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Cordoba: Alcazar Skip-the-Line Guided Tour and Ticket

1. Cordoba: Alcazar Skip-the-Line Guided Tour and Ticket

Discover the fort-cum-palace of the Catholic kings on a 1-hour guided tour of Cordoba’s Alcazar. Built on the remains of Moorish palace, the Alcazar has been witness to dozens of historical events of great importance. Follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus, who met Fernando and Isabel here in 1486. Learn about its time as the headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition. Stroll through remarkable rooms, such as the Salón de los Mosaicos (Hall of Mosaics). See the crenellated towers, and the Patio Morisco baths with their Moorish motifs. Climb the tower for panoramic views of the gardens. Then, take a stroll through the landscaped gardens to see features such as pools, fish ponds, fountains and orange trees.

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Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar 4-Hour Tour

2. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar 4-Hour Tour

Look inside the most important monuments of Córdoba on a 4-hour guided tour to learn more about the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish influence in the city. Skip the lines to the 8th-century Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba and marvel at its columns and double arches. Admire the mihrab (apse) of the former mosque, and stroll through the Jewish Quarter to see the synagogue, Arabic market, and bronze statue of the medieval Sephardic philosopher, Maimonides. End with a tour inside the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, one of the primary residences of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon.

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Cordoba: Alcazar of Christian Monarchs 1–Hour Guided Tour

3. Cordoba: Alcazar of Christian Monarchs 1–Hour Guided Tour

Begin your visit in the gardens of the Alcazar and admire the ponds, flowers and plants, while you learn about their physiognomy and history. Visit places like the Walk of the Kings to take a photo of the most well-known monument. Little by little, head inwards visiting the baths of Doña Leonor de Guzman, created in Arab style in the 14th century. At the end of the visit, enter the mosaic room and admire the beauty of these original mosaics made in Roman times. Marvel at a Roman sarcophagus in a perfect state of conservation.

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From Seville: Córdoba and Mosque-Cathedral Full-Day Tour

4. From Seville: Córdoba and Mosque-Cathedral Full-Day Tour

Depart Seville and take a scenic 1.5-hour drive to Córdoba, passing beautiful sights along the way. Arrive in the city, once considered the light of the world for its cultural treasures and many libraries, medical schools and universities. Conquered by Muslim armies in the eighth century, it became the capital of the Islamic Emirate and then the Caliphate of Córdoba, flourishing under the second Caliph, Al-Hakam II. Admire the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba with a priority access pass, and see the golden mosaics and endless row of red and white striped arches. Stroll past hundreds of striped sugarcane columns and absorb the ecclesiastical elegance of the Moorish mosque. Gaze at elegant domes as your guide offers a captivating commentary about Córdoba’s most alluring attraction Next, go to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos and learn its terrible history as the seat of the Spanish Inquisition as you marvel at the beautiful gardens. Enter the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter and see whitewashed houses full of flowers. Discover the only synagogue in Andalusia, and stroll along Calle de las Flores to experience one of the most beautiful streets in Córdoba. Benefit from some free time to walk around on your own, do some shopping and enjoy a traditional lunch. Then, journey back to Seville and get dropped off at your hotel.

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Cordóba: Gardens & Fortress of Catholic Monarchs Guided Tour

5. Cordóba: Gardens & Fortress of Catholic Monarchs Guided Tour

Explore the building that was the residence of the Christian monarchs and subsequently the site of the Courts of the Holy Offices, a civil prison, and finally a military prison. It stands atop the remains of the former caliph's palace. The Fortress is situated in the midst of magnificent gardens, which you’ll also visit on this 90-minute tour. See the Avenue of the Monarchs, featuring statues of all the monarchs who had connections to the palace-fortress.  Declared a Historical Monument in 1931, the Fortress is also part of the area declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. Since 1986, the gardens have been protected by town planning laws.

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From Seville: Full-Day Tour of Córdoba and Carmona

6. From Seville: Full-Day Tour of Córdoba and Carmona

Depart from Seville at approximately 09:00 AM and journey to Córdoba. Discover landmarks such as the Córdoba Synagogue and the natural wonder of the Sotos de la Albolaifa. Stop at Carmona, built on a ridge overlooking the central plain of Andalusia, and enjoy the stunning views. Continue to Córdoba, once home to Romans, Moors, Catholics, and other civilizations. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the city's attractions include a Roman bridge, the Torre de la Calahorra, and the streets of the Jewish Quarter. Visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba to discover a gem of Islamic art. Inside the mosque, make the most of a complete audio guide in whatever language you require. Then, enjoy some free time for lunch or shopping.

