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Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs

Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs

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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.

From Seville: Córdoba and Carmona Full-Day Tour

3. 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-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

4. 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.

Córdoba: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

5. Córdoba: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Córdoba has historically attracted travelers and civilizations because of its location on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, as well as for its sunny climate and its natural resources. Romans, Arabs, Jews, and Christians have all left their mark on the city of Córdoba with monumental buildings, works of art, and advanced infrastructure. During your time in Córdoba, see the main highlights of the city with a 24 hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass. Enjoy a complete trip lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes, or get off and back on at places that interest you the most. With this pass, you can marvel at the masterpieces of the Mezquita, the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, the Torre de la Calahorra, the Palacio de la Merced, and the Roman Temple. Visit the city of Medina Azahara, built by the caliph Abd al-Rahman III, in the image of his greatness. See museums and learn about cultural festivals, and experience the city to its fullest at any of the tours 17 stops. Cordoba Panoramica Route- Panoramica del Rio Jardin Botanico - Zoologico Ciudad de los Ninos San Basilio Puerta de Almodovar Mercado de la Victoria Gran Capitan Estacion de trenes/ autobuses Palacio de la Merced - Diputacion Malmuerta - Santa Marina Plaza Corazon de Maria San Lorenzo Realejo - San Andres Ayuntamiento - Templo Romano Arco del Portillo Puente Romano Banos Califales - Alcazar Cordoba Intima Route- Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos Mezquita - Catedral San Pedro Realejo - San Andres Palacio de Viana Palacio de la Merced - Diputacion Ayuntamiento - Templo Romano Plaza de las Tendillas Arco del Portillo Panoramica del Rio

Cordoba: Alcazar of Christian Monarchs 1–Hour Guided Tour

6. 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.

From Seville: Córdoba and Mosque Cathedral Full-Day Tour

7. 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.

Cordóba: Gardens & Fortress of Catholic Monarchs Guided Tour

8. 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.

Córdoba Guided Tour of the Mosque, Jewish Quarter & Alcazar

9. Córdoba Guided Tour of the Mosque, Jewish Quarter & Alcazar

Get an in-depth introduction to the rich history of Córdoba on a comprehensive guided tour of the main monuments with an English or Spanish-speaking guide. Stroll the winding streets of the old Jewish Quarter (La Judería) to see the Souk of the Artisans, the Monument to Maimonides and the 14th-century Córdoba Synagogue. Then, marvel at the ornate tiles and rich Mudejar decorations of the Chapel of San Bartolomé. Visit the former residence of the Christian kings and queens at the magnificent Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. End with a look at the beautiful Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba.

From Malaga: Cordoba Day Trip with Mosque-Cathedral Tickets

10. From Malaga: Cordoba Day Trip with Mosque-Cathedral Tickets

Take a guided day trip from Malaga to Cordoba by bus. Explore the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Spain’s most visited monuments, with entry tickets included. Stroll the charming streets of the Jewish Quarter on a walking tour and marvel at the ancient Synagogue. Cross the Roman Bridge, famous for being the setting for the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Follow your guide on a 1-hour walk through a well-preserved historic neighborhood of the Caliphate city, the Jewish quarter of Cordoba. Take a stroll down the famous street of Calleja de las Flores, also known as the Handkerchief Lane. Pass by the Synagogue of Cordoba, the only synagogue that has been preserved in Andalusia after the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. Continue to one of the most important squares in the middle of the Jewish quarter, Plaza Maimónides. See its characteristic bronze statue of Maimónides, in honor of this famous Cordobian Jewish philosopher and physician. Then, head to the Patio de los Naranjos to start a guided tour of the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, one of Spain’s most celebrated monuments. Learn how the opulent house of worship was originally built as a mosque in the 8th century and later converted into a cathedral. Later, get some free time to stroll through the historic center of the city. See key monuments like the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs, the Plaza de la Corredera, and the Patios de San Basilio. Try local gastronomy such as flamenquines (fried pork rolls) or salmorejo (cold tomato soup). Finally, meet your guide at the pre-decided time to start your return journey to Malaga.

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Excellent guide, we left feeling we have come to learn so much about the historical relevance of the mosque cathedral and the other influences shaping this city. Very knowledgeable guide. Thank you

The history & architecture in Cordoba is just outstanding. Our guide was very hospitable & or drive to Cordoba & back to Malaga was comfortable & incident free. I would totally recommend this tour

The guide's and the programs was perfect. The transfer bus had not enough space for the legs.

The guides are magnificent, they know their job very well and are very friendly.

Fantastically interesting with a guide (Chemi) who obviously loved his job