Córdoba is the perfect place for those who love to combine history, culture and good gastronomy. THE The city is located in the south of Spain, in the region of Andalusia, just under two hours from Madrid, for those traveling by train. It is difficult to find another Spanish region with such a rich cultural history and such diverse geography as Andalusia. The Romans, Arabs and Christian Kings have already passed through the region. All these millennia and centuries of civilization have made it a precious confluence of architecture, arts and religious expressions. So much so that the city receives the codename of “City of Three Cultures”, for the historical presence of Christians, Jews and Muslims.

The city is famous for its majestic mosque and also for its courtyards, declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Discover here what to do in Cordoba, the places and experiences you can't miss. Córdoba owes its tourist fame to its cathedral-mosque, but believe me, the city has much more to offer.

How to get

There are direct flights from Madrid to the main Andalusian cities. You can easily reach Córdoba also by bus or train. The bus station (957-404040) is connected to cities like Seville, Granada and Madrid. Córdoba's train station (957-400202) connects the city to Seville, Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga and Granada.

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What to do in Cordoba

cathedral mosque

The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is one of the most amazing temples in the world. Inside what was once one of the largest mosques in the Muslim world, stands a Christian cathedral that tries to overshadow the beauty of the Arab temple. Arches, ceilings, walls, visiting the mosque-cathedral is constantly marveling at the skills of the artists who built it.



Neighboring the mosque-cathedral, the Judería de Córdoba, the city's Jewish quarter, is a labyrinth of narrow streets, whitewashed houses and many, many vases with flowers, which delight the eyes of those who visit the city. Getting lost in the streets and squares of the Judería (which is not difficult at all), is a great attraction, full of surprises, for anyone who gets carried away by these narrow streets of Córdoba.


The Courtyards of Cordoba

The extremely hot and dry weather in Córdoba made the architecture of the houses, already in Roman times, provide some comfort for its inhabitants. In this way, the houses were conceived with a central courtyard and built around this space. The patio has the function of a kind of oasis, with abundant vegetation to increase the feeling of humidity. Every year, in May, the Fiesta de los Patios de Córdoba takes place, a competition to choose the most beautiful patio in the city. For the contest, the patios are decorated with numerous flowers and plants. It is such an emblematic competition that it was designated Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2012. The good news is that the courtyards can be visited during 12 months of the year.


Roman Bridge

Cordoba's renovated Roman bridge serves as an authentic city promenade, where people take the opportunity to take a stroll at the end of the day, when temperatures are more pleasant. The bridge was built in the 1st century and recently renovated. As a result of the renovation, which left the bridge brand new, it's hard to feel like you're crossing such an old bridge. At the northern end of the bridge, close to the mosque-cathedral, is the Puerta del Puente, at the southern end, the Torre de Calahorra.


Try Salmorejo

Cordoba salmorejo is a delicious local culinary specialty that you must know. It is a cream made with tomatoes, bread, garlic, olive oil, salt and a little cold water. It is decorated with pieces of cured ham and a boiled egg cut into cubes. It is a dish to be consumed cold, a refreshing sensation in a city as hot as Cordoba.


Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos is a military fortress built in 1328 on the remains of several Muslim buildings. It was the residence of the Castilian kings and the Catholic Monarchs lived in it for 8 years, while they led the conquest of Granada. It was also here that Christopher Columbus requested the support of the Catholic Monarchs for his adventure of exploring a new route to the Indies. The fortress is not very interesting and one should not expect a palace on the level of the Alcázar de Sevilla. However, the gardens of the Alcázar are very pleasant.


When to visit Cordoba

Córdoba can be visited all year round, but we recommend avoiding the city during the months of July and August, because of the extreme heat.

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