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Take a trip to the Middle Ages and discover grand architecture, flower-filled patios, and plenty of tapas.

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Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Learn more about the 8th-century caliphate of Abd al-Rahman I on a guided tour the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba with an art historian guide. Hear about the monument's different stages of construction, from the old Basilica of San Vicente, built during the Spanish Visigoth empire through the primitive mosque built by Abd al-Rahman I to rival the great mosques of the East. Explore successive extensions through to the time of Almanzor, ruler of Muslim Iberia under the Umayyad Caliphate of Cordoba. Hear about the Reconquista of Cordoba by the Christian armies of Fernando III, when the mosque was converted into a cathedral. Admire architectural motifs, such as the double arches that gave the building height and were considered revolutionary for their time.

Cordoba: Mosque-Cathedral E-Ticket with Audio Guide

2. Cordoba: Mosque-Cathedral E-Ticket with Audio Guide

Experience the Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral at your own pace with a skip-the-line e-ticket and a fascinating self-guided audio tour on your smartphone ( if you choose the option with the Mosque-Cathedral audio guide ). Receive your ticket by email, download the app and the audio tour on your phone before your visit, and travel back in time to experience the glory of the Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral. Put on your headphones and discover the breathtaking Outside of the Mezquita’s entrance and continue to discover Puerta del Perdón before going in to get fascinated by its unique treasures through the power of storytelling and learn historical information and uncommon stories and anecdotes regarding this construction jewel. The tour’s content results from in-depth research squeezed into brief original stories that will make your visit engaging and informative. The audio tour can be used repeatedly, anytime, before or after your visit. Waltz in Cordoba with a self-guided audio tour on your phone designed by an accredited expert. Listen to fascinating stories based on an award-winning storytelling concept and gain great insights into the most iconic landmarks of Cordoba. Start your tour from the Great Mosque of Cordoba and continue to meet the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs, get acquainted with the San Juan de los Caballeros minaret, and be fascinated by the Palacio de los Páez de Castillejo This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the breathtaking Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral and relate to your surroundings in an entirely original way.

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

3. 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: Caballerizas Reales Equestrian Show Entry Ticket

4. Cordoba: Caballerizas Reales Equestrian Show Entry Ticket

Enjoy a unique experience in a building full of history. The Andalusian horse and flamenco united in the historic center of the city of Cordoba. The perfection of classical dressage, cowboy dressage and high school, fused with flamenco with a dancer who accompanies the movements of the horse. With an approximate duration of 70 minutes, we show you our horses, created and born to walk with the sun, to dazzle with their beauty, to amaze with their elegance. And what better setting than the Royal Stables of Cordoba, created in the sixteenth century for the realization of a dream.

Córdoba: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

5. Córdoba: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

Meet your experienced guide who will have a profound knowledge of both the Mosque-Cathedral itself and its contents. After being provided with a headset, start your tour by listening to an introduction to the history of the mosque. Explore the courtyard of the complex, called the Patio de los Naranjos. Soak up the atmosphere of this peaceful space with lots of greenery, and marvel at the beautiful Bell Tower. Then skip the ticket line to enter the monument without any hassle. Follow your guide as they take you around the mosque. Hear about its design, and why the monument is one of the most important buildings in Islamic architecture. Admire the Prayer Hall, the Mihrab, and the famous red and white arches. Learn about the construction of the Mosque-Cathedral in the 8th century. Find out from your guide about the different expansions of the building, and all the hidden details of the architecture.

Cordoba Mosque & Jewish Quarter Tour with Tickets

6. Cordoba Mosque & Jewish Quarter Tour with Tickets

Explore Cordoba’s Mosque-Cathedral, one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Its construction Began in the 8th century and it became the second-largest mosque in the world. On this 2.5-hour guided tour you’ll discover the interior that features a forest of columns along with double arches, the Maqsura, the Mihrab and the impressive chorus located close to the Mayor Chapel. In the 13th century, under Ferdinand III, the mosque was converted into a Catholic cathedral. In addition, you’ll tour the city’s historic Jewish Quarter. Located near the Mosque-Cathedral, it is one the most visited areas in Cordoba. See the Synagogue (except Sunday and holidays), the Jewish Street, the Arabic market (Zoco) and the bronze statue of Maimonides.

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

7. 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.

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

8. 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. During the patios festival (1st fortnight of may) we will visit the Patios in the neighbourhoods of San Francisco and Santiago. These neighbourhoods are very popular in Cordoba and have some of the best patios of the festival.

From Seville: Córdoba and Carmona Full-Day Tour

9. 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: 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. Choose from a tour with or without roundtrip transportation to and from Córdoba in an airconditioned van.  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 exterior of the Salón Rico, where the caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III would receive guests.  Learn more about the first Umayyad caliph of Al-Andalus, Abderraman III.Benefit from the expertise of an official guide who specializes on archaeological history.

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based on 17,284 reviews

We took a wonderful private tour with Maria. She was very proud of the Mesquita and it's history. Her personal stories and historical knowledge were impressive. She was so enthusiastic the tour went well over the 75 minute advertised on the website.

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 guide was really engaging and knew a lot of details and was able to bring to life the history of the mosque cathedral

I was totally amazed!!! So professional and with such an energy! Do not miss this when in Cordoba!

Stunning Islamic architecture spoilt by the imposition of the Cathedral. Well worth a visit.