Cordoba - City tour to the beautiful & historic Cordoba
Your art historian guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to take you for an introductory walking tour to discover the main* sites of Cordoba, a Unesco listed city.
The visit will, of course, include the famed Mosque/Cathedral (La Mezquita), a monumental site which encapsulates this city's identity like few other buildings can, with the layers of its beautifully complex history visibly integrated into its walls and bearing the marks of the various and diverse cultures and civilizations that helped shape this fascinating city. Free afternoon to relax or explore the city further at your leisure.
Córdoba is a city in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. A great cultural reference point in Europe, this ancient city has been declared a World Heritage Site and contains a mixture of the diverse cultures that have settled it throughout history. Very few places in the world can boast of having been the capital of a Roman province (Hispania Ulterior), the capital of an Arab State (Al-Andalus), and a Caliphate. The city famously houses the Mezquita, a symbol of the worldly, sophisticated culture that flourished here more than a millennium ago when Córdoba was western Europe's biggest, most cultured city. Such splendor is palpable in the intellectual wealth of this city, which has seen the birth of figures like Seneca, Averroes, and Maimonides (Cordoba has in fact erected a life-size statue in honor of this physician and philosopher considered one of the greatest Jewish thinkers of all time).
You will also discover the Jewish quarter, a quaint and charming network of pretty narrow lanes which will lead you to the Synagogue a unique building in Andalusia and one of the three best-preserved Medieval synagogues in the whole of Spain. Tonight you will enjoy a marvelous equestrian exhibition in which purebred Spanish horses are the main protagonists. The stage; an emblematic and magical historical building, once the birthplace of the Andalusian Horse and now an unparalleled setting for this enchanting 1-hour equestrian show. The Royal Stables are located next to the Royal Alcázar and just a 5 mins walk from your hotel.
After the show, we recommend dinner at one of the local restaurants in the nearby and authentic "San Basilio" district. The Royal Stables, once the birthplace of the Andalusian Horse and now an unparalleled setting for this unique equestrian show, this emblematic and historical building was founded in 1570 by King Felipe II, a great horse lover with the dream of making a pure Spanish thoroughbred. tonight, you will enjoy an enchanting evening of music, lights, and dancing combined with majestic horse dressage. This wonderful tour will end at the Royal Alcazar/Palace, once the residence of Roman governors and Moorish caliphs, and finally, in 1328 the Cordovan home of the Spanish kings.