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Cordoba tours

Take the plunge and join a guided tour of Cordoba to discover the most enigmatic and fascinating side of the city with an expert guide. You will be amazed!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

7 min read

Cordoba tours

The streets of Cordoba | ©Jean Baptiste

Cordoba is a charming city. Strolling through its old town is a delight because it has an inexhaustible wealth of monuments. However, for a newcomer it can be overwhelming as it is one of the largest in Europe. Having the help of a local guide will make it easier to discover the city and see its exciting history from a different perspective. Are you up for this adventure?

1. What are the best guided tours in Cordoba?

Roman Bridge illuminated at sunset | ©Herbert Frank
Roman Bridge illuminated at sunset | ©Herbert Frank

2. Full day city tour of Cordoba with entrance to the Mosque.

Interior columns of the Mosque-Cathedral | ©Andrew Gould
Interior columns of the Mosque-Cathedral | ©Andrew Gould

Discovering all the charms of the Andalusian city is an adventure. It is true that as in any trip, you can see the same monuments on your own, but the wonderful thing about taking a guided tour is not so much what you see, but what you feel when you understand the soul of Cordoba.

That is, not to stay on the surface but to delve into the meaning of each place and its secrets. To understand, for example, the reason why there is a cathedral inside a mosque or the reason why there are Christian chapels with Mudejar decoration.

Doing this full day tour of the city of Cordoba with entrance to the mosque with a local guide is a highly recommended experience that opens the eyes and the mind.

About the visit to the Mosque

It is the most emblematic monument of Cordoba. This temple summarizes the evolution of Umayyad art in Spain mixed with elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque style of the Christian cathedral inside, resulting in an enigmatic work of art at the service of spirituality and God.

About the visit to the Jewish Quarter of Cordoba

This is the best preserved medieval Jewish quarter in Europe. A labyrinth of white houses and narrow streets where treasures such as the sculpture of Maimonides, the Mudejar chapel of San Bartolome, the traditional souk or the synagogue of Cordoba, the only one of medieval origin in Andalusia are located. Contemplating the living legacy of the Sephardic community was an experience I enjoyed very much.

About the visit to the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs

A medieval palace-fortress of great historical importance in Spain. Learning about the episodes that took place in its halls and that changed the course of history is fascinating, but so is strolling through its beautiful gardens and along its battlements, from where there are stunning panoramic views of the old town of Cordoba. Get your camera ready! You won't stop taking pictures.

Why I like this option

In only four hours you will see the highlights of Cordoba, in an interesting tour through its narrow cobblestone streets that will take you through some of the most beautiful corners of the city.

Isabel's Traveller Tip

The cathedral-mosque of Cordoba is a universal monument but also a religious temple. Remember that to visit it is required to dress with decorum, avoiding clothes with straps and above the knee.

3. Guided tour of the Mosque-Cathedral and the Alcazar

Alcázar de Córdoba | ©Antonio Calero
Alcázar de Córdoba | ©Antonio Calero

The old town of Cordoba is a beauty to get lost in a thousand times. Its monumental wealth is enormous but if you want to know more in depth its great icon, the Mosque, I suggest you take a guided tour of this temple with which you will have the feeling of making a trip back in time to Al-Andalus and the period of the Reconquest.

In addition, this guided tour of the Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba also includes entrance to the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, a medieval palace-fortress that played an important role in the history of Spain and has beautiful gardens on the banks of the Guadalquivir River worthy of a postcard.

About the visit to the Mosque

Considered the greatest exponent of Andalusian art, you will be amazed by its charm and beauty. Contemplate it inside while listening to the guide's narration is like taking a trip back in time to the heyday of the Caliphate of Cordoba. After the Reconquest it was adapted to Christian worship, giving it that peculiar aspect that makes this temple a unique place in the world.

About the visit to the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs

A beautiful medieval palace-fortress from the XIV century that has many amazing spaces inside such as the tower of the Lions, the royal baths of Doña Leonor or the museum of Roman Mosaics. My favorite corner are the gardens, the pools and fountains outside, it is simply beautiful!

Why I like this option

This option is one of the most complete and you get to see the most relevant of Cordoba in a tour of 2 hours and 30 minutes. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore these monuments with an expert local guide, who will show you Cordoba in a different way and all the secrets you didn't know.

Isabel's Traveller Tip

Keep your camera handy because on this tour you will have the most beautiful panoramic views of Cordoba.

