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Cordoba: Alcazar Skip-the-Line Guided Tour and Ticket

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

Discover the fort-cum-palace of the Catholic kings on a 1-hour 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.

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

2. 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 row 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 Next, go to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos and learn its terrible history as the seat of the Spanish Inquisition as you marvel at the beautiful gardens. 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.

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Cordóba: Gardens & Fortress of Catholic Monarchs Guided Tour

3. 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.

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Córdoba Mezquita, Judería and Alcazar Tour

4. Córdoba Mezquita, Judería and Alcazar Tour

Meet your guide in the Mosque 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 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. Finish the tour in the beautiful gardens of the Alcázar palace.

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Cordoba: Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos 1-Hour Guided Tour

5. 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.

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Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar Tour

6. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar Tour

Begin your tour in the Courtyard of the Orange Trees at the entrance of the bell tower of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. Enter the Mosque-Cathedral and be amazed by the blending of the two distinct religious cultures of Islam and Christianity. As you walk through the building learn about its long history, how it was built between the 8th and 16th-centuries, and its past as first a mosque and now a cathedral. Spend approximately an hour and 15 minutes in the Mosque-Cathedral. Afterward, head to the Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs, skip the line to enter and spend about an hour here. Discover how the old palace was built in the 14th-century to conquer the last Arabic Kingdom of the Iberian Peninsula. Your tour concludes in the marvelous gardens of the Alcazar where you can take as many pictures as you want.

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Alcázar of Córdoba Guided Tour in Spanish

7. Alcázar of Córdoba Guided Tour in Spanish

Explore the former residence of the kings of Castile on a guided Spanish-speaking tour of the Alcázar of Córdoba Walk up to the towers of the historic fortress and learn about its strategic location and origins. Hear tales of the medieval institutions of the Alcázar Viejo and powerful rulers of the peninsular in the Middle Ages. Take a look at the Roman mosaics of the Mosaic Hall and explore the evolution of the Alcázar through the centuries at the Patio de las Mujeres. Visit the perfectly preserved private baths of the 14th-century royals, and then take a stroll in the beautiful gardens.

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From Seville: Private Transfer to Granada and Córdoba Tour

8. From Seville: Private Transfer to Granada and Córdoba Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Seville and journey to the impressive city of Córdoba. Go to the Mezquita de Córdoba to look at its intricate arches and marvel at one of the finest examples of Islamic art in Spain. Then, stroll the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter and contrast the patios of colorful flowers with the whitewashed walls and Spanish tiles. Discover highlights such as the Royal Stables and Alcázar before sampling local tapas, such as flamenquin (pork roll) and salmorejo (tomato and bread) at your own expense. Pass the historic water mills of the Guadalquivir River before heading to Granada, where more treasures await.

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Cordoba: Guided Tour of Medina Azahara at Night

9. Cordoba: Guided Tour of Medina Azahara at Night

Discover one of the greatest jewels of Córdoba on a 2-hour guided tour of the historic Medina Azahara at night. Travel by special bus to the archeological site that is 8 kilometers from the city of Cordoba. Begin your guided walk at the archeological ruins. Learn about caliphal or Islamic art of Al-Andalus and its role as an economic, social and cultural power. Since October 2017, the archaeological site has been equipped with a system of lights that allows for comfortable guided visits after dark.

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Cordoba: Patios and Viana Palace Tour

10. Cordoba: Patios and Viana Palace Tour

After meeting at the Plaza de don Gome Cordoba, you will begin your guided tour experience. You will begin with a tour of the patios of Cordoba, which embelish a heritage of the tradition of the Roman and Arabic eras. Here you will experience a mix of architecture, flowers, plants, sunshine and fountains. You can enjoy the blossoms and feel the freshness of the nature. In this tour you will visit a total of 12 patios and courtyards from the Viana Palace. You will wander the patios, discovering how they have evolved throughout history. Each one is from a different era, from different periods of the 14th century until nowadays. After visiting the patios, you will enter through the palace, and little by little you will discover all of its rooms. You will learn of the history whilst discovering the painting of Goya, the old weapons and the structure's medieval history.

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What people are saying about Córdoba

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Our guide Peter was simply excellent - a wealth of knowledge, plus an excellent command of English. Oh, the destination was amazing too!

Pâqui was an excellent French speaking guide! Knowing the subject well and the history in general. Thank you bvp

Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Learnt a few history lessons today.

Booking very smooth and easy to use. Fatima our guide was very knowledgeable.

Suzanne is an excellent guide. So much knowledge, a really interesting tour.