Cordoba Guide

Discover this beautiful city.

What Should I visit

Main Sights

  • La Mezquita (The Great Mosque) - Cathedral of Cordoba
  • There are no words to describe this monument. Even the fact that is one of Unesco’s heritage sites and one of the most accomplished example of Moorish architecture monuments cannot describe how amazing is it. Once you go there you can delve deep in the art and architecture of Mesquita.
  • It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary but it was originally a small temple of Christian Visigoth origin, the Catholic Basilica of Saint Vincent of Lerins. After, when the Moorish conquered Spain, the church was divided into Muslim and Christian parts. For some time, the Christian part was purchased by Muslims but in the end, in 1236, it was converted to a Roman Catholic Church which didn’t allow to Spanish Muslims to pray there. Muslims are still trying to achieve this but both the church authorities in Spain and the Vatican are rejecting the Muslims’ trials.

  • How to get there:
  • The address is Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1
  • You can use the urban lines 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Also you can walk and just follow the signs on the streets (like a real tourist) or the groups of people that are also going there. The Cathedral of Cordoba is the first monument that everybody wants to see when he arrives in Cordoba.
  • Fees:
  • Ticket without guided tour:
  • €8 per person for adults
  • €4 for children between 10 and 14 years old
  • FREE for children under 10 years old
  • Ticket with guided tour:
  • There is a variety of guided tours and prices are depending on the type of tour - you can check the organised tours in the website and book them before you visit Mesquita. Usually there are some tours that combine visit the Cathedral and some other nearby monuments.
  • http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/guided-tours.asp

  • Roman Bridge
  • Just when you get out of Mesquita full of excitement of this great monument you can relax by walking in the famous Roman Bridge that is built across Guadalquivir River. The Bridge, as we can see from its name, was built by Romans around 1st Century BC and it has 16 arcades, with total length 247 meters and 9 meters width. The arches are representing the Moorish architecture and that creates a perfect picture along the river.
  • You will of course see the Roman Bridge once you visit the Cathedral, it is located just outside, but do not miss a chance to visit it also during the night. The view and the whole scenery are amazing due to the architecture and the special lights that are placed there.
  • Torre de la Calahorra- Calahorra Tower
  • Walking across the river on the Roman Bridge, at the end you can find the famous Calahorra Tower. Enjoy the thrilling view from the tower and at the same time try to feel the history of the tower which it was built during the late 12th century by Almohads in order to protect the Roman Bridge on Guadalquivir. So, just to have a picture of it, the Roman Bridge connects the enormous Cathedral (Mesquita) with the Calahorra Tower.
  • The tower was declared a national historical monument in 1931.
  • Opening Hours:
  • Summer (May-September) 10:00 – 14:00 and 16:30 – 20:30
  • Winter (October- March) 10:00-18:00
  • Entrance Fees:
  • General €4.50
  • Reduced €3

  • Juderia – Jewish Quarter
  • Jewish Qarter is a fascinating network of narrow lanes where you can enjoy the Moorish architecture in the streets, have a coffee or tapas, and also walk and shop in a variety of shops both with souvenirs and traditional handcrafted Spanish items. All these narrow streets remind you a peaceful neighbourhood with patios and flowers but they are actually full of people who walk and enjoy the place. This neighborhood's history is a history of the Caliphate and of the West. They are located around the Mesquita and if you go through them you will also find many monuments as is the Synagogue and the Zoco.
  • Synagogue is a historic edifice which has the Courtyard and the Entrance Hall and is decorated according also the Moorish architecture. Zoco is a medieval version of the famed Arabic souks which used to dot the urban landscape of the Caliphate.
  • Patios of Cordoba ( Countryards)
  • They are in the list of Intangible Heritage of Humanity of Unesco since December 2012
  • They are located between the Alcázar and the parish of San Basilio
  • There are also many in the districts of Santa Marina, around the church of San Lorenzo and near la Magdalena.
  • Also you can find some wonderful old examples of courtyards in the old Jewish quarter just near the Mosque Cathedral and in the Palacio de Viana.
  • Opening hours and fees:
  • You can visit the patios on your own or book a guided tour.
  • Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos – Palace of the Christian Kings
  • It is an Alcazar which was constructed by order of King Alfonso XI in 1328 as to be served as the usual residence of the Christian Monarchs when they stayed in Cordoba.
  • During the Modern Ages it was the seat of the Inquisition and in the XIXth century it was used as a prison building. After, in the XXth century it was bought by the Town Council, while it was provided with gardens and decorated with Roman mosaics.
  • Opening Hours:
  • Winter (September-June):
  • Tuesdays to Fridays 8:30- 20:45 (Last visit 20:00)
  • Saturdays 8:30-16:30
  • Sundays and holidays 8:30-14:30(Last visit 14:00)

  • Entrance Fees:
  • General €4.50
  • Students (under 26 years)€2.25
  • Children under 14 years FREE
  • Location:
  • It is located near the Cordoba’s Cathedral(Mezquita), you can find it easily just by walking through the narrow streets of Cordoba and discovering the area. The address is Plaza Campo Santo de los Mártires, s/n, 14004 Córdoba.
  • Medina Azahara
  • Its meaning is the shining city or the city of flowers.
  • If you would like to go a little bit outside the city of Cordoba you will find Azahara city where you can relive the great history of the city
  • You can reach it by a daily bus going there with the return ticket be at
  • € 8.50
  • You can purchase ticket online or at tourist information points or even by making a telephone reservation

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