Best of Cordoba

  • Port

    Malaga, Spain

  • Activity Level

    Strenuous

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD USD

    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 8½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

The mighty Roman Empire established Cordoba around the time that it became clear that inland Andalusia could be reached by way of the navigable Guadalquivir River. Today, only three of the thirteen gates of the city's original ancient Roman walls are still standing. Despite its auspicious start, Cordoba did not reach its prime until the 10th century AD, during the time of Muslim domination in Iberia. Draped in splendor, Cordoba became one of the political, cultural and economic leaders of the world.

Because of its strategic importance, Cordoba seemed the logical place to build a very large mosque -- a primer for those who intended to make the haj to Mecca. Astonishingly, when Catholicism rose to overthrow the power of Islam, rather than destroying the mosque, the Catholic Church simply built a cathedral inside it. So today you will enter a forest of columns that belong to the mosque and discover in their midst a Catholic cathedral -- this is a stunning and bizarre piece of art and architecture and its impact is not to be missed.

Complete your time in Cordoba with a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter, where the narrow and winding streets hide many important and traditional buildings. Your guide will point out the Mudejar Synagogue and the quarter's many references to water -- Arabian engineering was crucial for the development of the area's supply.

Lunch is served at a local restaurant before you return to Málaga .

Notes:

Tour does not operate on Sundays or Mondays.