Unlike my other two 'off the beaten path' tips, this is not the first write-up but it certainly seems to belong here as most of the Cordoba visitors do not mention it an I did not go on my first three visits.
This is a museum which has had luck and made use of it. It ca hardly be normal to be setting up a museum of archaeology and find that you are actually on hte site of a Roman villa with your own built-in remains. This was the luck.
Thus they are able to show some things in situ but it is not only the Roman remains that are good. The prehistoric remains are excellent and the musk deer sculpture from Menina Azahara must be practically unique.
It is free with an EC passport but it only costs €1.50 anyway and is worth far more.
- Budget Travel
- Museum Visits
Palacio de Marques de Viana
As with the botanical garden, I am surprised that this should be 'off the beaten track' but it barely comes up in the tps here although the Tourist Board info lists it as worth seeing for its lovely patios even in Cordoba where there are so many [as several tips testify.]
A full tour of the house and patios takes an hour and a half for a guided tour with a commentary only in Spanish and costs €6. What I recommend is a ticket which allows you to see the patios only [twelve of them!] on your own for €3.
I shall be creating a travelogue to show something of the variety of the patios.
I can find neither a telephone number nor a good website in English but it is marked on the tourist board map.
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
Medina al Azharaha
located a short distance from the city center is the archeaological site of medina ala azharaha. It is one of the more important such sites in the region. It was built as a palace-city in the 10th century by the last of the caliphs of the Cordoba Caliphate. It was sumptupus and was a clear indication of the power of the caliph. However, only 7 decades later, it was razed and burnt during a series of civil wars and by the invading Berbers of North Africa. Today, the ruins can be seen, still quite impressive. A glimpse into another time and another era.
The zoco is the ancient market; well, nowadays it is a market, where you can find some handicraft shops. Why do I post this as an "off the beaten path"? Because I think it deserves a visit, despite you buy somthing or not. The patio has a beautiful style, with the typical well, plant pots and china plates.
El zoco es el antiguo mercado; bueno, en la actualidad aún es un mercado, en donde encontrarás varios locales de venta de artesanías. ¿Por qué lo recomiendo en las actividades fuera del trillo? Porque creo que vale la pena la visita, compres algo o no. El patio tiene un bello estilo, con el típico aljibe, las macetas con plantas y los platitos de loza.
Not only Romans, Muslims and Christians left their traces at Córdoba; also Jewish people did. A proof of this is the ancient Sinagogue, built at 14th century, that still remains at the old "judería" (Jewish district).
No sólo los romanos, musulmanes y cristianos dejaron sus huellas en Córdoba; también los judíos lo hicieron. Una prueba de ello es la antigua Sinagoga, construida en el siglo XIV, que aún permanece en la vieja judería.
Montilla - famous for it's wine
On our way back to Granada we made a wine stop in Montilla south of Cordoba. We visited the Bodegas Alvear and had some great wine there. The Montilla wine is made the same way as sherry with the solera method.
- Wine Tasting
Apart from the sights that...
Apart from the sights that I've mentioned in the other categories, you shouldn't miss the Plaza de la Corredera, a typical market square, the Plaza de las Tendillas, the center of the modern city, the Palace of Viana (an old aristocratic residence, today a museum) and the Roman ruins.
And, of course, visit also some of the province of Córdoba. Near the capital you can visit the ruins of the old palace of the Muslim caliphas (Medina Zahara). There is not much left of it, but archaelogists are unveiling more and more secrets. To the south of the Province there are a lot of typical Andalusian villages, famous for their Barroque churches: Priego, Montilla, Lucena, Cabra... In the Guadalquivir Valley, visit the impressive Montoro, and to the North, the good preserved natural parks of Hornachuelos and the Northern Sierras.
JUDERIA. On the north side of...
JUDERIA. On the north side of the Camposanto lies the Juderia, the old Jewish quarter. On plaza de las Bulas you will find the Museo Taurino (bulfighting Museum). To the north of the museum is the Synagogue (1315), one of the oldest surviving synagogues in Spain and one of only three remaining in all of Spain (the other two are in Toledo - see our Spain: Toledo page).
Late afternoon we crossed...
Late afternoon we crossed Puente Romano and see Mezquita and Alcazar over Rio Guadalquivir. In Spain, my sense of time needed to reset. They had the twilight at 9 p.m. This is the most beautiful time of the day. We saw the view of Mezquita and Alcazar in the twilight. The sky which was getting red a little by little was wrapping them up. That was a breathtaking view!!! You should not miss it when you are in Cordoba.
Casa Museo.. Exibition
Casa Museo.. Exibition of the music and Guitars of Andres Segovia, well worth a visit when in the area, if you wish you can listen to the old master
- Museum Visits
Visit Medina Al Zahara
This is the ruins of an old Moorish capital. It has an amazing water system and was thoroughly sophisticated in its build.
- Historical Travel
visiting private patios during may nights.....
worth while ...during the night ,adding a touch of romantism....
between 10 and 12pm,at darkness....
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
Old town is bordered by...
Old town is bordered by medieval city walls.Many of the streets are hardly more than narrow alleys where cars cannot enter.
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