Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs

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

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

Discover the most important monuments of Córdoba on a guided tour. Visit the Great Mosque-Cathedral, the famous Jewish Quarter with one of the best preserved synagogues in Spain, and the Alcazar of the Christian Kings with its impressive gardens. First, visit the Great Mosque-Cathedral. Its two-colored arches will take you back to this Islamic period of Córdoba. Learn about its architecture and how the cathedral was added inside the mosque. Next, visit the Jewish Quarter, the most famous historical area of the medieval quarter. Discover Calleja de la Hoguera, a street where your guide will share the origins of Jewish culture in Spain and its significance to Córdoba. Then, visit the souk, the synagogue, and the statue of Maimónides. Conclude the tour with a visit to the Alcazar of the Christian Kings. Discover the importance of this monument in the history of Córdoba and the different roles it's played.

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

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

Discover the fort-cum-palace of the Catholic kings on a 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.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

3. 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.

Cordoba: Alcazar of Christian Monarchs 1–Hour Guided Tour

4. Cordoba: Alcazar of Christian Monarchs 1–Hour Guided Tour

Begin your visit in the gardens of the Alcazar and admire the ponds, flowers and plants, while you learn about their physiognomy and history. Visit places like the Walk of the Kings to take a photo of the most well-known monument. Little by little, head inwards visiting the baths of Doña Leonor de Guzman, created in Arab style in the 14th century. At the end of the visit, enter the mosaic room and admire the beauty of these original mosaics made in Roman times. Marvel at a Roman sarcophagus in a perfect state of conservation.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral & Alcazar Guided Tour

5. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral & Alcazar Guided Tour

During the visit, discover the 2 most splendid monuments of the Muslim and Christian era in the country. With an approximate duration of 2 hours, your guide will explain and show the origins of these 2 monuments. First, see the Mosque-Cathedral, its unique building, and its extension. See how after the Christian Reconquest, part of this building became the Cathedral of Córdoba. Enjoy the gardens and wonderful views in the Alcazar and immerse yourself in a sea of columns inside the Mosque-Cathedral with a specialized guide that will make you immerse yourself in the Islamic and Christian cultures. Then, head over to the Alcazar, the Royal Palace which in medieval times was the seat of the Inquisition.

Córdoba: Mezquita Cathedral , Judería and Alcazar Tour

6. Córdoba: Mezquita Cathedral , Judería and Alcazar Tour

Take a guided walking tour in Cordoba and visit some of the city's highlights. Explore the Mezquita Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, the Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs, and more. Meet your guide in the Mezquita of Cordoba. Start by visiting the Mezquita Cathedral and discover all the details and corners of this monument and stroll through the Patio de los Naranjos. Then, continue on towards the Jewish Quarter. Commence in Plaza del Cardenal Salazar and learn about the history of the Jewish Sephardi Quarter. Discover an old synagogue converted into an Arabic-style chapel. Next, go to the souk, 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. Next, explore the Jewish Quarter and learn more about Al-Andalus and Córdoba from your guide. Enter the Doña Leonor's Royal Baths in 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. Finish the tour in the beautiful gardens of the Alcázar palace.

From Seville: Cordoba and Mosque-Cathedral Full-Day Tour

7. From Seville: Cordoba and Mosque-Cathedral Full-Day Tour

Depart Seville and take a scenic 1.5-hour drive to Córdoba, passing beautiful sights along the way. Arrive in the city, once considered the light of the world for its cultural treasures and many libraries, medical schools, and universities. Conquered by Muslim armies in the eighth century, it became the capital of the Islamic Emirate and then the Caliphate of Córdoba, flourishing under the second Caliph, Al-Hakam II. Admire the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba with a priority access pass, and see the golden mosaics and endless rows of red and white striped arches.  Stroll past hundreds of striped sugarcane columns and absorb the ecclesiastical elegance of the Moorish mosque. Gaze at elegant domes as your guide offers a captivating commentary about Córdoba’s most alluring attraction Enter the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter and see whitewashed houses full of flowers. Discover the only synagogue in Andalusia, and stroll along Calle de las Flores to experience one of the most beautiful streets in Córdoba. Benefit from some free time to walk around on your own, do some shopping and enjoy a traditional lunch. Then, journey back to Seville and get dropped off at your hotel.

Cordoba: Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos 1-Hour Guided Tour

8. Cordoba: Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos 1-Hour Guided Tour

Meet your group and guide, skip the line, and enter the Alcázar de Los Reyes Cristianos. The Alcazar, or Moorish castle, was built in 1328 by Alfonso XI of Castilla. Go inside its ancient walls and marvel at its luscious gardens, medieval chambers, and Roman mosaics. Though originally a royal palace, this impressive architectural ensemble was later used as a jail and military base. Stand in the same tower that Christopher Columbus stood in when he first asked permission to traverse the Atlantic and find a route to India. Admire the Hall of Mosaics, which boasts a collection of pristine Roman mosaics that were uncovered in the Corredera Square in Cordoba. Take a walk through the “Patio de las Mujeres,” or “Women’s Courtyard,” which dates back to when the alcáza served as a women’s prison. Finish your tour in the alcázar's gardens. Full of flowers and fountains, this scenic and celebrated garden is the perfect place to conclude a tour that mixes beauty and history.

Cordoba: Monuments Walking Tour

9. Cordoba: Monuments Walking Tour

Visit the most important monuments of Cordoba on a guided 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.

Córdoba Guided Tour of the Mosque, Jewish Quarter & Alcazar

10. Córdoba Guided Tour of the Mosque, Jewish Quarter & Alcazar

Get an in-depth introduction to the rich history of Córdoba on a comprehensive guided tour of the main monuments with an English or Spanish-speaking guide. Stroll the winding streets of the old Jewish Quarter (La Judería) to see the Souk of the Artisans, the Monument to Maimonides and the 14th-century Córdoba Synagogue. Then, marvel at the ornate tiles and rich Mudejar decorations of the Chapel of San Bartolomé. Visit the former residence of the Christian kings and queens at the magnificent Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. End with a look at the beautiful Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba.

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Our experience with Seville to Cordoba Guided tour has been very good. The app is easy to use and has other relevant information. Communication is good . Reminders via email and WhatsApp keep you up to date with information and meeting point details. Transfer to Cordoba was via a van which was comfortable. We travelled with young children. We have 2 guides , one who did Alcazar , Jewish Quarter and then hand over to other guide who did Cordoba mosque-cathedral. Both were oozing with knowledge and were brilliant. Then we have 1 hour to stroll around and drop back to Seville. It’s a full on tour and with young children we opted to avoid train etc . I will recommend this tour to everyone!

Our tour was of the Alcazar, the Jewish Quarter and the Mosque, but really, the Alcazar was nothing but the gardens that were built in the 1950’s, and the Jewish Quarter was a little better but the show stopper was the mosque. One word; wow! Do yourself a favour and skip the Alcazar and Jewish Quarter and just tour the Mosque. You won’t be disappointed.

It was a very rewarding experience. Our tour guide, Miguel Angel, was very knowledgeable about the history and traditions of those early centuries. My wife and I enjoyed every minute of that day tour in Cordoba including the Jewish Quarter, Synagogue, Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar. I recommend this tour to other travelers.

Amazing guide tours.. Jose and Jaime are amazing.. love the detailed comments they gave us along the tour

A well organised, interesting tour accompanied by knowledgeable guides.