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Few landmarks in the world have withstood time to narrate the tale of centuries’ influence under a myriad of cultures and religions — the Alcázar of Seville is exactly this. From the Iberians to the Muslims and Christians, the Alcázar has grown and flourished as a significant point of history in the city of Seville.
The Alcázar's ornate, detailed architecture has been a symbol of culture, carefully recorded by historians over decades. Featuring surreal Gothic and Moorish styles, the landmark features intricate carvings, beautiful stonework and craftsmanship, and multiple chambers, each more spectacular than the next.
Learn all about the dramatic history of the attraction: from the Moorish to the Christian dynasties and find the perfect way to plan your visit to Alcazar Seville.
Visitors above the age of 65 and students between the age bracket of 17-25 years enjoy reduced pricing on their tickets. Persons with disabilities, Seville residents, and children under 16 get free entry into the Alcázar. Please note that a valid ID must be provided to avail of these discounts.
An audio guide is available for a self-guided tour. It includes English, Spanish, Chinese, French, and Italian languages among others.
There’s plenty to explore and observe here, primarily Alcázar Seville's architecture. Here are a few highlights of the Alcázar that make it a historically significant monument.
One of the first sights you’ll witness at the Alcázar is the Puerto del León, also known as the Lion’s Gate. Situated atop a tall, red-maroon wall, is a wide ceramic panel featuring a heraldic lion holding a cross. The Puerto del León serves as the main entrance into the Alcázar and leads into the Patio del Léon from where your tour begins.
The Hall of Ambassadors was used primarily for administrative purposes and receiving VIP guests by the likes of King Pedro. The principal architect behind this magnificent room is Diego Ruiz, a Seville craftsman from back in the late 1930s. The perfectly geometric pattern on the gilded ceiling is the highlight of this room, along with the intricately-detailed motifs and balconies that represent classic Moorish influence.
If you’re looking for the perfect example of a pristine landscape, the Alcázar Seville Gardens will captivate your attention from the moment you set your eyes on them. These gardens are home to more than 20,000 plants and trees from around the world, including exotic species from hidden parts of South America. The lush greenery is perfectly complemented by delicate ponds and fountains.
Also known as the Courtyard of Maidens, legend says that this area drew its name from the fact that the ancient Moors demanded 100 virgins from the Iberian Christians as a form of tribute. The Moors invested heavily into the maintenance of the courtyards; watch out for the immaculately-kept gardens, mudéjar-style architecture and symmetrical pool.
Don Pedro -- commonly known as King Peter 1 -- while being a Christian ruler, employed Muslim architects and interior designs to build the Palacio Mudéjar (Palace of Peter 1). One of the most beautiful sections of the Alcázar, this palace is the ideal representation of Mudéjar art and heavy Moorish influence. Tip: Keep an eye out for the intricate patterns frequented across the walls and ceilings.
The Royal Apartments at the Alcázar are a testament to the history of the monument and the city itself. Comprising 11 rooms, these apartments currently serve as the private chambers of the royal family. They can be accessed through a private visit; on this tour, visitors get a rare glimpse of the elaborate furnishings, architecture and tapestries that have been influenced by decades of Moorish rule.
The Alcázar Seville is open from Monday to Sunday. From 1 April to 14 September, it is open between 09:30 AM to 07:00 PM; from 15 September to 31 March, it is open between 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM.
Alcázar of Seville is closed on 1 and 6 January, Good Friday, and 25 December.
The best time to visit the Alcázar of Seville is during early mornings or right before closing for smaller crowds. The best time of the year is between February to April, right before summer, so that you can walk around without experiencing heat or large crowds.
It should take about 2 hours to complete a tour of the main parts of the Alcázar.
The Alcázar is located at Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Seville, Spain.
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You can get to the Alcázar Seville using either public transport options like the bus, metro or tram, or by driving down in a personal car or taxi.
Yes. The closest train station to the Alcázar is Prado de San Sebastian. From here, the Alcázar is at a 3-minute walking distance.
Yes. Guests can deposit their luggage and other carry-ons for a small fee at the locker room at the Alcázar.
A cafe is available for visitors inside the Alcázar where they can purchase light meals and refreshments.
Yes, washrooms can be found near the café and at the far end of the garden.
