A travel guide to Córdoba
You can best visit Córdoba in a period from April to June, when it arranges most of its major celebrations. At this time of the year the weather is great: blue skies and perfect temperatures. The gardens are in a perfect state and the flowers are blooming. Get lost in the narrow streets of the Jewish district, visit different patios or go the hot-spot of the city: the Mezquita Catedral. So many to do and so many to see. Where to start? Let us give you a little travel guide for the beautiful city Córdoba…
What to visit?
La Mezquita Catedral
The Mezquita is one of the most remarkable tourist attractions in Córdoba. Visiting the Mezquita gives you an impression of the ancient times since it looks back on more than thousand years of history. Maybe the name of the Cathedral does not immediately ring a bell to you, but when you see the red and white coloured bows resting on 856 columns made of fine materials you will definitely recognize it. La Mezquita is the largest mosque and largest temple in the entire world. A must-see when you are in Córdoba.
If you want you can take your trip further to the Medina Azahara which is located about 7 kilometres from Córdoba. Medina Azahara was a magnificent city palace built for Abd-al Rahman III, which in the end was destroyed after only 70 years of existence.
Alcázar de los Reyes Christianos
This is the castle of Córdoba, built in 1328 for Alfonso XI. It used to serve as a fortress and a palace. The fortress has almost a rectangular shape with four corner towers. The Alcázar’s gardens are full of fish ponds, fountains, orange trees and exotic flowers. A perfect place to stroll around in the afternoon.
Interested in one of the finest views of the city? Go to Puente Romano. The bridge was built in the first century B.C. on the Guadalquivir River and has a length of 331 meters. Walk over it to Torre de la Calahorra where you can climb to the top and watch over the historic centre of Córdoba. Inside Torre de la Calahorra you can also find “Museo Vivo de al-Andalus”, which uses modern technology to inform the visitors.
What cannot be missed?
When you say patios you say Córdoba, and the other way around. In Córdoba you will find many patios with beautiful flowers carefully taken care for. There even is a festival in May related to the patios and the flowers.
This is the Jewish quarter of Córdoba, with a complex network of narrow streets, typically Andalusian. You probably will get lost, but that doesn’t matter when you discover one beautiful place on another. The neighbourhood honours the Jewish Maimonides.
- Feria de mayo
This week you can enjoy the “Fería de mayo” in Córdoba. It is a festivity held to commemorate the Lady of Health. During the festivity there are numerous bullfights held, flamenco and live concerts on the street, and a lot more that makes you smile. The speciality of this festivity is the local wine and the traditional costumes of women and men, wearing typical Cordovan hat.
What to eat?
When you visit a city you need to have a taste of their cuisine right? Let’s see what Córdoba is typically:
- Salmorejo: The variant of “Gazpacho”, a cold soup. This cold soup has a thicker and creamier structure due to the main ingredient: soaked bread.
- Flamenquín: A flamenquín from Córdoba is a roll consisting of slices of jamón serrano, wrapped in pieces of pork loin, covered with egg and breadcrumbs and then deep-fried. It is often garnished with mayonnaise and can be filled with other ingredients, like cheese or fish.
- Berenjenas fritas con miel: This actually is fried eggplant, served with a special kind of honey. Delicious!
- Rabo de Toro: Translated to English: Bull’s tail. Córdoba has a rich bullfighting tradition and therefore this dish cannot be overseen in the Cordovan cuisine.