Founded in 1570 by a royal decree of Felipe II, the royal stables in Córdoba were launched to create a pure spanish thoroughbred, the Andalucian horse.
A few minutes walk from the Mezquita is a hidden treasure in the form of the Royal Stables. The building itself is beautiful and the original stable blocks are a delight to see. Entrance to walk round the stables is free and this includes seeing all the horses in the modern stables. If you are lucky you will see the horses going through their paces in the outdoor menage.
They are open mon – sat (except tues) from 10 till 13.30 and again 17.00 till 21.00 and on sundays from 10 till 12.
If you want to see the horses and riders in a show, there are shows on wednesdays, fridays and saturdays at 2100 hours. It lasts about an hour and a half and costs 15€ (10€ for children)
It’s a beautiful show, very elegant and not at all ‘tourist tacky’.
The show includes wonderful sections of flamenco with the dancers dancing with the horses and the lighting of the menage and stables adds to the ambience of the setting.
I would like to take credit for these photos, however, I have to admit they are not mine…….
I would like to thank Pete Dewhirst of pdimages for allowing me to use his photos.