Royal Alcázar of Seville, Seville

Categories: Gardens, Castles, Nature & Parks, Museums, Tourist Spots
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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. Arrange your visit to Royal Alcázar of Seville and discover more family-friendly attractions in Seville using our Seville travel itinerary planner.
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  • Don't miss the gardens. Suggest renting the audio guide to ensure that you hear the history of this amazing place. Most of the written plaques are in Spanish so the audio guide was important. 
  • The Real Alcazar is situated nearby the Seville Cathedral, right in the heart of the old town. It has a classical inner patio and beautiful mudejar works.It also has fine Italian Renaissance elements ...  read more »
  • This is one of the loveliest places I have visited. As it had been raining heavily the day before the gardens sparkled and everything was so fresh. Beautiful architecture and lovely interesting histor...  read more »
  • I mean... how can you possibly "review" this place? It's incredible. The art and architecture is heavily influenced by Muslim design, as it was originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings. This gives the royal palace a unique look and feel that is different from your typical cathedral or many other historical sites in other parts of Spain, which are heavily Christian. The gardens are probably the most beautiful part, and they are VERY beautiful. Locals are able to get in for free with an ID, and if you live in the area, then you should go here and just read a book every day. It's huge and very relaxing. There's even a restaurant inside, which I didn't have the opportunity to dine at, but it does help you feel like you could spend the whole day there. Highly recommended!
  • Wonderful place to visit. Lots of shady spots to sit and admire the lovely gardens. Go early - there will most likely be a queue but it does move quickly. If you are over 65 take a copy of your passport and get in for 2 euros - what a bargain.
  • The Alcázar Palace is probably the finest surviving monument from the Moorish period in Sevilla. However, the original Arab palace was completely rebuilt in 1364. It is a palace fit for a Moorish king but it was not designed for Muslims. It was built for Pedro the Cruel who had to be quite wicked to have a nickname like that in those times. And cruel he was - he was a rapist and mass murderer who killed his own brother. On one occasion, he murdered a visiting Arab dignitary in order to steal a large ruby, which he later gave to Edward the Black Prince. It is now part of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London! Pedro might have had a penchant for murdering Arab kings but he did like Moorish architecture - so much so that he employed the best Moorish craftsmen to create an architectural jewel. The Alcázar is an extensive complex of palatial rooms, courtyards and gardens.
  • Beautiful gardens and fountains make sure to arrive early to beat the heat in the summer. The tile work and history is worth it. We did not have to stand in the long line as an English tour guide offered her services and we were able to go right inside. The tour was wonderful. Full of information.
  • One of the (many) great monuments in Spain and obviously a must see in Seville. Great moorish palace which still is the official residence of the spanish Kings in Seville nowadays. The gardens are enormous and beautiful.
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