Tourism in Cordoba's Alcazar

alcazar towerHere are the highlights of your tour of the Alcazar. Don’t forget, on Fridays you can get in for free!

  • Lion Tower
    This tower is named after one of the gargoyles found in the upper floor. This square-shaped tower is located on the north west. It is the Alcazar’s oldest tower and is adorned with Almohad-style bands on the exterior.

  • Homage Tower or Keep
    This is the main tower of the Alcazar. Inside this octagon-shaped structure, occupants are made to swear an oath to protect the Alcazar. This is where some of the public executions by the Inquisition took place.

  • Moorish Patio
    This is a very good example of Moorish architecture. It is rectangular in shape and has motifs in stucco located around the base of the fortress walls.

  • Gardens
    Very beautiful, very relaxing. You can just spend hours here taking in the fresh air and the natural surroundings! It is very wide, around 55,000 square meters and is filled with a wide variety of flora – orange trees, cypress and palm trees, and lemon trees. These overlook large pools and stone fountains.

  • Royal Baths
    These baths are built in the Moorish style and are located in the basement. Upon entering, you will see four rooms – the changing room, the cold room, warm room and hot room. The walls of the structure are made of marble and hardened clay. Above, you will see the skylights which are cut in the shape of stars. Imagine taking a nice, warm bath while gazing up these imaginary stars!

  • Inquisition Tower
    This circular tower faces the Guadalquivir river in the southeast corner. On display in the hall are some pieces of mosaic art and sarcophaguses. The mosaic artworks date back from the 2nd and 3rd century A.D. This would be an interesting part of your tour of the Alcazar.

  • Caballerezas Reales
    This is located beside the Alcazar. Quite undiscovered by tourist, the English Royal Stables is probably one of the most beautiful stables there is. The structure is impressive and inside, there is a long hallway with horse boxes on either side.

Good to Know:
Location: Calle Caballerizas Reales
Opening Hours Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sundays and Holidays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Note: These schedules are not fixed, it varies depending on the time of the year.