An Enticing Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazars Seville

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An Enticing Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazars Seville

Written by: Georgina | We may earn a commission from affiliate links

Exuding a serene feeling, Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazars is captivating. Entwined with myths and legends, this enticing patio features simplicity with intricate and tasteful design. A perfect embodiment of Mudéjar architecture and an unmissable courtyard at the outstanding Royal Palace of Seville.

BOOK YOUR VISIT IN ADVANCE

To visit the Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazar Seville, you must book your tickets in advance of your visit. The Royal Palace operate a maximum capacity policy and there is no guarantee that you will get to enter. Imagine queuing up for hours and not being able to enter! Avoid a disappointing experience and book in advance of your visit.

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1 | Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazars

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Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazars, Seville

Set within the magnificent and one of the most splendid royal palaces in the world, Courtyard of the Maidens or El Patio de las Doncellas is attributed to the Castilian King Pedro I (Peter the Cruel) of the 13th century. Inscriptions found here refer to him as the reigning sultan.

1.1 | Legend associated with the Maidens’ Courtyard

This serene courtyard is unfortunately associated with a legend. Apparently, the Muslim Emirate of Cordoba at the time demanded one hundred virgins from the Christian rulers of Andalusia as an annual tribute. Built in memory of the virgins, one can imagine the profound effect this degraded legend had on the psyche of the people living at the time and those building the courtyard.

Though fictional, I can’t help but feel that the patio laments the sorrow of all those who may have lost their daughters, with each piece of its intricate work representing a poetic rhythm in their memory.

1.2 | The Maidens’ Courtyard today

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Courtyard of the Maidens featuring the sunken garden, the long central pool, the upper floors and beautifully curated arches.

Today, Patio of the Maidens is a tranquil haven. It has a beautifully laid out sunken garden, with an elegant long pool in the centre. Surrounded by twenty-four arches supported by white marble columns, assiduous plaster work and tiling. There are sculptures of knights, coats of arms, hands and masks which were added during the Renaissance period in the 16th century.

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an angle of the lower and upper levels of Courtyard of the Maidens, Alcazar Seville

The lower courtyard is bewitching with ceramic tiles in lattice patterns with vibrant colours of turquoise, royal blue and orange. Handmade and painstakingly crafted with coloured pieces inserted into them. The designs feature stars and linked by ribbons to represent divine infinity. The plaster works feature motifs such as flowers and shells linked to fertility while the lion and castle stucco are associated with Spanish monarchy.

The upper floors were added during the reign of Charles V and includes Renaissance and Mudéjar decorations. It took about thirty-two years to complete (1540 to 1572).

Recommended read: The Real Alcázar of Seville | A Guide to the BEST 22 Unmissable Highlights in the Alcázar Complex

2 | Recent discovery of the sunken garden at the Maidens’ Courtyard

When the Castilian King Pedro I died in 1369, the sunken garden was paved over with marble coverings in 1570s and a fountain was placed in the centre. It was recently uncovered by archaeologists in 2004, and the original layout was restored.

However, the sunken garden was temporarily paved over again with marble as it was needed as a set for the movie, Kingdom of Heaven. The Maidens’ Courtyard was reconverted after the filming was completed.


3 | Tip: Visiting Courtyard of the Maidens

When you visit Courtyard of the Maidens, do so unhurriedly. Take your time to walk around, enjoy the tranquility and the beautiful architecture of the building. Look up and admire the wooden carved ceilings.

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as you walk around the patio, don’t forget to look-up – some amazing craftmanship, wouldn’t you say?

just I, Georgina – couldn’t stop clicking away…

Around the patio, are royal rooms such as the Infant Room, Philip II Ceiling Room, Charles V Ceiling Room and access to another grand room, the Ambassadors’ Hall.

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The Hall of Ambassadors (Salón de Embajadores) is the most resplendent room in Real Alcazar palace complex. By far the most captivating sight is when you look up! A gold mirrored cupola.

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Seville Spain 37.3891° N, 5.9845° W
Seville Spain
37.3891° N, 5.9845° W

Essential Information on the Real Alcázar of Seville :

UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Seville Cathedral, & General Archive of the Indies.

