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Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Skip-the-Line Ticket

Enter the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, the largest mosque in the Muslim West, and a unique temple in both the Islamic and Christian world. Admire the architectural styles of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, and learn why this house of worship was named a heritage site in 1984. Explore the second largest mosque in the world, spanning 23,400 square meters. Notice the distinct shift in designs, as the Mosque was consecrated as a cathedral nearly 500 years after initial construction. Wander the inner courtyard, Patio de los Naranjos, and feel the serenity from the lovingly-kept greenery. Visit the prayer room, the mihrab, and the Rojiblancos arches. Add an audio guide to learn more about its expansive and turbulent history.

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

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

Enjoy an enriching experience on a guided walking tour through the jewels of Córdoba. Stop by the Alcazar of the Catholic Kings, tour the Great Mosque-Cathedral, stroll through the Jewish Quarter, and visit the synagogue, with all entrance fees included. Listen to insightful commentary from your guide. Commence your tour of Córdoba at Plaza del Cardenal Salazar and learn the history of the Jewish Sephardi Quarter. Discover an old synagogue converted into an Arabic-style chapel. Next, go to the souk, reminiscent of 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. Experience first-hand what life was like in the city at the 12th-century Casa Andalusí. Next, explore the Jewish Quarter and learn more about Al-Andalus and Córdoba from your guide. Enter the Doña Leonor Baths baths of 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. Get a breathtaking view of the city and its enchanting gardens. Finally, admire the staggeringly beautiful Mezquita Cathedral (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba).

Cordoba: Alcazar of Christian Monarchs 1–Hour Guided Tour

3. 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: Jewish Quarter and Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

4. Cordoba: Jewish Quarter and Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

Explore the history of Cordoba on an approximately 2-hour walking tour of its main monuments. Available in Spanish, English and French, the guided tour departs from the Monument to the Lovers in the historic heart of the city. Visit the Synagogue, where the main door is profusely decorated with Mudejar plasterwork, and 3 small balconies form a trefoil archway with inscriptions from the psalms. Stroll through the complex network of small streets that make up the historic Jewish Quarter, enjoying the typical Andalusian flavor, and stop in decorative squares and streets to take in the sights. End your tour at the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, where the mixture of architectural styles reveal 9 centuries of Cordoba history. Go inside to see the labyrinth of beautiful columns, double arcades and horseshoe arches. Discover how a Catholic cathedral was constructed inside the Islamic mosque, with Byzantine mosaics crafted from marble. At the end of the tour, at approximately 14:30, your guide will be happy to point you in the direction of local restaurants and taverns should you wish to sample some authentic Andalusian tapas.

Medina Azahara Guided Tour at Night

5. Medina Azahara Guided Tour at Night

Explore the former capital of al-Andalus on a guided tour of the Medina Azahara archaeological site, located on the outskirts of Córdoba. Learn about the Moorish history of Spain as you explore the remains of the medieval palace-city, built by Abd-ar-Rahman III al-Nasir when he was the Umayyad Caliph of Córdoba. Stroll around the ruins of the city under a star-filled sky and feel yourself transported back to the Middle Ages. You can book the tour with or without transportation from Córdoba for your convenience. Learn all the historical details of the city to get a better understanding of its importance and how it flourished for about 80 years in the 10th and 11th centuries. Appreciate its beauty in the soft evening light as you look at the remains of the palaces, mosques and formal gardens.

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

6. 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.

Cordoba: Medina Azahara by Night

7. 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.

Córdoba Mosque, Jewish Quarter and Alcázar 3-Hour Tour

8. 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.

Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Guided Tour with Tickets

9. Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Guided Tour with Tickets

Be awed by the spectacular beauty of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba on a 1-hour guided tour of one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Conserving the decorative style of an Islamic mosque, construction of the magnificent monument began in the 8th century. Later extensions vastly increased its size, turning it into the second biggest mosque in the world before it became a Catholic cathedral. Venture inside to discover a forest of columns and elegant double arches, and admire the ornate maqsuramihrab (apse) along with other decorative highlights. Be led by an official guide to build a full picture of this landmark building.

Córdoba: Medina Azahara 3-Hour Guided Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Córdoba

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,876 reviews

Terrific and informative tour. The mosque-cathedral tour guide was well informed and imparted my interesting facts. Rafa was the tour guide for the remainder and was so personable. He made the tour so enjoyable

La Mezquita is an amazing place to visit, and our tickets meant we only had to wait in one line vs. two. There is almost always a line to get into the building, but it moves fairly quickly.

We hired a tour guide and it was worth every penny. Without that tour guide we would have missed 90% of the stories behind this magnificent structure.

Fantasztikus épület, fenségesen lenyűgöző. Több órát rá kell szánni, hiszen végigjárni is időigényes, pláne megcsodálni az apró részleteit.

Foarte frumoasa și interesanta prin prezenta artei mudejar alături de cea creștină. Recomand.