The Real Alcázar of Seville
A dream royal palace. Inside, the glimmering mudejar decoration of its spaces, outside, light, water in the calm and beauty of its gardens.
History and structure of the building
The Real Alcázar of Seville has been throughout the history of the city the place occupied by the civil power, the palace of the kings through the different stages. The word Alcazar, of Arabic origin, means fortified castle. It is composed of zones built in different historical stages. Although the original palace was built in the High Middle Ages, some vestiges of Islamic art are preserved and, from the period after the Castilian conquest, a Mudejar palatial space and a Gothic style. At the moment it continues being the residence of the members of the Spanish real family. This makes it the oldest royal palace in Europe. Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site in 1987. It is the sixth most visited monument in Spain.
Mudejar Palace of Pedro I
One of the most impressive parts of the palace for its decoration is the Mudejar palace built by King Pedro I. This palace was born to serve as the king’s private building. The monarch used Arabic epigraphy to praise its virtues and this is because, from the fourteenth century, the Castilian monarchs stop copying European trends to be inspired by the Andalusian models. The tour of this stage of the building is a fresh and pleasant walk along the galleries and rooms decorated with beautiful tiles and beautiful Mudejar ceilings with coffered ceilings. The most sumptuous place in this palace is undoubtedly the Ambassadors room. This space for the reception of kings and visitors of the monarch has a square floor (qubba) and is covered by a hemispherical dome gilded in the shape of a half orange.
The oldest gardens in the city
The gardens constitute a fundamental element of the Alcázar. They are the oldest in the city. It is a large extension in the middle of the urban center, formed by small landscaped courtyards with fountains, larger French-inspired gardens and spaces of vegetable garden and orange groves. On your way we go from one garden to another through paths of albero, the local yellow earth. The following spaces stand out in the garden: the Mercury pond, the Grutesco Gallery, the Carlos V Pavilion and the labyrinth.
Visit The Alcazar with us! We have these related experiences
To know the Real Alcázar and its surroundings you can book one of our guide tours in Sevilla in which our guides will explain all the details. Or if you want to visit on your own you can rent one of our bikes.
Schedule from October to March:From Monday to Sunday, access from 09.30 to 17.00 h. Eviction at 5:45 p.m. Monument closed at 18.00 h.
Schedule from April to September: From Monday to Sunday, access from 09.30 to 19.00 h. Eviction at 19.45 h. Monument closed at 8:00 p.m.
Closed on January 1 and 6, Good Friday and December 25.
General admission: This entry includes the visit to the ground floor of the Palaces and Gardens of the Real Alcázar. € 11.50.