Where: Plaza del Triunfo

Nearest Metro station is Puerta de Jerez.

Phone: 954 50 23 24

http://www.alcazarsevilla.org/

Hours: Apr-Sept: 9:30 am to 7 pm | Oct-Mar: 9:30 am to 5 pm


Essential Information you need to know before your visit:

Visitor capacity

The Palace has a maximum capacity of 750 visitors. When it is full, it is full! Waiting times can be extremely long during peak times. Avoid the queues, save time and book ahead your skip-the-line tickets.

Skip-the-Line Tickets:

Seville Alcazar Priority Entrance + Guided Tour

Guided Tour of Seville Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda

Skip the Line Ticket to the Real Alcázar of Seville

More ticket options >>



OUR BEST SELLING ACTIVITIES FOR SEVILLE

1 | For an all-round experience of the sultry city, opt for a food walking tour

2 | Buy a combo ticket to visit the Royal Alcazar, Seville Cathedral + Giralda.

3 | Enjoy timeless experiences on the Guadalquivir River.

4 | Tapas hopping tours

5 | Flamenco & Tapas Experience in Triana



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Mystical Secret Baths of Maria de Padilla at the Royal Alcazar in Seville

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Mystical Secret Baths of Maria de Padilla at the Royal Alcazar in Seville

Written by: Georgina | We may earn a commission from affiliate links

The mystical, infinite arches, the alluring reflections in the waters and the fresh air in its atmosphere at the secluded Baths of Maria de Padilla is an obligatory stop to seek out when visiting the Alcazar complex in Seville.

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This post aims to give you an overview of the famous serene and secluded Baths of Maria de Padilla at the Royal Alcazar, who Lady Maria was and the love between the King and her. After reading this post, I sincerely hope you will visit the famous Baths.

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1 | Baths of Maria de Padilla | Baños de Doña María de Padilla

Baths of Maria de Padilla | Baños de Doña María de Padilla

The Baths of Maria de Padilla ( Baños de Doña María de Padilla) were made famous by a legend associated with Lady Maria de Padilla, a noble lady and mistress to the King of Castile, Pedro I the Cruel.

Located within the grounds and in a secluded basement at the Royal Alcazar in Seville, Andalusia is the famous Baths of Maria de Padilla. The Baths of Maria de Padilla is no regal baths at all. They are stone water cisterns built in the 12th century by the Moors to collect rain water which was supplied to the palace as drinking water. It was an area to shy away from the summer heat and served as a food storage area also.

1.1 | Legend of the Baths of Maria de Padilla

Legend has it that the beautiful Lady Maria de Padilla, walked naked through the palace and bathed in the water cisterns to cool off from the scorching heat. The stone cisterns were coated in lime. Thereafter, King Pedro I the Cruel is said to offer the palace water in which Maria de Padilla bathed as a drink to his guests. Visitors drank the water for an audience with the King.

1.2 | The mystical secret baths of Maria de Padilla

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the famous Baths of Maria de Padilla, the Royal Alcazar, Seville

The secret Baths of Maria de Padilla is an alluring sight and one of the most picturesque places within the Mudejar palace complex.

A spacious ‘room’ located below the Patio del Crucero are stone water cisterns which were originally built during the Almohads reign in the 12th century. The stone walls were coated with lime and rain water were collected here before it was used as drinking water by the palace residents. Later additions were made to the ‘room’ by King Alfonso X in the 13th century. He added Gothic rib vaults during the latter part of 13th century. It was accessed by a barrel vault that led to the Garden of the Dance.

Following the Lisbon Earthquake in 1755, it became necessary for the Mudejar palace to undergo further modifications. The cisterns which were open to the gardens became an underground vault along with lateral corridors. The corridors were decorated with Renaissance paintings from the 16th century. As a result of its ‘underground’ location, the crypt is said to have a temperature of 15 degree Celsius lower than the outside and goes with the reputation of being the coolest place in Seville!

