A day at the Real Alcázar Sevilla

Real Alcázar Sevilla

The Real Alcázar Sevilla. This is the place I’ve been wanting to visit for months. I had seen photos on social media from other people in my teaching program and thought “Sevilla has a fortress, castle-thing?” My only experience in Sevilla had been on my first trip to Spain back in June 2015 with CoffeeShop Spanish. We arrived in the afternoon, wandered the city and went to a Flamenco show that evening. It was simply too short of a trip for such a wonderful and historical city.

What is Sevilla?

Sevilla is a city in Spain. One of my biggest pet-peeves with travel blogs is when they don’t tell you what country the city or place is in. I know that that seems laughable, but I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been reading a post thinking “okay I think this is in the Philippines, but they didn’t say” or “I think this is in the UK … but it could be Ireland too. I DON’T KNOW!!” Travel bloggers just a little piece of advice: always put the country with wherever your post is about. While it may seem obvious to you, not all of your readers likely are familiar with the region you’re writing about. But likely we will want to know exactly where it is so we can make a note and future plans to travel there.

Anyway, here it is on the lovely map of Spain:

In English, the city is Seville. In Spanish, it’s Sevilla. But make sure you say “Sev-eeya.” The ll in Spanish makes a y sound and I just don’t want you to be “that person.”

It was initially founded as a Roman city and then fell under Muslim rule, as did much of Southern Spain. In the 1200’s, it was a major port city for the Spanish Empire. It was a major center for trade in general. Also fun fact: Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Sevilla for his famous journey around the world.

The city now sits as the capital of the large region of Andalucia. It is also the fourth largest city in Spain. Basically if you are planning a trip to Spain, you have to make sure to see Sevilla. You can get trains directly from Madrid and bus service from all the major cities in Andalucia. I arrived by BlaBlaCar.

The Real Alcázar Sevilla

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The first thing to note is the crazy lines. You can apparently reserve your tickets online. It costs 9 euros to get in. I did not plan ahead, so I waited maybe 20-30 minutes in line. Tickets can be bought online here.

You essentially walk into the Patio de la Montería. It is incredibly breath-taking.

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This fortress was originally built by the Moors, a Muslim people group that resided in Spain for a long time. The royal family of Spain actually still uses the upper part of the property as their official residence in Sevilla. I did not see any royal people, however, during my 2.5 hour visit there. This structure dates back to the first century, which is just crazy.

The Gardens

So right after I arrived, I realized I was dying of thirst. The cafe is right next to the gardens, so hence I went there first after I downed a bottle of water.

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Hi, my name is Nina and I take too many pictures when I travel.

Heading on inside

After wandering around the gardens and sweating a lot (summer had finally hit in Southern Spain. It was sweltering), I decided to move on inside. Here we have the lovely Alcoba Real.

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I could look at stuff like this for hours. And I did.

Patio de las Doncellas

Just so breath-takingly amazing.

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Palacio Gótico

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And some more shots around the fortress

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Like what an adorable bench.

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Real Alcázar Sevilla

Real Alcázar Sevilla

Real Alcázar Sevilla

I would advise you to give yourself 2-5 hours in this place. You will want to get lost roaming around and taking it all in. And if you like similar places, Córdoba has the Alcázar de Los Reyes Cristianos. I wrote about it here: 8 Hours in Córdoba.


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55 Comments

  1. The gardens and architecture look amazing!! I know what the heat gets like in Spain so I don’t blame you for heading in doors!

  2. That was something that I have noticed with travel blogs sometimes and i’m like it looks beautiful but where on earth is it lol? As a history geek I am naturally attracted to places of culture like Spain. I like the sound of Sevilla x

    1. Hahaha I’m glad I’m not the only one who has noticed. Like while I know I could google it, I feel like a good travel blogger gives you as many details as possible. That’s why people read travel blogs.

    1. The weather in Spain is definitely one thing I love. Although right now it’s starting to become almost too hot!

    1. Thanks! I really hope that you can! Feel free to ask me any questions as I live in Spain and have traveled to many different parts of the country.

  3. I thought the grounds and surrounds of this place were really beautiful. Then I saw the inside shots you took of the fort. Just stunning the design and level of detail. What a fabulous place to visit and experience.

    1. I’m glad it’s on your bucket list because you will not be disappointed. In my case, after my first visit to Spain, I decided to move there.

    1. It’s just crazy to me when they don’t. I’m like “okay guess I’m not cool enough to know where this is …”

  4. Sevilla has always been a city I’ve wanted to visit because it looks so beautiful and colorful. The Palacio Gotico is truly stunning! I hope I’ll be able to visit it someday.

  5. Wow what a beautiful line of photos. I wish that in my country they built more places like this! I would love to visit this place one day, thanks for sharing!

  6. Only thing I know about Sevilla is their Football team. This place looks medieval and really takes you back in time. The walls and pillars are well decorated with those carvings. Really marvelous.

    1. I’m not much of a football fan, but I have heard about them! And yes, it really is amazing how it takes you back. I really needed a solid 3 hours there.

  7. The architecture of Seville is so ornate and grand, I would love to experience it in person one day! Gorgeous photos.

  8. So incredibly beautiful!!! I love all these photos!!! I also love that you gave some solid advice to other travel bloggers at the beginning!! to funny, but so true and I really appreciate the map. Thanks for posting!!

    1. I mean I just cannot tell you how many times I’m reading something and thinking “okay I know this is obvious to you because you’re there, but I don’t know the geographical layout of x country because I have yet to go!” At the end of the day, I want my posts to be as detailed as possible so I can help other travelers.

  9. The pronunciation tip cracked me up, but I appreciate it b/c I totally would have been “that person”. Your pictures are literally stunning and Sevilla should definitely be on everyone’s travel bucket list!

    1. Hahaha well and you could always just say Seville too. But I always like to call Spanish cities their Spanish names.

  10. Very nice! I love the garden, and it would be really great to stroll around. The architecture of the Alcázar Sevilla is also really nice although it’s a bit too detailed and complex for my personal taste.

  11. Your post brings me back memories of visiting Seville and Alcazar. It’s really fascinating place to explore. I love your colorful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    1. That’s awesome that you have visited! And I always try to take the most colorful photos possible!

  12. The architecture is simply gorgeous! The corridors, the buildings, the symmetrical windows! wow! I love your stunning frames. Well documented:)

    1. I was amazed by the entire thing. I’m glad that I gave myself an entire afternoon to really explore it.

  13. Spain and all the countries on the Mediterranean are so beautiful. Your photos make me want to pack a bag and hit the road. 🙂

  14. I love the blend of Moroccan and Spanish traits in the architecture. Thank you for the detailed information. I hate standing in the lines. Can you just show the tickets on your phone?

    1. I hate standing in lines too. I believe there is a section for people who bought in advance. I did not, so I had to wait.

  15. I have been surfing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be a lot more useful than ever before.

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