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Patio de Doncellas: Tours & Tickets

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Royal Alcázar of Seville: Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Royal Alcázar of Seville: Skip-the-Line Ticket

Originally developed as a fort for the Cordoban governors of Seville in 913, the Royal Alcázar of Seville is an amazing fusion of Christian and Moorish architecture. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and it has been renovated numerous times over the 11 centuries since its creation. Learn about how the Christian king Fernando III moved into the Alcázar when he captured Seville in 1248 and how several monarchs used the palace as their main residence. Also, discover the Alcázar's role as a filming location for the Game of Thrones TV series.

Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour Combo

2. Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour Combo

Meet your guide in Plaza del Triunfo and head to the first stop, the Alcázar of Seville. After using the priority entrance to enter the palace, begin your guided tour. Hear about how Moorish and Christian styles were mixed together to create a palace that was emblematic of Mudéjar architecture. Discover the Patio de las Doncellas and grand Ambassadors’ Salón, both featured in Game of Thrones. Admire the intricate carved detailing and colorful Islamic-style tiling. Then stroll around the gardens filled with orange trees and peaceful water features.  Next, head to the Cathedral of Seville. On your guided tour, learn about the Cathedral’s important role in the city’s history, and the Islamic, late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque influences in the architecture.  Marvel at the magnificent 18th-century baroque altarpiece, and the elaborate organ. You can also visit the mausoleum where the remains of Christopher Columbus are laid to rest.  Finally, your guide will lead you to the Moorish Giralda Tower. The call to prayer was announced from this tower when Spain was under Muslim rule. Climb the stairs and admire the spectacular views of Seville from the top of the tower.  Choose from either a small-group or private tour to suit the experience you're looking for.

Seville: Alcázar Guided Tour with Priority Entrance

3. Seville: Alcázar Guided Tour with Priority Entrance

Explore Seville’s Alcázar on a guided tour of one of the oldest functioning palaces in Europe. See why this palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, how it blends different architectural types, and why it became the setting for Lawrence of Arabia and Game of Thrones. Choose from either a small-group or private tour to suit the experience you're looking for.  Meet your guide in the Plaza del Triunfo, which offers great views of the Giralda. After using the priority entrance to enter the palace you will begin the tour at the Patio del León, the site of the original Moorish palace. Hear about how Moorish and Christian styles were blended after the Reconquista to create a palace that was emblematic of Mudéjar architecture. Visit examples of newer post-Reconquista architecture, such as the Casa de la Contratación and chapel, before heading to the Palacio del Don Rey Pedro, a perfect example of Mudéjar architecture. Discover the Patio de las Doncellas and grand Ambassadors’ Salón as featured in Game of Thrones. Both incorporate intricate carved detailing and colorful Islamic-style tiling. After this, take a look around the Gothic Palace with its royal tapestries and ornate tiling. Stroll around orange-tree-filled gardens at your own leisure after the tour. After your guide drops you in the gardens, take in the peacocks that live there, the smell of orange blossom, and the numerous tranquil water features. Try the labyrinth maze and enjoy the quietness of the gardens that are unbelievably located in the middle of the city.

Seville: Alcazar Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Tickets

4. Seville: Alcazar Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Tickets

Discover one of Spain’s most extraordinary buildings on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Alcazar in Seville. Meet your guide on the Plaza del Triunfo to skip the long lines to the building, started by the Cordoban governors of Seville in 913. Learn the history of the Alcazar, and how it expanded over its 11 centuries of existence. Enter the ornate complex to see the exquisite additions of the Almohads when they turned into a fortress in the 12th century. Travel through time as you hear tales of the Christian Fernando III, who moved into the Alcázar when he captured Seville in 1248. See architectural evidence of the Moorish Muslim rulers, government officials, court servants, and royal guard. Marvel at one of the most outstanding examples of Mudéjar architecture on the Iberian Peninsula. Experience the palace and gardens with all your senses, from the sound of the fountains, to the fragrance of flowers, to the intricate Mudéjar plaster work and beams in the Patio del León.

Seville: Alcázar Tour

5. Seville: Alcázar Tour

Visit the Alcazar Royal Palace, which is a must-see for those who visit Andalusia. Explore the beautiful gardens, the Patio del Crucero, Baños de Doña María de Padilla and the underground cisterns that collect rainwater. See the Patio de las Doncellas, with its ponds that reflect the intricate mudéjar plasterwork for which the palace stands out. Learn about the origin and evolution of the fortress. Discover how it was build by Abd Al-Rahman III and how it has served as a home for monarchs for centuries.

Monuments of Seville 3-Hour Guided Tour

6. Monuments of Seville 3-Hour Guided Tour

Skip the long lines to 2 of Seville’s most popular attractions on a 3-hour guided tour. Meet your guide on Plaza del Triunfo by the monumental cathedral, and enjoy fast track entry to the largest Gothic cathedral (and 3rd largest church) in the world. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See (Seville Cathedral) was the burial site of Christopher Columbus and has 80 chapels in which over 500 masses were said daily! Marvel at its Renaissance vault and the longest nave of any cathedral in Spain. Then, go to the Alcazar, built as fort by the moors, and subsequently used as a royal palace. The upper levels of the Alcazar are still used by the Spanish Royal Family, making it the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. Admire its interior after your skip-the-line entry, and see why it is regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of Mudéjar architecture on the Iberian Peninsula.

