Córdoba Travel Guide

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    Masjide Qurtaba from inside
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    The Courtyard of the Cathedral/Mosque
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    Córdoba Flamenco - The most traditional
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Córdoba Highlights

  • Pro
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    Krystynn says…

     The most amazing monument I've ever seen (Mezquita): Housing both a Mosque & Cathedral. Awesome architecture! 

  • Con
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    vibi68 says…

     Heat, heat, heat... the hotest we've visited in a 38 degrees weater 

  • In a nutshell
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    Hopkid says…

     The Mezquita is a must but don't miss the other sights! 

Córdoba Things to Do

  • Cathedral / Mosque

    Ever since I was about 14 years old I have wanted to see the Mezquita of Córdoba, so to finally enter it was an incredible feeling. The architecture is absolutely breathtaking. The remains of the mosque and the current cathedral in one building don't really match at all, but that's what makes this place so unique. With all the problems in the world...

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  • STREETS AND PATIOS OF CÓRDOBA...

    Since 1921 the city council organizes throughout the first half of May The Patios Contest, in which the owners of these adorn their homes hard to get the prestigious award offered by the consistory. With the celebration of this popular contest aims to appreciate the efforts that make the neighbors to preserve these traditional places. In parallel...

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  • Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

    The Gardens of the Alcazar are a relaxing place to escape the heat. I went in October, so unfortunately not much was in bloom anymore. There are lots of manicured gardens, fountains, orange trees. A lot of locals come here, this is a particularly popular place to take wedding pictures. That will give you a chance to see the Spaniards all dressed...

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Córdoba Restaurants

  • Famous ommelet

    We didn´t eat here but sure we do next time. I discovered this bar in a tv programme where talked about it. The place is very famous for its big spanish ommelet. The bar is situated on the east side of the Mosque-Cathedral, between the Puerta de Santa Catalina and Puerta of the Tier Round.En este bar no comimos pero seguro que lo haremos en otra...

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  • Lunch time at Plaza Corredera

    After spending the morning visiting patios we needed to have a break until the evening visit. At plaza Corredera we found Bar Mari Paz where we had a fantastic lunch at this bar. We had salmorejo, salad, flamenquin, croquets and chorizo al vino. Food was delicious, the staff very nice and price the best. The serve churros and porras for breakfast,...

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  • We enjoyed our tapas very much

    We were hungry and decided it was time to stop and get a bite to eat. We walked around the Juderia looking at the many restaurants and menus posted and after checking prices and atmosphere, we decided on this place. An excellent little place tucked away in an alley in the Juderia near the calle de las Flores, we were happy we decided to grab our...

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Córdoba Nightlife

  • La Magia del Flamenco

    We went for real flamenco and it was an unforgetable experience. You get free drink (jerez cherry for us) and you ar a witness to fabulous Flamenco show.To tell you the truth I was plesently surprised. I expected some touristy Disney Land, but what we got was a fantastic show, with fantastic dancers and guitar players. It was trully a magical...

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  • Flamenco flare

    The thing to do in Cordoba is to witness the spectacle of flamenco. Flamenco is a product of Andalusia and it is more than appropriate to enjoy it exactly here in Cordoba, in a way the heart of Andalusia.There are many venues where flamenco is performed. These are usually bars where one can be culturally prompted by generous quantity of sangria....

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  • Lots of concerts in Crodoba

    Lots of concerts in Cordoba, on my birthday we went to see this group.The singer is a friend.. so we enjoy it!'Deneuve' is Adolfo Carrillo, Antonio Manuel, Rafael Morillas, Santiago Bosco, Antonio Agredano and Angel S?nchez

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Córdoba Transportation

  • Horse carriages

    Entering by car and parking in old Cordoba is almost impossible. Walking is easy, but under the severe heat very uncomfortable (and dangerous) so, the popular horse-drawn carriages may become very useful here.

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  • Cordoba City Bus Map in PDF

    Cordoba city bus map URL:http://www.aucorsa.es/uploads/GaleriaFicherosPublica/Lineas/plano-interactivo/pdf/autobuses-cordoba.pdfHere's how to access the PDF from the home page [in case the URL above gets changed...that's been known to happen]1 Go to www.aucorsa.es2Click the Lineas y Horarios link that is located in the center/left of the page3Click...

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  • Train to Cordoba

    Cordoba station is named Cordoba Central. Located on the main high speed north-south lines. The train to Madrid takes about 2 hours on the high speed AVE. Seville is one stop away, about 45 minutes on the AVE.The line to Madrid-Malaga line also passes through Cordoba. The AVE is the high speed train. You have several classes of service- turista,...

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Córdoba Shopping

  • Olive Oil

    The Romans introduced olive oil to Spain. Olive oil is one of Spain's major exports, it produces some 43% of the world total. Andalucia is perhaps the major olive oil producing area in Spain. You will see row after row of olive trees if you are on the train. what to look for:Extra Virgin- this has a much lower acidity (0.8%) this accounts for 30%...

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  • Souvenirs for your coworkers

    In Cordoba you probably don't want to spend too much in some of the numerous tourist shops in the old town. For a larger or more expensive item you might want to start at the Corte Ingles,Cordoba is a center for flamenco so you can buy all sort of flamenco associated clothes. The hats are nice and fairly cheap as well. Guitars are locally made and...

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  • Sombrero Cordobes

    You can buy the traditional sombrero cordobes, a flat topped wide brimmed hat that is also worn throughout Andalucia. Distinctive looking.

