It’s easy to miss out Cordoba between popular destinations. So step off the beaten track and discover Andalusia’s secret city. It makes a great day trip, but if you are looking to chill out, it is a good place to stay for more. One thing is sure, it can not be missed.
Cordoba is a city with a perfect size, big enough to do a lot of things and small enough to feel that you could manage the city in a couple of weeks. Once you start wander its streets, you’ll see it is packed with Andalusian charm without the crowds. One of those places where the past is reflected everywhere you look.
The Malmuerta Tower
The Almodóvar Gate
The historic Jewish quarter is one of the most delightful areas of Córdoba to explore. With its charming labyrinth of narrow lanes, whitewashed houses, colorful flower-filled patios, and quiet squares, this area has a very distinctive atmosphere. Besides the enchanting Andalusian ambience.
The old town with its characteristic Moorish atmosphere reflects thousands of years of occupation by different cultural groups.
There are still many ancestral homes and traditional houses. The communal houses built around interior courtyards (“patio”) are the best example of Cordoba houses. They have Roman origin with an Andalusian touch.
La Mezquita, the UNESCO-listed mosque is a unique artistic achievement. It is an architectural hybrid, cathedral-within-a-mosque. Actually, the second-largest Mosque in the Islamic world that joins together many of the artistic values of East and West.
Try to get there at about 9am when entry is free and before the tour groups pour in.
It was first a church until the Moors came to Spain and took it over. They converted it into a mosque. It has gone through five major transformations until the final change in 1236 to a Romanesque style cathedral. When the Moors had control of this mosque they allowed Christians to have their own prayer room. Today the Islamic residents of Cordoba have have been rejected to have a designated prayer area.
towering pillars that seem almost endless
The "Torre de Alminar" - Bell Tower 93m high. It’s possible to climb the steps to the top.
"Palacio de Viana" Artistic Garden: is an aristocratic family palace renowned for its 12 patios designed in the Andalusian style with decorative fountains and lush landscaping.
"Madinat al-Zahra" (means City of the Flowers): a restored Moorish city just outside Cordoba with a fairy tale feel.
The original palace was large enough to accommodate 30,000 people.
The palace was destroyed in 1010 by the Almoravids and is now largely in ruins.
Córdoba is also renowned for its artisan crafts and gastronomy. Be sure to taste the local specialties such as "Salmorejo" before you leave.