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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.

Cordoba: Alcazar of Christian Monarchs 1–Hour Guided Tour

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

Cordóba: Gardens & Fortress of Catholic Monarchs Guided Tour

4. 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: Viana Palace Gardens and Patios Entry Ticket

5. 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.

From Seville: Córdoba and Mosque Cathedral Full-Day Tour

6. 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 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.

Patios of Cordoba Walking Tour

7. Patios of Cordoba Walking Tour

Discover why the patios of Cordoba are famous around the world on a walking tour of the traditional neighborhood of San Basilio. Enter some of the historical courtyards, designed since the days of the Romans to offer shade from the hot sun of Andalusia. Learn the history of the lovely tradition of decorating the patios with an abundance of flowers, mosaics and other garden features. Hear how the locals maintain the flowers and learn about the annual contest, known as the Battle of the Flowers. when the private courtyards are opened to the public as part of the spring celebrations.                                                 

Sights, Sounds, and Scents of Córdoba's Patios

8. Sights, Sounds, and Scents of Córdoba's Patios

Walking through Córdoba's patios as the evening falls, taking in the scent of jasmine and the relaxed conversation among friends and locals, is a wonderful experience that is not to be missed on a visit to Andalucia. Córdoba's patios are part of a unique tradition in the world, with a variety of different kinds classified according to their usage and history. The city's Patios Populares (public patios) are usually shared by several families, who look after the patio throughout the year. You would be hard-pressed to find two patios that looked alike, with each one offering a different variety of climbing plants, jasmine, geraniums, roses, and many more stunning varieties of flowers. The month of May is the perfect time of year to explore Córdoba's patios, with about 50 of them spread out throughout the city and participating in the annual competition to find the most beautiful. Join this guided walking tour to discover the sights, sounds, and scents of Córdoba's charming neighborhoods of Santa Maria, San Lorenzo, and San Agustín, areas unknown to most visitors to Córdoba, and walk through 10 to 15 of the city's most picturesque patios. Many of them have won a first place prize in the annual competition, held each May since 1933. During the tour you will stop at a typical tavern and taste a Fino wine D.O. Montilla-Moriles with a savory tapa.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

9. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

Look inside the most important monuments of Córdoba on a 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.

Córdoba: Almódovar Castle Entrance Ticket

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Córdoba

Helpful leader ,, he have a lot information about the city ,, great trip .. wonderful place Córdoba ,,

Enjoyed the tour. It was informative and our guide answered all of our questions.

Consuelo was very knowledgable and tried to accommodate all members of the group.

Excellent tour, good coverage in Alcazar, the Jewish Quarter, etc.

Amazing 5 courtyards with the best of the patios cordobeses vibes