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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.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

2. 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

3. 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: 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.

Patios of Cordoba Walking Tour

5. 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.                                                 

Alcazar of Cordoba Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

6. Alcazar of Cordoba Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Admire the rich ornamentations of the former royal palace of the Catholic kings of Spain on a tour of the Alcazar of Cordoba with an official guide. Enter through the main entrance gate and immerse yourself in the wonderful architecture of the palace, located on the site of a fortress built by the Visigoths and later occupied by the Caliphate of Cordoba. Learn more about historical events that shaped its importance to the city, including the meeting between Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon and the explorer Christopher Columbus before he set sail for America. Stroll through rooms with remarkable features, such as the mosaics of the Salon de los Mosaicos. Admire the crenellated towers and the Moorish motifs of the baths of the Patio Morisco. Then, climb the watchtowers for panoramic views of the gardens. Stroll through the landscaped gardens to look at the beautiful water features, fish ponds and orange trees.

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

7. 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.

Cordoba: Flower Courtyards Walking Tour

8. Cordoba: Flower Courtyards Walking Tour

This visit offers an overview of the culture of the patios, the flower courtyards of the city. The tour itinerary will take you through a selection of patio-houses that have been awarded prizes in the local competition and are located in San Basilio Area. These beautiful courtyards, maintained throughout the year, are usually only opened to the public during the popular competition that takes place in May. However, in this tour you will be able to enjoy these private houses and its famous patios out-of-competition, without crowds and with exclusive and personal guidance by their caretakers. Discover intimate and private areas where you will have the opportunity to admire the beauty of flowers and plants and bring back to life traditions that are disappearing from habits and customs due to current ways of life. Admire the unique courtyards of the Cordoba Patios Festival, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2012.

Sights, Sounds, and Scents of Córdoba's Patios

9. 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, 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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We had a wonderful tour and guide! We accidentally booked the Spanish patio tour but as no one else had booked our guide did it in English, she was worried about not speaking English that well, but she was fab! Lovely girl. Lovely experience

Fantastic tour doing Alcazar Jewish Quarter and Mosque/Cathedral. Learnt so much from Suzannah our very knowledgeable tour guide who kept it interesting throughout. Totally recommend

Going with a guide to this monument is essential. In addition, our guide Rebeca was super nice and affectionate and resolved all the doubts that arose.

Muy interesante tour, el guía fue EXCELENTE, con muchos conocimientos históricos, muy buena educación y simpático.

We’ll organised, excellent guides, very knowledgeable - learned a lot - would strongly recommend.