This blog post was originally posted on July 23, 2015, and was updated on February 23, 2017.
Who wants to waste valuable sightseeing (and eating!) time stuck in a queue?
Most visitors come to Seville with the aim of seeing two main monuments – the Seville Cathedral and the Royal Alcazar Palace. Any other smaller museums and monuments are a bonus. But there is one big problem, especially in hot weather – the queues! Queuing for an hour in 40-degree temperatures is no one’s idea of a good time, so here are some tips on how to beat the lines in Seville.
The good news is there is a way to beat the lines at Seville’s Cathedral, a little loophole in the system, and one that works. When you buy the ticket to Seville’s Cathedral, the ticket is a combined ticket for both the Cathedral and the Church of El Salvador, Seville’s second largest church which is also worth a look.
The thing is, while beautiful in its own right, the Church of El Salvador is a lot less popular. This means you can visit the Church of El Salvador first, purchase your ticket as a combined ticket for both monuments (make sure you specify you want the combined ticket, as entrance to just the Church is cheaper), then head over to the Cathedral and stroll past the long entrance queue straight to the door with your already purchased ticket. Not a bad trick at all!
Address: Avenida de la Constitución, S/N (Cathedral) Plaza del Salvador (Church of El Salvador)
Price: 9 euros
Hours Cathedral: Monday, 11:00-15:30; Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00-17:00; Sunday, 14:30-18:00.
Hours Church of El Salvador: July & Aug: Monday to Saturday, 9:30-16:00; Sept to June: Monday to Saturday: 11:00-17:00; Year-round: Sunday, 14:30-18:00.
Royal Alcazar Palace
It used to be that queues were not so long or frequent at the Seville Alcazar, but nowadays the Royal Alcazar is Seville’s other great monument, with lines to match! Long gone are the days that this spectacular monument was a hidden gem– partially to blame for the series you may have heard of called Game of Thrones — which uses the Alcazar quite a bit in filming!
Especially later in the day, you will often find a queue. Not really surprising, given that from January to June this year, the Alcazar experienced a record number of visitors, nearly 13% more than the same period the previous year.
Luckily, the Alcazar lines are easily skipped– especially if you book tickets in advance on the website, where for a service fee of 1 euro, you can buy your tickets ahead of time. 1 euro well spent, we say! This is especially useful if you wish to visit the Upper Royal Quarters of the Alcazar.
These are the reception rooms and common areas that are still used today by the Spanish Royal family when they visit Seville, and access to this area is only by a strictly limited audio guided, security escorted tour, that operates only during the mornings. We really recommend this additional visit inside the Alcazar as it really adds context to the current use of the building.
Address: Patio de Banderas S/N
Price: 9.50 euros (general visit) + 4.50 euros (upper quarter) + 1 euro (online booking fee)
Hours: April to Sept: Monday to Sunday, 9.30-19:00; Oct to March: Monday to Sunday, 9:30 – 17:00.
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Since 2005, Cyra has lived in the UK, Portugal and Spain working as a professional tour guide. But it was Seville’s charm that captured her heart, and she hasn’t looked back since moving to her favorite city for food, wine and quality of life.