When visiting Seville, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning historic sights and palaces. Casa de Salinas really stands out amongst them, as it is a 400 year old palace that is permanently inhabited by its owners.
Casa de Salinas, also known as Palacio de Los Marqueses de Salinas, was built in the 16th century with Renaissance influence in the oldest historic part of Seville.
It was acquired by the Salinas family in the 20th century. After the family moved into the palace they started a lengthy restoration process, trying to return the palace to its glorious days, using mostly income from the guided tours to cover the costs of restorations and upkeep for the palace grounds.
The family had 12 kids, two of whom still reside in the palace, together with their mother who is over 100 years old.
What You Will See in Casa de Salinas
The guided tour is limited to the ground floor section of the palace, including the majestic courtyard. The courtyard is surrounded by Carrara marble columns with arches framing the galleries around it, with mosaic style windows framing the whole top floor. Many of the elements of the 16th century like the tiles and some of the doors were preserved in the courtyard.
The first room you will visit is the summer dining room, with the original wooden ceiling from the 16th century and period furniture inside.
The lounge room is the next one to visit, some of the highlights include a large painting by one of the sons who is a painter, and for me, it was pretty cool to see family photos displayed on the side tables. After that, you get to visit the library or reading room, followed by the Roman courtyard which was also stunning.
As a last stop, you get a chance to venture up the stairs on the landing leading to the first floor, where you get a chance to admire a beautiful Mujedar-style ceiling.
Guided Tour – Worth it?
The cost of the guided tour is 8 euros, and you get to see two courtyards and three rooms during a 25-minute tour. I’ve seen a few people turn away when they heard the price and duration, and I completely understand.
If you consider that paying a little more gets you tickets to Royal Alcazar of Seville, it can indeed seem quite overpriced and you won’t even see the whole palace.
Personally, I didn’t mind the price and I loved the tour of the palace, even though it was a short one. Below you will find a little photo tour, so you can make up your own mind whether or not it’s worth a visit, and I have included their opening hours and all the details you need for the visit at the end of the article. Enjoy!
Visiting Casa de Salinas in Seville
Opening times: Monday to Friday, from 16 Oct to 14 June within hours of 10 am to 6pm, and from 15 June to 15 Oct in hours 10am to 2pm.
Ticket prices: 8 euros for adults, 50% discount tickets available for kids under 11 years old
Duration of a guided visit: 25 minutes
Location: C/ Mateos Gago, nº 39
Most Popular Experiences in Seville
Here are some highlights you can experience while staying in Seville.
- Seville Cathedral, Royal Alcazar & Giralda Entrance with a Guided Tour – skip the line entrance for both locations, save a lot of time and enjoy an informative guided tour.
- Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower Skip Line Tickets Only – save a ton of time with these skip-the-line tickets (no tour guide)
- Entry Ticket to Royal Alcazar Only – buy online and skip the line at the gates
- Guadalquivir River City Cruise – enjoy the stunning views and historic bridges on a city cruise.
- Casa de Memoria Flamenco Show – Seville’s most celebrated Flamenco show, in an authentic setting.