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Patio del León, Spain

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Seville: Alcázar Guided Tour with Priority Entrance

1. 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

2. 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.

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Very interesting activity thanks to our guide who is very knowledgeable in history, especially Arabic, through his professional background. We can't tell you her name in Arabic but it's the equivalent of Ghislaine in French. Thanks again to her.

Excellent tour with Ruben. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic in bringing to life the stories of this amazing place. We had discreet ear pieces so very easy to hear everything. Recommended.

It wasn't very easy to find our guide at the meeting point. At least 6 groups had the same meeting point. The guided tour was very good and professional.

Miguel was excellent, engaging, completely knowledgeable, untiring and charming!

Very good experience. Tour guide was good, head phones included. Recommended.