The Alcazar of Seville is the kind of place where you want to linger… In fact, even the Spanish royal family wants to linger there and stays there occasionally as its one of their official residences, and it’s the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. We lingered so long that the weather had time to go from sunny to rainy to sunny again — that’s unpredictable mid-October weather for you. There’s plenty to see both indoors and outdoors, but I liked wandering through the little paths of the gardens (when it wasn’t raining) most of all. It’s amazing that this sprawling compound of buildings and fountains is smack in the middle of the city of Seville.
We were there in October 2011, and while this post is a bit late, I’m fairly certain that the Alcazar, a UNESCO World Heritage site, hasn’t changed much since then. During the Alacazar’s first 900 years, however, it changed repeatedly as Andalusia’s various rulers all wanted to leave their marks as they added and subtracted different features. The greatest influence is clearly Moorish, and it looks more like something you’d expect to see in the Middle East than in Europe. The Alcazar was the reason why we went to Seville, and it was worth the trip. I especially loved the Alcazar’s colorful tiles, and I continued my tile obsession the next day at the Plaza de Espana.