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.

photo courtesy of Pete Dewhirst of pdimages

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.

photo courtesy of Pete Dewhirst of pdimages

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’.

photo courtesy of Pete Dewhirst of pdimages

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.

photo courtesy of Pete Dewhirst of pdimages

photo courtesy of Pete Dewhirst of pdimages

photo courtesy of Pete Dewhirst of pdimages

photo courtesy of Pete Dewhirst of pdimages

photo courtesy of Pete Dewhirst of pdimages

photo courtesy of Pete Dewhirst of pdimages

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.

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6 responses »

  1. Anita Mac says:

    Fabulous. The Andalucian really is such a majestic creature. Love the post.

  2. dilipnaidu says:

    Awesome post! to me this – is Spain. My thoughts on Spain are associated with my student Cristina who was from Spain.
    You have a nice blog.

    Kind regards!

  3. anaslense says:

    I love it! 🙂

  4. Looks like a beautiful performance.

    • Yes it was, like I said in the post it was very elegant. I hate it when these things are turned into tacky tourist attractions. This was definately not that and really showed the beauty of the horses and the skill of the riders and dancers.

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