1.3 | The Baths of Maria de Padilla is an unmissable experience

Visiting the Baths of Maria de Padilla today is an experience not to miss. The tranquility it bestows as soon as you venture through the corridors is augmented with the fresh air in the atmosphere. The beautiful vaulted Gothic arches seems endless. This vaulted crypt is divided into three naves with noticeable lateral ones being smaller than the central. The reflection of the arches off the water and the gentle natural light seeping through the sides makes this stop somewhat dreamlike and surreal.

The Baths of Maria de Padilla is kind of hidden within the Royal Alcazar complex. You can access it via the Gothic Palace, or the Mercury Pond when visiting the Royal Alcazar. If you are at the Mercury Pond, go down some stairs to the Garden of Dance and the Baths are on your right.

Georgina suggests: For many, the Baths of Maria de Padilla is a quick photo-stop but I encourage you to spend a few moments here to appreciate the ingenuous architecture and experience the mystical and serene atmosphere that is characteristic of this medieval hidden gem.

2 | The Love between King Pedro I and Lady Maria de Padilla

The King of Castile, Pedro I the Cruel was madly in love with the dazzling Lady Maria de Padilla but the irony is that they were never married.

King Pedro I met Lady Maria de Padilla in the summer of 1352. Their affair began almost immediately even though the King was betrothed to Blanche de Bourbon, the daughter of Duke Pierre I of Bourbon. The King was very much in love with Lady Maria and he abandoned his wife three days after his wedding. He took Lady Maria as his mistress and brought her to live at the royal palace. The King also found out that his wife had an affair with his stepbrother, Fadrique Alfonso and he sent her off to be imprisoned at his mother’s palace, the royal fortress in Toledo.

2.1 | Who was Lady Maria de Padilla

Lady Maria de Padilla was the daughter of the Castilian nobles Juan Garcia de Padilla and Marie Gonzalez de Hinestrosa. She held her own court at the palace. King Pedro I and Lady Maris had four children, three daughters and a son.

Beatrice (1353-1369), Constance (1354-1394), Isabella (1355-1392) and Alfonso (1359-1362)

Sadly, Lady Maria born in 1335, died in the summer of 1361.

Following the death of Lady Maria de Padilla, King Pedro I asked the Arcbishop of Toledo to annul his previous marriages and declare that Maria was his first and only wife, thereby officially pronouncing Maria as queen posthumously. With this decree, it allowed the King to legitimise all of his four children with Maria. Lady Maria is buried at the Royal Chapel in Seville Cathedral. King Pedro I was buried alongside Lady Maria in 1369.

3 | The Mudejar Royal Alcazar in Seville

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the resplendent Pedro’s Palace, Seville

The Baths of Maria de Padilla is only one of the very many interesting stops to seek out when visiting the breathtaking Mudejar palace complex in the heart of Seville. The Royal Alcazar is the oldest royal palace in Europe in use and offers a walk through history and unmissable architectural marvels.

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Courtyard of the Maidens, Royal Alcazar, Seville Spain

King Pedro I built an impressive addition to the Alcázar palace complex — Pedro’s Palace between 1364 and 1366. An incredibly outstanding architecture of Mudejar style, the Alcazar is one of three monuments jointly made the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Read The Real Alcázar of Seville | A Guide to the BEST 22 Unmissable Highlights in the Alcázar Complex

3.1 | Just for fun …

If you are a passionate fan of the HBO series, Game of Thrones, you will instantly recognise that the Royal Alcazar of Seville was the backdrop to many scenes. In particular, the Baths of Maria de Padilla was featured as House Martell in the 6th season of the series.

4 | How to Visit the Baths of Maria de Padilla

You could visit the Baths of Maria de Padilla when you visit the Mudejar palace complex. Tickets to the Royal Alcazar is available as part of a guided tour or if you wish to visit independently. The following information may be of value and in support of your plans to visit the Baths of Maria de Padilla in Sevilla

4.1 | Spain Travel Advice

Seville Spain 37.3891° N, 5.9845° W
Seville Spain
37.3891° N, 5.9845° W

4.2 | Essential Information on the Real Alcázar of Seville :

UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Seville Cathedral, & General Archive of the Indies.

Where: Plaza del Triunfo

Nearest Metro station is Puerta de Jerez.

