Thanks to one of these Cordoba tours you will love the city just like the Romans did. Founded in 152 BC they made it the capital of their Hispania Baetica. In fact, they considered it a center of their civilization, where true Romans lived and raised their families.
Then came the Moors and built what was once the greatest center of worship in the westernmost Islamic state in the world: the amazing Mezquita, an old mosque now turned into the city’s Cathedral. Christians, Jews and Muslims, all these cultures and religions intersected here. They not simply lived side by side, they influenced each other.
As you can see, Cordoba was once the center of Western Islam and the heart of a cultural capital that rivaled Baghdad and Istanbul. Today the old Arab and Jewish quarters are famous for their narrow streets lined full of whitewashed houses with flower-filled patios and balconies.
Did you know that it was in Cordoba where Columbus obtained permission for his historical journey across the Atlantic? The city of Cordoba was once one of the great capitals of the world. Don’t miss the chance to explore one of the most important culture crossroads in history.
Don’t wait until the last minute to book your guided walking tour of Cordoba. Most of these tours sell out, so be sure to book online before you leave home!
Of course, these are the tours that you can do if you have more time and plan to travel to Cordoba on your own. But if you don’t have a lot of time, have a look at these day trips that you can do from Seville.
Cordoba guided visit from Seville
On this prioritized guided tour, you are guaranteed to skip the line to enter Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Christian Kings Alcazar and Cordoba Synagogue. Your English speaking guide will explain you why this is considered one of the most important monuments in Islam. Observe its shimmering golden mosaics and an endless row of striped arches.
Continue to the Christian Kings Alcazar in the Jewish Quarter, with its narrow streets lined with flowers and white-washed houses. Explore the Alcazar fortress of King Don Pedro, built by the Moors in the 14th century and discover the wonders of the Synagogue. Finally, walk along the lovely Calle de las Flores, which still upholds Cordoba’s traditional way of life.
You have the option to take a walking tour of the beautiful city of Carmona, located strategically on a hill offering breathtaking panoramic views. Follow your guide through charming streets to several important monuments, like the convents of La Madre de Dios and Las Descalzas. End your day by catching gorgeous views of the city.
There are a very limited number of spaces on the VIP tours, and they sell out quickly. So be sure to book early.
Private Cordoba city-tour from Seville
Visit the Mezquita of Cordoba, converted from a mosque when the Christians conquered Cordoba in 1236. With nearly 1,000 pillars, the now cathedral’s original Gothic architecture is combined with Baroque and Renaissance elements. Take a guided tour of the remarkable Cardinal’s Chapel and its treasures, including an ivory crucifix and important sculptures and paintings.
Next, your knowledgeable guide will lead you to the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos constructed in 1328 by King Alfonso XI. Inside you will find a marble sarcophagus from the 1300’s, beautifully crafted Roman mosaics, and traditional Arab baths.
Finally, explore the old Jewish quarter, stepping back in time to the era of the Romans and Goths. You will see one of the few synagogues existing today in Spain, built in 1315.
2-day Cordoba tours: Cathedral, Medina Azahara and Carmona
This 2-day tour takes you to the amazing Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba as well as into the heart of the old Arab Medina Azahara and beautiful Carmona.
With your skip-the-line ticket, discover the city’s cultural, historical and religious legacy at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mosque-Cathedral, once named the Great Mosque of Cordoba until it was converted to a cathedral in the 13th century. Skip the line once again at the Christian Kings Alcazar in the Jewish Quarter, with its narrow streets lined with flowers and white-washed houses. Visit the Synagogue, one of the few remaining in Spain.
The next day, head to Medina Azahara, the ruins of a 10th-century Arab-Muslim palace-city and one of the most important archaeological sites in Spain. You guide will explain you how this site was designed to be the capital of a new province of the Caliphate of Cordoba. End your tour at the beautiful city of Carmona, located strategically on a hill offering breathtaking panoramic views.
Highlights of the Cordoba 2-day trip:
- Skip-the-line access to the Cordoba Cathedral-Mosque.
- Visit the Christian Kings Alcazar.
- Visit the old Sinagogue.
- Guided tour of the historical centre of Cordoba.
- Explore the archeological site of Medina Azahara.
- Enjoy some breathtaking views from Carmona.
- Free time to discover Cordoba on your own.
- Transportation, accommodation and meals are included.