Seville Architecture

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Seville: Alcazar & Cathedral Guided Tour with Giralda Entry

1. Seville: Alcazar & Cathedral Guided Tour with Giralda Entry

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

2. Seville: Alcázar Guided Tour

Explore the former palace of the Moorish kings of Muslim Spain on a guided tour of the Alcázar of Seville. Immerse yourself in the dramatic history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter via the imposing Puerta del León and journey through a compound of several palaces, royal chambers, courtyards, and chapels. Admire the diverse architectural features from Islamic to Baroque and Renaissance. Learn about the many plots and dynasties like the story of the legendary 11th-century monarch Muhammad ibn Abbad al-Mu'tamid and some of the characters that illuminated Spain in the early 19th century. Take advantage of a personal audio system if required as you tour the complex with your guide. Discover why the monument was chosen as a location for the TV series "Game of Thrones." Then, experience the beauty of the Alcázar Gardens, where almost 200 different plant species from around the world can be found.

Seville: Alcázar Skip-the-Line Tickets and Guided Tour

3. Seville: Alcázar Skip-the-Line Tickets and Guided Tour

Visit the jewel of Seville and the oldest royal residence in use in Europe on a guided tour with skip-the-line access. Step into the UNESCO-listed Alcázar and discover the diverse cultures that make up the city’s history. Explore the Alcázar, which saw Roman, Visigoth, and Arab Seville flourish. Admire the beautiful gardens that cover 7 hectares and feature botanic species from around the world. Learn about the fascinating history of the site, and its various uses throughout the centuries. At the end of the tour, enjoy free time to explore the gardens or palaces.

Seville: Royal Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour

4. Seville: Royal Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour

Discover Seville and its main monuments and architecture with skip-the-ticket line access. Learn its stories and get to know the characters that are essential parts of the city’s history. Spend some time touring the Royal Alcázar and other highlights. Visit the Cathedral's interior and hear about the important historical figures buried there. Admire works by many important artists. Marvel at the immense, 16th-century stained-glass windows that illuminate the 5 naves of the cathedral. Visit the famous Moorish Giralda Tower, an icon of the city. Explore the palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and find out why it became the setting for the film Lawrence of Arabia and the TV series Game of Thrones. Choose from either a small-group or private tour to suit the experience you're looking for. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the Royal Palace gardens and look out for the peacocks and other palace animals.

Seville: Royal Alcázares Skip-the-Line Entry with Audio Tour

5. Seville: Royal Alcázares Skip-the-Line Entry with Audio Tour

Explore the Royal Alcázares at your own pace with an entrance ticket and a self-guided audio tour. Waltz past the ticket lines with skip-the-line entrance, and listen to informative commentary as you discover its historic sights. Receive your ticket by email, download the app, and get ready to uncover the secrets of Seville's quintessential attraction. Avoid the long lines and head straight into this combination of historic buildings and peaceful gardens. Put on your headphones to learn all about the impressive Lion’s Gate, and the Patio de las Doncellas. Marvel at the Hall of Ambassadors, the center of power in the Royal Alcázares, while listening to stories and anecdotes from the site's history that result from in-depth research. See attractions like the Hall of Justice, the House of Trade, and the Hall of the Feast as you explore at your own pace. Hit pause or rewind as you like, as you benefit from the flexibility to use your audio tour repeatedly and at anytime before or after your visit.

Seville Cathedral and Giralda: Skip-the-Line Ticket

6. Seville Cathedral and Giralda: Skip-the-Line Ticket

Step inside Seville Cathedral with skip-the-line entry and explore the treasures within. See works by Goya and learn the history when you select the audio guide option. Climb the La Giralda Tower and witness spectacular views across Seville. Enter the cathedral and see the tomb of Christopher Columbus in front of the Puerta del Principe. The monument contains the remains of the explorer, although debate continues as to whether or not the bones are his. Learn about the history of the cathedral and the Castilian King Fernando III who captured Seville from its Almohad rulers and transformed the great 12th-century mosque into a church. Witness this staggering cathedral as it is today, known as the Cathedral de Santa María de la Sede. Enter one of the world's largest churches with notable works by Zurbaran, Murillo, and Goya. Hear about these works and more by choosing the audio guide option.

