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  • Address: Plaza del Triunfo
  • Hours: Open daily October-March 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (until 7 p.m. April-September). Closed on January 1 and 6, Holy Friday and Christmas
  • Admission: €9.50

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Alcázar of Seville

Sights across the entire Spanish south have been shaped by centuries of Moorish and Catholic influence, and in few places is this more evident and captivating than at the Alcázar of Seville. This palaceor a version of it, anywaystarted to take shape as a fort in the 10th century under Muslim rule. Over time, many updates and additions were made (think palace halls, courtyards and gardens), especially by the Catholic monarchs, who still use it to this day, thus making it one of the oldest royal palaces of its kind in Europe.

The Alcázar’s sprawling complex is made up of several features; the most picturesque is arguably the Patio de las Doncellas, with its tranquil ponds that reflect the intricate mudéjar plasterwork for which the palace is especially noted. The courtyard patio will transport you to another timeso much so, in fact, that the Game of Thrones creators have selected it (among other Seville sites) to be the scene of the Water Gardens, where the rulers of Dorne reside.

Not all of the Alcázar’s beauty is situated above ground, either: Below the Patio del Crucero are the Baños de Doña Maria de Padilla, the beautiful and almost eerie underground cisterns that collect rainwater from above. It's said that the tanks were named after a beauty so ruthlessly pursued by Pedro I (often called Pedro the Cruel), who ordered much of the Alcázar's construction, that she disfigured herself with burning oil and became a nun.

Other more pleasant attractions abound within the palace walls, from the golden dome ceiling in the Hall of Ambassadors to the palm tree- and fountain-punctuated gardens, which are host to evening concerts during the summertime.

Practical Info

The Royal Alcázar, located in the center of Seville, is open every day of the week and closed during just a few select holidays a year. General admission costs €9.50, while entry for students ages 17-25 is €2. It is free for children under 16 and Seville residents. The site is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in October through March and until 7 p.m. from April to September.

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Seville Guided Tour into Alcazar

This 1.5 hour small-group tour will offer you a glimpse into the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. Your local guide will offer you many ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $14.93

Private Monumental Seville Walking Tour

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Discover Seville’s most spectacular monuments — Seville Cathedral, the Giralda tower and the Royal Alcazar — on this intimate 3-hour walking ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.62

Viator Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour in Seville with Optional Trip to Osuna

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Go behind the scenes of the cult ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO TV series on this 2-hour walking tour in Seville — it’s a Viator Exclusive ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: Varies (depending on selected option)

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Seville Sightseeing Tour: Royal Alcazar Palace, Plaza de Espana, Seville Cathedral and Santa Cruz Quarter

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See the best of stunning Seville on this 4-hour comprehensive sightseeing tour by luxury minibus. With an expert guide, you’ll travel along the city’s romantic ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Seville In One Day: Santa Cruz Quarter, Royal Alcazar Palace, Seville Cathedral, Royal Maestranza Bullring and River Cruise

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Discover Seville, southern Spain’s most flamboyant city, on a full-day sightseeing tour! With an expert guide on hand, head off by luxury minibus to see top ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.36

Seville City Tour and Thermal Baths Ticket

See the sights of Seville on a city tour with a local guide, and then head inside Seville’s thermal spa – Aire de Sevilla – with an entrance ticket in the ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.88

Seville Private Tour to the Royal Alcazar and Cathedral

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Enjoy this 3- hour private tour with multi-lingual expert guide to the Royal Alcazar and cathedral. This tour can be customized according to your wishes. You ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $211.52

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