Parks & Gardens

Bougainvillea grows in abundance in Cordoba. © Michelle Chaplow
Bougainvillea grows in abundance in Cordoba.

Parks and Gardens

Patio of the Mosque   -  The orange grove in this patio beside the Mosque is the oldest walled garden in Europe dating from the 8th century.

Alcazar - The Alcazar (of the Christian Kings) features a castle its delightful gardens and a moorish bathhouse and characteristic terraced pools.

Palacio de Viana - The palace of the Prince of Viana has 14 patios and a garden covering the Renaissance and the Baroque periods which have been restored by the owners at the beginning of the century. The garden features citrus trees, date palms and rose bushes. The Patio de la Madama is the oldest part and has a small temple in the centre formed by an arch and clipped cypresses around the figure of a woman.

Botanical Garden - Located near the Alcazar, these have both indoor and outdoor areas, with roses, cacti, and an arboretum, which features Andalucia's indigenous pinsapo fir tree.



There are also some good examples of 19th century gardens such as Paseo La Victoria and La Agricultura with a large quantity of plane trees and pines.
The landscaped park Cruz Conde was opened during this century together with the Gardens of Colon, of the Faculty of Veterinarians, Colegio Mayor Nuestra Sra. De la Asunción. The Zoo and Botanical gardens has three greenhouses with plants found in the peninsular and an area devoted to plants useful to man from several parts of the world. There is also a curious garden for the blind containing aromatic plants with labels in Braille.

Córdoba city's Patios

In the old part of town especially in Juderia, there are some wonderful patios. Since early times the focal point and the social life of the Mediterranean house has revolved around the central patio. Córdoba city as a great tradition of decorating the patios with lots of flowers in plant pots.

Most patios belonging to private houses so can only be visited in May when they are open for the famous Patios Festival Competition. Patios also worth visiting are those belonging to the Bullfighting Museum, the Archaeological Museum, Palace of Viana,  and also the Plaza of San Andres.

Just outside Cordoba City

Medina-Azahara Gardens from the times of the Caliphs are found in the ruins of the huge palace of Medina-Azahara located to the west of the city.  Click here to read an article on Palace of Medina-Azahara in the Andalucia Magazine.
The Alameda del Obispo (the bishops avenue) which is situated quite near the town includes a Baroque maze restored in the 20th century.


Province of Córdoba


Interesting gardens in the surrounding province of Cordoba can be researched from our Gardens in Cordoba Province.


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