Cordoba is located in the center of Andalucia in Spain and has been declared a World Heritage Site, featuring a diverse mix of cultures that have settled there throughout history. It was previously the capital of an Arab State and a Roman province, and is a stunning historical city that reflects the city’s prominent Islamic culture during the medieval period. It has a flourishing art and culture scene, offering a host of unique activities and cultural events, in addition to a good nightlife and lots of sites and attractions.
Cordoba hosts many festivals throughout the year, including Carnaval, which is when people get dressed up on costume and dance to music in the city squares. Enjoy some rest and relaxation at the Hammam Arabic baths, which are just a few minutes away from the mosque and recreates the baths from the Moorish era. Here you can enjoy a two-hour session and a massage. The main shopping area is in Plaza de las Tendillas, where you can find everything from ceramics to jewelry. Viana Palace is the former residence of the Marquis of Viana that is now a museum with an impressive collection of gardens, furniture, artwork and a 7000-volume library. Plaza del Cristo de los Faroles is a town square where the Christ in the Cross statue is located and is always decorated with lanterns, flowers and candles. The Mezquita is the most famous attraction in Cordoba and is a large mosque that is now a Cathedral containing stunning columns and Islamic arches. Check out the Roman Bridge in the Old City, which crosses the Guadalquivir River and features a gorgeous arch, single column monument, and leads to an old fortified gate that is now the Museum of Al-Andalus Life. The museum contains various artifacts from the past, and if you climb to the balcony you will be treated to amazing views of the city and river.
If you’re looking to explore outside of Cordoba, there are many great places to visit that make for great day trips. Bujalance is a baroque town with Arabic influence that is 40 minutes by bus and is home to a cathedral and a leaning tower. There are other villages in the Cordoba Province, including Zuheros, an Andalucian village with a castle built on a rock, as well as Montilla, which is known for its wine.
There are many different unique neighborhoods located around town, each with their own unique style. Nice apartments are available on Calle Angel de Saavedra, which is a convenient location within walking distance to major sites and plenty of restaurants. Old City surrounding the Mezquita (a famous cathedral) is made up of many narrow street and has many places to eat and go shopping, while the area to the north of it is a more modern part of town where both the bus station and train station are located. The Jewish Quarter is a neighborhood northwest of the Mezquita that is filled with history, nice patios and shops, and is home to several reminders of the former Jewish population.
The AVE is a high-speed rail service in Spain that connects Cordoba to other major cities, including Barcelona, Malaga and Madrid. The Andalucia Express offers a cheap sleeping train option from Barcelona as well. There are other types of trains available, such as the Alivia and Altaria trains that go to Madrid and Granada, as well as the Lanzaderas, which travels to Malaga and Seville. These options are all very convenient and affordable. Cordoba also has a bus station that offers regular bus service from just about every town in Andalucia, as well as walking and biking, which are great ways to get around the windy streets.
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