The Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos (The Palace of the Christian Kings) in Córdoba was one of the principal homes of the Christian monarchs Isabella and Fernando.  It was Isabella and Fernando who saw the reconquest of Spain from the Moors.


At only 4€ entrance (2€ for students) and a 2 minute walk from the Mezquita, its entrance is in the corner of a shady square.  Inside the Alcazar (castle) you can climb the two towers for great views over the city.  Follow the signs to the Baños Arabes (Arab baths) which are now just empty rooms but beyond you will find the amazing gardens.

The gardens are the main attraction, with fruit, flowers, fountains, statues and pools.  Continue to the end of the gardens for a statue of Isabella and Fernando speaking with Columbus.


The main attraction of Córdoba is undoubtedly the Mezquita but for 4€, the gardens of this palace are definitely worth a few hours of your trip time.


The palace opens 10.00 till 2.00 and again 4.30 to 6.30, closed on Mondays and December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st:.  But to check before you go:

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telephone: 0034 957 42 01 51



About Living in rural Spain

I live in Andalucía in the beautiful southern part of Spain. It is the largest of the 17 regions of Spain and Andalucía is broken down into 8 provinces and I live in the province of Granada. Having lived here for more than a decade I call Spain my home. I am originally from England. I find the scenery here in Spain stunning. There are amazing sunsets and the colours of wild flowers, almond blossom and poppy fields in the Spring and trees in the area are an inspiration.

2 responses »

  1. Jessica says:

    That’s gorgeous! And only €4 to get in…I’ll have to pay another visit to Cordoba!

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