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Cordoba: Medina Azahara by Night

1. Cordoba: Medina Azahara by Night

Medina Azahara is an important archaeological site, situated 8 kilometers from the center of Cordoba. Throughout this experience you will be able to explore the history of this opulent city, which was built by Abderraman III in the 10th century. After you have arrived to this historic area, your guide will be waiting for you at the main door of the archaeological site to immerse you in the history of the 10th century. You will discover the remains of palaces, grand entrances, and gardens, whilst learning the stories, secrets, and marvels held within them. You will be able to enjoy your visit with the city illuminated, and discover one of the greatest jewels of Córdoba throughout a guided 2-hour tour.

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

2. 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. Find out more about the Courtyard Festival held in May of each year. 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. 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.

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

3. 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: Almódovar Castle Entrance Ticket

4. Córdoba: Almódovar Castle Entrance Ticket

Discover the ancient fortress of Almódovar Castle, a filming location for the 7th season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” series. Find out about the history of the castle and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area. As you climb up the hill to the castle, admire the picturesque landscape. Only 10 minutes away, you’ll find the big entrance door. There, you’ll be greeted and given a map to use on your self-guided tour of the castle’s towers and walls. In each tower or notable place, you’ll find information boards in 7 different languages. Learn about the castle’s history with these boards and 2 further projections. aAt the end of the tour, visit the chapel and the medieval hall, both part of the private area of the castle’s owners. Finally, before leaving, enjoy time to relax in the patio or buy a little medieval souvenir to remember your experience.

Córdoba: Medina Azahara 3-Hour Guided Tour

5. 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. Learn more about the first Umayyad caliph of Al-Andalus, Abderraman III. 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 Salón Rico, where the caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III would receive guests.  Benefit from the expertise of an official guide who specializes on archaeological history.

From Granada: Cordoba and Mezquita Full Day Tour

6. From Granada: Cordoba and Mezquita Full Day Tour

Benefit from a comfortable transfer from Granada to the impressive city of Córdoba. Cordoba, capital of Muslim Spain, is the main city located in the center of Andalusia. Cordoba offers the possibility to experience culture, alongside being only 1.5 hours away from the city of Malaga. Marvel at the mosaic tiles of the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba. Pass the historic Guadalquivir River at its wider middle course. Cross the province from east to west which provides irrigation for a wide plain where cereals, grapevines and olive trees grow. Discover the landscape towards the north which becomes progressively wilder until it reaches the summits of Sierrra Morena, with dense forest and abundant wild game for hunting. In the south, the land rises gradually until it reaches the mountains of the Subbetica range. The province of Cordoba, which still bears traces of its iberian, Roman and Muslim past, has an outstanding architectural heritage. Its gastronomy has undergone a considerable resurgence with the revival of a range of dishes from the traditional cooking of the region. 

From Sevilla: 1 Day Tour to Cordoba

7. From Sevilla: 1 Day Tour to Cordoba

Discover Cordoba's cultural heritage and historic center, a city of Arab heritage with a plentiful past. Walk the most famous streets of the Jewish quarter: flowers calleja, the plaza Maimonides, the San Rafael bridge or the synagogue. Explore spaces filled with flowers of all colors, in pots hanging from white walls illuminated by the sun. See the third largest mosque in the world, after those of Casablanca and Mecca, known throughout the East and the West for its superb construction. Cordoba is also a cradle of important figures who have left its cultural and intellectual legacy to the world. Names such as Abn Hazam, Averroes, Maimonedes, Juan de Mena, Cardenal Salazar, Duke of Rivas, Luis de Gongora, to name a few, remain forever in the historical memory of this wonderful city.

Cordoba Day Trip from Seville

8. Cordoba Day Trip from Seville

Start your full-day trip to Cordoba with a drive by minivan from Seville. Once in Cordoba, visit the most important monuments of the city including the stunning Mosque-Cathedral from the Caliphate period. Explore Cordoba’s Jewish quarter, and the area's most emblematic streets, then marvel at the neighborhood's beautiful synagogue. At the square named for the great Maimonides, admire the secluded synagogue. At the end of the tour, take a walk around the town on your own. Explore the pedestrian streets of the Jewish quarter and try some of the delicious local cuisine.

