La Mezquita de Cordoba. The mosque is what brings most tourists to Cordoba and we admit it is a must-see not just in Andalusia, but in Spain. The mosque is one of Spain´s most important sights and a unique place. Before it was a mosque it was already a Visigoth place for worship, so people have been praying here for as long as records exist. The Cathedral is located inside the Mosque and this makes the building unique. Looking at the arches inside the mosque it is easy to understand that Cordoba was the largest and most important economic city in the West at the time of the Capliphate.
Flowers and Patios . Cordoba is full of houses that host amazing Patios. Many of them cannot be visited aside for a week in May when the Patios festival takes place. This local festival is one of the best things to enjoy in Spain in May. Luckily for all visitors many of the patios can be visited all year round, and some free of charge (search for more information at out Patios de Cordoba guide).
Gastronomy in the Jewish district. Cordoba is one of Spain´s best places to enjoy traditional taverns. Many of them are located in the old part of Cordoba and have been there for centuries. You will be able to enjoy mouth-watering local delicacies while you stroll some of the most beautiful streets of the city
Medina Azahara: unknown to many visitors to Cordoba, this old city was built in the 10th century. This is a complete urban ensemble which features roads, water systems and beautifully decorated buildings. It hidden character for centuries contributes to its mystery. This archaeological site is an excellent example of the importance of architecture for the Umayyad civilization of Al-Andalus.
Great train connections. Cordoba can even be a day tour from Madrid! The train connections with AVE make it very simple to get to Cordoba from Madrid, Seville, or since more recent times, from Granada. This should make Cordoba unavoidable! Have a look at Spain´s train map to better understand the possible combinations to visit Cordoba and other cities.