Alcazar Royal Palace and Gardens

Price guide: Mid-range

Alcazar , Seville

Price guide: Mid-range

Alcazar Royal Palace and Gardens
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By Shawn Hennessey, your Seville expert

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Expert overall rating:5.0 out of 5
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History, Sightseeing

Best for History - Expert review of Alcazar Royal Palace and Gardens

Splendid palaces and gardens in the centre of Seville.

For me, the palace and gardens of the Real Alcázar are Seville's premier must-see monuments. From outside, the impressive walls remind us that this was once a working fortress, but inside it's the beauty of the patios and fountains, with their intricate mudejar decorations that takes your breath away. Despite the Moorish splendour, the main palace was actually built by Pedro the Cruel in the 14th century.  Highlights include the Patio de las Doncellas, and the "Baths of Lady María de Padilla", which are actually rainwater tanks in the palace cellars. The extensive gardens are in several different styles, and include pavilions, fountains, including the famous pool of Mercury, and a maze.  If it's hot there are plenty of delightful shady spots.

The audio tours, available in several languages, are excellent, and handsets can be rented for 3 euros. They provide plenty of interesting information without bogging you down with dry facts and historical dates. You can also book a guided tour to see the Royal Apartments, which are still used by the Royal Family when they are in town. Check times and prices once inside the Alcazar.

Price advice: 

Adults 7.50 euros. Concessions free.

Expert tips: 
There are sometimes special exhibitions. Watch for posters in the Plaza del Triunfo outside.
The café inside the gardens has a lovely terrace and view.

More information on Alcazar Royal Palace and Gardens:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Historic site, Landmark / monument
Address:
Alcazar , Seville
Telephone:
954 502 323
Website:
http://www.patronato-alcazarsevilla.es/index.php
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Apr-Sep 9.30am-7.00pm. Oct-Mar 9.30am-5.00pm.    
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both

Have you been to Alcazar Royal Palace and Gardens? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

I've been in the sunshine and in the rain (alas the gardens are then closed- health and safety rears its ugly head and you have to peak through the gates) but nothing can dim the beauty of this place.