Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

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Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
4.5
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The palace-fortress of the Christian Kings has tranquil gardens and fountains.
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traveler93
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Denied access due to missing registration - no information anywhere!
Oct 2021
Would probably have been nice, but after standing in the queue for half an hour we were not allowed in, thanks to a missing registration. There were no information about the necessity of registrating ahead on the webside and all information in front of the building were in spanish only. The staff did not speak a single word english and was very unfriendly.
Written October 9, 2021
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Craig E
Manchester, UK1,727 contributions
Hidden gem!
Oct 2021 • Couples
I didn’t know much about this place and therefore expected little when we visited. Wow, was I surprised!!
The history of the Alcazar is very interesting and the mosaics inside are absolutely incredible!
The real attraction though are the gardens. They are beautiful, with an abundance of flowers, fountains and mosaics and are also extremely well maintained.
I 100% recommend a visit if in Cordoba.
Written October 9, 2021
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK4,955 contributions
Mosaics and gardens and a complicated ticketing system
Sep 2021
The interesting part of the interior of the building was the many excellent mosaics discovered and recovered from the Plaza Corredera. Externally despite it being September and us not expecting the gardens to be in full flower, they were in fact really colourful and well kept with the smaller fountains operating. Truly picturesque and with not too many visitors quite relaxing.
Less visitors due to Covid, which causes the complex reservation process to seemingly be used. Use a QR code or website to log your personal details and see what time a reservation is possible for. But you don't buy a ticket. You save the email confirmation and attachment, turn up at the appointed time and then pay for a ticket. By credit card only, which it doesn’t mention in the booking process !
Written October 8, 2021
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MAGICVIK
London, UK35 contributions
Lovely gardens, building slightly disappointing
Oct 2021 • Couples
Really lovely gardens are the highlights here's.

The actual building has some historical interest but not in English

The gardens are spectacular and lovely.

Be warned- tickets are booked in advance, at the entrance there is a qr code which sends you to link, where you get tickets.

You pay when actually inside
Written October 6, 2021
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Therese O
cork,13 contributions
very frustrated potential visitor
Sep 2021
I've spent days trying to find how to book the visit to the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. I just wanted to book the straight entry without a guided tour. The website is very very frustrating. I've sent several emails to local public offices, none of which have replied. The phone number is not being answered either. If anyone knows the link to the form/page to book an entry slot could you please let me have it. The only guided tours seem to be at 10 or 13.00 neither of which I can do.
Written September 18, 2021
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kuu-kanko
Helsinki, Finland535 contributions
Wonderful gardens, book online
Sep 2021 • Solo
The vast gardens are wonderful and that's what this Alcazar is about. The place is located a short walk from the Mezquita, so it's easy to combine the visits together. One hour should be enough for the Alcazar, unless you want to sit down and relax in the gardens.

Inside there's a room mosaics from the Roman era (brought there afterwards). The signs are only in Spanish, but there's a good virtual tour in English online where you can read about them.

Make sure to book your visit in advance. When booking on the official site, you don't pay online, but 5 e (card only) when you enter. They won't let you in without the confirmation email of your booked timeslot. Showing it on the mobile was enough. There was WiFi (albeit a slow one) available at the entrance.

Finding the official site for booking wasn't that easy. The official Alcazar site had a PDF (only in Spanish) about booking the tickets. That included the address of the booking engine, which was available also in English (although some messages were in Spanish only). The booking required a Spanish phone number, but the booking message came to my email, so I had no problems even though I entered just garbage into the phone number field (filling it was mandatory).
Written September 4, 2021
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Mike K
12 contributions
So, so badly organised!!!
Aug 2021 • Family

This is so badly organised. Impossible to navigate the website to reserve a spot, if you can even find the official website (so many so called official sites are private and try to force a tour on you - we bought a Spanish tour by accident and are still waiting for a refund.) Even tourist information couldnt help, they gave me the local council website for a reservation. So after travelling all the way to Cordoba, we failed to get in to the main attraction. Go to Seville instead, they are desperate for visitors, everybody is very helpful and the websites work.
Written August 26, 2021
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Andras N
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg2 contributions
Zero star service
Aug 2021 • Solo
Can't buy tickets on the spot even when no one stands in line, only reserved time slots. No English (or any language other than Spanish) information on site. Staff does not speak languages. Staff is rude. App for reservations in Spanish only. App requires a variety of irrelevant private info. App only accepts Spanish phone nrs. Garbage experience.
Written August 25, 2021
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nunolance23
Porto, Portugal3 contributions
Needs better organization
Aug 2021 • Couples
3 main issues:
1. requires to pre-book a slot to enter, accessible by web or with the QR code at the entry - chances are, however, that everything is booked for the day you arrive, so if you’re only staying for 1 day, you must definitely book it beforehand. Once it is pre-booked, you pay as you enter the attraction.

2. Opening hours reduced during summer time - not only this seems unusual to me, since it’s when more tourists come to the city - but I’ve also had a chat with people who got the entry booked for 2pm, only to see enter without any warning that they would only have 30 min to visit the whole thing, which shows a bad organization overall.

3. Even though I am able to speak and understand Spanish, the descriptions inside the building are only written in Spanish. Perhaps the informations provided by QR code are also available in English.

Despite all this, it is still a beautiful place to visit, especially the gardens. If you are visiting Seville as well though, make sure to visit the Alcazar there, which is a lot richer, larger, and with better opening hours.
Written August 18, 2021
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,306 contributions
Beautiful visit, but confusing to enter
Sep 2020
We had seen pictures of this place and wanted to visit, and had a bit of a tough time trying to figure out how to purchase tickets in advance (and I speak Spanish/could read the website). It took us a while to figure out where to buy tickets online and where to go once we arrived, and the people behind the front desk also looked a bit confused. The hours seemed to be changed at whim, which adds to the confusion. However, once you *are* able to enter, it's a gorgeous, serene place, with mosaics, gardens, and pools. Like everything else in Córdoba, this place has a long history, which is worth learning, or you could just wander through the place and soak in the beauty.
Written August 13, 2021
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