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5 tips to visit Seville's Alcazar

5 Tips to Visit Seville’s Alcazar

5 Tips to Visit Seville’s Alcazar

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Hello fellow travelers! Whether you’re daydreaming about the beautiful Alcazar or already sipping sangria in Seville, you’ve landed in the right spot! Here you will find some very much needed tips to visit Seville’s Alcazar: from sunblock, transportation to food recommendations and obviously the best tour to take here (we don’t want to brag, but we do offer the best tours).

So, grab your coffee, tea, or indulge in some hot cocoa, and buckle up for The Touring Panda’s ultimate guide to Seville’s Alcazar. Let the adventure begin!

A Bit of History Before We Start


Now, let’s sprinkle a bit of history before we dive into our valuable tips. Nestled in the sun-kissed embrace of southern Spain, specifically in the enchanting region of Andalusia, Seville’s Alcazar invites travelers to discover the soul of this magical city.

This architectural wonder has a rich history spanning over 1,000 years. Built in the 10th century, this beautiful palace stands in the heart of Seville as a serene oasis. Different decorative and architectural styles, mainly Arabesque but including Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance, were combined over time to create this masterpiece.

Seville’s Alcazar was formerly a Moorish castle called Al Qasr (you can see how it sounds like the word Alcazar!), which later transformed into the palace of the Castile monarchs. What began as a modest 100 by 100 square meter building blossomed into the sprawling masterpiece that graces Seville’s heart today.

Fun facts:

  • When the royal family visits Seville, they still choose the timeless elegance of Alcazar as their residence. It’s more than just a palace; it’s a living testament to centuries of stories.
  • For Game of Thrones fans, did you know that Alcazar was one of the iconic locations featured on the TV show? The stunning architecture of Alcazar brought the Water Gardens of Dorne to life on screen!

But now, let’s start with some practical tips to visit Seville’s Alcazar!

1. When is the best time to visit Seville’s Alcazar

Seville is HOT. It barely rains and that’s what most visitors are afraid of when visiting a destination. So, in theory, Seville is a nice city to visit all year round. But in practice, summer is the season you may want to avoid. Temperatures in Seville during summer raise as high as 40ºC (104ºF) and not everyone is ready to go for it! If able to choose, our advice would be to visit during spring or autumn, although winter is perfectly fine and pleasant too.

2. What to see during your visit

The Santa Cruz neighborhood

Although the best is inside the walls, visiting the Alcázar exceeds the actual monument and it can’t be understood without some context. The Alcázar is part of the Santa Cruz neighborhood, a maze of streets surrounding the old Moorish palace where it is very easy to get lost. Make sure to get equipped with a good travel guide! Or, even better, join our Alcázar & Highlights of Seville walking tour and explore the city with one of our local guides!

Having been a fortress in the past, Seville’s Alcázar has retained its original walls, still standing and guarding the monument one thousand years after their construction. Some of the best views of the walls can be found at the Alley of the Water and the Patio de Banderas. Also not to miss is the Puerta del León, used to access the monument nowadays.

On this tour, you will discover not only the Alcazar, but also sights like the majestic Plaza de España, as well as hidden corners and alleys to take the most picturesque shots of your trip to Spain. Don’t miss out!

The interior rooms of Seville’s Alcazar

Visiting the Alcázar of Seville will take around two hours. The place is huge and each room is more breathtaking than the previous one, so make sure to allow enough time! There are audio devices at the entrance available in different languages that provide a good self-guided itinerary. If you decide to skip them and want to let your senses guide you, make sure not to miss the Hall of Ambassadors, the Patio de Doncellas (The Maids’ Courtyard) and the Baths of Doña María de Padilla.

The gardens

Being such a hot city, you bet the royal residents of Seville’s Alcazar made sure to have some shelter from the scorching Spanish heat! Just when you thought you had seen all the beauty the building had to offer, you find the gardens.

Here, architecture and nature blend in a gentle symphony. It just makes it the perfect place to take a moment of relax and sit while you reflect on what you learned during the visit. The breeze, the birds, the water… everything contributes to creating a whimsical atmosphere at the gardens of the Alcázar. But don’t get too distracted, they are a bit labyrinthine and you don’t want to get lost!


