01 December 2019

My Fourth Visit to Spain: Caballerizas Reales and Alcázar Viejo

After visiting the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, I remained in the neighbourhood to explore. The first thing I stumbled upon was the Caballerizas Reales, or the Royal Stables.

The Royal Stables are rather elegant, at least back when it was ordered to be built by King Felipe II in 1570. It still is elegant nowadays, and its mandate was to breed the tall Spanish thoroughbred warhorse, known as the caballo andaluz. They still breed these fine horses today. The centre offers horse shows, but I didn't opt to see any of them. I just checked out the open surroundings, which were exhibiting royal carriages.

After checking these out, I headed to explore the neighbourhood of the Alcázar Viejo, also known as San Basilio. This is a very picturesque area of Cordoba, with whitewashed walls decorated with flowers. In fact, this is the area where they have very visually interesting patios. Some houses have an open gate which you can take a peek inside, and admire the pretty patio they have. In fact, there is even the annual event of a patio festival, where these houses open their doors for visitors to wander inside and check their patio. Some of them were open during my visit.

This concludes my visit to Cordoba. It was time to move on, so I took the train, and this time, headed to the sea. My next destination in this trip was Cadiz. Stay tuned.

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