Although in our country we are truly fortunate in having monuments which are really beautiful architecturally and many of them are unique in the world, the truth is that only a few are able to get so under the skin that they make you want to return again and again. We are talking about places like the cathedral in Burgos, like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Alhambra in Granada, and the Reales Alcázares of Seville, which we are featuring today.
With a history that goes back to the High Middle Ages, the Royal Alcázares has returned to take a starring role in our present time since over the last few years it’s become the palace of the kingdom of Dorne, one of the seven kingdoms of the popular HBO series “Game Of Thrones. ” It’s a palace in which the main artistic styles (such as Islamic, Mudejar or Gothic) go hand in hand and you can get there in less than 5 minutes if you take as your starting point the Petit Palace Santa Cruz, Petit Palace Marqués Santa Ana or the Petit Palace Canalejas Hotel Sevilla
The Reales Alcázares are, along with the Cathedral of Seville (the Giralda), one of the gems of the legendary neighborhood of Santa Cruz, a quiet place full of history that completes the group of architectural monuments from this neighborhood that have been declared a World Heritage Site: the Giralda, Archivo de Indias and Alcázares. These are three gems that you can’t miss on your trip to the capital of Seville.
The gardens, the best kept secret of the Alcázares
Although it’s the locals who are often the ones least likely to visit the monuments in their own city, the Sevillians certainly love this place, so a lot choose it as a place to sit down and read or to enjoy a romantic stroll.
Few things when traveling are as enjoyable as being able to stroll in the gardens of the Alcazares. In fact, did you know that the natural area of the Alcázares takes up almost forty percent of the public garden space in the historical center of Seville?
With a history that goes back more than a thousand years, these gardens which are located in a private area (which must be accessed by a previous entrance) of more than 75,000 square meters are a place in which the different Islamic (with its central fountain), Mudejar and Renaissance styles meet again in harmony.
In addition to being able to walk through a real, natural film set, the gardens of the Reales Alcázares shelter more than twenty thousand plants of almost two hundred different species.