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Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs (Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos)
Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs (Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos)

Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs (Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos)

Campo Santo de los Martires, San Basilio, Cordoba, Spain

The Basics

Visitors can explore the grand ruins of the alcazar, climb the towers for a view over the city, peek into the ancient Moorish bathhouse, and admire a series of Roman mosaics dating back to the second century. Opt for a guided tour to learn more about the alcazar’s fascinating history, which includes stints as a medieval fortress, royal palace, and prison. Don’t miss a stroll around the magnificent gardens, which include Mudejar-inspired courtyards, large ponds, and orange and lemon groves.

Many tours of Cordoba include a visit to the alcazar, often alongside the Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral and the old Jewish Quarter.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cordoba

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Alcazar Cordoba
Laura_L, Oct 2021
Cordoba: Alcázar Reyes Cristianos Guided Tour with Tickets & Priority Access
Tour was only in Spanish even though the tour said English was available. The tour operator talked so fast you could hardly understand him.
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Martha
martha, Feb 2020
Cordoba: Alcázar Reyes Cristianos Guided Tour with Tickets & Priority Access
Very good tour. Tour guide was very informative. Would recommend to others. What a beautiful place, Not to be missed.
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Great tour of Alcazar and Mosque
milehighbill, Sep 2019
Cordoba: Alcázar Reyes Cristianos Guided Tour with Tickets & Priority Access
We came by train from Seville to Cordoba and just got to the meeting point with about 30 seconds to spare. Our guide for Alcazar ended up also doing the afternoon Mosque and Jewish Quarter tour, so we stuck together for about 3 hours. English was good, with plenty of information, but not too much. Our only issue was we had to drop out a little early because of a train to Madrid. I would definitely recommend both these tours.
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Beautiful Place
filipasilva932019, Aug 2019
Cordoba: Alcázar Reyes Cristianos Guided Tour with Tickets & Priority Access
It's totally worth the visit, but I suggest to pay the ticket there, is only 5 euros per person. I paid this tour, got a bit late because I had some trouble finding the entrance and just lost +30€, so I didn't did the tour and had to pay again for the tickets. 5€ per person is very inexpensive for the beauties of this place. Totally recommend.
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Gardens of visual splendour
Lynette_L, Jul 2019
Cordoba: Alcázar Reyes Cristianos Guided Tour with Tickets & Priority Access
Loved the gardens full of many water fountains ponds and cooling old trees that have stood the test of time. The guide helped us to visualise isabella enjoying this peaceful oasis. Inside the palace is more bare but the ,exposing of past Roman foundations and the well used mistress's bath area were interesting to see. Good to see early before the big crowds and heat.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Cordoba makes a popular day-trip destination from Seville or Granada, and many tours include tickets for the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs.

  • There is an entrance fee; children under 14 get in free.

  • Some areas of the alcazar are wheelchair-accessible.

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How to Get There

The Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs is located on the southwest side of the city, on the north bank of the Guadalquivir River. About a 5-minute walk from the Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral, the alcazar is easy to reach on foot within the Historic Center. Buses 3 and 12 also stop nearby, along Ronda de Isasa.

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When to Get There

The Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs is open from Tuesday to Sunday all year round; opening times vary throughout the year. In the summer months, musical fountain shows are held in the gardens on select nights, starting around 10pm—check with the tourist information office for details.

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History of the Alcazar

The alcazar was built on the site of a Visigoth fortress to house the caliphs of Cordoba, before being taken over by the Christians. Once in their hands, the palace was famously home to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel for eight years during the Spanish Inquisition. During that time, it was visited by Christopher Columbus, who came to explain plans for his westward journey to the Catholic monarchs.

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