Royal Alcázar of Seville, Seville

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Experience living history on a guided tour of Royal Alcázar of Seville, the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. Built primarily during the 1300s, this World Heritage–listed site is one of the country’s finest examples of Moorish architecture, featuring a myriad of exquisitely decorated rooms, lavish gardens, paved courtyards, and sparkling ponds. Originally used as a fort, the site was reconstructed and vastly expanded numerous times over the centuries. The upper levels of the palace are still the official Seville residence of Spain’s royal family. When you visit, be sure to check out the room where Christopher Columbus’ journey to the Americas was planned. Advanced tickets are available online. Try to time your trip for one of many musical concerts regularly held in the gardens. Take a look at our Seville itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Royal Alcázar of Seville and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Islamic architecture there, in the Andalusian city of Seville; The building is made, among them the Islamic palace ruins, also modelled on the Palace of Alhambra, felt the atmosphere.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Set of older palaces of Europe. The architecture is rich in details, influences on your Arab formation, Renaissance and Gothic.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Just a beautiful example of Moorish architectural influences. Lavish gardens and gorgeous mosaics. Would recommend paying ahead for both the tour of the palace and the total apartments, or your lookin...  more »
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  • Definitely the must go place in Seville! Just astounding! Beautiful Arab palace with a mixture of a Cristian palace right on top of it. And the gardens are beautiful like a paradise! Definitely make the most around the Arab patio and it's garden which are the most beautiful part of it.
  • I didn't go inside because there were really long lines. Outside in the surrounding areas there are a lot of bars, cafes and restaurants to sit down for some people watching or have a beer, drink or coffee. Some of those places are tourist traps so try to walk along some of the narrow streets, maybe you find something more local.
  • It's nice and pretty, full of culture and history. Sucks if you need a toilet, what few signs they have told me there were toilets, couldn't find them though. Got lost looking for a toilet. Ended up pissing on a tree that's probably older then my grandmother. Oh well.
  • Buy tickets ahead of time or you'll be editing in line. We went in mid- March at 1:30 on a Saturday and there was a long line of folk waiting to buy tickets. The castle/ home itself was pretty nice and for me the real star were the gardens. They were very clean and well kept. It's something you see if you're going to Seville. The castle and garden tours are separate with separate fees.
  • Wonderful audio guide. Lovely small palace with beautiful tiles from the period of Pedro 1. Be sure to find the staircase to the left of the reflecting pool in the interior patio and see Charles V rooms upstairs. We spent an hour relaxing in the gardens, watching the birds and listening to the fountain. If we had another half day this is where we would go to enjoy a peaceful beautiful place.

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Seville's flat, grid-like city center makes it one of Spain's most walkable cities. While no part of the center is more than a 15-minute walk away, you might enjoy staying on one of the many picturesque cobblestone streets leading off from the famous Cathedral in Plaza España. Boutique hotels and historical apartment rentals intermix with the old quarter's tapa bars and Andalusian storefronts. Nearby, Barrio Santa Cruz is a bit quieter than the main plaza but still boasts the city's sought-after old-world charm. Across the river is the Triana neighborhood, where a lack of heavy tourism has preserved the strong local scene in this mainly residential area full of traditional restaurants and corner bars.
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