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Nights in the Gardens of the Royal Alcazar 2017

The Royal Alcazar is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Seville, houses one of the best outdoor Summer concert series I've ever had the pleasure of attending.  They just released their calendar for this year's outdoor garden program. The concerts cover various types of music from antique, classical, world music, flamenco and more.  

Concerts commence June 15 and run throughout the Summer until September 9.  Tickets go on sale in a staggered style, first tickets are released on Monday, June 12 and the best part is tickets are only 6 euros + 1 euro Internet booking fee (or 6 euros at the door).  Tickets can be purchased online or ticket offices and even at the door. Surprisingly it is possible to find tickets available on the day but make sure you arrive at least 20 minutes before the concert begins otherwise you may be denied access.

There is something magical about sitting in the garden of such an ancient castle and listening to music that sends you to another place in a surreal environment, a gaze at the moon, a glance to the Giralda and the ancient walls of the Alcazar, it is definitely one not to miss if visiting Seville this summer.

The website is very easy to follow and most concerts have links built into Youtube or previous concerts in the Alcazar to get a preview of what you will see.

Links

Official website

Calendar

Tickets Release dates (including link to buy)

 

Where to buy tickets

  • In person: Apeadero del Real Alcazar: cash, credit cards (Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, 4B)
  • Internet: Only credit cards (Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, 4B)
  • Puerta de la Alcoba (at the door on the night): Only cash

Tickets must be printed or available for viewing on your smart phone (Passbook).

Restrictions

You can purchase a maximum of 7 tickets at once and children under the age of 8 are not permitted.

Hours

  • Access to the public in the gardens is between 21:00 - 22:25, after 22:25, no access is permitted into the grounds
  • Visits to the gardens and the bar are between 21:00 - 22:15
  • Concerts begin at 22:30 sharp 
  • Duration: 1 hour, with break

Location

Access to the public at night is different to the entry into the Alcazar during the day.  Enter Puerta de la Alcoba, which is situated on the corner of Paseo de Catalina de Ribera (Jardines de Murillo) and Calle San Fernando. I've pinned it on the map below as it can be a little difficult to find.

 

10 of the best rooftop bars in Seville

Seville is one of the prettiest cities I've lived in, I love it not only for its history but that the Spaniards know how to have a good time. There is always an event, festival or Feria going on in town or nearby. Rooftops get a special mention because 1. It's is hot for about 8 months of the year! And 2. How could you refuse a beautiful sunset view of the infamous Gothic Cathedral and La Giralda, even after one year, I still find it stunning.

So let's get on to it:

1. La Terraza de EME - I would say this is one of the fanciest rooftops in Seville. Walk through the dimly lit foyer of this central hotel (steps away from the Cathedral) and take the lift to the fifth floor. Here you will find three different spaces in which you can enjoy the views from. Dinner is available on the roof here also, but this you should book ahead for in Summer.  From Thursday to Saturday this place gets busy with locals and tourists, the only negative about this place is that fact you need to be a hotel guest to use their pool.

Opening hours: Open 365 days a year from 12:00 - 00:00h

  • Address: C/Alemanes, 27 · 41004 · Sevilla · Spain
  • Reservations in the terrace for drinks: No
  • Food on the terrace: Yes (However, only in the restaurant areas of the Terrace - Open from June 14, 2017) 
  • Music Style: DJ
  • Tel: +34 954 560 000 
Photo Credits: EME Hotel

Photo Credits: EME Hotel

2. Hotel Los Seises by FonteCruz - Recently this place has become one of my favourites, located in the convoluted streets of the old Santa Cruz neighbourhood, one of the most infamous barrios of Seville well known for its Jewish, Arab and Christian history. This renovated 16th-century hotel by FonteCruz is beautiful. Head to the top floor and you will find a spacious deck with three chillout zones, full of lounge chairs, bar style tables and stools, and areas solely undercover which are perfect for those days over 35 degrees (which feel like 45+ degrees). They do have a great sized pool but they don't offer services to use the space for swimming just yet but there are hints they may be offering a Social club option for those that need a soak! Fingers crossed they sort this out before August...

  • Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 12:30 - 23:00h, Friday - Sunday 12:30 - 02:00h
  • Address: C/Segovias, 6 · 41004 · Sevilla · Spain
  • Reservations: Yes, only for those eating 
  • Food on the terrace: Yes 
  • Live Music Style: DJ/live music - see their Facebook page for more information
  • Tel: +34 667 717 444/954 229 495
Photo credits: Los Seises

Photo credits: Los Seises

3. Hotel Doña Maria - This terrace is one of the cheaper in the Santa Cruz area, the top floor terrace has three main areas and again the pool is for Hotel guests only. It offers stunning views with shade for those who wish to visit during the day.

  • Opening hours: 12:00 - 01:30h
  • Address: C/Don Remondo, 19 · 41004 · Sevilla · Spain
  • Reservations: No
  • Food on the terrace: No
  • Live Music Style: Summer: DJ. Spring/Autumn: Live music (follow the hotel's main bar, Bar17's Facebook page for more information)
  • Tel: +34 954 224 990
Photo Credit: Hotel Doña Maria

Photo Credit: Hotel Doña Maria

4. Hotel Inglaterra - One of the oldest Terraces in Seville would have to be the one at Hotel Inglaterra. This is one of the largest rooftops and it is often booked for functions. They have a long history of live music in Seville so be sure to check out who is playing when you visit.

