While walking along this little streets, you will be safe, as there are lots of tourist (at least during the day, I had never been at night)
Just be careful of the gypsies around trying to sell you Rosemary and trying to read the future on your hands....
This is really not a serious danger but I thought I would add it to my tips. When you are visiting the Torre De La Calahorra the steps are narrow, a little step and winding.
So just be careful, don't rush and enjoy the amazing views when you get to the top!
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 incident i witnessed in Cordoba. A young man offers to play music for the unsuspecting tourists. He was well dressed. The tourists didn't say no, so the young man sat down and played his accordion for a while and became rather upset when the tourists refused to pay him.
Unbelievable. We try to get accommodation during the festival of the Patios, with no luck at all!
Prices of hostels up to 100 Euros
hotels that normally you can get for 50 Euros, were up to 175 Euros!
So if you plan going on May book in advance a few months before! do not leave it for last minute
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 town is best described as a labyrinthine. I found it easier to walk along the wide avenue (relatively speaking) along the river and cut up into the area by the Mezquita rather than try to find my way through a maze of narrow streets and passageways. It is very easy to get lost here and a map will often be of little help!
Avoid anyone bearing rosemary like the plague. We got taken to the cleaners by a rosemary bearing gypsy in Granada, and we were not about to let this happen a second time. We saw the gypsies hanging around outside La Mezquita, too, pestering unsuspecting tourists. Just give them a very wide berth, and don't turn your back on your teenagers.
We were warned that Cordoba gets very hot in July. Yes, it is very hot, but we went anyway. We're glad we did. We had no choice, other than to miss it, and we didn't want to do that. Cordoba is worth seeing, even if temps get up to 104 degree F. By late afternoon, we just had to slow down our pace. Our trouble was, we had no place really to go. Thinking air conditioning, we looked for places that might have this, but didn't have a whole bunch of luck. We couldn't find the movie theatre that was mentioned in the guidebooks. El Corte Ingles was air conditioned, which was nice, but there is only so much time I can stand to spend in El Corte Ingles.
Paintings had to be kept in a climate controlled environment, so I suggested the Cordoba Museum of Fines Arts. No one wanted to do an activity that required standing on two feet. That meant the Jewish Synagogue, which we couldn't find earlier, but now knew where it was, was also out of the question.
Trying to get creative, I suggested one of those horse drawn carriages, but my son adamantly vetoed this as being too touristy. Never mind that he carries a camera around and is easy prey for the rosemary bearing gypsies. I tell you, it is very tough work being an activity coordinator.
For lack of any better ideas, we sat in the park on Doctor Fleming Street for 45 minutes until dinner and counted the number of empty taxis we saw drive by. (This was obsessive-compulsive behavior to assure ourselves - no just me, really - that we wouldn't have a problem getting to the train station on time after dinner.) Maybe we could have gotten off our behinds, but we were just too darn hot and tired to even move.
This is the kind of thing that could really happen anywhere. But it happened in Cordoba. My friend and I were walking home after dinner one evening, near the Jewish quarter, when we were followed by some street toughs. They gave chase, and attacked us with broken bottles, and bricks. It was very scary. We made it out alive, but we we're both cut up from the bottles. They apparantly wanted my friends Rolex. That's a lesson to never forget. you need to watch yourself at night on these dark little streets.
Unless you want feel 45 C degrees or more (that is on the shadow) ...
I had been once in July and August and I promised myself never to come again on that time!
Well it is called the frying pan of Andalucia, now you know why!
It's not dangerous the touristic area of Cordoba. Just take the normal precautions. Take care in the narrow and crowded streets with the pickpockets. Around the cathedral area you'll see some gipsies, just ignore them.
In Cordoba it's really hot. Temperatures are really high. When you arrive there you think your skin will disappear and you're going to melt. Drink a lot of water and cover your head. Use sun cream too if you don't want to look like a tomatoe later.
When we were parking our car on the other side of the river of the Mezquita an old man came by and started asking us for money to watch our car. We refused and when we got back the car was keyed all along the passenger side. I don't know if he did it (bad karma- don't know for sure) but hell it sure looks like it.
Cordoba is infamous for its criminality and carthefts. We knew that we had to watch out, but unfortunately thieves broke into our car (in the citycentre, middel of the day !!!) and stole our......old and smelly sneakers. Unbelievable !
How ironic....our car was a Seat Cordoba.....
Cordoba, like the rest of inland Andalusia may get really hot in the Summer months, even above 40 ºC in some days. Luckily this a dry heat, so it is easy to bear with, but if you are not used to this kind of climate, do as the locals during the summer months: do the sightseeing during early in the monrning, rest during the midday hours and enjoy the colourful Andalusians nights as long as your body can resist it.
Watch out for girls or even adult women with flowers. They will try to approach you if you look lost or you look like an easy tourist target. They will try to sell you these flowers by giving you a fake palm reading. If you see one of these girls just ingore them and walk on by.
I was unfortunately duped by one outside the Great Mosque. She just wouldn't let me go until I paid her 5 euros.