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

1. 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.

Cordóba: Gardens & Fortress of Catholic Monarchs Guided Tour

2. 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.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar Tour

3. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar Tour

Discover the history and architecture of the Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar of Christian Monarchs on this guided tour. Save time while visiting the popular Alcazar with skip-the-line tickets.  Begin your tour in the Courtyard of the Orange Trees at the entrance of the bell tower of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. Enter the Mosque-Cathedral and be amazed by the blending of the two distinct religious cultures of Islam and Christianity. As you walk through the building learn about its long history, how it was built between the 8th and 16th-centuries, and its past as first a mosque and now a cathedral. Spend approximately an hour and 15 minutes in the Mosque-Cathedral. Afterward, head to the Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs, skip the line to enter and spend about an hour here. Discover how the old palace was built in the 14th-century to conquer the last Arabic Kingdom of the Iberian Peninsula.  End your tour in the marvelous gardens of the Alcazar where you can take as many pictures as you want.

Cordoba: Guided Tour of Medina Azahara at Night

4. Cordoba: Guided Tour of Medina Azahara at Night

Discover one of the greatest jewels of Córdoba on a 2-hour guided tour of the historic Medina Azahara at night. Travel by special bus to the archeological site that is 8 kilometers from the city of Cordoba. Begin your guided walk at the archeological ruins. Learn about caliphal or Islamic art of Al-Andalus and its role as an economic, social and cultural power. Since October 2017, the archaeological site has been equipped with a system of lights that allows for comfortable guided visits after dark.

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

5. From Seville: Cordoba 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 rows 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 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.

Córdoba Mosque, Jewish Quarter and Alcázar 3-Hour Tour

6. Córdoba Mosque, Jewish Quarter and Alcázar 3-Hour Tour

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Córdoba on a guided tour of the historic city center, starting with the medieval Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos complex, known for its beautiful gardens and as one of the primary residences of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon. Learn more about the Roman, Visigoth, Muslim and Catholic monarchs and hear details about the Spanish Inquisition. Then, walk through the Jewish Quarter to see the monument to the Sephardic philosopher, Maimonides. Admire the Córdoba Synagogue and the white limestone buildings of Cardenal Salazar Square. Go to the Artisans' Souk on the way to the legendary Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. Listen to explanations about the history of the sacred site, built on the orders of the Muslim ruler, Abd al-Rahman I in 1786.

Córdoba: Mezquita Cathedral , Judería and Alcazar Tour

7. Córdoba: Mezquita Cathedral , Judería and Alcazar Tour

Take a guided walking tour in Cordoba and visit some of the city's highlights. Explore the Mezquita Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, the Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs, and more. Meet your guide in the Mezquita 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's Royal Baths in 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.

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

8. 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.

Cordoba: Patios and Viana Palace Tour

9. Cordoba: Patios and Viana Palace Tour

After meeting at the Plaza de don Gome Cordoba, you will begin your guided tour experience. You will begin with a tour of the patios of Cordoba, which embelish a heritage of the tradition of the Roman and Arabic eras. Here you will experience a mix of architecture, flowers, plants, sunshine and fountains. You can enjoy the blossoms and feel the freshness of the nature. In this tour you will visit a total of 12 patios and courtyards from the Viana Palace. You will wander the patios, discovering how they have evolved throughout history. Each one is from a different era, from different periods of the 14th century until nowadays. After visiting the patios, you will enter through the palace, and little by little you will discover all of its rooms. You will learn of the history whilst discovering the painting of Goya, the old weapons and the structure's medieval history.

Cordoba: 2.5-Hour Guided Jewish Quarter and Alcazar Tour

10. Cordoba: 2.5-Hour Guided Jewish Quarter and Alcazar Tour

Join your guide at the meeting point and head to Calleja de la Hoguera, a narrow street from the Arabic era and see a historic mosque. Historians believe Cordoba once hosted over a thousand mosques in the 10th-century. From Calleja de la Hoquera you will head to the Jewish Quarter with origins from the 14th-century.  Starting in Plaza Cardenal Salazar, see the statue of Algafequi, the first doctor to operate on eyes in Europe in the 12th-century. An old hospital from the 18th-century stands there now as a university as well. Walk to Capilla Mudejar de San Bartolomé, an old arabesque style Christian chapel built by a Jewish convert. Learn about the building's hidden history from your guide who will share its secrets. Head to the souk, a craft work market with the local products typical of Cordoba. After time in the souk see a breathtaking medieval synagogue. The synagogue was built in the 14th-century and is one of the few Jewish monuments that has survived a tumultuous history.  Your tour ends at the Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs. Learn about the history of the Catholic Monarchs and the role the Alcazar played in the city's past.

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What people are saying about Córdoba

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 601 reviews

It was well worth having this tour with Fatima. She was incredibly knowledgeable, shared some wonderful tales about the past residents of the Alcazar and had a great sense of humour. Being for just an hour, was the perfect time scale on such a hot day.

Great day trip from Seville, I can only recommend it. The organization was also very good and the guide was really nice and told a lot of interesting things. Córdoba is a must for anyone who likes places steeped in history!

It was great to have a guide for an hour to learn more about the history of the alcazar. You will have time at end so walk around the gardens and take pictures

This was an enjoyable tour highlighting key features and historical events. Skipping the line when it is hot is also a plus. Thanks to our guide Enrique!

Great hour with lots of information. Angel was very informative and patient!