway heights of 18 kmph.

Originally a working-class neighbourhood packed with ceramic factories, it has become fashionable in recent years, but has a dark past as the headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition.

Our Segway tour ends near the Plaza Nueva, a palm-shaded square filled with the scent of jasmine. It’s almost in sight of Seville Cathedral, the third largest church in the world and home to a tomb of Christopher Columbus, containing just 150g of his body.

Even more bizarre is a wooden crocodile hanging outside the cathedral; it’s a replica of the live animal sent by an Egyptian sultan in a bid to woo a princess in the 13th century. After failing to win her heart, it was strung up after living out its days in the palace.

We finish our journey at the city hall, where a meeting with the mayor reveals another Hollywood actor may currently be filming in town. Sadly, I fail to set eyes on Javier Bardem, but I’ve already clocked up enough A-list sights to fill more than just one blockbuster.

Where to eat?

La Quinta

It’s probably worth visiting Seville just to eat here. Based in an Andalusian mansion house, the restaurant offers modern twists on local specialities, with highlights including croquettes filled with local cheese, Iberico ham and prawns, and Iberico pork cheeks slow-cooked and served with a rich and sweet Pedro Ximenez sherry glaze.

Mains from E10.50 (£9); glass of wine from E3 (£2.50). Visit grupopanot.com.

Tapas bar La Azotea

Buzzy but relaxed, this modern restaurant has a mix of tapas and larger dishes, all with an emphasis on fresh produce; staff routinely present fish to diners for approval before cooking.

Tapas from E4 (£3.50); beer from E1.60 (£1.40). Visit laazoteasevilla.com/en/.

Where to stay?

Hotel Inglaterra

On the edge of the Plaza Nueva in the heart of the old city, this hotel is minutes from key sights, including the palace and cathedral - which can be seen from the modern, upmarket roof terrace. Built in 1857, the design is opulent and traditional, with mirrors, dark wood and swathes of marble offsetting the pale blue and yellow decor.

Double rooms from £78.29, on a bed and breakfast basis. Visit hotelinglaterra.es/en/

What to do?

Take a selfie at Las Setas

The world’s largest wooden structure is a futuristic vision among the shops and cafes of Seville city centre. It’s officially known as Metropol Parasol, although most people refer to it fondly as Las Setas (the mushrooms). Walking on top of the 28.5m-high sculpture offers great views across the city, while below, the Antiquarium archaeological museum reveals the history of Seville.

Las Setas entry E3 (£2.50); Antiquarium entry E2 (£1.70). Visit setasdesevilla.com and antiquarium.icas-sevilla.org.

Zoom around on a Segway

Segways are permitted on Seville’s many cycle lanes, making them an ideal means of zipping about. Cyclotour guides will whisk you around the main sites.

Segway tours (30 min) from E17 (£14.50).