A vast array of guided tours is available in Córdoba (see www.turismodecordoba.org/seccion/rutas-por-cordoba). Oway does an entertaining free 2½-hour walking introduction to the city, with enthusiastic guides proffering interesting snippets of history along the way. Find the guides with blue shirts and blue umbrellas in Plaza de las Tendillas at 10.30am daily: participants are divided into English-, Spanish- and French-speaking groups.

Afterwards you may be tempted to take one of the paid tours focussing on specific parts or aspects of the city.