3. Where to buy tickets to visit Seville’s Alcazar

If you want to visit Seville’s Alcazar, the best tip we can give you is to buy your tickets in advance. Every year, over two million people visit this monument and, although it’s massive, space is limited! If you don’t have tickets in advance, there is a big chance that you’ll have to be content to see the walls, which is not why you made all the way here. Therefore, make sure to book your tickets ahead and have them ready to visit at your selected day and time!

If you want to get a real understanding of Seville and its most acclaimed icon, our best tip is to take a tour with a guide. We offer tours in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean, in small groups of no more than 12 people, with tickets included. You will get an understanding of Seville’s most coveted sights and, at the end of the tour, the guide will give you a fast-track ticket to explore the Alcazar at your own pace.

You can book our Alcázar & Highlights of Seville Guided Tour with tickets included, or you can have the more complete version with a full day tour including the Alcázar and a Flamenco Show in the neighborhood of Triana.

If you’re just interested in the tickets, you can buy them on the Alcazar’s official website, or in a trusted platform like Tiqets, with more languages and online payment options available.

4. How to Get to Seville’s Alcazar
Public transportation
  • Bus: To reach Seville’s Alcazar, take the C5 bus, which has convenient stops at tourist attractions such as the Plaza de España.
  • Metro: Use Line 1 and get off at Puerta de Jerez station, a short walk from Seville’s Alcazar, providing a faster and more efficient transportation alternative.
  • Tram: Tram T1 takes you to Seville’s Alcazar with stops at landmarks such as the Archive de Indias, right next to the Alcazar, and Torre del Oro, ideal for exploring the city along the way.
By Car
  • To reach Seville’s Alcazar by car: Follow the A-4 highway if coming from the north or south, or the A-92 if coming from the east or west. Once in Seville, head downtown and follow the signs to Seville’s Alcazar.

Parking Facilities:

  • Parking Entrada Peatonal – José Laguillo: Located approximately 650 meters away, this underground car park provides a convenient option for visitors looking to be close to attractions.
  • Interparking Cano y Cueto: Located about 550 meters away, this parking space offers easy access to Seville’s Alcazar and nearby attractions.
  • Underground Parking: Located approximately 1.5 km from Seville’s Alcazar.
5. Where to eat around the monument

Wait – we’re in Spain and we haven’t discussed food yet! Of course, we’re not going to end the post without dropping some final tips about places to feast on tapas after (or before) visiting the Alcázar! Since we really want to make things easy, we’ll keep it to a shortlist of our two top options to eat near the monument.

Taberna Álvaro Peregil is a very small tavern, so not ideal if you’re in a big group. Tables on the street are ideal for couples, while if you’re a group of 4-5 people, there are a few tables inside that are not the most comfortable, but a perfect example of Seville’s gastronomic habits. Don’t miss out on the chicharrones de Cádiz and rabo de toro, although everything is good here and prices, even better.

Cinco Jotas is a relatively higher budget, but still completely affordable and really good quality. This is a better option for larger groups or if you’re looking for a more comfortable dining place. Cinco Jotas has excellent jamón, cut into perfectly thin and delicious slices. Other specialties include croquetas, tomato salad, and a very good selection of local wines.

Seville Alcazar

We hope The Touring Panda’s Tips to visit Seville’s Alcazar has been helpful in planning your visit here.

For a deeper exploration, consider joining The Touring Pandas Alcazar & Highlights of Seville Tour: an immersive journey with experienced guides, uncovering hidden gems and transforming your visit into an unforgettable adventure.

Sip your coffee, tea, or hot cocoa, and let the spirit of adventure take over. Book your spot, secure your fast-track ticket, and make your Alcazar trip truly extraordinary. The enchanting beauty of Seville awaits. Let the journey begin! 

If you’re still missing some information or if you have questions, leave us a comment. We’d love to hear from you, and we’re happy to help you with more tips and advice! 

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