Palacio de las Dueñas#16 in Best Things To Do in Seville
Palacio de las Dueñas was built in the 15th century as a home for Seville's nobility. It's home to large gardens, lemon trees, ceramic tiles and intricate archways. Filled with flowers and bright colors, it's an ideal place to spend a sunny Seville afternoon, according to past visitors.
The charm of the Palacio de las Dueñas comes from its blend of Mudéjar and Gothic architecture as well as its serene atmosphere. While it boasts ornate decor similar to that found in the Real Alcázar, the Palacio de las Dueñas doesn't attract the same busy crowds, which makes it a peaceful place to explore. Located in the Encarnación-Regina neighborhood of the city, the palace is easy to get to from the city center and a short walk from Metropol Parasol.
A general ticket includes admission to the grounds for 10 euros (around $11); there are reduced rates for children, students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket office. There are also audio guide services available for purchase. The palace opens at 10 a.m.; it closes at 8 p.m. April through September and at 6 p.m. from October to March.
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#1 Real Alcázar
The Spanish monarchy doesn't quite boast the worldwide clout of the British monarchy, but royalty is royalty, right? Take the chance to step into sovereignty when you enter the Real Alcázar palace and gardens. The palace was built in the seventh century and it still occasionally hosts the royal family when they visit Seville. While the original structure dates back to the Middle Ages, the entire palace has been heavily influenced by different architectural and cultural styles, ranging from Gothic to Baroque. The intricate architectural design is known as mudéjar – a Muslim and Christian artistic fusion unique to Andalusia. Explore on your own or use an audio tour to guide you through the luxurious rooms of the palace like the Salón de Embajadores (Hall of Ambassadors) and the Patio de las Doncellas (Patio of the Maidens). But to gain access to the Cuarto Real Alto (the Upper Royal Quarters), you'll need to pay for a guided tour.
Make sure to budget enough time to admire the details. Past visitors recommended examining every aspect of this grand residence of kings – even the architecture on the ceiling is striking. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is surrounded by gardens that are also worth seeing.
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