Córdoba Off The Beaten Path

  • The Seminario de los Ángeles in sight
    The Seminario de los Ángeles in sight
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  • Returning along the Sendero del Bembezar
    Returning along the Sendero del Bembezar
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  • A tempting spot for a swim
    A tempting spot for a swim
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    Zoco

    by andal13 Written Oct 23, 2003

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    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.

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    Medina al Azharaha

    by roamer61 Written Nov 7, 2003

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    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.

    Visitors Entrance to Palace

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    Botanical Gardens

    by davidcross Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I am surprised to find this is 'off the beaten path' but I spent a lot of time looking through this site and it seems near to unmentioned anywhere.
    It is not surprising that Cordoba, with its wonderful patios that several people have mentioned, should have good botanical gardens - more surprising that they did not open until 1989. For this reason the arboretum, while a lovely, interesting and shaded area does not have the huge, grand trees of some ther similar gardens.
    The gardens are extensive and include large areas of research and a garden for the blind with distinctive feeling as well as distinctive smelling plants.
    There are two museums in the gardens. One is the Paleobotanical Museum which has an excellent collection of leaf fossils . These are splendidly displayed to show development over different prehistoric periods and the building is an old water mill.
    The other is the Ethno botanical Museum which shows the interaction between humanity and plants. This has inter-active exhibits and is splendid for children.
    Entry is only a couple of euros.

    Kitchen Garden
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    Sinagogue

    by andal13 Updated Jul 5, 2003

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    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.

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    Medina Azahara

    by sim1 Updated May 17, 2008

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    On the foothills of the Morena Sierra, only 8 kilometres outside of the city of Cordoba you can find the remains of what once was one of the most beautiful cities in the world and also the capital of al-Andalus: the Madinat al-Zahra (or in English also referred to as Medina Azahara).

    Now it seems a forgotten place, which only attracted a handful of visitors during our visit on this gorgeous sunny afternoon in March 2008. The number of archaeologists, working constantly to discover more and more of this lost city, easily outnumbered the number of visitors. Only 10%, approx 112 hectares, of this once Islamic city in Southern Spain has been excavated and restored so far and one can only imagine what lost splendour is still hidden underneath the ground.

    Madinat al-Zahra dates back to the 10th century, built by Abd ar-Rahman III, the Caliph of Córdoba. Its heydays were only short-lived as the city only flourished for approximately 80 years. The building started around 940, and between 1010 and 1013 its period of glory came to an abrupt end. A civil war put an end to the Ummayad Caliphate and the city was plundered and abandoned. Lots of it remains were used to build other constructions. But despite all that, walking through these 'newly' discovered and restored piles of stones, walls and arches, one can still imagine what this place must have been like in the 10th century. If you are in Andalucía, and especially if you are in the area of Cordoba, a visit to Madinat al-Zahra is something you shouldn't miss. Especially if you have an interest in history, archaeology and/or architecture you will without a doubt be fascinated by Madinat al-Zahra.

    Opening hours:
    16 September to 30 April:
    Tuesday-Saturday: 10.00 to 18.30.

    1 May to 15 September:
    Tuesday-Saturday: 10.00 to 20.30, Sundays: 10.00 to 14.00.

    During public holidays: 10.00 to 14.00

    Closed on Mondays and on the 1st and 6th January, 1st of May, 24th, 25th and 31st of December.

    Admittance:
    EU citizens with proof of nationality: free (although no one asked or checked during our visit). Other nationalities: €1.50.

    You can read more about this fascinating archaeological site on my Medina Azahàra Page

    Madinat al-Zahra Madinat al-Zahra Madinat al-Zahra Madinat al-Zahra Madinat al-Zahra
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    Museo Arqueologico

    by davidcross Written Feb 29, 2004

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    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.

    The musk deer
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    Argentina in Cordoba

    by GentleSpirit Updated May 22, 2013

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    In talking to several different locals i found an answer to the question i had about why I kept seeing small mentions of Argentina around the city. There is a major street in Cordoba called Republica Argentina, which you will see on the way into the old town from the train station, for example.

    At first I thought it might be a sister city sort of thing. After all, the city of Cordoba is one of the major cities in Argentina as well. Actually, it was something much different and I noticed a slightly pained expression when i first asked the question. The street was named in recognition of the Argentines sending large quantities of beef to Spain during the Franco dictatorship. The regime's policy of total import substitution, as well as its pariah status as a result of Franco's sympathy for the fascist powers during World War II, caused great economic hardship in Spain. In areas of the country that were less developed, or where the economy was less diversified, and Andalucia would fall into this category, there was what some would call a famine, or widespread hunger on a regular basis.

    So this act by the Argentines is remembered gratefully in Spain.

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    Guadalquibir

    by solopes Updated Mar 23, 2015

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    The Guadalquivir, more than a river, is a reference in Spanish culture, history and poetry. Its peaceful passage by the historical Cordoba, reminds the Moorish times, well preserved in most artifacts used to retain or extract the water.

    To understand all my feelings you need to:

    1 - Learn Portuguese or Spanish
    2 - Find a record of João Villaret
    3 - Listen to him asking:

    "...
    Antonio Torres Heredia.
    Camborio de dura crin,
    moreno de verde luna,
    voz de clavel varonil:
    ¿Quién te ha quitado la vida
    cerca del Guadalquivir?
    ..."
    From "La muerte de Antonito el Camborio", by Federico Garcia Lorca.