Yes, photography is permitted in most areas of the Alcázar; in some parts, however, there may be a sign specifying that photography is not permitted, please adhere to this strictly.
No. However, guide dogs and therapy or assistance animals with the corresponding accreditation would be allowed inside.
There's no specific dress code to visit the Alcázar of Seville. However, if you plan to visit the Seville Cathedral in the same day, you would be required to wear clothing that covers the knees and shoulders, since it is a place of worship.
You can only eat and drink in the designated areas.
Yes, there are budget hotels like the Casual de las Letras Sevilla, Hotel Zaida, Ibis Budget Sevilla Aeropuerto and the Apartamentos Resitur.
Bellavista Sevilla, Itaca Sevilla, Casona de San Andres Hotel, Hotel Patio de la Alameda and Hotel Eurostars Regina are some mid-range hotel options near Alcazar Seville.
Corral del Rey, Boutique Hotel Casa del Poeta, Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza, Hotel Unuk and Hotel Palacio de Villapanes are some nearby luxury hotels.
Outside the Real Alcázar, there are a few other important attractions in Seville that should not be missed out on.
Also known as Santa Maria de la Sede, the Seville Cathedral is said to be the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it took about 100 years to complete its construction. The landmark’s architecture shows influences of a combination of Moorish, Renaissance, and Gothic design, which is elaborate in every sense. The detailed stonework on the exteriors is dedicated to Christian saints. If the exteriors weren’t impressive enough, the interiors are absolutely mesmerizing. The highlight is the altar that features intricate woodwork depicting various times from the life of Christ, as well as the beautiful dome.Cathedral of Seville Tickets
Towering over every part of Seville, a visit to the top brings to you a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city’s landscape. The tower was a minaret of Seville’s main mosque back during the rule of the Almohad Dynasty in the 1100s. With time, the minaret faced destruction and damage and was finally re-constructed over 73 years. It was completed sometime in the 1500s. La Giralda is a beautiful representation of classic Baroque and Gothic architectural styles. A highlight is the shadows created by the ornate block and brick patterns across the tower, and the iconic weather vane situated right at the top.
opened in 2014, the aquarium in Seville is home to about 7,000 sea creatures, including reptiles, across 35 tanks. The two bull sharks, housed in a nine-meter deep tank is one of the main attractions here. You can also watch newborn and young animals at the aquarium's baby animal center. If you are traveling with kids, make sure you check out the shallow touch pool. You will also get to learn all about marine life and ocean's ecology through informative exhibitsThere are guided tours available at Seville Aquarium. 'Sleeping with Sharks', where you can sleep in a sleeping bag separated from the sharks by a glass panel, is also a tourist favorite.Seville Aquarium Tickets
A. Yes, Alcázar Seville tickets are available online.
A. Alcazar Seville tickets start at €14.50. You can purchase Alcazar Seville tickets here.
A. Yes, your Alcázar Seville tickets include skip the lines access, allowing you to bypass the waiting lines and head directly towards security check.
A. Yes. Guided tours are available. Depending on the ticket you choose the guided tours will be available in English, Italian, Spanish and French.
A. It depends on the ticket you choose. The standard entry ticket does not provide any refund on cancelation, while the guided tour offers a full refund if canceled within the stipulated time period.
A. Alcázar Seville is open every day of the week. From 1 April to 14 September, it is open between 9:30 AM to 7 PM; from 15 September to 31 March, it is open between 9:30 AM to 5 PM.
A. While the Alcazar is open every day of the week, it is closed on 1 and 6 January, Good Friday, and 25 December.
A. The best time to visit the Alcázar of Seville is during early mornings or right before closing for smaller crowds. Plan your trip between February to April so that you can walk around without experiencing heat or large crowds.
A. It takes about 2 hours to complete a tour of the Alcázar.
A. You can get to Alcázar Seville by train, bus or car. If you're taking the metro, alight at Prado de San Sebastian station. from here, the Alcázar is at a 3-minute walking distance.
A. Yes, most parts of the Alcázar have been made wheelchair-friendly, which includes elevator service.
A. Yes, photography is permitted in most parts of the Alcázar. The areas that are not allowed to be photographed have a sign saying so.
A. While there's no specific dress code to visit the Alcázar, if you plan to combine your visit to the Seville Cathedral on the same day, you would be required to wear clothing that covers the knees and shoulders.