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Are you interested on a day trip to Cordoba from Seville? If you are short on time, this is the best way to experience all the amazing highlights that Cordoba has.
Cordoba is at about 140 km (87 miles) northeast of Seville, and it’s a captivating mix of Christian, Muslim and Jewish history, culture and architecture, noticeable as soon as you step foot in the historic city center.
The Great Mosque of Cordoba, also known as the Mezquita of Cordoba, is one of the most splendid samples of Mujedar architecture to be found in all of Andalusia. Today, visiting the Mezquita is like time-traveling to a glorious past…
This amazing landmark is well worth a visit and is best seen in the company of a knowledgeable tour guide, preferably as part of a comprehensive Great Mosque of Cordoba tour and incorporating the many beautiful sites of the old city.
The access to the Mezquita can be very crowded depending on the time of the day. For this reason I strongly recommend you to book several weeks in advance if you want to have early access and enjoy all the explanations an English speaking guide provides.
Of course, these are day trips that you can do from Seville. But if you happen to have more time and plan to travel to Cordoba on your own, have a look at these tours that you can enjoy while you are there.
You will be picked up from your Seville hotel in the morning. From there, it’s a short 1.5-hour drive to Cordoba. Enjoy the scenery along the way!
As soon as you get to your destination, you will delve into the city’s history, starting in the 10th century, when Cordoba was the world’s most populous city.
First, you will visit the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a medieval palace-fortress of the Christian kings filled with beautiful gardens, fountains and striking architecture. Then, you will enter Cordoba’s most important monument, the Mezquita (also known as the Mosque of Cordoba), a symbol of the many religious changes the city has undergone over the centuries.
Next, you will head over to the old Jewish quarter (or Judería in Spanish), whose narrow streets emerge onto tucked-away courtyards. Here you’ll visit the Cordoba Synagogue, one of the few synagogues existing today in Spain, built in 1315.
Before leaving Cordoba back to your hotel in Seville, walk down the tiny Calleja de las Flores alleyway, one of the most popular streets in the city.
After being picked up from your hotel, your journey begins with a scenic 1.5-hour drive to Cordoba.
Once there, enjoy skip-the-line entry to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba. Then, continue to the Christian Kings Alcazar in the Jewish Quarter, with its narrow streets lined with flowers and white-washed houses. You will also visit Cordoba’s amazing Synagogue, and you will walk along the lovely Calle de las Flores.
Finally, you’ll have free time to shop and enjoy a delicious Spanish meal (at your own expense) in one of the charming tapas bars of the city center. Ask your guide to get some great suggestions.
In addition to this, you have the option to take a walking tour of the beautiful city of Carmona, located strategically on a hill offering breathtaking panoramic views.
This private tour ensures you to have an undivided attention from your English speaking guide.
You will be picked up at your accommodation in central Seville. From there, you will first stop in Carmona – one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia. Here, you will make a short walking tour to visit the most important jewels of this place.
After the brief passage through Carmona, you will arrive in Cordoba. Once there, the guide will accompany you to discover the streets of the historic center of the city declared a World Heritage Site.
The Roman Bridge, the Calahorra Tower, the streets of the Jewish Quarter, the Synagogue, and the royal stables are some of the attractions that you will visit along the walk. Finally, at the end of the walking tour you will arrive to the Mezquita (the Mosque), the most important jewel of Islamic art that has survived until our days.
After some free time to have lunch, do some shopping or explore other corners of the city center, it will be time to return to Seville and head back to your accommodation.