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Complete 4-Hour Tour of Córdoba

1. Complete 4-Hour Tour of Córdoba

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).

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Córdoba: Guided Tour of the Patios

2. Córdoba: Guided Tour of the Patios

Marvel at the beautiful patios of Córdoba and discover why UNESCO included them on their Intangible Heritage of Humanity list for the city's May celebrations of abundant flowers. See a selection of 7 or 8 courtyards and get an insight into how they evolved. Travel back to their origins when Córdoba was part of the Roman Empire as the capital of the province of Hispania Baetica. Marvel at the different types of patio and capture the scent of sweet-smelling flowers. Hear how the patios became a place of friendship where people would present plants and trees to help keep the homes cool and sheltered from the hot climate of Andalusia.

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Córdoba: Viana Palace Gardens and Patios Entry Ticket

3. Córdoba: Viana Palace Gardens and Patios Entry Ticket

Visit the patios and gardens of Viana Palace, an official national monument and the ‘museum of courtyards’ in Spain’s famous city of courtyards — Córdoba. Discover the exterior of this palatial noble home comprising 12 courtyards, multiple architectural styles, and 5 centuries of history.  Learn of the different historical periods and owners the palace has lived through, and how they formed its appearance today. Explore the surroundings of the complex and see different themes in each courtyard, such as Roman, medieval, Renaissance, and Moorish.  Enjoy orange trees, fountains, arches, and local flora, too. Walk round the beautiful gardens, that take up nearly half the space of the property, that will make you disbelieve that you are in the middle of a city. If you like, opt to enter the historical palace itself with tickets to the palace's interior available to purchase onsite.

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Córdoba: Hammam Al Ándalus with Optional Massage

4. Córdoba: Hammam Al Ándalus with Optional Massage

Hammams promote the importance of water to civilizations, believing it is the most vital element of the life and spirituality of those who came before us. The hammam now represents a break from the routine, a place where you can get away. The thermal has different rooms that offer different experiences: absolute relaxation in the hot room and stimulation in the cold one. After this, move to the warm room, always the largest. After the steam room your skin will be ready for an optional massage. Enjoy a relaxing massage with essential oils that leave the skin soft and create a pleasant sensation of well-being. Select the exclusive massage option and you'll also receive a traditional Kessa, which takes place on a warm stone and a kessa glove is used to purify and exfoliate the skin.

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Córdoba: Almódovar Castle Entrance Ticket

5. Córdoba: Almódovar Castle Entrance Ticket

Discover the ancient fortress of Almódovar Castle, a filming location for the 7th season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” series. Find out about the history of the castle and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area. As you climb up the hill to the castle, admire the picturesque landscape. Only 10 minutes away, you’ll find the big entrance door. There, you’ll be greeted and given a map to use on your self-guided tour of the castle’s towers and walls. In each tower or notable place, you’ll find information boards in 7 different languages. Learn about the castle’s history with these boards and 2 further projections. aAt the end of the tour, visit the chapel and the medieval hall, both part of the private area of the castle’s owners. Finally, before leaving, enjoy time to relax in the patio or buy a little medieval souvenir to remember your experience.

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Alcazar of Cordoba Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

6. 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.

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Sights, Sounds, and Scents of Córdoba's Patios

7. Sights, Sounds, and Scents of Córdoba's Patios

Walking through Córdoba's patios as the evening falls, taking in the scent of jasmine and the relaxed conversation among friends and locals, is a wonderful experience that is not to be missed on a visit to Andalucia. Córdoba's patios are part of a unique tradition in the world, with a variety of different kinds classified according to their usage and history. The city's Patios Populares (public patios) are usually shared by several families, who look after the patio throughout the year. You would be hard-pressed to find two patios that looked alike, with each one offering a different variety of climbing plants, jasmine, geraniums, roses, and many more stunning varieties of flowers. The month of May is the perfect time of year to explore Córdoba's patios, with about 50 of them spread out throughout the city and participating in the annual competition to find the most beautiful. Join this guided walking tour to discover the sights, sounds, and scents of Córdoba's charming neighborhoods of Santa Maria, San Lorenzo, and San Agustín, areas unknown to most visitors to Córdoba, and walk through 10 to 15 of the city's most picturesque patios. Many of them have won a first place prize in the annual competition, held each May since 1933. During the tour you will stop at a typical tavern and taste a Fino wine D.O. Montilla-Moriles with a savory tapa.

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Cordoba: A Unique Experience Tour

8. Cordoba: A Unique Experience Tour

Visit the most important monuments of Cordoba on a 3.5- to 4-hour walking tour. Begin at the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, the residence of Ferdinand and Isabella, who reigned from this palace-fortress for 8 years. Admire the grounds and gardens of this site that was made a historical monument in 1931 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Continue to the Córdoba Synagogue, built in the Mudéjar style and completed in 1315. Learn about its connection to the Jewish culture in the city as you continue on to the Jewish Quarter, a complex network of little streets with a typical Andalusian flavor. Finally, visit the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba. This house of worship is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a unique and colorful past and present. As your tour comes to an end, your guide will be available to help you choose a restaurant to eat at or a tavern for tapas. You can also find out recommendations of other places to see in the city.

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Cordoba: 2.5-Hour Guided Jewish Quarter and Alcazar Tour

9. Cordoba: 2.5-Hour Guided Jewish Quarter and Alcazar Tour

Join your guide at the meeting point and head to Calleja de la Hoguera, a narrow street from the Arabic era and see a historic mosque. Historians believe Cordoba once hosted over a thousand mosques in the 10th-century. From Calleja de la Hoquera you will head to the Jewish Quarter with origins from the 14th-century.  Starting in Plaza Cardenal Salazar, see the statue of Algafequi, the first doctor to operate on eyes in Europe in the 12th-century. An old hospital from the 18th-century stands there now as a university as well. Walk to Capilla Mudejar de San Bartolomé, an old arabesque style Christian chapel built by a Jewish convert. Learn about the building's hidden history from your guide who will share its secrets. Head to the souk, a craft work market with the local products typical of Cordoba. After time in the souk see a breathtaking medieval synagogue. The synagogue was built in the 14th-century and is one of the few Jewish monuments that has survived a tumultuous history.  Your tour ends at the Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs. Learn about the history of the Catholic Monarchs and the role the Alcazar played in the city's past.

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Cordoba: Medina Azahara by Night

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Córdoba

The guide spoke French very well and knows the historical heritage very well, which she showed us around. The city and its history are extraordinary.

Activity to do to visit the main monuments of the city. Very interesting visit thanks to Estafonia who is a passionate guide.

Entertaining guides, with knowledge of the facts, although somewhat sweetened

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

The very professional guide and with the subjects well studied