When I first visited Seville in 2010, I’d just quit my job as a graphic designer the month before. I was starting out on my big trip around the world (eventually to last 15 months) and design was very much on my mind. I’d quit my job to travel and I was scared. I’d essentially left behind my career in graphic design and was traipsing around the world. Of the 5 reasons that I set forth for my travel purposes, the search for inspiration was #1.

So it was with that on my mind that I first visited Andalusia. The Moorish architecture, the orange trees, the windmills… southern Spain left a lasting impression on me. So much so that I returned this year for the purposes of learning Spanish in Seville. And with that month-long trip to Seville came plenty of time to rediscover the fact that southern Spain is beautiful. And in Seville, it’s the Real Alcázar de Sevilla which is most beautiful.

The palace is quite historical. Amerigo Vespucci and Magellan both planned their trips around the world in one of the rooms of the Real Alcázar. And Spain’s royal family still uses the place today when visiting Seville on official visits. With extensive gardens and rooms adorned from floor to ceiling with tiles, the building is a hotspot for design inspiration. Just check out my photos below to get a sense of the design inside & out.

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

View more of my travel photos here.

TRAVEL TIP: While in Seville, I took photos with a new Olympus camera: the Olympus Stylus TG2 shockproof & waterproof camera. It’s sturdy so it was great for taking around on day trips.

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  1. Beautiful Moorish architecture reminds me of what I’ve seen in Marrakech…

  2. Lovely photos! The Alcazar is hands-down my favorite spot in Sevilla (I lived there for four months). I used to eat my lunch there almost every day because it was free with a student card. It’s still only a couple of euros to get in – such a bargain!

    And the funny part is you’d never know it was so pretty and extensive from the outside.

  3. Moorish architecture is just mesmerizing … I’m jealous that you got to spend so much time there!

  4. Reeta @houseofanais

    What a beautiful place. I really would love to do a tour where I could explore the Moorish architecture around Spain. Those tiles and patterns are just so magical!

  5. I was there a couple years back I think! It was stunning!

  6. Wow, the colors and patterns are so varied and beautiful! Looks like a great place to visit.

    • Yep – definitely a good place for inspiration, Natalye. Hope you’re well!

  7. Patrick Smith

    Wow! Now I really can’t wait to go. We leave March 21 for our trip of several months, and will be going to Seville (and the rest of southern Spain) in April. Your enthusiasm and your eye for beauty really excite me! Thanks again!!

    • Glad to hear it Patrick! Hope you enjoy southern Spain – it’s one of my favorite regions!

  8. You’re so right. The beautiful tiles, the great typology, the awesome architecture: the Real Alcazar is one of the most beautiful buildings in Spain! I went on a holiday once in Sevilla and stayed in a beautiful apartment in the rustic neighbourhood next to the palace. It was a great time to be there, also with 48 degrees Celsius (it was in August). Hope you’ve learned some Spanish and had a great time in Sevilla!

    • Yes!!! It is one of Spain’s most beautiful buildings… I agree! That whole area near the palace is really nice. Barrio de Santa Cruz is nearby, it’s the old Jewish quarter, and has some really lovely squares and alleyways.

  9. livingincadiz

    You should definately buy a train ticket to cádiz city!!!

    • Thanks for the recommendation! I visited Cádiz in 2010 but didn’t make it out there on this trip to Spain. I really loved it back then, though… I’m definitely overdue for a re-visit :)

  10. Yes, you’re right. The Alcazar is an inspiration to us all, even today. Not only to the eyes though. Walking in the park, with all the smells… Watching the cascading fountain, listening to the sounds inside the halls and magnificent rooms….

    • Great point! The Alcazar was a bit of a sensory overload. The park & gardens were beautiful – I could see why people could spend whole afternoons there.

  11. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    I always take visitors to the Alcázar, particularly if we can’t get to Granada. It’s not only beautiful and historic, but a nice place to just stroll and even escape the heat in the summer. For locals, it’s free, too!

    • Yep, I think that makes sense Cat! I actually realized that when I first visited Andalusia in 2010, I only ever wrote about the Real Alcázar and NOT the Alahambra in Granda. Obviously it left a big impression on me!

      I do also remember seeing that the palace is free on Monday afternoons for tourists, too

  12. Such a beautiful palace Adam. I can really see how it would be inspiring to someone who is design minded. Adding this to my Spain itinerary for sure!

    • Jen, definitely make sure you visit Seville and especially this palace when you go! It’s a beautiful city.

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