But in the gardens of the Alcazar of Seville there have been more kisses and oaths of love than those declared in Game of Thrones. And the most famous of these love stories is, without a doubt, the one starring Doña María Padilla.
María Padilla was the lover of King Pedro I, nicknamed Pedro El Cruel, who was deeply in love with him. Although in life they were always lovers, the truth is that they met a year before Pedro married Blanca de Borbón through an arranged marriage.
Although Pedro was not in love with Blanca, he agreed to the wedding for political reasons, as was done at the time. But during his wedding trip, Pedro learns that Blanca had been unfaithful to his stepbrother Fadrique, whom he would later assassinate in the very rooms of the Alcázar. That is why he repudiates her and later remarries another woman. This is Juana de Castro, with whom she would have her heir, a son.
Nevertheless, and in spite of Pedro's marriages and ravings, Maria was always in love with him and supported and accompanied him whenever he wanted. And, in her own way, surely Doña María was the only woman Peter I ever loved. So much so that he named her queen at his death, which also took place in the Alcazar, and also declared his four children as heirs. Thus culminated a love story that also left its mark on the royal residence.
Hidden in the Gardens of the Alcázar, and located under the Hall of the Roof of Carlos I and the Patio of the Cruise of the Gothic Palace, is the entrance to the Baths of María Padilla. Legend has it that María Padilla used to go to these baths, and that in them love was professed in the darkest nights. An enchanted place of the Gardens of the Alcazar that you have to do with to discover all its mysteries.