The gardens of the Alcazar in Cordoba are a great opportunity to relax in the middle of the old city center. They are beautifully designed with lots of water and shade. One of those fond memories that stick to your mind.
Bear in mind that they are closed during the siesta.
Some of my favorites pictures of this city,were taken here on these beautiful gardens.I suggest you to visit this place on late afternoon,during early hours of morning you'll find too many tourists here,so if you wants to make some nice pictures and have a relaxed time without any crowds,come to this time!.
See my travelogue to see a few more photos taken here.
While EL ALCAZAR DE LOS REYES CRISTIANOS or Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs, displays Islamic features, it was built by the Christians in 1328 under King Alfonso XI. The Moors expanded the Alcazar to a very large compound with baths and fountains. Watermills on the nearby Guadalquivir River, powered water lifting to irrigate the extensive gardens. The complex has several towers, including the Lions' Tower.
Queen Isabella and her husband Ferdinand used the Alcazar as headquarters for their campaign against the Nasrid Dynasty of Granada, the last remaining Moorish Kingdom of Spain.
I enjoyed visiting the Alcazar but found it boring compared to other Alcazars I have visited in Spain.
Entry fee is four Euros for adults and two Euros for Students with ID.
The Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos it is located just next to the Mosque.It was built on 14th cen. for the Christians Monarchs this is where the name comes from.It is a very nice fortress in the center of Cordoba.This is the perfect place to have some rest when you are visiting the old town of the city.Here you will see a huge and beautiful garden with ponds and fountains and also is a very good place to make some good pictures.During my last visit here all numerous orange trees were full of oranges and they looks beautiful!
Another nice parks to visit in Córdoba are:
Paseo de la Victoria
Gardens of the Merced.
Gardens of la Ribera.
The Alcazar was originally built on the former site of Roman and Arab structures in the 13th century for use as a palace by Alfonso X. It was the home of the Spanish Inquisition for over 300 years (1490-1821) and was later converted to a prison and used for that purpose until the 1950s. The plaza outside the front wall has a beautiful series of tall palm trees. Inside are a set of exquisite gardens which are well worth the entrance fee. In addition, there is a small Arab bathhouse, the Banos Califales.
It is open year-round but be forewarned that they do close during the siesta peirod (2-4:30pm).
I must confess that I was hesitating... I was not sure if this Alcazar deserved a visit. It was a sunny day, and Córdoba has so much to offer. But I am not sure why, I decided to come in. First of all, I visited the Roman's mosaics museum, very interesting, indeed. After that, I began to walk inside that building, until I found these wonderful gardens... Wow!!!! A real hidden gem, behind those high walls. Absolutely gorgeous!!!!
Debo confesar que estuve dudando... No estaba segura si la visita al Alcázar merecía la pena. Era un día soleado, y Córdoba tiene tanto que ofrecer. No estoy segura por qué, pero me decidí a entrar. Comencé visitando el museo de mosaicos romanos, de lo más interesante, debo admitir. Luego, seguí paseando por el edificio, hasta que me encontré con estos jardines maravillosos... Una verdadera joya escondida tras estas altas murallas. ¡¡¡Absolutamente hermosos!!!
The Alcazar was built by King Alphonse the Ninth. The Catholic Kings lived here during the reconquest, and where Cristopher Columbus met them before his trip to the "Indias".
El Alcázar fue construido por el Rey Alfonso XI. Los Reyes Católicos residieron aquí durante la reconquista, y en donde Cristóbal Colón se entrevistó con ellos antes de su viaje a las Indias.
Next to the Mesquite(Mosque), this is the other important monument in the city. Construction commenced in 1328 under orders of King Alphonse XI. It was later enlarged with the addition of beautiful gardens. Ferdinand and Isabella received Christopher Columbus here and it later served as the seat of the Holy Inquisition. That is until the inquisition was abolished in 1821. Afterwards, it served as a prison. Today, it is a historic structure that reverberates with history. Inside the walls are some old arab baths and a collection of magnificent roman mosaics.
When I was a child I used to go often with my parents for work reasons, but on my last visits I had gone always in May when gardens are patios are more impressive.
I do not want to compare this gardens with others in Andalucía, but there are some of the nicest. Do not forget to visit the ruins and the monument to Colon and Catholic kings.
