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Cordoba: Day Trips and Tours from Granada

Cordoba is a Spanish city in the southern region of Andalucía. Originally a Roman settlement, the town became a major Islamic center during the middle ages before a Christian conquest in the 13th century.

In a Cordoba day tour from Granada, you will have the chance to soak in the city’s architecture and traditions, representative of its complex history.

Once considered the premier city of the Western World, and the seat of Europe’s first university, Cordoba now has four UNESCO World Heritage sites and is definitely worth a visit.

You will find below everything you need to know about visiting Cordoba, one of the most ancient and unique destinations for day trips from Granada.

How to get to Cordoba from Granada?

The city of Cordoba is situated in the Spanish province of Andalucía. It sits north of the port city of Málaga and northwest of Granada.

From Granada to Cordoba by car

Traveling to Cordoba from Granada takes just over 2 hours. You will travel via the A-92 and A-45 on your 200-kilometer journey. You can also follow the N-432, which is over 160-kilometer trip and takes about 15 minutes longer.

From Granada to Cordoba by train

The fastest way to reach Cordoba from Granada is on the direct high-speed train, a 130-kilometer journey that takes about 1.5 hours.

Guided tour to Cordoba from Granada

Guided Cordoba day trips from Granada can last anywhere between 7 and 12 hours. On a private tour, you will most likely be collected from your hotel in Granada. On small-group or coach day tours to Cordoba, you will be asked to meet at a central meeting point in Granada.

What is the typical itinerary of a day tour to Cordoba from Granada?

Your day tour to Cordoba will begin with a pickup at your Granada hotel or an early morning collection at a central meeting point.

As you travel along the edge of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, your guide will tell you more about the history of Cordoba and explain how it has shaped the city into the place it is today.

Once in Cordoba, you will be a visit to the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, which is a highlight of your day tour.

You will be able to explore places such as the Jewish Quarter, the Alcazar or Castle of the Christian Monarchs, and walk along the cobbled street of Calleja de las Flores before enjoying lunch and some free time in the city.

In the late afternoon, you will return to Granada and be dropped at the meeting point or back at your hotel.

What kinds of tours are available to go to Cordoba?

Small-group day tours are a cost-effective way of visiting Cordoba from Granada. Alternatively, you can self-drive, take a direct high-speed train, or book a private day trip. If you are traveling onward to Seville from Granada, you can stop at Cordoba for a day tour.

Small group guided tours to Cordoba from Granada

Small group guided day tours from Cordoba to Granada usually accommodate between six and 18 participants.

Some tours will collect travelers from selected hotels or provide a central meeting point. Your excursion will take place in a comfortable vehicle. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide.

Private day tour to Cordoba from Granada

Private day trips to Cordoba include the exclusive use of a vehicle and guide. Most day tours include similar stops and sites of interest, but some private excursions offer more flexibility to accommodate your interests.

A private day tour to Cordoba will usually require a minimum of two people to operate, but may accommodate up to eight persons per tour depending on the vehicle.

Entrance fees are included, but lunch, drinks and gratuities will be for your own account.

Day tour to Cordoba en-route to Seville from Granada

Private day tours from Granada to Seville with a stop in Cordoba include the exclusive use of a luxury vehicle and guide. Your driver will tell you more about the region and a private guide will show you several of the ancient sites in the city of Cordoba before you continue to your final destination.

Private transfers including a day tour in Cordoba operate with between two and six passengers. Entrance fees, lunch, drinks and gratuities are for your own account.

How much does a tour to Cordoba from Granada cost?

Small group day tours to Cordoba from Granada cost between €90 and €165 per person. The price depends on how many entrance fees are included in the tour price and whether it is a very small group of six people or fewer, or a larger group of 12-18 persons.

Private full-day tours include a pickup from your hotel and are priced according to group size. For a group of eight, prices start from €125 per person excluding meals or drinks. Two people can expect to pay roughly €250 per person for the same tour.

A private transfer including a day tour of Cordoba costs a minimum of €220 for a vehicle with two passengers, or around €90 per person for a group of six. This fee includes the use of the vehicle with a driver and a private guide while in Cordoba.

What will you see and do on a Cordoba day trip from Granada?

Cordoba’s Old Town is the biggest urban area that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a convergence of three different cultures with Arab, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles of architecture.

You can expect to see are multiple sites of interest in Cordoba while on your day trip from Granada.

Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba

Officially known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Assumption, this Roman Catholic cathedral is sometimes referred to as the Mezquita or Mosque-Cathedral owing to its origin as an Islamic Mosque.

Built in a Moorish style and with the 16th-century addition of a Renaissance nave, the cathedral is one of Spain’s major historical monuments.

The Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter is the area where Jewish people lived under the rule of Islam in the period between the 10th and 15th centuries. Housing the Synagogue, Zoco Market and Bull-fighting museum, this quarter provides another fascinating insight into the complex history of Cordoba.

The Alcazar

Also known as the Castle of the Christian Monarchs and built in 1382, the medieval palace-fortress served as a primary residence to Isabella I of Castille and Ferdinand II of Aragon.

Calleja de las Flores

The narrow cobblestone street of Calleja de las Flores is one of the most photographed streets in the city — with its whitewashed walls and terracotta pots filled with vivid and colorful flowers.

When is the best time to visit Cordoba?

The best times to visit Cordoba are in spring (May and June) and autumn (October to December) when the weather is moderate. May is considered the most beautiful month to visit when the region is in bloom and many spring festivals occur.

Are there any tours to Cordoba from other cities in Spain?

Yes, there are tours departing from other cities in Spain:

Travel tips

  • Avoid traveling in the hottest summer months if possible.
  • Make sure you have modest attire if visiting the Mosque-Cathedral.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Bring water and snacks for the day since they are not included.
  • Remember to bring cash for gratuities.