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Jardines de los Reales Alcazares

1,754 Reviews

Jardines de los Reales Alcazares

1,754 Reviews
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For a relatively crowd-free experience of the Alcázar of Seville, opt for an early-access tour. By entering the UNESCO World Heritage Site before it opens to the public, you avoid long lines and take crowd-free photos of the landmark’s gorgeous interior. Plus, visit parts of the complex that conventional tours don’t. Upgraded package includes a line-free exploration of Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower.
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Jan 2021
United Kingdom3,641 contributions2,822 helpful votes
The centuries old Alcazar gardens are a complex of courtyards, mazes, ponds, pools and paths, bursting with orange trees, palms and greenery. The gardens are included in your Alcazar ticket but they are not just an add-on sight. You might recognise them from Game of Thrones as the Water Gardens of Dorne in series 5. Allow plenty of time in your itinerary to wander because they are fabulous. We used the the gardens to break up our Alcazar visit. The Alcazar palaces were so much sensory overload that stopping in the middle and taking time out to explore the gardens, was a good change the pace. That, and a pit-stop at the café was enough to restore us (although the café’s only basic). There’s a toilet block here too. 4 DON'T MISS GARDEN HIGHLIGHTS: * Baths of Maria de Padilla – you go slightly underground to these amazing baths. This is where Maria, mistress of King Pedro the Cruel would escape to for a bit of indulgent relaxation. Considering she was sleeping with someone whose nickname was ‘the Cruel’ she probably needed some calm and relaxation. * Italian Grotto Gallery –The strange appearance, as if someone has flung clumps wet mud at it, is volcanic sea rock which they used to create a cave-like look. Not sure it was that successful but it’s good fun to walk along the upper level of the gallery and look out across the gardens. * Mercury Pond – originally the cistern which supplied the palace with water coming via Roman aqueduct from Carmona. The bronze statue of Mercury was added in 1575. Mercury was chosen as the god of trade because 16th century Seville was the centre of commerce, with ships bringing back truckloads of wealth from the New World. * The Maze - disappointingly this was closed off when we were there. There was no sign so it was unclear whether this was for routine maintenance or when it was re-opening. BUYING TICKETS: I would definitely buy tickets online before visiting. However we only bought ours the day before and there were still a lot of time slots left (this was in Feb). Tickets are timed and they only let a small number through each time. We had a 9:30am slot (one of the first slots) and only had to wait about 10min. Have your ticket ready (phone or paper) so it doesn't hold you up or you might have to wait for the next group through. I believe that free entry is offered on Mondays (6-7pm in summer & 4-5 in winter). It’s only an hour and you’d be hard-pressed to see much.
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Date of experience: February 2020
6 Helpful votes
Razorfish wrote a review Sep 2020
Little Rock, Arkansas3,231 contributions717 helpful votes
My wife and I visited the Jardines de Los Reales Alcazares during our visit to Seville this past November. We finished up a guided tour of the Alcazar with a tour of the gardens. It is beautifully landscaped with shrubs and flowers and ponds and fountains. It is definitely worth a stop, but take the time to relax and take it all in.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Martyn Cymro wrote a review Sep 2020
Coimbra, Portugal3,108 contributions532 helpful votes
The garden is attached to the Real Alcázar de Sevilla, and one first visits the Alcázar and then the gardens. They are very pleasant, but I did think that the garden at the Alcázar in Cordoba was superior. The Alcázar is a 'must see' when in Seville and include the garden in your visit.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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YubaPrincess wrote a review May 2020
London, United Kingdom644 contributions209 helpful votes
The architecture, its interiors, gardens, ponds inspire a contemplation of majestic beauty. A day did not seem enough to explore the pleasure-filled aspects of this regal fortress. Tip: Book tickets in advance online, and make time to attend the timed visits to the private rooms. A feast to the senses, this historic landmark is a place that invites a return trip, preferably with a loved one (with a curated picnic basket in tow)
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Date of experience: February 2020
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PMc wrote a review Apr 2020
6 contributions6 helpful votes
A must-see in Seville. The gardens at the Royal Palace Seville are a real treat. We spend more time in the gardens than in the palace! A wonderful retreat that exudes the spirit of Seville.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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