The Alcazar are the royal palaces of the Catholic kings in Cordoba and Sevilla. Both have extensive gardens. The Cordoba garden is more formally laid out with a series of water basins and fountains surrounded by flowers. The scent of stock perfumed the air, and the sound of water was soothing. A very, very peaceful spot despite the crowds. The Sevilla Alcazar gardens are larger and less disciplined. There are paths winding between lawns and trees with some flowers and fountains near the palace. There was a pair of peacocks screeching loudly and a mother duck worriedly hurrying her flock of 9 tiny goslings away from all those big, scary humans.