Royal Alcázar of Seville, Seville

(4.7/5 based on 18,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The architecture, decor and gardens are stunning. I can only imagine how great the gardens must be in summer 
  • Park and residence of the King, beautiful, addictive and relaxing. really interesting. On sunny days it was paradise. Nicely landscaped
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  • To see palaces, fountains and walks through the beautiful gardens, I think that you one of the most beautiful in Seville.
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  • 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!
  • . Amazing. Just amazing. I know that the Alhambra in Granada is considered THE place to visit, but as Royal palaces built by the Muslims in Spain go, this is far superior. It is just so beautiful and so well conserved. Another advantage is that you don't have to book the tickets weeks in advance on line, as for the Alhambra, there are not enormous queues to get in, even with your pre-bought tickets, and there are fewer people normally, so you aren't being herded round like a giant school party. TIP 1 Do not miss this. TIP 2 Allow plenty of time. TIP 3 Take bottles of water, you'll get thirsty and footsore as you try to see it all. TIP 4 Whenever you see a public lavatory, make use of it. You might not see another one for some time. :-) .
  • Absolutely one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in Spain. Not one of the biggest but one of the most interesting. The gardens outside go on seemingly forever so it's a nice place to sit out and just enjoy the weather in late summer. Truly magical no wonder they use this place for Game of Thrones season 5
  • 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.
  • I love visiting royal palaces and unfortunately this particular one is not as spectacular as most others I have seen. If you are pressed for time then I would advise spending it somewhere else. This palace is not decorated nor furnished, however there are beautiful details everywhere you look. Also read Robert Bovingtons review (just scroll down a few more posts) to get a good history/background if you are really interested in visiting.