From Madrid: Andalucia & Toledo 5-Day Trip

9. From Madrid: Andalucia & Toledo 5-Day Trip

Spend 5 days exploring Andalucia, and enjoy tours of the area’s most historically important cities. Visit iconic monuments and take in views of the stunning scenery of the land of La Mancha along the way. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Madrid, Cordoba, Sevilla Depart from the bus terminal in Madrid at 08:00, heading south through the Land of La Mancha to Andalucia. On arrival in Cordoba you’ll enjoy a city sightseeing tour, visiting the great mosque that once was the spiritual center of the Islamic world. Note the Gothic cathedral that was built inside. Your tour also takes in the Jewish Quarter. After the visit, you’ll continue on to Sevilla. Dinner and overnight in Sevilla. Day 2: Sevilla In the morning you’ll venture out on a panoramic city sightseeing tour and visit the Barrio de Santa Cruz with its narrow streets, the Park of María Luisa, and Plaza de España. There’s an optional artistic tour that includes the Royal Alcazar Palace. Your afternoon is at leisure. Half board in the hotel and overnight in Sevilla. Day 3: Sevilla, Ronda, Marbella After breakfast at the hotel you’ll depart for the White Villages and Ronda, where you’ll have some free time. Take an optional excursion to Mijas or Gibraltar. Later the tour continues on to the Costa del Sol. Dinner and overnight in Marbella. Day 4: Marbella, Granada The tour leaves Marbella for Granada after breakfast. When you arrive in Granada you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes the impressive Alhambra with its beautiful Nazari Palaces and the Generalife Gardens. Optional activities include a visit to the caves of Sacromonte and attending a typical gipsy flamenco show. Dinner and overnight in Granada. Day 5: Granada, Toledo, Madrid Enjoy breakfast before heading to the Imperial City of Toledo, filled with historic monuments. You’ll have lunch and embark on a city sightseeing through Toledo’s narrow streets and alleys. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred back to Madrid. Hotels (4-Star)

Costa del Sol: Full-Day Cordoba Tour

10. Costa del Sol: Full-Day Cordoba Tour

At the foot of the El Torcal and Sierra de la Chimenea lies beautiful Cordoba. Known as the heart of Andalusia, experience all this beautiful city has to offer during a full-day tour via the picturesque Antequera. Upon arrival in Cordoba, you will take a panoramic tour of the Roman Bridge linking the area of Campo de la Verdad with Barrio de la Catedral. From here, you will move onto the Jewish Quarter, which is the best-known part of Cordoba’s historic centre. It is also one of Europe’s largest World Heritage sites. Later in the day, see the city’s Synagogue, which dates back to the 14th century and visit the Cathedral. You will also visit the former Great Mosque of Cordoba. This mosque is a famous monument in the Western Islamic culture and an important landmark in the city. Originally built around the year 600 AD as a pagan temple, it was first converted into a Christian church before being refashioned into a Mosque. You are encouraged to explore the halls and passages of this beautiful building and marvel at the colourful mosaics and stained-glass windows. As the day begins to turn into evening, you will be transported back with a camera full of photos documenting the beauty unique to this special city.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 238 reviews

What a great way to get around town & give your feet a break with a fun & knowledgeable Cordoba native guide-Jorge! See the Cordoba city highlights with the wind in your hair to beat the heat. Jorge was great with keeping in touch prior to tour to optimize our experience. We used electric bikes for the 1st time & we were grateful for Jorge’s help to get around. Highly recommend.

Thank you Luis, you made an amazing day exceptional! We experienced far more than we anticipated, and we appreciated your every effort to personalize our excursion. The adventure was one of the highlights of our visit to Spain, and we all valued your sense of adventure, receptiveness, knowledge, participation and humor! Regards, Ralph, Gene, Linda and Steve

The tour is well organized from pick up to the place. We are on small van and not too many people. Our tour guide at the Mosque is very knowledgeable. Jose Carlos our guide prior to Mosque-Cathedral is very helpful and we are picked up on time. I will recommend your tour. Thank you.

We really liked the visit, the spectacular site! Our guide has been very competent, she gave us all the information to get to know Medina Azahara in a very pleasant way. We recommend visiting at night, especially during the summer months as you avoid the scorching heat of Córdoba.

A great way to experience the city and get your bearings much faster that you could on foot. Also a great activity for children, who have more fun this way than with a regular cultural guided tour!