Courtyards of Córdoba

Courtyards of Córdoba: Our most recommended tours and activities

Córdoba: Guided Tour of the Patios

1. 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.

Patios of Cordoba Walking Tour

2. 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.                                                 

Cordoba's Authentic Patios: 2-Hour Tour with Tickets

3. 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.

Cordoba: Flower Courtyards Walking Tour

4. Cordoba: Flower Courtyards Walking Tour

This visit offers an overview of the culture of the patios, the flower courtyards 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 San Basilio Area. These beautiful courtyards, maintained throughout the year, are usually only opened to the public during the popular competition that takes place in May. However, in this tour you will be able to enjoy these private houses and its famous patios out-of-competition, without crowds and with exclusive and personal guidance by 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.

Córdoba: Mosque, Jewish Quarter & Synagogue Tour with Ticket

5. 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

6. 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.

Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba and Jewish Quarter Tour

7. 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.

Cordoba Courtyards by Bike, Electric Bike

8. Cordoba Courtyards by Bike, Electric Bike

Explore the patios of Cordoba by your choice of bike or electric bike and enjoy the fragrance of the different courtyards in bloom. Select your preferred mode of transportation, you can choose between electric or normal bikes for the same price. Visit 4 of the most beautiful courtyards of the historical houses, to contrast the different styles. Discover this wonderful tradition and know more about of the origins of this unique festivity, declared inmaterial heritage of humanity by the Unesco. In all the tour you will be in the company of an experimented guide, that will guide you through the city of Córdoba and their beautiful streets and courtyards.

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What people are saying about Courtyards of Córdoba

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,300 reviews

Rebecca was an excellent guide. She apologized a few times for her “Spanish accent” but she needn’t have. She clearly shared her depth of knowledge about the history of Cordoba. Her tour of the Juderia neighborhood and the great thinkers memorialized in that area was very interesting. What was most compelling was how she managed to explain the centuries- long, complicated development of the Mezquita with passion and respect and great pride.

We were a medium sized group of around 10 people lead by Natalia, who was very knowledgeable & had a great relationship with the patio owners we visited. It was very enjoyable and we were surprised at the history & passion surrounding the patios & the annual competition.

Great tour the guide was extremely knowledgeable it’s a must when visiting Cordoba

Cordoba is a wonderful city, full of joy and with lovely people!

Fabulous unique experience. Really captures traditional cordoba