Phone: 954 50 23 24

http://www.alcazarsevilla.org/

Hours: Apr-Sept: 9:30 am to 7 pm | Oct-Mar: 9:30 am to 5 pm


4.3 | Essential Information you need to know before your visit:

Visitor capacity

The Palace has a maximum capacity of 750 visitors. When it is full, it is full! Waiting times can be extremely long during peak times. Avoid the queues, save time and book ahead your skip-the-line tickets.

Skip-the-Line Tickets:

Seville Alcazar Priority Entrance + Guided Tour

Guided Tour of Seville Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda

Skip the Line Ticket to the Real Alcázar of Seville

More ticket options >>


Spain Travel Advice

Seville Spain 37.3891° N, 5.9845° W
Seville Spain
37.3891° N, 5.9845° W

OUR BEST SELLING ACTIVITIES FOR SEVILLE

1 | For an all-round experience of the sultry city, opt for a food walking tour

2 | Buy a combo ticket to visit the Royal Alcazar, Seville Cathedral + Giralda.

3 | Enjoy timeless experiences on the Guadalquivir River.

4 | Tapas hopping tours

5 | Flamenco & Tapas Experience in Triana

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The Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville

The Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville

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The Salón de Embajadores or Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville has its origin in the 11th century during the reign of Abbad III. The room was remodelled extensively during the reign of Castilian King Pedro I in the 14th century to become the most resplendent room in the palace.

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BOOK YOUR VISIT IN ADVANCE

To visit the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville, you must book your tickets in advance of your visit. The Royal Palace operate a maximum capacity policy and there is no guarantee that you will get to enter. Imagine queuing up for hours and not being able to enter! Avoid a disappointing experience and book in advance of your visit.

1 | The Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville – the most resplendent room in the Mudéjar royal palace

During the reign of the Castilian King Pedro I (1350 to 1369), the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville became known as the “Throne Room“, the most important and centrepiece of the Mudéjar royal palace. The Hall was used to receive important visitors and dignitaries of the time. The King wanted the Hall to be the most resplendent room in the entire palace complex, and it is! A complete mind-blowing experience!

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every inch of space in the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville is covered with rich, exquisite plaster work

The room is square and its four walls are completely (every inch of space) covered with rich, elaborate ornamentation, and exquisite ceramic and plaster work depicting Gothic and Renaissance elements. There are images of birds in the calligraphic design. The lower walls are covered with ceramic tiles from Triana, Seville’s famous neighbourhood well-known for its distinctive azulejos since Roman times. On three sides of the room are triple arches and on one, a semi-circular arch lead to Courtyard of the Maidens.

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two of the three triple arches in the Ambassadors Hall at Royal Alcazars of Seville are pictured here
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Courtyard of the Maidens at Royal Alcazars of Seville

By far the most captivating sight in the Ambassadors’ Hall is when you look up! A gold mirrored cupola.

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the wooden dome in the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars Seville

The fabulous wooden dome, about nine metres in diameter, with multiple star patterns in gold and mirrors which represents the heavens, and God above all men.

1.1 | Islamic influences in the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville

The dome in the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars originated in the 11th century, and remodelled during the Castilian rule. In this Hall, one can see the influences of both the Islam and Christian religions as well as their cultures.

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The Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville

It is a squared room, similar to a Muslim “Qubba”. The square symbolises the earth and the dome above, the universe. Remarkable decorations of muqarnas forming a star joins the circle to the square, upholding the Mudéjar aesthetic delights. When visiting here, don’t forget to look up (pictured above).

The magnificent dome was remodelled in 1427. The dome’s shape gives the Ambassadors’ Hall its alternate name – Sala de la Media Naranja (Hall of the Half Orange).

The orientation of the room was also changed. From it facing Mecca, it was changed to face northeast. The doorway now leads to the Maidens’ Courtyard.

1.2 | The Hall of Ambassadors at the Royal Alcazars of Seville was designed to exhibit dominance but …

The Hall of Ambassadors at the Royal Alcazars of Seville was designed to exhibit domination. This was the most resplendent room where dignitaries were received and royal gatherings held. The marriage of Charles V to Isabella of Portugal was celebrated in this Hall of Ambassadors in 1526.