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Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral & Alcazar Guided Tour

7. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral & Alcazar Guided Tour

During the visit, discover the 2 most splendid monuments of the Muslim and Christian era in the country. With an approximate duration of 2 hours, your guide will explain and show the origins of these 2 monuments. First, see the Mosque-Cathedral, its unique building, and its extension. See how after the Christian Reconquest, part of this building became the Cathedral of Córdoba. Enjoy the gardens and wonderful views in the Alcazar and immerse yourself in a sea of columns inside the Mosque-Cathedral with a specialized guide that will make you immerse yourself in the Islamic and Christian cultures. Then, head over to the Alcazar, the Royal Palace which in medieval times was the seat of the Inquisition.

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Alcazar of Cordoba Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

8. Alcazar of Cordoba Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Admire the rich ornamentations of the former royal palace of the Catholic kings of Spain on a tour of the Alcazar of Cordoba with an official guide. Enter through the main entrance gate and immerse yourself in the wonderful architecture of the palace, located on the site of a fortress built by the Visigoths and later occupied by the Caliphate of Cordoba. Learn more about historical events that shaped its importance to the city, including the meeting between Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon and the explorer Christopher Columbus before he set sail for America. Stroll through rooms with remarkable features, such as the mosaics of the Salon de los Mosaicos. Admire the crenellated towers and the Moorish motifs of the baths of the Patio Morisco. Then, climb the watchtowers for panoramic views of the gardens. Stroll through the landscaped gardens to look at the beautiful water features, fish ponds and orange trees.

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Córdoba Mezquita, Judería and Alcazar Tour

9. Córdoba Mezquita, Judería and Alcazar Tour

Meet your guide in the Mosque of Cordoba. Start by visiting the Mezquita Cathedral and discover all the details and corners of this monument and stroll through the Patio de los Naranjos. Then, continue on towards the Jewish Quarter. Commence in Plaza del Cardenal Salazar and learn about the history of the Jewish Sephardi Quarter. Discover an old synagogue converted into an Arabic style chapel. Next, go to the souk, an 18th-century building in the style of an Arabic bazaar or typical Córdoba craft market. Continue to the 14th-century Córdoba Synagogue, built in the medieval era. Next, explore the Jewish Quarter and learn more about Al-Andalus and Córdoba from your guide. Enter the Doña Leonor Baths baths of the Arabic Palace before taking a tour inside the Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs. See the official residence of the Christian kings and hear about its many secrets. Finish the tour in the beautiful gardens of the Alcázar palace.

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Cordoba: Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos 1-Hour Guided Tour

10. Cordoba: Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos 1-Hour Guided Tour

Meet your group and guide, skip the line, and enter the Alcázar de Los Reyes Cristianos. The Alcazar, or Moorish castle, was built in 1328 by Alfonso XI of Castilla. Go inside its ancient walls and marvel at its luscious gardens, medieval chambers, and Roman mosaics. Though originally a royal palace, this impressive architectural ensemble was later used as a jail and military base. Stand in the same tower that Christopher Columbus stood in when he first asked permission to traverse the Atlantic and find a route to India. Admire the Hall of Mosaics, which boasts a collection of pristine Roman mosaics that were uncovered in the Corredera Square in Cordoba. Take a walk through the “Patio de las Mujeres,” or “Women’s Courtyard,” which dates back to when the alcáza served as a women’s prison. Finish your tour in the alcázar's gardens. Full of flowers and fountains, this scenic and celebrated garden is the perfect place to conclude a tour that mixes beauty and history.

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This is a brilliant day out and you get to see more than just the fabulous moorish heritage of Cordoba We all went to a recommended restaurant and it really made the entire day feel like a day spent with friends rather than a rag-tag group of strangers Many thanks to Guido for making it as memorable a day as possible

Well structured trip, both for travel and for the time available to visit the two destinations. The guide (Guido) outstanding! Available, well prepared in explanations and in sharing anecdotes and curiosities about Spanish culture. Recommended tour, beautiful experience.

Espectacular visita, nuestra guia, Gloria, hizo muy amena la visita, bellos lugares y mucha historia, la disfrutamos mucho

Great tour and great tour guide. Manuel was incredible and knew a lot about the history of the region and city of Cordoba.

Beautiful heritage buildings and icons in Córdoba and Carmona. Punctual time arrangement, informative Guide.