Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs

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

1. 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.

Cordóba: Gardens & Fortress of Catholic Monarchs Guided Tour

2. 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.

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.

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

4. 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).

Cordoba: Alcazar of Christian Monarchs 1–Hour Guided Tour

5. 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.

Alcazar of Cordoba Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

6. Alcazar of Cordoba Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Admire the rich ornamentations of the former royal palace of the Catholic kings of Spain on a tour of the Alcazar of Cordoba with an official guide. Enter through the main entrance gate and immerse yourself in the wonderful architecture of the palace, located on the site of a fortress built by the Visigoths and later occupied by the Caliphate of Cordoba. Learn more about historical events that shaped its importance to the city, including the meeting between Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon and the explorer Christopher Columbus before he set sail for America. Stroll through rooms with remarkable features, such as the mosaics of the Salon de los Mosaicos. Admire the crenellated towers and the Moorish motifs of the baths of the Patio Morisco. Then, climb the watchtowers for panoramic views of the gardens. Stroll through the landscaped gardens to look at the beautiful water features, fish ponds and orange trees.

Córdoba City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

7. Córdoba City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Córdoba has historically attracted travelers and civilizations because of its location on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, as well as for its sunny climate and its natural resources. Romans, Arabs, Jews, and Christians have all left their mark on the city of Córdoba with monumental buildings, works of art, and advanced infrastructure. During your time in Córdoba, see the main highlights of the city with a 24 hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass. Enjoy a complete trip lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes, or get off and back on at places that interest you the most. With this pass, you can marvel at the masterpieces of the Mezquita, the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, the Torre de la Calahorra, the Palacio de la Merced, and the Roman Temple. Visit the city of Medina Azahara, built by the caliph Abd al-Rahman III, in the image of his greatness. See museums and learn about cultural festivals, and experience the city to its fullest at any of the tours 17 stops. Stop 1 - Parada Panorámica del Río - Torre de la Calahorra Stop 2 - Parada Jardin Botánico - Zoológico Stop 3 - Parada Ciudad de los Niños Stop 4 - Parada San Basilio Stop 5 - Parada Puerta de Almodovar Stop 6 - Parada Mercado de la Victoria Stop 7 - Parada Gran Capitán Stop 8 - Parada Estación de Trenes/Autobuses Stop 9 - Parada Palacio de la Merced - Diputación Stop 10 - Parada Malmuerta - Sanata Marina Stop 11 - Parada Plaza Corazón de María Stop 12 - Parada San Lorenzo Stop 13 - Parada Realejo - San Andrés Stop 14 - Parada Ayuntamiento - Templo Romano Stop 15 - Parada Arco del Portillo Stop 16 - Parada Puente Romano (Ronda de Isasa) Stop 17 - Parada Baños Califales - Alcázar

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

8. 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 row 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.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar Tour

9. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar Tour

Begin your tour in the Courtyard of the Orange Trees at the entrance of the bell tower of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. Enter the Mosque-Cathedral and be amazed by the blending of the two distinct religious cultures of Islam and Christianity. As you walk through the building learn about its long history, how it was built between the 8th and 16th-centuries, and its past as first a mosque and now a cathedral. Spend approximately an hour and 15 minutes in the Mosque-Cathedral. Afterward, head to the Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs, skip the line to enter and spend about an hour here. Discover how the old palace was built in the 14th-century to conquer the last Arabic Kingdom of the Iberian Peninsula. Your tour concludes in the marvelous gardens of the Alcazar where you can take as many pictures as you want.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral & Alcazar Guided Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs

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based on 3,715 reviews

Our experience with Lou was outstanding. She is a wealth of information, and brought to life the astounding city of Cordoba, so rich in history. This was a 4 hour tour, which really was 3 tours in one. People joined and left the group at different times but this in no way detracted from the tour. Very professional and would highly recommend this tour.

La visita con Micaela fue genial, incluso nos ha salvado con su paraguas durante una tormenta (gracias!). Nos dio muchisimas expliacaciones y las 4 horas no se han hecho nada largas. Antes dudaba si coger un tour tan largo pero vale la pena. Aprendimos mucho, sobre todo la historia de la mezquita, nos lo pasamos muy bien.

It was well worth having this tour with Fatima. She was incredibly knowledgeable, shared some wonderful tales about the past residents of the Alcazar and had a great sense of humour. Being for just an hour, was the perfect time scale on such a hot day.

It was great to have a guide for an hour to learn more about the history of the alcazar. You will have time at end so walk around the gardens and take pictures

Paqui was a great guide, her knowledge and positive attitude made this 3 hours tour fly by and almost feel sad when it was time to go. Totally recommended!