It is well known that in Cordovawith thermometers touching 40 degrees during practically all of July and August, life in summer It begins at nightfall, and locals and visitors alike have to figure out how to deal with the ravages of the heat in the capital, which is home to four World Heritage Sites.

Knowing these circumstances and the attractiveness, two monuments World Heritage: the Mosque-Cathedral and Medina Azaharaopen their doors on summer nights to make visits more bearable in July and August, offering, in turn, a different experience when approaching these enclosures. Added to them are the streets of the Jewryin the area surrounding the Mosque-Cathedral, also a World Heritage Site, and which have the unique feature of always being open to the public.

The Soul of Cordoba

The Mosque-Cathedral offers a unique experience to the visitor who comes to Cordova and spends the night in the city. This is the Night show ‘The soul of Cordoba’a unique opportunity to get to know the monument from another perspective through a spectacle of light, sound and imagewhich come together to transport the visitor to a deep understanding of the monument, from an artistic-historical perspective and from its religious significance.

This is what a night visit to the Mosque-Cathedral looks like

The tour It begins in the Patio de los Naranjos with an audiovisual projection which covers the entire history of the monument and the city, before entering the temple and taking a tour of its main landmarks, including the primitive basilica of San Vicente or the reconquest of Fernando III El Santo, transported by sound and lighting, which occurs gradually as the visit progresses.

Between June and August there are passes at 10:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.although the show is not available every day. The Tickets can be purchased through the official website of the Mosque-Cathedral from Cordoba. Dates and availability can be checked here.

Medina Azahara, at night

One more summer, the caliphal city of Medina Azahara has scheduled Night visits to the archaeological zone during the summer, although the museum will be closed during these hours.

Evening tours will be available between June 21 and September 20from Tuesday to Friday, from 8:00 p.m. to midnight, and prior reservation is not necessary.

The entrance is free for all citizens of the European Union and the cost for visitors from other countries is 1.50 euros. The visit is free, without guide service.

Medina Azahara, illuminated at night.

Dramatized visits

In addition to the possibility of touring the archaeological zone at night, Medina Azahara offers dramatized visits to the site during nighttime visits. This summer, the activity will take place on Fridays and Saturdays, from July 6th to September 20th. The dramatizations are titled The Circle of the Caliph: Arabs, Slavs and Berbers and will highlight the diversity of the population that inhabited the caliphal city.

Roman Bridge of Córdoba, illuminated at dusk.

Jewish quarter and surroundings

The third monumental proposal for summer nights in Córdoba is the Historic center of the capital, and specifically the Jewish Quarter, the surroundings of the Mosque-Cathedral recognized as a World Heritage Site. The Córdoba night, the one in which high temperatures give a respite to the day, invites you to get lost in the labyrinth of its streets or contemplate the skyline From Cordoba on the other side of the Roman Bridge. A different snapshot to enjoy the city.