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

1. 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.

Alcazar of Cordoba Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

2. 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: Patios & Flowers Private Walking Tour

3. Cordoba: Patios & Flowers Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the flower courtyards and patios 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 the San Basilio Area. These beautiful courtyards, maintained throughout the year, are usually only open to the public during the popular competition that takes place in May. However, on this tour, you will be able to enjoy these private houses and their famous patios out-of-competition, without crowds and with exclusive and personal guidance from 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.

Cordoba Walking Tour with Mezquita & Wine Tasting

4. Cordoba Walking Tour with Mezquita & Wine Tasting

Entering the Mosque-Cathedral, you can admire the mixture of architectural styles superimposed on one another over the 9 centuries its construction and renovations lasted, standing in the historic center, it is one of the most beautiful examples of Muslim art in Spain. Visit the Jewish Quarter where you will learn about the Jewish History. Visit the small Synagogue if possible, it´s the only one in Andalusia, we will go inside whenever possible, it´s closed on Mondays and Sundays afternoon, or sometimes it´s very crowed, in those cases we will explain it but we won´t go inside. Enjoy a glass of Montilla-Moriles wine in a very typical and local tavern near the Mezquita.

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What people are saying about Córdoba

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 221 reviews

We did the Alcázar tour in English, and it was splendid. The guide knew plenty of interesting facts and interacted with us. Plus point because the tour included hardware and headphones to hear the guide better.

Well informed, interesting guide (Jose) who made our tour worthwhile. Unfortunately the tour was delayed gaining entry and it was forced to compete with other tours when inside the Alcazar.

The experience a 10! The patios are beautiful but the best thing is the guide that makes the visit very pleasant. 100% recommended.

Guide was great. Appropriate amount of time for the venue. Would recommend

We didn’t know you had to registered at the office.