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

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

2. 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.

Córdoba: Mezquita Cathedral, Judería, and Alcazar Tour

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

4. 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.

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.

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.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

7. 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.

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.

From Seville: Córdoba and Carmona Full-Day Tour

9. 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.

Córdoba Mosque, Jewish Quarter and Alcázar 3-Hour Tour

10. 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.

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It was very well-rounded. We covered a lot of ground in a very gracious way. We were lucky with our guides, they are all graduated from the Art Faculty and know how to keep a crowd entertained. Best money spent ever

Todo estuvo excepcional, desde el conductor del bus hasta el guía Pedro o Pablo (no recuerdo el nombre). Recomiendo totalmente este tour.

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

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

Great experience. Excellent guide , very unique place !