Alcázar of Seville

The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace in Seville, Spain, built for the Christian king Peter of Castile. It was built by Castilian Christians on the site of an Abbadid Muslim residential fortress destroyed after the Christian conquest of Seville. Although some elements of other civilizations remains.

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Sagrada Familia

If you have time for only one sightseeing outing, this should be it. La Sagrada Família inspires awe by its sheer verticality, and in the manner of the medieval cathedrals it emulates, it’s still under construction. Work began in 1882 and is hoped (perhaps optimistically) to be completed in 2026, a century after the architect's death. Unfinished it may be, but it attracts around 2.8 million visitors a year and is the most visited monument in Spain.

Alcázar of Seville: Tours & Tickets

Insider tips

How to Get There?

The simplest way to get to the Sagrada Família is by metro. Hop off at the conveniently named Sagrada Família metro stop!

When to Visit?

The Sagrada Família is always crowded, but the queues will be at their shortest in the early morning or late afternoon, when the sunlight’s at its most magical anyway!

Buying Tickets

If you’re not buying tickets in advance, then prepare to queue for hours! They’re easily available online and prices differ depending on which parts you want to access and whether or not you want to include an audio guide or tour. Tickets have a 1-hour admission window, but once inside you can stay until closing time.

Good to know

When should I visit?

Open at 9:00 AM. Closing times are: November to February 6:00 PM, April to September 8:00 PM, March and October 7:00 PM.

How to get there

Take the metro to the Sagrada Familia stop!

Is it expensive?

Free to see from the outside, prices for a visit inside start at €15, with options to add guides or tower visits.

Will I need a guide?

It will definitely help. Guides and audio guides are available for an added cost when you buy your entrance ticket.

What people are saying about Alcázar of Seville

★★★★★ Best the queues to see two beautiful sites

The Alcazar is amazing give yourself at Leary half a day to do it justice. In the cathedral climb to the top of the tower views well worth it and it’s ramps rather than steps so much easier to climb.

★★★★★ Very well organized tour with a knowledgeable guide

Excellent tour! Carmen was terrific! Knowledgeable and organized, able to show us as mich as possible of Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda. Highly recommend!

★★★★★ Thorough and very enjoyable -- despite enormous holiday crowds!

Rosio was charming, incredibly knowledgeable and delivered an excellent presentation covering centuries of political, economic, religious, and cultural history - as well as palace intrigue...;-) Highly recommend.

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