Cordoba Spain tours have long been popular, as this historic city in the southern Andalucia region is full of charm, not to mention interesting attractions. Whether they are guided or not, walking tours can be especially rewarding, and for visitors who are interested, venturing outside the city limits to tour other regional destinations is possible as well. The nearby ruins of a former palace city known as Madinat al Zahra certainly warrant the trip out if time and budget allow.
Cordoba sightseeing is rewarding, thanks largely to the city's historic core, or the Juderia, as it is known. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this medieval ghetto is a maze of narrow streets, and lining these streets are whitewashed homes, shops, restaurants, and hotels. It is easy to get lost while touring this renowned area, but most visitors aren't in a rush to leave. The shops largely specialize in jewelry and leather goods, and visitors can always pick up some more typical souvenirs if they wish. Definitely not to be missed when touring the Juderia is the Calleja de las Flores.
The stone wall and arch that is the Puerta de Almodovar is one of the main gateways to the Juderia, and it also deserves inclusion on a walking tour itinerary. So too do the Mezquita and the Puente Romano. The Mezquita is a Moorish mosque that was converted into a cathedral after Spain reclaimed the Cordoba region. The Moorish architecture that remains is simply stunning, and it doesn't hurt that the newer Cathedral is itself amazing. It is possible to tour the Mezquita-Catedral, as the structure is also known, and it is certainly worth the time and the money. Audio guides are available in multiple languages, including English.
As for the Puente Romano, it was originally built some 2,000 years ago and spans the Guadalquivir River near the Mezquita and the Juderia. The bridge's sixteen arches lend to its scenic appeal, and it is interesting to note that the statue that is found in its middle dates back to 1651. The Roman ruins in Cordoba also include what is left of an old temple, and you can find these ruins next to City Hall at 29 Claudio Marcelo.
While taking walking tours in Cordoba, it is possible to break at any number of plazas, or squares. The Cordoba plazas often have lovely fountains, and it is also common for them to be home to cafes and restaurants, not to mention museums on some occasions.
English-language walking tours can be arranged with ease in Cordoba, and they generally last a few hours. All the main sites in the historic Juderia district are highlighted, and tour guests get a great introduction to the city. The staff at many a local hotel can help guests arrange such tours, not to mention other kinds of Cordoba sightseeing adventures, and information for such things can also be obtained at the city's tourist office. This office is found at Calle Torrijos 10 and is open every day of the week.