Visiting Cordoba was a must, during our road trip through Andalusia. One of the most beautiful and important cities of Andalusia, and the best example of the Moorish influence in Spain.
Cordoba was once (in the 10th century) the most populous city in the world! It is a city with a very peculiar architecture and lifestyle, mixing old and new, Christianity and Islam. We spent a night and a day in Cordoba and we really enjoyed it. Do you know that there is a big Moorish influence in Spain? The south of Spain was under the domain of Arabs from the early 8th to the 15th century, so more than 700 years.
Cordoba is a city with a fantastic vibe and it is a pleasant city to visit at night. At night??? Yes, you can visit the historic center at midnight if you want. The weather is hot, really hot, the average temperature is 37ºC, but when we went there in August, it was about 42ºC! So, walking at night is a good idea, it’s a bit cooler therefore pleasant! Or you could just visit Spain in Winter…
The historic center of Cordoba was nominated World heritage site. Cordoba was conquered in 716 AC by a Moorish army and only in 1236 returned to Christian rule. In the 10th century, Cordoba was a center of education, politics, culture and a big influence on Medieval Europe. Islamic was very advanced in algebra, chemistry, alchemy, agriculture, medicine and physics. This is a wonderful place to discover the fusion between Arab and Christian. This city is definitely worth at least one day of your time in Andalusia.
One of those “WOW” places! A unique Cathedral? Or a unique Mosque…? Maybe a little bit of both… a fusion between a Mosque and a Cathedral. First, it was a Catholic church, in 784 transformed into a Mosque, and in 1236 converted back into a church. You can see the mess, but it turned out quite well! One of the most peculiar buildings that we have seen. The entry ticket costs 8 €, we got a bit of a queue, so try to go early. They also allow you to visit the tower…
It is a beautiful bridge across the Guadalquivir river, the link between the city center and the old town center. A good spot to take fantastic photos with the view of the Cathedral-Mosque and the Gate of the bridge. It has sixteen arches and in the middle, there is a statue of San Rafael.
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
We heard that it is beautiful but we weren’t able to go because it was closed, we forgot to see the timetable. It closes on Monday. Monday is not a good day to visit Cordoba lots of museums are closed. Check this link and don’t do our mistake. The Alcazar was a magnificent city palace built by Abd-al Rahman III, inside you can find the Royal Castle, the living quarters and the High Garden with its four ponds. Seems fantastic, don’t miss it!
Walk through the Jewish quarter and find different shops, streets, and tasty restaurants. Check out the “Alley of the flowers”, flowers fill the balconies and house walls in cute vases. In Cordoba, courtyards are very typical and essential to the design of the house. Enjoy exploring the different courtyards.
Where to eat in Cordoba
Tapas and Spanish food were an important part of this trip, we love trying different food. So the mission was to eat the biggest variety of tapas during the trip. And we found in Cordoba a culinary treasure. In the Jewish quarter, we found a typical restaurant, Taberna Rafae, that served rabo de toro rice and Salmorejo (tomato sauce) with deep-fried aubergines. These were simply divine. We also recommend Flamenquín de Jamón Serrano and Salmorejo soup in El Abanico.
Looking for even more information on Cordoba? Have a look at this full Cordoba travel guide.