Alcázar of Córdoba, Spain

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The history behind the walls

The view from the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain

Within the ancient city of Córdoba, there is just so much history at your feet; it’s difficult to know where to start. Just wandering the whitewashed lanes is a fantastic experience in itself.

However, a visit to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos goes without saying, climbing the towers gives you some amazing views of the historical city, along with the Guadalquivir River and the wonderful Roman Bridge that straddles it.

The soldier, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain
Standing Proud, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain

Did you know?

The Alcázar of Córdoba forms part of the Historic Centre of Córdoba that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984

The Moors

The high walled Alcázar itself is almost a perfect square, with striking towers on three of its four corners. Within the walls, you’ll find a very peaceful Mudejar courtyard still in its classic style, but this is just a taster to the elegant gardens that follow.

Inner Mudejar Courtyard, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain

Spanish Inquisition

Although today this charming Alcázar greets visitors welcomingly, this fortification was once used to hold tribunals for the Spanish Inquisition, and sections of the Alcázar were converted into cells for its prisoners.

To the cells, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain

Royal Stables

The Royal Stables, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain

As you continue around the ramparts you are greeted with a birds-eye view of the Royal Stables below; you may even catch a peek at the Andalusian horses being trained.

From the Royal Stables, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain

Elegance

The courtyard of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain

One of the highlights for me was walking from the castle into its magnificent gardens. The terraced pools and formal planting that layout before you were quite unexpected.

A view across the pool, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain
The Tower of Lions, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain
The tower, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain
The pools from high, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain

The stylish upper pool, now home to shoals fish, appears to have once been used as a bathing pool, with steps leading into it. I don’t think you would get a private moment here today.

Looking into the pool, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain
Plenty of fish, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain

As you step down to the lower pools and among the fountains, it really does feel like you are in a secluded oasis, if you didn’t venture into the Alcázar, you would never know it was here.

Avenue of the Kings

Meandering off, and strolling along the tree-lined avenues, it isn’t too difficult to find a peaceful corner to sit and relax and admire the surroundings, in particular, the mosaic pools.

Avenue of the Kings, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain
They meet, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain
The King, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain
Through the trees, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain

Inspired to visit Córdoba?

What is your favourite location within the ancient walls? Take a look at our post on Córdoba’s Mezquita, this place is amazing.

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Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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Alcázar of Córdoba, Spain was last modified: October 10th, 2017 by Janis