Córdoba’s Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos
If there is one thing that Spain does better than any other place on the planet, it just might be gardens. With the possible exception of Kashmir, we’ve never been anywhere that even comes close.
So what makes Spain better than the rest? It represents that magical crossroads between the lush, contemplative gardens of the Islamic world and the highly structured gardens of Europe. What’s more, as a leading colonial power for centuries, Spain had the ability to collect plants from around the globe. And unlike other colonial powers, the Spanish could actually grow those plants back home.
The palace gardens of Córdoba’s Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos are just one stunning example of MANY. The sprawling Moorish gardens are the perfect place to hide from the Andalusian heat and contemplate the city’s rich botanical heritage. Actually, that heritage extends to many Córdoban houses in the old city, which often have their own take on the classic garden paradise. The gardens of the Alcázar will have a special place in the hearts of all those from the New World. It was here that King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella met with Christopher Columbus in preparation for his momentous voyage. Some would say that these particular gardens changed the history of the world.