Seville, Spain Royalty for a Day City walk by Tara Anbudaiyan

Explore the only royal palace still in use today, the Real Alcázar, along with other destinations with a unique connection to historic rulers. 5-6 Hours.

 
Whether or not you're a guest, your first stop on this royal tour is at the luxury hotel commissioned by King Alfonso XIII and named in his honor. Hotel Alfonso XIII took eight years to complete in time to host visiting dignitaries during the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. A 2012 renovation restored the magnificent tilework throughout. Enjoy breakfast around the fountain in the stately colonnaded patio.

Restaurant San Fernando

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What was once the center of the King's lucrative tobacco empire is now part of Seville University. Imagine studying in this grand 18th-century building! Built between 1728-1771, the Royal Tobacco Factory once manufactured three-quarters of Europe's cigars. It's female workers, or cigarreras, inspired a French author to write a short story centered around a gypsy heroine, Carmen, which later became the famous opera. Spend a few minutes admiring the baroque fountain in the central patio.

University of Seville

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Allow several hours to discover the grand jewel of Seville and one of the best surviving examples of Mudéjar architecture, the Real Alcázar. In the mid 14th-century, the finest craftsmen from Spain created this royal residence within older palaces from the days of the Almohad rulers. As you wander, take note of the intricate carvings, decorative water features, and historic salons. Mingle with resident peacocks as you wander the enchanting gardens. A small café overlooking the gardens is perfect for lunch or a snack.

Alcázar of Seville

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Walk 15-minutes to reach your next destination: the Parque Jardines de la Buhaira. Dating to the 11th century, these gardens were restored in 1999 to recall a glorious past. Almohad rulers commissioned a palace in the late 12th century and expanded the earlier gardens to include exotic olive and fruit trees. After discovering ruins of a Roman canal, it was restored and extended to provide water to Seville. This site has had several names over the centuries, including Al-Buhayra and Huerta del Rey (Garden of the King). Spend time exploring both sides of the garden, split by the Avenida de la Buhaira.

Teatro Jardines De La Buhaira

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Freshen up at your hotel before heading to Abantal, one of the finest restaurants in Seville and only one of two to have earned a Michelin star. Expect creative Andalusian cuisine in a modern setting.

Restaurant Abantal

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