As my short trip to Córdoba this summer came to its last day, I almost felt like I run out of places to see until I stumbled upon this little gem.
Palacio de Viana may look like an old house or a museum from the street view, but inside hides a treasure of 12 stunning courtyards with some of the most beautiful gardens I’ve seen.
A quick glance on google maps and some visitor photos was enough to convince even my husband to have a stroll with me and enjoy a bit of shade on a scorching summer day.
Córdoba is known for its flower filled courtyards and sprawling immaculate gardens and Palacio de Viana is one of the best examples around. In the 15th century, the palace used to be a home of the Marquis of Villaseca and over its existence it has changed owners and its gardens were gradually expanded.
I won’t bore you with the history of the palace, you can read the whole timeline on their website.
I was visiting just after the travel restrictions between different cities were lifted (thanks covid-19!), so the place wasn’t crowded. I didn’t tour the inside of the palace as its only available with a guide in Spanish.
On the garden tour you’re free to explore the old stables and few of the rooms on the ground floor, and also get access to all the courtyards.
The palace is perfect place to visit with kids as they are free to roam around the gardens and explore without much supervision. There is a handy visual map of all the courtyards is available here to give you an idea of the size of the gardens.
If you’re planning a trip to Cordoba, I highly recommend putting Palacio de Viana on your list!
Plan Your Palacio de Viana Visit
Entry fees: 6 eur for gardens only (10 eur for combined ticket)
Opening times: Summer opening times – July and August from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Winter opening times – From 1st of September, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bonus tip: If you’re visiting on Wednesday, you can get it free of charge from 2pm to 5pm! Free visits are also available every day in winter, from 15th December till 5th January.
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