The Royal Alcázar of Seville first started construction in 1364, through the years monarch’s added on to the Palace. Creating a wonderful mixture of styles in the gardens, water features and the rooms. The Palace entry fee is about 9.50 euros, but for University students under 25 it is only 2 euros. The Palace’s tourism boomed after season 5 of Game of Thrones, where the Water Gardens of Dorne were filmed. Going through the Palace is truly a treat- but make sure to get a map at reception. The rooms lead into one another, and once can get a little bit lost.
The Palace is divided into 2 main sections – the actual palace and the gardens. The palace itself features an array of art works, from ornate fans, paintings and massive wall tapestries. The Patio de las Doncellas is the main courtyard of the palace, and the most heavily featured in the Game of Thrones episodes. The patio then spans off into a number of different ornate halls.
The gardens are the most breathtaking part of the palace. Unfortunately we went on incredibly hot day (40 degrees!) so we didn’t really want to explore it. The garden has French, Italian and Arab styles. You can also check out a fountain with Mercury – the Roman messenger god, where Myrcella and Prince Trystane held hands in the series. From the garden you can access the Mooring Underground Baths. Taking pictures is a bit of a hassle with all the tourists – patience is key.
It’s a really great visit, and one of the highlights of Sevilla. Book tickets online to avoid a long wait. The palace is usually open 9:30am – 7pm. But double checking the times as it changes by season.