Top attractions in Cordoba
A visit to Cordoba is a rare opportunity to see the breathtaking results when Spanish, Islamic, and Ancient Roman architecture combines. With some of the highest temperatures in Spain, it's a great spring destination. Here's what to see when you get there.
This is Cordoba's most famous sightseeing spot, so arrive early to avoid the crowds. Once inside the huge spectacle, the many-arched interior is awe inspiring.
A pretty Spanish castle offering wonderfully manicured gardens with shimmering ponds and a Moorish bathhouse. Lovely on a warm day, you can tour the grounds and palace for 4.50€.
Built in the early 1st century BC, this bridge across the Guadalquivir river is an impressive testament to Roman engineering. Walk across, or get a good view from the south bank.
This fortified gate lies in the historic city and was built to protect the Roman bridge. Get access to the museum for just 4.50€, where you can bone up on Cordoban history.
Construction of this Roman temple began during the reign of Emperor Claudius and took some 40 years. Built entirely in marble, it was once one of the grandest in the empire.
This basilica lends its name to the surrounding barrio, where it's located within a pretty square. There are plenty of good restaurants nearby and the area is bustling at night.
This ornate baroque building is our final sightseeing pick, but we've perhaps left the best for last. It's a real architectural gem, worth a wander around. Don't miss the gardens.
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.
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.
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- 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 Cordoba
We had been wanting to get around some of the cities we visited by bike, but hadn't had any luck until we got to Cordoba. It turned out that we were the only two on the tour, and we were treated to a magnificent ride around Cordoba at night, with frequent stops to hear about local legends and rumors. Our guide, Javi, was excellent -- very patient with two seniors who'd never been on electric bikes before (they're really fun once you get used to the quick acceleration!). He spent over two hours with us, taking us through the Jewish Quarter, by the Mezquita, across the old Roman bridge, and past numerous churches and other monuments. Riding across the cobblestones through narrow and winding streets at night, when the heat of the day had subsided, was a wonderful adventure. I would highly recommend this activity!
It was really easy to purchase the tickets online, our guide (Olivia) was waiting for us at the meetingpoint. Only feedback I am giving: it was hard to recognise who was our guide because we expected there to be a logo on her clothes, but there wasn't. Our guide gave us a listening device and earplugs. During the tour she talked through the microphone, we really liked this system because she didn't have to scream to be heard and we didn't have to walk close to her all the time to be able to hear her. This made it easy to make pictures for example. Olivia was such a great guide, during our 2 hour tour we didnt feel bored at all. It was really really interesting and her voice was nice to listen to. She answered all our questions and at the end gave us a coupon for free soup (traditional Spanish cold soup).
Went w/my husband & 11y/o & couldn’t get tickets online without getting the ones that included the guide. I had read that the live could be long for general tickets & didn’t want to take a chance missing this & we only had 1 day in Cordoba. As it turned out there was a short line for general admission & cost was much less than guided tour (5 Euros vs 17 w/the guide) That being said, we realized that walking through the place without a guide would not have been as good. Our guide made it much more enjoyable and informative!
The Cardoba and Carmona trip was a long day, but it was very worthwhile. The guides were very friendly. The guide in the mosque gave a vey detailed history of the mosque, she was very knowledgeable. The Mosque is stunning and well worth a visit. The different religious artefacts seem to blend in well together, it is a pity the world religions couldn't replicate this. Carmona was very quiet, but it was interesting to see the remains of the Roman influence.
Took train from Sevilla to Cordoba for the tour. Tour guide Inma was great. The Mezquita was spectacular, perhaps one of the most beautiful/historic/amazing sites I've every seen. The Alcazar was interesting. Inma did a great job bringing it alive. The Synagogue was OK. If you're coming to Cordoba for the day, then a visit to all three is worthwhile. If you're there for non-vacation reasons, make the Mezquita your number one place to see.