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Córdoba Local Customs

  • Holidays- Dia de Andalucia

    This is celebrated throughout Andalucia on February 28, which celebrates the 1980 referendum that made Andalucia an autonomous community in Spain. This appeals to the regionalism that is still strong in Spain. You will see the green and white flag of Andalucia

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  • The Arfe Monstrance

    During the feast of Corpus Christi (60 days after Easter Sunday) the Arfe Monstrance is taken from the Cathedral Museum. It is loaded onto the shoulders of the faithful for the procession of Corpus Christi. This is not a light undertaking, the monstrance is huge, standing almost two meters tall and weighing 200 kilos. It is in silver and gold.The...

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  • Rafael

    One of the more popular names in Cordoba is Rafael or Rafaela. Why? Well the patron saint of the city is San Rafael, the archangel Raphael, who locals by tradition see as having saved the city from the Plague. The feast of San Rafael is celebrated in Cordoba on October 24. It is traditional to go out into the counry en masse to eat feroles. It is...

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Córdoba Warnings and Dangers

  • Darkness

    Be prepared for a disappointment.He have seen many pictures displaying the many columns of the cathedral, showing their density and rigorous geometry. We plan to make some good photos, and, at the first attempt, the there comes the problem - the light is so dimmed, that picture demands artificial lighting, but... flash forbidden.It is not very...

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  • Getting around the historic section of...

    Remember that Cordoba has been around since Roman times. The streets of its Historic Quarter,patricularly the Juderia, were not designed for cars and SUV's, rather for horses and carriages. On some streets you will only be able to fit 4 people across and its not uncommon to see people scurry into a doorway when a car comes. The historic section of...

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  • The Gypsy

    You will see the gypsies near most of the major tourist attractions in most of the major cities in Spain. An older lady will offer a herb , it is NOT FREE! Easier to say "no, gracias" and just get on with whatever you were doing. Be mindful of your valuables as this is often a ruse to divert your attention, watch out for pickpockets!Likewise, an...

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Córdoba Tourist Traps

  • Plaza del Potro

    The attraction is a fountain with a statue of a colt, holding the coat of arms of the city. In itself not terribly impressive, save for the fact that this Plaza was mentioned in Cervantes' Don Quixote. The plaza now houses the Julio Romero museum, a local painter as the Museum of Fine Arts (though the entrance from that side of the plaza was closed...

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  • take care of just falling in...

    take care of just falling in Love in Cordoba..some I know went back, year after year.........Plaza de Linares..Monolete the great Son of Cordoba..Bullfighter, adored by all Spaniards.He died tragically 30years young on an infection after he was injured at a Bullfight. I couldn't do much, gave in, gave up..the heat made my decision easy

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  • You will feel they only want your money

    I do not mind paying to see great monuments as the Mosque, Alcazares and other monuments. These means that they will use the money for renovations.Alcazar was great, as 2 Euros that included the Califal baths was more than worth. I would pay more for it.But 6,50 Euros for the Mosque, I founded really expensive in comparation tot he 5 Euros of the...

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Córdoba What to Pack

  • Unbearable heat for most

    Comfortable shoes I was in Spain from Mid-May to the begining of June and it was still fairly hot. When deciding to walk around do not forget to at least bring a bottle of water. It will come in handy. There are plenty of shops and vendors to buy from. It is a must.

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  • definitly suncream

    light backpack for strolling around Town good shoes, you are a lot on ya feet suncream, buy in Spain anyway...lots of it otherwise, there is nothing I can think of..leave some room in ya Luggage for all the fine things ya will see and maybe buy..like this fabulous pottery!!

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  • Take a coat with you

    You don't need to take much with you...Cordoba is a place for short stay. A light jacket is useful when you feel the sudden change of temperature once you enter the Mezquitta! Wet tissue and some refreshing towels....I found there were lots of mosquitoes near the river! It is not easy to take nice photos in Mezquitta - take a digital camera plus...

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Córdoba Off The Beaten Path

  • Hiking in Sierra de Hornachuelos Natural...

    There are lots of opportunities for hiking in Parque Natural de la Sierra de Hornachuelos. See our separate tips on the trails along the Bembezar river: Sendero del Bembezar and Sendero de los Ángeles. For hikes inland the usual starting point is the visitors' centre Huerta del Rey, some 4 km north of Hornachuelos town centre. From here four...

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  • The "Los Angeles" Hiking Trail

    The 4.3 km trail Sendero de los Ángeles runs along the right bank (looking downstream) of Bembezar river from Hornachuelos to the ruins of a seminary, the Seminario de los Ángeles. The trail was once used by the monks who lived at the seminary, and has been restored by the community of Hornachuelos. That perhaps explains why no mention of the trail...

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  • The Bembezar Hiking Trail

    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...

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Córdoba Sports & Outdoors

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    by GentleSpirit Written Mar 2, 2013

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    Not far out of the city you will see the hills. Sierras usually refers to hills/mountains, but in this case its much closer to hills. Pretty just the same

    5 Hiking routes outside of the City
    http://www.turismodecordoba.org/5rutas/index_en.html

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  • Religion and Philosophy

    Córdoba is a city where you can find some of the history of the three most popular religions in European history - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.It was also the birthplace of several important philosophers - Seneca, Ibn Rushd (Averroes), and Maimonides.

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  • Since my last visit

    When I visited Cordoba in 2004 tourism seemed in some ways an afterthought. To me that seemed terribly unfortunate because the city has a number of very real charms and a fascinating history.The local tourist board has apparently made great progress. Cordoba has an excellent tourist website along with information points at the RENFE station, the...

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  • Staying in Cordoba

    A lot of visitors usually only give Cordoba a day or two at the most. The number of tourists that came on daytrips in on large buses is staggering. At night you immediately notice a much less crowded atmosphere. If you stay in Cordoba, particularly when the flowers are in bloom, give it at least two days. One day is just not much time unless you...

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