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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  • What a stunning combination of architecture and gardening! Spent hours here just to truly enjoy this historical jewel, don't forget to book for the residential apartments... overall the experience is ...  more »
  • To stay hooked. The blaze of azulejos with the atmosphere of a thousand and one nights. It exudes a dreamlike serenity despite the large number of visitors, it is worth standing in line for over an hour you'll be rewarded with a dream
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  • Royal Palace and gardens outbuildings are very impressive results. Have to book tickets several days before online to avoid the long queue at the entrance. We have not done and to gain entry we were forced to pay a guide in Spanish (we are Italians). We understood little during the tour, but we avoided hours straight ...
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  • Very impressed with the condition of this monument, a UNESCO world heritage site.. Might have been better to go earlier in the day. Be sure to get a good, local, professional guide. Our guide was fantastic and I appreciated the visit much more than if I had toured independently. The building & gardens are a real tribute to medieval Moorish and Christian architecture in magnificent concert to create a fairy-tale palace that has really stood the test of time. It's astonishing how clever the design is and how, some 800 years after construction it remains in such excellent condition. Ah, such amazing accomplishments when we work together!
  • It's okay. It was only 11 euros, so as far as attractions go it's a pretty good value. Seeing all the five stars led me to expect the greatest thing I've ever seen, but it was just okay. Lots of dirt paths, basic hedges, junipers that require little maintenance and half of the grounds roped off for repairs... I was expecting rare & exotic plants and beautiful artwork, but all I saw was some very crowded rooms full of tourists like myself, fountains that were not running and I waited in line for over an hour to get in.
  • Line was INSANELY long! We went early and we waited an HOUR in line. There might be people who will try to cut the cue (line) they did with us and so you’ll need to watch that! Well worth the wait through! There’s also pretty decent food and drink available for purchase (including beer and wine) inside by the gardens, which we really appreciated!! There’s a lot to cover inside so a nice break midway was nice on their patio. ❤️ Careful of the peacocks walking around. Some were harmless and others were aggressive and steeling food! 😂
  • Another beautiful building, there is no furniture as such but the rooms with all it's architecture are well worth seeing. I must say that we spent most of the time wondering around the gardens. It is amazing that you can have this oasis in the centre of city. We booked our tickets for 9.30am, when it first opened and I would say this is a great time as it was quite hot when we left, so later in the day could be unbearably hot in the palace with all the people. An amazing place!
  • This is the place to get lost for hours!! Takes nice little stroll with the peacocks... and really enjoy the amazing views. Who knew such a wonder exist in the middle of a city? I’m so glad I came here. It was super nice! The long line was worth the wait!! I loved it! Wish I actually left more time time to enjoy this place
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