… but there is also a ‘mystical’ feel about this room. Look above – the blue, gold and white colours with splendid balconies supported by golden dragons along with Arabic calligraphy. Can’t help but feel you are looking up at the ‘universe’!

Best tip: Use the angled mirror in the room for a closer look at the designs.


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finally …

The Royal Alcazars of Seville is an embodiment of rich architectural and historical legacy. In particular, the Hall of Ambassadors at the Royal Alcazars is a journey of different eras, civilisation and a marriage of Christian and Islam religions. There are some Gothic and Renaissance elements too, in this room. A diverse and historical room worth visiting.

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I sincerely hope this article has all the valuable information you were looking for on the Hall of Ambassadors at the Royal Alcazars. You may find the following articles helpful also as you plan your trip to Seville:

Plan ahead and book your tickets to view the Hall of Ambassadors at Royal Alcazars of Seville well in advance. Our trusted partners are reputable providers of tours and these are partners we use in our travels also. We have no hesitation in recommending them. With the convenience of mobile ticketing along with last-minute cancellation option should your plans change, you really have the best of all worlds by booking early. If you decide to do so, we may earn a commission for qualifying booking/s. While this helps to keep the blog going, you may wish to support Timeless Travel Steps in other ways also. As always, we appreciate your continued custom.

Enjoy and have a splendid time in Seville, xoxo

Spain Travel Advice

Seville Spain 37.3891° N, 5.9845° W
Seville Spain
37.3891° N, 5.9845° W

Essential Information on the Royal Alcázar of Seville :

UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Seville Cathedral, & General Archive of the Indies.

Where: Plaza del Triunfo

Nearest Metro station is Puerta de Jerez.

Phone: 954 50 23 24

http://www.alcazarsevilla.org/

Hours: Apr-Sept: 9:30 am to 7 pm | Oct-Mar: 9:30 am to 5 pm


Essential Information you need to know before your visit:

Visitor capacity

The Palace has a maximum capacity of 750 visitors. When it is full, it is full! Waiting times can be extremely long during peak times. Avoid the queues, save time and book ahead your skip-the-line tickets.

Skip-the-Line Tickets:

Seville Alcazar Priority Entrance + Guided Tour

Guided Tour of Seville Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda

Skip the Line Ticket to the Real Alcázar of Seville

More ticket options >>


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Best tips for the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

Visit the best of historic Seville in half-a-day — The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda Tower of Seville, Spain.

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The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville are three very popular attractions in the Andalusian capital city that commands a rich flow of visitors every year. Therefore, long queues are expected on any given day.

Visiting tips for the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville can be explored independently by purchasing individual tickets to each attraction. However, the need for a guidebook may be compelling to appreciate the mind-blowing architecture, the historic journeys, and the marriage of cultures that are evident in these UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On the other hand, the combination ticket to visit the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville is the Best Seller, offer great value and comes with a professional guide.

Note: Tickets sell-out during peak times. Avoid disappointments and guarantee your entrance by pre-booking online.


Here is a little about each of the historic sites that the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville event covers:

Seville Alcazar

Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

The Alcazar in Seville is a top visitor attraction in Andalusia, and in Spain. A rich flow of visitors every year spend hours admiring the Mudéjar architecture of beautiful rooms, magical courtyards and the lush colourful gardens to be inspired by the oasis of calm that surrounds the palace. Therefore, long queues for entry at any given time is not surprising. In addition, they have a visitor limit of 750 a day which means there is a chance you may not access the palace even if you had been in the queue for hours. The best tip to avoid disappointment is to pre-book online for a guided tour with priority entrance or skip-the-line ticket.

Recommended read: The Real Alcázar of Seville | A Guide to the BEST 22 Unmissable Highlights in the Alcázar Complex

Seville Cathedral

The Seville Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflecting its cultural and historic importance. This glorious monument is the world’s largest Roman Catholic of Gothic style and its sheer size awes visitors almost immediately as they set sight. Seville Cathedral stands as a symbol of the Christians reconquest over the Moors. It was built on the site of a 12th century Great Mosque, over a course of more than a century, from 1401 through to 1506.

