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Take a trip to the Middle Ages and discover grand architecture, flower-filled patios, and plenty of tapas.

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Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Learn more about the 8th-century caliphate of Abd al-Rahman I on a guided tour the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba with an art historian guide. Hear about the monument's different stages of construction, from the old Basilica of San Vicente, built during the Spanish Visigoth empire through the primitive mosque built by Abd al-Rahman I to rival the great mosques of the East. Explore successive extensions through to the time of Almanzor, ruler of Muslim Iberia under the Umayyad Caliphate of Cordoba. Hear about the Reconquista of Cordoba by the Christian armies of Fernando III, when the mosque was converted into a cathedral. Admire architectural motifs, such as the double arches that gave the building height and were considered revolutionary for their time.

Córdoba: Jewish Quarter, Synagogue, Mosque, and Alcázar Tour

2. Córdoba: Jewish Quarter, Synagogue, Mosque, and Alcázar Tour

Discover the most important monuments of Córdoba on a guided tour. Visit the Great Mosque-Cathedral, the famous Jewish Quarter with one of the best preserved synagogues in Spain, and the Alcazar of the Christian Kings with its impressive gardens. First, visit the Great Mosque-Cathedral. Its two-colored arches will take you back to this Islamic period of Córdoba. Learn about its architecture and how the cathedral was added inside the mosque. Next, visit the Jewish Quarter, the most famous historical area of the medieval quarter. Discover Calleja de la Hoguera, a street where your guide will share the origins of Jewish culture in Spain and its significance to Córdoba. Then, visit the souk, the synagogue, and the statue of Maimónides. Conclude the tour with a visit to the Alcazar of the Christian Kings. Discover the importance of this monument in the history of Córdoba and the different roles it's played.

Cordoba: Caballerizas Reales Equestrian Show Entry Ticket

3. Cordoba: Caballerizas Reales Equestrian Show Entry Ticket

Enjoy a unique experience in a building full of history. The Andalusian horse and flamenco united in the historic center of the city of Cordoba. The perfection of classical dressage, cowboy dressage and high school, fused with flamenco with a dancer who accompanies the movements of the horse. With an approximate duration of 70 minutes, we show you our horses, created and born to walk with the sun, to dazzle with their beauty, to amaze with their elegance. And what better setting than the Royal Stables of Cordoba, created in the sixteenth century for the realization of a dream.

Córdoba: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

4. Córdoba: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

Meet your experienced guide who will have a profound knowledge of both the Mosque-Cathedral itself and its contents. After being provided with a headset, start your tour by listening to an introduction to the history of the mosque. Explore the courtyard of the complex, called the Patio de los Naranjos. Soak up the atmosphere of this peaceful space with lots of greenery, and marvel at the beautiful Bell Tower. Then skip the ticket line to enter the monument without any hassle. Follow your guide as they take you around the mosque. Hear about its design, and why the monument is one of the most important buildings in Islamic architecture. Admire the Prayer Hall, the Mihrab, and the famous red and white arches. Learn about the construction of the Mosque-Cathedral in the 8th century. Find out from your guide about the different expansions of the building, and all the hidden details of the architecture.

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

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

Discover the fort-cum-palace of the Catholic kings on a 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.

Cordoba Mosque & Jewish Quarter Tour with Tickets

6. Cordoba Mosque & Jewish Quarter Tour with Tickets

Explore Cordoba’s Mosque-Cathedral, one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Its construction Began in the 8th century and it became the second-largest mosque in the world. On this 2.5-hour guided tour you’ll discover the interior that features a forest of columns along with double arches, the Maqsura, the Mihrab and the impressive chorus located close to the Mayor Chapel. In the 13th century, under Ferdinand III, the mosque was converted into a Catholic cathedral. In addition, you’ll tour the city’s historic Jewish Quarter. Located near the Mosque-Cathedral, it is one the most visited areas in Cordoba. See the Synagogue (except Sunday and holidays), the Jewish Street, the Arabic market (Zoco) and the bronze statue of Maimonides.

Córdoba: Medina Azahara 3-Hour Guided Tour

7. Córdoba: Medina Azahara 3-Hour Guided Tour

Explore the vast medieval palace of the Medina Azahara de Córdoba on a 3-hour guided tour, and travel back in time to the days of the Caliphate and Al-Andalus. Choose from a tour with or without roundtrip transportation to and from Córdoba in an airconditioned van.  Visit the most important parts of the complex, such as the large House of Ja’far built over the site of 3 earlier houses. Admire the remains of the Pórtico de Medina Azahara and visit the exterior of the Salón Rico, where the caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III would receive guests.  Learn more about the first Umayyad caliph of Al-Andalus, Abderraman III.Benefit from the expertise of an official guide who specializes on archaeological history.

From Seville: Córdoba and Carmona Full-Day Tour

8. From Seville: Córdoba and Carmona Full-Day Tour

Embark on a day out to Córdoba and Carmona from Seville. Enjoy a guided day trip to explore this UNESCO-listed Mezquita and hear all about the historic center of Carmona from your guide. See the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba and admire the stunning Andalusian countryside. Depart from Seville in the morning and drive to Córdoba. Discover landmarks such as the Córdoba Synagogue and the natural wonder of the Sotos de la Albolaifa. Stop at Carmona, marvel at the built 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.

Cordoba's Authentic Patios: 2-Hour Tour with Tickets

9. Cordoba's Authentic Patios: 2-Hour Tour with Tickets

Discover the Cordovan Courtyards, known as patios in Spanish, a main attraction in Cordoba. Learn about the origin of the patios on this 2-hour tour around the Alcazar Viejo neighborhood, and visit the interior of well-preserved houses. Experience the local way of life in this area of the old city. Enter 5 private patios where the owners will tell you about the decorative detail and how they take care of the flowers. Find out more about the Courtyard Festival held in May of each year. The patios were declared a World Heritage tradition by UNESCO in 2012. Although they are beautiful throughout the year, the best time to visit is March, April or May. During the patios festival (1st fortnight of may) we will visit the Patios in the neighbourhoods of San Francisco and Santiago. These neighbourhoods are very popular in Cordoba and have some of the best patios of the festival.

Córdoba: Viana Palace Gardens and Patios Entry Ticket

10. Córdoba: Viana Palace Gardens and Patios Entry Ticket

Visit the patios and gardens of Viana Palace, an official national monument and the ‘museum of courtyards’ in Spain’s famous city of courtyards — Córdoba. Discover the exterior of this palatial noble home comprising 12 courtyards, multiple architectural styles, and 5 centuries of history.  Learn of the different historical periods and owners the palace has lived through, and how they formed its appearance today. Explore the surroundings of the complex and see different themes in each courtyard, such as Roman, medieval, Renaissance, and Moorish.  Enjoy orange trees, fountains, arches, and local flora, too. Walk round the beautiful gardens, that take up nearly half the space of the property, that will make you disbelieve that you are in the middle of a city. If you like, opt to enter the historical palace itself with tickets to the palace's interior available to purchase onsite.

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Stunning to see Alcazar and mosque-cathedral. Definitely recommend the tour as it skips the queues and historical info so interesting. Tour guide great but heavy Spanish accent difficult to understand at times.

Álvaro was the best guide we had! He told us a lot about Cordoba‘s history and architecture combined with insights and fun facts so that tour become very entertaining.! Thanks a lot!

Our first guide was ‘ Chemy’ (Juan?). Great young guy with an excellent and entertaining manner, full of fascinating information. Very talented communicator!

Enrique was exceptional. Very knowledgeable and tried to enhance our experience even though it was extremely crowded.

Francisco was very friendly, and had lots of info to share! would recommend!