In reality, the Alcazar was first built during the Arabic period and its influence is the most evident in the site’s airchitecture and decoration. However, the Renaissance and Baroque periods had an effect on it as many monarchs added their touch to the Alcazar.
As you walk into the Alcazar, you will be greeted by the Puerta del León (The Lion’s Door), the main entrance to the site. Inside the Alcazar, you’ll find the Patio de las Doncellas (Patio of the Maidens), whose name comes from the legend that the Moors asked the Christians for virgins as tribute. The patio is quite the sight, with inscriptions, decorated rooms, a pool, and more.
As many other Moorish sites in Spain and around the world, the Alcazar also has its own baths – Los Baños de Doña María de Padilla, named after Maria de Padilla, the mistress of Peter the Cruel.