Would you like to feel like in an oriental fairy tale? Then visit the Alcazar Seville in Spain, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The medieval royal palace was a filming location for Game of Thrones and the Spanish royal family lives here when they are in Seville (Andalusia). In this article you will find the best photos and tips, for example for entry without long lines.
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Two days in Seville, the capital of Andalusia
Seville is the capital of Andalusia with a population of around 700,000 and is a popular travel destination.
After Malaga, Cordoba and Cadiz, it was my fourth travel destination in Andalusia. I love the area in southern Spain because it bears traces of the Moors .
These were Berbers from North Africa . These were Islamized by the Arabs and helped them to conquer the Iberian Peninsula. A lot in Seville reminded me of Morocco in terms of colors and shapes.
The weather in Seville
The weather in Andalusia is also very pleasant. It is particularly useful when it is cooler with us.
So we experienced up to 32 degrees in Seville in October . However, that was not normal, the guide told us during the tour of the Alcazar Sevilla. Otherwise it would be a few degrees cooler here. But 26 degrees is enough ...
Sights for a weekend in Seville
We spent two days in the city. There we experienced great highlights :
- Royal Palace Alcazar Sevilla , among other things location for Game of Thrones - for me the most beautiful sight in Sevilla!
- Fantastically beautiful Plaza de Espana , such as a location for Star Wars
- Metropol Parasol , the futuristic "parasol" with an amazing view of the city
- Seville Cathedral with Giralda
- Trendy district Alameda de Hercules with many restaurants
- Delicious food with vegetarian tapas and tortilla
I can recommend this travel guide to you on Bol.com:
. Our accommodation in Seville was the Hotel Don Paco . It has a great price-performance ratio, a roof terrace with a pool and is centrally located. So we could walk to all the sights.
Here you can see the very good reviews of over 6,600 visitors and the current prices on Booking.com.
By the way, we didn't have breakfast in the hotel. I usually find the hotel breakfasts quite expensive. Instead I wanted to try out cafes.
Alcazar Sevilla: entry without waiting
I visited the Royal Palace at the cathedral with a tour that I booked through Get your Guide: Alcázar of Seville - exclusive guided tour with tickets . The tour received very good ratings from around 1,800 participants.
I always use this provider for my tickets. Because many popular sights have long queues . The Real Alcazar de Sevilla has around two million visitors a year .
At Get your Guide I can book skip-the-line tickets . I usually use guided tours so that the guide can tell me something about the sight. A free cancellation is often possible up to 24 hours before the start.
The tour was a good decision! When I arrived at the royal palace for my tour at noon, the line was very long .
I quickly found my guide , recognizable by an umbrella. She checked my name, gave me an adhesive dot for marking and headphones. With our group of around 30 visitors we went straight through to the security check. Our bags were checked here.
Since it was quite warm that day, our guide always took us to shady spots. She also looked in which rooms were busy. So we could largely avoid the many visitors and I took many beautiful photos.
The studied art historian told the story of the Royal Palace in a lively and funny way in English .
The tour ended at the gardens, which are just beautiful. I was able to explore further on my own.
Here you can find all tickets for the Alcazar Sevilla at Get your Guide, just click on one of the tours. There are also combination tickets for Alcazar and Cathedral as well as the Hop on Hop off bus including Alcazar.
Real Alcazar de Sevilla: History and Game of Thrones (GoT)
In the 10th century , the foundation stone was laid on a Roman settlement. The fortress was initially the place of residence for Moorish sultans . Later it became the seat of Christian kings .
The palace offers magnificent halls, halls, courtyards and extensive gardens. It is one of the oldest palaces in the world that are still in use .
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is in Mudejar style . These are buildings built under Christian rule with Islamic influence.
You may already know the Patio de las Doncellas as the "court of the virgins" from pictures.
But otherwise the palace is impressively beautiful. You will find colorful mosaics, columns and curved arches everywhere. I couldn't see enough.
The gardens with palm trees, orange and lemon trees and peacocks were created in the 16th century. They were the water gardens of Dorne in the TV series Game of Thrones .
October to March: daily from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April to September: daily 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The palace is closed on January 1st and 6th, Good Friday and December 25th.
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Note: I paid and organized this trip myself, there were no collaborations.
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