One day in Cordoba – things to do and where to eat and stay

During our road trip through Andalusia, spending one day in Cordoba was mandatory. It’s one of the most beautiful and important cities in Andalusia, and probably the best example of the Moorish influence in Spain. In this post, we will explore the best things to do in Cordoba in one day, where to eat and even the best time to visit.

When is the best time to visit Cordoba for one day?

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. During Summer, the weather is hot, really hot, the average temperature is 37ºC, but when we went 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

Things to do in Cordoba in One day

A little about Corboda history

Cordoba was once (in the 10th century) the most populous city in the world! Today it’s just a median city o Spain. However, it is a city with very peculiar architecture and lifestyle, mixing old and new, Christianity and Islam.

We spent the night and one 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. The US is 243 years old… let that sink in for a bit…

One day in Cordoba Spain

Cordoba was conquered in 716 CE 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.

Unsurprisingly, the historic center of Cordoba was nominated World heritage site in 1984. As UNESCO puts it “Cordoba’s period of greatest glory began in the 8th century after the Moorish conquest when some 300 mosques and innumerable palaces and public buildings were built to rival the splendors of Constantinople, Damascus, and Baghdad.”

Visit Cordoba a day

Things to do for one day in Cordoba

Visit Cordoba’s Mosque / Cathedral

This world heritage site is one of those “WOW” landmarks! is it a unique Cathedral? Or a unique Mosque…? Maybe a little bit of both… It’s really a fusion between a Mosque and a Cathedral. First, it was a Catholic church, then in 784 transformed into a Mosque, and in 1236 it was converted back into a church.

You can see the mess, but it turned out quite well! This has to be 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…

Book a guided tour to the Mosque/Cathedral

Top activities in Cordoba for one day

Cross the Roman bridge

It is a beautiful bridge across the Guadalquivir river, the link between the city center and the old town center.  It’s also 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.

One day in Cordoba

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 and it closes on Monday. Note: Monday is not a good day to visit Cordoba as 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!

You can also buy here the skip the line tickets

Reasons to Visit Córdoba

Explore the Jewish Quarter

The Jewish quarter of Cordoba is usually called the Juderia e it’s located behind the Cathedral/Mosque. It’s the area of the city where the Jews lived from the 10th to the 15th century and became one of the most interesting and popular areas in Cordoba. It’s one of the most important parts of the UNESCO area in Cordoba.

Book here a guided tour through the city

Walking through the Jewish quarter and finding different shops, streets, and tasty restaurants are sone of our best memories from traveling in Spain. Check out the “Alley of the flowers”, where 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. There’s even a patios tour!

What to do in Córdoba

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Where to eat in Cordoba

Tapas and Spanish food were an important part of this trip, at least for anyone who loves trying different foods. 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.

Where to eat in Cordoba in one day

If you are planning a trip to Southern Spain, Cordoba is a mandatory stop! We strongly suggest you spend the night so you can explore the big landmarks during the day and enjoy the lively nightlife and the old town at night.

Where to stay in Cordoba?

It’s possible to find hostels and guesthouses right in the center. La Llave de la Juderia is a good example of a nice place to stay right in the historic center. However, if you are driving, we strongly suggest you don’t book anything there, as it’s impossible to navigate and park. We have stayed in Hespederia Cordoba which is on a walking distance to the center but in an area where you can easily park!

Looking for even more information on Cordoba? Have a look at this full Cordoba travel guide.

7 thoughts on “One day in Cordoba – things to do and where to eat and stay”

  1. I think its interesting to see how the culture wars have played out in Southern Europe. And how they have shaped current geo politics. What you have shared here are the physical remains what we can see of their glory. It will be interesting to see what we leave behind for next generations.

  2. Great photos here! I always wanted to go to Cordoba when I visited Spain but haven’t had a chance. I definitely would like to go one day! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ive been to Cordoba. And I saw that it has that Arabic touch. The buildings, streets…. beautiful post a very intetsting one. Thank yiu for sharing

  4. Very awesome pictures. Loved the place and the colours. Thanks for sharing all this information. It was quiet helpful.

  5. I want to visit Cordoba now! It seems to take on the influence of many different cultural religions and still retain a very Spanish individuality. The Alley of Flowers seems like a fairytale!

  6. Fantastic photos! I would love to visit. It is always interesting to see cultural influences and how they have shaped a region. Thanks for sharing!

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