4. Tour in tourist bus with free stops around the city of Cordoba

Roman Temple of Cordoba | ©Shadowgate
Roman Temple of Cordoba | ©Shadowgate

Strolling through the streets of Cordoba sightseeing is a real pleasure for the traveler, especially when it comes to a historic center as beautiful as the old Umayyad city. But have you thought about taking a tourist bus with free stops to move quickly around Cordoba while you rest and enjoy the scenery at the same time?

It is a good idea if you are making a lightning visit to the city or if your trip takes place during the sweltering Andalusian summer, when temperatures soar and walking down the street can be a challenge. The tourist bus is an ideal option for touring Cordoba and enjoying the sights without getting cold or hot.

How does it work?

This sightseeing bus tour with free stops around Cordoba is based on the concept of free stops (also known as Hop On Hop Off). This means that you can use the ticket as a means of transportation to get on and off as many times as you want at the stops that make up the route or doing the whole tour to explore the city comfortably.

You can choose between a 1 or 2 day ticket and you will have unlimited use during that time. All tour buses are air-conditioned on board and are adapted for baby carriages and wheelchair users.

This sightseeing bus tour of Cordoba is a fantastic way to get to know Cordoba because it also includes two free walking tours that you can take to get a closer look at some of the city's main tourist attractions.

Panoramic route of Córdoba

With a duration of 90 minutes, the Axerquia-Centro walking tour departs at 12:00 noon from bus stop 16. Some of the tourist attractions you will be able to see during the panoramic route of Cordoba are:

  • Merced Palace
  • Roman Bridge
  • Cordoba Botanical Garden
  • Victoria Market
  • Almodovar Gate
  • Baths of the Caliphal Alcazar of Cordoba

Intimate route of Córdoba

Lasting 90 minutes, this walking tour of the Jewish Quarter departs at 5 p.m. from bus stop 16. Some of the sights you will see during the intimate tour of Cordoba are:

  • Alcazar of the Christian Kings
  • Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
  • Viana Palace
  • Merced Palace
  • Roman Temple

Why I like this option

The truth is that taking a tourist bus tour, although it may seem an overcrowded option, allows you to have the best panoramic views while you go relaxing quietly (and fleeing from the heat) and listening to a guided commentary of the whole city.

In addition, the ticket includes two free walking tours highly recommended to combine the bus tour with a couple of very interesting guided walks through the most popular corners of the city.

Isabel's Traveller Tip

Don't hesitate and take the free walking tours of Cordoba included with your tourist bus ticket - you will more than amortize the cost of the ticket and learn a lot about the city!

5. Why is it worthwhile to take a guided tour in Cordoba?

Interior courtyard of the Palacio de Viana | ©Paul VanDerWerf
Interior courtyard of the Palacio de Viana | ©Paul VanDerWerf

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994, the historic center of Cordoba is one of the most beautiful I have had the opportunity to visit.

Throughout history, different peoples such as the Romans, the Visigoths, the Muslims, the Jews or the Christians settled in this land and left their mark, which today constitutes the beautiful historical and artistic heritage of Cordoba.

Strolling through the streets of the old town is a joy. There is always something amazing to see around every corner but I admit that for a newcomer it can be a bit overwhelming. The center is so big, there is so much to see and you may not know where to start your visit.

That is why I recommend you to have the help of a local guide. From experience, I think it makes the difference between seeing Cordoba and feeling it. In addition, taking a guided tour of Cordoba makes it easier to discover the city, its secrets and what I like the most, the guides show it to the traveler in a different and fun way, telling curiosities that would probably go unnoticed in a free route.

Advantages of taking a guided tour of Cordoba

  • You will be accompanied by a local guide who is passionate about the historical and artistic heritage of Cordoba.
  • You won't have to wait in long lines to buy tickets at the box office.
  • Direct access to the monuments.
  • You will get to know the most iconic tourist attractions of Cordoba, its history and surprising curiosities that will make you live a very entertaining day during your stay.

6. What other places to visit in Cordoba?

Medina Azahara | ©-JvL-
Medina Azahara | ©-JvL-

The old town of Cordoba is one of the largest in Europe and has a vast historical and cultural heritage, the result of the mark that various peoples have left here over the centuries. It is an exciting place because you can truly feel the history of the city.

If you are planning a trip to the Caliphate capital and want to know what other places you can't miss during a visit, I advise you to take a look at my article on what to see and do in Cordoba. It is one of the most beautiful cities in southern Spain!