If you’re wondering what to see in Córdoba, look no further. Córdoba’s so beautiful that even just strolling through the streets is a wonderful experience. It’s absolutely impossible not to be blown away by the character of the city with flower-filled patios, tiny, narrow streets, cute plazas and quirky tapas bars.
Córdoba’s oozing with history; a Roman-built city of huge prestige, which was then inhabited by the Moors and finally taken over by the Spanish Christians. Once, this magnificent place was the largest city in Europe! Códoba has more to offer than just architecture; it’s the kind of place that you can just fall in love with. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Where to Stay
Personally, if I travel to a city, I always like to stay in a hotel in the centre, and Córdoba’s no exception. I’m just not into commuting to the outskirts when I’m on holiday; I want to be able to walk out the door of my hotel and immediately be in an interesting area. So I always choose a hotel with a central location and preferably somewhere that’s comfortable and offers friendly service, because that’s important to me too. Of course, you can’t know about the service until after you’ve stayed somewhere, but at you can try for a great location.
The first time we went to Córdoba we stayed here inside old town and we liked it so much we always stay there now, if there’s availability.
If you’re not happy to amble around, finding your own way, it’s a great idea to book a tour. There’s so much history to Córdoba, it’s well worth making the effort to learn some of the fascinating past that’s embedded in the architecture. And if you aren’t into walking, there’s a Segway tour which will take you round the city. Make sure that the tour you choose has a minimum of 4 stars and plenty of reviews to make it reliable.
Traditional Celebrations in Córdoba
In May there’s a celebration known as los patios de Córdoba where everybody decorates the patios with flowers and opens them up to the public.
At the end of May, is the traditional spring feria, one of the most popular and most loved ferias in Andalusia.
Córdoba has its own unique vibe and can be enjoyed just by strolling through the streets and wandering through the plazas and that’s even before visiting the highlights.
The Mezquita of Córdoba
The famous Mezquita de Córdoba is also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba or the Mosque-cathedral of Córdoba.
The Mezquita was originally a Roman temple for worship, which was later converted into church and then later, a simple mosque (constructed cerca AD 784). The simple mosque was subsequently enlarged on and elaborated on by the Moors until it became what we see today.
In 1236 the Christians conquered the Moors and the Mosque was used for christian worship without altering it, until the 16th century, when King Carlos 1 gave orders for the demolition and reconstruction of a new main alter and choir area.
As well as the interior you can also see the lovely Patio de los Naranjos which is open for free and from here you can climb the Torre Campanario (Belfry Tower) for a small fee.
The Roman Bridge
The beautiful bridge of Córdoba was first constructed by the Roman when they constructed the city of Córdoba and its origins date back to the 1st century BC, though it was reconstructed by the Moors in the 8th century and has had many reparations since.
The bridge is now pedestrian-only and is a popular spot with locals and tourists alike. You will see why, when you stroll across it and soak up the views of the river and look back towards the centre of Córdoba.
By the way, this bridge is so magnificent, it was used in the TV series Game of Thrones, though the bridge seen in the movie is actually a digital reproduction of the real thing, based on drone images.
Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos
The Alcázar de Córdoba is just nearby the Mezquita and was home to King Ferdinand and Isabel I for many years. Although originally this originally a Moorish fort, the current Alcázar was built under Christian order in 1328 by order of Catholic King Alfonso XI of Castile.
In the 15th century the fort played an important role in the Spanish Inquisition and it was from here that Ferdinand and Isabel planned and executed their attack on Granada in 1489, finally winning back Granada from the Nasrids in 1492.
One of the most beautiful things to do when you visit the Alcázar is to wander through the gardens which are based on Moorish design and reminiscent of the Generalife gardens at the Alhambra.
Plaza de La Corredera
This large square leaves you wondering about its gory past, which includes bull fights and inquisition burnings. Now the square has just a few bars which lay out their tables out in the expanse of the huge area. There is also a popular food market here in the mornings.
And there’s More…
As well as all these things, in Córdoba you can stroll alongside the river Guadalquivir, visit a museum, or the Botanical Gardens, see the remains of the Roman temple, from the rule of Claudius in the 1st century AD, the Torre de Calahorra dating from the 1100’s and the Puerta del Puente, a dramatic archway leading to the Roman bridge. And of course don’t forget the tapas bars and flamenco muc!
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