This proved a slightly puzzling tourist experience. I paid my entrance fee and walked in, but it was very unclear where in the building you should /shouldn't walk and if there was a suggested route. Other visitors seemed equally bewildered. As a result, I suspect I missed some of the more interesting features of the Alcazar as I didn't go through certain doorways / up the stairs as I half-expected someone to tell me I wasn't allowed! I certainly didn't learn anything about the significance or history of the building.
The gardens were magnificent though. Perhaps I was lucky as it was a particularly fine sunny day, but as I stepped out and saw the gardens stretching into the distance, with a sea of marigolds and sparkling fountains and the bright blue sky, it was, for a brief moment, like something in a dream! The topiary and roses were lovely too. I hadn't known there was a garden here, so this was quite a bonus. As I was staying in Madrid city centre, it was great to get out in the fresh air and sunshine. I saw a small lizard running into the flower bed.
Overall though, rather a strange visitor experience...One wonders why they don't provide some basic information and make more of the place.
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