There are many highlights within the Seville Cathedral. The unmissable majestic sight must surely be the thirty metre tall altarpiece that is gilded in finest gold. Gold was brought back from the New World during the age of Christopher Columbus.

Another main attraction for visitors is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus himself. The tomb is held aloft by four bearers, representing the four kingdoms of Spain during Columbus’ time — Castille, Aragon, Navara and Leon.

The Great Chapel and Charter House are also compelling sites to spend some time on.

Read about the largest Gothic Cathedral in the World before your visit.

Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

The Giralda

The Giralda is the Bell Tower of Seville Cathedral and is a World Heritage Site of Seville. This magnificent icon was built in 1195 as the minaret of Aljima Mosque. The Giralda reflect a rich fusion of Moorish, Roman Hispalis and Latin epigraphs interweaved perfectly in its architecture.

The Giralda Tower stands at 103 metres, giving sweeping views of the city of Seville from its platform. It also has 24 bells. The Tower has no stairs or lifts. There are 34 ramps, and the climb is not for the faint-hearted.

Learn more about the historic bell tower in Seville.


Enjoy a visit to three of the most popular attractions in Seville historic centre in one tour which could easily fill half a day. In this tour: The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda is likely to sell out in peak times, so pre-book online as soon as you know your travel plans.

What to expect in the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda tour

1 | Skip-the-line access to all three monuments;

2 | A professional guide;

3 | Learn the history, the many stories and inside scoop which only the locals know about the monuments and Seville city from your knowledgeable guide;

4 | Explore the Alcazar, one of oldest functioning palaces in Europe;

5 | Opt for either a small-group or private guided experience;

6 | Tour duration is 3 hours;

7 | Mobile ticketing;

8 | Safety and health measures apply.

Georgina suggests: Take a bottle of water with you. You will definitely need it at the Giralda.


Pre-book Online. Check availability for the Alcazar and Cathedral tour with your preferred tour operator:


You may find the following articles helpful also when visiting Seville:

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Seville Spain 37.3891° N, 5.9845° W
Seville Spain
37.3891° N, 5.9845° W

Essential Information on the Real Alcázar of Seville :

UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Seville Cathedral, & General Archive of the Indies.

Where: Plaza del Triunfo

Nearest Metro station is Puerta de Jerez.

Phone: 954 50 23 24

http://www.alcazarsevilla.org/

Hours: Apr-Sept: 9:30 am to 7 pm | Oct-Mar: 9:30 am to 5 pm


Essential Information you need to know before your visit:

Visitor capacity

The Palace has a maximum capacity of 750 visitors. When it is full, it is full! Waiting times can be extremely long during peak times. Avoid the queues, save time and book ahead your skip-the-line tickets.

Skip-the-Line Tickets:

Seville Alcazar Priority Entrance + Guided Tour

Guided Tour of Seville Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda

Skip the Line Ticket to the Real Alcázar of Seville


What’s new on TTS


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Best Tip for Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar Seville

Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar, Seville

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The Royal Alcazar Complex and Gardens are a top visitor attraction in Andalusia and indeed Spain. As such, long queues are expected at any given time, even during the off season. In addition, the Alcazar has a visitor limitation daily and if this is met, you will not gain access regardless of how long you’ve been in the queue.

To make a pleasant visit, a little prior planning may be necessary. The best tip to see the Royal Alcazar palace complex and its gardens at ease is with pre-booking online a Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar, purchasing a skip-the-line ticket or joining a guided tour.

What to Expect from the Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar event

1 | Choose from a small-group or private guided experience;

2 | Find out the history of Islamic and Mudéjar architecture in the Alcázar;

3 | Stroll through the beautiful gardens and try the labyrinth maze;

4 | See where scenes from Season 5 of Game of Thrones were shot;


5 | Tour duration is 1.5 hours;

6 | Mobile ticketing;

7 | Skip the line through a separate entrance;

8 | Wheelchair accessible.


On the day of your tour:

Meeting point is at the Plaza del Triunfo, where the primary entrance to the Royal Alcazar is located. After using the Priority Visit to Real Alcazar ticket, you shall enter the palace. Tour begins at the Patio del León ( The Lion Courtyard), the prelude to Monteria Courtyard. You shall see an ancient wall of triple arch which dates to the 12th century, during the Almohad reign.

