When visiting Spain, there was one place I knew I really wanted to visit.
The Real de Alcazar – The Royal Alcazar!
Yeah, I know. The Alhambra is more popular. I mean, it’s in the Top 5 places you need to visit in Spain every year. Why wouldn’t we want to go there? Well, for several reasons, which I’ll get into below.
What is the Royal Alcazar of Seville?
First off, you might be wondering what is the Royal Alcazar?
The Royal Alcazar or Real de Alcazar is the Royal Palace in Seville. And, when in Seville, the royal family still stays in residence!
The History of the Royal Alcazar Seville
In the mid 1300’s King Peter 1 (Pedro 1) brought in the Christian era to the Andalusia region of Spain.
However, you need to go back 800-ish years to really get the history of the Alcazar. In the 900’s, the Alcazar was home to Moorish rulers. As time went on and influences changed, the palace was updated to reflect that.
Each new ruler brought their own influence to the construction and design, but it was King Peter who brought the Mudejar style to the palace. Mudejar style is a mixture of Arabic and Spanish influences.
In 1987, the Royal Alcazar Seville and its surrounding gardens became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Getting to the Royal Alcazar
Address: Patio de Banderas, s/n Sevilla
Cost: Prices vary, but according to their website, it’s FREE to visit on Mondays
Best Time to Visit
As with most tourist destinations, weekdays and early in the day is always less busy. It is best to buy tickets ahead of time online.
Here are our Top 10 Reasons…
In our opinion, everyone who visits Seville should definitely visit the Royal Alcazar. Here are our Top 10 reasons why the Royal Alcazar palace should be on your list!
1. Seville is Easy to Get Around
When we travel overseas, we don’t usually rent a car. So, good public transportation is a must! Seville is such a fabulous city, and it’s really easy to get around in. We rode the metro, the bus, the trolley and we walked!
We were able to get everywhere we wanted to without issue! And, without spending a lot of money.
2. Inexpensive Royal Alcazar Visit
To go the Alhambra would have required us getting a rental car and the entrance fees are higher than at the Royal Alcazar!
It is also highly recommended that you purchase your tickets several months in advance of your visit.
With four tickets to purchase, the cost was part of the decision, but being able to choose our timing based on how everyone was feeling made it much less stressful!
3. Alcazar is the Oldest Royal Residence Still in Use!
The Royal Alcazar is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe!
It is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Spain and has been registered as a World Heritage Site. All of that makes it well worth a stop during your trip to Spain.
4. Beautiful Tile-Work
With a strong Moorish influence, the tile-work throughout the castle was amazing. Each room had a little different pattern or color. Just incredible to wander through!
5. Gorgeous Stairways
The second floor is where the royal family stays when they are in residence. However, even though the royals weren’t in town, we were only able to see a few rooms up there.
6. Beautiful Gardens
When you visit the Alcazar, make sure you save some time to wander around the gardens! The outdoor spaces of the palace were just as lovely as the indoor spaces!
With citrus groves, flowering vines, everything smelled fantastic since it was springtime.
In the garden, there was a maze! And who wouldn’t love a maze?!
We had a great time wandering through it. However, finding our way back out was an interesting challenge!
8. Ponds in the Garden
There were several cubby holes throughout the gardens to rest and enjoy the space. We enjoyed watching the fish in the ponds. They were a fun diversion for a couple of restless kids! Although, I think my son had a granola bar that he was sharing 🙂
I think this guy found out about the granola bar. He was following us around for quite some time!!
It was fun, and a bit startling to have this big beautiful peacock follow us around the grounds of the gardens. When the granola bar finally ran out, he gave up on following us.
10. Close to Chocolate
Always a great way to end any day! Since we were right in the city, it was easy to get some yummy refreshments at the end of a busy day!
Royal Alcazar and The Game of Thrones
I think I may be one of the few people that have not seen the show Game of Thrones.
But, one thing I didn’t realize is that the Royal Alcazar in Seville was used to film some of the scenes for the HBO series Game of Thrones.
There was also a bullring used for many of the shots, but I’m not sure if it was the bullring in Seville or not. I couldn’t find information to confirm or deny that one.
You can go to the website Andalucia.com and see exactly which scenes were shot at the Royal Alcazar Palace.
The Game of Thrones is not the first show to have done some filming at the Royal Alcazar in Seville.
Here are a few others you might recognize:
- Warrior Nun, 2020, coming out soon on Netflix
- Emerald City, 2016, a show on NBC
- The White Princess, 2017, for BBC
- Lawrence of Arabia, 1962
There are several others that have been filmed here. You can go to the website to check out the full list.
Visit the Royal Alcazar in Seville!
While I’m sure visiting the Alhambra is equally amazing, I do highly recommend you visit the Alcazar if you are in the neighborhood! Seville is a beautiful city to visit, and the Alcazar is quite incredible!
Have you been to either the Alhambra or the Alcazar? I would love to hear your impressions of both or either! Share in the comments!
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Becki is the author and founder of A Book Lover’s Adventures. She has a degree in elementary education, has worked and volunteered in libraries for years, and spent several years in the travel industry. All of this has led to a love of books and travel. Becki loves to share her love by finding literary escapes to share!