Things to do in
Córdoba

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

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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. Find out more about the Courtyard Festival held in May of each year. 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. 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.

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

2. 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.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Skip-the-Line Ticket

Enter the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, the largest mosque in the Muslim West, and a unique temple in both the Islamic and Christian world. Admire the architectural styles of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, and learn why this house of worship was named a heritage site in 1984. Explore the second largest mosque in the world, spanning 23,400 square meters. Notice the distinct shift in designs, as the Mosque was consecrated as a cathedral nearly 500 years after initial construction. Wander the inner courtyard, Patio de los Naranjos, and feel the serenity from the lovingly-kept greenery. Visit the prayer room, the mihrab, and the Rojiblancos arches. Add an audio guide to learn more about its expansive and turbulent history.

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

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

Discover the fort-cum-palace of the Catholic kings on a 1-hour 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 Mosque, Synagogue & Jewish Quarter Tour with Tickets

5. Cordoba Mosque, Synagogue & 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, the Jewish Street, the Arabic market (Zoco) and the bronze statue of Maimonides.

Cordóba: Gardens & Fortress of Catholic Monarchs Guided Tour

6. Cordóba: Gardens & Fortress of Catholic Monarchs Guided Tour

Explore the building that was the residence of the Christian monarchs and subsequently the site of the Courts of the Holy Offices, a civil prison, and finally a military prison. It stands atop the remains of the former caliph's palace. The Fortress is situated in the midst of magnificent gardens, which you’ll also visit on this 90-minute tour. See the Avenue of the Monarchs, featuring statues of all the monarchs who had connections to the palace-fortress.  Declared a Historical Monument in 1931, the Fortress is also part of the area declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. Since 1986, the gardens have been protected by town planning laws.

Guided Visit to Azahara Medina in Córdoba

7. Guided Visit to Azahara Medina in Córdoba

The Caliph of Umayyad Córdoba, Abd al- Rahman III, ordered the construction of palace-city of Madinat al-Zahra, meaning "brilliant city" in Arabic, in the early 10th century. Located about 5 miles (8 km) from the city of Córdoba, this amazing collection of ornate buildings and monuments was created as a symbol of the Caliphi's power against its enemies. They also served as official government buildings. On your visit to this breathtaking site, you can choose between two options: a guided tour with or without a tourist bus. Guided Tour (with bus): Hop aboard the site's tourist bus and make your way to the center of the palatial city. Once there, visit the impressive visitor center before heading north to explore the main sections of the city, one by one. Guided Tour (without bus): Start with a visit to the impressive visitor center, where you will explore Spain's fascinating Moorish history and enjoy a screening of a video that virtually recreates how this historic city was in the 10th century. Later, head north to explore the main sections of the city, one by one.

Córdoba: Guided Tour of the Patios

8. 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.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

9. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

Look inside the most important monuments of Córdoba on a guided tour to learn more about the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish influence in the city. Skip the lines to the 8th-century Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba and marvel at its columns and double arches. Admire the mihrab (apse) of the former mosque, and stroll through the Jewish Quarter to see the synagogue, Arabic market, and bronze statue of the medieval Sephardic philosopher, Maimonides. End with a tour inside the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, one of the primary residences of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon.

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

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

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).

Frequently asked questions about Córdoba

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Planning Your Visit

  • Football crazy

    The Spanish national sport is definitely football, with Cordoba FC the favorite local team. Do a little research on the team before your visit to bond with the locals.

  • When should I come?

    The weather is pleasant year-round, but unless you like it really hot, avoid August. You can spend a few days here living the Spanish lifestyle, but the town is also a popular day trip destination from Granada, Madrid or Seville.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and fall are the best times to visit, because the temperatures are warm, but comfortable, and perfect for getting out for a hike or bike ride so you can enjoy what the city has to offer!

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What people are saying about Córdoba

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 13,004 reviews

Everything is fantastic, the patios are beautiful and the guide is an example of professionalism and friendliness. Highly recommended.

very knowledgeable guide, the history lesson was amazing! Our guide was Angel and he was just brilliant. very passionate!

Good expert guide and great patios! Along the way, the guide also told the history of the city.

Very knowledgeable guide with a lot of experience and presented very well

Excellent place amazing structure and history. Do get the audio guide.