Read the Complete Guide to the Royal Alcazar of Seville, Spain.

Once within the Alcazar complex, visitors are allowed to stay within the complex until closing time, so long as visitors do not exit. Re-admission is not available.

Your knowledgeable guide will share information on how the Moorish and Christian styles were blended after the Reconquista to create a palace that was emblematic of Mudéjar architecture. You will visit examples of newer post-Reconquista architecture, such as the Casa de la Contratación, a place where sea voyages were planned and secrets kept during the time of Christopher Columbus, before heading to the Palacio del Don Rey Pedro, the core of the Royal Alcazar, a perfect example of Mudéjar architecture.

Your guide will ensure that you learn all there is to know about the palace’s rich history and its architecture.

At Pedro’s Palace, discover the Patio de las Doncellas (Patio of the Maidens) and grand Ambassadors’ Salón as featured in Game of Thrones. Both incorporate intricate carved detailing and colorful Islamic-style tiling.

The tour will then move on to the Gothic Palace with its royal tapestries and ornate tiling.

Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar complex & the Gardens

Your guide will take you to the gardens of the Royal Alcazar where the tour ends. Stroll around orange-tree-filled gardens at your own leisure after the tour. Take in the peacocks that live there, the smell of orange blossom, and the numerous tranquil water features.

The grounds of the Alcazar are extensive and absolutely beautiful. These were orchards during Moorish times providing providing fruits and herbs to the royal court. The magnificent gardens are geometrically laid out, with gentle running waters for a soothing atmosphere. As you stroll around the Royal Alcazar gardens, ensure you do not miss the following:

1 | The Mercury Pond;

2 | Grotto Gallery;

3 | The Fountain of Fame;

4 | Dance Garden;

5 | Baths of Doña Maria de Padilla;

6 | English Garden;

7 | Galley Garden;

8 | Prince’s Garden;

9 | Carlos V Pavilion and the 600 year old orange tree;

10 | Stop at the Garden Cafe and watch the lovely peacocks strut.

Enjoy the gardens to your hearts content.

Circle back to the Royal Alcazar complex grounds, if you need to.

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The Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar includes:

Priority entrance ticket;

English, French or Spanish-speaking guide (please select when booking);

Audio guide reinforcement (if needed but please also confirm when booking);

What Royal Alcazar Priority does not include:

Entrance to the Royal Chambers


Visiting the Royal Apartments at the Royal Alcazar, Seville

The priority visit to Royal Alcazar guided tour does not include the Royal Apartments. A separate ticket is required to view the fifteen rooms or so of the Royal Apartments at the Royal Alcazar. There is a very strict time-slot reservation and it is viewed via an audio guide.

When you book the Royal Apartments tour (Cuarto Real Alto) online, the time printed on the ticket is the time you need to be at the entrance door on the second floor. Late visitors will not be able to join the group or join another group.

Furnishings are mostly 19th century.


Safety measures in place:

All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned;

You are required to bring and wear a mask.


Check availability with your preferred tour operator:

Tickets for Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar, Seville

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From: £29.37 per person (Jan. 2022): Check availability with your preferred tour operator:



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Seville Spain 37.3891° N, 5.9845° W
Seville Spain
37.3891° N, 5.9845° W

Essential Information on the Real Alcázar of Seville :

UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Seville Cathedral, & General Archive of the Indies.

Where: Plaza del Triunfo

Nearest Metro station is Puerta de Jerez.

Phone: 954 50 23 24

http://www.alcazarsevilla.org/

Hours: Apr-Sept: 9:30 am to 7 pm | Oct-Mar: 9:30 am to 5 pm


Essential Information you need to know before your visit:

Visitor capacity

The Palace has a maximum capacity of 750 visitors. When it is full, it is full! Waiting times can be extremely long during peak times. Avoid the queues, save time and book ahead your skip-the-line tickets.

Skip-the-Line Tickets:

Seville Alcazar Priority Entrance + Guided Tour

Guided Tour of Seville Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda

Skip the Line Ticket to the Real Alcázar of Seville

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