  • Opening hours: contact the hotel directly, in Summer open from 18:00 - 01:00h
  • Address: Plaza Nueva, 7 · 41001 · Sevilla · Spain
  • Reservations: Yes for large groups, but generally not necessary
  • Food on the terrace: Yes, from 20:00 - 22:30h 
  • Live Music Style: DJ/live music, check out featured bands using this link
  • Tel: +34 954 224 970
Photo credit: Hotel Inglaterra

Photo credit: Hotel Inglaterra

5. Hotel Palacio Alcazar - This terrace is located in Santa Cruz, in the Plaza de la Alianza, it boasts fantastic views of the Cathedral. The hotel used to be the home of famous painter and bullfighter John Fulton.  This is one of the only terraces in the centre of Seville that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The terrace has shaded areas for those who are wondering and they even offer a breakfast buffer for 9.80 euros per person! Make sure you make a reservation for dinner if you decide on this place because it gets busy, but the views are worth it. So whether you go for food or a drink this place is sure to please you.

  • Opening hours: 08:00 - 22:30h
  • Address: Plaza de la Alianza, 11 · 41004 · Sevilla · Spain
  • Reservations: Yes, for dinner mainly required
  • Food on the terrace: Breakfast 08:00 - 11:30h, lunch 13:00 - 16:00 & dinner 20:30 - 23:00h
  • Live Music Style: Nil
Photo Credit: Hotel Palacio Alcazar

Photo Credit: Hotel Palacio Alcazar

6. Gourmet Experience Duque - I must admit, since arriving in Seville this is one rooftop I've frequented. Not only is the rooftop conveniently located, in Plaza de Duque, right in the centre of Seville's shopping district but offers one of the only food court options in Seville that I know.  The Gourmet Experience is the top floor of a shopping mall called El Corte de Ingles.  After the shopping centre closes you can still gain access via a door next to the main entrance facing the plaza.  On the top floor, you will find a number of restaurants, including Spanish tapas, hamburgers, Mexican (you must try their slushy margaritas!), International cuisine, cakes and ice-cream, as well as a bottle shop, gourmet supermarket and most importantly, a Puerto de Cuba Premier bar. Another reason why I like it is that you can go with a fussy eater and they are guaranteed to find something they fancy.  The terrace is semi-undercover and they offer a wide variety of music throughout the year.

  • Opening hours: 10:00 - 02:00h
  • Address: Plaza de la Victoria, 8 · 41002 · Sevilla · Spain
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Food on the terrace: Yes
  • Live Music Style: DJ/live music, see their website for all the details
  • Tel: +34 954 597 000
Photo credit: Gourmet Experience Duque

Photo credit: Gourmet Experience Duque

7. The Roof at Casa Romana Hotel Boutique - This rooftop is situated in the shopping district of the centre of Seville, nearby to Plaza de Duque.  Once on the top floor, you will find there are numerous levels to choose from to take a seat, with access to some via a staircase that may prove difficult for people who are mobility impaired.  The terrace boasts views of the Gothic Cathedral and La Giralda, as well as the Encarnacion (also known as Mushrooms or Setas) monument.

  • Opening hours: Sunday - Monday 18:00 - 00:00h, Friday and Saturday 18:00 - 02:00h
  • Address: Calle Trajano, 15 · 41002 · Sevilla · Spain
  • Reservations: No
  • Food on the terrace: Yes from June 16, 2017, tapas style options available Friday and Saturday between 20:30 - 23:00h
  • Live Music Style: DJ, only Friday and Saturday
  • Tel: +34 954 915 170
Photo Credit: Casa Romana

Photo Credit: Casa Romana

8. Patio de la Alameda

  • Opening hours: Sunday - Thursday 19:00 - 23:30h, Friday and Saturday: 19:00 - 01:00h
  • Address: Plaza Alameda de Hércules, 56 · 41002 · Sevilla · Spain
  • Reservations: No
  • Food on the terrace: No 
  • Live Music Style: Nil
  • Tel: +34 954 904 999
Photo credit: Patio de la Alameda

Photo credit: Patio de la Alameda

9. MariaTrifluca - One of my absolute favourite places in Sevilla right now is MariaTrifluca, built in 1922 and restored in 2016, it is fast becoming one of the places to be in Seville. Located in the Triana neighbourhood it is on the pricier side but well worth it even if for a drink. Reserve a table on the rooftop if you are enjoying lunch or dinner or lower level patio for great views of the Triana bridge (Puente de Triana), Bullring, Guadalquivir river, Torro de Oro, Gothic Cathedral and La Giralda - the most famous landmarks Seville has to offer. Sunset here is magical and this is a place to be during Semana Santa to watch the processions. 

  • Opening hours: 12.30 - 02:00h (Rooftop is open to drinks in between lunch and dinner service, 17:00 - 20:00h)
  • Address: Plaza Altozano, 1C · 41010 · Sevilla · Spain
  • Reservations: Yes, visitors to the restaurant only
  • Food on the terrace: Yes 
  • Live Music Style: Nil
  • Tel: +34 681 200 400
Photo credit: MariaTrifluca

Photo credit: MariaTrifluca

10. Level 5th - Hotel Ribera de Triana

  • Opening hours: 17:00 - 01:00h
  • Address: Plaza de Chapina, 3 · 41010 · Sevilla · Spain
  • Reservations: No
  • Food on the terrace: No
  • Live Music Style: Nil
  • Tel: +34 954 268 000
Photo credit: Hotel Ribera

Photo credit: Hotel Ribera

I know I said Top 10, but there is one more I wanted to add... the secret number 11...

11. Hotel Fernando III - Located also in Santa Cruz is a hotel that has a rooftop terrace which is open to the public, the pool however is not... 

  • Opening hours: Everyday 12:00 - 01:00h (March 21 to end of October)
  • Address: Calle San Jose, 21 · 41004 · Sevilla · Spain
  • Reservations: No
  • Food on the terrace: No
  • Live Music Style: Nil
  • Tel: +34 954 217 307
Photo Credit: Hotel Fernando III

Photo Credit: Hotel Fernando III