Seville: Alcázar, Cathedral and Giralda Tour with Tickets

7. Seville: Alcázar, Cathedral and Giralda Tour with Tickets

Take advantage of a guided tour with priority ticket access for both the Alcázar and the UNESCO-listed cathedral. Hear fascinating facts from your guide, and see Santa Cruz and the famous bell tower. Meet your guide, then set off on your sightseeing adventure. The first stop of the day is the Royal Alcázar of Seville. Enjoy skip-the-line entry, then spend 1 hour and 15 minutes exploring this historic landmark. Inside, see the impressive Mudejar Palace, Gothic Palace, and Stucco Courtyard, then wander around the sprawling gardens. As you explore, learn about the history of the landmark, and the prominent figures who once lived here. Next, head to Seville Cathedral and admire the architecture of this UNESCO listed landmark. Enjoy a walk around the famous Patio de los Naranjos, then see the tomb of the famous traveler, Christopher Columbus. Walk through the lively Santa Cruz neighborhood. End the tour at the Giralda, the city’s famous bell tower.

Seville: Cathedral, Giralda & Alcazar Entry With Guided Tour

8. Seville: Cathedral, Giralda & Alcazar Entry With Guided Tour

Explore the rich history of Seville by visiting two of its most important sites: the Cathedral of Seville and Alcazar. Take advantage of skip-the-line access as you learn about both locations from your expert guide. First, see the beautiful Cathedral of Seville and its unique architecture. Enjoy skip-the-line access, then learn all about the rich and cross-cultural history of this holy site from your guide. Climb the Giralda, the Cathedral's bell tower. Then visit the Alcazar, and gain an understanding of the diversity of cultures and legacies that exist in Seville. After skipping the line entrance, your guide will take you on a pleasant walk through the orange trees and myrtles, and help understand the depth of Seville's history and culture.

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

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

Discover one of Spain’s most extraordinary buildings on a 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.

From Seville: Italica Roman City & Medieval Monastery Tour

10. From Seville: Italica Roman City & Medieval Monastery Tour

Discover the ancient Roman city of Italica on this guided day trip from Seville. Travel aboard a comfortable and air-conditioned van. See mosaics, Roman ruins, and areas that were used as film locations for the popular Game of Thrones TV show. Depart from Seville and drive a few minutes north to the village of Santiponce, the site of one of the most important and largest Roman ruins in Spain. Reach the well-preserved ruins of the Roman city of Italica. Explore this sites that was founded in the year 206 BC by General Publius Cornelius Scipio as a place of settlement for soldiers wounded in the battle of Illipa. Stroll through the birthplace of Marcus Ulpius Trajan (53 AD) and his successor, Aelius Hadrian (76 AD). Marvel at the massive amphitheater, one of the largest in the Roman Empire with a seating capacity for up to 25,000 people. Wander through the tunnels where the gladiators would have walked and stand in the den that housed the lions. Go to places where scenes from the Game of Thrones television series were filmed. The amphitheater was the setting of the Dragonpit, where several key characters held a summit in season seven. Continue to the monastery of San Isidoro del Campo, a medieval fortress from the Mudejar, Gothic, and Baroque periods. Return to your meeting point in Seville at the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Seville

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 7,094 reviews

If you're into history or the Roman Empire this is definitely an impressive sight to behold! Supposed hometown of Emperors Trajan and Hadrian, who were pretty big deals. The preservation/restoration of the (still active) site, specifically the mosaics, is quite impressive. And of course GoT was also filmed in the colosseum. Our guide Javier was nice, spoke English well, and even gave us local tips and recommendations after. Not to be overlooked when visiting Seville!

Our tour guides Jose and Haime were amazing! We were lucky enough to have almost private/private tours, and both guides were so knowledgeable. They shared amazing history details, but also a lot of fun legends and facts that made the tours that much better. They also gave us great recommendations for restaurants. I would absolutely book with this company again!

The cathedral is beautiful. The tour is great as it gives us insights as to the significance of the different parts of the cathedral and the Alcazar.

Our guide Carolina is very good, knowledgeable and thoughtful. Her English is very good and easy to understand. Get her as your guide.

Genuinely such a lovely experience with a very knowledgable guide!