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Courtyards of Córdoba: Our most recommended tours and activities

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. 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.

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.

Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba and Jewish Quarter Tour

3. Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba and Jewish Quarter Tour

Journey back in time and explore the amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba with a Spanish or English-speaking guide. Learn the history of the monument, built on the orders of the caliph Abd Ar Rahman to rival the great mosques of the East. Marvel at the striking architectural features, such as the double arches of red and white stone that provided the building with height and visual interest.   Next, stroll the narrow streets of the historical Jewish Quarter to see the synagogue and Municipal Souk, where local artisans demonstrate their ancient skills to passersby. Discover the statue of the rabbi and philosopher, Maimonides on Plaza de Tiberiades.

Córdoba: Mosque, Jewish Quarter & Synagogue Tour with Ticket

4. Córdoba: Mosque, Jewish Quarter & Synagogue Tour with Ticket

Embark on a guided tour of Córdoba with skip-the-line entry to the great Mosque-Cathedral. Follow your guide through the historical Jewish Quarter and step inside the impressive Synagogue. Meet your experienced guide outside the Mosque-Cathedral. 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. Admire the Prayer Hall, the Mihrab, and the famous red and white arches, and take pictures as you go around. Your guide will tell you about the different expansions of the building, and all the hidden details of the architecture. Next, join a walking tour around the historical Jewish Quarter, a must-do when in Córdoba. Start in Calleja de la Hoguera, where your guide will discuss the Jewish heritage of the area and its importance in the city's development. Stroll around the El Zoco artisans market, the picturesque Plaza del Cardenal Salazar, and the narrow Calleja de la luna. See the souk, the Chapel of Saint Bartholomew, and the statue of one of the most important thinkers in the world: Maimónides. Also, head inside the Synagogue, one of the best-preserved in Spain.

Sights, Sounds, and Scents of Córdoba's Patios

5. 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.

Patios of Cordoba Walking Tour

6. Patios of Cordoba Walking Tour

Discover why the patios of Cordoba are famous around the world on a walking tour of the traditional neighborhood of San Basilio. Enter some of the historical courtyards, designed since the days of the Romans to offer shade from the hot sun of Andalusia. Learn the history of the lovely tradition of decorating the patios with an abundance of flowers, mosaics and other garden features. Hear how the locals maintain the flowers and learn about the annual contest, known as the Battle of the Flowers. when the private courtyards are opened to the public as part of the spring celebrations.                                                 

Alcázar + Patios + Judería

7. Alcázar + Patios + Judería

Sumérgete en el Casco Histórico de Córdoba con este tour imprescindible. Explora el Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos y descubre su fascinante historia, su relación con los Reyes Católicos. Descubre sus impactantes jardines y déjate cautivar por la majestuosidad del lugar. Adéntrate en la tradición cordobesa al explorar sus encantadores Patios Cordobeses, testigos de una rica herencia cultural. Y para terminar, maravíllate con la Judería, visita su antigua Sinagoga y el Zoco. Concluye tu experiencia en la magnífica Calleja de las Flores.

Guided tour in Spanish to the courtyards of Córdoba

8. Guided tour in Spanish to the courtyards of Córdoba

One of the main tourist attractions of Córdoba are its courtyards, a place of coexistence and center of family life. In them, history, light, water and vegetation dialogue in a unique environment. Since 1921, they charge a special prominence with the Festival of the Cordoba Patios, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012. It is celebrated during the month of May, where the Cordoba courtyards are decorated with flowers and pots that hang from their walls, or They are placed on the cobbled pavement. Now it is also possible to visit them during September, October, November and December !! And to complete the essence of these emblematic places, their caregivers ornament the rooms with old furniture or kitchen equipment, among other details. Dare to visit the Cordoba courtyards with us in a guided tour that will not leave you indifferent. Visits will be made in Spanish.

Cordoba: Patios & Flowers Private Walking Tour

9. 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.

Running tour Córdoba

10. Running tour Córdoba

Running is not a fashion, it is a lifestyle. We are aware, therefore, we have designed this activity so that you get to know the city in a different way. We have merged tourism and sport so that you can discover Córdoba as a true runner from Córdoba, do you dare? Make room in your luggage and don't forget your sneakers and sportswear! The panoramic tour passes through the Historic Center of Córdoba, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO IN 1994. It will be a comfortable, enjoyable, fun race adapted to the group. Remember your camera to take photos of the incredible places that we are going to visit and take a nice memory with you. This activity, due to its characteristics, is not adapted to people with reduced mobility and children under 12 years of age. Route: Plaza de las Tendillas, Cristo de los Faroles, monument of the Cuidadores de los Patios "La Regadera", Manolete Monument, Sta. Marina church, Viana Palace, Orive gardens, Roman Temple, Plaza de la Corredera, Plaza del Potro, Compás de San Francisco, Archaeological Museum, Calleja de las Flores, Jewish Quarter, Maimonides sculpture, Puerta de Almodóvar, Averroes sculpture, San Basilio neighborhood (it is typical of the Cordoba Patios, we will see another monument of the caretakers "the grandfather with the grandson”), Puerta de Sevilla, Ribera, Sotos de la Albolafia, Noria y Molinos, Calle del Pañuelo, Cruz del Rastro, Miraflores Bridge, Calahorra Tower, Roman Bridge and Puerta del Puente.

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What people are saying about Courtyards of Córdoba

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,347 reviews

Saray was an excellent guide—interesting information and I did not feel rushed. The mosque/cathedral is well worth the tour and the Jewish quarter a nice addition

Fatima was an excellent guide - very knowledgable and able to answer all our group’s questions. Learnt about things I’d never have picked up on my own.

Our guide was very competent and wirh a very good english, understandable also for not native speaker.

Tour with Enrique, well prepared and really interesting! Compliments!

It was an amazing tour. Beautiful patios and a nice walk!