Cordoba is an ancient Andalucian city and an awesome testament to three great cultures
Cordoba is an ancient city and region located in the heart of Andalucia in Souterhn Spain. The city of Corboba is famous for it's Mezquita Arab Palace, historic sites, olive gorves, decorated patios, Montilla wine, olive oil and colorful festivals.
Cordoba produces many renowned wines such as the sherry-like wines (Montillas and finos). Montilla wine comes from the town of the same name, just to the south of the city and is extremely popular all around Andalucia. The wine is a mellow, dry sherry drunk popular during festival time.
Cordoba is a popular destination each year with visitors who flock to see the extravagant and picturesque patios during the “Festival de los Patios” held in May each year and is home to some of the finest flamenco dancers on the Iberian peninsula.
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In this ancient city three cultures stand side by side like no other place on earth. Cordoba was the former capital of Moorish Spain, when Ruler Abd ar-Rahman II began the construction of Cordoba’s Great Mosque, La Mezquita, as an alternative to Mecca. It is written that the Mezquita contains an original Quran and the bones from the arm of the ancient prophet; it one of the most sanctified places on earth.
Visitors to the Mezquita enter through the Patio de los Naranjos, a classic Islamic courtyard with orange trees and fountains, used for ritual purification before praying.
North of the Mezquita lies the Juderia, Cordoba’s old Jewish quarter, an important world centre of Jewish culture in the Spanish Middle Ages. The quarter remains largely unchanged and is packed with narrow streets and white-painted limestone houses and photogenic overhanging balconies. An important monument here is the old Synagogue, built in 1492 and still standing on Judios (Jews) Street. Its walls show the painstaking plaster-work, so characteristic of Mudejar architecture.
Bars and restaurants are on the whole are reasonably priced, cheaper eateries can be found by staying away form the touristy places round the Mezquita. There are lots of good establishments to eat not too far away in the Judería and old quarters located in the eastern area, above the Paseo de la Ribera.
Important Note: Cordoba in July and August can be extremely hot with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees So if you are thinking of visiting the city during those months be prepared . Our advice is a wear very light clothing, stay in the shade as much as possible specially between the hours of 12 and 4 pm and always carry a bottle of fresh cold water, you should drink at least one litre of water every day.
Eating out in Cordoba
Bar-Restaurante Millán , Avda. Dr. Fleming 14, just northwest of the Alcázar. tranquil, economical restaurant with a charming tiled room. The rabo de toro (Cordoba’s traditional dish – oxtail stew) and salmorejo are excellent here.
El Churrasco , Calle Romero 16 ( not Calle Romero Barros); tel 957 290 819. Expensive and renowned restaurant, famous for its churrasco (a grilled pork dish, served with pepper sauces) and salmorejo (a thick Cordoban version of gazpacho with hunks of ham and egg).
Meson San Basilio , Calle San Basilio 19, west of the Alcazar. Good unpretentious restaurant offering well-prepared fish and meat raciones and platos combinados.
Taberna Salinas, Calle Tundidores 3, just off the Plaza Corredera. Century-old taberna with dining rooms around a charming patio. Try their naranjas con bacalao (cod with oranges) – and serves a great salmorejo .
Taberna San Miguel (El Pisto) , Plaza San Miguel 1, behind the church. Known to all as El Pisto (the barrel) this is one of the city’s legendary bars – over a century old – and not to be missed. Wonderful montilla and tapas; rabo de toro and callos en salsa picante (tripe in a spicy sauce) are house specials.
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Recommended hotels and places to stay in Cordoba
For a real treat the Hotel Hospes Palacio Del Bailio is a perfect choice if you are looking for a luxury hotel in Cordoba. Situated within a a converted mansion the service and facilities are excellent including a limousine service and Bodyna Spa. The superior rooms are a delight, there is a comfortable lounge bar, a real area in the old central patio and a first class restaurant. There are plenty of eateries close by if you prefer to eat as well as some of Cordoba's best attractions including the Torre de la Malmuerta and Palacio de la Merced. Regular Reviewer Rating: 9.1
A popular hotel in the mid range is the modern Hotel Eurostars Palace Cordoba. Located right by the Victoria Gardens on the eastern outskirts, it is still within few minutes walk of the historic centre and easy access to all the major attractions. Regular Reviewer Rating: 9.0
If you are on a budget when it comes to accommodation try the well appointed 1 star Hotel Don Paula. Ideally located in the heart of the city close to many top attractions including the Flamenco Theater, The archaeological Museum and the Municipal Archive. Regular Reviewer Rating: 9.1