Walk along the garden, on VT you will see that many Vt’rs we had chosen similar places for our photos hehehe Once we visited, we go out of the Alcazar and visit the baths with the same entry. They are sited underground the square outside the Alcazar.
Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos is the Castle of the Christian Kings. A Muslim Alcazar originally stood on this site. The castle was rebuilt in 1327 by King Alfonzo XI and today is an Episcopal castle. In the interior are intricate and beautifully restored Roman mosaics. To date, these are the most impressive Roman mosaics I have seen anywhere. Outside the Alcazar is a huge garden designed and built while under Christian control, but in the Moorish design.
Each section of the garden is unique. I was in awe. And the wonderful part of this was it just wasn't crowded at all.
See my travelogue on the Alcazar for more pictures of the gardens.
The Gardens of the Alcazar are a relaxing place to escape the heat. I went in October, so unfortunately not much was in bloom anymore. There are lots of manicured gardens, fountains, orange trees.
A lot of locals come here, this is a particularly popular place to take wedding pictures. That will give you a chance to see the Spaniards all dressed up in their finery. Quite elegant
This building was constructed as the residence of the Cordovan caliph and thereafter became the royal residence of the Tribunal del Santo Oficio, later a civil prison, and lastly a military prison. Princess María and Prince Juan were born here. The Catholic Monarchs reigned from this palace-fortress for eight years. It was declared a Historical Monument in 1931 and is also integrated into the area that was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Outside the main castle are the gardens. There is a wide variety of plants, palm trees, cypresses, orange and lemon, trees to be seen which overlook stone fountains and large ponds. It´s a very relaxing place to wander
Fue construido como residencia de los califas cordobeses, posteriormente fue residencia real cristiana, después sede del Tribunal del Santo Oficio, más tarde cárcel civil y por último cárcel militar. La infanta Doña María y Don Juan nacieron aquí y desde aquí los Reyes Católicos goberdaron durante 8 años. Fue declarado Monumento Histórico en 1931. Integrado en la zona declarada por la UNESCO como Patrimonio de la Humanidad en 1994. Fuera del castillo se encuentran los jardines donde hay una gran variedad de plantas, palmeras, cipreses, naranjos, limones, entremezcladas con las fuentes y estanques.
Mon to Sat 8.30 am to 14.30pm
Sun 9.30 am to 14.30 pm
Admission 4 euros
The gardens at Cordoba's Alcazar are reputed to be among the most beautiful in Andalucia. The large terraces are beautifully crafted with blooming perennials and fountains and provide a relaxing atmosphere in this large city. It's a nice place to take a rest under the shade of an orange tree near a bubbling fountain.
The gardens can be accessed with paid admission to the Alcazar. The Alcazar is open year-round but is closed each day during siesta (2-4:30pm).
As early as 1486, Christopher Columbus approached the Reyes Catolicos, Ferdinand and Isabella, seeking sponsorship for his proposed western route to the Indies. They were hesitant. But to hedge their bets, they provided him with an allowance. The Crown ordered that all places under their domain must furnish Columbus with a place to stay and food at no cost. So, he was a representative of the Crown, or at least they were trying to prevent him from going and offering his services elsewhere, just in case.
Realistically, Columbus had come at a pretty tough time. First, Catholic Spain was gradually completing the Reconquista (re-conquering), either by treaty or by force replacing the established Moorish governments. Beyond that was the challenge of unifying Spain into a unitary state, where previously it had been a collection of autonomous areas under different rule.
In 1492, after the conquest of Granada, the Moors had finally been vanquished. Columbus was summoned to the Alcazar in Cordoba, where the Reyes Catolicos lived at the time. Poor Columbus, it sounds like they drove him nuts with their indecisiveness about the venture. Finally, his terms were accepted and the rest, as they say, is history....
This is a wonderful treat to the ears and to the eyes. The Arab culture has always been fond of fountains and they did a great job integrating this soothing aesthetic to the gardens of Alcazar. Strolling around this garden is just lovely, the sound of water trickling all around you and the beautiful array of flowers is quite a treat for all the senses. This is a must visit when touring Cordoba City. If you're going there in the summer make sure you bring a hat and plenty of water. It's very hot there and there are only a few shaded spots.