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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  • 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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  • Set of older palaces of Europe. The architecture is rich in details, influences on your Arab formation, Renaissance and Gothic.
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  • 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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  • This place is insanely beautiful and enormous. I went with my boyfriend on a sunny Thursday afternoon. Before we knew it, 2 hours went by and we still hadn't seen everything .. €9.50 entrance and we didn't have to buy tickets in advance. The line went pretty quickly too- we stood in it for maybe 20 minutes. GO HERE!
  • One of the five places that has to be visited in Seville.You can't miss this place. It's a magnificent construction where you can go for a walk and see the fantastic views. You will enjoy the visit.
  • Book your tickets online in advance, but if you don't you will have to queue, but don't worry, the line moves fast. The Alcazar is a must see. A truly beautiful palace with exceptional gardens. Perfect for when the sun is out and you want a bit of cooling calm. If you've been to Marrakesh, the palaces are very similar, but this palace is so much bigger.
  • Fantastic palace and gardens. Spent 5 hours here and could have spent longer. Really good value for the money. I did find it hard to work out the sequence of the information phone, but this detract from a brilliant visit
  • Ok....now I get why you should buy tickets in advance. I didn't, of course, but made a late decision before to go the day before. Rolled up at 8:50am in preparation of the opening time of 9:30am. About 40 people in front. Easy...right. Well line moved quick and I got in but they shut the doors to 'walk-ups' only 10 people behind. I think they limit to 700 folk a day? Anyway really impressive but I got much more out of the gardens which were VERY quiet whereas the various buildings you could classify as crowded but after living in Phuket for 2 years I wasn't too fussed.

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Where to stay in Seville

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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