Seville: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

7. Seville: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Wander through the wondrous city of Seville , the frying pan of Europe. Seville is a city packed with exciting landmarks that are a fascinating mix of cultures and styles. Admire the magnificent Sevllle cathedral and its bell tower which offers a spectacular view of the city, and be entranced by the stunning Royal Palace of Alcazar, one of Europe’s most beloved tourist destinations, and the place where Christopher Columbus came to tell tales of his voyages to the New World to Spanish royalty. View some of the documents of the Archivo de Indias, a monumental collection of papers relating to the conquest of America, a landmark event in human history. Visit the world's most famous bullfighting ring and also see the Hospital los Venerables, Plaza Virgen de los Reyes, the Hospital de la Caridad, Torre del Oro and the Teatro de la Maestranza. Your tour. Your way.

Costa del Sol: The Alcázar & Seville Cathedral Private Tour

8. Costa del Sol: The Alcázar & Seville Cathedral Private Tour

Enjoy a private Seville tour for 12 hours with a private tour guide for 4 hours. A private luxury vehicle with chauffeur will pick you up and drop you off at your place of choice in Málaga, Marbella or Estepona. Seville is the capital of Andalusia. Its old town contains, among other remarkable monuments, three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. After discovering the most important places of the city, get a walk to see its streets and try its famous gastronomy before your driver takes you back to your point of departure. Seville’s rich history starts as the Roman city of Hispalis. Later it became Muslim and became the centre of the Taifa of Seville after the collapse of Córdoba, until being incorporated into the Crown of Castile in 1248. As the gateway of the Spanish Empire's trans-Atlantic trade, it became one of largest cities in the world. The 17th century in Seville represented the most brilliant flowering of the city's culture. The 20th century in Seville saw the Spanish Civil War, the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and the Universal Exposition Expo '92. Get to know the landmarks of Seville that were witnesses to its history: - The Cathedral: The largest Gothic church in the world. Christopher Columbus was buried in it. Its bell tower, the Giralda, was the minaret for the Great Mosque of Seville. A Renaissance-style belfry was later added by the Catholics. The tower is 104.1 m in height and remains the most important symbol of the city. - The Alcázar: A royal palace built for the Christian king Peter of Castile on the site of an Muslim residential fortress. A preeminent example of Mudéjar style, combining Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance structural elements. The upper stories of the Alcázar are still occupied by the royal family when they visit Seville. The TV show “Game of Thrones” has shot many scenes at this location. - The General Archive of the Indies: The repository of extremely valuable documents illustrating the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and Asia. The building is an example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. - The Plaza de España: A square built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and an example of Regionalism Architecture, with elements of the Baroque Revival, Renaissance Revival and Neo-Mudéjar styles.. - The Royal Tobacco Factory: 18th-century stone building , now the seat of the rectorate of the University of Seville. - The Palace of San Telmo: Seat of the presidency of the Andalusian Government. Construction of the building began in 1682 outside the walls of the city, on property belonging to the Spanish Inquisition. - The Tower of Gold: Almohad river watchtower. It served as a prison during the Middle Ages. Its name comes from the golden shine it projected on the river, due to its building materials. The third and uppermost level was added after the previous third level was damaged by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.

From Granada: Seville Private City Tour with Alcazar

9. From Granada: Seville Private City Tour with Alcazar

Experience the highlights of Seville and see some of the cities less-known spaces on this private tour that leaves from Granada. Get time-saving skip-the-line access to the Alcazar and Cathedral. Enjoy having a local guide show you around for 2.5 hours. Greet your driver at your hotel and take it easy as you drive to Seville. Go to the Moorish site of Real Alcazar, the most ancient royal palace still in use in Europe. Let your local guide provide context for the marvels inside the palace. Pass through Santa Cruz and the small shops in the old Jewish Quarter. Walk through the narrow and serpentine streets that have surprises around every corner. Admire the inside of the massive Cathedral where the tomb of Christopher Columbus is housed. See the minaret of the central mosque at Giralda Tower. Climb the tower to see the view. Have some free time to explore Seville and purchase lunch at a local restaurant.

From Cadiz: Private Seville Day Trip, Cathedral & Alcazar

10. From Cadiz: Private Seville Day Trip, Cathedral & Alcazar

Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Cadiz, and relax as you travel to Seville. Marvel at the Moorish site of Real Alcazar, the most ancient royal palace still in use in Europe that was founded one thousand years ago.  View the Cathedral Santa Cruz before walking through the charming narrow streets of the old Jewish Quarter. Head to Seville Cathedral, which is one of the largest and richest cathedrals. Find the tomb of Christopher Columbus inside. Admire the Giralda Tower, an old minaret and symbol of Seville. Climb the tower, if you would like. Take some free time to explore Seville even further with some free time.

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What people are saying about Patio de Doncellas

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,295 reviews

Unfrotunately the Cathedral was closed due to a religious event so that part of the tour, whch included the Giralda Tower was cancelled. Disappointing but the tour of the Alcazar alone was fascinating and well worth the entrance price. Our guide, Miguel, was very enthusiastic and articulate and we learned a lot about this fascinating building and its history. I loved the fact that while it is still an official residence of the current king, since it has no TV or wifi, he prefers to stay in the 5 star hotel next door! Highly recommended.

Our guide was Miguel. He was very knowledgeable and the tour information was very interesting. The Alcazar is a particularly beautiful site and Miguel was very helpful both in his explanations and in answering questions. I highly recommend this tour and Miguel.

Our tour guide was first class. Unfortunately, they were closing art of the Cathedral for some type of service so it was cut a bit short.

Even though you have a ticket, you need to wait in line, so I would recommend to arrive about 15 or 20 minutes earlier

Well run tour with a lot of great information. Guide was extremely knowledgeable!