    (IF you did it... good! You may keep on listening to the magic Villaret. If you didn't, at least, try to read Lorca... in any language!)

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    Palacio de Marques de Viana

    by davidcross Written Feb 27, 2004

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    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.

    One of 12
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    Montilla - famous for it's wine

    by sniem Written Mar 10, 2003

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    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.

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    Museo Julio Romero Torres

    by GentleSpirit Updated May 22, 2013

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    This museum is dedicated to the Cordobes painter Julio Romero Torres (1874-1930). There are about 50 of his paintings here and a replica of his studio in Madrid and some of his personal effects. There is a good overview of his work - religious paintings, some paintings that incorporate Cordoba, and his famous paintings of women. Torres was somewhat controversial in his time, not so much because he painted women. Rather, he focused more on Gypsy Women. He was an early photo-realistic painter, some of his pieces really are excellent in use of shadows and skin tones. His portrayal is warm, almost respectful, teasing in some places.

    I would suggest that you not come to this museum if you are offended by somewhat sensual portraits. I do not mean this is unsuitable, there are a lot of bare breasts, that's about it. It's not for everyone.

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    The Bembezar Barrier Dam

    by theo1006 Updated Nov 18, 2013

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    The Embalse del Bembezar was created by building the largest of three dams in Bembezar river, located 13 km north of Hornachuelos town. When staying near Córdoba by scanning the map we thought it might be a nice destination for a road trip. so we went there by road CO5314, turning north from A431 at Posadas. Along the road we discovered a deserted silver mine.
    Road CO5314 ends at a parking above the dam, providing a great view. From there we walked down to the top of the dam and crossed it on foot. The dam and adjacent banks are favoured spots for anglers.
    We walked down to the bridge below the dam by a sealed road closed for traffic, which gives access to the power plant. Near the bridge we discovered the northern entrance of the hiking trail Sendero del Bembezar. A sign warned that the trail may be walked with authorization only. So we decided to try and get that authorization another day in Hornachuelos.

    Above the Embalse del Bembezar The Bembezar Barrier Dam Downstream of Embalse del Bembezar Below the Embalse del Bembezar A deserted silver mine
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    The Bembezar Hiking Trail

    by theo1006 Updated Nov 18, 2013

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    The Sendero del Bembezar runs along the left bank of Bembezar river between the Embalse del Bembezar dam and the dam at Hornachuelos, a distance of 13.3 km.
    As it was signposted at the northeren end that one needs authorization to walk the trail, we sought to obtain that at Hornachuelos. But we found the tourist office closed and when we asked local people, they reacted “what authorization?” Indeed, the info board at the Hornachuelos end of the trail said nothing about authorization.
    When walking the trail from that end, we discovered that authorization is needed only from 4.5 km onwards. We walked for half an hour beyond that point and then turned back. Indeed,, we were quite happy to have got that far, as we never intended to walk the whole trail and back - which would have needed a whole day.
    The free accessable part of the Bembezar trail ends opposite the deserted Seminario de los Ángeles, which lies on the other bank of the river. We saw some hikers walking along the other bank, and so discovered that there is another trail, the Sendero de los Ángeles by which the seminary ruins can be reached. This we walked the next day.
    The Bembezar trail is the better maintained and in our opinion the most interesting. It makes a few U-bends to negotiate a small tributary. At one of these a board with pictures reminds one that here people used to cross the river by a 90 m long bridge, constructed between 1703 and 1712. The bridge is now submerged and the Hornachuelos dam has taken over its role. From there the trail gradually runs higher up the bank. Opposite the seminary the trail is partly cut out of the cliff and signs warn for falling rocks.
    At the entrance of the trail one is reminded that bathing in the reservoir is not allowed. Yet some of the tributaries rounded by a U-turn looked quite tempting in the heat of day.

    Directions: The southern starting point of the trail is located at the corner just across the Hornachuelos dam.
    http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/medioambiente/servtc5/ventana/mostrarFicha.do?idEquipamiento=20004&lg=EN

    Cut-out in the Sendero del Bembezar The ruins of the Seminario de los ��ngeles The Seminario de los ��ngeles in sight Returning along the Sendero del Bembezar A tempting spot for a swim
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    Manolete Monument

    by Polly74 Written Aug 5, 2004

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    In 1997, Cordoba celebrated the 50th anniversary of the death of this historic bullfighter. A year filled with official ceremonies with expositions (from paintings to philately), prizes, contests (from news coverage to the plastic arts), conventions (from bullfighting surgery to Andalusian fashion and design), Graphic expositions (from the Ravel’s Opera Carmen to the motion pictures), conferences and panel discussions about the bullfighting world, bullfighting festivals at the bullfighting arena of the "Caliphs" and an array of many other activities such as championships of thorough bred horses, introduction and tasting of wines, and many other diverse acts.

    Monument and Curch of St Mary

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    Medina Azahara

    by Carmela71 Updated May 25, 2004

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    Just 8 km of Cordoba around 100 years ago, was discovered the city of Medina Azahara, one of the largest city of that times. Still is on restoration, and still lots to discover under the hill.

    After 75 years it was destroyed by the Bereberes, many works were stolen and taken to Cordoba palaces,



    Not sure if you can go by public transport, but if you have your own car, it deserves 100% a visit.

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