Cordoba is an ancient city that reveals the soul of Al-Andalus, brimming with culture, tradition and magic. The city has successfully preserved its historical heritage, allowing tourists to be transferred to the time of the great Roman Empire. Visitors are able experience significant parts of history where Muslims, Jews and Christians all fell in love with Cordoba for the very first time.
Start your day by visiting the Mosque in the Moorish quarter, a universal architectural landmark, followed by a tour of the nearby Moorish styled Synagogue. Stroll through picturesque gardens and courtyards at the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs, once the residence of the Catholic Monarchs Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon and the fortress where Christopher Columbus was received. It’s very easy to see how these unique architecture stand out while not disturbing the impressive surrounding landscape.
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10. Palacio de la Merced is a baroque palace icon and has a beautiful courtyard. Formerly a convent, today it houses some departments of the Cordoba Council. From there cross the
5. Roman Bridge over the Guadalquivir River, which joins the Calahorra Tower to the Arc of Triumph.
9. Viana Marquis´ Palace was a 14th century manor house and consists of about 17 Andalusian patios. It is intriguing to see how people lived during this era.
4. Tendillas Square is the city's main square, where you can find shops and restaurants that will leave you wanting tapas for each meal of the day.
8. Corredera Square is the city's main square, where you can find shops and restaurants that will leave you wanting tapas for each meal of the day.
3. The Synagogue The Jewish Quarter (Juderia) holds the famous Cordoba Synagogue which was listed as a World Heritage Site since 1994.
7. Julio Romero de Torres and the Fine Arts Museum These two museums are next to each other. Julio Romero de Torres is one of Andalusia's most prominent painters of his time, leading portraitist in Spain and South America and strongly influenced by two of the best artists in the world, Raphael and Da Vinci.
2. Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs This Gothic-style palace was the residence of the Catholic Monarchs for eight years. A afternoon walk in the beautiful gardens and Moorish courtyard, help picture a time full of interesting stories about the three cultures that left their mark on the city.
6. Medina Azahara is where Abd-al-Rahman III built an impressive city-palace that could hold up to 12,000 people including servants and craftsmen, as well as the whole court. Today you can see the destruction left behind by the Berbers in 1010.
1. The Mosque and Cathedral of Córdoba is the most famous icon of the Hispano-Muslim culture. Its construction began in 785, when Cordoba was the capital of the Caliphate of Al-Andalus. The cathedral, built in the same location, was afterwards the pride of the Christian Reconquest. During spring, enjoy the smell of orange trees blossoming in the famous Patio de los Naranjos.
Enjoy the beginning of the spring in the Festival of the Crosses of May in Cordoba. Also, do not miss the Festival of the Patios, a competition for the title of the most beautiful patio. Enjoy tapas as you listen to flamenco music playing in the background while you take in the Caliphate city.
Cordoba’s Fair is another major event in the city and is normally held at the end of May. Try a glass of fine wine while dancing Sevillanas in any of stalls also known as ´casetas´.
The Holy Week is a spectacular event that symbolizes the last week of Jesus Christ in processions carved in wood or ´pasos´, Renaissance decorative art. Take part in the contrast of passion and sorrow showed by the devotees and listen to a ´saeta´ in the middle of ancient downtown.
You cannot miss the wine tasting of Montilla-Moriles in Cordoba holding the top 20 wineries in the region. Savor a drink while enjoying a typical tapas meal, the wonderful art of Andalusian eating. Feeling hungry?
June marks one of the most important flamenco dates worldwide: La Noche Blanca del Flamenco. Enjoy every square and street as flamenco artists spread across this city to demonstrate the real flamenco feeling. These artists are highly recognized as the greatest in their genre.
WHEN TO GO
Cordoba is one of the sunniest Spanish cities. During the months of July and August the thermometer often reaches 40 °C. Winters are slightly cold, with minimum of 9 °C.
The great thing about this city is that it is well connected with the rest of Andalusia and Spain. The high speed rail service (AVE) takes you to Seville and to Madrid in less than two hours. There is intercity transport and also in the Tres Culturas Square you can find various buses to all major cities and towns in Andalusia.
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